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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Northeast Washington

Shamrock Tour® - Northeast Washington

However you ponder it, Grand Coulee Dam is big. It generates more electricity than any other facility in the United Sates, and it's the largest concrete structure in North America. Its hydraulic height of 380 feet is more than twice that of Niagara Falls, and the concrete used in its construction could have built an eight-foot-wide sidewalk around the world. Its reservoir, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lake, is more than a mile long, and its water irrigates more than one million acres of farmland.
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Round Trip Tour - Columbus, OH

Round Trip Tour - Columbus, OH

Despite the good cheer and warm camaraderie swirling about the "MotoStars: Celebrities and Motorcycles" exhibit opening at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the billowing ebb and flow of showery gloom is the real reason I haven't yet departed. Then briefly, glaring like the Bat Signal, a stab of sunlight illuminates the east-facing windows. Not one to ignore a prompt from the touring gods, I bid hasty goodbyes and aim for blue skies.
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Easy Ridin' in East Texas

Easy Ridin' in East Texas

Despite its legends, colorful history and, most importantly, its scenic byways, this area remains largely unknown to riders outside of the Lone Star State. But the green hills of East Texas have piqued my touring interest for years. And now, with a stretch of four days carved out, my chance to venture into this distinctly different region of Texas has finally arrived.
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Italy's Wild Heart

Italy's Wild Heart

"Why wander around in the distance, when good things lie nearby?" Long after his passing, these sage words of German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe were the inspiration for our motorcycle journey. Goethe was so enthusiastic about the prospect of seeing Italy that in 1786 he boarded a stagecoach in the middle of the night and headed south. His adventurous undertaking took almost two years - we had but two weeks to spare.
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Ontario, Manitoulin Island Tour

Ontario, Manitoulin Island Tour

It fills the bill of particulars any rider desires, a destination of friendly people and scenic vistas, of well-paved roads bearing little traffic, and if you were going to design an island for motorcyclists, this might be the place.
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New England Tour - Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire

New England Tour - Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire

From the weathered mountaintops of the Appalachians to the bountiful sea, stories of a native people and a young democracy are tucked away in the quiet villages, small towns and country roads of New England.
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Reader Ride: Westward Bound

Reader Ride: Westward Bound

For years, I had wanted a motorcycle and for one reason or another had never attained one. But after I returned from an all expenses paid trip to the other side of the world, courtesy of Uncle Sam, the motorcycle fund was sizable enough and my wanderlust was brewing.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2008 Triumph Sprint ST

2008 Triumph Sprint ST

Traditionally, Triumph has been a nonconformist's brand. From the giant Rocket III to the bad-boy Street Triple, the British manufacturer has consistently gone its own way. Even their stylish sport tourer is motivated by the "oddball" 1050cc triple. Sure, different is good, but distance is better, and Triumph's Sprint ST delivers a pleasing mix of both.
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2008 Honda XR650L

2008 Honda XR650L

Dual-sport bikes are motorcycling's equivalent of the duckbilled platypus. To the casual observer, they appear to be an oddball amalgam of street and dirt bits cobbled together in packages that are politely described as "utilitarian." Yet to those of us bitten by the D-S bug, utility is beautiful, and style is for everyone else frantically paddling their U-turns back at the "Pavement Ends" sign.
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Also in this issue ...

  • The Doctor's Notes by Dr. Gregory Frazier [Read]
  • 2009 Harley-Davidson's Models [Read]
  • 2009 Victory Lineup [Read]
  • Snap to It! [Read]