November/December 2009
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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Jackson, Tennessee

Shamrock Tour® - Jackson, Tennessee

In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry began riding the crackle of amplitude modulation (AM radio) into the foothills around Nashville. Not far west, in Memphis, the blues had long before cast its spell across the Mississippi Delta. But in the early 1950s, where the periphery of Appalachia finally merges with the fertile plains of Old Man River, the seeds of rock and roll were taking root.
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South Central Missouri's Alphabet Roads

South Central Missouri's Alphabet Roads

My Honda VFR's odometer spins past 30,000 as I enter the Missouri River town of Boonville. Over the years, I have ridden some of what I thought were the Show-Me State's finest back roads. However, these roads were mostly confined to Missouri's extreme southern border, where it butts up against the Arkansas hill country. Jumping off the main line, I had my doubts that the roads this far north would offer much excitement.
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The Central Sierra Nevada and Yosemite

The Central Sierra Nevada and Yosemite

In 1986, CBS created a mini-series that parodied the overwrought primetime soap-opera melodramas of the decade ("Dallas", "Dynasty", "Falcon Crest"). In this series, titled "Fresno", the California city was lampooned for its civic pride, especially its status as the 64th largest city in the US and the distinction of being the "Raisin Capital of the World."
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East Africa

East Africa

We are in Cape Town, South Africa, our bikes parked behind us. Bathed in the pink glow of the evening sun, our bodies weary and worn, we have ridden 24,000 miles through 11 African countries. We walk over the sand down to the water's edge, where the cool green waves of the Atlantic lap against our bare feet. A moment to savor - feels so good to have the boots off. It has taken us nearly eight months of demanding riding to traverse Africa's west coast, and we are sporting our cuts, bruises and scars like badges of honor, commemorating each hard-fought mile.
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PART I: Ohio River Scenic Byway  -  Cairo, IL to Maysville, KY

PART I: Ohio River Scenic Byway - Cairo, IL to Maysville, KY

Our time on the Ohio River Scenic Byway is a journey that starts at river's end and flows almost a thousand miles upstream to its beginning, passing through an ever-changing landscape of people, history, scenery, and events.
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Reader Ride - New Hampshire

Reader Ride - New Hampshire

At anytime during riding season, the Cheshire County Loop offers an excellent day's ride for any motorcyclist. In the spring, when life is bursting forth, the earthy smells awaken a sense of adventure. On a quiet summer day, the tree-canopied roadways tease with dappled sunshine, and the ponds and lakes glint and reflect the sky above.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2010 Harley-Davidson Lineup

2010 Harley-Davidson Lineup

Battling a tough recession, Harley-Davidson unveiled its new lineup in Denver recently with some exciting changes. Bill Davidson, Vice President of Core Customer Marketing, said, "This ambitious new motorcycle launch reaches to our riders with the incredible passion that Harley-Davidson has inspired for more than a century. We are thrilled to offer our customers nine new models and a full selection of products for 2010 that lets their enthusiasm for enjoying great motorcycles continue at full throttle."
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2010 Triumph Thunderbird

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

Triumph revives an iconic name from its past to launch its heavy-middleweight cruiser.
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2009 Aprilia SL750 Shiver

2009 Aprilia SL750 Shiver

Italian motorcycles are cool, that's hard to deny. Their sound, style, and performance have long tempted enthusiasts with an undeniable aura of exclusivity. And while riders around the globe have long coveted these qualities, the experience has traditionally come at a price. But in Aprilia's new Shiver, a not so shocking sticker is now a legitimate part of the equation. Now, that is cool.
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2009 Yamaha TMAX 500

2009 Yamaha TMAX 500

Right after a rider on a black-and-orange, big-twin cruiser scoffed at the bike I was on, we both took off from the traffic light onto the highway, his blaring, straight exhaust pipes no doubt saving many lives as we whisked ahead. Only much to his mortification, the TMAX scooter was in the lead once we attained the speed limit and I backed off.
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Also in this issue ...

  • 2009 BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster Owner's Event [Read]
  • Vespa World Days 2009 in Zell am See, Austria [Read]
  • Cornerspin™ [Read]
  • 1975 CB 400/Four, Honda's Giant Killer [Read]