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Touring and Travel Articles

Colorado: Conquering Mountains on Victorys

Colorado: Conquering Mountains on Victorys

In mid-August, it’s a crisp 42 degrees as we ride out of Estes Park. The heated grips and seats are on high. We had to wipe down our motorcycles to free them of the wet layer of morning dew, and my foggy windshield hasn’t quite cleared up yet. The sun is low and we’re riding east. I’m thinking about how epic this trip to Colorado has been. As I glance to the side of the road, a big deer leaps onto the shoulder. We stare each other down, one waiting on the other to react…
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Bowling Green, KY Shamrock Tour®: Caves, Corvettes, and Cool Roads

Bowling Green, KY Shamrock Tour®: Caves, Corvettes, and Cool Roads

Millions of years ago, a shallow sea covered south central Kentucky. Deposits of tiny marine animals and plants formed layers of limestone. Over many millennia the sea receded, leaving thick layers of limestone. Rainwater mixed with carbon dioxide in the air and soil to form a mild acid, which dissolved underground passages in the limestone. We’ve come to Bowling Green, KY, to explore this region both above and below ground.
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Florida Byways: Riding the Heartland of the Sunshine State

Florida Byways: Riding the Heartland of the Sunshine State

When thinking of Florida, most riders tend to focus on either the Keys in South Florida or Daytona Beach. With the exception of Orlando, we tend to bypass the central portion of the state. After living here for almost 20 years and not seeing all that Florida has to offer, we made plans for mid June (with the help of the Florida Scenic Highways website) to travel off the beaten path and to explore Florida’s inner, hidden treasures.
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Québec: Postcards From the Province

Québec: Postcards From the Province

Big trips are curious things–miles and miles of road interrupted by moments of poignancy and snippets of time that persist in the mind as the years march on. “Remember that time…?” we say to ourselves and our riding partners. “You should have been there,” we say to others. Photos help, as do words, to create postcards for the soul–snapshots that help us relive those memorable moments.
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Northern California: Grapes to Gold and Back Again, Part II

Northern California: Grapes to Gold and Back Again, Part II

In Part I, I crawled out of the lap of luxury atop a frozen wave of lava rock to find the State of Jefferson, a little bit of lumber, history, and plenty of snow. Part II swings me west toward the California coastline and then back south into wine country.
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World Travelers – India: Assaulting the Senses

World Travelers – India: Assaulting the Senses

I’ve gotta ask: have you ever dreamed of twisting the throttle and watching the road roll beneath you as you ride through a country unlike any other? You know what I mean–riding into a landscape that 1.2 billion people call home, and where sights, sounds, and smells come at you full force and non stop? Where absolute poverty plays side-by-side with the obscenely wealthy? Where you, the traveler, become intoxicated by the cultural cocktail being poured down your throat? Well … welcome to India!
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Reader Ride – Texas: Palo Duro Loop, The “Other” Grand Canyon

Reader Ride – Texas: Palo Duro Loop, The “Other” Grand Canyon

You can ride the rim of the Grand Canyon, but you can’t take your motorcycle down to the bottom. Want to get the “feel” of a canyon without taking a donkey ride? Visit Palo Duro Canyon in Texas, America’s “other” Grand Canyon! At 120 miles long, 600 to 800 feet deep, and up to 20 miles wide in spots, Palo Duro is the second-largest canyon in the United States—and it’s motorcycle accessible. My husband and I ride south out of Amarillo on
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Motorcycle Reviews

Long-term Evaluation – 2012 BMW R 1200 RT: Jack of All Rides

Long-term Evaluation – 2012 BMW R 1200 RT: Jack of All Rides

I don’t want to like this bike. BMW touring bikes, after all, typically appeal to people of a certain age, and liking the 2012 R 1200 RT is tantamount to admitting that I’m not as young as I used to be. That’s the stereotype at least, and stereotypes are powerful things–a kind of shorthand that we all use to simplify the world around us. 
But they can be cages too, trapping us in preconceived notions and simple mistruths. Sometimes it takes thousands of miles of seat time to shatter them.
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2013 Honda Metropolitan NCH50: Nifty and Thrifty!

2013 Honda Metropolitan NCH50: Nifty and Thrifty!

After a multi-year hiatus, Honda’s 50cc Metropolitan scooter returns completely revamped with fresh styling and a new fuel-injected engine. Appearance changes include updated bodywork, a new headlamp and gauge setup, plus a different handlebar and taillight, all of which give the diminutive machine a clean modern look. We had an opportunity to ride the Metropolitan around Los Angeles, starting at Honda’s headquarters in Torrance, CA.
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2013 Honda PCX150: City Slicker

2013 Honda PCX150: City Slicker

Scooters are great for urban rides, so I borrowed Honda’s 2013 PCX150 for a day. Starting at California’s Huntington Beach Honda, I take the long way to the Lyon Air Museum near John Wayne Airport, stop for lunch at Memphis Soul Café in Costa Mesa, and then take the freeway back. The 2013 PCX has an updated, more powerful 153cc engine, which is now freeway capable.
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