November/December 2015
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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Richmond, Virginia

City Escape: Richmond, Virginia

This route transports riders from Richmond, VA, the former Confederate capital, across rolling farmland in central Virginia to several iconic locations, marking the final days of the American Civil War in the spring of 1865. Riders interested in Civil War history should factor in plenty of time to peruse the historic sites and museums. Although this escape can be taken most anytime outside of the coldest winter months, the best riding times are in spring and fall.
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City Escape: Salt Lake City, Utah

City Escape: Salt Lake City, Utah

This route travels the rural “Wasatch Back” beginning at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake County and loops northward on twisty canyon roads, over mountain passes, and through the pastoral Morgan and Upper Ogden Valleys. June, September, and October are the most scenic months to ride.
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Michigan: A Quest for Pie

Michigan: A Quest for Pie

Polishing off a pre-tour mahimahi taco and Key lime pie dinner while watching the sun slide behind a row of tethered yachts, I wonder if my preconceived ideas about the tour are about to be blown out of the water. I envision four days of sleuthing small town diners with glass cases full of tantalizing home-baked pies, but our present view has more in common with the Sunshine State than the upper Midwest.
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Jefferson, Texas Shamrock Tour®: Bayou Chiefs

Jefferson, Texas Shamrock Tour®: Bayou Chiefs

It is 1901. Dirt roads are evolving from indian trails and wagon routes to connect a country in the 
midst of a technological revolution. George M. Hendee and Carl Hedstrom have just completed their 
first 1.75-horsepower prototype of the Indian Motorcycle in Springfield, MA.
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Catskills, New York: A Man Out of Time

Catskills, New York: A Man Out of Time

A short ride turns into a big adventure and poses a big question, “Can a Royal Enfield take you back in time?”
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Newfoundland, Canada: Licking Ice

Newfoundland, Canada: Licking Ice

I’m a Newfoundlander born and bred and I’ll be one till I die. I’m proud to be an Islander and here’s the reason why. I’m free as the wind and the waves that wash the sand. There’s no place I would rather be than here in Newfoundland.
– The Navigators (The Islander)
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Reader Ride–Southern California:Scootouring

Reader Ride–Southern California:Scootouring

Scootouring (v.) the act of traveling long distances on a scooter.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2016 BMW S 1000 XR: A Hint of Adventure With a Dash of Sport

2016 BMW S 1000 XR: A Hint of Adventure With a Dash of Sport

BMW’s S 1000 XR is the fourth model in its lineup of inline, four-cylinder motorcycles. They call the XR an “adventure sport.” It’s not really “adventure,” but there is quite a bit of “sport.” Nevertheless, it’s a great combination for the twisties.
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2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT: Modernized Retro

2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT: Modernized Retro

The 2014 Royal Enfield Continental is slow, terrible on the highway, 
and completely and utterly impractical. Not only that, but it vibrates excessively at any speed above 10 mph, doesn’t have ABS or traction control, and lacks engine mapping modes and other technological advances. And I love it.
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Vintage Bike–1983 Suzuki Katana Custom: Wild Kats

Vintage Bike–1983 Suzuki Katana Custom: Wild Kats

Fans of the long-running TV 
sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 and
the movie The Fantastic Four
will likely have seen Rob Wilton on their screens without
realizing it. You’re not usually supposed to recognize him.
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