September/October 2003
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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Port Jervis, New York

Shamrock Tour® - Port Jervis, New York

Only a few hours west of the frenetic streetscapes of New York City lonely passages twist through three sets of mountains - the Catskills, the Poconos, and the Kittatinny Ridge. We blew into Jersey's portion of the Big Apple's sprawl, hopped on two Ducatis, and fled the urban mess as fast as possible - which often approaches blinding speeds on these particular banshees, a 998 and an STS4.
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Idaho

Idaho

Standing in Idaho City's dirt-lined, deserted Main Street, it's tough to imagine how it was 140 years ago. With more people than Portland and over 250 thriving businesses, it was a bawdy, lusty town where whisky was cheaper than water - and life cheaper still. Why did more than 12,000 (mostly) men rush to this nascent - and very temporary - metropolis? The same lure that drew thousands to Alaska and the Yukon. Up in them thar hills, in 1862, prospectors discovered gold...
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Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona

Few places on earth offer more diversity. One moment I'm sweating bullets and then, less than an hour later at times, I've pulled over, teeth chattering, to hurriedly button the jacket liner into my shell so I can stuff my fingertips back in my gloves before they turn blue. Northeast out of Phoenix, the elevation is 1,000 feet and the temperature is pushing 90 degrees. But in the next four days, I'll top out at over 9,000 feet and sit through several snowstorms. In between these extremes are some of the America's most beautiful landscapes - connected to one another by some of the world's most-coveted riding roads.
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Coastal Maine

Coastal Maine

Frosted with whitecaps, the cold sea reflects a slate-gray sky streaked with silver. The horizon has been lost. Looking east across the North Atlantic, my eyes gaze into infinity as the wind whips the tang of salted air into my nostrils. I turn up the thermostat on my Aerostich jacket liner - the day is cold and the damp air permeates everything.
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Canada: Alcan 5000

Canada: Alcan 5000

Routine city riding is not the recommended training regimen for motorcyclists planning to take on the Great White North in the Alcan 5000.
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France, Limousin: Saints and Sinners

France, Limousin: Saints and Sinners

Empty country roads, cultural treasures, deep green forests and waving meadows were some of the highlights of my tour through Limousin. But on a trip like this, you also have to be prepared for encounters with knights and nobility, saints, and quite a few sinners.
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Motorcycle Reviews

Suzuki SV650S & SV1000S

Suzuki SV650S & SV1000S

For 2003, Suzuki has sent some hot V2 irons into the fray for the sport crown. The S models of their SV line, available in 650 and 1000cc configurations, have the looks to win over a lot of happy customers. RR tried them out to see what more there is than meets the eye.
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BMW R1150R Rockster

BMW R1150R Rockster

BMW's boxer models are quite popular, and the GS, GS Adventure, RS, RT, and R of the 1150cc range are highly regarded as great touring and all-round bikes. Each of them typifies BMW comfort. This year another thrilling theme was added to the Bavarian brand's boxer lineup. They call it the R1150R Rockster.
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Aprilia Tuono & Kawasaki Z1000

Aprilia Tuono & Kawasaki Z1000

For those who demand a comfortable riding position and still expect performance, Aprilia and Kawasaki offer two exciting sport bikes with high-mounted handlebars. We tested the new Tuono and the Z1000 on California back roads and freeways.
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KTM 950

KTM 950

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wolfgang Puck, Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel and Red Bull are probably the most recognized Austrian 'products' in the US. But there is another great Austrian creation - KTM - well known in the motocross world, but not as widely recognized for their street or dual sport bikes, including the LC 4, Adventure 640, Supermoto, or the outrageous Duke.
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Also in this issue ...

  • City Portrait: Seattle's Coffee Culture [Read]
  • Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School - Cornering Lines [Read]