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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Greenwood, South Carolina

Shamrock Tour® - Greenwood, South Carolina

When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road."Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon
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The International Selkirk Loop
New Mexico and Colorado

New Mexico and Colorado

It's early September and the summer tourists have abandoned the 130,000- square-mile red rock landscape known by geologists as the Colorado Plateau. It contains the largest concentration of scenic wonders in America. Roughly centered where the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona meet, the plateau was once home to the Anasazi, a vanished Native American culture that began living in this arid environment as early as 1200 BC. The prospect of seeing the archeological remnants of this ancient Puebloan culture promises to make this trip an unforgettable adventure.
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East Texas

East Texas

And left my self-respect, on down the road I guess. And they won't catch me. I planned my getaway. And things are lookin' great 'cause it's a one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight..."Longneck"by The Von Ehrics*
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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

Our plan is to not have a plan; to let things happen by chance. Herbert and I have spent a good part of our lives riding to the last corner of this big round rock: 40 years and 595,000 miles collectively - enough experience to rely upon. This time, we want to venture where we've never gone before. Our destination is Southeast Asia and our top priority is to have a good time.
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Reader Ride - Shaniko, Oregon

Reader Ride - Shaniko, Oregon

Don't call it a ghost town; Shaniko, OR, has maintained a population of 30 people. A far cry from the turn of the 20th-century town that billed itself as "the wool capital of the world." By 1911, a competing railroad line diverted much of the town's wool traffic and Shaniko fell into disrepair.Then a flood in the mid-1960s destroyed most of the remaining town but The Shaniko Hotel stands as an economic high water mark, reminding passersby of a time when Shaniko rose out of sagebrush desert befor
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Motorcycle Reviews

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO

It's hard to believe, but Harley-Davidson's Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) division is already a teenager, hitting its lucky 13th year! RoadRUNNER just viewed the latest crop of high-line Hogs at beautiful Lake Tahoe, a fitting venue for these pricey machines that are known for their fancy finishes, powerful motors, and acres of chrome and billet.
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2010 Piaggio Models

2010 Piaggio Models

Once again this year, RoadRUNNER experienced the Italian hospitality of the folks at Piaggio group, who hosted a motorcycle press open house at their US headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA. All day we had an opportunity to ride Piaggio's lineup, including Aprilias and Moto Guzzis.
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2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V ABS

2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V ABS

At 9,045 feet, Stelvio is the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and the highest in the eastern Alps. I can say firsthand that with 60 tight switchbacks, Stelvio truly is a challenge! Moto Guzzi named its 1200cc Stelvio model after the legendary Stelvio Pass for good reason: the potent powerplant, capable suspension, and comfortable ergonomics make this adventure-touring namesake well suited for rugged, long-distance mountain riding.In 2005, I toured the Guzzi factory in northern Ita
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2010 Honda NT700V Long-term Evaluation

2010 Honda NT700V Long-term Evaluation

Squint and the NT700V looks like a scaled-down ST1300. And with sport-touring styling and credentials, plus an attractive price, the versatile NT clearly helps to fill the gap left by the departed VFR800. Although the NT700V was introduced in Europe as the Deauville back in 1999 and has since sold about 47,000 there, Honda waited a long time to bring this recently updated and popular model to the US market.
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Also in this issue ...

  • MotoMojo: Seat Height & The Factors That Contribute To It [Read]
  • Reg Pridmore's Motorcycle School [Read]
  • The Joys of Camping : Camp Cooking [Read]