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Touring and Travel Articles

St. Marys, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®

St. Marys, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®

The Allegheny Highlands, in northwestern Pennsylvania, are a world away from the heavily populated environs of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Our home base in St. Marys, PA, is in the heart of the state’s rural elk country. The elk are so plentiful here that it’s one of the few places east of the Mississippi River that they can be hunted. With numerous trout streams, a national forest, and several state parks, our touring venue promises to be an outdoor paradise.
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Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee

Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee

It doesn’t take much to prompt a tour at the RoadRUNNER offices, especially after an unusually cold winter – at least by our thin-blooded Southern standards – has been keeping us annoyingly close to home. So when coworker Florian called and announced that two Can-Am Spyders were in dire need of some mountain mileage we did what any moto-mischief-makers would do. We grabbed the keys and declared the riding season officially under way.
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Nevada and Oregon Ghost Town Tour

Nevada and Oregon Ghost Town Tour

As we crest Harrison Pass on the Pony Express National Historic Trail and begin our descent into Ruby Valley, the route is clearly visible, winding across the treeless lowlands and ascending the Maverick Springs Range. The sense of openness is almost overwhelming and gives pause as I wonder what went through the mind of a horseman speeding from Sacramento, CA, to Saint Joseph, MO, carrying a precious cargo of mail in 1860.
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Lake Huron, Canadian Side

Lake Huron, Canadian Side

Neither Sarah nor I have been to Canada, but we have high expectations. We’re both outdoor enthusiasts and would like to see some bears and moose. On top of that I’m a hockey player and a huge fan of the sport. It sounds like a silly plan to look for somewhat dangerous animals, but what else would you expect from two kids on a camping trip, eh?
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Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska

Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska

What a scary welcome. The captain warned us that there would be some turbulence as we crossed the barrier of the Rocky Mountains from the west, but the effect of the thunderstorm is still intimidating. The plane is shaking and rattling in every joint. It feels like we’re sitting in the epicenter of an earthquake, and our stomachs are protesting. We make it through 15 minutes later, however, and smoothly touch down at Denver International Airport. Outside it’s already dark, and as we ride into town the Rocky Mountains are highlighted by lightning every couple of seconds.
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Reader Ride: Death Valley, California

Reader Ride: Death Valley, California

I wasn’t expecting it to be this cold. As I make the right turn off U.S. Highway 50 just south of Lake Tahoe, the outside air-temperature gauge on my BMW 1200 GSA reads 28 degrees. When I left my home in Sacramento, CA, about an hour and a half prior it was still dark and the temperature was about 55 degrees. Now the early morning sun is playing hide and seek behind the granite peaks of the Sierra-Nevada, and the smells of pine and burning firewood fill the crisp mountain air as I follow the cold blacktop that is California State Route 89. I ride lines that allow me to dodge patches of frost that linger in the shadows, and I remind myself that in a few hours I will be riding across an arid desert in the hottest place in United States: Death Valley. But for now I put my heated grips on high and squeeze.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2012 Kymco Scooter Lineup

2012 Kymco Scooter Lineup

With an already long list of models available, Kymco has added five new scooters to its lineup, and I tested four of them. Charleston, SC, provided us with plenty of city and country riding, and the cobblestone roads gave us a feel of the scooters’ suspensions, especially after some good low-country cookin’.
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2012 Honda Gold Wing® GL1800

2012 Honda Gold Wing® GL1800

After a one-year hiatus, Honda’s flagship Gold Wing luxury touring model has been updated for 2012 with a number of changes, including styling, increased luggage capacity, better wind and weather protection, revised suspension settings, and newer electronics. Such extras as advanced GPS navigation, linked braking with ABS, and the only airbag available on the market make the Gold Wing one of the most refined touring machines in motorcycling history.
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2012 Harley-Davidson® CVO™

2012 Harley-Davidson® CVO™

Each year Harley-Davidson®, the iconic American motorcycle-maker, shows off its best and brightest parts, accessories and paint by creating a collection of motorcycles branded with the CVO™ (Custom Vehicle Operations) moniker. This run of limited-production bikes is packed with more than hand-painted bodywork, hoards of chrome, and exclusive new parts and accessories. These CVO bikes have it all: power locks, iPod integration and inclusion, and one model even has an eight-speaker stereo system with 400 watts of audio power.
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