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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Phoenix, Arizona

City Escape: Phoenix, Arizona

You’ll experience a diverse loop that includes a high desert lake and historic mining towns. This route is rideable virtually all year.
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City Escape: Vancouver, British Columbia

City Escape: Vancouver, British Columbia

A winding tarmac ribbon soaring from sea to sky through BC’s Coast Range into semi-desert, then back through the spectacular Fraser Canyon. Take in four climate zones! Yes, it’s a long ride, but it’s comfortably doable in a day as long as you start early. This local motorcycling classic is best from late May to late September.
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Maine: Moby Lobster

Maine: Moby Lobster

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago I was haunted—by a lobster. Not just any crustacean, mind you, but “Moby Lobster,” a Maine variety so tasty and succulent that it lives on in my dreams. Every other dinner decapod since then has been doomed to mediocrity. Can you imagine how hard my life is back in New Jersey, ordering the surf and turf, and responding “meh?” I need to break free of this ravenous torment, so with my good friend Sandy on my six, I ride to the home of Moby Lobster and do what has to be done—eat more.
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Lake Tahoe, California Shamrock Tour®: Gold Rush Country

Lake Tahoe, California Shamrock Tour®: Gold Rush Country

Lake Tahoe is best known for being a world-class ski area. Those rugged mountains also 
provide some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Numerous passes, dense forests, and streams make this worthy of a Shamrock Tour®.
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Lake Erie, Circle Tour - U.S.: A Tale of Two Worlds

Lake Erie, Circle Tour - U.S.: A Tale of Two Worlds

Detroit. The name alone conjures up images of cars rolling off assembly lines, factories belching smoke, Henry Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. In a word, industry.
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Illinois and Missouri: The Lewis & Clark Trail

Illinois and Missouri: The Lewis & Clark Trail

“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri River & such principal streams of it, as, by its course and communication with the waters of the Pacific Ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado or any other river, may offer the most direct and practicable water communication across this continent for the purpose of commerce.” —Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States Washington, D.C., June 20, 1803
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World Travelers:Indonesia - Riding the Ring of Fire

World Travelers:Indonesia - Riding the Ring of Fire

We are at the Butterworth dock on Malaysia’s west coast, and the morning’s already a scorcher. Stinging sweat drips into my eyes as I instinctively duck my head; mere feet above me, my precious motorbike is lofted high and swings like a 700-pound pendulum as it’s winched from the dockside to the ravaged hull of a weary fishing boat. After a full stop, we thread the blue nylon rope and lash my bike to the sun-baked deck alongside Lisa’s already secured 650 GS. The short 160-mile passage across the Strait of Malacca from Malaysia to Sumatra will take two days. Indonesia here we come.
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Europe: Corsican Caper

Europe: Corsican Caper

“Singing not allowed,” reads the German sign at the entrance to the beer garden—a rather tough and unusual rule, especially in Bavaria, where the largest fair in the world is held. But Oktoberfest was yesterday. Today is our first riding day on an organized tour with Rob and Gretchen of Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures. They will lead us through the highest passes of the Alps to Corsica, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, and then over to Tuscany, the touristic landmark of Italy.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring and Custom: Cruisers that Can Carve Corners!

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring and Custom: Cruisers that Can Carve Corners!

Moto Guzzi has completely revamped its flagship California model and offers two handsome versions for 2013, the Touring and the Custom.
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2013 BMW F 800 GT: The Right Piece of the Puzzle

2013 BMW F 800 GT: The Right Piece of the Puzzle

BMW thins the herd and replaces a first-model sport tourer with a longer and leaner next-generation machine. Gone are the F 800 S and ST; welcome to the higher horsepower F 800 GT, an everyday bike with touring capabilities.
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2013 Honda CBR500R and CB500F: Budget Bikes with Gusto

2013 Honda CBR500R and CB500F: Budget Bikes with Gusto

Honda’s new entry-level 500s, the CBR500R and the CB500F, are budget bikes with gusto. With fuel-injected parallel twins that are as smooth as four cylinder bikes, the newest micro racer and sport standard are impressive world-market machines.
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