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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: West Palm Beach, Florida

City Escape: West Palm Beach, Florida

South Florida riding is always at its best in the wintertime. While roads are usually not technically challenging, they can offer great scenery in gorgeous weather. This loop takes you along the ocean, past multimillion-dollar homes of the rich and famous, down rural canopy roads, and through sugar cane farms. Alligators and celebrities are not uncommon sights. For those who don’t want to ride or trailer their bike to Florida, check out Rent My Motorcycle, convenient to Palm Beach International Airport.
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City Escape: Colorado Springs, CO

City Escape: Colorado Springs, CO

This scenic loop west of Colorado Springs includes some great small towns and miles of tree-lined splendor. Some iconic mountains and rock formations are mixed in for good measure. The ride is best made from late spring through early fall. Rocky Mountain weather is, to say the least, variable, so you should pack the full range of gear.
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Kansas: Finding the Forgotten Prairieland

Kansas: Finding the Forgotten Prairieland

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Kansas was a major transportation crossroads: immigrant trails led pioneers west, cattle routes passed through from Texas, and a network of railroads bisected the state. This land was also home to many of America’s quintessential small towns. Most of Old Kansas has disappeared, largely forgotten in the 21st century. But some of the artifacts of those days gone by are still out there, and I’m itching to saddle up and find them.
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Ligonier, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: On the Road with Friends

Ligonier, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: On the Road with Friends

It’s that time of the year again, our annual Touring Weekend. A memorial ride for my late father who, along with my mother, started this very magazine. He was riding a sidecar when a freak accident took his life—he was only 45. At the time, I was just 19 years old, and while I’ve lived 12 years without him, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my father. In my office, a painting of him hangs above my desk and serves as a constant reminder of his absence. I look to it often for guidance. During the Touring Weekend, the RoadRUNNER community gets the chance to spend time together, riding great roads, sharing laughs, and celebrating his life. He’s the connection between everyone … the thread that interweaves readers, friends, volunteers, and writers, making us all family.
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Germany: Down by the River

Germany: Down by the River

Germany is home to two famous rivers, the Rhine and the Danube. But it’s the underdog, the Main (pronounced “mine”) River, which connects some of the most beautiful motorcycling areas in the country. The Main meanders drunkenly between the most traditional and innovative beer brewing areas in Franconian Switzerland and some of the best white wine-growing hills of Germany in Mainfranken. The river and the roads along it are twisty, not straight, as the Main has to squeeze through several mountain ranges.
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California and Nevada: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer

California and Nevada: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer

In May 1903, George A. Wyman left San Francisco with the then-crazy idea of riding his motorcycle all the way to New York City.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS: Better Than Ever

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS: Better Than Ever

Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 ABS sport-touring model was first introduced in 2014. For 2017, the model has been revamped and updated in a number of significant ways. The bodywork and gas tank have been redesigned with a sharper cowl, more closely resembling Kawi’s supersport models, along with updated turn signals and front fender. Chin spoilers were added and new LED headlamps light the way. The electronics have also been upgraded.
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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer: Sibling Rivalry

2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer: Sibling Rivalry

The Racer has a half-fairing with a small windshield, clip-on handlebar, and a solo saddle. It is intended to recall the superbike era of the 1970s and ‘80s, which featured models such as the R90S, and its engine is reminiscent of the powerplants used in the BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup. With its aggressive racer-tuck riding posture, it’s designed to appeal to younger riders and the café racer community.
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2018 Kymco New Model Lineup: Smaller Displacement, Still as Fun!

2018 Kymco New Model Lineup: Smaller Displacement, Still as Fun!

Now in its 54th year of manufacturing, Kymco continues to be a global leader in producing scooters and small motorcycles under its own name, and engines for the likes of BMW and Kawasaki. The last few years, the Taiwanese company has sold many side-by-sides and ATVs and has even won two GNCC and WORCS championships with these vehicles, but scooter sales have not been as strong. Arguably, when gas is cheap, scooters don’t sell as well. With the addition of four new models to Kymco’s extensive lineup, the focus drifts from economics to lifestyle. This strategy shift should sell more units, all while keeping dependability high and costs low.
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