Winter 2002
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Touring and Travel Articles

Southwest Texas

Southwest Texas

This land is beautiful and cruel. Cacti and creosote dot the ground and bloom from the road's edge to the far horizon. Long, sharp spines flare from the waxy stems, ready to draw blood.
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Shamrock Tour® - Paducah, Kentucky

Shamrock Tour® - Paducah, Kentucky

"Paducah?" My friends at our neighborhood bar ask. "Paducah!?" Maybe they just like saying it - but, yes, having accepted an invitation to visit their Summer Festival, the HOG - Rally, and to ride the regional roads, I'm bound for Paducah.
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New York: The Finger Lakes

New York: The Finger Lakes

Hot, so hot. Gusting winds keep leaning the bike over, but provide no relief. It's open country. The pavement just keeps rolling over hills and across valleys and I catch myself starting to nod off. I have to find a place to stop that's out of the sun and get something cold to drink.
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Baja California

Baja California

Baja. In the world of off-road racing and riding few words conjure the kind of reverence associated with this legendary peninsula. For almost 40 years Baja has hosted one of the greatest off-road races in the world, the Baja 1,000. Located on the western coast of Mexico, the state of Baja California is bordered on two sides by ocean, the Pacific on the west and the pristine Sea of Cortez in the Gulf of California along its eastern shoreline. Though only a few miles from the lavish beach c
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Canada: Nova Scotia

Canada: Nova Scotia

The warm June sun that sparked the smiles behind our visors when we picked up our bikes in New Jersey has abandoned us. Between Portland, Maine, and Saint John in New Brunswick, our constant, dour companions are pouring rain and cold temperatures.
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Washington State:

Washington State:

Bonnie and the others invited along for a week of laid-back motorcycling - cruising Washington's beautiful Mount Rainier and the Cascades - had commitments at home in New Jersey. As for me, I was as free as Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson in the 60's classic Easy Rider.
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Motorcycle Reviews

Moto Guzzi California Stone

Moto Guzzi California Stone

In model year 2002, Moto Guzzi debuted the California Stone to succeed the Jackal. Now with several improvements from Aprilia, the new owner, the bike is better - easier to ride and much more user-friendly.
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Honda 919

Honda 919

To compete with Yamaha's FZ1 and Kawasaki's ZRX1200R, Honda brought out the 919 this year. Big Red's nimble, naked bike comes with a fuel-injected engine and a design concept crammed with high-tech goodies.
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MZ Baghira Street Moto

MZ Baghira Street Moto

Concept & Tranformation After the German Reunification in 1990, the nationalized companies in the eastern part of the country (formerly the German Democratic Republic) were no longer sheltered and suddenly acquired new perspectives of good and bad.
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Also in this issue ...

  • City Portrait: San Francisco Fascination [Read]
  • Honda Hoot 2002 [Read]
  • The BMV MOA International Rally [Read]
  • Laguna Seca [Read]
  • Intermot 2002 [Read]
  • Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School - Steering Techniques [Read]