“… Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow …” —Johnny Cash Joshua Tree National Monument is a special place in the desert. I say that because I’ve walked along some of its lonely trails, camped there, scrambled over the huge boulders, looked up at the night sky, and served as acting superintendent when working for […]
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald Scott’s famous metaphor, the last line of The Great Gatsby, applies to motorcycle touring, for much of what we seek aside from the joyful highs of the road and the wind is an appreciation of the history we […]
The year was 1972 … the last time my old man sat on a vinyl seat, pulled on a helmet, and rode off into the sunset. So, when I approached him about riding bikes in Baja for a month long journey down Mexico’s infamous peninsula, I was surprised he agreed to go. However, my father […]
Everyone knows Yellowstone is America’s first national park. Few, however, know that Sequoia is the nation’s second national park and California’s first. That’s where this story begins. The giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago. Their root system is shallow and they drink about 500 gallons per day. If you come by after a […]
West Coast riders can participate in the 2016 Los Angeles Ride for Kids charity event this Saturday, October 29, 2016. American Honda Motor Company will commemorate its 25-year anniversary by serving as the presenting sponsor and hosting the event at its Torrance headquarters. Local communities are highly encouraged to come out in support. Ride for Kids—the Pediatric […]
Assigning such a grandiose title to California’s Highway 18 may smack of Hollywood hyperbole. But with its magnificent vistas and the overlooks toward San Gorgonio Mountain—the highest peak in Southern California—you could be forgiven for thinking you really were riding the rim of the world.
RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel is excited to announce the release of its special collector’s issue, Touring America’s Backroads. Find inspiration in our stunning photography and helpful trip planning information. Featuring 10 of the country’s best and most scenic motorcycle tours, this high quality issue comes complete with RoadRUNNER’s signature tankbag maps and GPS files. A mix of previously […]
With the suburbs of the Coachella Valley expanding in every direction, there’s one place they can’t grow: Joshua Tree National Park. The Mojave Desert’s endless sand, crimson rocks, and indigo skies combine to create an eerie solitude. Joshua trees, cholla, and desert flowers erupt from the barren soil in a triumph of nature. And the […]
When exploring a new road, there is no good time to lose the light. We’re riding west through northern California toward Yosemite National Park, and highway has given way to a sidewinder, cliffside stretch of Route 120. As we negotiate the twisted ascent, each new turn is a mystery, full of promise and peril, and […]
AB 51, the bill that would formally legalize lane splitting in California, is one step closer to passing. Last Thursday, the California Assembly gave the bill—sponsored by Assembly member Bill Quirk—the go-ahead, noting its potential to help reduce traffic congestion and promote safety. It’s now moving on to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. If signed, AB 51 will formally define lane […]
Most visitors to Palm Springs are there for the climate and the golf. But the roads around the desert hideaway are some of America’s most remarkable. If you’re in the area without one, rent or borrow a motorcycle to enjoy the sweet curves, high desert landscape, and mountain views of the Palms to Pines Highway. […]
Four Days in Death Valley – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Death Valley Shamrock Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2010 issue.
Ducati North America’s Inaugural LA Event – Los Angeles, CA will host hundreds of Ducati owners and fans over the long weekend of September 17-20. The Ducatisti, as they’re known, will fill LA’s Westlake Village for a few days of food, entertainment, fashion, and, of course, checking out the latest Ducatis. The first annual Ducati […]
Rider Information Released – Perhaps second only to the famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Dakar Rally, the annual Baja Rally is held in tough terrain on the Baja peninsula and is now just a month away (September 28-October 2). Rally organizers recently released the cryptically named “Statement of Riders’ Essential Information,” which contains […]
Day Ride North of LA – Santa Clarita lies just north of Los Angeles along the West Coast’s main north-south corridor, Interstate 5, so it’s easy to get to from many surrounding areas. Just north of town is Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, with fantastic roller coasters, and Castaic Lake, which offers aquatic fun. […]