Archive for August, 2019

Unusual Destinations: River Pirate Hideout – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Aug 29, 2019 View Comments by

Carved out of a bluff on the Ohio River in southern Illinois is a reminder of the dark side of America’s early years. This 55-foot-wide cave was a tempting stop for pioneers traveling down the river. With the implied promise of food, supplies or directions, the unsuspecting were lured ashore. But that led to their […]

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Life Lessons and Inspiration For Motorcyclists

Aug 28, 2019 View Comments by

In this 48-page collection of essays, Waypoints, Volume I: Zen Motorcyclist, motojournalist Bud Miller touchingly and eloquently shares introspections and lessons learned during his more than 200,000 miles traveled on a motorcycle. Although his writings originated from the metaphorical waypoints visited along his riding journeys, riders and nonriders alike will find plenty to enjoy in these […]

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Featured Destination: Central Montana

Aug 27, 2019 View Comments by

Where a rugged past meets a vibrant present, Central Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. With Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, Central Montana is the perfect route to travel between two of America’s gems. With a light breeze and sunshine on your back, you can […]

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Unusual Destinations: Fort Smith’s “Hanging Judge”

Aug 22, 2019 View Comments by

Judge Isaac Parker, who held the bench in the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years, became known in America’s Old West as the “Hanging Judge.” During his tenure, Parker sentenced 160 people to death. In one case in 1875 18 men were tried for murder; 15 were convicted; eight received the death penalty sentence […]

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Bucket List Roads: Arkansas Routes 154 & 7 to Hot Springs

Aug 19, 2019 View Comments by

Exit I-40 at Morrilton, AR, and follow State Route 9 south to State Route 154 and proceed west. This route claws its way up onto a high plateau, which is named Petit Jean State Park. Visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Mountains in the far distance. At […]

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Bucket List Roads: Tioga Pass Road (CA-120) [with Video]

Aug 16, 2019 View Comments by

This California state highway navigates over the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and, in the process, bisects Yosemite National Park from west to east. The surrounding landscape features pristine glacial lakes, alpine meadows, glacially carved valleys, granite mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, and an abundance of native fauna and flora. There are limited services along the route, […]

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Unusual Destinations: Paranormal Activity at the Pry House?

Aug 15, 2019 View Comments by

The Pry House served as Union General George McClellan’s headquarters during the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. As casualties mounted on this bloodiest day in American history, the Pry farmhouse and barn became a field hospital. Union General Israel Richardson was gravely wounded and taken to an upstairs room of the house. He lingered […]

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Continental: Trail Attack 3 [Tire Review]

Aug 13, 2019 View Comments by

Continental’s Trail Attack 3 was first unveiled at last fall’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. We attended the world press launch test ride on the lovely historic isle of Crete, Greece’s largest island. The new Trail Attack 3 was designed to handle the high demands imposed by the latest powerful adventure-touring motorcycles, and be more […]

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Featured Destination: Glaciers to Geysers – Montana

Aug 12, 2019 View Comments by

Some of the most stunning landscapes in the world surround Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Montana’s open highways, scenic byways and backroads of discovery offer the two-wheeled trip of a lifetime. The best riding under the big blue sky is found in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and Yellowstone Country Montana, where epic terrain and stunning […]

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Feel the Breeze: MachineArtMoto ADVance Guard [Product Review]

Aug 09, 2019 View Comments by

If your motorcycle has handguards, you surely have thought about this at least once. Imagine a super hot day and there’s just no airflow to your hands. How great would it be to just open up the handguards for a little breeze? And then there are the cold days, when your heated gear is already […]

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Unusual Destinations: Southwest Ohio, The Great Serpent Mound

Aug 08, 2019 View Comments by

In a remote section of southwest Ohio, a giant earthen sculpture of a writhing snake lies coiled on a cliff. The effigy mound, built by a pre-Columbian native culture, is the largest one of a serpent in the world. The mound’s combined three sections measure approximately 1,376 feet (419 m). Its height varies from a […]

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Michelin Anakee Adventure [Product Review]

Aug 07, 2019 View Comments by

Michelin’s newest tire is called the Anakee Adventure, and it’s the fourth model for its trail tire range. Starting on pavement and ending more in the dirt, we now have the Road 5 Trail (100% on-road), Anakee III (90/10), the new Anakee Adventure (80/20), and the Anakee Wild (50/50). The Michelin Anakee Adventure comes on […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Cabrillo National Monument

Aug 06, 2019 View Comments by

The Pacific Ocean is jaw-droppingly beautiful as I ride my motorcycle along Highway 1 from Monterey, CA, toward San Diego. It’s easy to allow your imagination to run free along each curve on this scenic highway, envisioning sailing ships exploring new lands. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I think that […]

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Rise of the Retros: Motorcycle Hangouts

Aug 05, 2019 View Comments by

It’s undeniable that one of the things we as motorcyclists enjoy about our passion is the feeling of freedom afforded by our two-wheeled (or three-wheeled) friends—the sense that when we turn the throttle, we are leaving our cares behind. It’s a time when we can focus on one thing—riding—and forget about work, bills, the lawn, […]

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Shoei GT-Air II

Aug 02, 2019 View Comments by

Shoei has given the GT-Air helmet a design update and several new features: internal sun shield; improved ventilation, defogging, aerodynamics, and noise reduction; and the ability to integrate with the new SENA SRL2 Bluetooth system. Designed for the GT-Air II, the SRL2 allows riders to pair gadgets like GPS systems and phones, and of course […]

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