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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

City Escape: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

The rugged landscape in northeastern Oklahoma offers tree-canopied lanes of twisty asphalt alongside clear mountain streams—perfect for flowing rides sprinkled with diverse restaurants and historical sites dating to the days of Indian Territory.
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City Escape: Bakersfield, California

City Escape: Bakersfield, California

This varied loop ride east of Bakersfield features a visually striking state park and a massive desert lake. It also boasts a series of great roads lined by an intriguing mix of desert plants, evergreens, and whimsical Joshua trees. Itís an escape suitable for most any time of year except mid-summer, when it can be oppressively hot at the lower elevations of the ride. Length Approximately 182 miles Meetup Spot Copeís Knotty Pine Cafe, 1530 Norris Rd, Bakersfield,
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Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour: Allegheny Autumn

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour: Allegheny Autumn

The old and weathered Allegheny Mountains run through north-central Pennsylvania and portions of neighboring Maryland and West Virginia. The range was once the furthest reaches of a young nation, and within the mountainsí wrinkles lie stories and tales that, like tree rings, reveal the past. History Itís early October and thereís a chill in the morning air reminding us that the riding season will soon be over.
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Alabama: Rockets and Music and Bikes, Oh My!

Alabama: Rockets and Music and Bikes, Oh My!

Up until last year, I had never explored Alabama, despite the fact that my home in Chattanooga, TN, is almost a stone’s throw away from the state line—so close that on any given Saturday you can hear University of Alabama football fans yelling “Roll Tide” at the TVs in local bars and restaurants.
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Thailand: Road of 2,000 Turns

Thailand: Road of 2,000 Turns

After 36 trips across the Atlantic for rides in Europe and Africa, it was time for something different. Having never been across the Pacific, I settled on Thailand for a new adventure. I would be taking part in Edelweiss Bike Tours’ “Thailand Extreme” tour, an eight-day trip covering 1,465 miles in northern Thailand’s stunning mountain ranges.
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Utah: Mission: Possible

Utah: Mission: Possible

It may come as a surprise to learn that in at least one Utah county it apparently is illegal to hire trombone players to play on the street to advertise an auction, or that Jell-O is the official state snack. Did you know that Utah often ranks as the second or third driest state in the U.S., or that some parts of the state experience about 300 sunny days a year? Oh, and in case you have been asleep for the past several years, you might be interested to know that Utah is heaven on earth for mo
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Motorcycle Reviews

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT: The Reasonable Adventurer

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT: The Reasonable Adventurer

Since you’re reading this magazine, you obviously enjoy traveling to interesting places on a motorcycle. When it comes to choosing a mount for two-wheel travel, adventure-touring bikes are the hottest segment on the market and can’t be ignored. Time aboard the 2020 V-Strom 1050XT reminds us why ADV bikes are popular, even if many owners rarely ride them off-road.
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2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT: A Peerless MOTORcycle

2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT: A Peerless MOTORcycle

Presence. It’s a nebulous term not easily or objectively defined, but the new Rocket 3 definitely has it. The motorcycle’s imposing size is only part of what gives it presence. Its rich finish detailing draws eyes closer and makes them linger. Mmmm, that machined rear wheel exposed via a single-sided swingarm is beautiful.
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