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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: San Jose, California

City Escape: San Jose, California

San Jose may be the epicenter of Silicon Valley madness, but it’s also surrounded by some of the best moto roads in the Bay Area. This City Escape focuses on the western side, featuring the newly opened Mount Umunhum State Park, which has become one of the great Bay Area summits for motorcyclists.
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City Escape: Fort Collins, Colorado

City Escape: Fort Collins, Colorado

This 105-mile section of CO-14 has become an all-time favorite over the years. Leaving Ft. Collins, the road winds alongside the Cache la Poudre River and climbs steadily into Roosevelt National Forest until it reaches Cameron Pass (10,200 ft). From there it descends steeply before flattening out on the high plains for a short ride into Walden. Upper elevations remain cold year-round, so wear layers. And with no gas stations inside the national forest, it’s important to fill up before starting.
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Athens, Ohio: Windy 9

Athens, Ohio: Windy 9

As the official home base of Ohio’s Windy 9, Athens marks the beginning and end of every route on the list. It’s sizeable enough to offer plenty of lodgings, and urban enough to serve up the region’s largest collection of dining, shopping, and nightlife options. During our stay we took advantage of its great local restaurants and breweries. Athens says it’s a little eccentric, and we agree. But unlike other growing cities known for being creative, in Athens’ case it seems genuine. At the end of a full day’s ride, we felt lucky to come back to a city almost as exciting as the surrounding roads. During this past fall, we explored four of the nine routes, leaving ourselves plenty of excuses to return next year.
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Eastern Tennessee: Inspiration in the Hills

Eastern Tennessee: Inspiration in the Hills

Silence consumes the surrounding Tennessee hills—insects around here sleep in. With my coffee cup balanced on the gas lid of the KTM, I assemble my bag. One of the greatest thrills of a motorcycle trip is the shedding of excess baggage, literally and figuratively. The saddle bags, extra pants, riding boots, and heavy gloves are in the hotel room, leaving only the essentials for today. I slowly lay out my gear, appreciating the morning stillness while it lasts.
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Billings, Montana Shamrock Tour®: Touch the Sky

Billings, Montana Shamrock Tour®: Touch the Sky

I land in Billings and meet Cameron at the moto-inspired MoAV Coffee House. We’re both eager to spend time in Big Sky country, and brand-new 2018 Gold Wings await us at Montana Honda & Marine. The next morning we start with breakfast at Stella’s for strong coffee and a cinnamon roll big enough to sink the Titanic, pick up the bikes, and jump on the interstate to blast out of town.
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Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario: The Superior Trip

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario: The Superior Trip

This story is a gift to my father, Daniel Lynn Swab, the most important person to me on earth. In fact, he’s the reason that I got into photography when I was younger. Not because he enjoyed taking photos, but because there were no photos taken of him.
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Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil: Exotic Amazon

Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil: Exotic Amazon

After a year of preparation, and waiting two long weeks in Paramaribo, Suriname, we get the green light from customs officials to uncrate 
and reassemble our KTM 690 Enduro R bikes. Finally, the second phase of 
“The Riding Reporters” South AmericaN adventure is set to begin!
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Motorcycle Reviews

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT: Triple-Powered Sport-Tourer

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT: Triple-Powered Sport-Tourer

Ahead of me, a runaway train of 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GTs barrels up the winding road. I’m wringing out second gear in between connecting corners to keep up, the screech of the bike’s inline triple reaching its highest register. Wind River Road is ideal testing ground for Yamaha’s latest sport-tourer, and the lead pack of journalists is pulling away. We race to keep their last rider within sight before he disappears around the tightly stacked turns.
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2019 Can-Am Ryker: All-new Chassis, Engines, Entry Level Pricing

2019 Can-Am Ryker: All-new Chassis, Engines, Entry Level Pricing

Can-Am has taken aim at a previously untapped market with the introduction of its all-new 2019 Ryker. Designed as a lower-priced model for local and day-trip use, it is intended to attract new and more youthful buyers to the brand, which until now has been popular primarily among an older generation of consumers. Who will buy them is yet to be determined, but a drastically more economical model should do well considering how many Spyders have been sold to date. I test rode one in the coastal Malibu area of Southern California, whose serpentine roads through the Santa Monica mountains provided a perfect playground for the press introduction.
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