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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escapes:  Atlanta, Georgia

City Escapes: Atlanta, Georgia

Escape the sprawling urban landscape of Atlanta by taking a series of secondary roads to Alabama’s iconic Little River Canyon, and then return via rural roads in the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Charming historic settlements along the way include the Georgia towns of Dallas, Cave Spring, and Rome.
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City Escapes:  Seattle, Washington

City Escapes: Seattle, Washington

Take a break from the bustle of Seattle, WA, to explore the most northwesterly corner of the U.S. on the Olympic Peninsula. This route takes you on a ride along the mountainous Hurricane Ridge, through forested twisties. Before getting there, you can take some time off the highway on a short three-mile detour through Sequim on backroads that pass gorgeous lavender farms. On the way back along US 101, you even get to test your sea legs with a ride on the Bremerton Ferry.
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Galena, Illinois Shamrock Tour®

Galena, Illinois Shamrock Tour®

We woke to clouds and drizzling rain. We waited and studied the forecast to see if it would relent. No such luck… Marisa and I decided that — since we were riding Can-Am Spyders with wind protection comparable to a convertible—we’d hit the road despite the precipitation. Our quick theoretical aerodynamics calculations were dead on. As long as we kept the three-wheeled touring machines moving, they provided us with a dry pocket as we made our way to Kaladi’s Coffee Bar in Galena, IL. The rain broke just as we finished our coffee and walked to the Spyders. Perfect timing.
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New England

New England

It’s 2020 and the world is upside down. Life as we know it—the carefree travel, the large gatherings, the simple act of blowing out candles on a birthday cake—is over. In the shadow of the pandemic, my riding partner and motojournalist friend Moshe and I head up to New England to look for the remnants of utopias past.
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Alaska

Alaska

Skirting northeasterly around Denali National Park, I was hit with countless chevrons of snow-capped mountains in Interior Alaska. It was a sweet spot that seemed like the very acme of Alaskan wilderness allure. For us, it was the final frontier—the beginning of the end of a four-and-a-half-year road trip.
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Scotland

Scotland

"When your arse is in the saddle, the forecast will be the skies in front of you. In Scotland, there’s little point in looking any further ahead,” Calum Murray, owner of Saltire Motorcycles says prophetically, smiling at my comment that the weather forecast looked promising. I slip out the clutch of my black-and-cream Indian Roadmaster loaner and head back to Edinburgh’s über-artsy Radisson Collection Royal Mile in sunshine.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

When the original Suzuki Hayabusa was introduced in 1999, it was the fastest kid on the block and wasn’t shy about it—remember those “Ultimate Predator” ads? But times have changed and we now have touring bikes making more than 150 hp, 1,000cc sportbikes pushing 200 hp, the supercharged Kawasaki H2, and adventure bikes driving sport-touring bikes toward extinction.
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2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Leaning over, throttling down, I sling the bike under me, light up the rear wheel, and carry a drift through the grass. When it bites, I’m full throttle. My cheeks are surged back as I rip through my half-acre backyard toward the end of the property line. I give the engine a final blip of power just to hear the Zard exhaust echo through the trees, before grabbing a handful of Brembo brakes. Oh yeah, this is good.
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