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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Laramie, Wyoming

City Escape: Laramie, Wyoming

Take your time on this inspiring ride through southern Wyoming that originates out of Laramie, the “Gem City of the Plains.” Open country and the breathtakingly beautiful Snowy Range Scenic Byway through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are the hallmarks of this ride. On the way back you’ll ride through the communities of Fox Park and Woods Landing-Jelm, a particularly colorful journey in the fall.
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City Escape: Atlanta, Georgia

City Escape: Atlanta, Georgia

Escape Atlanta’s sprawling urban landscape by taking a series of secondary roads to the unique, picturesque Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama, 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. The lunch stop may not look like much on the outside, but the tasty offerings inside are well worth your time and money.
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New York: Adirondack State of Mind

New York: Adirondack State of Mind

Moody morning fog shrouds the woods around Fort Ticonderoga, but by the time Cameron and I climb the short, steep hill up to Mount Defiance, the August sun has burned away the morning mist. We have a clear eastward view across narrow Lake Champlain to Vermont and the Green Mountains. Our travels this time are westward, though. We turn our backs on Vermont and ride into the Adirondack Mountains.
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 Lewiston, Idaho Shamrock Tour®: A Three-State Odyssey

Lewiston, Idaho Shamrock Tour®: A Three-State Odyssey

The Lewiston Shamrock Tour® promises diverse roads in a land of canyons, prairies, mountains, and forests. This rough country was settled by tough people eking out a living off the land, and they built roads through the canyons and high on the prairies. Their hard work sets the stage for this tour along some amazing roads with equally amazing history. Let’s ride!
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South Africa: The Cape Crusader

South Africa: The Cape Crusader

It doesn’t get better than this. I’m on the pegs, piloting the Honda Africa Twin up a steep, rocky climb in the middle of the vast Cederberg Wilderness Area. Ahead of me, a troop of baboons scatters away from the track and up into the deep red cliffs, the alpha male hanging back long enough to make me suitably nervous. Farther down the track, my riding companion Laurie follows on the BMW, and Toby, on the KTM 690, is nowhere to be seen. But no matter: I’m riding one of the most iconic adventure bikes ever made in the very country that inspired it some 30 years earlier. I could not be happier.
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California: Chasing Butterflies and Wildflowers

California: Chasing Butterflies and Wildflowers

The perfect time to see the migrating painted lady butterfly and witness one of California’s rare wildflower super blooms is early March to early April. It doesn’t happen every year, but when weather conditions are just right, a simultaneous blooming of wildflowers occurs in California’s arid regions. Last year, the butterfly migration and the explosion of wildflowers went hand in hand, and searching for them on a motorcycle, well, that’s where the fun began.
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Peru: Following the Dakar Rally

Peru: Following the Dakar Rally

Few things in my life can compare to the almost monthlong trip I took around Peru to follow the Dakar Rally on a Kawasaki KLR650. It sounds melodramatic, but it was really that good.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2020 Yamaha MT-03: Revving for Your Youth

2020 Yamaha MT-03: Revving for Your Youth

Our senior readers (ahem—no offense) will recall the thrills Yamaha delivered in small displacement motorcycles through the late ’70s and into the ’80s. Lightweight twins were quickly tweaked, raced, and became a key part of our culture. In fact, the new 2020 Yamaha MT-03 harks back to the thrills of the RD series of motorcycles, but without the undue drama of a light-switch powerband and begging your buddy for some of his premix oil halfway through a Sunday ride.
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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

The Tiger 900 is born again. It first leapt into action in 1993 after Triumph itself was reborn under new ownership in 1983. A decade of Tiger 800s began in 2010, adding up to some 85,000 sold. Now we’ve got an 888cc Tiger, all new from the ground up.
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