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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Topeka, Kansas

City Escape: Topeka, Kansas

For folks who have the misimpression that Kansas is just one huge flat wheat field, the Flint Hills region is in fact a landscape of subtle beauty and fascinating history. If you’re not from these parts, and even if you are, prepare to be surprised.  Length Approximately 220 miles round-trip  Meet-up Spot EagleRider, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS Lunch Stop  Grand Central Hotel & Grill serves American fare, including both steaks and healthier
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City Escape: Cheyenne, WY

City Escape: Cheyenne, WY

When it’s time to get out of Wyoming’s capital city, this short foray south into Colorado features great scenery and some intoxicating winding roads. For just a single-day ride, this Cheyenne City Escape is remarkably diverse. You will roll through both arid grasslands and alpine forests.
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Georgia: The Fly Guys

Georgia: The Fly Guys

“Bet you I’ve caught more fish in my life than you have.” These are the words I stupidly blurt out my first time 
meeting the one and only Bill Oyster, considered by many to be the best 
bamboo fly-rod 
maker in the world. Sad thing is, it’s probably true.
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Laconia, New Hampshire Shamrock Tour®: Autumn Leaves

Laconia, New Hampshire Shamrock Tour®: Autumn Leaves

Long after Laconia Motorcycle Week is over, and long after the summer vacationers have left Lake Winnipesaukee and gone back to school and the humdrum of workaday life, Gary and I show up at Weirs Beach on a pair of black-as-night BMWs (me on a K 1600 Grand America, Gary on a K 1600 B).
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Morocco: Traveling the Kingdom

Morocco: Traveling the Kingdom

Gusts of salt-filled air blow sharply against my face as I gaze across the open water. We’re onboard the ferry that will take us from Algeciras, Spain, across the 36-mile Strait of Gibraltar, to the shores of northern Africa. In the distance I spot the strip of thin coastline where soon, for the first time in my life, I’ll set foot on African soil and begin my exploration of Morocco. On African Soil As the ferry moves closer, I begin to make out details along the coast.
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Southern California: Spanish Galleons to Austrian Motorcycles

Southern California: Spanish Galleons to Austrian Motorcycles

Familiarity doesn’t necessarily breed contempt, but it can breed ignorance. When traveling to far-flung adventurous lands, one’s attention is typically at peak levels—absorbing the sights and sounds, mental notes becoming etched into memory like words chiseled into stone.
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Brazil: Ancient Rhythms, Modern Moves

Brazil: Ancient Rhythms, Modern Moves

Dust clouds rise from the rhythmically stOmping feet of dozens of Brazilian Indians during a ritual campfire, in stark contrast to the sea of skyscrapers that makes up the monstrous metropolis surrounding them. Brazil is gigantic and, to the majority who travel here from more developed parts of the globe, difficult to comprehend in all its contradictions and diversity.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2019 BMW F 750 GS & F 850 GS : On- or Off-road, Adventure is the Word!

2019 BMW F 750 GS & F 850 GS : On- or Off-road, Adventure is the Word!

BMW’s approach to updating its middle-class machine is an interesting one—they’ve introduced two models very close in displacement, yet quite different in terms of temperament. The all-new F 750 GS and F 850 GS bikes possess the essential rugged good looks and dual-purpose functionality of the established GS machines, while each manages to retain a sense of individuality. WHAT’S NEW? EVERYTHING! The 750 and 850 GS represent a true “ground-up” redesi
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2019 ZERO MOTORCYCLES: First Impressions of the Latest in Electric Motorcycles

2019 ZERO MOTORCYCLES: First Impressions of the Latest in Electric Motorcycles

It’s possible to sum up this bike review in three words: I want one. As someone who regularly shoots cameras that don’t use batteries, riding a motorcycle that runs exclusively on one is an interesting exercise. The Zero DSR is possibly the most technology-driven bike I’ve ever thrown a leg over, yet in the quest for fun, this machine distills it down to the rawest elements.
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