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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Albuquerque, New Mexico

City Escape: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This day ride stretches out through ancient ruins and historic mining communities in Albuquerque. With little traffic, it all but guarantees solitary motorcycling bliss. The tail end of the route includes a ride up and down Sandia Crest to take in some astounding views before returning to the city limits. There’s also a stint on the legendary Route 66!
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City Escape: Jacksonville, Florida

City Escape: Jacksonville, Florida

While Florida roads are mostly straight, a ride around the St. Johns River offers a curvier experience. After starting south on San Jose Blvd, making a detour out to Mandarin Rd helps with traffic. The last 60 miles to Palatka go along a winding, scenic river road. The way back on Hwy 17 runs adjacent to the river with detours out to the water. Riding farther north presents excellent opportunities for pleasant riverfront residential riding.
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Chattanooga, Tennessee Shamrock Tour® : In Our Own Backyard

Chattanooga, Tennessee Shamrock Tour® : In Our Own Backyard

Luke was stripping down to his underwear in the middle of a park somewhere outside of Cleveland, TN, not too far from our hometown of Chattanooga. Just behind him flowed the Hiwassee River, over which stretches a bridge from where he claimed he’s seen people jump. It was 50 degrees outside. As to how cold the water was, we could only guess.
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California Sierra: The Glorious Roads of the Golden State

California Sierra: The Glorious Roads of the Golden State

As is usually the case with larger motorcycle groups, we were a motley crew that had come together in unlikely ways. Chris and Steve were decades-old friends and had ridden and skied together everywhere. Mike was a sports photographer they knew from Park City. Rod also had a house in Park City, where he’d skied dozens of times with Chris and Steve. Roger was Rod’s best friend from high school and he was riding with his son, Josh. Fernie was a professional mechanic who had run the service department at a dealership where Chris, Steve, and I bought parts for our BMWs. We had all ridden together before—all but Mike, anyway. Each of us apart from Fernie had also been part of a magnificent motorcycle tour of Alaska. We knew each other’s temperaments, riding styles, and bikes. Everyone was riding a BMW R 1200 GS, except Mike, who had left his vintage GS at home and rented a new one from MotoQuest. Roger simply preferred a Triumph Tiger 1050.
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Sardinia: Italy or Not Italy?

Sardinia: Italy or Not Italy?

The island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean is a motorcyclist’s dream. Officially, it is a territory of Italy. But, as we shall find out, it is different in many ways.
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Texas Hill Country: A Land of Simple Majesty

Texas Hill Country: A Land of Simple Majesty

I moved to North Texas from the Midwest more than two years ago. Not having explored the state much, tales of the roads around Texas Hill Country, west of Austin, had long intrigued me. Not being a fan of solo overnight expeditions, I received the perfect opportunity to explore that part of Texas when my old college friend informed me that he and his father would be strapping their bikes on a trailer and heading down from Minnesota. They wanted to meet up with me in Texas and ride to the Hill Country after catching the 2019 MotoGP at COTA that weekend.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700: New Standard for Adventure

2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700: New Standard for Adventure

Research and development for a new motorcycle takes several years. OEMs usually give us a few months’, maybe even a year’s heads-up about a new model. Yamaha went against the grain and announced the Ténéré 700, or T7, four years ago, right around the same time when they decided to build it! Needless to say, we’ve been anxiously awaiting this sought-after motorcycle that fits perfectly in a gap in the current offering of adventure bikes—a simple, li
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2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide FLTRXSE: Factory-Made & Modified

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide FLTRXSE: Factory-Made & Modified

It is no secret that Harley-Davidson owners like customizing their bikes. The practice has spawned more than a few niche parts businesses and has added to the OEM’s bottom line through sales of its own popular Genuine Parts & Accessories catalog for decades. But some folks asked a question: “Why not have someone do the work for me?”
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