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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Louisville, Kentucky

City Escape: Louisville, Kentucky

Escape the congested urban humdrum of Kentucky’s largest city, and motor into a pleasing rural landscape west of town. Traveling through two states, you’ll discover soothing scenic vistas, meandering country lanes, back-in-time river towns, and enlightening historical sites that help tell the American story. Spring and fall are optimal times to visit this area.
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City Escape: Tulsa, Oklahoma

City Escape: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Historic US Route 66, an ancient old-growth forest, a world-class museum, and some quirky attractions give this day loop an eclectic appeal. Ride west across Keystone Lake and south on a twisty backroad along the Cimarron River, intersecting Route 66 in Warwick and then enjoying small-town appeal and sights of older 66 alignments on the roadside as you cruise back to Tulsa. The best times to ride are October, November, and spring.
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Ghosts of Mississippi: Exploring the Magnolia State

Ghosts of Mississippi: Exploring the Magnolia State

Many communities have their share of ghost stories, most of which are fueled by active imaginations and are not for the faint of heart. These stories are best told on a chilly night around a campfire, so bundle up and get cozy. This journey takes us through one of the most haunted areas of the country—rural southern Mississippi, in October no less—in search of the paranormal.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin Shamrock Tour® Northwest Ridge Routes With a Side of Pie

Eau Claire, Wisconsin Shamrock Tour® Northwest Ridge Routes With a Side of Pie

Creating a Shamrock Tour® around Eau Claire, WI, presents an interesting dilemma: Four loops cannot begin to cover all the challenging and scenic roads available. A double—or even a triple—Shamrock Tour is possible, considering all the interesting road and scenery options in Wisconsin’s northwest corner.
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California : A Light Bike Adventure Ride

California : A Light Bike Adventure Ride

The southwestern corner of the United States is arguably both an adventure bike paradise and an ideal testing ground. Seemingly endless deserts stretch in all directions, containing virtually every type of terrain imaginable. However, the difficulty of this terrain comes in large doses at times.
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Ra’anana to Eilat, Israel: Watch Out for Camels & Tanks

Ra’anana to Eilat, Israel: Watch Out for Camels & Tanks

I left the house at 8 a.m. and loaded my Honda CBR250R with a tankbag and a small 10-liter Kriega pack that fit nicely on the pillion seat. This was a solo trip. I wanted to escape from the city for a few days, and a ride through the Negev desert to the Red Sea was just what I needed.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2020 Indian Motorcycle Upgrades

2020 Indian Motorcycle Upgrades

With the arrival of the Milwaukee-Eight motor from Harley-Davidson two years ago, boasting 107 and 114 cubic inches of displacement, Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 suddenly wasn’t the baddest cruiser engine on the market. The balance of power shifts back to Indian with the arrival of the Thunder Stroke 116, now standard equipment in seven of Indian’s 2020 models.
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Can-Am Refreshes Spyder RT for 2020

Can-Am Refreshes Spyder RT for 2020

Can-Am has introduced an updated version of its Spyder RT, what it describes as the ultimate luxury-touring road-trip vehicle, which now offers enhanced comfort and additional convenience items.  In addition to its new contemporary appearance with LED headlights for enhanced visibility, the Spyder RT features a redesigned cockpit with a new 7.8-inch color LCD instrument panel and simpler controls.
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2020 Yamaha MT-03

2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha has released a stylish new naked sports motorcycle to appeal to junior riders. The MT-03 takes the bones of the YZF-R3 sportbike and repackages them into this sassy new model. Its aggressive, mass-forward appearance gives the MT-03 a leg up over some of its mundane-looking competition.  A centrally located LED headlamp and dual position lights give the MT-03 a dramatic face within the front cowl assembly, augmented by LED turn signals.
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2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup: Not Just Premium, “SuperPremium”

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup: Not Just Premium, “SuperPremium”

If you’re looking for the highest-end traditional American motorcycle, you’ll be shopping in Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations aisle. Since it was launched in 1999, the CVO lineup has offered features, finishes, and paintwork unavailable on “lesser” Harleys.
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2019 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: Hipsters Rejoice!

2019 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: Hipsters Rejoice!

Motorcycles have improved by leaps and bounds in the last 50-plus years, with electronic fuel injection, anti-lock braking systems, adjustable suspension, disk brakes, and more. Technology doesn’t come cheap, however. Fast-forward to the present and every coffee-sniffing, pant-rolling, pipe-smoking hipster is scouring Craigslist for a used twin to complete their look. Yet only with luck will you find a decently running bike from the ’60s for less than what the 2019 INT650 costs, and then you better know your way around a shop. So there was a real demand for vintage-looking motorcycles. We all saw this, but the motorcycle manufacturers as a whole were slow to respond.
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