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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape:  Frederick,  Maryland

City Escape: Frederick, Maryland

If you enjoy an endless progression of curves and elevation changes on off-the-beaten-path roads, then this City Escape is for you. Because of the challenging riding environment, it may feel much longer than its designated 155-mile length. These roads are great fun.
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City Escape:  Las Vegas, Nevada

City Escape: Las Vegas, Nevada

Most visitors to this area, and likely many Las Vegans, have no idea what wonders lie just outside the neon-illuminated city limits. Rugged red rocks and alpine peaks reside a short ride from the frenetic streets of Sin City. Due to the altitudes, it is best negotiated in spring through fall.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan Shamrock Tour®

Ann Arbor, Michigan Shamrock Tour®

"Bill, your mission—should you choose to accept it—is in Michigan. Your weapon will be a Harley-Davidson.” To an adventure rider, these words are akin to telling a Cordon Bleu chef they just won a free gift card to McDonald’s. Michigan, especially around the Detroit area, was not exactly my top choice of places to test the new Harley-Davidson Pan America, the Motor Company’s first modern foray off the cruiser path. I was, however, curious about the bike, so I accepted the call. My impressions of both would soon drastically change.
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A Sublime Loop Around the Southwestern States

A Sublime Loop Around the Southwestern States

Wheeling up to the U.S. border from the Mexican side at Tecate was more of a drive-through experience than the usual cacophony of queues and chaos surrounding the more southern fronteras. The two-year familiarity of my old, comforting Latin American life was about to leave me for a convenient First World one. A U.S. immigration official greeted us formally at the barrier. Plenty of instructional “pleases” and “thank yous” followed, but few of the warm pleasantries to which I’d become accustomed.
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Germany, Austria, and Italy

Germany, Austria, and Italy

What do you do after a 10-hour operation that just saved your life? Do you live every given day more consciously? Do you care less about conventions and everything that burdens your life? Do you realize a long-fostered dream? Do you stop stressing and do everything much more slowly? All of this!
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Motorcycle Reviews

2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

Hwy 2 connects what Los Angeles used to be with what it is today, cutting a confused line through dozens of disparate neighborhoods as it climbs from the Santa Monica coast to the high desert, past seven-figure homes and the glowing edges of the Sunset Strip. On the way, it brushes through the vestiges of California’s mid-century space race history in the San Fernando Valley. Finally, it climbs over the mountains to the distant and conveniently displaced desert of Victorville and Palmdale, where acre after acre of new Lockheed hangars and vast fulfillment centers are kept politely displaced from the glitz of the city. And in the middle of Hwy 2, there’s mile after mile of what Los Angeles was at first: sage, oak, chaparral, and hardscrabble hillsides—and some of the best twisting roads you’ll find anywhere.
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​​2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure

​​2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure

Allowing for a couple of model year omissions, the Kawasaki KLR650 has been in constant production for a total of 35 years. Not many motorcycle models can claim that kind of longevity. It has remained desirable for its ability to be both freeway-capable and dirt-worthy, while being affordably priced.
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  • A Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy [Read]