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Touring and Travel Articles

Alaska: From Whitehorse to Deadhorse and Back

Alaska: From Whitehorse to Deadhorse and Back

“Somebody will pick you up at the airport and drive you to where the bike is, about 30 kilometers outside of town. Bring cash.” Those were more or less my instructions for a loaner bike I somehow found by pure luck, combined with a healthy dose of trust. I’m sitting in my last airplane of a 20-hour journey wondering if I’m going to be at the bottom of a pit in a basement rubbing lotion on my skin by the end of the day. My only comfort is knowing my riding friends are expecting me and know of this unusual plan.
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Western Washington: Wilderness & Waves

Western Washington: Wilderness & Waves

Beauty is truth, truth beauty
—John Keats  A photo story of a 600-mile motorcycle tour of The Evergreen State.
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China: Keeping up with Indiana Jones

China: Keeping up with Indiana Jones

Riding across China is a motorcycle adventure like no other. Our China journey includes the Tibetan Plateau’s frigid mountains and grassy plains, the Gobi Desert’s towering pale beige sand dunes, and the Central Basin’s sweltering heat and humidity. We cover it all on small displacement Zongshen motorcycles, sharing the road with goats, camels, cattle, people, and unbelievably dense city traffic. Exotic, forbidding, foreign, and magnificent, China is all this and more.
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Motorcycle Reviews

Coming soon: 2019 Honda CB300R

Coming soon: 2019 Honda CB300R

Is it retro modern or streamlined steam-punk? No matter. Whatever the inspirations for its design, the naked 2019 CB300R is a pretty machine. And beginners, short-hop commuters, and many others with an abiding appreciation of small-displacement, user-friendly models will be visiting their local Honda showroom to check it out in July.  Sharing the same bold Neo-Sports Café styling of the CB1000R, this pared-down brother, introduced at Milan’s EICMA show in November, boast
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2018 Triumph Speedmaster: A New Kind of Old School

2018 Triumph Speedmaster: A New Kind of Old School

The Speedmaster of old was originally launched in 2002 and powered by a 790cc air-cooled twin. This year, the newly redesigned bike has gotten a complete makeover, at the heart of which is a massive 1200cc liquid-cooled powerplant. At first sight, the bike appears as a custom “one-off “cruiser with its fat rear tire, low, wide handlebars, and scooped-out seat. A very American concept, sporting a very British badge. Once underway, I soon discovered that the bike is actually quite a bit more than its laid-back appearance suggests.
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The 2018 Star Venture: Tradition Meets the Future

The 2018 Star Venture: Tradition Meets the Future

2018 will be remembered as the year Yamaha unveiled a new range of luxury touring in the form of the Star Venture. The bike is a deliberate cross between tradition and modernity with an alluring mix of big bore V-twin character augmented with the latest in technical gadgetry. And the open road virtually calls one to experience the Venture’s exceptional long-distance comfort and the relaxing thump of its low-revving 113 cubic-inch powerplant.
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