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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Woodsfield, Ohio

City Escape: Woodsfield, Ohio

Southeastern Ohio is a motorcyclist’s dream playground. The topography offers countless turns, many of which are technically challenging. A bike with an appetite for lean angles and good suspension is best, but even on a big touring bike, these roads will not disappoint. The majority of the route follows Monroe County’s “Demon Triangle,” considered one of America’s most challenging motorcycle routes.
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City Escape: Charlottesville, Virginia

City Escape: Charlottesville, Virginia

In Charlottesville, iconic destinations of American history combine with bucolic Shenandoah Valley landscapes and serpentine roads that summit the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Colorado: A Himalayan in the Rockies

Colorado: A Himalayan in the Rockies

An early fall ride through the Rocky Mountains is one of those irresistible and unforgettable trips: mile after mile of stunning scenery, remote and pristine environments, high mountain passes, wildlife at any turn, interesting towns, and twisting and curving roads.
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Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: Among Penn’s Woods

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: Among Penn’s Woods

Pass through any restaurant or transportation center in or near the state of Pennsylvania and you’ll find brochures for every type of tourist attraction imaginable: adventure parks, amusement parks, historical landmarks, wacky and wonderful private collections of stuff, and more. One brochure in particular is unique; instead of promoting a singular place, it’s for a road, U.S. Route 6, which crosses the entire state, making it an attraction unto itself. Stitching together highlights and landmasses, Route 6 generally runs along the northern border with New York.
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Ireland: Land of Story and Song

Ireland: Land of Story and Song

Giant Steps I tiptoe out of Dublin astride a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide (a touch nervous on the left side of the road, to be honest) and into a lush countryside of narrow lanes, hedgerows, and heath. Ireland is a land of storytellers and stories, and I am here to hear the stories. The Old Military Road zigs and zags up and over soft rolling waves of the green Wicklow Mountains.
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Southern Oregon: Dreams Come True

Southern Oregon: Dreams Come True

I still remember looking up one day during fourth-grade recess and seeing the motorcycle go by on the rain-slicked road. Where was this rider heading to, I wondered. The rider looked free and without a care. I had fallen in love with motorcycles, but at the age of 9 the best thing I could do was to buy motorcycle bubble-gum cards. Eventually, I did get to ride on a motorcycle, thanks to a neighbor who owned a Honda CB450.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Two Swords

2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Two Swords

Few motorcycles elicit such strong emotional responses from riders and nonriders alike. Whether it’s interest, confusion, anger, or excitement, I was on the receiving end of the whole range while testing the Yamaha Niken GT over a two-day period on the wet roads of California’s Central Coast. Yamaha’s study in traction has piqued my own interest ever since news of it broke in 2017, and two rainy days couldn’t have been better timed to actually test front-end traction on wet pavement through some curvy roads.
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2019 KTM 790 Adventure/790 Adventure R:

2019 KTM 790 Adventure/790 Adventure R:

We’ve heard about KTM’s plans for a midsize Adventure model from as early as 2013. In the meantime, we have seen the 1190, 1290, and 1090 introduced, and during this time the Austrian manufacturer has worked feverishly on the 790. Project managers and engineers attended KTM’s rallies around the world to solicit feedback and find out exactly what riders were looking for. KTM won its 18th consecutive Dakar title earlier this year (a triple sweep, actually, followed by fourth- and fifth-place finishes by Husqvarna, which is owned by KTM), and improvements learned during the world’s most grueling race have found their way into the two similar yet different 790 Adventure models. “Ready to Race” isn’t just KTM’s slogan. It feels like the way of life for everybody at the company and is apparent in every motorcycle they produce. This is no more evident than allowing me to test the latest Adventure in the Martian landscape of Morocco, on wide, open hardpack and sand dunes that once hosted the Dakar Rally, and still host many rallies, including the Merzouga Rally. Simply put, the bike’s got pedigree.
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