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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Hartford, Connecticut

City Escape: Hartford, Connecticut

This daytrip is generally a laid-back ramble through the Connecticut countryside. Riders don’t have to travel far from urban Hartford to experience classic New England scenery and historic locations, some of which date from America’s Industrial Revolution. Take your time and enjoy the scenery and points of interest along the way.
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City Escapes: Bay City, Michigan

City Escapes: Bay City, Michigan

This route’s northern section—from Port Austin to Bay Port—offers a twisting road (Hwy 25) along the Lake Huron shore. The eastern stretch of 25 from Forestville to Grindstone City pulls back from the Lake Huron beaches in some sections of the route, but the area offers interesting lighthouses, historical museums, and monuments to explore.
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Oklahoma: The “Reel” Wild West

Oklahoma: The “Reel” Wild West

“Let’s go take a look,” said Bill, a familiar gleam in his eye.
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Etna, California Shamrock Tour®: Paradise Found

Etna, California Shamrock Tour®: Paradise Found

“How long have you been delivering supplies up here?” I ask. “Oh, about 20 years now,” replies Roger. Cora jumps in, eager to add more to the story. “Roger was a logger up in these mountains before that.” “Yeah, that’s true,” Roger says. “But I wasn’t gonna make much of a piano player.”
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Afghanistan: The Other Side

Afghanistan: The Other Side

“Afghanistan’s dangerous. Don’t go. What are you thinking?” they said. As we approached the border and saw the heavily armed guards, we wondered if they were right.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2020 BMW F 900 R/XR: Not-So-Identical Twins

2020 BMW F 900 R/XR: Not-So-Identical Twins

Since the introduction of its first motorbike, the R32 in 1923, BMW has been known for designing and manufacturing quality machines. With the extremely popular GS being its core business, in November the brand unveiled a pair of new middleweight street machines, the F 900 R and the F 900 XR. The models are designed not only to attract current riders to the BMW badge with its relatively low and competitive price point, but also to entice new and returning motorcyclists.
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2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701: Elemental Sports Roadster Gold

2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701: Elemental Sports Roadster Gold

The Svartpilen 701 reminds me of a childhood friend. Jimmy was a likable boy who always pushed the limits of what was typically deemed reasonable. He had a circle of friends who admired his carefree and adventurous attitude, even if he was pretty rough around the edges. Jimmy was eminently lovable and a source of excitement but was also challenging to be with in regular doses. Like Jimmy, the Svartpilen won’t suit everyone. Riders who want something smooth, comfortable, and boring will want to stay away. It’s high-strung, rough around the edges, and inspires hooligan behavior. Caveat emptor.
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