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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Québec City 
to the Island of Orléans

City Escape: Québec City 
to the Island of Orléans

The tour starts at the Fontaine de Tourny, travels around Québec City and the Plains of Abraham to Quai des cageux along the Promenade de Champlain to the point where you can see the old Québec Bridge over the Saint Lawrence River. It continues through the historic part of Québec along Quartier Petit Champlain to the fountain facing Gare du Palais. We then ride to the Island of Orleans which inspired the poet Félix Leclerc. Everywhere you turn there are orchards, historic homes, and unforgettable scenery—so, take your time.
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City Escape: Riverside, California

City Escape: Riverside, California

If you limit yourself to the freeways in Southern California, you’ll never know what treasures hide on the byways. This loop southeast of Riverside is a climb into the mountains on thrillingly windy roads. This is a three-season ride with only winter months to be avoided on two wheels.
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Classic Roads: Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

Classic Roads: Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

Utah’s State Route 12 is a “National Scenic Byway” recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It also has the designation of being an All-American Road, one of just 120 so named nationwide, which means it possesses unique features and intrinsic qualities not found elsewhere. All-American Roads are destinations unto themselves. Route 12 and its extensions run through two national parks, a national monument, three state parks, and a national forest. The total distance is approximately 225 miles.
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Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee: The Natchez Trace Parkway

Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee: The Natchez Trace Parkway

For most people in Tennessee, fall riding means heading east toward the beautiful Smoky Mountains, but I did that last year. Of course, I see the appeal of the park when the leaves change and the days are shortening, but so does everyone else. It’s the most visited national park in America, and its relatively small footprint can’t handle the influx of people during the short peak-color season. I vividly recall being stuck in traffic for hours simply trying to leave the park to get back to our cabin for the evening, and that’s an experience I didn’t wish to repeat.
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado Shamrock Tour®:  Riding “Naked” in the Rocky Mountain State

Pagosa Springs, Colorado Shamrock Tour®: Riding “Naked” in the Rocky Mountain State

With an abundance to see and do, Colorado is a tourist mecca for good reason. While many flock to explore the beauty and rugged wilderness (whether hiking, rafting or mountain biking), we made plans to visit some of the old mining and railroad towns that sprouted up in the mid to late 1800s. All of them rely on the past to stay vibrant, and it seems fitting that we’ll be contributing to their economies when arriving on our vintage-inspired Triumphs.
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Nova Scotia: Prince of Rides - The Cabot Trail

Nova Scotia: Prince of Rides - The Cabot Trail

For the fourth time in one day, I am mangling the pronunciation of town names in Nova Scotia. Is it Why-COCO-maw or Why-COG-ama? Anti-GONE-ish or An-TIG-anish? Meredith and I have been in Canada for three days, but I haven’t gotten any better at this.
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Nebraska to Illinois: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer Part 4

Nebraska to Illinois: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer Part 4

Surely the Midwest will be easier to cross than the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin Desert, and the Rocky Mountains, right? For modern interstate travelers, it’s a yawn fest of endless, unchanging miles tempered only by sagging eyelids and bladders about to burst. But when George Wyman came this way, nothing about his crossing could have been described as easy and boredom was a luxury he couldn’t afford. His introduction to Nebraska was nearly fatal:
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Indian Himalayas: Spiti Amazing

Indian Himalayas: Spiti Amazing

Our route is entirely blocked. Facing us is a huge brightly colored truck, its wheels a foot deep in the fast running water. The driver’s door is wide open but the driver is nowhere to be seen. Behind the truck, a line of 4x4s and other trucks sit patiently, occasionally tooting their horns. To our left, an enormous river thunders past, its murky water crashing over treacherous rapids. To the right is a massive boulder field, the huge rocks having broken free from the cliffs towerING above us.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260S: Gentleman’s Agreement

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260S: Gentleman’s Agreement

Fans of Ducati’s Multistrada will be pleased with the refinements the Italian manufacturer incorporated on the 2018 incarnation, specifically the 1260S, which combines a satisfying mix of rider aids and creature comforts with the soul of a superbike.
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2018 Kawasaki H2SX/SE and Z900RS

2018 Kawasaki H2SX/SE and Z900RS

You’ve gotta hand it to Kawasaki. In the midst of a lot of industry handwringing over declining sales and questions about how to draw new riders to the fold, Kawasaki used the IMS show in NYC to double down on their bread and butter: fast bikes. They had four new models to show (Ninja 400, ZX-10R SE, Z900RS, and H2 SX SE) but we’ll focus on the machines most suitable for a weeklong getaway.
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2018 Honda Gold Wing: Accomplice to Wanderlust

2018 Honda Gold Wing: Accomplice to Wanderlust

In motorcycling, there are a number of inexplicable cliques specific to brands and models that have spawned subcultures unto themselves. Harley-Davidson enjoys a stranglehold on cool; Moto Guzzi riders exude obsessive emotions; and BMW’s illustrious GS attracts global legions of adventure-seeking cohorts. But perhaps the most devout and diehard fans of a single motorcycle are those who ride Honda’s Gold Wing. The Gold Wing rider is unlike any other. Fiercely loyal, often quirky, they tend toward the ardently independent and yet, conversely, they exhibit a strong sense of community. Predominantly adventurous, Gold Wing owners possess a predisposition for touring. However, many Gold Wing owners’ definition of “touring” often outclasses the majority of what most two-wheel enthusiasts interpret as travel, having elevated the practice to a transcontinental art form.
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2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i ABS: Suburban Mobility

2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i ABS: Suburban Mobility

Small displacement two-wheelers are the preferred method of transportation in most cities around the globe, except here. Wide lanes and no particular shortage of space, along with certain perceptions about scooters have kept them off our roads to a large extent. Bigger is not always better, however, and the updated Xciting proves it.
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