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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escapes:  Richmond, Virginia

City Escapes: Richmond, Virginia

Journey back in history along some of Virginia’s most enchanting byways, where American history is combined with lost-in-time backroads through a hilly agricultural landscape, mountaintop vistas, a classy lunch stop, and a slice of the Blue Ridge Pkwy as a delicious dessert.
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City Escapes:  Chandler,  Arizona

City Escapes: Chandler, Arizona

Massive stands of saguaro cacti and panoramic vistas highlight this southern Arizona escape from the bustle of the ever-growing Chandler-Mesa metro area. The ride includes a stopover in a remote desert town that is undergoing a creative rejuvenation and a ride through a magnificent national monument. Because of the extreme summer heat in southern Arizona, this is a three-season ride from fall through spring. Views that extend for miles are the rule on this route. However, it’s not just about desert and the stately cacti. There are significant mountain ranges flanking most of the miles.
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Western Pennsylvania & New York, Part 2

Western Pennsylvania & New York, Part 2

Jeff Arpin and I continue exploring the western environs of New York and Pennsylvania by following the water. Preparing to depart Cataract City (aka Niagara Falls, NY), the fall weather is invigorating. Sunshine reflecting off the Niagara River presents a dazzling array of sparkling jewels. Road construction, however, causes us to soon forsake the Seaway Trail for a less scenic route north.
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Zanesville, Ohio Shamrock Tour®

Zanesville, Ohio Shamrock Tour®

Ohio is where I met my bride, Sarah. If Steve had not subscribed to RoadRUNNER, I probably wouldn’t have met her. I love coming here and riding the thrillingly curvy roads of southeastern Ohio. As part of our “at home” series, you can trust that these four loops are top notch. If not, it’s Steve’s fault.
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British Columbia, the Yukon,  and Alberta

British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alberta

Oh look, thar she blows! Out in the distance a whale blew, and a column of water fountained up. My eyes widened at the humpback’s gentle beauty. Calmly voyaging for two days from Juneau on the panhandle to Prince Rupert—our port gateway to a week of Canadian wilderness—first became a foray into Alaska’s Inside Passage. Taking a poor man’s cruise gave us the opportunity to experience life as any budget-conscious moto traveler might along this coastal connection of communities. All I needed to do was to bring Mr. Jangles, a 2001 Suzuki DR650, my marvelous other, Jason, and a stack of memory cards for the camera.
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Destination:  Hot Springs, Arkansas

Destination: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, AR, sits atop more than 40 springs with water heated by magma thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface. Native Americans enjoyed these mineral springs long before European Americans arrived. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “taking the waters” in the “Valley of Vapors” was a popular recreational indulgence for many Americans, including the famous and the infamous.
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The Green Country Oklahoma Adventure Tour (GOAT)

The Green Country Oklahoma Adventure Tour (GOAT)

Ahead, the old stagecoach road is rough and rocky. I jump off the motorcycle, camera in hand, to capture Bill as he begins the climb. Remounting, we both stand on the pegs to allow the bike to move beneath us. With no handlebar to grasp, it’s a position that feels decidedly unnatural for me as a passenger, but it’s the most effective way to get through this terrain. I marvel as Bill calmly picks his way through the ruts and ledges of this vintage byway. It’s our first day on the Green Country Oklahoma Adventure Tour (GOAT), and at the moment it’s living up to its name on this stony goat trail of a road.
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Motorcycle Reviews

BMW R 1250 RS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

BMW R 1250 RS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

The sport-touring class of motorcycles was once robust, with manufacturers offering a variety of touring bikes that were faster and more agile than yachts like the Gold Wing and Road Glide. But then the adventure-bike segment flourished when long-haul riders learned to appreciate the sporting chops and comfort of ADVs, while having the ability to explore off-road terrain.
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2021 Aprilia RS660

2021 Aprilia RS660

Middleweight sportbikes are phenomenally fun on a race track, but their sporty breeding makes them suffer in routine street duties and during longer-distance riding. All four of the Japanese four-cylinder 600s are thrilling rides, but none of them are as comfortable or as technologically advanced as the Aprilia RS660.
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