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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Asheville, North Carolina

City Escape: Asheville, North Carolina

A curve lover’s paradise, this loop takes you on a thrilling ride through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll experience a breathtaking sampling of roads, from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and the Foothills Parkway to the adrenaline-pumping road, The Dragon. Not to be outdone by the asphalt, the scenery kicks your senses into overdrive with sprawling emerald mountain vistas around nearly every corner during spring and summer, and explosions of color in the fall.
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City Escape: Eugene, Oregon

City Escape: Eugene, Oregon

This loop southwest of Eugene includes forests, rivers, lakes, state parks, and stirring views of the Pacific Ocean. Southwestern Oregon is filled with stunning scenery and this escape is a good sampler of what the region has to offer. This ride is best taken from late spring through early fall, and you should always prepare for unexpected turns in the weather here.
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Classic Roads: California’s Angeles Crest Highway

Classic Roads: California’s Angeles Crest Highway

Traveling just north of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and Pasadena, you’ll enter the Angeles National Forest, a sparsely developed area that’s home to one particularly fantastic ribbon of tarmac—The Angeles Crest Highway (aka California State Route 2). Completed in 1956, this two-lane marvel climbs, dives, and weaves into the San Gabriel Mountains and affords some amazing views and scenery.
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Expedition Idaho: Where Memory Lane Isn’t Paved

Expedition Idaho: Where Memory Lane Isn’t Paved

Going the distance can mean so many different things. For wanderers, it typically refers to making a trip longer than expected, by choice, or sometimes, by forces beyond our control. For others, it just means that you’ve gone, or are going, as far as you can. Last year I made just such a journey, along with a group of guys I didn’t yet know, all the way to land’s end in South America.
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Rome, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: High Spirits in the Southern Appalachians

Rome, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: High Spirits in the Southern Appalachians

The Southern Appalachian Mountains dominate the landscape of North Georgia and Northeast Alabama. These ancient mountains have been the upland home of Native Americans and have borne witness to their life and death struggles from the earliest traces of human habitation (12,000 to 15,000 years ago) into the 19th century. Interlaced with rural byways, the region is a beautiful setting for explorations in crisp fall weather.
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Italy: Smoke On the water

Italy: Smoke On the water

Mt. Etna, the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes, commands the view to the east of Enna, an ancient town built atop a hill in the middle of Sicily. A few miles farther and 2,000 feet higher on the road climbing out of the Dittano Valley, the smoking giant looms even larger as seen from the narrow ridge where the Greco-Roman village of Centuripe was established to defend a crucial trade route. The slopes of the ridge are crowded with pastel-colored houses and still, to this day, threading your way through Centuripe isn’t an easy proposition. The dark, narrow alleys sometimes end abruptly at stairways, and our own excursion through town is more strenuous than desired. But when finally emerging into sunlight, we’re rewarded immediately with an unobstructed view and stop to take in all of Etna’s 10,990 feet, rising from sea level in the fertile Simeto Valley.
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Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer, Pt 5

Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer, Pt 5

The home stretch. With the mountains and deserts and most of the country at his back, riding from Chicago to New York City should have been the easiest part of the trip for Wyman. It wasn’t.
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Japan: A Rider’s Secret Paradise

Japan: A Rider’s Secret Paradise

Believe it or not, being a motorcycle journalist is hard work. Especially under trying circumstances. There are rarely second chances. It’s run and gun, get the moment now—or never. I had the time of my life working this project in Japan, and now, here on the plane, I’m trying to bring my pulse back down to its resting heart rate.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2018 Yamaha Star Eluder: Eluding Convention

2018 Yamaha Star Eluder: Eluding Convention

Elude: to evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill.
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2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan: A Brand New, Old School Adventure Bike

2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan: A Brand New, Old School Adventure Bike

Like many others, I’ve been drooling over photos of the Royal Enfield Himalayan since they first began circulating around the internet a couple of years ago. A retro-styled, middle-weight adventure bike off-the-shelf. Did they make this just for me? How did they know? And finally, after what seemed like forever, and just when I was thinking it might never happen, the long-anticipated Himalayan arrived on U.S. shores. Maybe dreams do come true.
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2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Jim’s Riding Impressions 2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L This Africa Twin had the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which allows either completely automatic gear shifting or pushbutton sequential shifting. The combination of a torquey two-cylinder, liter-sized engine and the DCT’s propensity for upshifting at relatively low RPMs, when in automatic mode, often made for a jerky throttle response.
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