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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Hamilton, Ohio

City Escape: Hamilton, Ohio

This serene ride through rural America shows off the region’s beauty, and it also offers plenty of things to see and do in Hamilton and nearby towns. Country byways, Acton Lake, Miami University, and a KitchenAid factory serve up even more ways to stimulate the senses.
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City Escape: Dallas/Fort Worth

City Escape: Dallas/Fort Worth

This is an entertaining and varied loop located due west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Dotted with interesting towns and land features, it also offers a sampling of several different road types from straights to sweeping curves and even a few hairpins. The ride can be enjoyed year-round, but the dog days of mid-summer can be sweltering.
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Kentucky to Idaho: Totally Eclipsed

Kentucky to Idaho: Totally Eclipsed

I look for excuses to ride. Are we out of milk? I’ll be right back! Have you heard about the new breakfast joint that serves real maple syrup? Let’s check it out this weekend! Did you know a total solar eclipse is crossing the entire country? Let’s go chase it!
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South Central Tennessee Shamrock Tour®: Nashville Countryside

South Central Tennessee Shamrock Tour®: Nashville Countryside

Nashville is known the world over for its country music, and for many people that’s as far as it goes. I like the music too. But it’s the hills and smooth two-lane roads in the surrounding countryside that recently drew me there. The four loops of this Shamrock, based out of nearby Chapel Hill, TN, encompass much of this beautiful terrain, featuring recommended visits to Savage Gulf, The Narrows of the Harpeth, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, and Leiper’s Fork.
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California Amid Redwoods and Literary Giants

California Amid Redwoods and Literary Giants

After years of traipsing the globe, putting various motorcycles on gloriously winding roads and mountain passes from South Africa to Tuscany and Morocco to Mississippi, I find myself returning again and again to the Central Coast of California, specifically Carmel and Big Sur. This part of the world is my own personal refuge from the frantic swim of life, when events conspire to exhaust the spirit, and the soul is in need of repair. Aside from its exquisite gifts as a motorcycle destination, offering up stellar combinations of scenery and engaging roads, this coastal region has proven a haven for notable writers. The Central Coast was home to three authors who couldn’t have been more different in terms of craft and lifestyle: Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, and Robinson Jeffers. All three men shared a deep love for this part of the world, taking inspiration from its natural beauty and relative isolation, with each finding their own enclave along the Central Coast. Miller chose Big Sur, Jeffers, Carmel, and Steinbeck identified with the Salinas Valley and Monterey.
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Patagonia: Cry of the Guanaco

Patagonia: Cry of the Guanaco

Write it down, write it all down before you forget! 
Write about the bikes, the people, the roads, the plains, the mountains, 
the lakes, the rivers, the glaciers, and the guanaco. 
Don’t forget the guanaco …
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Motorcycle Reviews

2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

Both of these adventurers suffer from an enviable identity crisis. Either one can roam into the other’s terrain and feel quite at home. The crossover gap between the two machines widens in direct proportion to the difficulty of the terrain.
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2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE : More Than We Need, All That We Want

2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE : More Than We Need, All That We Want

In 1972, Kawasaki set the pace for performance when it introduced the H2, a 750cc, 60-hp, two-stroke bullet that notoriously earned its “Widow Maker” nickname. The age of the Hyperbike is still upon us, and Kawasaki’s new H2 touring motorcycle, based on that simple ’70s two-stroke, hits the highways with 200 hp, saddlebags, a supercharger, electronic launch control, a quick shifter, and a ,000 price tag.
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