City Escape: Fort Collins, Colorado

Jan 19, 2019 View Comments by

This 105-mile section of CO-14 has become an all-time favorite over the years. Leaving Ft. Collins, the road winds alongside the Cache la Poudre River and climbs steadily into Roosevelt National Forest until it reaches Cameron Pass (10,200 ft). From there it descends steeply before flattening out on the high plains for a short ride […]

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City Escape: San Jose, California

Jan 13, 2019 View Comments by

San Jose may be the epicenter of Silicon Valley madness, but it’s also surrounded by some of the best moto roads in the Bay Area. This City Escape focuses on the western side, featuring the newly opened Mount Umunhum State Park, which has become one of the great Bay Area summits for motorcyclists.

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Myanmar – Mountains and Motorcycling!

Jan 04, 2019 View Comments by

For years Burma occupied an elusive place on my bucket list. Mysterious and exotic, but shut off almost completely to Western tourists, the former province of India was all the more alluring because of the difficulty involved in getting there. Unfortunately, as time went on it started to seem less and less likely that I […]

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City Escape: Dallas/Fort Worth

Sep 22, 2018 View Comments by

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 […]

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City Escape: Hamilton, Ohio

Sep 08, 2018 View Comments by

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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Going East: A Father, Son, and Some Well-Earned Silence

May 20, 2018 View Comments by

It was a rough ride down Interstate 78. Old ladies slowly drifting too far beyond the road surface markings. Big, V8-powered trucks switching lanes to lodge their tailgates a breath from Justin’s handlebars. His father, “The Captain,” would growl into his Sena headset, forgetting he had an audience on the other end of his microphone, […]

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City Escape: Asheville, North Carolina

May 18, 2018 View Comments by

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 […]

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Riverside, California City Escape

Apr 06, 2018 View Comments by

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: Virginia’s Blue Ridge Byways

Jan 16, 2018 View Comments by

The Blue Ridge and Appalachians are often referred to as the “gentle mountains.” Over hundreds of millions of years geological forces have rounded their shoulders and smoothed out most of their hard edges. The area’s long geological history and high levels of annual rainfall have produced a rich patchwork of green fields in the valleys […]

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Peru: Machu Picchu Express

Jan 12, 2018 View Comments by

  Today the curves start, and they won’t stop! At 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level, Nazca was comfortably warm, but 37 miles (60 km) of countless curves later, it’s more than just the altitude that’s changed.  At 15,091 feet (4,600 meters), we encounter rain and snow. If the weather’s not enough to slow […]

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City Escape: El Paso, Texas

Jan 10, 2018 View Comments by

Wineries, missiles, and views—this loop north of El Paso is a great mix for a short getaway. This city escape begins with a ride through a peaceful wine and agricultural region. It then tracks through a small portion of the fascinating White Sands Missile Range (ID and appropriate vehicle paperwork required for access), and ends […]

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City Escape: Athens, Ohio

Jan 04, 2018 View Comments by

This City Escape features a loop from the Athens County Visitors Center’s “Ohio’s Windy 9” map. The Pioneer Pass offers rolling hills and leads through Wayne National Forest, Stroud’s Run State Park, and Gifford State Forest. As if that weren’t enough, a taste of the famous Triple Nickle (Route 555) is thrown in for some […]

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Explore Japan on MotoQuest’s Hokkaido Tour

Mar 09, 2017 View Comments by

Japan is on, if not at the top of, every motorcyclist’s bucket list. Thanks to MotoQuest, that dream can become a reality. For 12 days, from June 6-18, 2017, riders can explore Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, on two wheels. Hokkaido offers perfectly manicured scenic roads, large national parks, wildlife, natural hot springs, steaming volcanoes, and […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure

Nov 27, 2016 View Comments by

I’ve been curious about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (aka the U.P.) for a number 
of years. This northern exposure has plummeting wintertime temperatures and lake-effect snow piling high. The U.P. constitutes 29 percent of Michigan’s total landmass, but the unforgiving winter weather explains why only three percent 
of the state’s population lives here year-round. During the […]

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Folkston, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: Sand in the Swamp

Nov 19, 2016 View Comments by

Stretching across the Florida-Georgia border lies an impenetrable wall of stoic old oaks draped with Spanish moss and rooted in the dark, murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. With rumors of unexplained and supernatural phenomena, the swamp is full of secrets to be discovered.

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