Favorite Ride: Vermont Border Run

The landscape around Lake Willoughby is stunning. A few years ago, Rider published my article about riding Vermont Route 100 from south to north, ending at the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which straddles the US/Canada border. Someone wrote a letter to the editor asking how I got back. US Route 5 runs along … Read more

Great Lakes Getaway: Touring Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan

The number of double-track dirt roads in the Great Lakes area is countless, tempting travelers off the snaky paved highways with their promise of adventure. (Photos by the author) I arrive in Duluth, Minnesota, in the middle of the night, welcomed by a cleansing wind blowing off Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. … Read more

Favorite Ride: Bridges of Charleston County

Wide lanes and stunning views make the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River a rider’s dream. Charleston, South Carolina, is a true Southern belle. She turns 352 years old this year and has quite a past. In America’s early days, her importance rivaled New York and Boston. Shipping, as well as rice and … Read more

Anything But A Straight Line: Exploring America’s Backroads

Al Hotlsbury, a friend of the author, enjoying what draws motorcyclists to southeastern Ohio. Photos by the author. Whoever said a straight line was the best way to get from Point A to Point B didn’t ride a motorcycle. Is there anyone among us who uses a freeway rather than backroads as their main source … Read more

Favorite Ride: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

Behind our bikes is Seneca Rocks, a crag that towers 900 feet above the North Fork River and is one of the best-known natural features in West Virginia. Photos by the author. It’s not until we exit Interstate 81, run through some gears on US Route 48, and catch a whiff of dew-covered fields that … Read more

Perfect Pyrenees Tour with IMTBike

Winding around one of the many hairpins on the descent from Naut Aran, a town high in the Pyrenees that’s home to the Baqueira-Beret ski resort. My husband, Steve, was facing a landmark birthday last August. He decided to celebrate on a motorcycle, and IMTBike had a Pyrenees tour that coincided with the date. The … Read more

Tracing the Cascades on a Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

Road testing the 2019 Tracer 900 GT in Washington’s Klickitat River valley, with Mount Adams in the background. (Photos by the author & Brian J. Nelson) Winding through a dark canopy of evergreens, the road played hide-and-seek with the Clackamas River, offering a glimpse here and there of clear water pouring over rocks as it … Read more

On the Road: Newfoundland | Rider Magazine

Coastal Labrador was the next stop. Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province in Canada, fights a losing battle patching its roadways. Realizing it’s a lost cause, the province simply erects signs along the way warning “Potholes Ahead.” It’s a challenging slalom on a motorcycle, let alone in a car. I watch the suspension jolt on … Read more

Backcountry Discovery Routes Releases Wyoming BDR

Since 2010, the adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has created 10 trans-state routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Now, BDR announces its eleventh route, the Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route (WYBDR), produced in partnership with BMW Motorrad USA and Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation. RELATED: 2021 BMW R 1250 GS 40 Yrs Edition … Read more

Favorite Ride: Colorado Front Range Figure-8

The Rocky Mountain Front Range is a rider’s paradise. Photos by the author. As we sat in the crimson hue of the Colorado Front Range sunset, the stone walls of the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater echoed with familiar lyrics. David Crosby’s face was laced with as many crevices as the surrounding sandstone spires, but his … Read more