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Exploring New Hampshire

Mt. Washington Auto Road

Granite State attractions Day tripping away from Laconia Once upon a time Laconia Motorcycle Week was a weeklong party, but the times they are a’ changing. Surely a day, maybe two, can be spent at the New Hampshire Speedway enjoying vintage racing, sidehacks and Superbike competition in Loudon. Rain or shine, most of Wednesday is spent watching competitors tackle the ...

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Motorcycle tour through Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island, Harbor

Motorcycling to mansions It’s only 48 miles north to south and 37 miles east to west, but the smallest state in the U.S. has a history that is more voluminous than that of Texas and Alaska combined. Roger Williams founded Providence Plantations and established the first working democracy in 1636 after being banished from the Puritan colony of Plymouth for ...

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The Cassiar Highway

South to Alaska Scenic delights on the road less traveled After two weeks touring Alaska I was headed back south on the Alaska-Canadian Highway, also known as the Alaska Highway or simply the ALCAN. I never like to ride the same highway twice if I can help it and I did have another choice for the ride home. I had ...

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Biking in the Berkshires

New England inspiration Exploring the hills of western Massachusetts Moby Dick is crowned by a lighthouse, not Ishmael’s harpoon, although what the great white whale and a lighthouse are doing so far from the sea are two separate stories that become one only because I’m here. The Berkshire Region of Massachusetts lies west of the Connecticut River and extends to ...

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Touring the coast of Maine

Heading up Down East A maritime meander EASTERN MAINE—It’s 10:00 in the morning and already the heat wave is pushing for a new record. Traffic is at a crawl and I’m watching my oil temperature gauge like a hawk while I lurch up Route 1A in a series of first-gear bursts punctuated by bouts of idling. From Kittery, Maine, to ...

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The Richardson Highway

Glacial getaway Touring Alaska’s first major road Alaska’s Richardson Highway traverses some of the most scenic country in the world. I’d ridden there as part of an 11,000-mile, 31-day journey from my home in Ohio, and if I were asked to rate the various highways in Alaska, I would place the South Segment of the Richardson from Glennallen to Valdez ...

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Bay of Fundy Tour

Riding the tide Cruising through a land of extremes Like something out of a Stephen King novel, the fog–a cold, bone-chilling density–rides the tidal bore as it rushes across the vast plain. Advancing faster than a person can run is a volume of seawater equaling that of all fresh water rivers in the world. In six hours this land will ...

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Atlantic Maritimes Tour

Riding down the Walloostook A journey from the Republic of Madawaska to the port of Saint John Saint John, N.B.— Riding down the Walloostook I see storm clouds on the horizon. There have been storms here before, most notably during the Aroostook War, that forgotten conflict that almost caused a third war between the U.S. and Great Britain. It’s an ...

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The Hendee Special

Failure to launch The first—and ill-fated—electric start motorcycle A hundred thousand V-twin Indians had been sold since 1907, and 31,950 motorcycles were built during 1913 alone. By 1914 the Hendee Manufacturing Company was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and had over 3,000 Indian dealers. The two-speed gearbox was introduced in 1910 and the success of the Indian ...

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Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop

Touring the nation’s crown jewels A scenic lap of a lifetime Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 10–14— Snow? I could not believe the e-mails that I was getting as I prepared for my trip to Idaho for round two of Cruising the Loop. Yes, it was snowing on the pass that we would be riding on our way to Yellow­stone. Nothing ...

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