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solo motorcycle rider heading into the dry hillsFive Days of Bliss: The Best of Utah and Arizona (RIDER Magazine)
Many Rider readers know that southern Utah and northern Arizona offer a great deal of advantages to motorcyclists, the first being a lack of traffic, even in high season. After 25 years of riding in this area I suggest one, near perfect, 5-day ride. This loop route begins and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada, an easy-access city with great rental places. The route comprises some of the best roads ever, and is so dense with beauty it will be hard to absorb it all. You won’t hit every famous spot, Moab for instance, but that’s a good reason to return. A sport-touring or adventure-touring bike is ideal for this trip. Cruisers and sport bikes will work, but the first day may be a bit long. Here is a link to the full PDF of the article.   This version has more wonderful pictures.


MORE ARTICLES

Where’s A Cop When You Really Need One?  Three-part series – I took the Phoenix Police Officers Training course – and passed. These three articles have the highest reprint request rate of all of my other articles combined. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

19 Motorcycle Myths (Nov. 2023) – These myths bounced around in my head for years. Artist Hector Cademartori’s illustrations make the story. You can read the full PDF article here. (RIDER Magazine)

Steve, suited up in cycle gear Riding Dakar   This story chronicles my chasing the Dakar Rally through Argentina and Chile with Jim Hyde and his adventure riders. (Overland Journal Magazine)

Birthplace of Dreams: Ducati Factory and Museum Tour :  For anyone with even a fractional appreciation for Ducati, a visit to their factory in northern Italy is well worth a side trip from Venice, Milan or Verona. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

To Death Do US Part: Death Valley, USA : Great ride, spectacular scenery and a mysterious woman on a purple VFR. (RIDER Magazine)

Southwest Splendor: High Adventure in Colorado and Utah : Southern Utah and West Colorado are frequent riding destinations for me, given my Phoenix home.  It took me a while, but I finally wrote about some of my favorite rides in RIDER Magazine.

Northwest Ramble: The MO-IDA-WA-HO-TANA ride : Tempting the spirts of Lewis and Clark with friends. (RIDER Magazine)

High Expectations : A No-Bad-Roads Tour of the Appalachians in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York (RIDER Magazine)

A Journey Of Self-Discovery : One Danish woman, A BMW F650 Daker and the 33,000 miles from Cape Horn to San Francisco (Motorcycle Computer News)

Birkmann Book Review : I wrote about Annette Birkman in MCN (see above), just after she finished riding, solo, from Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of South America to San Francisco. She would later write a book about her experiences, which I review here. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Police Bikes Evaluated, Part I : Why do police departments chose one make and model of motorcycle over another? Read how cops evaluate Kawasaki to Harley and Honda: A police department’s experience. (Motorcycle Computer News)

Police Bikes Evaluated, Part II : Arizona Highway Patrol’s triumphs and tribulations with BMWs. (Motorcycle Computer News)

PRODUCT REPORT: F4 Customs Speedglass Windshield : Can you significantly improve on the manufacturers stock windshield? F4 Customs does. (Motorcycle Computer News)

RIDE LIKE A COP training class  : Is it possible for a civilian rider to get the same training as do motor officers? I find out. (Motorcycle Computer News)

Traveling in Turkey on a BMW 1200GS : Scenic, Safe and Sensational. (Road Runner Magazine)

A Great Escape : Brazil offers plentiful twisties, good value and drivers who wave two-wheelers through. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Sparring Sport Tourers: BMW, Ducati, Honda vs. Triumph : Four Countries, Four Engine configurations, One Winner. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

300 Acres of Dirt, Boulders, Washes and Hills – The LaPlante Ranch : Riding Around MotoVentures (RIDER Magazine)

2 Days & 5,000 Corners : Learning to corner the Keith Code way. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Seattle: Salmon Run : A perfect ride in a perfect State: The American Flyers take on Washington State for the second “No Bad Roads Challenge” for RIDER Magazine. (RIDER Magazine)

Northern California Fantasy : Is it possible to spend 7 days riding in Northern California, linking one great motorcycle to another with no bad roads? (RIDER Magazine)

AZ back roads adventure – Wickenburg, Tortilla Flats, TRAILS ONLY  This off-road “hoop-ride” took us from Wickenburg, to Crown King and Horse Thief Basin all the way to Tortilla Flats in just 4our days. (Backroads Magazine)

Riding with the AZ Highway Patrol : The Other Side of the Radar Gun (Rider Magazine)

Touring Italy on a Ducati : A Rider’s Diary of Tuscany, Italy (Motorcycle Consumer News)

MotoVentures Moves You Up : Riding with top motor-cross and champion trials rider Gary LaPlante. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Touring Middle Earth – A New Zealand Adventure : (Motorcycle Consumer News)

The Art of Two Upmanship : All about your passenger. This article garnered more reprint requests than any other – find out why. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Keith Code’s Wheelie School : Going to school to learn how to get it up and keep it up longer — something any older biker may want to consider. (Motorcycle Consumer News)

Wing World coverWing World interview : Although not Playboy Magazine, its my only 11 page interview. It even has an awesome cover photo of me being chased by a cop – in the case, Officer Dan Nochta of the Phoenix Police Department.  (Wing World Magazine).

Americade Report : A report on Bill Dutcher’s amazing and fun motorcycle bash in central New York. I attended and explain what its all about.(Motorcycle Consumer News)

Sheriffs Magazine : These guys liked the article in RIDER and asked to republish it. Why not? You can’t have too many friends on the police force given how I ride sometimes and the number of velocity awards I’ve managed to win. (Sheriffs Magazine) 

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