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Slow way around: Big lake, little bikes in Lake Erie Loop

This article was originally published in the September, 2008 issue of Backroads magazine. The throttle has been jammed to the stop for several minutes, the engine is screaming above 9,000 rpm and I’m tucked in tightly, desperately seeking every last mph of top speed as I flee Detroit on I-75 south. That’s when the SUV […]

My thousand-mile day

You won’t find my name on the Iron Butt Association list of people who have done a SaddleSore 1000 ride, which is riding at least 1,000 miles in 24 hours. I could say that’s because I’ve always been more interested in having the experience of things than gathering the credentials, and that would be true […]

Cruelty, thy name is IBR

So you ride for days on end, catching three hours of sleep here, another few hours there, fearing the mental fog that can cause you to leave your personal rally towel hanging on a roadside marker 400 miles behind you, rendering your efforts moot. You’re lashed by Midwest thunderstorms and baked by Southwest deserts, teased […]

The 2013 Iron Butt Rally: They’re off

Under a light but steady drizzle, 96 competitors (six of them riding two-up) streamed out of the parking lot of a Marriott hotel north of Pittsburgh this morning to begin the unique odyssey of the 2013 Iron Butt Rally. Over the next 11 days, they’ll criss-cross the continent in search of bonus points while still […]

Why I ride a “small” motorcycle

I’ve lost count of how many motorcycles I’ve ridden over the years, though I was able to add up the number of brands, which came to 14. Those hundred-plus motorcycles (all of them street-legal, by the way) ranged in size from 50 cc to an 1800 cc Honda Gold Wing. In the U.S. of A., […]