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Wine Touring: Tasting the Crest of the Blue Ridge

Wine Touring: Tasting the Crest of the Blue Ridge

The Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains features some of the best motorcycling areas in the country. It reaches its highest point in North Carolina, home to one of the newest federally recognized wine-growing regions — and an excellent destination...
Track Day: A terrifying, yet gratifying ride at Road Atlanta

Track Day: A terrifying, yet gratifying ride at Road Atlanta

Learning how to ride did not come easy for me. There were times I thought I would never get the hang of it and get out on the road. But, through the support of other riders, it gave me the encouragement and motivation to keep pushing and learning. Through that support...
A motorcycle stronger than spinach: Charlie Stroebel and his Popeye bike

A motorcycle stronger than spinach: Charlie Stroebel and his Popeye bike

It all started with an old leather suitcase. Charlie Stroebel’s late brother, Frankie Striffler, loved a good hunt for antiques and curiosities. On one of his outings, he stumbled upon what looked like a salesman’s sample case, probably from the 1920s or ‘30s. Frankie...
Dile Brown Sr.: A life and career devoted to two wheels

Dile Brown Sr.: A life and career devoted to two wheels

He arrives in the sparkling motorcycle showroom like a beloved elder statesman, greeted warmly by employees who emerge from all corners of the Harley-Davidson dealership to welcome their founder, Dile Brown Sr. The 81-year-old returns their admiration, knowing success...
Barber Vintage Festival to celebrate classic cycles

Barber Vintage Festival to celebrate classic cycles

Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts will gather up their goggles and waxed-cotton jackets this October to attend the annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. “It’s probably one of the most unique vintage motorcycle events in...
Blue Ridge Riders Tackle Three days in Costa Rica

Blue Ridge Riders Tackle Three days in Costa Rica

Casta Rica boy,” my gray-haired grandfather said to me. “That’s where you need to go.” Our group of riders from the Blowing Rock/Boone area flew into San Jose, Costa Rica, in mid-January with plans for some winter riding in the mountains of Central America. From San...
Tri-City Touring: A dozen reasons to ride East Tennessee

Tri-City Touring: A dozen reasons to ride East Tennessee

A bolt of lightning strikes the ridgetop as a thunderstorm stalls atop Sam’s Top, which is part of the towering border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The churning clouds and hazy mountains blur together with a faint glimpse of sunshine in the gap between sky...
Cherohala Skyway: Nostalgia and furtive glances at the past

Cherohala Skyway: Nostalgia and furtive glances at the past

Nearly 30 years ago, an old friend introduced me to motorcycle camping. During those early years, the two of us came together a couple times a year for epic camping and rides, which usually led to some irresponsible, reckless behavior that young men with a false sense...
Hot Springs: A Strange Attraction Secluded in Western NC

Hot Springs: A Strange Attraction Secluded in Western NC

Something about the secluded valley draws them here, as it has for millennia, to the confluence of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, to where a rare hot spring emerges from the earth and ancient man painted symbols on rocky cliffs, to where paws, hoofs and feet...