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Backmarker: My "American Pickers" Moment

Thursday, March 20, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker recalls an American Pickers moment, which includes a chance encounter at a bar, an innocuous country barn and a trove of old, obscure motorcycles.

Chasin' History on the 2014 Indian Chief Classic

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
We escaped the craziness of Bike Week with a day trip to St. Augustine, Florida, where we embarked on a quest to connect with family history in the oldest establishment in the US.

Blue Waves Campaign Yosemite Ride

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Blue Waves Campaign is organizing a ride from San Francisco to Yosemite to help support the Lake Hovsgol Park Rangers in Mongolia. All proceeds from the event go to funding motorcycles and gear for the rangers.

Dr. Frazier's Vespa Adventure Ride

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Dr. Frazier decides to up the adventure ante with a 300-mile loop through the jungles of Thailand aboard a 1964 Vespa scooter.

Tour the High Andes and Deep Amazon

Monday, March 10, 2014
Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental & Tours has a new motorcycle adventure available; the High Andes, Deep Amazon Tour.

2014 Yamaha Super Tenere ES First Look

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Yamaha updates its Super Tenere adventure-touring platform and up-spec SE variation with electronic suspension.

Backmarker: Ulrich's 'Triple Crown'

Thursday, March 6, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker speaks to John Ulrich about his as-yet-to-be-named west-coast American road race series, which has already attracted the attention of a number of major AMA SuperBike teams.

Backmarker: The New Road Hazard

Thursday, February 20, 2014
As if motorcyclists didn’t have enough distracted drivers to worry about, our Backmarker makes some dire predictions on what Google Glass may mean for riders.

Dr. Frazier: Southeast Asia’s ADV Rally

Thursday, February 13, 2014
While the snow and cold keep many US riders off the road, the good Dr. G. is adventuring both on-road and off in Southeast Asia – attending the annual Horizon’s Unlimited Traveller’s Meeting.

MotoQuest Alaska All Ladies Ride June 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MotoQuest is offering an Alaska All Ladies Ride in June 2014, eight days of adventure touring through some of the most beautiful landscape America has to offer.

Backmarker: The Fastest Bikes on Dirt

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker meanders between the fastest and slowest bikes on dirt, reflecting on the potential of unrestricted flat track machines and Honda's newest trials bike marketing venture in the States.

The Dalton Highway Dos and Don'ts

Thursday, January 30, 2014
414 miles of frost-heaves, broken chip seal and grated dirt surfaces, the Dalton Highway has its challenges. On a good day, you can ride it wide open. On a bad day, you can go home in a helicopter.

RawHyde ADV Intro to Adventure Class

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
RawHyde Adventures trains riders on the finer points of maneuvering big ADV bikes off-road – so our dirt-leery editor gets schooled in the Intro to Adventure class.

Backmarker: At the Superprestigio

Monday, January 13, 2014
Motorcycle USA's Backmarker heads to Barcelona for the revived Superprestigio dirt track race, which pitted MotoGP champion Marc Marquez against AMA Flat Track champ Brad "The Bullet" Baker.

Dr. Frazier’s: Old Adventure Secrets

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Dr. G’s multitude of round the world treks and a lifetime of riding have yielded some interesting characters – along with more than a few secret troves of motorcycle collectors.

Motorcycle Rally to Support Lake Hovsgol

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Lake Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia is larger than Yellowstone. It's the job of 15 permanent rangers to patrol the area, and the Blue Waves Motorcycle Rally plans to provide rangers with the bikes and gear they need to do their job effectively.

Backmarker: Resolution for AMA Pro Racing

Thursday, January 2, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker offers a bold solution for revitalizing the AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track series - bring back the combined Grand National Championship.

Best Adventure Motorcycle 2013: KTM 990 Adventure Baja

Friday, December 27, 2013
Adventure-Touring continues to be one of the hottest segments in motorcycling, featuring some of the most exciting new models in recent memory - but this year MotoUSA plays the contrarian.

Backmarker: Baker Gets Superprestigio Shot

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
MotoUSA’s Backmarker launched a one-man campaign to get AMA Flat Track champ Brad Baker invited to Marc Marquez’s Superprestigio as a dirt track charity race. And it worked!

Dr. Frazier Going Native Ride

Thursday, December 12, 2013
When in Rome… Dr. Frazier rides as the locals do, in Thailand, swapping massive Adventure bikes for the sub-150cc mounts that are ubiquitous in Southeast Asia. Just watch out for the cobras!
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