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MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro Preview 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro
MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

The MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro is a limited-edition model of 500 units worldwide described as “the shape of desire.” More a work of art than an every-garage bike, the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro features premium components and state-of-the-art technology. Even if you can’t get your hands on one of the 500 units, you can still enjoy its visual beauty and save its high five-figure price for a rainy day. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

Powering the MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro is the 998cc inline-Four also found in the Rush 1000 and Brutale 1000. MV Agusta claims the engine makes 208 hp at 13,000 rpm and 85.9 lb-ft of torque at 11,000 rpm, with redline at 14,000 rpm. Top-quality components here include forged titanium connecting rods, DLC-coated cams, and titanium valves. The Akrapovič four-exit titanium exhaust was developed specifically for this bike and features an “organ pipe” shape. 

Related: MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS America | First Ride Review 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

It rides on a steel trellis frame, and the single-sided swingarm is made of aluminum and has a height-adjustable connector pin. Suspension is provided by Öhlins with a 43mm inverted fork and a 36mm monoshock, both offering 4.7 inches of travel. The fork is electronically adjustable for compression and rebound and manually adjustable for spring preload, while the shock is electronically adjustable for preload, rebound, and compression. Also included is an electronically adjustable Öhlins steering damper. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

Keeping with the theme of high-quality components, Brembo supplies the brakes. Up front are two 320mm discs with radially mounted Stylema 4-piston calipers, and in the rear is a 220mm disc with a Brembo 2-piston caliper. The cornering ABS system has two levels of intervention: Sport and Race modes. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

Designed and built at the MV Agusta facilities on the shores of Lake Varese in Italy, the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro is made to be admired. Key styling details include a round headlight, horizontal lines, and high-tech materials like carbon fiber. In fact, the bike’s entire bodywork is carbon fiber painted with Ago Silver, Pearl Shock Red, and Gold Ciclistica. MV Agusta says 41 components on the bike are made of carbon fiber using two different processes: forged and laminated. The seat is made of leather and Alcantara, and a leather strap runs down the fuel tank. The star-shaped wheels draw the eyes, and the rear wheel’s hub features the MV logo. The winglets provide visual impact and some downforce at speed. 

Related: MV Agusta Enduro Veloce Review | First Ride 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

Technology is abundant on the MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. In addition to two-mode ABS, it features traction control with eight levels of intervention, front lift control to optimize wheelies, launch control, cruise control, the MV EAS 4.0 bi-directional quickshifter, and four ride modes: Rain, Sport, Race, and Custom. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

Through the MV Ride app, riders can access turn-by-turn navigation that is displayed on the 5.5-inch TFT color instrumentation. The Trip Record function of the app allows riders to record their rides and view the completed route, speed, gear used, lean angle, altitude, and travel times, and they can share their recorded rides with the MV community on the app. It also includes an alarm managed through the Greenbox app to alert the owner if the bike is messed with, and MV provides one year of free use for the alarm. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

As a limited-edition model, the MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro comes with a dedicated kit that includes a certificate of authenticity, a dedicated motorcycle cover, a passenger seat in leather and Alcantara, passenger footpegs, carbon passenger heel guards, CNC-machined brake and clutch levers, and height-adjustment plates for the swingarm pin. 

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro

MV Agusta hasn’t announced a U.S. price for the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, but the U.K. price is £61,400 (nearly USD $79,000). During the press briefing for the bike, MV Agusta said preorders were originally exclusive to brand collectors, and it claimed about 60% of the 500 units to be made are already spoken for. Those interested in one of these limited-edition motorcycles should make haste to their local dealer to inquire about ordering one. 

Find more information on the MV Agusta website

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Border to Border on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Greg’s BMW taking a dirt nap along the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Photos by Greg Drevenstedt.

This story is about a ride that took place in 2013 on the original Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, which was developed by the Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Association. The nonprofit Backcountry Discovery Routes organization developed a new ORBDR that was released in 2023. For more information, visit the Backcountry Discovery Routes website. –Ed.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Route 5 of the original ORBDR includes hundreds of miles of gravel roads much like this one, plus a decent helping of dirt, sand, rock gardens, and river crossings.

When your bike topples over in the middle of nowhere, when your bike and its week’s worth of gear weigh more than 600 lb, when you’re hot and sweaty and tired, it’s good to have friends along to lend a hand.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
At the California-Oregon border before venturing off-pavement on the ORBDR.

We were three days and nearly 300 miles into the 750-mile, California-to-Washington Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Routes (ORBDR), a network of off-road routes crisscrossing the state’s vast national forests. While struggling my way up a technical jeep road full of embedded rocks, I high-centered the BMW’s skid plate, dabbed my left foot into a hole, lost my balance, and toppled over in a big, dusty heap.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla

Lead rider Paul was off in the distance, so sweep rider Marten navigated around me, parked his bike on a level spot, and came back to help. Other than some badge-of-honor scratches on the bike, the only damage was to my pride, and I was soon making forward progress again.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Just a few miles into the ORBDR, we took a spur road to the summit of 8,000-foot Crane Mountain, where we enjoyed 360-degree views of California and Oregon.

Backcountry Discovery Routes is a nonprofit organization that establishes and preserves off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles. BDR has mapped and documented north-south routes in most states west of the Rockies as well as mid-Atlantic and Northeast routes and shorter BDR-X routes. Inspiration for these routes came from the ORBDR, which, according to BDR’s website, “was created a few decades ago by Bob and Cheryl Greenstreet as a concept to promote managed travel in the backcountry” and is maintained by the Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
The view from Fremont Point on Oregon’s Winter Rim.

Paul, Marten, and I wanted to ride the granddaddy of the Backcountry Discovery Routes, so I bought paper maps for Route 5 from OOHVA and Paul spent two weeks creating GPS tracks for us. (GPS tracks are now available upon request when maps are purchased from OOHVA.) Since most of the ORBDR is at 4,000-8,000 feet of elevation, we planned our trip for August to avoid snowpack.

A long-time adventure-riding and homebrewing buddy of mine, Paul Beck, is a computer guy. Since he created our tracks and led our group (his GPS was the only one that worked reliably), we dubbed him the Navigator. Marten Walkker, another riding buddy, is a master carpenter. He made his own tailbag, auxiliary gas tank, toolbox, and highway pegs for this trip, so we called him the Fabricator. And since I kept a journal, shot photos, and sent daily postcards to my wife, I became the Chronicler.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
The Three Amigos at Fremont Point, 3,000 feet above seasonally dry Summer Lake.

Similar in pace and temperament and always ready for a quick laugh, we were compatible travelers, like the Three Amigos. We were all of German descent and riding BMWs – Paul on an R 1200 GS, Marten on a G 650 Xchallenge, and me on an F 800 GS Adventure – so Drei Freunde is more accurate, but it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
We had to cross the high desert through Christmas Valley to get from the mountains of Fremont National Forest to the mountains of Malheur National Forest.

Departing from Ventura on California’s southern coast, our first 750 miles were on pavement as we made our way up to the northeastern corner of the state. A half-mile before the Oregon border on the afternoon of our second day, we turned from U.S. Route 395 onto the unpaved County Road 2 and entered Modoc National Forest as we climbed into the Warner Mountains. We had to shift our brains from the grip and monotony of wide-open pavement to the delicate balance of riding top-heavy adventure bikes on loose, uneven dirt and gravel. The road leveled out within a few miles, and we turned north, passing through the green meadows of the (not so) Dismal Swamp and crossing into Oregon.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
River crossings are nerve-racking with an audience of forest service workers, but Marten made it through like a pro.

After riding a challenging spur road up to the top of 8,000-foot Crane Mountain for panoramic views and navigating through a herd of cows, we stopped at Willow Creek Campground, which was deserted. We crossed a cattle guard to get into the campground, and even though it was surrounded by a fence, we still had to pick our way through a minefield of cow patties to set up our tents. After bathing and rinsing out our sweaty clothes in the creek (but not drinking the water), we fortified ourselves with backpacker meals and relaxed around the campfire, swapping stories and sipping whiskey.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Cooling off in Delintment Lake in Malheur National Forest.

The OOHVA’s detailed, full-color ORBDR map booklets offer the following words of advice: “Your journey will be one of few contacts with others. One needs to plan for being self-sufficient. Travel with others is highly recommended. If one’s means of transport fails, it can be a really, really long hike, and it could be many days before someone comes along.”

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
The early bird gets to enjoy the sunrise.

Over the course of five days on the ORBDR, we saw only a handful of people – a few ranchers, a couple of 4×4 trucks, and the occasional hunter. We traveled as a group, each of us brought our own food, water, and gear, and we carried a SPOT satellite tracker/communicator. Gas was available every 100 miles or so, often in small towns or at convenience stores near the route, and we filled up our tanks and hydration backpacks at every opportunity.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Lunch stops at local cafes provided welcome relief from the hot, dusty trail.

“Much energy has been spent to provide you with maps that provide the information needed to successfully navigate without on-ground signs,” says the OOHVA. We saw only a few faded, old ORBDR signs over the entire 750-mile route.

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“The development of route was financed by the Oregon ATV Allocation Funds,” said Leonard Kerns, president of the OOHVA, in a blog on Touratech-USA’s website. “On-the-ground signs were placed and the route was dedicated in the summer of 2000. Unfortunately, it did not take long for people opposed to the route to bring legal action. Support from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management was lost and all remaining funds were used to remove the signs. At that point, OOHVA stepped in and created the maps using GPS to navigate.”

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Breakfast of champions.

The ORBDR is on public land, so anyone can travel the route using a street-legal vehicle, but much of it passes through areas used for grazing and logging. We crossed dozens of cattle guards and stopped often to open and close barbed-wire gates. Forest land in central and eastern Oregon is all but empty, yet it’s crisscrossed with so many access roads that without GPS tracks and paper maps, getting lost is all but assured.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Even with GPS tracks, sometimes we hit dead ends and had to find a way back to the correct trail.
Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
One of several massive fallen trees we had to navigate around since going over wasn’t an option!

The OOHVA’s maps were created in 2002, and in the years since, some roads have been closed and new ones have been cut. Even following the purple line on Paul’s GPS, we still made wrong turns or hit dead-ends and had to figure out how to re-route ourselves. We also encountered the unexpected, such as fallen trees and man-made barricades. Therein lies the adventure. Riding a backcountry route is not like following the Yellow Brick Road; it requires not only preparation and riding skills but also teamwork, patience, and adaptability.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Being far from anywhere, we had campgrounds largely to ourselves and were fortunate to have either a stream or lake nearby.

We quickly established a routine: waking early to heat up water for coffee and oatmeal using portable stoves, breaking camp, riding for several hours, stopping for lunch and gas, riding for several more hours, then stopping early to set up camp and relax. Paul was always in the lead, which meant his gear stayed clean and we had someone to blame for wrong turns. I followed Paul and Marten followed me, and even with space between us the dust filled our noses and covered our gear, making zippers and buckles hard to open and close. We planned to camp every night, but it didn’t work out that way, to our surprise and benefit.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Lead rider Paul stayed clean; sweep rider Marten stayed dirty.

During our five days on the ORBDR, we experienced a steady stream of good luck. We enjoyed mostly warm, dry weather and had no flat tires, breakdowns, or injuries. Rather than eating jerky and energy bars for lunch, we usually found a cafe in a small town where we’d refresh ourselves with air conditioning, limitless iced tea, and other luxuries, and there was always a gas station nearby to fill up and resupply.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
We smelled smoke but had no idea the 1,000-acre Vinegar Fire was burning in the area until we popped out of the trees and came upon this U.S. Forest Service fire security truck. Our route was supposed to go down that gravel road in the distance, but we were re-routed onto pavement to the town of Ukiah.

During the three nights we camped, there was either a cool stream or a lake we could swim in to wash off the dust and relax our creaky joints. On our second day on the ORBDR, after a challenging, tiring section with lots of sand and rocks, we ended up in the town of Christmas Valley, where the Lakeview Terrace motel/restaurant spoiled us with cheeseburgers, fries, cold beers, hot showers, and soft beds.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Antlers Inn in Ukiah has a room-size meat cooler to store your game.

Even when we had to leave the ORBDR to route around the 1,000-acre Vinegar Fire, we got to ride 50 miles on the freshly paved Blue Mountain Scenic Byway and ended up in Ukiah on a damp, foggy night. Instead of pitching tents and eating freeze-dried meals in the rain, we stayed warm and dry at the Antlers Inn and savored burgers and beers at the Thicket Cafe & Bar. We enjoy roughing it, but we’re not too proud to take advantage of good fortune when it lands in our laps.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
Chris ran the Antlers Inn and served us at the Thicket Cafe & Bar, where she recommended an Oregon-distilled whiskey.

Our five days and three nights on the ORBDR provided us with as much adventure as we could hope for. We rode more than 700 miles on dirt and gravel roads through the backcountry of Oregon, through dense forests, across high-desert plains, along mountain ridges, away from cities and people and normal obligations. We rode through rock gardens and sand washes, forded rivers, and navigated over or around countless obstacles, challenging ourselves and having fun. We had campgrounds to ourselves, where we enjoyed star-filled nights and soul-warming campfires, and we stumbled upon cozy motels and restaurants, where we enjoyed creature comforts.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
We were treated to some of the best scenery of the ORBDR, such as wide-ranging views from Kendall Skyline Road in Umatilla National Forest, on the final day.

Paul, Marten, and I – the Navigator, Fabricator, and Chronicler – bonded over the experience. When we reached Walla Walla, Washington, the northern terminus of the ORBDR, having ridden 1,500 miles together, we high-fived and celebrated our shared accomplishment. The next day we headed off in different directions, Paul to Seattle, Marten to Calgary, and me home to Ventura, completing an Iron Butt SaddleSore 1000 in the process, but that’s another story.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route ORBDR The Long Way to Walla Walla
After five days and 750 long-and-dusty, not-so-straight south-to-north miles, we completed Route 5 of the ORBDR and arrived in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Route 66 Motorcycle Ride in Oklahoma | Favorite Ride

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
The Route 66 Interpretive Center, one of several interesting stops on this Route 66 motorcycle ride, uses audio-visual exhibits to immerse visitors in the history of the Mother Road. The building was built in 1937 and served as an armory until 1971. Photos by the author and Steve Skinner.

U.S. Route 66 was established in 1926 and was billed as the shortest, fastest, and most scenic all-weather route connecting Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Dubbed the “Mother Road” by John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath, Route 66 was used in the 1930s by migrants fleeing the Dust Bowl in search of a better life out West. During World War II, it facilitated the movement of troops and equipment. And during the post-war economic boom of the 1950s and 1960s, Route 66 became indelibly linked to the Great American Road Trip.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma

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My home state of Oklahoma boasts about 400 miles of the historic highway – the most of any of the eight states touched by Route 66. The Mother Road played a central role in my budding love affair with riding. In 1977, at the age of 14, I rode a 100cc 2-stroke Kawasaki along one of the best stretches of Route 66 in the state – the 100 miles between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The 200-mile round trip was my first long motorcycle journey. It took me all day and cost about $2 in gas, and my long-suffering parents had no idea what I was up to.

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Forty-six years after that formative adventure, I retraced my route, only this time I allowed time to take in the roadside attractions and small-town charms that make Route 66 such an iconic piece of Americana. Once again, I felt right at home on the Mother Road. 

Not far from my home, I hopped on Route 66 at its junction with Interstate 35 in Edmond. I headed east through wooded terrain and past sprawling Arcadia Lake before stopping at the Arcadia Round Barn. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1898 by a local farmer who thought its round design would make it tornado-proof. Science may not support that belief, but the Round Barn has survived in the middle of Tornado Alley for 126 years. It’s now a museum, gift shop, and live music venue.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
The Arcadia Round Barn, built in 1898, was designed to be tornado-proof and still stands in the heart of Tornado Alley.

Continuing east, the countryside along this stretch is a mix of woods, farmland, and grazing pasture. Although not the transcontinental artery it once was, Route 66 remains important to the communities it passes through. The tarmac is mostly in great shape, and the occasional sweeping turns are enough to get you off the center of your tires.

In Wellston, I stopped at The Butcher BBQ Stand, one of the best barbecue restaurants around. The award-winning flavors were developed during eight years on the competitive barbecue circuit, including more than 400 1st-place finishes. One of my riding buddies calls this barbecue “meat candy,” and he’s not wrong. Thirty minutes before The Butcher opened, the line was already out the door.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
The Butcher BBQ Stand offers award-winning smoked meats on Route 66 near Wellston.

Just a few miles down the road in Warwick is the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum, which was originally a Route 66 service station named after the proprietor back in the 1920s. The building was purchased in 2007 by Jerry Reis, and he opened the museum in 2010. It’s not only a great place to see a bunch of classic motorcycles, but it also has great Route 66 swag.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
Seaba Station in Warwick has an impressive collection of vintage bikes and memorabilia as well as a great gift shop for some Mother Road swag.

I next headed east-northeast toward the town of Chandler, where roadside attractions include the Route 66 Interpretive Center and Route 66 Bowl, a bowling alley with dozens of authentic vintage oil company signs lining the parking lot.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
Route 66 Bowl in Chandler with its collection of authentic oil company signs is one of the many Mother Road landmarks to visit on this ride.

Another 14 miles up the road, we stopped for lunch in Stroud at the Rock Cafe, another Route 66 institution. Opened in 1939, it’s named after the local sandstone used in its construction, and over the years it has been a trusted stop for long-haul truckers, a high school watering hole, and even a makeshift Greyhound bus station for soldiers shipping out during World War II. Pixar executives made stops at the cafe when developing the hit movie Cars and based the character “Sally Carrera” on proprietor Dawn Welch. The burger I had there was outstanding – and it was cooked on “Betsy,” the original 1939 grill.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
The iconic Rock Cafe in Stroud gets its name from the sandstone used for its construction in 1939. The delicious food served up there is still cooked on the restaurant’s original 85-year-old grill, “Betsy.”

The final stop on my Mother Road reunion tour was Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa to see “Muffler Man” Buck Atom, Space Cowboy. Few authentic Muffler Men – giant statues used by businesses for eye-catching advertising – remain. Buck Atom was created using a mold from a salvaged 1960s Muffler Man cowboy. Christened in 2019, Buck is 20 feet tall, and he now holds a silver rocket instead of a muffler. He stands guard over a gift shop at the site of an old Route 66 gas station in the heart of Tulsa. The new, old-time Muffler Man fits right in on the Mother Road.

Route 66 Motorcycle Ride Oklahoma
A reimagined Muffler Man stands tall at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios in Tulsa.

Headed back to my home in Oklahoma City with daylight fading fast, I hopped on the interstate to make time – the very interstate that marked the end of Route 66’s prominence in Oklahoma, bypassing many of the communities stitched together by the Mother Road. True, the ride home was faster, but it was far less interesting. Just like during my first highway riding adventure back in 1977, I’m more at home on the Mother Road. 

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Tim DeGiusti lives and works in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tim returned to motorcycling in 2012 after a long break, and since has ridden throughout Oklahoma and 38 other states (and counting).

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Enchanted Kingdom: Northeast Vermont Motorcycle Ride

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Vermont’s unmaintained Class IV roads offer access to truly off-the-beaten-path scenery and long-forgotten historic sites as well as enchanting along this Vermont motorcycle ride. Photos by Susan Dragoo.

It’s all scenic. It’s all charming. And it’s all green … except when it’s not, and then it’s even better.

A few days into a trip to the lush forests of northeastern Vermont, we were reminded of Sedona, Arizona. The connection between these two dramatically different climes may at first seem nebulous, but Vermont’s consistent beauty called to mind the time we visited an outdoors outfitter in Sedona and asked, “Which are the most scenic trails?” The jaded clerk responded with a sigh, “All of them. They’re all scenic.” His tone let us know there was nothing to be gained by pressing him for further details. We would have to make our own choices from the seemingly infinite good ones available.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Burke Mountain’s ski lift sits idle in the summer, when the resort is popular with mountain bikers riding the nearby Kingdom Trails Network.

Likewise, trying to narrow down the best scenery in Vermont is a fool’s errand. It would be difficult to make a bad choice. Our adventure riding journey to the state’s Northeast Kingdom took us into what may be some of Vermont’s most remote territory, lending itself beautifully to the pursuit of riding motorcycles down dark, green, tree‑­canopied lanes and over roads the likes of which Paul Revere might have traveled in colonial days.

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Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Willoughby Gap is Burke Mountain’s most iconic view.

These are Vermont’s northeastern highlands, dubbed the Northeast Kingdom in the 1940s by a former Vermont governor in recognition of the area’s distinct culture and geography. The region lies within the southernmost range of the cold boreal forest of spruce and fir, birch and aspen, which stretches to the Arctic. It’s a place of long winters and short growing seasons where ponds, lakes, and villages nestle in valleys and twisting roads follow clear streams between small granite hills and mountains. Adventure in Vermont, like the New England states themselves, comes in tight and tidy packages, so the remoteness here can be surprising to the traveler accustomed to the vast, open American West.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Remnants of a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp at the summit of Burke Mountain.

It was mid‑­September, on the cusp of the imminent explosion of fall colors for which this place is famous. Still, there was plenty of sensory stimulation. Besides the inexplicable feeling of navigating these woods in a late summer shower, leaves were beginning to carpet the trail like gold doubloons cast forth from some cosmic seeder. Pungent scents of cut evergreens, vegetation at the end of its cycle, and earth, freshly disturbed by our tires and dampened by the rain, filled our heads with aromas fit for expensive candles sold in artisan shops. Days that started with fog and mist and ended with afternoon showers added mystique and urgency to move along yet held us in the moment, hoping it would never stop.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Riding in the Northeast Kingdom is an experience of lush, green forests and nearly infinite backroads.

Eric Milano, owner of MotoVermont (see sidebar below), led our group of a dozen riders from all walks of life. Most were successful in business and seeking another way to enjoy the outdoors. Sailors, skydivers, scuba divers, and racecar drivers, they were here to learn the nuances of adventure riding versus railing through the woods with their hair on fire, replaying the antics of their younger selves.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
An adventure bike is the perfect vehicle for enjoying it, and MotoVermont organizes great tours to get the most out the area.

Our business, D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training), is often invited on such tours to coach guests not only on the finer points of riding well over difficult terrain but also the philosophy of leaving behind a legacy of responsibility as we explore on adventure motorcycles, a term that can apply to most any off‑­road‑­capable two‑­wheeled machine with enough legs to make it between fuel stops.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Descending a rocky ledge lends the perfect opportunity for a little fun.

A high priority for adventure riders is respecting landowners and other trail users, helping to ensure trails stay open. There is more than enough joy in smelling the roses (and other flora) while tackling technical trails with natural obstacles. Adventure riders see no need to run loud pipes, ride at breakneck speeds, or travel off trail, risking damage to adjacent lands and hard‑­earned relationships.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Respectful behavior on roads and trails helps to ensure continued access.

Our first day together was dedicated to enhancing rider skills, and the second was spent applying them over some of Vermont’s most remote backroads. Many are Class IV roads, barely maintained byways kept open mostly by locals who traverse their craggy, narrow tunnels on snow machines during winter and by motorcycle the rest of the year.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
The mountains of the Northeast Kingdom offer some of the area’s most iconic scenery.

Our troupe traveled west out of Burke Mountain Resort, stopping off at Cafe Lotti in East Burke before turning north and entering the woods and our first Class IV challenge. Cafe Lotti is a homegrown hangout set in a typical aging Vermont building which has no doubt fueled generations of local folk and travelers alike with a belly full of breakfast and a hot cup of craft coffee or tea. It is the perfect meeting spot for adventure seekers of all types, from mountain bikers to adventure riders to cross‑­country and downhill skiers.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Whether crossing a burbling stream or stopping for Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, there’s plenty to see along the trail.

We left town westbound and turned north into the woods, winding our way past drop lines – pieces of tubing strung between taps in a forest of maple trees like webs from a giant prehistoric and overactive arachnid. Eric stopped at the entrance to a steep, rocky uphill and explained the best options for a successful path of travel. Rain had turned the rocks into slippery entrapments like greased turtle shells, ranging from tiny spotted tortoises to 6‑­foot sea turtles.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom

Most riders made the climb without incident, but one or two forgot their training and sat down or, worse, dragged their feet, losing control and learning the hard way why adventure riders stand up. Steering, suspension, and sight are all improved by standing tall and proud, and this mild lesson was a graphic illustration of just how important it is to do so in the rough.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Vermont’s deepest lake, glacial Lake Willoughby, boasts distinctive fjord-like rock formations and is a popular summer attraction.

The onset of rough terrain was the portal to this enchanted Northeast Kingdom, a region mentioned in Patricia Schultz’s book 1000 Places to See Before You Die, which boasts that when the foliage flames in autumn, this may well be the most beautiful place in America. Indeed, it should not be missed. A few years back, we made the trip by motorcycle during the peak of fall color, and years ago, Bill traversed Vermont by bicycle on his way across the northern tier of the United States, a solo journey that permanently pinned this place to his psyche and keeps us coming back.

Our rugged upward trail eventually turned down, and the trail from the top was no disappointment. Sketchy ruts through mudholes, strategically dispersed to reward good judgment in not rushing, kept us on our toes. Most of these roads shed water well and remained rideable, but caution was of the essence. The road continued to undulate throughout the 100‑­plus‑­mile clockwise loop that would eventually take us back to our starting point.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Roadside stands along the way offer a variety of goodies, including fresh eggs.

But first, a stop at Devaney Farmstand near the intersection of Hudson Road and Town Highway 29 outside West Charleston, Vermont. The clouds opened and rain came down in full force as we dismounted and climbed a stairway, ducking into a loft room where lunch had been laid out for us by Bob and Sharyl Devaney. Calzones, fresh corn on the cob, and apple pie awaited. We gobbled down the fare as rain drummed on the roof. Maple syrup, candles, fresh jams, and pies of all kinds added their fragrance to the shop, and antiques and other local trinkets were neatly displayed for anyone wanting a souvenir.

Our timing was perfect. The sun began to peek through the clouds as we said our thank‑­yous and goodbyes to the Devaneys and fired up our machines. A short ride on twisty pavement led us back to the reason we were here: more Class IV roads. After skirting the fjord‑­like Lake Willoughby, a glacial lake dotted with vacation cabins and summer camps, Eric turned right onto a barely noticeable two‑­track trail that climbed steadily toward the mountain top.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
It wouldn’t be a trip to Vermont without a covered bridge. The state has 104 historic covered bridges, and many of them are still in use today.

Eventually we descended again and crossed an old bridge leading onto a magnificent, fast gravel road following a river through the canyon. Although tempted to open up the throttle, good judgment kept our horses in check, and we ran at a brisk but reasonable pace. Riding right is critical here, as some turns are blind and, as remote as these roads are, we still saw other users. Respectfully, we would hold up five fingers to oncoming traffic if there were five or more riders behind us, then four, three, two, one, and the sweep rider held up a closed fist to indicate he was the last one. Trail etiquette is critical to maintain good relationships with the locals who hold the power to shut us out. We happily demonstrated good stewardship and appreciation for the privilege of exploring their home turf.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom
Riders take a break at Devaney Farms after a filling and delicious lunch.

We hit pavement just as the rain began again and made our way the last few miles to the resort. Parking under the canopy, we shed our outer gear and immediately began to relive all that had happened in a short couple of days. New friendships had been made and lessons learned. Everyone left with a quiver full of new skills and a renewed appreciation for our freedom to ride, perhaps not by lantern light warning the colonists of the British invasion, but with our own versions of enthusiasm as we explored the Enchanted Kingdom.

See all of Rider‘s touring stories here.

SIDEBAR: MotoVermont

MotoVermont specializes in adventure motorcycle tours, training, rentals, and retail sales. Tours range from day rides in Vermont to week-long adventures farther afield, including New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina, and other locations. Training events are typically 1-2 days in length with a focus on balance, mastery of bike controls, preparedness, and courtesy. Rental options include the Yamaha Ténéré 700, Kawasaki KLX 300, and Yamaha XT250.

MotoVermont founder and operator Eric Milano is a Backcountry Discovery Routes ambassador and a member of the development team for the NEBDR route. He spends much of his time developing tours and organizing events for adventure motorcyclists. MotoVermont has a retail store in Milton, Vermont, or you can meet them at one of the many rallies and events they attend throughout the Northeast. For more information, visit the MotoVermont website.

SIDEBAR: Burke Mountain Resort

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom

Burke Mountain Resort offers a comfortable stay with great views of Burke Mountain or Willoughby Gap from every suite. Located three miles from the Kingdom Trails Welcome Center, the resort has 116 suites ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites.

Guests can enjoy pub food, craft beers, and cocktails at The View Pub on the second floor, with large windows looking out to Willoughby Gap. Edmund’s Coffee Shop, located in a cozy timber-framed room with stone fireplaces, serves breakfast and coffee. The resort also includes on-site retail shopping opportunities at Bear Essentials and Vertical Drop Retail, with products ranging from basic groceries to home décor and outdoor gear. Other amenities include a heated pool and hot tub, a family arcade, and a fitness center. For more information, visit the Burke Mountain Resort website.

Vermont Motorcycle Ride Enchanted Kingdom Bill Dragoo Susan Dragoo

Bill and Susan Dragoo own and operate Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (D.A.R.T.) in Norman, Oklahoma, and are widely published writers, especially in the field of adventure travel. Learn more at and

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2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure Preview 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
The 2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure receives significant upgrades.

For 2024, the BMW R 1300 GS was massively updated, including a new and more powerful Boxer engine, a new sheet-metal main frame, a new cast-aluminum subframe, a next-gen suspension system, and more. For 2025, the BMW R 1300 GS Adventure is added to the lineup, with a few changes that make it even more capable of long-haul touring and adventure riding. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The 2025 R 1300 GS Adventure benefits from the upgrades made to the base GS, including the 1,300cc Boxer engine that produces a claimed 145 hp at 7,750 rpm and 110 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The new engine is also lighter in weight than the previous 1,254cc engine by 9 lb, while the whole powertrain weighs 14 lb less. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

Another upgrade to the GS and GSA is the laser-welded sheet-metal main frame and cast-aluminum subframe, which is said to be lighter, stiffer, narrower, and more tightly bonded to the main frame. The Telelever and Paralever suspension systems have been replaced with the next-gen EVO Telelever and Paralever systems. Both bikes also receive significant styling updates, including a replacement of the signature asymmetrical headlight with a centralized X-shaped headlight. For a more comprehensive overview of the BMW R 1300 GS upgrades, read our First Ride review here

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The BMW R 1300 GSA departs from the GS in a few key aspects meant to make it more capable for longer adventures. Most noticeable is the massive 7.9-gallon fuel tank, which holds nearly three gallons more than the tank on the GS. This large tank has rubberized trays on either side, where tools and items can be placed when stopped. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The GSA also gets longer suspension travel than the GS, from 7.5 inches front and 7.9 inches rear to 8.3 inches front and 8.7 inches rear, the same travel length found on the previous R 1250 GS Adventure. The seat height is a tall 34.3-35.0 inches, which can be reduced to 33.1-33.9 inches when stopped if equipped with the optional Adaptive Vehicle Height Control. The wheels on the GSA are spoked compared to the GS’s cast wheels, and the GSA has a wet weight of 593 lb compared to the GS’s 523 lb. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The BMW R 1300 GS Adventure also includes a few extras that do not come standard on the GS. Where the GS comes with a short Sport windscreen, the GSA has a standard large windscreen with two large transparent wind deflectors. Riders can also choose to purchase the optional electric windscreen adjustment. The GSA also includes an engine guard and a centerstand as standard, adding more adventure-ready attitude to the beefier GSA. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

Electronics on the GSA include a 6.5-inch TFT with connectivity, Full Integral ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Cruise Control, Dynamic Engine Brake Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, a keyless ignition, three riding modes, heated grips, full LED lighting, a USB-C charging port, a 12-volt power socket, and Intelligent Emergency Call. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

One exciting option for the GSA is the Automated Shift Assistant, in which two electromechanical actuators automate the clutch and gearshift of the 6-speed transmission, eliminating the need to use the hand clutch lever at all. 

Related: BMW Motorrad Unveils Automated Shift Assistant 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

Other optional technology includes Ride Modes Pro with three additional riding modes, Electronic Dynamic Suspension Adjustment, Adaptive Vehicle Height Control, Headlight Pro with an adaptive headlight, and Riding Assistant with Active Cruise Control, Front Collison Warning, and Lane Change Warning. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The GSA is designed to be modified, and BMW offers many accessories for this model. Riders will notice three fastening elements on the upper tank paneling that are prepared to mount the optional 12-liter tankbag with a waterproof inner bag. A range of aluminum side and top cases are available, as well as items to enhance passenger comfort, wind protection, heated seats, and more. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure with optional equipment

GSA owners can also choose options packages to equip. The Premium Package includes Ride Modes Pro, sport brakes, Riding Assistant, Shift Assistant Pro or Automated Shift Assistant, Headlight Pro, GPS prep, chrome plated headers, electrically adjustable windscreen, aluminum side case mounts, and aluminum top case mount. The Enduro Package Pro includes handlebar risers, short enduro hand levers, height-adjustable GS Vario rider footrests, hand protectors, and front turn signal relocation stalks. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure

The 2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure base model will be available in solid Racing Red. The Style Triple Black version, with large aluminum radiator cowls with holders for bags, comfort seats with seat heating, a luggage holder, and a high windshield with large wind defectors, comes in a black color scheme.

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure Style Triple Black

The Style GS Trophy version comes in Racing Blue and Racing Red and includes a smaller Sport windscreen and sport grab handles for the passenger, large radiator cowls with mounts for bags, and aluminum tank trays.

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure Style GS Trophy

The Option 719 Karakorum comes in Aurelius Green with gold accents and includes small aluminum radiator cowls, a protective grille on the auxiliary headlights, heated rider and passenger comfort seats, a luggage rack, and a small Sport windscreen. 

2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure
2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure Option 719 Karakorum

The 2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure will be available in the last quarter of 2024, and pricing will be announced closer to the market launch. 

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2025 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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2024 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Has Record-Breaking Attendance

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Toronto
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2024 raised $7.6 million to support men’s mental health and research for prostate cancer.

The 2024 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride had a record-breaking year with a total of 113,000 riders across the world raising $7.6 million USD to support research and raise awareness for men’s mental health and prostate cancer.

In its 11th year and supported by Triumph Motorcycles, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was held on May 19, and participants across the globe gathered for group rides while dressed in dapper clothing. With 959 rides across 105 countries, the DGR is growing in support and participation.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Eric Hendrikx Nicholas Harrison
Eric Hendrikx (left) and Nicholas Harrison (right) on the Toronto ride.

The U.S. had 14,767 riders from 187 rides, and Canada had 2,167 riders from 28 rides, for a total combined North America fundraising effort of $3.05 million.

Triumph Motorcycles supports the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride by organizing rides from Triumph dealers and offering prizes for participants who raise the most money. The top five fundraisers on Team Triumph won a prize package including items from the Triumph Clothing Collection.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Toronto
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2024 had a record-breaking 113,000 participants around the world.

Many well-known names participated in the DGR this year. In London, 007 stunt riders Paul Edmondson and Martin Craven and Mission Impossible stunt rider Kieran Clarke rode Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 Xs. In Poole, U.K., actor James Phelps (Fred Weasley in Harry Potter) rode a Bonneville T120 Stealth Edition.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Ivan Cervantes
Ivan Cervantes rode in Reus, Spain, aboard a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE.

Related: 2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X/XE Review | First Ride

In the U.S., movie and film photographer Frank Masi rode a Triumph Speed Twin 1200 in Atlanta. In Canada, writer-photographer Eric Hendrikx led the Toronto ride on a Thruxton RS. Spanish actor Pepe Barroso (Gran Turismo) rode in Madrid, and world-record holder Ivan Cervantes rode in Reus. Music producer Tai Jason rode his Bonneville T100 in Munich, Germany.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Kieran Clarke
Kieran Clarke (far right) participated in the ride with industry colleagues.

“It’s empowering to work with the Gentleman’s Ride and Triumph Motorcycles as we bring our communities together, ride great bikes, and support Movember in their reputable stride to improve prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs,” said Eric Hendrikx.

“I truly look forward to the DGR every year, as it’s a charity I can really get behind combining fundraising for men’s issues with the comradery of motorcycles and dapper attire,” said Frank Masi. “I’m blown away at how the DGR stays so well organized in so many cities around the world. Year after year, the ride gets bigger and better, and I look forward to participating for many years to come while spreading awareness for men’s mental health and prostate cancer.”

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2024 Eric Hendrikx
Eric Hendrikx rides by Queen’s Park in Toronto.

The participant who raised the most globally this year and in any year in the DGR’s history was actor and singer Jaime Camil from Los Angeles. Kat Thomsen from San Francisco raised the second-most, and Matias Seijo from Edinburgh raising the third-most. The Gentlefolk prize winner was Jason Etters who led the ride in Jacksonville, Florida.

Find more information at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website.

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Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. at Road America 2024 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
We traveled to Road America in Wisconsin to catch the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. races and learn more about the program. Photos courtesy Royal Enfield.

Women in motorcycle racing have always been the exception, not the norm. To change that, Royal Enfield’s Build. Train. Race. was created as a one-of-its-kind program that invites women riders to build their own Royal Enfield motorcycle and prepare it for racing, train with professional coaches, and compete in a series of races in either flat-track or roadracing. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Shea MacGregor finished in 6th on the wet track on Saturday. This is MacGregor’s first year at BTR, and she hopes to continue racing after she graduates from the program.

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. hopefuls send in their applications each season, and those who are chosen compete for one or two seasons. In the roadracing category, the women are given Royal Enfield Continental GT 650s, while the flat-trackers get INT650s. At the end of their time in the program, the competitors keep their bikes. One of the goals of BTR is to provide women with a starting point from which they can launch a career in racing. 

The 2024 season includes four races and 10 competitors for flat-track and five races with 13 competitors for roadracing. The second roadracing event of the season was held June 1-2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and we were happy to accept Royal Enfield’s invitation to the Royal Enfield Experience Center in Milwaukee to find out more about the series and ride to Road America to see the action. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
The Royal Enfield Experience Center in Milwaukee showcases historic Royal Enfield bikes, as well as the current model lineup. Photo by the author.

The Royal Enfield Experience Center is located in a brick building that was once a dealership. Upon entering, you’ll notice significant historical Royal Enfield motorcycles and memorabilia displayed around the room, as well as examples of the current lineup. In the back of the building, bikes were on stands being worked on. It doesn’t take long to tour this small center, but if you’re a Royal Enfield fan, a visit and some riding in the area are well worth the trip. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Royal Enfield offered a variety of bikes for the journalists on our ride, including the INT650, the Scram 411, the Shotgun 650, and others.

With the other journalists who would be joining the ride gathered, we each swung a leg over a bike in front of the Experience Center and took off through the streets of Milwaukee. I was mounted on a Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650, a bike I’d ridden and reviewed before in Dallas, Texas

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 provided a relaxing cruise through the Wisconsin countryside on our ride to Road America.


We took a scenic route up to Elkhart Lake, following flowing roads through the countryside and weaving into and out of forests and farmland. It’s a beautiful ride and another great reason to visit Road America for the MotoAmerica events. About halfway through our ride, rain began to fall, and it would continue falling throughout the day, resulting in a wet track for those competing. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Rain began to fall about halfway through our ride, but the roads weaving through wooded land were still fun to ride. Photo by the author.

When we arrived at Road America and the Royal Enfield paddock, motorcycles screaming down the track drowned out the sounds of Royal Enfield racers and crew members checking over the bikes and discussing the upcoming races. Build. Train. Race. was scheduled for later in the day, so we had a few hours to chat with the competitors, explore the track, and watch the other races. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Road America offers motorcycle parking that’s a short walk to the paddock area. Photo by the author.

The first thing I noticed in the Royal Enfield paddock was the sense of friendship and community. The racers and crew members joked with each other as they checked over the bikes. Everyone was there to compete, but they were also there to enjoy the experience, improve themselves, and learn. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Lauren Prince working on her bike hours before the first race. Photo by the author.

Shea MacGregor is new to roadracing this year. A motocross racer for most of her riding life, she came to the Build. Train. Race. roadracing series to try something new. 

“We’re all very competitive and we all want to win, but it’s a great community,” said MacGregor. “Everybody wants everybody else to be here too because we all want to race. I crashed this morning, and as soon as I got back, everybody was like, ‘How can I help you? What do you need?’” 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Miranda Cain checking her tire pressure as the other racers in the Royal Enfield paddock also get ready for Race 1. Photo by the author.

Another newcomer this year, Lucy Blondel, has been riding on street for seven years and started racing last year. Blondel is a picture of resilience, and even though she had a rough opening weekend at Barber, she showed up to the races at Road America ready to try again. 

“Barber was really awful for me. I didn’t expect how intense it was going to be,” said Blondel. “I was having panic attacks, and I was just done. I’ve worked through that since. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I come from a family where that’s always been a thing, and you think through that failure if you don’t meet the expectations you set for yourself. So I’m just mentally prepared to be in the race by myself, improve my times, and then I’ll eventually get in the race with everyone else.” 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
The wet track on Saturday created a challenge that many of these racers had never faced before.

Mikayla Moore is the dominating force in BTR. During her first year in the BTR program in 2023, she won every race. The opening double-header at Barber in May continued that streak with two more victories for Moore. But as I walked around the paddock on Saturday, Moore was noticeably absent. 

I found out that Moore, who was also planning to debut in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup class that weekend, had an accident in the Twins Cup qualifying rounds that caused an injury to her thigh. X-rays showed no broken bones, but her muscle was injured. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
The BTR ladies in pit lane getting ready for their warm-up lap. Photo by the author.

As the women rolled into pit lane to begin their warm-up laps, the rain had slowed to a light sprinkle, but the track wouldn’t have a chance to dry before the race. Moore joined the riders in pit lane for the warm-up lap, but she dismounted the bike after one lap while shaking her head, clearly not feeling up to a race that day. 

With Moore out of the race, an opportunity opened for someone else to score her first victory of the season. Moore quickly changed out of her leathers and joined the crew in pit lane to cheer on the others, while those still mounted on bikes put their heads down and got ready. These women who were so jovial in the paddock a few hours ago were now serious competitors determined to cash in a win. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Miranda Cain and Emma Betters finished Sunday’s race within 0.04 second of each other.

Off the start, first-year racer Cassie Creer leapt ahead of the pack and continued putting distance between herself and those behind her, gaining up to a 5-second lead. However, Emma Betters continued improving her lap times and slowly closing the gap. Many of these racers were unfamiliar with racing in wet conditions, but they continued improving and gaining confidence on each lap of the 4.05-mile, 14-turn track. 

When Creer crossed the checkered line, Betters had gotten within 0.225 second of her for a close 2nd-place finish. Camille Conrad, another first-year racer, finished in 3rd. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Even though Mikayla Moore (right) had to sit out of Saturday’s race due to injury, she was the first at the podium to congratulate the other racers. Photo by the author.

At the podium, Mikayla Moore was the first one to congratulate the racers and give everyone a pat on the back. All the BTR ladies smiled widely as Creer, Betters, and Conrad took their podium spots. Just as quickly as the women had gotten serious and competitive when the race started, they became convivial friends again once the race was over. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Cassie Creer took home her first win of the season at Road America. Emma Betters and Camille Conrad filled out the podium. Photo by the author.

While I was on a flight back home the next day, the BTR ladies headed onto the track for the second race of the weekend. Moore, with a full day of rest to recuperate and a dry track beneath her tires, took the victory ahead of Aubrey Credaroli and Cassie Creer. Moore is leading in the standings with 75 points, but her absence from Saturday’s race allowed Emma Betters and Camille Conrad to narrow the gap, both with 65 points. 

The Royal Enfield Build. Trian. Race. roadracers compete again on June 30 at Ridge Motorsports Park in Whelton, Washington. They’ll have the chance to catch their breath before the final race of the season on Aug. 18 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Road America
Mikayla Moore was back in action on Sunday, once again taking the victory, followed by Aubrey Credaroli and Cassie Creer.

If you haven’t seen the BTR action in person, I encourage you to get out to the races and see it for yourself. You’ll be witnessing the early stages of a greater diversity in motorcycle racing, and once BTR graduates are competing in other classes with bigger stakes, you’ll be able to say you saw them at their beginnings. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on where these ladies go next. 

Visit the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. website for more information. 

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New and Cool Motorcycle Gear: July 2024

Keep up with the latest in motorcycling gear, parts, accessories, and products with Rider‘s New and Cool Motorcycle Gear monthly installments. The items in this list are available now.

SW-Motech Luggage and Products for Suzuki V-Strom 800/DE

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 SW-Motech Luggage and Products for Suzuki V-Strom 800/DE

Prepare for any journey with SW-Motech’s luggage and products for the Suzuki V-Strom 800 and V-Strom 800DE. The Pro side carriers can fit the company’s robust DUSC hard cases, TRAX ADV aluminum cases, or waterproof SysBags soft-luggage system. SW-Motech also offers a wide range of dry bags, tankbags, tailbags, and bike protection, including a skid plate, crash bars, handguards, and header pipe guards. Other accessories include a centerstand, fog lights, footrest kits, shifters, brake pedals, handlebar risers, GPS mounts, and brake pedal, sidestand, and mirror extensions.

National Cycle License Plate Bracket Helmet Lock for BMW

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 National Cycle License Plate Bracket Helmet Lock for BMW

Secure your helmets on your BMW motorcycle with this License Plate Bracket Helmet Lock from National Cycle. It includes two locks to secure both rider and passenger helmets, and its mounting location makes it easily accessible without adding unsightly pieces to your bike. It uses a push-lock mechanism and comes with two matching keys. Installation is simple and involves attaching locks to the lock plate with four screws and then installing the lock plate behind the license plate. This steel helmet lock measures 6.50 x 6.75 inches and is available for $84.95.

River Road Motorcycle Apparel

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 River Road Apparel

Back after a nine-year hiatus, the River Road brand of motorcycle apparel features a wide variety of products designed for cruiser and V-Twin riders. The lineup includes modern and classic leather jackets, riding shirts, leather vests, gloves, chaps, and helmets, and all apparel categories include options for both men and women. River Road products are created with high-quality materials, include thoughtful features, and are available at affordable prices. The River Road brand is owned by Turn 14 Distribution and is available for dealers and consumers now.

BikeMaster Motorcycle Oils

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 BikeMaster Motorcycle Oils

BikeMaster motorcycle oils protect your engine, reduce temperatures, and increase shear stability. The performance mineral oil includes specially formulated additives for smoother operation and less wear. The semi-synthetic oil is a blend of synthetic and mineral for a balance of performance and value. The full-synthetic oil provides superior detergency and deposit control to keep everything running cleanly. Each oil type is available in 10W-40 or 20W-50. Find BikeMaster oils at your local dealer, and check out BikeMaster’s full range of parts and tools.

Shoei Neotec 3 Modular Helmet

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 Shoei Neotec 3 Modular Helmet

The Shoei Neotec 3 modular helmet provides comfort, performance, and safety. The impact-absorbent shell is made with composite Advanced Integrated Matrix materials, and the helmet has been wind-tunnel tested for optimal stability at speed. The comfort liner and cheek pads are removable and washable, and the modular mechanism is designed to be easy to use even with thick gloves. The helmet includes a retractable sun visor and can incorporate the SENA SRL3 comm system. Available in sizes XS-2XL in a variety of colors and graphic options starting at $899.99.

Doubletake Mirror System

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 Doubletake Mirror System

The Doubletake Mirror System now has a new mount that provides better stability, adjustability, and visibility. No-crush ball technology allows the mirror to pivot in the event of an impact while remaining stable enough to not require frequent adjustments, and mounting bolts are available for every application. The asymmetrical clamp provides better grip, and an oversized base ball is used for added stiffness. This system comes with a lifetime warranty. The 6.0-inch arm-length option is available for $145, and the 3.5-inch arm-length option is available for $127.

Rev’It Component 2 H2O Jacket

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 Rev’It Component 2 H2O Jacket

The Component 2 H2O Jacket by Rev’It is a lightweight, waterproof, hooded off-road adventure jacket with a style inspired by the latest designs in the outdoor segment. Its abrasion-resistant Cordura ripstop material provides durable protection, and it includes CE Level 1 armor and a laminated Hydratex outer shell. The hood is removable, the neoprene collar adds comfort, and the jacket includes ample ventilation. It has a roomy design to fit over other protective gear and comes with a two-year warranty. Available in sizes S-3XL in black, brown, or aubergine for $499.99.

Touratech Aventuro Carbon Pro Adventure Helmet

New and Cool Motorcycle Gear July 2024 Touratech Aventuro Carbon Pro Adventure Helmet

The third generation of the Touratech Aventuro Carbon Pro adventure helmet provides cooling airflow, glove-friendly vent controls, and an improved liner. The peak has been redesigned to reduce drag and is mounted higher on the helmet, and the mount now uses sturdy threaded fasteners. Airflow has also been improved with eight intake vents, four exhaust vents, and upgraded distribution channels in the EPS liner. The comfort liner uses better material and a new system for locking the cheek pads. Available in sizes XS-3XL in solids for $699.95 and graphics for $749.95.

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2025 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

2025 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

This 2025 motorcycle buyers guide highlights new or significantly updated street-legal models available in the U.S. As with previous buyers guides, we will also include 2026 teasers as soon as manufacturers let us know about them. We will continually update this guide as new models are available, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.

Check out our 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

Organized in alphabetical order by manufacturer, our guide includes photos, pricing, key update info, and links to first looks or – when available – Rider‘s first rides, road tests, and video reviews of the motorcycles.

2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C

2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C
2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C in Bordeaux Red

The 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C is new cruiser from CFMOTO powered by a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin with DOHC, a 270-degree crank, and dual counterbalancers mated to a 6-speed transmission, a slip/assist clutch, a Gates belt final drive, and a dual-chamber exhaust coated in a matte ceramic finish. Braking is provided by J.Juan, and ABS and traction control are standard. The 450CL-C rides on a 58.5-inch wheelbase and has a 28-degree rake, 4.25 inches of trail, and a 27-inch seat height.

The 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C will come in Bordeaux Red and Nebula Black and start at $5,699. 

Read our 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C First Look Review

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 review
2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 in Zephyr Blue

The 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 features a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin with DOHC, a 270-degree crank, and dual counterbalancers mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip/assist clutch. It has a standard Ride mode and an Off-Road mode. The bike has J.Juan braking components with ABS that is switchable at the rear, as well as switchable traction control. The Ibex 450 has a fully adjustable KYB inverted fork and a central-aligned, multi-link rear monoshock with adjustable damping and preload.

The bike has an adjustable handlebar and a 32.3-inch seat height/ride height that can be lowered to 31.5 inches via an integrated lowering link. It has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and it rides on tubeless, cross-spoke rims. The 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 will come in Zephyr Blue or Tundra Grey and start at $6,499. 

Read our 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 First Ride Review

2025 Indian Scout Lineup

2025 Indian Scout First Ride Review
2025 Indian Scout Bobber in Spirit Blue Metallic

In its first major revamp since its 2015 debut, Indian’s Scout cruiser platform is all-new from the ground up, and the 2025 Indian Scout lineup includes five models: Scout Bobber, Sport Scout, Scout Classic, Super Scout, and 101 Scout. Three trim levels will be available, as well as more than 100 dedicated accessories. 

At the heart of the Scout platform is a new engine called the SpeedPlus 1250. The V-Twin remains liquid-cooled but is redesigned, punched out from 1,133cc to 1,250cc. Power goes up to 105 ponies and 82 lb-ft of torque, and the 101 Scout gets a bump to 111 hp. Also new is the Scout’s frame, switching from an aluminum design to a simpler steel-tube chassis. It supplies a 61.5-inch wheelbase with a 29-degree rake and 4.8 inches of trail. The Scout has a low 25.6-inch seat height. There are also new features and technology offered on certain Scout models and trim packages. All models except for the 101 Scout use a single 298mm front disc brake with a 2-piston caliper, and ABS is standard.  

The Indian Scout Bobber has an MSRP of $12,999, the Scout Classic is $13,999, the Sport Scout is $13,499, the Super Scout is $16,499, and the 101 Scout is $16,999.

Read our 2025 Indian Scout Bobber First Ride Review

2025 KTM 990 RC R

2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

The 2025 KTM 990 RC R is KTM’s only street-legal, liter-class supersport is powered by a LC8c powerplant with a new ergo-crafted and condensed stainless steel muffler and a shifter that can be reversed to race-shift as standard. The steel frame has increased weight bias towards the front end and a steering head angle of 25 degrees. It also features a new fuel tank shape, adjustable footrests, fully adjustable WP APEX Open Cartridge Suspension, and lightweight cast aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin tires.

Pricing for the 2025 KTM 990 RC R has not yet been announced.

Read our 2025 KTM 990 RC R First Look Review

2025 Moto Morini Corsaro 750 and Corsaro Sport

2025 Moto Morini Corsaro 750
2025 Moto Morini Corsaro 750

The 2025 Moto Morini Corsaro 750 naked and fully faired Corsaro Sport are both powered by a new 749cc 90-degree V-Twin and share Brembo braking components, standard ABS, a fully adjustable inverted fork, and a progressive link rear shock. The Corsaro Sport gets a wider rear tire, clip-on handlebars, a taller seat, and more bodywork compared to the Corsaro 750.

2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport
2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport

Pricing on the bikes has not yet been announced.

Read our 2025 Moto Morini Corsaro 750 and Corsaro Sport First Look Review

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200
2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

The 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 features the new 1,187cc V2 Corsa Corta EVO engine, an 87-degree V-Twin designed and engineered in Italy and making a claimed 122 hp. The new adventure bike features Brembo braking components, switchable cornering ABS, a fully adjustable fork, and a progressive link shock.

The Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 has a tubular trellis frame and a 33.8-inch seat height. An aluminum luggage rack is included as standard equipment. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Read our 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 First Look Review

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition
2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition is limited to only 925 units worldwide and celebrates Elvis and his Memphis Mafia group of friends who rode on Bonnevilles. The Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition has been crafted to honor its namesake, including its Carnival Red color scheme,  “ELVIS” gold lettering on the tank, Elvis’s signature on the tank and side panels, and the “Taking Care of Business in a Flash” emblem on the front fender.

The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition will be available starting at $15,495 and will arrive in dealerships starting in September 2024.

Read our 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition Preview

2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT in Sapphire Black with Granite

To celebrate 20 years of the Rocket 3, a muscle bike with the largest engine in a production motorcycle, Triumph has unveiled the 2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and Rocket 3 Storm GT. Their 2,458cc in-line Triple cranks out even more power – up 15 ponies to a massive 180 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque (up 3).

The Rocket 3’s 16-inch rear and 17-inch front wheels have been updated with a 10-spoke cast-aluminum design. They have an lightweight aluminum frame that uses cast and forged elements, dual Brembo Stylema front calipers with 320mm discs, and a Brembo M4.32 rear caliper with a 300mm disc.

They come with lean-sensitive cornering ABS, traction control, Ride-by-Wire, a Torque Assist clutch, Hill Hold, four ride modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable), cruise control, a keyless ignition and steering lock, and a USB charging socket. Instrumentation comes in the form of a color TFT.

The 2025 Rocket 3 Storm R will be available in Carnival Red with Sapphire Black, Satin Pacific Blue with Matte Sapphire Black, or Sapphire Black with Granite for $24,995. The 2025 Rocket 3 Storm GT will be available in the same colors but with the color split of the tank reversed, retailing for $25,795. 

Read our 2025 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R/GT First Ride Review

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition
2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition

The 2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition will be limited to only 270 units, and Breitling will also launch a special Triumph watch in conjunction with the motorcycle. The bike features a bespoke paint scheme with premium gold hand-painted detailing, a leather seat with French stitching, a high-spec Akrapovič silencer, and lightweight carbon fiber parts. It will also include a custom Breitling start screen, the Breitling logo laser-etched onto the machined rear wheel finisher, and a gold Breitling badge on the tank. 

The 2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition will be available starting in June 2024 with an MSRP of $25,995.

Read our 2025 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Breitling Limited Edition Preview

2025 Triumph Trident 600 Tribute Special Edition

2025 Triumph Trident 660 Tribute Special Edition
2025 Triumph Trident 600 Tribute Special Edition

Celebrating Triumph’s rich racing history is the new 2025 Triumph Trident 660 Tribute Special Edition, which features a race-inspired graphic scheme, Triumph Shift Assist, and a flyscreen. The Trident 660 is powered by a liquid-cooled 660cc Triple that makes a claimed 80 hp at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. It has a seat height of 31.7 inches and a weight of 416 lb. Throttle-by-wire allows two ride modes (Road and Rain), and it comes with ABS, switchable traction control, and a combined TFT and LCD display. 

The 2025 Triumph Trident 660 Tribute Special Edition adds a white, blue, and red graphic scheme inspired by “Slippery Sam,” as well as a Number 67 race graphic, a flyscreen, and Triumph Shift Assist, which enables clutchless up and down gear changes with an autoblipper on downshifts for smoother changes. 

The 2025 Triumph Trident 660 Tribute Special Edition will be available for one year only with an MSRP of $8,595.

Read our 2025 Triumph Trident 660 Tribute Special Edition First Look Review

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Motor School with Quinn Redeker: The Art of Being Slow

Motor School with Quinn Redeker The Art of Being Slow
Learn how to use the windscreen as a level to ensure both rider and bike work as one balanced mass in this Motor School installment. Photos by Kevin Wing.

A little while back, I took a ride up the coast. It was around 75 degrees outside, the sun was shining, and the ocean was waiting just nine miles from my driveway. I remember smiling, a bit embarrassed at myself for getting caught up in the coolness of my Vanson riding jacket and my retro Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. Maybe I even started feeling like Top Gun’s Maverick – if he wore a helmet. But there I was, effortlessly clicking through gears on my way to a much-needed reset button in the form of sun, sea, and wide-open air. God Bless America!

But as the ocean revealed itself, I knew I wasn’t the only one looking for coastal therapy. As I turned onto the Pacific Coast Highway, I was immediately wedged into heavy traffic in both directions. Sure, I could see the ocean, but I was stuck in 1st gear, engine fan humming, beads of sweat trickling down my back. It looked like I was going to have to skip the gratuitous beach volleyball session and practice my slow-speed balancing work.

Lucky for me, riding really slow was always part of my gig as a motor officer. Parades, escorts, crowd control, and just plain old everyday traffic. And like anything else, you get good at the things you practice. I learned key concepts and skills that eliminated duck-walking, in-lane weaving, grabby clutch and brake work, and the general sense of fear when stuck in stop-n-go.

What components of slow riding are involved in creating magical on-bike-balance bliss? Slow riding can be broken down into three parts: the rider, the motorcycle, and the rider’s inputs. Let’s look at each one, starting with the rider.

The first thing to appreciate is that slow riding is all about balance points: the bike’s balance point, the rider’s balance point, and the relationship between the two. This means we need a good sense of our own body’s center of balance to minimize any negative impact it might have on the motorcycle’s equilibrium. In other words, if you can’t control your own balance, things only get worse when you get on the bike.

Now let’s look at the motorcycle. No matter what you ride, big or small, long or short, your motorcycle was engineered to have a magical spot where it maintains vertical balance. In fact, the motorcycle is capable of slow-riding on its own, but then we come along and screw up the program by throwing our weight around like a mid-level manager at a big box store on Black Friday.

The last ingredient in our slow-riding skills concoction relates to the rider’s controls and how we exercise them. If we’re prone to on/off, light-switch clutch work and grip-it-and-rip-it throttle action, then we’ll struggle to keep the bike in balance each time we engage the controls. But when you get the proportions right, you’re in for a sublime slow cruise through the worst traffic imaginable. The key is to engage the controls sparingly and calmly, with the goal of having them support rather than upset our balance.

Below I’ve condensed my slow training into two simple (but not necessarily easy) parking lot drills. These, along with a few ideas to keep in mind, will help your slow-speed skills improve exponentially with minimal risk or effort.

Motor School with Quinn Redeker The Art of Being Slow
Improving your slow-riding skills will pay off every time you throw your leg over the bike. Just practice a few simple drills and say goodbye to all your fears of going slow.

Slow Weave Drill: This drill helps you understand how your bodyweight shifts as the motorcycle changes direction. Our goal here is to become sensitive to subtle weight shifts as we sit on the bike and how they impact our overall balance profile.

Find a traffic-free area and set up six cones in a line, approximately 9 to 18 feet apart depending on bike type and skill level (if you don’t have cones, use parking stall markings, which are usually 9 feet apart). With the bike in 1st gear and the clutch partially engaged, weave through the cone pattern. Do your best to control your speed to around 2-3 mph with minimal bike lean. To keep the speed down, you can gently drag the rear brake but avoid mashing it. We want to upset the bike as little as possible when using the controls.

Now position your body so it’s aligned with the motorcycle’s center line. Our objective is to take two parts – you and the bike – and make them move as one balanced mass. And once we arrive at this perfect balance spot on the bike, we want to live there as long as we can, deviating from it as minimally and as infrequently as possible. Easier said than done, but you get the idea.

A great way to help keep you and your bike working together is by using your windscreen as a “level.” Keep your eyes tracking the top edge of your windscreen, and you will spot even the slightest body movement in relation to the bike using this visual cue. With practice, you’ll make fewer big weight shifts and more micro adjustments to remain balanced. Rinse and repeat the drill until you and your bike feel like Maverick and Goose going inverted in the F-14 Tomcat. Feel the need…the need for (slow) speed!

Motor School with Quinn Redeker The Art of Being Slow
Move the bars full-lock left and right to shift the bike’s balance point beneath you.

Bar-to-Bar Drill: While parked, sit on your bike and slowly turn the bars lock-to-lock. Did you notice that the bike shifted a few inches in either direction? It did, and it’s this side-to-side movement that we’re going to exploit to help the bike balance beneath us when we come to a complete stop without putting our feet down. Welcome to hyper-slow mode.

Now that you understand my little handlebar trick, let’s go back and rework the Slow Weave Drill. Only this time I want you to go slower each time, eventually challenging yourself to come to a stop – with your feet up, steady clutch engagement, and light rear brake – at several points along the path.

The task here is to recognize and correct the subtle instabilities in balance by smoothly but assertively moving the handlebar in either direction to regain stability beneath you. If you need to roll forward to find balance and reset, that’s fine. Stay relaxed and keep at it. Your sense of balance will improve over time, and you will see huge gains.

For a live-action example of all this, go to Police Motor Training with Quinn Redeker on YouTube and watch the video “Quinn Redeker Riding Slow.” If it’s easier, you can swing by my house, and we’ll set up some cones over here. But it’s currently 5:30 p.m., so you might hit some traffic.

Quinn wears Lee Parks Design gloves exclusively. Find Quinn at Police Motor Training.

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