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2022 Holiday Buyers Guide

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The 2022 Holiday Buyers Guide and Winter Supplement is in! Pull on your favorite ugly sweater, pour a cup of eggnog, and cozy up with these inspiring photos, travel stories, gear reviews, and pro tips, brought to you by the editors of Rider and American Rider.


While you’re at it, get out a pen and paper and start making your holiday wish list with the Holiday Buyers Guide, covering everything from parts, apparel, gear, and more. Check out the full list of product showcases below.

Through compelling stories and images, the editors and contributors at Rider and American Rider work hard to bring you “Motorcycling at its Best.” We’re supported by you – our loyal readers – and by our advertisers.

The companies that manufacture and sell the products in this Holiday Buyers Guide – and in every issue of Rider and American Rider – make it possible for us to produce the motorcycle content you know and love. Please pay it forward by supporting these companies with your business. They’ll appreciate it, and so will we.

Thank you, and keep the rubber side down,

Greg Drevenstedt, Editor-in-Chief, Rider

Kevin Duke, Editor-in-Chief, American Rider

D.I.D. ZVM-X Series Chain

Holiday Buyers Guide DID Chain

The ZVM-X Series drive chain from D.I.D is stronger than the VX Series and designed for heavyweight motorcycles that make lots of torque and horsepower. The twisting action of the X-ring increases sealing performance, and the chain’s four contact points minimize power loss. The ZVM-X’s direct energy transfer, born from D.I.D’s experience in MotoGP, means greater stretch resistance under load. Available for a range of engine displacements in Natural, Silver, Gold, and Black starting at $202.17.

Hair Glove

Holiday Buyers Guide Hair Glove

The Hair Glove prevents knotting and tangling while keeping your hair protected from dirt, dust, and other damaging elements, and it provides a sleek and stylish look with its cylindrical design. Snap buttons running the length of the Hair Glove help keep your hair in place, and the built-in Flex-Hook attaches to an elastic band to keep it from sliding out even at high speeds. Simply hook it, wrap it, snap it, and go. Available in a variety of lengths and designs starting at $18.99.

HJC RPHA 91 Modular Helmet

Holiday Buyers Guide HJC Helmet

The new HJC RPHA 91 modular helmet features a Premium Integrated Matrix EVO shell, a distortion-free faceshield with increased peripheral view, and a drop-down sunshield. The chinbar has a hidden closure point for smooth contact and less pressure in the cheek area, and the 3D-engineered interior reduces wind noise. The RPHA 91 is compatible with the second-gen Smart HJC Bluetooth system and available in sizes XS-2XL in solids ($549.99), matte colors ($559.99), and the Combust graphic ($629.99).

Nelson-Rigg Defender Extreme Motorcycle Covers

Holiday Buyers Guide Nelson Rigg Cover

The Nelson-Rigg Defender Extreme covers are made of waterproof, UV-resistant UltraMax fabric and feature electronically taped seams, perma-venting, windshield liners, and elastic hems. Reflective side and back strips offer enhanced visibility, and heat-resistant panels provide protection from exhaust pipes. A compression sack is included. The Defender Extreme covers come in M-2XL to fit anything from scooters up to 4-seat UTVs and even 3-wheeled machines. Prices range from $109.95-$124.95.

SW-Motech Legend Gear Magnetic Tank Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Legend Gear

The Legend Gear Tank Bag by SW-Motech is made from synthetic Napalon leather and waxed canvas with a splashproof inner lining. Strong magnets give the LT1 tankbag a solid hold, while the base plate design allows the bag to be released from the tank without much effort, and it can be easily transported using the carrying handle. A waterproof rain cover with a clear PVC window provides additional weather protection. The bag is available in Black/Brown for $114.95 or in Black for $121.95.

Zerofit Heatrub Ultimate Baselayer

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Ultimate Baselayer

Zerofit’s Heatrub Ultimate Baselayer provides warmth and comfort during cold-weather riding by using heat threads that are activated through movement. The threads gently brush against the skin to generate warmth. This baselayer has scored a heat retention rating of 0.78, making it five times warmer in temps as low as 14 F. Since the Heatrub Baselayer doesn’t need to be tight to work, it is also more comfortable. Available in Red, Black, Gray, Navy, Cream, and Green in sizes XS-3XL for $99.

Wolverine Hustin Waterproof Riding Boots

Holiday Buyers Guide Wolverine Hustin

The Hustin Waterproof Boot by Wolverine features waterproof full-grain leather and a breathable Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane lining. The boots also have oil-resistant rubber outsoles and Goodyear welt construction, a highly durable method for bonding the sole to the boot. The shaft is 11 inches tall, and the heel is 1.5 inches. Now a member of the Harley-Davidson line of products, these boots have a subtle Harley emblem on the side of the heel. Available in Black in U.S. sizes 7-12.5 for $223.

Barnett Cap

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Cap

Barnett may be best known for its clutches and cables, but it also has a selection of quality apparel to choose from, including T-shirts, socks, and hoodies. And now the Barnett Cap joins the line. The cap is one-size-fits-most and features a hook-and-loop adjustable enclosure. It’s black with a pop of red on the bill trim. The “Barnett Equipped” logo is embroidered on the front, with the American flag embroidered on the side. It’s available for $19.54.

Wild Ass Classic Motorcycle Cushion

Holiday Buyers Guide Wild Ass Classic

Made with medical-grade neoprene rubber, the Wild Ass Classic is a comfortable and natural-feeling motorcycle seat cushion designed for long-distance riders who want extra comfort and less fatigue. The neoprene rubber reduces pain at pressure points and promotes blood flow. The cushion also reduces shock and vibration, keeping riders comfortable over longer distances. The Classic cushion is 15.5 x 14 inches and comes with straps and a patch kit. Available in Black for $249.99.

SW-Motech Drybag 80

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Dry Bag

The SW-Motech Drybag 80 is durable, waterproof, and UV-resistant. Made from 500D polyester with a double-sided coating, the bag is designed for motorcycle travelers who expose their luggage to extreme stress. The versatile Drybag 80 can be used as a tailbag, a tankbag, a shoulder bag, or on the crash bar, and the 3-point lashing strap fastening ensures it stays in place even during rough riding. Additional reflective details provide higher visibility. Available in Grey/Black for $88.95.

JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Low Profile Billet Tappet Covers & Pushrod Cover Kits

Holiday Buyers Guide JIMS

JIMS tappet covers for Milwaukee-Eight engines are 0.5 inch lower than stock, making pushrod adjustments easier. Made from 6061 billet aluminum, these covers are designed to be installed with Twin Cam pushrod covers. They have JIMS DNA embedded in their design and work with both stock and aftermarket alignment guides. The tappet cover kits are available in Black or Chrome from $251-$321, while the tappet cover with pushrod cover kits are available in Black or Chrome for $656-$795.

HeliBars Tour Performance Handlebar Riser for 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200

Holiday Buyers Guide HeliBars

HeliBars offers replacement handlebars and bar risers for improved ergonomic comfort on a wide variety of motorcycles. The new Tour Performance Handlebar Riser for the 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT, GT Pro, and Rally Pro models raises the stock handlebar by 1 inch and brings the grips 1.26 inches closer to the rider. The riser reduces handlebar/riser flex and retains the stock handlebar, cables, and hydraulic lines for a simple 10-minute installation. Made in the USA and priced at $149.

Highway 21 Gasser Jacket

Holiday Buyers Guide Highway 21 Gasser Jacket

The Gasser has the look of a vintage jacket but is built with modern technology. Made of genuine premium leather, the Gasser features a weatherproof Hydraguard removable liner. CE Level 1 removable shoulder/elbow armor and reflective panels provide additional safety. A nine-point ventilation system makes this jacket breathable and comfortable. The Gasser also features a concealed carry pocket, an internal pocket, and snap waist adjusters. Available in Black and Vintage Brown for $349.95.

Zerofit Heatrub Move Baselayer

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Heatrub Move

Perfect for temperatures from 23 F to 53 F, the Heatrub Move Baselayer is twice as warm as typical baselayers. Adaptable Warmth technology reacts to conditions to provide the perfect amount of heat to keep you comfortable. The Move’s polypropylene construction and hollow polyester shell work together to regulate body temperature. The construction evaporates perspiration quickly as well, preventing cold sweat from forming. Available in Black, Titanium, and White in sizes XS-2XL for $76.

Motorrad Reisen Wildwest Andalusia Motorcycle Tours

Holiday Buyers Guide Motorrad

Motorrad Reisen offers a variety of tours in southern Spain with cruiser and touring bikes from Indian Motorcycle. There are three routes around Málaga to choose from (Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada), each with six days of riding and covering more than 800 miles. Six shorter themed trips are also offered. Andalusian tours include beautiful landscapes, ancient villages, historic cities, mountains, and coasts. Contact Motorrad Reisen for dates, prices, and bike availability.

Barnett Scorpion Low-Profile Lock-Up Clutches

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Clutches

Barnett’s Scorpion Lock-up Clutches feature a low-profile billet aluminum lock-up pressure plate designed to fit under the stock primary cover. The clutch surface area and capacity are greatly increased compared to stock. Three sets of six coil springs provide a variety of pressure options. All Scorpion clutches are designed to fit into the stock basket, and hydraulic versions are available. Available for 1941-84 Big Twins, 1990-2022 Big Twins, and 1991-2003 Sportsters for $995.

DMC Patriot Sidecar

Holiday Buyers Guide DMC Sidecar

DMC’s customizable Patriot Sidecar, reminiscent of the Harley sidecars of the 1930s, has a large seating area made with high-density foam and ample cargo space. A side door and foldable windshield make it easy to get in and out. The trunk opens and locks from the outside, so grabbing your gear doesn’t require removing the seat. Full swingarm suspension and electric trim adjustment is mounted internally, allowing for a narrower track width. The body is mounted on vibration isolators. Available for $14,995.

SW-Motech Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW Motech Pro Enduro

Suitable for a wide variety of motorcycle tanks, the Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag is waterproof and weatherproof and has 11 liters of storage. The top of the bag is made of laminated EVA, and the welded body is made of TPU without seams. An overlapping magnetic lid keeps water out, and an attachment at the top allows riders to store accessories like a phone or wallet for easy access. The Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag will keep your devices and belongings safe from the elements. Available for $268.95.

Barnett Scorpion Series Clear Derby Covers

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Scorpion Derby Covers

The Barnett Scorpion Series clear derby covers are designed to fit OEM primary covers on 1990-2016 H-D Big Twins, 2018-22 Softails, and 2015-22 FLs with a “narrow” primary. The quarter-inch thick, polycarbonate window is scratch- and discoloration-resistant and firmly secured and sealed with an O-ring gasket. The outer cover area is CNC-machined from billet aluminum with a powdercoat finish. The derby cover gasket is included. Available in Chrome for $274 and Black for $223.

Zerofit Heatrub Ultimate Leggings

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Leggings

Featuring the same material and fabric construction as the award-winning Ultimate Baselayer, the unisex Heatrub Ultimate Leggings will keep riders warm in temperatures as low as 14 F. While moving, heat threads inside the leggings brush against the skin to generate heat. Offering comfort as well as warmth, the Heatrub Ultimate Leggings are made of a material that has been independently tested and proven to be five times warmer than a typical baselayer. Available in Black in sizes XS-2XL for $99.

Wolverine Brake Light Riding Boots

Holiday Buyers Guide Wolverine Brake Light

The Wolverine Brake Light Riding Boot merges function with biker fashion. Designed for hardcore Harley riders, these boots are made of full-grain leather with oil-resistant rubber outsoles. The mesh lining keeps feet and ankles comfortable, and Goodyear welt construction ensures a highly secure bond between sole and boot. The boots also include YKK dual locking metal zippers. These riding boots have a shaft height of 6.25 inches and are available in Black in U.S. sizes 6-17.5 for $183.

Nelson-Rigg Solo Storm Jacket and Pants

Holiday Buyers Guide Nelson-Rigg Solo Storm Jacket

Nelson-Rigg’s fully lined Storm Jacket is made of polyester oxford with dual stitching. To keep the elements out, seams are electronically taped, and the full-length zipper features a self-fastening storm flap. Adjustable side buckles and an elastic waist provide a comfortable fit. Nelson-Rigg also offers matching Storm Pants. The jacket is available in S-4XL in Black, Hi-Viz Yellow, and Hi-Viz Orange for $79.95. The pants are available in S-4XL in Black for $49.95.

Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion

Holiday Buyers Guide Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion

The Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion is made of three layers of polyurethane, making it extremely durable. Gel pads inserted inside each individual air cell provide additional cushioning, shock absorption, and vibration dampening. This cushion can also be used without air when riders want to feel closer to the bike but still need some additional cushioning. Designed to be used for a variety of needs and types of riding, this cushion is versatile and affordable. Available in Black for $194.99.

SW-Motech Legend Gear Tail Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Legend Tail Bag

A practical combination of tailbag and full-fledged backpack, the Legend Gear Tail Bag LR1 is a versatile companion for every tour. With a universal fit for seat and tail rack, this bag has a 4-point strap-mounting system for a secure hold. When used as a backpack, the bag has padded, adjustable carrying straps for a comfortable fit. The Legend Gear Tail Bag also features a roll-top closure, a padded laptop holder, and a waterproof rain cover made of 210D polyamide. Available in Brown for $163.95.

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Triumph Unveils Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The most recent James Bond film, No Time To Die, starring Daniel Craig, featured Triumph Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 models in action sequences. To celebrate 60 years of Bond, Triumph has unveiled an ultra-exclusive Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition, limited to just 60 units worldwide.

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition features a custom three-color paint scheme in Black, Granite Grey, and Storm Grey with the official “60 Years of Bond” commemorative logo on the tank sides.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Related Story: 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR | First Look Review

All 25 James Bond movies, in their original title fonts, are present in the striking Bond Edition tank top design, including No Time To Die, which marked the beginning of Triumph’s role as official motorcycle partner of Bond. Other exclusive highlights include the iconic James Bond gun barrel design on the RR cockpit fairing, as well as gold badging and logo detailing that matches the gold Öhlins fork tubes.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Each of the 60 units is individually numbered on the unique new handlebar clamp badge, and they include an exclusive 007 indoor bike cover featuring custom James Bond design detailing and a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is the British manufacturer’s top-of-the-line sportbike and is powered by a 1,160cc inline-Triple that makes a claimed 178 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque. It features state-of-the-art electronic rider aids, Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, Brembo Stylema monoblock front calipers, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires, and a full-color TFT display with My Triumph connectivity.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition is priced at $24,995 USD. For more information, visit TriumphMotorcycles.com.

No Time To Die Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Sold at 60 Years of James Bond Charity Auction

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE used in the 25th James Bond film, “No Time to Die” (2021), starring Daniel Craig.

A Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE stunt bike used in the filming of No Time To Die sold for £138,600 GBP ($154,317 USD) to benefit the Severn Hospice in a charity auction held at Christie’s to celebrate 60 years of James Bond films.

Among the items auctioned, Triumph Motorcycles provided the Scrambler 1200 XE that was ridden by Daniel Craig as James Bond and also ridden by stunt riders Paul Edmondson and Martin Craven during production of the latest 007 film, No Time To Die. With an estimated value of £20,000-£30,000 ($22,000-$33,500 USD), the Scrambler 1200 XE was sold to an online bidder for £138,600 ($154,317 USD).

“Riding the Scrambler in No Time To Die was a privilege and certainly brought a smile to my face every time I rode it,” Paul Edmonson said.

Martin Craven agreed, calling the Scrambler “an incredible beast.”

“The Scrambler did everything we threw at it,” Craven said. “We raced it to an inch of its life.”

The proceeds raised from the auction of the Scrambler 1200 XE will go to the independent charity Severn Hospice, which gives specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire, Telford annd Wrekin, and Mid Wales who are living with an incurable illness.

The live auction featured 25 lots comprising vehicles, watches, costumes, and props, many of which related to No Time To Die, with the final six lots offered representing each of the six actors who have played Bond. An online sale featuring 35 lots spanning the 25 films continues until James Bond Day on Oct. 5, 2022 – the 60th anniversary of the world premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962.

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Dunlop American Elite Tires | Gear Review

Dunlop American Elite Tires

Touring tires for heavyweight bikes need to be made of tough stuff. They are expected to last a long time and perform well in hot, cold, wet, and dry conditions on all kinds of roads. Dunlop American Elite tires meet all these requirements and more. I’ve put more than 1,500 miles on them aboard my 2017 Road Glide Ultra since getting them spooned on by the good folks at Ventura Harley-Davidson, and I am very impressed. In fact, in over 48 years of riding motorcycles (don’t judge), these are the best road tires I’ve ever tried.

Dunlop American Elite Tires

The American Elites provide excellent ride quality, the first line of defense against potholes, seams, and cracks in the neglected poured-concrete freeways and sunbaked highways where I live in California. For those of you who live in parts of the country with smoother roads, you’ll enjoy an even more comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride.

Related Story: Dunlop Mutant Tires tested on a Harley-Davidson Pan America

Stable and smooth on the highway, when the pavement starts to curve, the Dunlops exhibit neutral turn-in behavior and hold a steady line. When midcorner corrections are required, they respond with stability and excellent feedback. I rode in temperatures ranging from 55 to 113 degrees on roads with tar snakes, grooved pavement, and other irregularities, and the tires’ performance remained consistent and predictable. They were particularly quiet, with little change in road noise over varying surfaces.

Dunlop American Elite Tires

From an aesthetic side, the American Elites are handsome-looking tires that have deep, rain-evacuating grooves. The front tire is made of a single compound while the rear uses Dunlop’s Multi Tread technology to provide durability in the center and reassuring grip on the shoulders. Dunlop claims the Elites offer more longevity, better stability, more wet grip, and greater bump compliance than Michelin Commander IIs. Based on my experience with both types of tires on my Ultra, I would agree.

These are premium tires that will enhance the enjoyment and safety of riding your American-made motorcycle. I give them an enthusiastic two thumbs up!

Dunlop American Elite tires are designed, tested, and manufactured in the United States. They are available in blackwall, narrow whitewall, and wide whitewall styles in a range of sizes for Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Victory models. Pricing ranges from $185.95 to $381.95 depending on size.

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C. Jane Taylor Rides 6,000 Miles on National Book Tour

C. Jane Taylor
C. Jane Taylor and her husband, John McConnell, are on a three-month, 11,000-mile cross-country book tour to promote Jane’s memoir, “Spirit Traffic.” Large QR codes on placards direct curious people to Jane’s website.

C. Jane Taylor is the author of Spirit Traffic: A Mother’s Journey of Self-Discovery and Letting Go, a memoir about a 10,000-mile cross-country motorcycle journey with her husband, John, and their son Emmett. We ran an excerpt from Spirit Traffic, a chapter called “Isaac and Eli” about two curious young boys they met in Indiana, in the April 2022 issue of Rider. We also interviewed Jane for the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast.

In May, Jane and John packed up their BMW F 650 GS bikes, said goodbye to their home in Vermont (and their dog Dewey), and hit the road on a book tour. First, they rode east to Maine, then they rode west to Chicago, where they were hosted by Steven Goode, who wrote “The Great American Deli Schlep” feature published in the December 2021 issue of Rider.

C. Jane Taylor
C. Jane Taylor reads from “Spirit Traffic” at Timbre Books in Ventura, California.

They rode south to Springfield, Missouri, where they attended the BMWMOA national rally. Along the way, Jane gave readings in people’s homes, at coffee shops, and in motorcycle dealerships. John was her riding partner, tour manager, and cheerleader.

After battling fierce winds in Kansas, traversing the Rockies in Colorado, and enduring blast furnace heat in Tucson, Arizona, and Palm Desert, California, they found cool respite in the coastal town of Ventura, where Jane and John were hosted by Rider Editor-in-Chief Greg Drevenstedt and his wife Carrie.

C. Jane Taylor
After her reading and Q&A, Jane invites guests to share stories about “what adventure means to me.”

On Sunday, July 10, Jane gave a reading at Timbre Books, a local independent bookstore in Ventura. In attendance were long-time Rider contributor Bill Stermer, several members of the Ventura County chapter of STAR Touring & Riding, and other local riders and residents. One motorcyclist who could not attend sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers in his absence. After the reading, a small group joined Jane and John at a local Mexican restaurant for dinner and conversation.

C. Jane Taylor
John McConnell and C. Jane Taylor with their BMW F 650 GSs at Grant Park, overlooking Ventura, California, on a foggy morning.

The next day, Jane and John repacked their gear and fired up their BMWs. Attached to the large drybags perched on their rear seats are placards that say “National Book Tour” and feature large QR codes that direct curious people to Jane’s website. They spent a few hours riding Highway 33 – one of the best motorcycling roads in Southern California – and then headed north along the coast, bound for Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast.

C. Jane Taylor
Rider Editor-in-Chief Greg Drevenstedt and his wife Carrie hosted Jane and John when they were in Ventura.

Jane has readings scheduled in the Bay Area, an interview with the Motorcycles & Misfits Podcast in Santa Cruz, and many more stops over the next five weeks in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Montana. Jane and John will ride at least another 5,000 miles before they return to Vermont.

Check out the book tour schedule and see if Jane and John will be in your area. (Please note that some readings require an invitation, so inquire via the website.) If you can, attend a reading and show your support – buy a book and have Jane sign it. Whether or not you can attend a reading, please support their efforts by buying a book. Better yet, buy two or more and give copies to friends. Spirit Traffic is also available as an ebook or an audio book.

For more information, visit cjanetaylor.com.

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2023 KTM 450 SMR | First Look Review

2023 KTM 450 SMR
The track-only 2023 KTM 450 SMR supermoto has received updates to its engine, suspension, quickshifter, tires, electronics, ergonomics, and graphics.

Sporting many of the familiar features that riders love, as well as upgrades that will take the experience up a notch, the updated-for-2023 KTM 450 SMR proves it’s still a serious player in the supermoto game. When tenths of a second and tens of centimeters make the difference in lap times or an overtaking move, the track-only 2023 KTM 450 SMR is exactly what any supermoto racer needs. Pricing for the 2022 model starts at $11,999, so expect a small bump in MSRP for 2023.

Read our 2021 KTM 450 SMR First Ride Review

2023 KTM 450 SMR

What’s new on the 2023 KTM 450 SMR?

The 450 SMR’s revised shock mount is said to enhance energy absorption and straight-line stability, and its “anti squat” design should translate to better acceleration and stronger corner exits. Redesigned high-grade aluminum CNC-machined triple clamps have increased grip surface for less handlebar “twist,” which should contribute to better control and feedback.

2023 KTM 450 SMR

The SMR’s central double-cradle-type chromoly steel frame is still hydro-formed, laser-cut, and robot-welded, but KTM has altered longitudinal and torsional flex as well as frame-wall thickness to improve feedback. The new 22mm rear axle and latest generation of WP XACT suspension are said to improve traction and energy absorption for sliding into turns.

The fully adjustable AER 48mm front fork with 11.2 inches of travel still has a split-damping function and simple toolless adjusters, among other advantages. Out back, the 2023 model features a shorter, lighter (but still with the same 10.5 inches of travel) WP XACT shock, which has revised internals to improve damping behavior.

2023 KTM 450 SMR

Replacing the Bridgestone slicks are Metzeler Racetec SM K1s, which promise rapid warm-up times and consistency in grip lap after lap. The 450 SMR rolls on Alpina tubeless spoked wheels, with a 16-inch front and a 17-inch rear.

The 499.9cc liquid-cooled, SOHC Single, which still blasts out a claimed 63 hp, has been revised to improve mass centralization and reduce weight – at 59.5 lbs, it’s nearly a pound lighter than the previous version. The engine has been tilted back, the cylinders have new internals, the crankshaft has been optimized, and the countershaft sprocket has been lowered by 3mm. Pankl Racing Systems has supplied a redesigned 5-speed gearbox with new ratios.

2023 KTM 450 SMR

Another feature is the new Quickshift sensor on the shift drum for clutchless upshifts, which can be disabled through the handlebar switch. The Keihin Engine Management System still administers the traction control, launch control, and quickshifter functions, and there are two customizable engine maps.

Throwing the whole package into place on-track is easier thanks to revised ergonomics and a sculpted rider triangle that permits an even better contact points between motorcycle and user. There’s also a new recessed grip pocket under the seat, and visually, the 1990s-derived splash of purple adds to the “Ready to Race” graphic vibe, along with the flat orange seat and white tailsection.

2023 KTM 450 SMR

Where does the song remain the same?

KTM follows the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” with several aspects of the new 450 SMR. The polyamide-reinforced aluminum two-piece subframe is strong, light, and contributes to a sense of control from the saddle, as do the inward-located footpegs that are cleated to ensure reassuring grip under extreme riding conditions.

Premium components such as the Brembo M50 monoblock 4-piston front caliper with a 310mm rotor, a 220mm rear disc with a 1-piston caliper, a Suter slipper clutch with Brembo hydraulics, and a compact exhaust system ensure that the 450 SMR is ready to compete right out of the gate.

2023 KTM 450 SMR

Full specs have not yet been released, but expect a slight reduction in weight from its predecessor (232 lbs) with the same 35-inch seat height and 1.85-gallon fuel capacity.

The 2023 KTM 450 SMR will be available starting in June 2022. Visit ktm.com for more details and to find a dealer near you.

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Bill Dragoo: Ep. 37 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Ep. 37 Bill Dragoo Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Our guest on Episode 37 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is Bill Dragoo of Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART). Bill has led an interesting and varied life as a pilot, a sky diver, a scuba diver, and as a competitor on dirtbikes, adventure bikes, mountain bikes, and sailboats. He has been a winner or podium finisher in three RawHyde Adventure Challenges, and he was a member of the BMW GS Trophy team that represented the U.S. in South Africa in 2010. Bill is a certified BMW factory-trained off-road instructor, and a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach. Through Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART), he trains motorcyclists of all ages to ride adventure bikes with more confidence. We talk about how Bill got into riding and racing motorcycles, his challenges and successes in competition, and his philosophy for training riders how to handle big adventure bikes. Visit the DART website for Bill’s upcoming training and immersion tour schedule as well as links to DART tips, publications, podcasts, videos, and more.

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Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit
The Aerostich factory on 18th Avenue West was originally a candy factory.Today the sweet stuff is created solely for motorcyclists.

To tell the story of the legendary Aerostich riding suit is to tell a story about America. The dream of it, but also the tenacity required to navigate its possibilities. Because running a successful small business in America these days demands more than a clear vision and hard work. It requires staying power.

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Native Duluthian Andy Goldfine was committed to the dream of creating a small business long before he knew what product or service he might offer. Separately, the concept of a lightweight, armored, easy-to-use coverall to wear over clothes as one commuted to and from their job was born from a personal wish to own such an item. These two ambitions merged when Goldfine conjured the first Roadcrafter one-piece riding suit back in 1983.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit
Andy Goldfine’s intention to supply motorcyclists with high-quality, handcrafted apparel and useful kit has never wavered.

What Schott is to leather and Belstaff is to waxed cotton, Aerostich is to synthetic-fiber textiles used to create durable, high-performance motorcycle gear. The world is overflowing with it now, but back in the early ’80s, people weren’t talking about things like breathability or tensile strength or viscoelastic foam armor. Cordura and Gore-Tex were still exotic. And so, without any kind of roadmap, Goldfine created a totally new type of riding gear, and boy, did that suit show us what our leather gear was missing.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit
The Aerostich building in Duluth is no factory, instead feeling more like an artist’s enclave where the skilled craftspeople combine forces to create exceptionally high-quality riding gear. It’s cool to see, and all visitors who happen by are welcome to a tour. For me, it made my connection to my latest Roadcrafter suit so much more significant, having watched in person the craftspeople who handwrite their signatures inside each suit.

I (literally) stepped into my first Roadcrafter back in 1986 when Goldfine was visiting the Rider offices in California, and I have been living in these suits ever since. Like so many motojournalists of that era, I found the Roadcrafter wasn’t just the gold standard for commuting, it was also magic for sportbike riding and touring. Newer designs (R-3 Darien and AD1) from the Aerostich factory in Duluth might be just as popular these days, but when I last visited the shop I was hunting for a new Roadcrafter Classic two-piece to fit my now middle-aged bod.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit
The original Roadcrafter Classic, handcrafted in Duluth, has been refined over the years, yet remains totally recognizable.

It was my first time in Goldfine’s very Minnesotan three-story brick building – a former candy factory – and it was obvious right away this is a cool place for bikers to chill. After I was fitted for my new suit, I got a tour of the different floors and stations where skilled craftsmen and craftswomen, a fair number of riders among them, cut and assemble the various fabric into “kits,” which are then handed over to expert sewers and finally seam-taping machine operators before each garment is inspected and prepared to meet its new owner.

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The handcrafting of the suits is enjoyable to watch, especially since everyone working here – some who have been with Goldfine for decades – seems to enjoy their craft.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit

But one of the things I leave most impressed by is how fiercely this operation works to remain “Made in the USA.” For example, Goldfine explains that, due to current trade policies, the tariff on bringing in fabric from Asia is about twice as high as the tariff for bringing in completed riding gear. “It’s as if the USA doesn’t want commercial/industrial sewing activity done in this country,” he told me.

Supply chain issues caused by Covid have only deepened the challenge. Yet Goldfine remains true to his standards, a rare example of an apparel manufacturer uneasy with the lure of inexpensive offshore production, even as many consumers take the bait, sometimes unwittingly trading quality for low prices on everyday goods.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit

While the riding suits remain the pillar of Aerostich offerings, Goldfine has created and collected a dangerously desirable array of complementary apparel items, accessories, and equipment to make riding “easier, safer, and more comfortable.” It might be a heated mid-layer, a unique tool, perfect-fitting earplugs, stink-resistant socks, or a new tent you didn’t know you needed until you saw it on the website or in that cherished catalog that occasionally shows up in the mail.

Aerostich: The Great American Motorcycle Suit

And while he finds satisfaction in his artful curation of products and the affirmation of Aerostich loyalists, Goldfine’s core intention isn’t driven by being fashionable or even making money. His deeper motivation is about promoting the physical, psychological, and societal benefits of riding motorcycles every day. It’s why he created Ride to Work Day, to remind us of the Rx effect of being on the motorcycle, even for a short “useful” ride each day. He believes riding makes us “better-functioning, calmer, clearer” people and also brings economic, environmental, and congestion-lessening benefits to our communities.

It’s with these big thoughts in mind that I step into my fresh Roadcrafter a week later. How the heck can a riding suit feel like home? This one does. No matter what newfangled riding apparel comes into my life to be tested, it’s the all-American Aerostich that endures.

For more information, visit aerostich.com.

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Leod Escapes: Ep. 34 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Cat MacLeod, Leod Escapes Motorcycle Track and Tour Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Episode 34 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is brought to you by Fly Racing. Our guest is Cat MacLeod, the man behind Leod Escapes “Track and Tour” motorcycle tours, which combine track days at MotoGP circuits with multi-day scenic sport tours in Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, and other destinations. Leod Escapes is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. We talk about what makes Track and Tours unique, what makes for a successful tour, and what tours are available this year. Cat’s an interesting guy who has turned his passions for track riding and foreign travel into a business. Other than professional racers, not many people can say they’ve ridden on 10 MotoGP tracks like Cat has. You can find Leod Escapes’ 2022 Track and Tour calendar at leodescapes.com. You can aslo read our review of a Leod Escapes tour in Italy that included a track day at Mugello.

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Petersen Automotive Museum Exhibit to Feature Custom Electric Motorcycles

Petersen Automotive Museum
Eva Hakansson’s “KillaJoule”

The Petersen Automotive Museum‘s latest exhibit will feature a multitude of the most innovative electric motorcycles ever made by cutting-edge designers. Opening to the public on April 14, 2022, in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, the unique “Electric Revolutionaries” collection is an exclusive look at the ground-breaking creations of the visionaries at the forefront of the ever-expanding electric motorcycle industry.

Highlights of the new exhibition include “KillaJoule,” the land speed racer that made Eva Hakansson the fastest woman on an electric motorcycle with a run of 240.7 mph. Built by Hakansson and her husband at home and with a limited budget, “KillaJoule” is the fastest sidecar streamliner ever, regardless of engine type.

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Walt Siegl’s “RONTU”

On the slower side of the spectrum are the innovative solar-powered “Solar Scooter” and “Solar Rickshaw” created by Samuel Aboagye. The Ghanaian teenager constructed both using only salvaged, discarded and recycled materials that he could source for free. Making its worldwide debut will be the intricately designed and exquisitely crafted “The One” by Curtiss Motors. Conceptualized by JT Nesbitt, “The One” features a retro-futuristic design and quality of construction usually only found on hypercars.

Petersen Automotive Museum
“The One” by Curtiss Motors

A follow-up to the Petersen Museum’s popular first-ever electric motorcycle exhibit, “Electric Revolution” in 2019, the new display features over 25 unique custom electric motorcycles guest curated by Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation Co-Founder Paul D’Orléans.

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“I’m super excited to assemble this wildly diverse collection of EV pioneers. ‘Electric Revolutionaries’ really does represent the range of interest in an electric future, from a humble teen in Ghana making EVs from scrap, to genius artisans building conceptual and boundary-pushing designs, to speed demons and global superstar designers interested in pushing mobility into the green zone,” said d’Orleans. “Electric Revolutionaries” is produced by the Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation and Sasha Tcherevkoff with support from LiveWire.

Listen to our interview with Paul D’Orléans on the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Petersen Automotive Museum
Hugo Eccles’ “XP Zero”

“It is incredible how far electric motorcycles have come in the short time from our first exhibit in 2019,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “This new display gives a unique and close-up look at the innovative machines and the creators behind them pushing the boundaries of motorcycle electrification and design. The detail, level of craftsmanship, and unorthodox thinking behind these electric motorcycles make them must-sees.”

Other notable electric motorcycles on display include Joey Ruiter’s “NOMOTO,” which camouflages as utilitarian street furniture and his geometric “Moto Undone” concept. Also part of the exhibit is famed motorcycle designer Walt Siegl’s ultra-minimalist “RONTU” that uses carbon fiber, aluminum, and a lack of body panels to help weigh a scant 100 lbs. Hugo Eccles’ avant-garde and award-winning “XP Zero,” a radical reinterpretation of a production Zero SR/F into a futuristic cafe racer, is also among the extensive collection of unique and innovative electric motorcycles.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit Petersen.org.

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Edelweiss Southern France Tour

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Looking down on the road that brought us up to Col du Galibier, an 8,668-foot pass in the French Alps just west of the Italian border. On Day 8 we summited many alpine passes that challenge competitors in the Tour de France bicycle race.

Sunshine, wine, good food, and savoir vivre (knowing how to live) – these are just a few reasons why the Côte d’Azur and the Provence region of southern France are so captivating. But for motorcyclists, the real draw of this region near the western border of northern Italy are the roads threaded throughout the Maritime Alps. The Edelweiss Bike Travel Best of Southern France Tour gives motorcyclists a taste of the good life in this enchanting part of Europe.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Riding high above the Gorges de la Nesque on one of its many “balcony” roads carved into the canyon walls.

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Day 1: Arrival

The tour begins and ends in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a medieval village tucked into the mountains with views of the picturesque Mediterranean coast. The town is not far from iconic French Riviera cities like Cannes and Nice (which has the closest major airport), as well as the casinos and Formula 1 course in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour

The tour covers approximately 1,300 miles over nine days, with a rest day in Mostuéjouls. A wide range of motorcycles are available for this tour, from small bikes like the BMW G 310 R to mid-sized bikes like the Honda NC750X and Ducati Monster 821 to liter-class bikes like the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT, BMW R 1250 GS/RT, and Harley-Davidson Pan America. Prices start at $6,550 and vary based on choice of motorcycle and single vs. double room. Lodging and most meals are included as part of the tour price.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
A pair of sportbikers make the climb to an alpine pass on a perfect riding day.

Like so many cities, towns, and villages in southern France, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is full of history and character. The picturesque walled city was initially a fortified medieval defense post and played a significant role in the French Revolution. For centuries it has been a lodestone for tourists, travelers, and artisans, as well as a significant center for the Impressionist and Expressionist art movements of the 20th century. Recently it was home to, and is the final resting place of, modern artist Marc Chagall, who bequeathed to the city some of his most significant works.

Part of what draws one here is the magical blend of tranquility and brilliance. For artists it’s the light, for others it’s the mild climate and rustic setting. For many it is simply the nearness and yet quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of France’s more famous Mediterranean cities.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Col du Galibier is one of several alpine passes we summited on Day 8.

Seven guests have arrived, coming from the United States, Brazil, and Germany, and all have chosen to ride adventure bikes: BMW R 1250 GSs and S 1000 XRs and a KTM 1290 Super Adventure. The bikes are parked next to the pool, ready to ride. For all but two of the tour participants, this is their first time in this region. For some, this is their first time in France. The evening before the tour we met for a briefing, followed by camaraderie over a delicious meal of good wine and poisson à la provençale. Marlene and Klaus, a couple from Germany, received a special recognition for having completed many Edelweiss tours already.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
On our first riding day, from Saint-Paul-de-Vence to Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire, we visited Gorges du Verdon, one of the most iconic canyon landscapes in Europe. The limestone walls, which are thousands of feet high, attract many rock climbers.

Day 2: Saint-Paul-de-Vence to Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire

Our day begins with a nip in the air and long shadows stretching across the lawn. There’s not a cloud in the sky, yet the sweltering heat of summer is behind us and it’s a pleasure to don some warmer riding gear for a picture-perfect autumn day. It’s in the mid-40s now, but by the afternoon it will be in the mid-60s. Our route takes us along the Gorges du Loup, to the medieval walled city of Gourdon, and ultimately the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – one of the most iconic canyon landscapes in Europe. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is our last stop of the day, right at the foot of an ancient monastery, for a coffee before reaching our lodging for the night. This ancient town was first settled in the 5th century, and with its 12th-century Romanesque church, it is considered one of France’s plus belle ville de pays (most beautiful country towns).

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Taking a break to enjoy the view of Gorges du Verdon.

After a full day of riding, the day ends with a respectful appreciation of the amazing scenery, stunning vistas, extensive history, and relaxed simplicity that is typical of Provence. Our group is getting into the swing of things as the cares of their lives back home begin melting away. Can it get any better?

Day 3: Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire to Avignon

We’re on our way to Avignon, and it’s a gorgeous day, with blue skies dotted with fluffy white clouds, creating the perfect backdrop for the charming villages we visit. After a short warm-up ride, we stop in the beautiful village of Roussillon for coffee. With its ancient buildings seeming to tumble down the mountainside, we find our lunch stop in Sault even more enchanting.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
On Day 3, during our ride from Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire to Avignon, we had lunch in the beautiful village of Sault.

After lunch, we follow part of the famous Tour de France route over 6,263-foot Mont Ventoux, where the blue skies give way to thick, gray fog. We pause to allow a herd of sheep to pass and keep a keen eye out for bicyclists. They’re everywhere! We must be cautious, as some of the bicyclists descend the mountain faster than our motorcycles. We’re amazed, and the fearless cyclists command our respect.

Upon arriving in Avignon, we enjoy a little tailgate party with snacks and post-ride “boot” beers served from the back of the chase van. The night’s accommodations are in an old palace in the center of the city, and we’ve arrived early enough for a visit to the spa or to explore the beautiful city perched on the bank of the Rhône River, which is a veritable jewel of provincial culture and heritage. We’re rewarded with another delicious dinner, and afterward we all linger to chat about what we’ve seen and experienced so far. The anticipation of the next day’s ride is palpable.

Day 4: Avignon to Mostuéjouls

The Côtes du Rhône region is renowned for its red cuvée wines made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes. We visit La Chartreuse-de-Valbonne, a monastery founded in 1203, where Carthusian monks first cultivated the grapes and fermented the juices to produce the wine that made this region world famous.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
La Chartreuse-de-Valbonne is a monastery in the Côtes du Rhône region that is famous for wine.

The day continues with a major highlight: a thrilling roller-coaster ride on narrow, heavily shaded forest roads, over a 3,000-foot pass, and into Grands Causses Regional Natural Park. Within the park is Gorges de la Jonte, a jagged, plunging canyon up to 1,500 feet deep where vultures can be seen circling in the thermic winds high above the rugged terrain. After another thrilling day of riding, we arrive in Mostuéjouls, where we spend the next two nights and a rest day at a first-class hotel with a pool.

Day 5: Rest Day in Mostuéjouls

This picturesque alpine village on the Tarn River is popular with climbers, kayakers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Some took the opportunity to squeeze in another day of riding on the fantastic local roads, while others explored or relaxed. One of the area’s highlights is located nearby in Cévennes National Park – an enormous limestone cave called Aven Armand that’s filled with intricate stalagmites and stalactites. Another is Viaduc de Millau, an 8,000-foot-long multi-span cable-stayed bridge that’s the tallest in the world, with a structural height of just over 1,100 feet.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
A few of us visited Aven Armand, an enormous limestone cave, during a rest day in Mostuéjouls.

Day 6: Mostuéjouls to Chabrillan

We continue our triangular, clockwise loop route, riding through the Gorges du Tarn and Gorges de l’Ardèche, where we stop at Pont d’Arc, an enormous natural stone bridge that was formed when the Ardèche River broke through a narrow escarpment of soft limestone. The arch is nearly 200 feet wide and more than 100 feet tall, and a nearby beach makes it popular with swimmers and sunbathers. It’s another beautiful day, and we take the opportunity to stop and enjoy the view down into canyons and across to distant mountains carpeted in rich green vegetation.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Pont d’Arc is natural stone bridge that was formed when the Ardèche River broke through a narrow escarpment of limestone.

Day 7: Chabrillan to Chambéry

As we travel northeast, we’re making our way into the foothills of the French Alps. The scenery gets more rugged and the mountains soar higher. We summit Col de la Machine, a breathtaking 3,316-foot pass, followed by another gorge. We’ll spend the next two riding days at higher elevations, mostly above 6,000 feet. Days like this are why we go on alpine motorcycle tours. The vistas, the undulating pavement, and the surprises around every unfamiliar corner. This is riding heaven – we all know it and enjoy sharing it with each other.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Rounding hairpins on the descent from Col de l’Iseran. At 9,068 feet, it is the highest paved pass in the Alps.

Day 8: Chambéry to Arvieux

More alpine passes today. Col du Télégraphe (5,138 feet). Col du Galibier (8,668 feet). Col du Lautaret (6,752 feet). Col d’Izoard (7,743 feet). Each is legendary in its own right. They are rites of passage for bicyclists – challenges on the grueling Tour de France race. We are grateful for throttles!

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Col du Télégraphe (5,138 feet), a pass that is often used during the ascent to Col du Galibier in the Tour de France.

Being high in the Alps made for an ideal location to enjoy one of Edelweiss’ famous picnic lunches. One of the tour guides bought a variety of local delicacies, and the chase van was stocked with tables, chairs, and everything needed for a nicely catered buffet. With the sun shining and beautiful mountain views, we relaxed and enjoyed having this little part of paradise all to ourselves.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
Enjoying one of Edelweiss’ famous picnic lunches on a beautiful day in the Alps.

Day 8: Arvieux to Jausiers

We wake up in Arvieux to cold rain and fog, our only inclement weather of the trip. After riding briefly into and out of Italy (ciao!), we ride back into France and find that a landslide on the route to Col de la Bonette has blocked our passage. With torrential rain and temperatures just above freezing, our hands are soaked and our spirits are numbed. We detour back to Vinadio, Italy, and assuage our disappointment with hot beverages and perhaps the best pizza we’ve ever eaten. We backtrack and follow a clear route to Jausiers, where we all welcome a hot shower, a warm dinner, and a soft, dry bed.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
This was our view as we rode up to Col de la Bonette on a clear morning after the previous day’s heavy rain.

Day 9: Jausiers to Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Since we missed Col de la Bonette (8,907 feet) yesterday, on our last riding day we do an early-morning up-and-back ride to the monumental pass. We squeeze in more mountain riding on our way back to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, where we put down our kickstands for the last time.

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
After a landslide blocked our access to Col de la Bonette from the south, we summited the pass the next day from the north.

Our international group shares a mix of elation and disappointment. We’ve had a wonderful tour and even faced a few challenges, and we don’t want it to end. Over our final dinner together, Edemar from Brazil says, “The end of a dream is the birth of new plans!”

We all were at a loss for words to describe how stunning the trip had been. Great food, amazing riding, impressive historical sites, exploration of new places, and a soul-warming group experience. A wonderful adventure that made us ready for more!

Edelweiss Bike Travel's Best of Southern France Tour
We passed through this idyllic valley on the ride up to Col du Télégraphe.

Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Best of Southern France tour is scheduled to run in June and September of 2022 and 2023. Prices start at $6,550. Visit edelweissbike.com for more details.

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