If you don’t have much vacation time left but want to take a week-long motorcycle trip in another part of the country, you can. How? Be creative to make your dream getaway come true.

You could ride your bike one way and then ship the bike home while you take a plane. So consider shipping your bike, even if it’s coast to coast. Compare the shipping cost to the costs of hotels, food and gas, plus the wear and tear on your bike for a week long coast-to-coast trip, and you may well save money.

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There are many celebrity motorcyclists, but few who, at one time or another, had strong ties with motorcycle companies, charities, or even their own museum. Here are a few who are serious about the lifestyle.

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Some rare and unusual machines are being offered for sale at the Bonhams auction Aug. 14-16, 2020 at the Stafford County Showground at Bicester Heritage in England. They include a 1954 175cc Mondial Bialbero roadracer, 1958 Moto Guzzi 192cc Galletto and a 1909 Minerva 3.5 horsepower with a wicker sidecar.

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Cinder Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Ariz., consists of about 13,500 acres and offers riding opportunities on designated routes.

Cinder Hills was created by active volcanoes as recently as a thousand years ago. Lava flowed across the area and also left behind deep deposits of volcanic cinders and ash. The area is now graced with Ponderosa Pine and Aspen at higher elevations.

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Now’s your chance to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and have the chance to win a unique custom motorcycle at the same time: a “Lords of the Board Track” custom bike.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is paying tribute to Hall of Famers Eddie Brinck, Ralph Hepburn, Shrimp Burns and others by raffling a custom commemorative motorcycle inspired by board-track racing, one of the earliest motorsports that featured high speed and fearless competitors.

The raffle bike is a 100-year anniversary edition Harley-Davidson Sportster featuring custom styling and performance parts. The bike is being built by Kevin Dunworth of Dunworth Machines to look like an early race machine.

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Check out your August issue of American Motorcyclist magazine for stories on chronicling the motorcycle lifestyle in photos, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Peter Starr reflecting on his classic motorcycling movie Take It To The Limit and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey writing about MotoAmerica road racing in 2020.

You can read the issue online. Life Member Plus members received a copy at home. Not a Life Member Plus member? Call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) to join for just $29 a year. The membership includes a hard copy of the magazine, AMA roadside assistance that covers all the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in your household, and more benefits.

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The Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, presented by Yuasa Battery, promises some of the best riding on the planet in 2020.

These great rides take you a little further off the beaten path and the routes are typically laid out by local clubs and promoters who know the best dirt roads and trails to ride on in their areas.

These rides, intended for serious off-road-oriented dual sport motorcyclists, are also family affairs.

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Whether you’re planning to ride around the block or around the country, Nelson Rigg USA has the tank bags, soft luggage and other gear you need at a 20 percent discount for AMA members.

 As an AMA member, you save money on all Nelson Rigg USA products for street bikes, tourers, cruisers, dual sport machines and adventure-tourers.

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Before racer-replica motorcycles were widely available in the 1980s, riders who wanted to get from Point A to Point B quickly rode café racers. And one of the most sought after was the Ducati 750 Sport.

In its early days, the Italian company was known for its sporting singles. But that began to change when Fabio Taglioni, the famed Dr. T, designed a 748cc, 90-degree V-twin engine first introduced to the Ducati line in 1971.

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While Mount St. Helens may be the best-known feature of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwestern Washington, the trails are what attract dual sport riders.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, named after the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, encompasses 1.3 million acres of scenic beauty: forests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and more. Congress established the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in 1982.

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Grand riding. Grand adventure. Grand Tour. The 2020 AMA Grand Tours offer great adventures that you can ride on your own schedule.

Grand Tours allow participants the freedom to ride to checkpoints on their own time. Most grand tours take place over several months or an entire year. Some grand tours encompass a single state, while others are nationwide. Each AMA-chartered organizer sets the tour routes, checkpoints and rules.

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If you’re a fan of 1950s and 1960s road racing motorcycles, take a look at the rare offerings up for bid at the Bonhams auction Aug. 14-16 at the Stafford County Showground at Bicester Heritage in England.

Examples include a restored 1959 Benelli 250 Bialbero GP Mono, one of only four built. It was purchased from world grand prix road racing champion John Surtees in the 1980s. Also featured is a 1954 Mondial 175 Bialbero GP that is an ex-factory road racing machine, and a 1959 Mondial Paton 250 Gran Premio that  was built by Giuseppe Pattoni, who produced “over the counter” racers with Mondial engines.

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From sagebrush flats to juniper-covered hills to a 700-foot-tall sand dune, the Little Sahara Recreation Area in Utah offers a variety of riding conditions for all skill levels.

Located about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Little Sahara Recreation Area features Sand Mountain, which is the 700-foot-high challenging dune. On the back side of the dune is an area of about 6 square miles of dunes to ride. To the northwest of the mountain are the White Sands Dunes, which are abut 8 miles long and at some places 2 miles wide.

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It’s not something riders talk about much, but funky-smelling helmets can be a bother for anyone who rides in the heat, and the cause is simple perspiration buildup.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make sure that when you hit the road or trail, you smell the flowers, the forest and the clear country air, instead of a locker room.

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This year promises to be a blast for riders taking part in the Honda AMA National Adventure Riding Series, presented by Yuasa Battery. The series provides plenty of excitement for those who favor the big dual sport comfort and power needed for highway runs coupled with the suspension and tires desired for blasting down remote dirt roads.

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Consider doing something special for yourself and your family by becoming an AMA Life Member Plus member.

Motorcyclists in this elite class not only get the monthly American Motorcyclist magazine delivered to their homes, but also are enrolled in the AMA Roadside Assistance Plus program that covers all of the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in each member’s household.

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A 1975 Suzuki 750cc race bike that was ridden by two AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers and later won the famed Isle of Man TT is up for auction in August, as well as a 1976 Morbidelli 250cc machine raced by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Giacomo Agostini.

The bikes are among more than 580 lots of motorcycles and memorabilia that will be auctioned at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, in England Aug. 14-16.

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Do you share the motorcycling dream with others? AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Scot Harden and Ricky Carmichael do, as well as former AMA Board Chairwoman Maggie McNally-Bradshaw do.

Learn their stories in the June issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.

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With the hot sun beating down on a geared-up rider or passenger, it’s easy to start suffering from heat stroke. The first step in dealing with the problem is recognizing the symptoms. Basically, when you stop having to go to the bathroom or when you stop sweating, you’re already in trouble. Watch also for rapid pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea and confusion.

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