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Our country is filled with amazing people and spectacular locations. And for me, there is no better way to seek them out than from the saddle of a motorcycle. As everyone who rides a bike can attest, there is just something magical about floating over the tarmac on two wheels; providing a sense of freedom and adventure.

This website is dedicated to those who share my passion for motorcycle travel. It is my way of sharing my experiences while traveling in my home town and across our great country. Hopefully, it will inspire you to get out and follow your own personal dreams and ambitions.

—Craig Allen Ripley

During the Summer of 2017 (the final dates have not been set), Craig Ripley and two friends (Peter and Steven) will climb aboard their motorcycles and head out on an amazing trip from Boston, MA to Anchorage, AK and back. The total trip will take 35 days and cover more than 11,000 miles.

In support of our efforts, we are asking that you consider donating to "Homes for Our Troops." A Massachusetts based non-profit organization that builds custom homes for seriously injured vets of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Latest Video

Motorcycle Touring Clothing: Base-layers for the Lower Body

Motorcycle Touring Clothing: Base-layers for the Lower Body

May 23, 2017

As touring riders, we love to spend long days on our bikes; grinding out mile after mile of concrete and tarmac. What would be torture to most sane people, is heaven to us. The wind in our faces, the sun beating down on our backs and even the bugs in our teeth, are all things we crave. This of course is not normal, but that is ok, we do not strive for normality. We seek challenge, adventure and experiences that the average person just cannot understand...

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Motorcycle Touring Clothing, Basic Concepts, How Much Should You Carry?

Motorcycle Touring Clothing, Basic Concepts, How Much Should You Carry?

May 18, 2017

The clothing and gear you choose to bring with you on a motorcycle trip, is one of the most important parts of travel preparation. After all, not only can it make a big difference in available space, it can also play a big role in your level of comfort while on the road.

I was of course planning to cover this topic as part of our Alaska preparation, but I was also asked—by one of my viewers--to throw in a few tips of new riders. I like this idea, so that is exactly what I am going to do...

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Spring Time Camping, Breakfast and Bear Vaults

Spring Time Camping, Breakfast and Bear Vaults

May 07, 2017

So far, the Spring of 2017 has been a very cold and wet one, up here in New England. While this has been a bit frustrating, we have finally had the opportunity to hit the road and do some camping. Even though the weather was warmer (in the mid 60’s), we still managed to find a bit of rain as we traveled down to Fisherman’s Memorial Campground in Narraganset, RI. In fact, it pretty much rained most of the day and into the evening--finally ending around 10pm. We figured this cool rainy climate would be perfect to get us acclimated for our trip to Alaska during the summer of 2017.

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Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent

Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent

May 05, 2017

Back in 2005 I purchased a new tent for the purpose of doing some bicycle camping. At the time, I chose the Sierra Designs Meteor Light, because it was relatively light and compact for a two-person tent. Over the years, it has proven to be an excellent shelter and I was planning to use it during our 2017 trip to Alaska. However, even though the Meteor Light was state of the art in 2005, the last 12 years have seen tent technology improve to the point where its 8.5 pounds and 18-inch pack size now seems over-sized...

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Motorcycle First-Aid Kit

Motorcycle First-Aid Kit

April 20, 2017

Before we get started I think it is important to talk about why we as motorcyclists need to carry a first-aid kit. First, we want to be prepared to treat minor injuries that might occur from a dropped bike or campground accident. Secondly, as motorcyclists, we run the risk of more severe injuries, such as, excessive bleeding, broken bones, head trauma and cardiac arrest. We need to include items in our kit that will allow us to stabilize an injured rider until help can arrive...

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SW MOTECH EVO 5-9 Liter Tank Bag

SW MOTECH EVO 5-9 Liter Tank Bag, Adding Power

March 29, 2017

During the summer of 2016 I continued to outfit my Yamaha Super Tenere for our 2017 trip to Alaska. I decided to add a tank bag to hold my glasses and maybe the paperwork I might need to access quickly. I do not need anything too large, so I went down to Twisted Throttle in Exeter, RI and picked up an SW MOTECH EVO 5-9 liter expandable bag and the quick-release tank ring that fits my S10...

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Seat Update

Seat Modifications Update, 7500 Subscribers

March 19, 2017

During the summer of 2016, I did a video describing our first 500 mile ride on an adventure touring bike. I have done this kind of mileage many times on my touring cruiser, but I am new to riding an adventure bike, so it was important to see how my body held up. Overall, I did very well, however, my butt was a little sore, in particular I was having issues in the back of my legs...

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