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Dear Dan
Dear Dan, Over the years, you were kind enough to write a few letters. As a letter writer myself, I’d always intended to write back to you, but somehow I didn’t feel as though I should, or maybe that I wasn’t important enough. Getting to know you a l
Cycle World2 min read
Goodwood Revival
The feeling that you’ve walked back in time hits you the moment you pass through the gates. High heels walking past vintage cars, riders stretching out in their leathers before races, and tweed as far as the eye can see. The people and the machines o
Cycle World4 min read
Grasping The Obvious
By KEVIN CAMERON When Honda first went GP racing in the early 1960s, its four-cylinder 250 was built just as Honda’s production twins were—with a horizontally split crankcase having main bearing saddles bored half in one case, half in the other. When
Cycle World4 min read
More Than Carbon
Photography by DREW RUIZ and JEFF ALLEN The finished parts that we casually call “carbon fiber” are more than that. They are composites made of super-strong crystalline carbon fibers, held together by an epoxy resin. The proper name is Carbon Fiber R
Cycle World4 min read
The Affordable Ferrari
Photography by CW Archives If the 1980s was the age of Disco, then you might say the 1990s was the age of Ducati—at least for those of us who like the music of big-bore Desmo V-twins from Italy. For me and many of my riding friends, the bikes from Bo
Cycle World5 min read
The Mixer
Photography by JEFF ALLEN The name “Concentric” refers to the position of the float, which encircles the main jet. When Triumph and BSA raced their Triples in 1970, they naturally gave them Amal’s respected, classic GP carburetors with remote float b
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Matt Levatich
Photography by SAVERIO TRUGLIA Leader of the free motorcycling world? Hard to argue against Matt Levatich, a 52-year-old engineer-turned-executive at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. After climbing through the ranks starting in 1994, Levatich was made
Cycle World3 min read
Don Sakakura
Photography by DREW RUIZ Motorcycle road racing in America has changed drastically from the romantic bygone days of a rider and mechanic crammed into a van full of bikes and spare parts, scurrying across the nation trying to eke out a living. Motorcy
Cycle World5 min read
Left Makes Right
Photography by JEFF ALLEN Dirt track done right, with a front brake and a headlight! Indian Scout FTR1200 wears the Scout 60-degree V-twin engine well. ROI is the killer of dreams, the murderer of glory. “Return on Investment,” management’s typical t
Cycle World5 min read
The King Slayer
Photography by DREW RUIZ Dirt-track racing—on mile and half-mile ovals plus TT—is uniquely American. It comes to us from the earliest days of motoring, when the horse tracks of county fairgrounds were the natural place to race motorcycles from Harley
Cycle World8 min read
Full Works
Photography by DAVID DEWHURST David Bailey at the 1985 Daytona Supercross event, wearing the No. 1 plate (a style that was only his, and the last year of factory MX bikes). Note the raw metal exhaust, blued from welding. In January 1982, David Bailey
Cycle World5 min read
The White Arrow
Photography by JEFF ALLEN To the casual observer, Husqvarna is an off-road brand, and always has been. The Swedish marque was in the vanguard of motocross in the 1960s and will forever be associated with legends like Bud Edkins and Malcolm Smith, but
Cycle World6 min read
Dan Gurney
Photography from THE DAN GURNEY COLLECTION During the 1968 South African Grand Prix, Gurney takes a seat on Mike Hailwood’s Honda 250cc Six. Dan Gurney—champion racecar driver, vehicle engineer, motorcyclist, and racing-car builder—died this year at
Cycle World4 min read
Flipped
Photography by DREW RUIZ Here’s what tends to happen after you’ve worn a great modular helmet for a while: Your standard non-flip-up full-face helmet begins to look like a house without doors. An open-face seems like a house with holes for doors but
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The Ducati Apollo V- 4 Saga
Photography by DUCATI ARCHIVE Long before the Panigale V-4 came, the Ducati Apollo V-4 already was. The legendary Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni devised this advanced project, in 1963, as only he could—primarily the engine, which was an absolutely ov
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The PENINSULA Of The ABSURD
Photography by JEFF ALLEN We had to be here. Had to load up the van and shuck south across the border because this is the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000. No matter how many times you’ve looped “Dust to Glory” or “On Any Sunday” in the garage, you
Cycle World5 min read
A Line In The Sand
Photography by CYCLE WORLD ARCHIVES; EKINS COLLECTION Every religion has its icons, its holy grails. Often the legends are so powerful that just a word or two conjures the magic. Sometimes it’s a place: You go there to prove yourself and return a cha
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Porcupine
Photography by DOUGLAS MACRAE A true screen deflects the wind on this most exotic AJS racer. Here in all its dark, fluid grace is the AJS Porcupine, a parallel-twin that was England’s postwar bid to rise above the limited power of traditional British
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Get Lost
Venturing farther on the nicely priced Suzuki V-Strom 650XT. We mounted adventure tires, auxilary lights, handguards, luggage, and more to get the Strom ready to roam. Back in 1849, the forgotten soul who gave Death Valley its name escaped that godfo
Cycle World2 min read
Protect & Serve
Photography by DREW RUIZ Up close with Aero Pro armor. LP1: LIMB PROTECTION 1, D3O’S STANDARD VERSION OF AERO PRO CERTIFICATION: AERO PRO PASSES CE LEVEL 2 TESTING FOR AMBIENT, WET, HOT, AND COLD COVERAGE: REWORKED DESIGN INCREASES COVERAGE BY 44 PER
Cycle World4 min read
Bill Werner
Photography by SAVERIO TRUGLIA With giant riding talents Gary Scott, Jay Springsteen, and Scott Parker (remember people calling him “the Parker kid?”), Harley-Davidson factory mechanic Bill Werner orchestrated 13 AMA Grand National dirt track champio
Cycle World3 min read
Claudio Domenicali
Photography by DUCATI During his 26 years at Ducati, Claudio Domenicali—who received his mechanical-engineering degree from the University of Bologna— has risen from project leader on the Supermono in 1991 to lead the company today as CEO. In 1994, h
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New World
During the early 1960s, Joe Parkhurst reacted to the state of motorcycle publishing and the market. Cycle World published its first issue in January 1962. Within a decade, Joe, who’d hocked everything and made the first issue on his kitchen table, ow
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Macau
True to their street-circuit dominance, the British have won the Macau Grand Prix 36 times in 51 races. America’s lone winner is 1993 Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz, who won in 1988. When he returned years later to perform parade laps at th
Cycle World4 min read
Art For Our Sake
An important difference between motorcycles and cars is that while cars enclose their mechanism, motorcycles reveal theirs, presenting a wealth of eye-attracting visual elements. Parts and assemblies that come into being for purely functional reasons
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Titanium
Photography by DREW RUIZ Metals are a river that flows through our history. Bronze Age horsemen from Asia’s steppe brought the mysterious stuff to the near-eastern “Cradles of Civilization.” Gold and silver drove Spanish New World exploration and con
Cycle World4 min read
Naked And Unafraid
Photography by BRIAN BLADES The mark of a truly brilliant idea is that it appears both inevitable and slightly unremarkable in retrospect, which is the reason any benchracer or armchair expert can easily tell you why the first-generation Yamaha FZ1 i
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Spark Of Life
Photography by JEFF ALLEN “Be it known that I, Nikola Tesla, a citizen of the United States…have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electrical Igniters for Gas-Engines….” So begins the 1898 patent granted to Tesla for an electrical ignit
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BEAST Of Bologna
Photography by DOUGLAS MACRAE Despite the obvious reason for this story’s title, I chose it for the Panigale V-4’s parallel with Fiat’s 28-liter S.76 racing car of 1910—the 300 hp “Beast of Turin.” Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said a few years ago, “Li
Cycle World6 min read
The King Is Dead, Long Live The King
Photography By MILAGRO When Ducati management stood up and proclaimed that the new Panigale V-4 was the “closest bike in the segment to a MotoGP machine,” there were probably a few sets of eyes rolling around the room. This is common rhetoric from Du
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