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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
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For Spacious Skies
Photography by SPENSER ROBERT Bikes such as the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Indian Chieftain Dark Horse account for most of the motorcycles purchased in this country every year. Yet, to me, they hardly make sense. They’re heavy, low, and
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Big Dirt
By JUSTIN DAWES Photography by JEFF ALLEN Everywhere is arguably a good place to ride a motorcycle. But for going on a big dirt adventure, Utah ranks as one of the finest places on Earth. World-class scenery that includes five stunning national parks
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The PENINSULA Of The ABSURD
By ZACH BOWMAN 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 t
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Lost In The Woods
By John L. Stein For years, I have preached the gospel of COAF, an aviation acronym for “combination of adverse factors.” Simply, COAF defines the series of missteps that precedes an accident, such as inclement weather, inadequate training, poor flig
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The Long And The Short Of Fasteners
BY KEVIN CAMERON When Harley-Davidson brought out the new design known as the “Evolution” engine, a major goal was to eliminate oil leaks and gasket failures that had made the previous model the butt of light remarks. Earlier engines employed cylinde
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School Smooth
By Nick IenatschILLUSTRATION BY Ryan Inzana Be smooth. That advice soaks into our heads the moment we think about riding a motorcycle. We sense the inherent stability issues that are magnified by the addition of an engine to the bicycle we are famili
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Money For Something
By John L. Stein Not everyone is made of money, and as such, life holds that some needs inevitably get fulfilled while others are back-burnered. Perhaps too often then, for motorcyclists, safety equipment takes a backseat to more glamorous purchases
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Riding With The King
ByDon CanetPhotography byJeff Allen Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR vs. BMW S1000R vs. KTM 1290 Super Duke R vs. Yamaha FZ-10 Back in 2012 the final stretch of a once all-dirt road to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak was paved, and with this change of surf
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It’s An Industry Thing
BY PAUL D’ORLÉANS Motorcycle sales have been on a downward slope for a decade. Has the world changed, or has the industry changed—or, even, have bikes themselves reached a stage of maturity? The internal-combustion motorcycle seems to have reached a
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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
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The EXHIBITIONISTS
It’s an aggressive claim we’ve made at the Petersen Museum—that what’s happened in the motorcycle scene in the past 10 years amounts to a revolution—but there’s no denying that the custom world has been turned upside down, taking the motorcycle indus
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3 Leaf Clover
By KEVIN CAMERON Photography by DOUGLAS MACRAE During Dick Mann’s racing career, people said: “He sure is lucky. Just when you think someone’s got the race sewn up, he comes from nowhere to win it.” The truth was that Mann understood what machines co
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A Line In The Sand
By MARK LINDEMANN 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 yoursel
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By The Numbers
BY KEVIN CAMERON I recently came across a site that compared commonly used metals in terms of the energy required to produce them. This raises interesting questions. Shall we criticize auto and motorcycle manufacturers for using more aluminum in thei
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Old Iron/ Young B Lood
Words and photography byMichael Lichter “YOU’RE C RAZY!” That’s what I was told in August of 2016 when I first presented the idea of devoting the Motorcycles as Art exhibition of 2017 to today’s up-and-coming generation. “It can’t happen,” “They’ll n
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Not By The Hair On My Chinny, Chin, Chin
BY PETER JONES Is there a sadder view than a motorcycle without a warm, dry place to spend the night? It’s so sad to see a bike that’s wet, and getting wetter, or a bike that’s a snow-covered, water-stained, rusting orphan alone in the street. Such t
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An Un-sound Future
BY PAUL D’ORLÉANS Motorcyclists, we’ve done it all before. There’s no engine configuration that hasn’t been tried in the deep past of our industry. From double (or triple) overhead cam to desmo, from one cylinder to eight, from two-stroke to diesel,
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2017 BMW Hp4 Race
ByBlake Conner AS SUPERBIKE RACING has evolved over the past four decades, almost every manufacturer that has participated in the sport has at one time or another built special homologation models to get an advantage within the scope of the rules. Bu
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The Tire Revolution Spreads
BY KEVIN CAMERON Dunlop and Michelin advertising is now announcing something we would never have believed before: Newly developed tread rubber compounds can give us both increased wet and dry grip and reduced wear (for Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ and Micheli
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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
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Wayne Rainey’s quadrophenia
By ERIC JOHNSON Photography by TOM RILES, GOLD & GOOSE Wayne Rainey was placed on this earth to be a motorcycle racer. Raised in Downey, California, he started at age 9 when his family lived less than 10 minutes from Ascot Park. Now long gone to urba
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Porcupine
By KEVIN CAMERON Photography by DOUGLAS MACRAE 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 racing singles with more cylinders and higher
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Honda's New Flight
By Steve Anderson Kazuho Nakai, the second engineer on the new Gold Wing project, explains: “We wanted to give the Gold Wing customer a more premium experience. We wanted to appeal to younger riders and make it sportier.” But Nakai’s description only
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Cal’s Cali Café
ByJohn L. Stein Photography by Stoney’s Photography For most people, reality TV is little more than vicarious entertainment. But for transplanted Irishman Paul Crozier, the Cafe Racer program on Velocity five years ago became pure inspiration. After
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Daddy, What’s A Carburetor?
BY KEVIN CAMERON Thinking about Suter Racing’s MMX500 offering—its $130,000 replica 500 GP two-stroke V-4—I realize why they gave this bike four-stroke-style throttle body fuel injection. They did it because selling the bike with carburetors would ha
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Great Expectations
BY KEVIN CAMERON TONY SEBA, AN ECONOMIST AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, SAYS THAT MANUFACTURE OF INTERNAL- COMBUSTIONPOWERED CARS, TRUCKS, AND BUSES WILL CEASE ENTIRELY WITHIN EIGHT YEARS… The prediction of rapid change soon to come can create a buzz of exp
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Of Style And Substance
BySean MacDonaldPhotography byJeff Allen BMW R nineT Racer vs. Triumph Thruxton 1200 Café racers, with their sleek lines, beautiful bodywork, classic looks, and aggressive riding position,are what first drew me to motorcycles. I didn’t grow up around
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The Waiting Game
ByBradley AdamsPhotography ByJeff Allen Aprilia RSV4 RRvs. Honda CBR1000RRvs. Suzuki GSX-R1000vs. Yamaha YZF-R1 THE OLDER GENTLEMAN at the guard shack doesn’t appear to be in a hurry. The world waits. Or at least our world waits as he shuffles past t
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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
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