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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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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 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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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 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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Strange Partners
The artist, scientist, and engineer influence one another because they share the same world. Physicists of 1900 were nervous because theory and experiment could not in important respects be reconciled without making upsetting assumptions. Albert Eins
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Magic glass
By STEVE ANDERSON Photography by DREW RUIZ Arthur C. Clark famously said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That certainly applies to face shields, goggles, and glasses that automatically darken. That sorcery h
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Get Lost
Story and photography by BARRY HATHAWAY Back in 1849, the forgotten soul who gave Death Valley its name escaped that godforsaken desert with fewer men in his party than he started with. In the years since, infernal heat and scarce water have killed q
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The Big Question
By Kevin Cameron Photo by David Dewhurst HONDA WAS SUFFICIENTLY IMPRESSED TO LICENSE ELF CONCEPTS FOR PLANNED MASS PRODUCTION, BUT AFTER ELF-5 OF 1988 ALL BECAME SILENT. After so many promising beginnings by chassis innovators, why has it taken so lo
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2018 Harley-davidson Heritage Classic
By Don Canet Photography By Jeff Allen The Motor Company announced its newly designed family of 2018 Milwaukee-Eight-powered Softail models. Technical Editor Kevin Cameron whetted our appetite with an in-depth analysis of what has been touted as “the
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The North Rim
ByZach Bowman Photography by Jeff Allen The road ran us out of Sedona, the sky kettle black and upturned. Rain poured onto that red desert, flooding usually dry washes with a thick slurry of sand and water. We saw it coming, a wall of weather punctua
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Dynamic Changes At Harley-davidson: Adios, Dyna!
ByKevin Cameron HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S BIG TWIN CRUISER line has been redesigned for the new century in “the largest product development project in company history.” It’s not easy being The Motor Company. Having created the most successful motorcycle styl
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High-performance Attaché
ByPaul d ’OrléansPhotography byYve A ssad CELL PHONES DON’T WORK IN RURAL NEW HAMPSHIRE, which is fine with Walt Siegl after 20 years of living and working in New York City. He’s nearly off the grid—and out of the hubbub where he founded Walt Siegl M
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Life On The Street
Rain is the only thing that could put a damper on a 350-mile day aboard the latest crop of literbikes. And it’s raining. Not hard. But strong enough to have us second-guessing our ride plan. “Maybe if we ignore it and just keep riding, it’ll go away,
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