RoadRUNNER Editor Spotlight: John Flores

Sep 06, 2014 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER Editor Spotlight: John FloresYou’ve read their articles and perhaps met them out on the road or at RoadRUNNER‘s annual Touring Weekend, but what do you know about our illustrious group of writers and editors? We decided to ask each one a few simple questions and share their responses with you, first up, RoadRUNNER‘s Digital Rider, John Flores.

Name: John M Flores
Current City and State: Somerville, NJ

  1. How and when did you start riding? In 1993 I was visiting the Philippines and watching everyone riding on small displacement motorcycles. I told my uncle that I wanted to learn and he said, “Do you know how to ride a bicycle?” I said yes. And then he said, “Do you know how to drive a manual transmission car?” I said yes. Then he pointed to my cousin’s motorcycle and said, “Go.” The rest is, as they say, history.
  2. What was your first bike? 1988 Honda Hawk GT
  3. Tell us your favorite road where you live? Deckertown Turnpike (CR 650) as it cuts through High Point State Park.
  4. Current ride (or bike you ride the most)? 2004 Aprilia RSV-R
  5. Number one Bucket List Road? Isle of Man

What are the best and worst bikes you’ve ever ridden and how did they earn that distinction?

Best: 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Good thing it was just a press bike, otherwise I’d be writing this from jail.

Worst: This one is hard, because a bad bike on a memorable adventure is better than a good bike sitting on its sidestand. But if I had to choose just one, it has to be a yellow MZ Skorpion that my friend Chris had turned into a track bike. It was underpowered, stiff as a board, and had brakes that felt like wood. But Chris truly rode it like he stole it, rode with the fast boys, and regularly embarrassed guys on modern super sports and super bike track day toys, yours truly included.

 

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