Blog Section: Chronicles

Ducatisti

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments by

It was the sound of tuned exhausts echoing from ancient walls that did it. Until then it was just another great ride on another great motorcycle. Riding down that steeply pitched, much too narrow, ancient Etruscan street I was captivated by the Ducati mystique and it’s been with me ever since. Ducati began as a […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Riding Skills Series

May 01, 2001 View Comments by

The first thing we want you to do is look where you want to go. It sounds so basic, but especially in panic-provoking situations, it can be your greatest undoing. Your mind tells your body to go where you’re looking, whether you want to go there or not. Don’t fixate on what triggered your panic. […]

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Bikers Welcome: Honda Hoot

May 01, 2001 View Comments by

Presenting four days (June 19 – June 22) of pure motorcycle magic, the Eighth Annual Honda Hoot greeted more than 18,000 riders in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park where 167 vendors displayed everything from tires and new leathers to accessories and magazines. The city of Knoxville is situated in a lush, green river valley and surrounded by […]

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Christian Motorcyclists Association

May 01, 2001 View Comments by

(Text by Text: Joel A Wise, CMAUSA Director, International Coalition) Christian Motorcyclist Association is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization, dedicated to reaching people for Christ on the high­ways through motorcycling. Founded in the early 1970s, CMA now has over 90,000 members and over 600 chapters in the United States and Canada. Our Ministry Team program […]

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City Portrait: Atlanta

May 01, 2001 View Comments by

When my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Andrea visited us this summer, Christa and I decided to take them with us to Atlanta to test drive two Aprilias, the new Scarabeo scooters, and thus began a delightful tour of the city. No stranger to Atlanta, Daniel has visited many times because one of his best […]

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Colorado 500 Road Bike Ride – For Fun and Charity

May 01, 2001 View Comments by

What a scene! I hadn’t expected such a colorful combination of bikes and people. They come from all over: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and California. That’s a partial list of the license plates I recognize while […]

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Headgear From Switzerland

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments by

As a foreigner I wonder sometimes “What’s going on in this country?” They still prefer the old measurement system to the metric, they play games with rules we’ll never fathom, broadcast sports and TV shows we’ve never seen (sooner or later they will appear in Europe), and they sometimes ride their motorcycles without helmets, even […]

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City Portrait: Charlotte, NC

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments by

From Winston-Salem, I wind along highways 150 and 16, much of which is bordered by lovely rural scenery. Not so heavily traveled, these roads feature some pretty good curves too. It’s a relaxing ride, not particularly challenging, but what’s the hurry? Along the way towns like Spencer, Salisbury, and Mooresville have embraced their heritage and […]

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Brake Dance

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments by

For years drum brakes were the best way to slow your motorcycle down until a more effective system took over: the disc brake. Honda was the first manu­facturer to introduce this new brake system in series production. The legendary CB 750 Four (1969) was the first production bike incorporating a hydraulically operated disc brake at […]

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Fight The Dirty Grease

Jan 01, 2001 View Comments by

Almost every motorcyclist knows the situation: sooner or later you have to clean your bike. Mud, dirt, dust, and grease are all over the place (rat bikers shouldn’t pay attention to these lines!). Just think about it: a dirty bike can never work perfectly, and while cleaning you easily discover other problems such as lost […]

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