Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

As I sit patiently waiting for the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School to begin, I am struck that it’s nothing like I imagined. Secretly expecting a group of die-hard squids and road racers with weird color hair, scuffed-up leathers and nose rings, I am pleasantly surprised to find that this is not so. My fellow classmates […]

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HSTA (Honda Sport Touring Association)

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

It all started with a bike! In the case of Dana L. Sawyer, HSTA founder and member #0001, it was a 1982 Honda V-45 Sabre, which he enjoyed riding very much. Wondering if other people were having the same experience with this bike, he sent a short one-paragraph letter to the editors of motorcycle magazines. […]

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City Portrait: Sacramento Shining

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

…the Neuhausers, waiting for all the excitement to die down, arrived in Sacramento, the capital of California, on four Ducatis in 2003. Our expectations were mixed. Some people who never laid eyes on the place wondered why we wanted to tour a “cow town” and, given the current state of California politics, we weren’t sure […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Riding Skills Series

Sep 01, 2003 View Comments

The Line is something that racers, and even street riders who take their riding seriously, are forever looking for and striving to improve. At the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School we don’t believe that there is only one correct line. Watch videotapes of Schwantz throughout his career and you’ll see he often made use of unconventional […]

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City Portrait: Seattle’s Coffee Culture

Sep 01, 2003 View Comments

In the middle of the last century, Seattle pondered a critical decision: Should Interstate 5 run through the city center? Deciding in favor of an urban freeway has shaped the city’s growth, spawning “Pugetropolis,” a sprawl of communities along the I-5 corridor around Puget Sound including Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia. Already numbering three million people […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Cornering Reference Points

Jul 01, 2003 View Comments

As your speed through a given corner rises, it becomes increasingly more important to be precise with your cornering lines. If you’re riding slow enough, any number of lines is acceptable and you have a relatively broad path measured in feet or even yards to choose from. But as the speed increases that line gets […]

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City Portrait: Vermont’s Queen City

Jul 01, 2003 View Comments

That was my first solo ride. Cruising down Lake Street on my current Beemer (I still cancel my throttle return), I reflect on the changes that have taken place during the past 30 years. The rundown row of clapboard warehouses that once housed the BMW dealership is gone. So are the fuel storage tanks, the […]

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Loveride

May 01, 2003 View Comments

Sunday morning at Glendale Harley-Davidson’s 19th LOVERIDE the crowd is so tightly packed we’re on a first-name basis. Twenty-four hours ago I took farm roads, not freeways, south from Monterey to Los Angeles. Most of these frontage roads were built over stagecoach runs profiling the land’s natural features. Conversely, hopping one of the major freeways […]

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City Portrait: Sydney, Australia

May 01, 2003 View Comments

Some historyIn 1300, Marco Polo murkily described for Europeans a southern land later added to Renaissance maps as Terra Australis. It then took 316 years for the first European to step on Australian soil. Dirk Hartog sailed from Amsterdam and nailed a pewter plate to a pole when he landed on the western shore. The […]

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City Portrait: British Columbia

May 01, 2003 View Comments

More British than Britain, Victoria also has quaintness in spades. Before BC’s confederation into Canada, Victoria was an important British naval base, and the English connection has stuck. Until immigration restrictions tightened, many Brits retired to its sleepy, leaf-laden suburbs. Of course, Canadians retire here, too, seeking respite from the harsh winters most of their […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Riding Skills Series

Mar 01, 2003 View Comments

Most street riders have favorite roads and favorite corners, and if they’re honest they’ll admit that they also have roads and corners that they just don’t feel comfortable riding. Ask them why and many won’t be able to tell you, but a number of aspects determine the average rider’s confidence level in corners. We’re going […]

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Hollister

Mar 01, 2003 View Comments

Thirty-five miles east of Monterey Bay the small but growing town of Hollister welcomes you. New homes, most inhabited by an overflow of Silicon Valley’s workforce, spread across its rolling grassland, with many a backyard overlooking precisely manicured golf-course fairways. But on every July 4th since 1997, in sharp contrast to this middle-class Stepford scene, […]

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Krispy Kreme: Hot & Now

Mar 01, 2003 View Comments

What is it in this big, round world about a hot, glazed doughnut? After all, we’ve learned a lot about the food we eat, and we’ve been trying to get healthier for years. No more smoking, frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, egg-beaters, veggie burgers, low-fat, low-cal – and generally not much of it very […]

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City Portrait: Bar Harbor, ME

Mar 01, 2003 View Comments

Bar Harbor is located on Mt. Desert Island just north of the midway point along Maine’s Atlantic coastline. The shoreline looks more like pieces of it are crumbling into the ocean than it does permanent terra firma, but this landscape typifies the storied look of the rocky New England coast where waves slamming against the […]

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City Portrait: Syracuse

Mar 01, 2003 View Comments

Fascinated by the early 19th century and knowing that one of the great events of that period was the building of the Erie Canal, I rumble into town at ten o’clock in the morning and travel down what was once a broad canal piercing the heart of this city. Now it’s a boulevard, but its […]

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