Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Body Position

May 01, 2002 View Comments

Whether you’re going to hang off the bike on a racetrack or stay centered on the bike while riding on the street, proper body position starts at the footpegs and works up from there. Anytime you’re not using your feet for shifting or using the rear brake, place the ball of your foot (the front […]

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A Bandit Digs Into the Mother Lode

May 01, 2002 View Comments

The first nuggets were found while they built a sawmill near the American River town of Coloma. A short time later, the word leaked out. People from all over the globe headed for the Sierra Nevada foothills. Even droves of sailors caught the bug, abandoning the very clipper ships that ferried their gold-seeking passengers to […]

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City Portrait: Ah, Montreal

May 01, 2002 View Comments

Soaking up the heat from the spring sun, I lean back against gray stone, sip my first cappuccino of the day, and enjoy a flaky croissant. Listening to the sibilance of French and the click of shoes on cobblestones, I gaze across the street. The upper decks and smokestacks of an ocean-going vessel define the […]

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Americade Collage

May 01, 2002 View Comments

A seemingly endless row of bikes parked with headlights facing inward, lined the curbs, and leather-clad pedestrians strolled the sidewalks. It wasn’t Daytona, nor was it Sturgis, it was the 20th annual Americade at Lake George in upper New York state, and it was only Thursday. I arrived on Tuesday to present three seminars – […]

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Cool Runnings

Mar 01, 2002 View Comments

Many of us in the generation of twenty-somethings, arbitrarily assigned the letter “X” for a generational nickname, sought out other cultural identities to fill the void that letter symbolizes. One of the most popular of these subcultures has been the Jamaican folk religion of Rastafarianism. The counterculture of the sixties seemed to be manifested again […]

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Staying Smooth And Relaxed

Mar 01, 2002 View Comments

Remember that smoothness is the foundation on which all the other skills depend. To ride a motorcycle effectively, we need to be smooth and to be smooth we need to be relaxed. Being mentally relaxed helps relax us physically, so let’s start with the mental aspect. Give It Time The most effective way to stay […]

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An Interview with Burt Richmond – Tourmeister, Lotus Tours

Mar 01, 2002 View Comments

You can’t publish a magazine on motorcycle touring without knowing Burt Richmond, the founder of Lotus Tours and one of the creators of the motorcycle touring industry. We were curious and intrigued by his company’s motto ‘You supply the helmet – we supply the adventure.’ A quick review of the Lotus Tours website revealed a […]

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City Portrait: San Antonio

Mar 01, 2002 View Comments

Texas is known for the dry, arid climate that holds sway to the northwest and south of here. But on the banks of the San Antonio River, there’s no indication of the harsh conditions endured by Native Americans and frontiersman for ages. Like an oasis of civilization making a last stand, San Antonio is inviting […]

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Concentration

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

THINK AHEADSpeaking of focus, remember to keep your attention focused in front of (and never behind) your motorcycle. It sounds simple, but all too often we find ourselves thinking about the mistake we made in the last corner while we’re rushing into the next corner at 100 feet-per-second (just over 68 mph) or faster. Every […]

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Harley-Davidson European Bike Week

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Saturday, eight in the morning, and I’m sitting in the kitchen with a toasty mug of Italian coffee. The weather channel summary says: No showers on the horizon. So I can ride the 140 miles from my hometown of Graz to Faak without slipping into any of my foul weather gear. This dark green coffee […]

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Château Morrisette, Virginia

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Given a map of the world and a handful of pushpins most wine lovers would locate their favorite vineyards by punching holes in a series of valleys – Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley, the Loire Valley, the Rhine and Rhone Valleys. But many in Virginia and North Carolina will hover above the Blue Ridge Parkway […]

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City Portrait: Denver, CO

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Monika is shaking a little bit. Not because of the curvy road without a railing we just encountered. It’s because she’s freezing. No wonder, it’s 30 degrees; and while sitting at the top of Mount Evans, it starts snowing on us. Unbelievable, it’s the middle of August. But the weather can turn cold and foul […]

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Freedom Fest

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

My brother Daniel, his girlfriend Andrea, and I are fanatical bikers and whenever we can we like to associate with others who feel the same about our favorite pastime. That’s why we decided our July shamrock tour in West Virginia should coincide with a visit to Snowshoe’s Freedom Fest. You’ll meet friendly bikers on virtually […]

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Ducatisti

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

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

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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