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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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Steering Techniques

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

There seems to be a debate these days over whether counter steering or lower-body steering is the most effective way to steer a motorcycle. The extremists who think it has to be one or the other are missing the point – using the upper and lower body together is by far the most efficient way […]

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Intermot 2002

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

There is no doubt about it – the INTERMOT is the world’s most important motorcycle show. The gathering held in Munich September 17th through 22nd hosted 150,000 visitors who came to see the industry’s newest creations. From our vantage point, it’s open season when it comes to the battle for dominance in 2003. That goes […]

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Laguna Seca

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

One hundred and fifty years ago, Mexicans from Monterey ranchos used Laguna Seca as summer pasturage for cattle. Its basin served as a natural barrier and its spring-fed lagoon watered the meadows and livestock. Today it is one of the premier tracks for auto and motorcycle racing. Although technically on Army property, the track is […]

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The BMV MOA International Rally

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

The weather was terrific, remaining clear and not too warm throughout. Over 5,600 people attended from all four corners of the continental US, including participants from Anchorage and Vancouver. And unlike some other rallies, the only trailers in attendance belonged to the vendors and those being pulled by BMW bikes. National rallies of this type […]

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Honda Hoot 2002

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

What do you get when you put almost 200 vendors and 14,000 riders together in a big southern city with lofty, green peaks, a national park, crashing white-water rapids, and twisties more crooked than Richard Nixon? A real big Hoot. That’s what.Honda pulled off another great event this year in Knoxville, TN, proving yet again […]

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City Portrait: San Francisco Fascination

Jul 01, 2002 View Comments

“Bus number 293 brings you close to Bryant Street,” a young lady explains when I ask for directions. An hour later, I step into the EagleRider store where Michael Baroy waits. “Hi, Christian, a Fat Boy is waiting for you!” he yells over the counter. “Oh! You’re providing a tour guide this time out? You […]

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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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