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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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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