Motus MST: This Is What Motorbikes Should Sound Like

I'm pretty consistently retro-grouchy about new bikes. "These new-fangled motorbikes you kids are riding look like something outta that movie about the robot cars. Whattya call those? Trans-foamers?" Believe it or not, I'm extremely conservative about how motorbikes should look. It typically takes about five to ten years for me to like "edgy" new designs. So …

More Nostalgia: Honda ATC 250R – The Devil’s Own ATV. Yes, Please.

As I said last week, I'm a motorbike addict. It's Friday afternoon - I must be lusting after motorcycles I don't need. Today during my afternoon browsing-for-bikes-on-Craigslist coffee break, I came up a 1986 Honda ATC 250R. ATC as in all-terrain cycle. As a kid, I rode all kinds of motorcycles ranging from late-sixties, barely-ridable …

The Rose-colored Glasses of Memory: My First Motorbike

I'm a motorbike addict, a junkie too far gone to even bother with denial. My morning coffee and lunchtime routines includes a lot of "researching" of the Craigslist motorcycles section and the BARF Classifieds. Today I came upon a 1969 Honda CL350 Scrambler for sale down in Santa Cruz. This was my first street bike! …

Lane Splitting is Safer. Here’s Why.

There are lots of reasons lane splitting is good. For me, it's mostly that I become almost immune to traffic congestion and can slip through gridlock smoothly and quickly. Perfect for commuting. Also, it's fun! Safety is another really good - but often forgotten - reason motorcyclists should split lanes, as demonstrated in this video. …

2011 BMW R1200R Classic: The Gentleman’s Hooligan Bike

My taste in motorbikes often runs towards the hooligan side of the street - such as my '07 Speed Triple SE - but I also have a long-running love affair with comparatively "sensible" Boxer-engined Beemers, ever since I rode a buddy's yellow R90S cafe racer many years ago. Lately, I've had my eye on a …

Discussing Moto Guzzi Cafe Racers Over Breakfast

Friday morning breakfast discussion, inspired by a particularly perfect example of a Guzzi cafe racer - basically a low barred, GP-piped 1000S built from an '02 Stone with an injected 1000 cc motor - in the October/November 2010 issue of Cafe Racer Magazine. Surj: "We need to get a Moto Guzzi." Angelica: "We need to get …