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  1. Motorcyclist’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

    Motorcyclist’s 100TH Anniversary Celebration Motorcyclist magazine recently celebrated its 100th year of publication by hosting the party of the century at its El Segundo, California, shop and photo studio facility. A few hundred friends of the magazine—including former world-champion racers, film stars and countless motorcycle-industry movers and shakers—came from across the ...    Read more

  2. Honda CB1000R and Victory Hard-Ball | Burning the Midnight Oil

    PHOTO: Brian "Full-Time" Catterson We hear it all the time around here, and sometimes it’s even true: “You guys have the best job in the world!” That doesn’t mean it’s not a job, though, and never more than on deadline. As Exhibit A we submit this photo, which our bleary-eyed Editor-in-Chief ...    Read more

  3. Suzuki RM250s | Mike The (Old) Bike

    PHOTO: Kevin "K-Dub" Wing We’re proud of our Test Fleet Manager Michael Candreia, and not just because of the impressive number of traffic tickets he’s collected fetching testbikes. He’s also a master motorcycle restorer, as evidenced by two of his latest creations: 1978 (left) and 1984 (right) Suzuki RM250s. Built as ...    Read more

  4. Joe Gresh | Stalker Alert!

    There are reasons why Joe Gresh has never met any of the Motorcyclist staff in person (that pesky restraining order is just one of them), most having to do with the fact that he lives in BF Florida, a.k.a. Key West, just a hop, skip and a puddle-jump from communist ...    Read more

  5. Salute to Ascot Park

    PHOTO: Andrea Wilson For 34 years J.C. Agajanian's Ascot Park hosted dirt-track, speedway and motocross races, and its closure in 1990 left a gaping hole in the SoCal racing scene. This past May, one of those original dirt-track racers, Jerry Greer, organized an Ascot Reunion. Held on the grounds of the ...    Read more

  6. What, It’s Not a Desmo?!

    PHOTO: William Kunst The innovative BUILD Moto Mentorship program, which challenges high-school students to build vintage racing motorcycles, recently returned to Road America’s Vintage Motorcycle Classic. And once again, Editor-at-Large Aaron Frank was asked to race the Port Washington Pirate’s Honda CB175-based entry. Led by mentor William Kunst, the kids really ...    Read more

  7. Brian Catterson | Onward and Upward

    PHOTO: Scott "Future" Champion Ask Editor-in-Chief Brian Catterson to describe the “perfect” press intro and it just might match the one Honda threw for the 2013 CRF450R. Show up at American Honda with your moto gear at 8:00 a.m., then—surprise!—be whisked away in a helicopter to the epic Zaca Station MX ...    Read more

  8. Annette Carrion | Off With Her Head!

    PHOTO: Jorge "El Chingon" Nunez From the Whatever Happened To file, where in the hell has Annette Carrion been? And whatever happened to her Fashion Police column?! Well, it seems our fashionista was growing weary of critiquing other people’s wardrobes each and every month, and decided to do something about her ...    Read more

  9. Hecho en Mexico Carabela

    Blame it on Joe Bonnello: The mad lensman recently sent Editor-in-Chief Brian Catterson a link to a Craigslist ad with a note that read, “Damn, 60 vintage bikes for sale 1 mile from my house and I’m going to be out of town!” Intrigued, Cat made the trek to the ...    Read more

  10. Potential 2020 World Champion, 12-year-old Palmer Kling

    Though he’s no longer directly involved with the Red Bull Rookies Cup, 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz remains committed to grooming young racers for future glory. Last fall, we met one potential 2020 World Champion, 12-year-old Palmer Kling, at one of Schwantz's new "Lites" classes (see ...    Read more

  11. Joe Gresh at the Star Motorcycles Press Intro

    The Star Motorcycles team thought of everything at the press intro for their 2012 model line, held at Georgia’s dee-luxe Chateau Elan, just down the road from Road Atlanta. Even riding gear for Joe Gresh—although, if you recall his “Look Phat” column (MC, October 2010), he prefers a red bathrobe ...    Read more

  12. “The Dream Never Gets Old” ride in Taiwan

    Come October, famed filmmaker (and Motorcyclist contributor) Peter Starr will accompany a select group of “age-appropriate” Americans on “The Dream Never Gets Old” ride in Taiwan (see “The Grand Riders,” MC, April). If you’re interested in being part of that group, which is limited to 10 riders, shoot him a ...    Read more

  13. Man vs. Van

    Launching 150-bhp literbikes down the dragstrip is intense work. So what better way to blow off steam than with a friendly grudge match? Everyone loves a car-vs.-bike matchup, but this one was barely worth watching. Guest Tester Matt Samples flagged off the race between Motorcyclist Art Director Joe Neric’s Ford ...    Read more

  14. Bridgestone Tire Tech Rory O’Neill’s Original, Unrestored, Gray-Market 1986 Suzuki RG500

    Ripping around Chuckwalla Valley Raceway aboard the latest superbikes is fine and dandy, but the real high point for Aaron Frank and Ari Henning during our “Class of 2012” testing was an end-of-day stint on Bridgestone tire tech Rory O’Neill’s original, unrestored, gray-market 1986 Suzuki RG500. The 2012 GSX-R1000 has ...    Read more

  15. Aaron Frank low-siding Our Gorgeous, 50th-anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

    As the old Pretenders song goes, "We are all of us in the gutter"—especially during our annual “Class of” sportbike comparison, where someone always seems to throw away at least one bike. This year it was Aaron Frank’s turn, low-siding our gorgeous, 50th-anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1. At least the video cameras ...    Read more

  16. “Class of 2012” Video

    In the good old days, insecure moto-journalists cowered behind their computer screens, painstakingly crafting each individual syllable for maximum wit. But in today’s brave new “cross-media” world, we’re not just writers anymore. We’re also Facebook friends, Tweeters, Web content providers and now “talent” on YouTube, too. There, you can watch ...    Read more

  17. World Premiere of the New Marvel Comics Movie The Avengers

    Photos: Brian Catterson and Alfonse Palaima Wait a second, is that…? Yes, it is: It’s none other than Motorcyclist’s always lovely Web Producer Annette Carrion at the world premiere of the new Marvel Comics movie The Avengers, and showing off “her” star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As for that ...    Read more

  18. Fair Trade

    After admiring Ben Spies since early in his AMA Superbike days, Motorcyclist contributor Peter Starr had an opportunity to trade books with the MotoGP phenom during one of his International Motorcycle Show Press Day appearances. Spies’ book is available from David Bull Publishing ( and ...    Read more

  19. Book Smart

    Back in the early 2000s, when he was still a starving, Honda CB500-riding grad student at Chicago’s DePaul University, Motorcyclist Editor-at-Large Aaron Frank wrote a book called Honda Motorcycles as his Master’s Thesis. The 200-page hardcover, published by Motorbooks International, went out of print years ago—though you can still ...    Read more

  20. Team Hansen—Still Winning!

    Bob Hansen is still alive and well at age 92, and his 1967 Honda CR450 (pictured on page 88)—or at least a replica of that bike—is still winning races! Here, Hansen poses with Sportsman 350 and 500cc GP trophies from the 2011 AHRMA National Historic Cup event at SoCal’s Willow ...    Read more

  21. Joe Versus The Husqvarna

    This one almost pushed Mrs. Gresh over the edge—although she’s taking it better than Joe’s old 1983 Honda Magna 1100. Maybe because this one runs? Anyway, resistance is futile: Sometimes you get the bike, other times the bike rips out your still-beating heart. A 2008 Husqvarna SMR510 with 860 original ...    Read more

  22. Indianapolis Dealer Show

    The two most powerful words in advertising clearly worked at the Indianapolis Dealer Show, as Motorcyclist Road Test Editor Ari Henning found himself inexplicably drawn to the H&H booth. Maybe it had something to do with the advertising medium? We’re not talking, but suffice it to say that Ari learned ...    Read more

  23. Biker Boot Camp

    Harley-Davidson’s girls-only Garage Parties have been so successful that The Motor Company has now launched Motorcycle Boot Camp for dudes. Billed as “basic training” for anyone interested in becoming a motor-cyclist, Boot Camp is equal parts Motorcycling 101 and Boys’ Night Out. We dropped in on the inaugural event at ...    Read more

  24. Time Machine MC M.C.

    When Motorcyclist Editor-in-Chief Brian Catterson learned that Cobra Engineering would be displaying many of the customs it has created over the past 20 years at last February’s Indianapolis Dealer Show, he got a little nostalgic. After all, he’d written stories about a number of them and even ridden a few. ...    Read more

  25. Dirty Girl | MC M.C.

    Dirt Rider magazine recently hosted a Ride Day at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. It was a nice break from the office, and a good opportunity for dirt virgins like our web producer, Annette Carrion (shown here rocking James Stewart's #7), to learn to ride dirtbikes with expert ...    Read more

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