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Cycle World Issue 1 - 2018

America's leading motorcycle magazine since its inception in 1962, Cycle World covers all aspects of the two-wheel universe. From dirt-slingin', double-jumping motocrossers to wind-cheating, 200-mph roadracers, Team CW brings experience, credibility and excitement to the pages of the magazine each month. Get Cycle World digital magazine subscription today.

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English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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new world

During the early 1960s, Joe Parkhurst reacted to the state of motorcycle publishing and the market. Cycle World published its first issue in January 1962. Within a decade, Joe, who’d hocked everything and made the first issue on his kitchen table, owned lots more motorcycles, a Ferrari Daytona, and a big yacht. And he was having the time of his life making the best motorcycle magazine in the world.It’s 2018, and Cycle World is reacting to the state of publishing and the market as the media world has changed profoundly. While I don’t have any visions of fancy carsor big boats, we do plan to make this heavy-duty, high-quality quarterly CW the kind of beautiful, library- worthy print piece you’ll want to keep forever. Traditional stars like Kevin Cameron and…

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macau

True to their street-circuit dominance, the British have won the Macau Grand Prix 36 times in 51 races. America’s lone winner is 1993 Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz, who won in 1988. When he returned years later to perform parade laps at this course across the water from Hong Kong, he questioned his earlier decision to race.Because, like any street course, the risks are very real and barely off the racing line. The unforgiving nature of 3.8-mile street circuit took its toll this year, with 31-year-old Daniel Hegarty succumbing to injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during the race. There was a podium ceremony, but without music or champagne as Irish racer Glenn Irwin was credited with victory after racing was halted.Any loss hits the community hard, but even…

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art for our sake

An important difference between motorcycles and cars is that while cars enclose their mechanism, motorcycles reveal theirs, presenting a wealth of eye-attracting visual elements. Parts and assemblies that come into being for purely functional reasons—Öhlins forks whose tubes are golden with hard titanium carbide, wheelie bars from the dragstrip, or the light-and-dark duo of titanium’s blond gleam and the textured black of carbon fiber—sprout as seeds in the visual imaginations of those who build motorcycle art.Freed from the slavery of function, these elements could travel in any direction, undergoing any kind of transformation, but in general, custom builders stayclose to real-world models. I’m thinking of more than one owner of Suzuki’s RG500 Gamma street two-stroke, who work to transform it into a shrine of craftsmanship and extreme materials. Titanium’s high…

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titanium

Metals are a river that flows through our history. Bronze Age horsemen from Asia’s steppe brought the mysterious stuff to the near-eastern “Cradles of Civilization.” Gold and silver drove Spanish New World exploration and conquest. And now titanium’s use in aerospace and racing has made that element synonymous with the highest performance.Titanium, sought for its combination of high strength, low weight, and extraordinary corrosion and fatigue resistance, became available in commercial quantities only after 1953. Although common in the earth’s crust, titanium is difficult (read: expensive) to extract from its ore. It was therefore the rivalries of the Cold War that bankrolled its large-scale production. The Soviets becamemassive producers, making entire lightweight submarines of the stuff. Aerospace-grade titanium currently sells for $20 to $25 a pound, and 15 percent of…

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naked and unafraid

The mark of a truly brilliant idea is that it appears both inevitable and slightly unremarkable in retrospect, which is the reason any benchracer or armchair expert can easily tell you why the first-generation Yamaha FZ1 introduced in 2001 wasn’t such a big deal after all. They will say it was just a parts-bin special, a scaledup take on the Fazer 600 that had debuted three years prior. Hadn’t Suzuki already done the same thingtwice, first with the big Katana and then again with the Bandit 1200? How was this really any different from the traditional modernstandard formula of strangled engine in cost-cutting chassis?Yet to focus on the FZ1’s relatively humble origins is to miss the point. Its brilliance wasn’t to be found on the spec sheet, dyno chart, or…

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spark of life

“Be it known that I, Nikola Tesla, a citizen of the United States…have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electrical Igniters for Gas-Engines….” So begins the 1898 patent granted to Tesla for an electrical ignition system that included spark plugs. Peer into the early history of spark plugs and you find more famous names, names of men rather than of their later namesake companies: Robert Bosch, Albert Champion, the Lodge brothers. Back when making internal-combustion engines work at all reliably was the cutting edge of technology, engineers were making their reputations and fortunes developing ignition systems and spark plugs.Spark ignition in concept is simple. Induce a high-tension current at exactly the precise moment, andyou can make a spark jump a small gap inside an engine’s combustion chamber. Spark gaps…

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