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Motorcyclist

July - August 2019

Each issue of Motorcyclist combines the excitement and color of today's cruisers, sportbikes, naked bikes and touring machines with credible information on road tests, riding gear, safety issues, riding skills and new products.

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United States
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English
Editor:
Bonnier Corporation
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highly visible

At press time, the gilets jaunes protests, which erupted across France last year, are still ongoing, and motorcycles play a multifaceted role in the movement’s narrative. High fuel taxes, impacting riders who commute to Paris from rural areas, were an inciting issue. Tensions escalated after a bike cop aimed a pistol at demonstrators near the Champs-Élysées. Meanwhile, setting fire to mopeds has become a resistance tactic. Gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) refers to high-vis gear, the protestors’ unofficial uniform. The garment was chosen for its ubiquity—since 2016, French law has required all motorcyclists to carry a reflective jacket while riding. Failure to don one during an emergency situation carries a fine of 130 euros.…

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liberté

The World Enduro Super Series is the two-wheel equivalent of a Tough Mudder, a heady mixture of physical punishment, competitive tension, and scorched earth. The inaugural season included beach racing, nighttime endurocross, and the infamous Erzberg Rodeo scramble. A highlight on this year’s calendar is a classic timecard enduro: the Trèf le Lozérien AMV, in France. The three-day dash covers 375 miles and includes a section overlooking the town of Mende. You get no points for hang time here—but that doesn’t stop homegrown talents like Antoine Méo from putting on a show for local fans.…

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motorcyclist

Editor–in–Chief CHRIS CANTLE Art Directors ROBERT MARTIN, RALPH HERMENS Senior Editor ADAM WAHEED Contributing Editor MAX PRINCE EDITORIAL Photo Director JEFF ALLEN Group Senior Editor JUSTIN DAWES Custom and Culture Editor MORGAN GALES Road Test Editor MICHAEL GILBERTOff Road Editor ANDREW OLDAR Managing Editors IRENE GONZALEZ, TERRY MASAOKA Social Media Manager JOHN ZAMORAF leet ManagerWILL STEENROD Video Director BERT BELTRAN Video Producer ALEC DARE Production ManagerMELISSA BECKHAM Copy EditorNICOLE PASKOWSKY CONTRIBUTORS CHRIS BARNETT, KENT BARTON, KEN CONDON, MATHEUS COURA, ERIC JOHNSON, MATTHEW JONES, RICH LEE, JEFF J. MITCHELL, BEN PRESTON, SETH RICHARDS, SEBAS ROMERO, JOOST STOKHOF, BRENDA WEAVER Vice President, Editorial Director MARK HOYER Director, Digital Operations BRIAN SCHRADER In-Market Director MATTHEW MILES BONNIER MOTORCYCLE GROUP Business Development Directors ROSS CUNNINGHAM, KATELYNN DUDEK Business Development Managers JOHN SIMANOVICH, CONNOR FICHTNER Sales and Marketing Operations ManagerJOHN W. SCAFETTA Marketing Coordinator KAITLYN THOMPSON Executive Director, Marketing TIM COLLINS Senior Marketing Manager ASHLEY ROBERTS Digital Campaign ManagerSERENA BLEEKER, MOLLY BRACKEN Business Manager CONNIE…

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the end of the road

• EIGHTEEN MONTHS SEEMS like an eternity. In that time Motorcyclist has changed, and our audience has evolved and grown. We’re proud of that evolution. We’ve tried to share a little of everything, from supercharged-bike vs. Jet Ski races across the Utah desert, to punk Vespa builders in Indonesia, to the effects of weed on motorcyclists; and we’ve sent our tiny staff to five continents, and put contributors on a sixth, all with the firm belief that the world is better with motorcycles in it. A lot can happen in 18 months. On a human scale, I’ve had a kid, watched her triple in size, take steps, and celebrate her first year. Which makes for a breathtaking realization: Those months constitute a mere fraction of the 108-year history of this publication.…

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sound and fury

The MV Agusta 500 four-cylinder was the MotoGP bike of its day, says Chuck Honeycutt, lead restorer at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. He wrung out a 1973 version on Barber’s track, offering a now-rare chance to hear the operatic howl it blasts through its four trumpet-shaped exhaust pipes. The sound drills into your chest and consumes your being like a spiritual assault. It seems natural to ascribe such a sound to one of Richard Wagner’s warlike Valkyries. But this is an Italian bike—Verdi is the only way. The MV’s dramatic mezzo-soprano blast recalls Amneris cursing the priests who have condemned her beloved to death at the end of Aida. If the MV Agusta sings a mezzo-soprano note, then the 250cc Honda RC161 could occupy the soprano role. As Honeycutt flung…

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me & my bike

BIKE 1983 Kawasaki KZ750RIDER Nikola PrintzAGE 28HOME San Francisco, CaliforniaOCCUPATION Opera singer ▪ MY DAD’S BEEN RIDING since before I was born. He stopped for a while when he had kids. This was before state helmet laws, so he was just out there, mullet to the wind, and my mom said, “Eh, maybe not anymore.” But he had an old bike when I was growing up, and I would sit on it and push all the buttons, you know, like kids do. Then he started riding again, and I went out with him on the back of his bike. I was like, “Yeah, this is where I need to be.” I decided to take the California Highway Patrol class and get my license. I initially wanted a 1970s Honda, maybe a little…

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