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Cars & Motorcycles

Motorcyclist January - February 2018

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.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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In this issue

1 min.
a wasp in flight

Forget granita and gelato. Italy’s coolest cultural export has a twostroke and f loorboards. When the Vespa arrived in postwar Europe, it revolutionized urban commuting. Seven decades later, it’s still the definitive high-style runabout, beloved from Santiago to Seoul, Auckland to Anchorage. Dandies, racers, artisans, outlaws—they all look right riding one. Therein lies the magic. The Vespa has an immutable quality and an enduring universal appeal that’s plucky, clever, and fun. Some motorcyclists scoff at that formula. They’re missing out. Turn the page for proof.…

1 min.
the vespa extreme

Among Indonesian purists, they are the Vespa Gembel or Vespa Poor. Sculptors, scavengers, builders, and punks who express themselves with the unlikeliest of media: the Vespa Scooter. The machines are almost all salvaged, the remains of the country’s inexhaustible love affair with Italy’s great gift to mobility. The first Vespas showed up in Indonesia in 1960 when the government handed them out as awards to its peacekeeping soldiers. Twelve years later, the country became one of the first to manufacture the scooters outside of Italy when Danmotor Vespa Indonesia opened its doors. Now, a used, running Vespa can be had for less than $60, American. The only rule among the Vespa Gembel is that the machine must retain its two-stroke Piaggio engine. Everything else is up for discussion. The tame machines may…

1 min.
alps and attitude

• MILAN IS A fussy kind of polished. Its subway, at rush hour, looks like a Prada ad. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sneaker anywhere. It’s a city-size model of refinement and practiced cool. And yet, add motorcycles and Milan becomes completely unhinged. About the time we’ll ship this magazine to the printer, EICMA will be in full swing. The heavy-hitting motorcycle trade show will host the debut of Ducati’s new and potent Panigale V4 and introduce more details about the Scrambler 1100 line (page 40). Moto Guzzi will choose EICMA to show off a vivid ADV concept, Vespa will offer up a production-ready electric scooter, and the Italians will show up to see these new machines in hordes. What’s on display in Milan isn’t just the latest and quickest…

2 min.

▪ ABHI ESWARAPPA This issue will mark Bikeurious founder Abhi Eswarappa’s second appearance in a Motorcyclist cover story and his first with an article to his name. Lucky us, Abhi’s as talented a writer and gear tester as he is a riding buddy. While you’ve seen his work covering strange and unusual motorcycles across the internet, here you’ll find his thoughts about a set of Alpinestars’ latest touring gear on page 34. ▪ ZACH BOWMAN When writer Zach Bowman goes riding, trouble follows. That was the case at Road & Track, where he found himself explaining misdemeanor trespassing to a judge, and at Cycle World, where he battled hypothermia and sleep deprivation on a nonstop Ural ride to Southern California from Seattle. Naturally, we looked to Zach to profile another formidable personality in…

1 min.
pirelli/metzeler put readers to the test

Metzeler asked Sport Rider readers to evaluate its new Racetec RR and Sportec M7 RR (and the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III) using their own personal street motorcycles and provide feedback about the tires gleaned from their experiences. After racking up thousands of miles in a variety of conditions and scenarios, from urban commuting to mountain roads and even track days, readers answered questions about feel, dry and wet grip, durability, and overall performance. “You name it, I threw everything I could at these tires,” said one Northern California rider, who fitted the Racetec RRs to his Kawasaki Z1000. “These tires are inspiring. The harder I pushed them, the harder I wanted to push them.” That same individual gave the Racetec RR high marks for its comfortable ride. “What I like about them is…

2 min.
il cuore dell’italia