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Motorcyclist March - April 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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Bonnier Corporation
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10 Issues


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esprit de corps

In 1949, the Los Angeles Police Department had the largest motorcycle force in the world, with more than 200 mounted officers. Here, the LAPD’s Cycle Corps present themselves for a full inspection at the Los Angeles Coliseum. While the bikes were once homogenous, today the LAPD has more than 400 motorcycles in its fleet, ranging from the familiar BMW K bikes and Harley-Davidsons to Suzuki DR-Zs, Honda CRFs, and eBikes. Despite being associated with counterculture and criminals, the motorcycle has long been a go- to tool for law enforcement looking to patrol vast, gridlocked cities. ■…

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ride out

Riders have been taking dirt bikes to Baltimore streets since the ’70s, but it wasn’t until 2014’s documentary 12 O’Clock Boys that the rest of the U.S. caught on. Photographer Kirk Nembhard says the ride-out scene exploded nationally in 2015, inspired by Baltimore’s blend of fun, skill, bravado, and illicit behavior. The Baltimore PD came down hard in 2017, impounding bikes and levying hefty fines. But none of that was enough to stop these riders from clogging 12 city blocks in October 2018 as they rode in honor of Kyrell Tyler, a Philadelphia rider who was killed in a 2014 shooting. ■…

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trouble rides in on two wheels

(YELENA SOPHIA)OUR TOWN MOTORCYCLE officer was a motocross rider, a road-racing fan, and probably the only person in 50 miles who could tell me exactly how illegal an Aprilia RS250 Cup bike was to ride on the street. “Conspicuously so” was the answer. That scarcely muffed two-stroke racket, and the lack of a headlight, turn signals, license plate, and liability insurance are enough to scare most law-abiding motorcyclists out of riding a racebike through town. But I was gambling, hoping the motorcycle-oblivious population would ignore the curtain of blue-tinted smoke brewing up around the bike while it idled away at the only stoplight between me and one of the best mountain roads in the country.Those were the thoughts that ran through my mind as the BMW-riding deputy rolled up to…

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▪ SARAH VAUNSarah Vaun is a Midwest-based photographer, photo producer, and rider. By day, she works for corporate clients like Harley-Davidson and United Airlines. By night, she’s likely working on her recent Women and Wheels Project, showcasing women who ride and wrench. For this issue, she turned her lens toward the bikes of the Milwaukee Motor Unit on page 75.▪ ALEXANDER DUNSTANWhen not traveling the world producing international esports events, Dunstan can be found at his home in the mountains of San Diego tending to a brood of two-wheeled children. He tackles the legendary Elsinore GP on a Honda CRF450L on page 40.▪ ANDERS CARLSONAnders Carlson has been chronicling two-wheeled misadventure for nearly a decade. He enjoys cheating death on a semi-regular basis, be it on two wheels or inside…

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the oddity of japanese racing

The Suzuki SEAR (Suzuki Engine Auto Race) AR600 is a 599cc parallel twin that pumps out 59 hp and 45 pound-feet of torque. Every machine has a two-speed gearbox, wildly tilted handlebars, and no brakes.Each “player” in the eight-person race has a color, number, and nickname. Auto Race riders ply six major circuits in Japan. Theirs is a community unlike any other in racing. Initial training sequesters riders in dorms and takes place with military precision. It’s part of the reason close competition is the norm in this novel take on flat track.Gambling is essential to Auto Race. After forming in the 1950s, the sport was overrun by Japan’s organized crime syndicates, collectively known as the Yakuza. Crowds dwindled until 1967, when the Motorcycle Federation of Japan took over.Organizers now…

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me & my bike

BIKE 1972 Honda CB350 FourRIDER Mallory KramerAGE 26HOME New York City, NYOCCUPATION Product Developer“The kid had been pulled over on Staten Island for speeding and for not wearing a helmet.”I’VE BEEN RIDING for three and a half years and only owned one bike, this one. It had been in storage for 30 years before I got it, and I completely restored it. It was perfect. I moved to Manhattan in March, and the bike was in hibernation in Brooklyn until May. I had to street-park it at my new place, but there were tons of bikes street-parked, and a lot of nicer, newer bikes than mine. I had a chain lock, a disc lock, and a cover.I signed a contract on Labor Day weekend with a parking garage for storage…