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Motorcycle Classics Special 2018

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Motorcycle Classics is the authoritative voice of America’s growing classic motorcycle community and the premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts. Following the latest news and trends, and featuring in-depth reviews and riding impressions – with full technical profiles and value assessments – of classic motorcycles from every continent, Motorcycle Classics brings yesterday’s bikes into focus for today’s classic motorcycle aficionados.

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United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the call of the road

Since the first motorcycles turned a wheel more than a century ago, motorcyclists have pointed their two-wheeled steeds towards points unknown, taking to the road to discover the world around them. Non-motorcyclists don’t understand the allure, preferring the protection and comfort afforded by the automobile, but as motorcyclists keenly appreciate, discovery in a box just isn’t the same. I’ve been hooked on touring since my first cross-country adventure back in my college days, an epic trip from Kansas to New York City and back on a metal flake-blue 1978 Yamaha XS1100. A classic late ’70s Japanese Superbike endowed with ample horsepower but suspect handling, the “Excessive 11” (as I called it) made a fine touring bike. My riding gear consisted of an open-faced Bell helmet, a pair of sunglasses and a…

11 min.
a perfect pair

A 1950 Vincent and the Big Sur Highway offer the best of two worlds: a classic bike and a classic road. Both the motorcycle and the road are reminiscent of a calmer, quieter, almost magical time before the advent of hyper-performance engines and broad, featureless freeways. The magic of a Vincent is undeniable, and the Big Sur has more than a bit of magic about it, especially when ridden in the cool light of early morning. The fact that this semi-wild place, El Sur Grande, The Big South, as the Spanish in Monterey called it 200 years ago, even exists in the 21st century is attributable in equal parts to Mother Nature for the original concept and to the farsightedness of a few people for its preservation. Not all that much has…

3 min.
arches national park, utah

Red rock formations, landscapes that are the stuff of science fiction and an overall aura of breathtaking beauty best describe Arches National Park. Perhaps overlooked as a result of being less well-known and farther from the West Coast than the big name national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon), Arches is every bit as beautiful as its more popular big brothers. Tucked away in Utah’s southeastern corner right on the Colorado River (and just minutes outside of Moab), you know you’re entering a special place as you approach this 120-square-mile patch of nature’s artistic endeavors. Stunning, visually arresting and dramatic are the appropriate adjectives. As you ride southeast on US 191, combinations of red, pink and light sandy-brown rock formations start to appear sporadically, and then become more frequent…

1 min.
the skinny

What: Arches National Park, Utah. It’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. How to Get There: Grab I-70 from either the east or the west, and then take US 191 south. Best Kept Secret: Arches National Park itself. I’m embarrassed to admit I knew very little about it until this visit. This destination belongs on your list. It’s magnificent. Avoid: Going into the park without water and suitable attire, especially if you plan to do any hiking (it gets mighty hot out there), walking off the designated trails (the soil’s crust consists of algae, cyanobacteria, lichens and fungi that reportedly take decades to recover after being crushed by our Buster Browns) and rolling into Moab without a hotel reservation. More Info: nps.gov/arch/index.htm…

11 min.
the road goes on forever …

According to the numbers, Texas is second only to California in population. Yet rolling through the fabled Texas Hill Country, that statistic seems improbable. The road in front of me is empty and serene, a winding ribbon of blacktop running through vast expanses of scrub land punctuated by huge ranches. If there are people here, they’re not showing themselves. The numbers start to make sense, however, when you consider that Texas is almost 40 percent larger than California, second only to Alaska in terms of total area. And with the lion’s share of the population in the state’s eastern half, the western half, with the Hill Country running roughly across its midsection, has miles of empty roads. They’re perfect for the vintage Norton and Vincent that Mark Scott and I are…

12 min.
vintage touring, italian style

A typical motorcycle tour goes from A to B, and in between is the territory you cover, whizzing past you then quickly receding in your rearview mirror. It’s a familiar recipe, but it doesn’t leave much opportunity to be a tourist, to really get familiar with an area, which is exactly why Eligio Arturi put together the Benelli Vintage Tour. A native Italian, Arturi ran sailing trips in the Mediterranean and Land Rover expeditions across North Africa before BMW hired him to lead adventure motorcycle tours in the early 1990s. The BMW linkup inspired Arturi, an avid motorcyclist, to focus on motorcycle tours, and since forming MotoTouring (Mototouring.com) in 1994 he’s led rides across South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, South America, Japan, Singapore and more. A vintage bike fan, Arturi decided to…