What It's Like To Ride A Motorcycle Through The Rocky Mountains On…

Riding a motorcycle on ice is normally reserved for Swedes and Finns β€” and other citizens of the Vodka Belt β€” riding four-stroke Jawas on frozen lakes with studded tires, in between swigs of akvavit, chilled by trackside. At least, that's how I picture it. » 1/25/13 4:20pm 1/25/13 4:20pm

Riding A 270-lb Passenger on a Sportbike Is Funny As Hell

Riding with a passenger on any motorcycle presents some major challenges to the rider, but with a serious sportbike, the complexity increases a few fold. What if your passenger is 270 pounds and you are a mere snip at 160? » 1/18/13 3:20pm 1/18/13 3:20pm

Here's Why Lane Splitting Should Be Legal For Motorcycles

Motorcycles riding between cars! Why I oughta! Calm down, the legal practice of lane splitting saves car drivers time and money by reducing overall congestion while allowing motorcycles to take charge of their own safety. Here's why everyone, including car drivers, should support legal lane splitting. » 1/10/13 3:20pm 1/10/13 3:20pm

How To Climb A Hill On A $150 Dirtbike

Hillclimbs have been a part of motorcycling since the decline of board track racing in the 1910s. They're still big, especially with riders of vintage motocross bikes, who flock to the Hillbilly Hillclimb at Glen Helen. Cross-dressing optional. » 12/19/12 4:00pm 12/19/12 4:00pm

Watch This Canyon-Carving Faceoff Between Custom Hooligan Bikes

How could two motorcycle racers with similar outlooks on custom machinery wind up with such different bikes that are still very similar? That is, despite their divergent styles, they're both total hoon hacks in the very best way. » 10/23/12 3:40pm 10/23/12 3:40pm

How To Go Fast At Bonneville For $300

How cheaply can one go really fast at Bonneville salt flats? Not sure. But Jamie Robinson of Ride Apart did it for $300 and some priceless motorcycle expertise. Still, its three bills in hard currency, and you can do it too. » 10/16/12 4:30pm 10/16/12 4:30pm

Freedom Is Black Leather, Burly Beards, Daisy Dukes And Motorcycles

California's Born Free show is where West Coast bike culture whips out its junk and sings "If You Want to Get to Heaven" by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils until it sobers up. Actually, that's not true. But it is where it goes to show pretty much everything else. » 7/03/12 3:30pm 7/03/12 3:30pm

Can I Borrow Your Vintage Motocrosser?

Let's say you find yourself at a motorcycle race without a motorcycle. Who should you ask to borrow one? Why not start with the crazy old man on the flat track chopper in a leather flying helmet and antique glass goggles. Yeah, that's a solid choice. » 6/26/12 3:00pm 6/26/12 3:00pm

Does Los Angeles Destroy Cheap Motorcycles?

Riding motorcycles in Los Angeles is not for squeamish Stevens. And yet, their ability to split lanes and slice through heavy traffic, legally in California, make small motorcycles the best way to get around LA's sprawl. But are the mean streets of Los Angeles too much for them? » 6/18/12 3:30pm 6/18/12 3:30pm

No Leak Oil? Maybe No Oil

That near-zen koan, uttered by Britbike aficionado Yoshi Kosaka, encapsulates the paradox of owning a classic British motorcycle. One becomes so inured to working around nagging problems that when things operate too correctly, it's the ultimate red flag that something's awry. » 6/12/12 3:30pm 6/12/12 3:30pm

Roland Sands Is Trying To Make Harley Davidsons Less Uncool

Motorcycle racer-turned-designer Roland Sands spends his days designing cool crap for motorcycles, designing bikewear and hooning around in the dirt on Harley Davidsons. Sure, he looks like a teenager, but he's been doing this for 20 years. Easy to stay young when your life rules. » 6/05/12 3:30pm 6/05/12 3:30pm

An European Adventure In SoCal

In this latest episode of RideApart, Jamie, Grant and I head up 33 north of Ojai, California. That, in my opinion, is probably the best road in the world. We do it on two of the most versatile bikes in the world too: a Ducati Multistrada 1200 and a Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX. » 5/28/12 3:30pm 5/28/12 3:30pm

Flat Track Racing Is Democracy In Action

If the late Big Willie Robinson taught us anything, it's the simply elegant joy of "run whatcha brung." That tenet works equally well in motorcycling, as Wes Siler found out on his first flat-track outing at Ventura Raceway. Watch out for that chopper, Wes! » 5/22/12 3:30pm 5/22/12 3:30pm

How To Carve A Canyon, Two Wheels At A Time

Canyon carving, aka tickling your knee, isn't for the motorcycling noob. Many a would-be Valentino has found himself soaring headlong into the Santa Ana winds, on the way to being smashed into anchovy paste on the granite face of a San Jacinto batholith. Here's how not to do that. » 5/14/12 3:30pm 5/14/12 3:30pm

Do Electric Motorcycles Suck?

We know the arguments in favor of electric cars β€” reduced net emissions, a shift toward domestically-obtained energy sources, the torrrrrrque. Still, uncertainty continues to dog the passenger e-vehicle. Is the same true for a new crop of electric motorcycles? Let's find out. » 5/07/12 3:00pm 5/07/12 3:00pm

Hoons Riding Suzuki Quads In The Wild West

Riding ATVs over endless, dusty ribbons of arid landscape isn't just what people did in old Juicy Fruit gum commercials. Get your quad shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit... Anyone, at least anyone who's loose about their personal safety, can do it too. » 5/01/12 3:30pm 5/01/12 3:30pm

Is A $3,000 New Motorcycle Worth Riding?

What if you didn't have to break the bank to own a brand new motorcycle? What if you could simply enjoy riding, free of too much power and too much weight? What if an ex-car designer was building and selling those exact motorcycles right now? » 4/24/12 3:30pm 4/24/12 3:30pm