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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We know the arguments in favor of electric cars — 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.