​What Kind Of Motorcycle Coverage Do You Want To See?

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There's been a two-wheels-bad faction around these parts for a while. I think it's time for a change. So what do you want to see?


I know some of you ride and there are plenty of others on the fence. I used to be one of them. But a confluence of events got me onto two wheels relatively recently and I haven't looked back, selling my 135i a few months back and pledging to ride full-time. Dedicating a bit of Jalopnik real estate to bikes is something I'm constantly toying with, but the question is what?

The custom scene is ridiculously over-covered, with BikeEXIF, Pipeburn, Return of the Cafe Racers, and dozens of others highlighting the best professional and garage builds. The buff books – CycleWorld, Bike, Motorcyclist, et al. – are still dominating the new stuff, with a few upstarts attempting to challenge the status quo. So where would we fit in?

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I want to read something new. Something fun. Something that's decidedly Jalop in its scope and tone. New bikes should be part of it, sure, but only the ones that speak to us. Then there's the custom scene, which is crowded with ultra-clean, no-expense-spared builds. They're cool, don't get me wrong, but I'm more interested in what the guy in the garage is doing to put a new spin on an unloved machine. Gear reviews could find a home here too, particularly since my boss needs some advice.

So here's where you come in. Tell me what you want to see, what you're interested in, what overlooked two-wheeled topics deserve more love than they're already getting, and I'll try to convince our esteemed editor-in-chief that partitioning a bit of the Jalopiverse is worth our while.


Top Photo: BMW K100 by Paul "Hutch" Hutchison

Middle Photo: Cafe Cross by Tux Customs


Matt Fast

OMG OMG OMG. *jumps up and down*

This is the most invigorating post I've seen all year.

Start with the basics. How to get into 2-wheeled transportation in a pragmatic, rational way. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3, etc. over a series of posts. Implement something like the recurring Morning Shift, only have it be more of a FAQ pulled from recent trends in the comments.

After 20 years, I decided to get back on two wheels. I bought a 1979 Suzuki 425 that smoked more than a bourbon-drinking retiree sitting in front of a slot machine. That was an amazing amount of fun and I didn't care if I laid it over (I didn't ... but that wasn't really the point).

Then I bought this:

Rode it everywhere. That's Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast.

I just sold it on eBay and now thinking about my next move. The only way to learn is to own and deal with the decisions you've made. I, for example, froze my fingers every evening on the above pictured trip for lack of guards and heaters for the grips. I also desperately wished for a set of forward pegs.

Suffice it to say the biggest questions surround proper gear and the *right* first bike (probably used). Safety, racing, lawyers on overpriced Harleys, cross-country BMW's and high-strung crotch rockets are extremely well covered.

Nobody's really covering the 3-5 year old mid-level machines out there that are perfect for the gearhead enthusiast.

This is already TL;DR so I'll stop.

Oh wait. Heard about the Honda NM4 yet? OK. No really. I'll stop now.