Back in 1972, Jenny Lefferts' dad's ideal summer vacation was to take his VW Bus, pack in the family and take a road trip. Sounds a bit like National Lampoon's 'Vacation' with Clark Griswald… so it might have been that Jenny’s dad often got lost.
The mad rush for gold that swept through California in the mid-to-late-1800s inspired a great many townships to spring up to accommodate the sudden influx of people eager to cash in on the boom. Unfortunately, the earthly riches proved less plentiful than the pioneers' avarice, and many of these once-burgeoning cities lost their luster and their populaces, fading rapidly into lonesome ghost towns.
Off-Road, On-Road Motorcycle.
Designing a bike for the dual-sport market is a balancing act. Some riders will spend most of their time on the street, with the occasional off-payment foray on friendly dirt roads; others will use the street simply as a means to get to the dirt. Once there, challenging primitive roads and single-track trails become the adventure.
Unfortunately for us enthusiasts, mainstream movies featuring motorcycles are a bit thin on the ground; and really good movies featuring motorcycles are even rarer. However, perhaps all that is about to change with the upcoming release in March 2009 of the movie ‘Free Style’.
Balancing sporty characteristics with enough comfort to ride hundreds of miles a day, motorcycle manufacturers make a choice to design their bikes to exhibit more or less sport bike characteristics based on the intended role and target audience. Buell strikes the perfect balance with the new Ulysses XB12XT adventure sport touring motorcycle.
Although Suzuki categorizes the DR-Z125L off-road motorcycle as a "kids" bike, I am here to tell you that there is quite a bit of fun lurking there for adults. As someone who stands 5' 6" and weighs 115 lbs, the DR-Z125L is a perfect cross-training bike for me.
I could have sworn I saw Heidi skipping down one of the many long grassy slopes with her grandfather slowly walking behind her. But, despite the magical views, I had to concentrate on the road ahead as we wound our way through some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet: the Dolomites mountain range in north-eastern Italy.
Icon Motosports has taken the motorcyclist apparel paradigm and turned it upside down. Their designs are purposefully conceived to defy classification. And their styles are bold and eye catching.
"I've always been an extremist," Frenchman-turned-Floridian Christian Travert says as he swivels around in his chair and smiles. He displays 17 months of design work: 4,972 computer files with pre-production renderings of his V-Rex motorcycle. Clearly, he is extreme in his perfectionism.
The sixties were drawing to a close when promoter Edison Dye trespassed on American Hare Scrambles with a form of off-road racing he imported from Europe. Dye had convinced a number of European riders to cross the pond and compete in an exhibition series to introduce the sport to America. The sport was called Motocross and dirt biking would never again be the same Stateside. (Click image to enlarge)