Writing the Storyboard

America became my escape route to find a new place in my life where I could merge my two passions of designing and motorcycling.

2007 Harley Sportster 883 Low, Ducati Monster 695 | Test

Harley-Davison and Ducati do make great motorcycles for women as well. While some of our sisters are content to express their rebellious side with a sports car, others notice that anyone can drive a convertible without much in the way of special skills. Motorcycles are different.

1965 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide | History

Dressed For Success

The year 1965 was pivotal for Harley-Davidson. The venerable Panhead engine delivered its swan song, making way for the Shovelhead era. The company went public on the stock market. Most importantly, The Motor Company christened the industry's first full-dress touring horse, the Electra Glide.

Tumi+Ducati Collection and ErmaxUK

Going Noticed and Unnoticed.

If you like going noticed at times and unnoticed at others, read on.

DUCATI ST3 (Unnoticed)

This sport tourer may be quite visible in the photo, but high-tech trickery behind the ErmaxUK windscreen makes it stealth to revenue-collectingspeed detection devices.

2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 | Motorcycle Preview

Kawasaki Concours 14

A common observation our test riders have when getting off the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 is that the long-legged, big-hearted beast would make an outstanding platform for a high-velocity, long-distance sport touring steed. Clearly, enthusiasts in Kawasaki's engineering and marketing departments had the same idea. Thus, we are presented with the 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14.

Costa Rica Adventure | Motorcycle Adventure

Freedom. It is the spirit that drives us to ride motorcycles, and we attain that feeling in ways as diverse as our choice of machines. Of course, freedom in highly organized societies can become a relative thing. Unless we are riding entirely on private property (and sometimes even then), we are restricted by laws governing our sport. Those on custom cruisers are limited by equipment regulations, sport riders by speed limits and off-roaders by land use restrictions.

2007 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 | Motorcycle Preview

Gran Turismo for the 21st Century. 

Moto Guzzi is once more taking the plunge into the fully faired sport touring market with the new Norge 1200. Powered by Guzzi's traditional transversely mounted air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod motor, the 1133cc Norge is a grand touring bike, with the expected accoutrements—a 6-speed transmission with shaft drive, 6-gallon fuel tank, electronically adjustable windshield, ABS and dual saddlebags.

2007 Victory Kingpin Tour | Motorcycle Review

Non-conformity ain't what it used to be. Harley-Davidson motorcycles spent decades holding the torch for rebel outlaws and angry young men, but the world—and the motorcycle universe—is a different place in 2007. Now favored by weekend warriors with disposable income, Harley's evolving demographic has cast the Motor Company in a more mainstream light. At the same time, there is a migration of riders from pure cruisers to touring cruisers.

2006 Harley-Davidson Super Glide | Motorcycle Review

FXD135 35th Anniversary

As a well-scrubbed youth in the 1950s, Willie G. Davidson, grandson of Motor Company co-founder William A. Davidson, headed west from Wisconsin to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Out on the west coast, the sun was rising on the world of motorcycle customizing, with men like Ed Roth and Von Dutch on the crest of the new wave. The impact of the emergent custom scene would linger in Davidson's sketchbook as he joined Harley-Davidson's design department in 1963.

South Africa | Motorcycle Adventure

Canadian Thomas Bain was a prolific road builder. In the waning years of the 19th century he designed and constructed an extensive labyrinth of dirt roads opening South Africa's vast interior to the primary mode of transport of the day—the ox wagon. Among the 24 significant routes he created, there is one that stands as his magnum opus. That road was destined to become one of his last, most assuredly the longest, and arguably the most famous.

2007 Touring Motorcycles | Achievement in Design

Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Glide

Honda Gold Wing

Yamaha FJR1300A

Bruce Rossmeyer | Harley Dealer Legend

Accelerating the Dream

In remembrance of Bruce Rossmeyer we are re-running our story and interview on "Accelerating the Dream" from back in 2006... “People don't just buy the motorcycle.

Legends of the Motorcycle | Motorcycle Event

Certainly every motorcyclist knows something about this motorcycle legend. A 1947 Fourth of July weekend Gypsy Tour gathering of bikers in Hollister, Calif., was embellished by the fanciful imagination of a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and became “4000 Touring Cyclists Wreak Havoc in Hollister.” The story is picked up across the country, culminating with the infamous staged photo of a slovenly, drunken biker in Life magazine, who became our unelected representative. The image was burned into America's collective cornea and we've been dealing with the fallout ever since.

Tail of the Dragon | Motorcycle Destination

The Honda Hoot

In the motorcyclist's constant quest to find the ultimate road, the riches are many in the land of Tennessee. The annual Honda Hoot, now 13 years old, offers a feast where some 15,000 attendees—not all on Hondas—frolic on routes that initiate the newcomer and challenge the experienced. Of note is the infamous Deal's Gap, Highway 129's two-lane Tail of the Dragon, which holds 318 curves, many of the hairpin variety, in just 11 miles. The Honda Hoot is capped by the Knoxville edition of Ride For Kids, supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

2006 Yamaha FJR1300AE | WebTest

Yamaha's original FJR1300 firmly took the Sport Touring category by the scruff of the neck when, to much acclaim in 2003, it enabled a European-style Japanese sport/tourer to be purchased by the American public, albeit on a special order basis. The FJR was a phenomenal success and quickly garnered a reputation for being a spectacular touring- and sport-friendly package, featuring a 145 hp inline-four engine, wrapped in an alminum chassis.