Gran Turismo Motorcycle
Whether riding on freeways, canyons, city, track or dirt: practically all motorcycle disciplines are gratifying to me. But on most Sundays, you can find me blasting up the freeway for 60 miles to the serpentine roads snaking through the Santa Monica Mountains where another 150 miles are added to the odometer before heading home again. It’s a long day but the right motorcycle makes the routine more enjoyable. One motorcycle that fits this weekend escape perfectly is the Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GT.
Ruminations from the Rock Store
"Meet me at the Rock Store” is something of an invitation to Vanaheim for motorcyclists. A star-studded congregation and their steel steeds meet faithfully on Sundays at Ed and Vern’s barn-wood café perched on Mulholland Highway.
I had resisted the urge to ride a motorcycle to work for quite some time. There were plenty of good reasons to stay in my quite-fun Acura CL Type S, ranging from the amount of stuff I carry to/from work each day, to reduced lunchtime errand options, to helmet hair I would have to live with all day, and the to-be-expected safety concerns. But, I finally succumbed last summer when the price of gas when flying past the $5/gallon mark. Months later, with gas just over $2/gallon, I am still riding…and not looking for excuses to get back in the car.
Offering a trio of motorcycles representing distinctly different ways to enjoy touring, Honda is a leader in long-distance motorcycling. The Gold Wing serves as ambassador for the luxury category, the ST1300 represents the more sport-oriented contingent and the VTX1800T is a great machine for the bagger clan. The only similarities among the three machines—other than Honda logos—are shaft drive, windshield, five-speed transmission, and liquid cooling.