January 2013 - CityBike


January 2013 - CityBike

January 2013


1984 2013

Respon sible Jo ur nalis m

of Mostly

News, Clues & Rumors

Volume XXX, Issue 1

Publication Date: December 17, 2012

On The Cover:

Original Dirtbag Poll Brown sharing a

smoke with model Katherine Kwid, captured

on camera by Bob Stokstad’s long and

voyeuristic lens.


NCR .............................. 3

New Stuff .......................... 7

Events. ........................... 10

Dirtbags! ..........................11

Honda NC700X ..................... 15

Off-Road Survival Pt. III ............. 17

Maynard ......................... 18

Hertfelder ........................ 19

Tankslapper ....................... 20

Marketplace ....................... 21

Classifieds ........................ 22

Coupons for free erotic massage ...... 25

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Contributing Editors: John Joss,

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Chief of the World Adventure

Affairs Desk: Dr. Gregory Frazier

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— Robert Stokstad

— Gary Rather

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Dan Baizer, Craig Bessenger, John Bishop,

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Joe Glydon (RIP), Brian Halton,

David Hough, Maynard Hershon,

Ed Hertfelder, Harry Hoffman,

Otto Hofmann, Gary Jaehne (RIP)

Jon Jensen, Bill Klein, David Lander,

Alan Lapp, Lucien Lewis, Ed Milich,

Larry Orlick, Jason Potts, Bob Pushwa,

Gary Rather, Curt Relick, Charlie Rauseo,

Mike Solis, Ivan Thelin, James Thurber,

Adam Wade.

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it from frivolous lawsuits, so even if you see Lucien Lewis doing

one of his wheelies on the cover and decide you want to do that too

and then you hit a parked car and your bike is wedged under a van

and it catches fire and the Vallejo FD has to come and extinguish

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Motion Pro’s Chris Van Andel captured by Uncle Krumple enjoying a

guilty pleasure during Tracker Night this summer past. Stop pretending

you can read...


We wrote “GrayDog Guzzi” on last

month’s cover when it should have been

“GreyDog.” Honest mistake, but you

should check out Patrick Bell’s website

to check out lots of cool stuff anyway:



Last month, in this space, we shared

some news about Leo Vince exhaust...


would be great if

we had been

just a teensy

bit more




we’ve got enough room for Leo Vince USA

President Tim

Calhoun to write

his own correction,

which also has info

local riders and

racers will want to



USA will be


our operation to

better serve our

core customers.

We will continue

to offer most of

our products, but

some, like our X3

ATV line, will now

become special

order only. We

will eliminate

Titanium fullrace


completely, with

the only exception

being a limited

number we will

build for race


“We will focus our

off-road exhaust

offerings on our

Ti-tech (stainless

header / Titanium

sleeved silencer)

slip-on and full systems. These are very

reasonably priced with our full system

MSRP at only $599. We will grow our

adventure-bike offerings both in exhausts

fitments available and through expanding

our off-road and road carbon fiber

protective pieces. These will include skid

plates, sprocket covers, disc guards and

newer pieces such as our BMW head


“Our street product will continue

to grow but we will begin to

eliminate many

older fitments

that represent


sales. If these

continue to

be produced they will be made available

by special order. We will expand our

LeoVince Carbon Fiber products such as

engine, clutch and alternator covers to fit a

multitude of new motorcycles and will also

introduce a new heavy duty Corsa carbon

piece for the race track.

“We will open up LeoVince Performance

Center Jan 2, 2013. It will specialize in

track and race-prepared motorcycles.

We will not be working on street-going

machines that are ridden on California

highways. We will offer such services as

engine and performance mods, (Fuel /

Ignition / Traction control unit tuning

and installations, exhaust installations)

full suspension tuning (shock adjustments,

cartridge inserts, suspension adjustments

and set ups) and installation of race pieces

such as windshields, body work, wheels,

rear sets, clip-on handlebars etc.”

CityBike regrets the error or any confusion

caused when we implied Leo Vince’s new

performance center would perform work

for street motorcycles.


You may know Klim (we just learned it’s

pronounced ‘climb’—who knew?) as a

producer of some of the nicest dirt and

adventure-riding apparel you can’t afford.

It’s a small brand of obsessively detailed

technical gear, doing about $30 million

in business annually, but it’s attracted the

attention of snowmobile, quad and cruiserbuilding

giant Polaris industries. The big fish

swallowed the little fish for an undisclosed

sum, and will maintain it as a separate brand

and keep its Rigby, Idaho headquarters and

product-development center.

KTM 2013

If you got all excited by the news

of KTM’s new RC8-powered 1190

Adventure or India-built

390 Duke (“News, Clues,”

December 2012), it’s

time to take another

Darvon and relax—

neither of those

models seems

destined for

the USA this

year. Instead,

the 690

Duke makes

a comeback,

pepped up with a


990 Adventure Baja looks

ready for anything.

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cylinder head, ride-by-wire

throttle and slipper clutch for

its return. Also being rolled into

orange containers for the trip

here: a North America-only

limited edition 990 Adventure

Baja. It’s based on the standard

bike but gets special graphics,

accessories and standard

waterproof luggage. Pricing is

top secret, apparently, but if

you call your KTM dealer and

ask nicely, maybe he or she will

tell you.

690 Duke gets a 70-hp

motor for 2013.


We’ve been getting lots of news stories

and videos about Lit Motors forwarded

to us, so we would like to respectfully say:

please stop doing that. Yes, an electricpowered,

fully enclosed electric motorcycle

that balances itself with gyros and can go

100-plus mph, do 200 miles on a charge

and sport a $12,500 pricetag sounds really

cool. However, although the story has

spread far and wide to seemingly every

large media outlet on the globe, nobody is

asking how that kind of range and speed

will be possible for such a cheap price.

Repair & Service

The Lit Motors

FAQ page says the

battery will be just

8 kilowatt-hours,

much smaller than

the 11.4 kwh Zero

S—and that bike

will only go 140-ish

miles at very slow

speeds, and it weighs

half the theoretical

800-pound Lit.

Lit also says it uses

20 kilowatt hub

motors—the Zero

uses a single 40

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kilowatt motor and its top speed is 95. It

must be frickin’ awesome streamlining.

The reason the story is so hot is how great

this looks to non-motorcyclists. A huge

number of Americans would

like to ride

a motorcycle, but probably never will

because of the perceived danger, the need

to learn how to balance, and yadda yadda.

A self-balancing moto with what looks like

a protective shell (so long as the vehicle has

two wheels the Federal DOT will consider

it a motorcycle and exempt it from real

crash-safety standards) is seductive. But

is this a viable thing? Or just some guys

burning start-up money so they can design

cool shit in a SOMA garage?

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CityBike does commission some

journalism, and Señor Editor John Joss

took some time to find out what’s going on

in the Lit Motors skunkworks—only to get

skunked out. Requests for interviews were

turned down. A test-drive story we read,

written by Wired writer Damon Lavrinc,

told of a barely functioning prototype that

malfunctioned and couldn’t turn or even

stay upright very well. We don’t want to

use a pejorative term for what we think all

this is, so let’s just say we’ll be surprised

when we can walk into a Lit dealer and test

ride one. What this looks like is an attempt

to publicize some impressive engineering

innovations, pumping up the value of a

start-up so it can

be sold for millions

(hey, why not

billions?) to a larger,

established company

with deep pockets—

the 21st-century

American Dream.



The International

Motorcycle Show

in San Mateo has

come and gone—

maybe you missed

it this year because

the weather that

weekend sucked. But either way, it was, in

the words of Ed Sullivan, “a really great

shew.” Many of the show’s visitors are of

the generation who still remember Ed

and, fortunately, they’re still riding and

buying bikes. It’s a treat to watch an ample

couple sitting double on a big cruiser that

makes them look small, or a middle-aged

dude crouched forward on a sport bike,

explaining traction control to his wife.

Wide-eyed little girls riding on their

daddies’ shoulders enjoy the spectacle, too.

Seriously, if you’re looking to buy a bike of

any kind, this is the place to be. Fourteen

major brands, from BMW to Zero were

there to display their product line. Not

needing a new one just yet? Well, you could

buy something to bolt on the old beater,

or acquire some gear that you didn’t know

existed (or that you needed) until today.

To be honest, though, I walked around

the two large halls for hours, enjoying

myself and, at the end of the day, the only

buck I’d spent was the one that went

into the donation can at the Christian

Motorcyclists’ free gear check.

The collection of custom bikes was

extensive and dazzling, the girls at the

motorcycle attorneys’ booth inviting, and

the stunt show one of the best I’ve seen in

a while. These guys were not only riding

bikes covered with road rash, they were

demonstrating in real time how the scars

got there. (There’s a reason why there’s

a double fence separating spectators, all

of whom were filming the scene on their

smart phones, from the motorcycles in the

stunt riding competition.) Besides the beer,

‘wurst, barbecue and other good-smelling

stuff, there was brain food, too—seminars

on everything from adventure riding to the

science of suspension.

Next year

this time

when the

show comes


again, take

it in—even

if it’s raining.

You’ll be glad

you did.

— Bob Stokstad,

words and

photos. For more

great photos of

IMS action, go to







Office—what? The hallowed,

oxymoronically named institution

published the snappily titled “Motorcycle

Safety: Increasing Federal Funding Flexibility

and Identifying Research Priorities Would

Help Support States’ Safety Efforts” last

month. What with the Fiscal Cliff looming

and all that, you’d think the folks there

would have better things to do, eh?

In its defense, the Office says it looked at

the issue of motorcycle safety to figure out

the impact of motorcycle

crashes on the economy

($16 billion a year, if you’re

curious), why we’re crashing

and dying, (drunks,

untrained and scofflaw

riders, inattentive motorists

and lack of helmet laws)

and what the money spent

by the Federal Government

on moto-safety—about

$46 million in the last six

years—has bought us (not

a lot!).

Digging into the report, there are

some interesting nuggets. The

GAO recommends a graduated

licensing system, for one, even

though it can’t really say why

(there aren’t any studies that

show it’s an effective way to

decrease fatalities). Oh, and

motorcycling is about 30 times more

dangerous than driving. There’s also a

finding (culled from a literature review)

that rider training programs may change

crash rates but do little

to decrease fatality

rates. After 51 pages,

the recommendation

is to allow states to use

the $4.6 million a year

in grants (enough to

employ 1.1 person

per state, we guess)

in a more flexible

manner. Is that

code for “we don’t

think rider training

and public service


are doing much to

reduce fatalities?”



Remember the

story we did on the

Ducati Panigale (“Not a 916, But Who

F-ing Cares?” July 2012)? Did you notice

there are only photos of the right side?

That’s because some dizzy 20-something

suburbanite woman knocked it over with

her daddy’s VW the night Contributor Ed

Milich picked it up at Munroe Motors,

doing something like $8000 worth of

damage to the $23,000 motorcycles.

Luckily, it didn’t affect things too much, so

we continued with the test.

Munroe Motors took it in stride, and after

the bike was repaired, did some mild prep

work and took it to break some world

land-speed records at the Bonneville Salt

Flats in August. The prolific record-breaker,

San Franciscan Andy Sills, volunteered

for riding duties, and Munroe tech Todd

Chamberlain did some light prep work (but

the bike basically remained stock).

Judging from the Facebook page about the

effort, (facebook.com/PP2Hproject) it

was a challenging attempt. Rain meant the

salty surface wasn’t optimal and the bike

developed mechanical problems. Still, after

repeated runs and a four-hour round trip

to Salt Lake City for repairs, the Panigale

S became not just the fastest dealership

demo bike probably ever, it also broke the

record for “Group A1, Division B, Naturally

Aspirated, Twin Cylinder up to 1350cc”

motorcycles at 192.68 mph (although the

team claims it clocked 196 on some runs),

shattering the 179-mph previous record.

Seeing as CityBike’s road-test department

clocked most of the break-in miles on the

record-beating bike, we should be listed on

the trophy. Munroe, please let us know if

you need a referral for a good engraver.

A side note: Ducati North America claims

it has sold 7500 Panigales this year, a large

number that probably rivals any other class sportbike (OEMs are usually very tight-


about sales numbers, especially any

single model), remarkable when you consider

the model has only been on showroom floors

since June.


Actually, it’s the other way around.

Smart—Daimler’s minicar brand—is

“cooperating” with electric scooter

manufacturer Vectrix. The smaller

company with a troubled past is going to

help Smart develop its electric scooter

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I am Mike Padway, and

I ride motorcycles.

I prefer to represent

motorcycle riders who have

been injured because I like

working with motorcyclists.

We are slightly different than the

rest of the population, in a way that

makes us just a little more engaged,

realistic, and a lot more enjoyable

to be around.

I am proud of the fact that

I protect the interests of

motorcyclists because it

can seem at times like the

deck is stacked against us.

Insurance companies often attempt to use “car logic” to

settle a motorcycle case, and as

you and I both know that is not

fair. Furthermore, it is explicit

that your desire to have your

losses compensated is in direct

conflict with an important goal

of the insurance industry: to pay

out as little as possible to you, and

maximize their profit!

That is where I come in.

I have decades of experience

navigating the legal and

insurance hurdles, have lectured

nationally for the American

Bar Association, and have represented riders across the

country. Of course, nobody

can guarantee any outcome of

any case, but it is always better

to have representation that is

experienced in your type of case.

If you have been injured

in a motorcycle accident,

please do not hesitate

to call for a phone

consultation or to set up a

meeting in person. Oh, and

unlike other lawyers you can

talk to me and I will return

your phone call.

If you have been injured on a

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(the eScooter, on display at the 2010

Paris Motor Show ), expected to go into

production by 2014. We asked Vectrix

Marketing Manager Jeff Simpson what his

company was getting from this, and he told

us Vectrix would get “increased credibility

in and outside the industry (both EV and

Powersports/Automotive) about who

Vectrix is, and it demonstrates the strength

and value of Vectrix core technologies to

the OEM market.” He also wanted to make

clear that “Daimler/Smart did not purchase

Vectrix nor retain any ownership stakes.”


Readers may remember the saga of

Michael Carabiner, victim of a road-rager’s

assault on Highway 24, just east of the

Caldecott tunnel in late 2011. Carabiner

had the presence of mind to chase the

hybrid-driving miscreant long enough to

get a plate and description of the driver,

resulting in the arrest of the middle-aged

Contra Costa county man driving a white

Honda Civic hybrid. Witnesses said the

man repeatedly and deliberately swerved

into Carabiner with

the intent of knocking

the bike off the


murder is what every

motorcyclist would

call it.

Carabiner had two

witnesses, an arresting

CHP officer and his

own recollection—

slam dunk case, right?

Well, our criminal

justice system doesn’t

really work like that.

A county DA behaves

more like a small

businessperson than

an aggressive arbiter

of justice. They’re

all about dollars per

conviction, and since

attempted murder or

assault with a deadly

weapon require

so many elements


any reasonable

doubt—you need a

lot of resources to send

somebody to prison.

Initially, the CoCo county

DA didn’t want to pursue

the case at all, but because

of pressure from online

Bay Area Rider’s Forum

(BARF) members and the

CHP’s recommendation,

a reckless driving charge

was sought. After 10

months and much

back-and-forth between

the various parties, the

defendant pled guilty to

PC 415 (a), Disturbing

the Peace. It carries a

maximum fine of nine

months in the clink and a

$400 fine, but in this case,

according to a pissedoff

and disappointed

Carabiner, Angry White

Man will have to take an eight-week

anger management class, pay $200, make

restitution to the victim (no details on this,

though) and two years of probation. It’s not

the years in prison we’re sure Carabiner

wanted, but not bad considering our carcentric

culture. Job well done, sir!



He’s barely 14 but he’s been riding since

age five and racing for four years. Fremont’s

Anthony Alonso is getting it done on the

track, in this era of few U.S. riders in world

classes, much like King Kenny, Colin and

Ben. Like Casey, he has his parents’ full


Fremont Honda Kawasaki’s Bill Keys

believed in Anthony from the start: “I

put him on his first motorcycle. Now I’m

watching him grow up—fast!”

How good is Alonso? He stared to race a

Honda 50 at age seven. When the AFM

denied him at age 11 he went south and

raced WERA/West at Willow on his

RS125, garnering podiums and impressing

everyone. In 2012 he won both the Moto3

and Formula 2 class championships there.

Allowed in, finally, by the AFM, he won

two classes up north in 2012.

Our own local BARF Racing sponsored

him at the last two British Superbike

rounds, at Silverstone and Brands Hatch—

both difficult circuits to learn—and he got

on the podium in the 125 class. He’s now

on the 2013 Red Bull team, in Spain, riding

a Moto3 four-stroke for the first time. He

wore #46 for years in honor of his hero

Vale, but at world levels he now carries #64.

Anthony was

guest of honor at

the December

American Sport

Bike Night,

celebrating its

14th anniversary.

Bill Keyes was

there to see

his protégée.

ASBN is quite

a group. It has

never missed

a Monday

night in all

its 14 years.

Also there:

Jim Doyle,

who knows a

racer when he

sees one (he


King Kenny


among other



Check out Anthony Alonso at alonso.tv

and see him run, in excellent videos. Who

else believes? His sponsors include big

guns Pirelli, Suomy, GoPro and Motul.


Museo Ducati by Chris Jonnum,

photography by Peter Harholdt

David Bull Publishing, 4250 E

Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85108.

Hard bound, 9” X 11”, 144pp, 106 color

photos, no index. $39.95

Want to visit Museo Ducati? Terrific idea.

Round-trip plane fare to Italy from the

U.S.: $1000-plus, depending on where

you start and how much luxury you crave.

Bologna, five nights: another $1000. Meals

and wine, Italy’s response to the most

demanding palate: think $1000, if you

do it right.


expenses, you’ll likely to be north of five big

ones, per head.

The alternative: Museo Ducati, just

$39.95, a magnificent publication from

David Bull Publishing,

an organization that is

creating books every

genuine enthusiast needs.

As usual, the production

values are dazzlingly fine.

This is Bull’s third major

Ducati book. As before, he

has created a memorable

contribution to the

literature. Ducati Corse

MotoGP press officer

Chris Jonnum built the

words and internationally

respected photographer

Peter Harholdt provided

the pictures.

Twenty-five race bikes

are featured, from the

1946 Cucciolo (“puppy”)

motorized bicycle to the

Nicky Hayden GP10

MotoGP machine,

including many iconic

winners—Hailwood’s 250

Twin Desmo and IoM TT

900SS, Smart (Imola 750

Desmo), Luchinelli (BOT

750 F1), Roche (851 SBK),

Polen (888 SBK), Fogarty

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(916 SBK), Capirossi (Desmosedici GP3 and

GP6), Hodgson (999 SBK), Bayliss (Imola

996 and SBK F08) and Stoner (GP7).

The format: show the whole machine

in side view, provide a paragraph of

descriptive data (in English and Italian,

as is the whole book), and add detailed

shots, well captioned, showing some of

the most compelling engineering details.

Specifications boxes, hard to read because

they feature reversed type or black-on-grey,

provide basic technical data.

Anyone who knows and loves Ducati—

what’s not to love?—will find Harholdt’s

luminous photos compelling, showing

levels of motorcycle technology, unfolding

over six decades, that delight the eye. There

isn’t a dull page, though gearheads might

want more fairing-off stuff.

This is not a technology book, as were Bull’s

earlier volumes, and Jonnum’s prose is

spare, leaving the reader thirsting for more.

We get the basic facts, but layout and space

considerations prevented longer discussion

of the machines and their histories.

The museum holds only race bikes. So,

no Monsters (reportedly accounting for

half of Ducati’s revenues) or Motards,

and—sadly—no MH900E. Indeed, one

of Ducati’s most remarkable machines, on

display, is not even mentioned: the 100cc

streamliner that took 44 world records

at Monza, including 171.9 kph speed and

1000 kilometers in less than six hours.

David Bull explained that extracting this

marvelous machine for photography was

not possible.

A few minor historical errors could have

been avoided. Fiat made a 600cc ‘Topolino’

(Little Mouse) car back in 1936, long

before WWII, far predating the 1957 Fiat

500. And Peugeot used desmodromic

valves in 1912 (based on the Indy-winning

L76 motor), decades before the 1955

Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 car that

supposedly inspired Ducati to ‘go Desmo.’

And if you wonder what the building looks

like, you’ll have to go there, since no photo

is included. (it looks like a red-and-white

Ikea but you should go anyway—ed.)

—John Joss


High-end cars have had reactive and

electronically adjustable suspension for

years, and now manufacturers like Ducati

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and BMW are equipping their line models with it as well. So when will the


get in on the act? How about

now? Öhlins is offering a “Mechatronic”

version of the TTX36 Mk II road-race

shock for the 2011-2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R.

The shock is actually a complete system.

The TTX36 (upgraded for 2012 with twin

steel tubes and a redesigned piston band

for improved bump absorption) uses

electronically controlled actuators wired to

an Öhlins ECU that in turn plugs into the

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ZX-10R’s ECU, where it uses data inputs

such as rpm, throttle position and wheel

speed to continuously adjust damping

settings to suit the rider’s style. It even

adjusts the settings according to the rider’s

choice of engine mapping (adjustable on

the ZX-10R). Pricing is $1625.

Brave new world, eh? Call your favorite

dealer to find out more or go to ohlinsusa.

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It was high time for a new lid. During

the last seven years the old one had

accumulated its share of scars from

two kinds of drop—the more frequent

slip of the hand and the rare but more

consequential crash. Out of the box, my

new Nolan N104 modular helmet looked

virginal. Because it has the “micro-lock”

feature on the chin strap, as does my old

N102, it felt immediately familiar. But

then the big differences showed. The lens

opening is much larger and offers a more

panoramic view of the road and sky ahead.

And the pressure of the cheek pads gives

a sense of security, like having one’s face

packaged for a UPS shipment. Within a day

I was fully enjoying the new feel.

Gotta love that interior pull-down, back-up sun visor. It works so smoothly, 50 bucks more will get you graphics. Buy

pop- preferred plain-Jane silver model is $450—

with a small section cut out for my schnoz, one through a local dealer and you may

that I find myself playing with it while come away with a slightly better price.

riding. Lowering the visor with one of the

I’m very happy with my Nolan N104 and,

sliders compresses a spring, which flings

wouldn’t you know, its virginity is already

the visor back into its recess when a return

gone – dinged the top on my overhead

button is pushed—great when you’re

garage door yesterday. It’s the first of

entering a tunnel.

many to come in what will be a long and

satisfying relationship.

The vents at the chin guard and on top of

the helmet really work; you can feel the

internal breeze when they’re opened. The

ergonomics for the sliders that control

the vents or position the sun visor and the

raising of the chin guard are superb. They

are easy to feel and manipulate, even with

winter gloves. It’s also quieter inside than

my other helmets. If I decide to add Nolan’s

communication system, N-Com, this

helmet is designed especially for it.

This high-end, made-in-Italy helmet has

more nice features, which you can read

about at nolan-usa.com. The MSRP for my

— Bob Stokstad


After reviewing many different models of

wired and wireless helmet-audio systems,

the one Editor Ets-Hokin prefers is the

Sena SMH5. It’s small, light, easy to use

and delivers terrific sound clarity for phone

calls and bike-to-bike communications

alike. One flaw is the lack of an FM radio,

which the Sena and other headsets do have.

Flawed no more: Sena’s new SMH5-FM

offers a built-in FM stereo tuner as well as

intercom functionality. Sena tells us that “a

rider can call hands free on a mobile phone,

listen to stereo music or voice instructions

of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly,

and have two-way intercom conversations

in full duplex with a passenger or another

motorcycle rider.” Intercom range is 750

yards and it’s priced at $159 for the solo,

$299 for kits. Call your favorite brick-andmortar

dealer or go to senabluetooth.com

for more info.


Speaking of Bluetooth and

cellphone moto-use: yes,

we know it’s distracting

and you shouldn’t

try to use your

cell phone while

riding, but have

you experienced this

situation: you pull

over and work your

smartphone out

of your pocket to

check directions

or send a text

message—and now

you have to pull

your gloves off to

work the screen, and

then you drop a glove,

and then you try to reach down and pick

it up and your phone starts to slide off the

tank and your hand shoots out to grab it

and you lose your balance and the bike falls

over and you wrench your knee and wind

up spending $63 on a clutch lever and your

turn signal lens breaks but screw it.

Your suffering may be over—a product

called “Any Glove” (available on Amazon

for $15 per 7.5 ml bottle) makes fabric

or leather conductive and useable with

a touch screen. It’s a liquid polymer of

some sort that you drip onto the glove

fingertips and allow to dry (a couple

of hours, or a few


under a hairdryer).


Glove says it will provide weeks or

months of functionality before you’ll

need to reapply and it works on (wait for

it!) any glove, be it wool, leather, Nylon

or whatever. Good for using GPS and

other devices, too, we’d bet.

We provide the tools, space &

resources for you to fix and

maintain your own motorcycle.

Take a class and learn how to

do it yourself or get 1-on-1 help

from a mechanic.

(650) 873-1600

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First Monday of each month

(January 7, February 4):

2:30 – 10:00 pm: Northern California

Ducati Bike Nights at Benissimo (one

of Marin’s finest Italian Restaurants), 18

Tamalpias Dr, Corte Madera.


6:00 pm: American Sport Bike Night at

Dick’s Restaurant and Cocktails, 3188

Alvarado Street, San Leandro. Bring your

Buell and hang out with like-minded riders.

All brands welcome! Our meeting of Buell

and Motorcycle enthusiasts has been

happening the first Monday of the month

for the last 12 years, without ever missing

a meeting. We have had many local and

national celebrities from the motorcycle

Doc Wong Clinics!

CityBike says if you haven’t done a Doc

Wong clinic, go do one ASAP. It’s fun,

free and will make you a better/safer/

happier rider. Register by emailing

docwong@aol.com or call Full Motion

Chiropractic at 650/365-7775.

More info: docwong.com

world grace our meetings. It has been fun

and exciting. americansportbikenight.net

First Wednesday of each month

(January 2, February 6)

6:00 pm: Bay Area Moto Guzzi Group

monthly dinner at Vahl’s in Alviso (1512

Events at Motoshop

Moto Shop : 325 South Maple Ave #20,

South San Francisco. 650/239-6686,


Thursday, December 20, 5:00 pm:

Brakes Clinic

Saturday, December 22, 10:00 am: Tire

Change Clinic

Sunday, December 23, 10:00 am: Basic

Moto Maintenance

Thursday, January 3, 5:00 pm: Intro to


Saturday, January 5, 10:00 am: Tire

Change Clinic

Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am: Ducati

Valve Adjustin’

Thursday, January 10, 5:00 pm: Brakes


Saturday, January 12, 9:00 am: Valve


Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am: Basic

Moto Maintenance

and Sprockets

4:00 pm: Chains

Thursday, January 17, 5:00 pm: Oil and


Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am: Tire

Change Clinic

Clinics and classes start at $40.





‘em if


El Dorado Street, Alviso, 410/2620731).

Members, interested Guzzi riders, and all

other motorcycle riders always welcome.

More information, contact Pierre at:

408/710-4886 or


Second Tuesday of Each Month

(January 8, February 12)

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm: East Bay Ducati

Bike Night at Pizza Antica (3600 Mount

Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925/299-0500)

Bike parking on the street right in front of

the restaurant, indoor and heated outdoor

seating, excellent wine list. All moto

brands welcome. Bring your appetite and

a smile, be prepared to make new friends.

Third Wednesday of Each Month

(January 16, February 20)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Emeryville

Ducati Bike Night at Hot Italian (5959

Shellmound Street #75, Emeryville,

510/652-9300) A fun, social atmosphere

for Ducati owners, folks that want to

become Ducati owners, and folks that

don’t yet know that they want to become

Ducati owners, to sit, eat, talk, walk

around and look at other Ducatis. All

brands and models of motorcycles are

welcome, so please don’t be put off by the

event name.

Third Sunday of each month

(January 19, February 17):

9:00 am: California (Northern)

Moto Guzzi National Owners Club

(MGNOC) breakfast at Putah Creek

Cafe in picturesque Winters, California

(Highways 505/128) MGNOC members

and interested Guzzi riders meet for

breakfast and a good time. The Putah Creek

Cafe is located at Railroad Avenue. More

information contact: Northern California

MGNOC Rep, Don Van Zandt at 707-557-


Evenings: Moto-Sketch at Tosca Cafe:

come and sketch a live model draped over a

custom bike. $7 to sketch, free to just watch.

Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave. in S.F.

Thursday, January 10

Bonham’s Third-Annual Las Vegas

Motorcycle Auction (Bally’s Las Vegas,

3645 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas,


Bonham’s returns to the Las Vegas strip

with an impressive list of exceptional

motorcycles already consigned. The auction

moves to a new, more spacious venue inside

Bally’s, conveniently located right in the

heart of the action. Consignments are now

invited for this highly anticipated premier

motorcycle auction. Contact a motorcycle

specialist today for more info: 323/436-

5470 or 415/391-4000, motorcycle.us@

bonhams.com. bonhams.com/vegas

Sunday, January 13

7:00 am-1:00 pm: Sacramento Cycle Swap

Meet (Sacramento 6 Drive-In, Highway

50 at Bradshaw Road, 9616 Oats Dr.



Brands” event with over 100 vendors

and over 500 bikes for show and sale.

Riders and collectors from all ends of the

bike hobby, including Harley, cruisers,

choppers, vintage, British, race, Off-

Road, Japanese, Euro, and bicycles get

together to buy, sell, trade, show off,

and talk about new, used, and vintage

parts and accessories. From professional

shops and manufacturers liquidating

excess inventory to the hobbyist selling

off leftovers from his latest project,

you can find smokin’ deals on hardto-find

parts and accessories.Ride out

and park your Bike in the Bike Corral

or get a vendor space and unload

those old parts from your garage. Visit

SacramentoCycleSwapMeet.com or call

800/ 762-9785 for more info.

Send your FREE event listings for your

organization, club or business (please no

sale events) to PO Box 10659 Oakland, CA

94610 or email info@citybike.com.

By Gabe Ets-Hokin

Photos by Bob Stokstad

You and your buddies, hanging out in

your shop, have probably come up

with some pretty good ideas. Have

you had any that turned into a 10-year

tradition, an iconic event that’s imprinted

on your local motorcycling scene?

Poll Brown has. Ten years ago, the impish


and three of

his buddies

were “standing



about the thencurrent

crop of

biker buildoff

shows on

cable TV,

shows where

the average


V-Twin build

started around

$50,000. They


each other to a


duel, and at

first, there

were only two rules: you can’t spend more

than $500 and you get just two weeks to

finish it. The deadline came around, and

about 30 of their friends showed up to

celebrate the results. The resulting party

was somehow too raucous for Oakland

(“the OPD was not user friendly,” says

Brown), so the next year the event moved

to San Francisco.

It was now a thing, and as most things do, it

took on a life of its own. The next year there

were six entries, and more each following

year. Rules evolved—Brown’s original

partners quit the event, and as he believes

motorcycles are meant for riding, not

posing, he added the requirement that the

bikes get ridden on a 100-mile loop before

the judging.



about the

$500 rule,

so that was


up to an



Two weeks

turned into

30 days, and

the final



was added

when “a

guy came

in saying he

would ‘put

the riders to

shame’ by building a V-Twin with donated

parts.” Since Brown says Harleys, with their

distinctive shapes and glittering chrome,

gobble up the attention at shows, decided

to “level the playing field” by excluding the

brand even though he likes them.



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Brown has used social media to massively

grow the event. “I like Facebook because

it takes very minimal management.

Attendance has increased at least tenfold.”

The 2012 iteration, held in a

grubby space between some

warehouses in the Hunter’s

Point neighborhood of San

Francisco, attracted hundreds

and hundreds of motorcyclists,

artists and curious hipsters from

the nearby Mission District. As

the 16 motorcycles that finished

(of 28 entries) the 100-mile

ride rolled in, hyper-amplified

bands played death metal,

beer-slingers poured cheap

brew and spectators gawked at

the scantily-clad “alternative

model” in attendance.

In fact, there were too many

people there to get good

photos of the bikes—I

arranged a photo session several weeks

later so I could have some quiet and

order while photographer Bob shot and

I could interview participants. But that

backfired—put Dirtbags into a space with

their bikes, and as soon as they get bored

they start doing burnouts and stunts with

their machines, making interviewing

difficult but the photography more fun.

The bikes have taken on a certain

distinctive look over the years. Generally,

they tend to be ‘70s and ‘80s Japanese

UJMs, with modified hardtail frames

and creative use of cast-off parts like gas

tanks, seats and wheels. The $1000 doesn’t

include old abandoned projects or parts

the participants (or their friends) may

already have had in their garages and

sheds, nor does the 30-day rule apply to

stuff that you may have already started but

had failed to finish.

The event is well attended and sells a lot of

beer, burgers and t-shirts, but still barely

breaks even, according to Brown. But

he wouldn’t quit doing it for any price.

“Every year I question doing it,” but he

continues because it makes his friends—

and himself—so happy. “Some of my

best friends I met through the DBC and

the response I get from the community is

enormous. People I don’t know stop me

on the street and tell me what a great time

they had—they say it’s like Christmas for

grown-ups. It makes me feel good.”

Julian Farnam and his RD400

Livermore, California’s Julian Farnam

is a product designer by trade, and has

always been obsessed with building

championship-winning frames and

alternative front ends—plus he loves

two-strokes, especially RD and RZ

Yamahas. This low-riding RD400 is his

second Dirtbag entry, and it’s amazing he

accomplished it under $1000, especially

when you see the “Öhlins”

label on the four shock


Actually, they are just

Öhlins springs with

cheaper Mulholland

dampers. He saved

money in other spots by

reselling the unneeded

components of the $175

RD200 donor bike that’s

the basis of the project.

One-and-3/4-inch steel

tubing fit perfectly in the

GSX-R600 triple clamps,

and Farnam developed the

leading-link springer front

end himself—”I added

my own design twists.” A

friend had a ‘79 RD400

Daytona Special tank,

another friend donated

R5 wheels, hubs and

brakes, the motor’s bottom end and crank

turned up on a two-stroke forum. Exhaust

comes from an RZ350 and the seat is off a


Julian’s process was definitely more

involved than the Sawzall-and-blowtorch

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method most Dirtbaggers

utilize. “I spent two hours a

day commuting on BART, so I

did 50 pages of sketches, which

turned into CAD models,

and then individual

part drawings and then

finished pieces, so when

the go-date hit, there was

no guesswork involved;

all I had to do was go into

my shop and start.” He

wants to keep this bike—

it’s not the balls-to-thewalls

kind of sportbike

he’s been building for

years, and “it has its

quirks—but it is fun to ride!”

Guido Brenner and his

Guzzi-Ford Trike

Guido Brenner is the prototypical

San Francisco Renaissance

Man—nightclub bouncer by night,

quasi-industrial tinkerer and builder of

cars and motorcycles by day. He’s also a

photographer and in four bands, so it’s not

surprising 2012 was the first year he was

able to find the time to participate in the

DBC. “I’m the one usually doing a sideshow

with a sidecar (Brenner is known for doing

burnouts and flying the chair of his old

sidecar rig during the DBC after-party),

but this time I decided to get off my ass and

build one.”

Brenner was raised into a family of hotrodders,

so it’s also not surprising he

selected the ancient front end of a 1930

Ford Model A to mate to the frame, rear

wheel and motor of the small-block Guzzi

he rode around in the ‘80s. “I bought it back

from a friend for $500.” Being a hot-rod

guy, he wanted to sit behind a steering

wheel, in front of the engine. “It’s the poor

boy version of a Morgan.”

It’s also a work-in-progress. The 80-yearold

mechanical brakes, not surprisingly,

are marginal, making the pre-judging

ride “hairy.” Brown and other riders were

worried riding behind Brenner, but a team

of Christian Motorcycle Riders volunteers

escorted him, keeping other motorists off

his tail. Still, he had a great time—he loves

the comfy car seat and next year he wants

to build a half VW Beetle/half chopper

monstrosity. I won’t want to ride that either.

Jason Pate’s 1979 Suzuki

GS1000 Bobber

Jason Pate, who does underground

construction and welding for a living, has

his shop in industrial, blue-collar Fremont,

California, so his 2008 entry, a ‘79 GS1000,

reflects the tough-but-stylish East Bay

zeitgeist. The original build originally ran

him just $850, with money saved by using a

‘79 GS750 front end, chopping and welding

the hardtail conversion himself and

making his own rear brake pedal. Points

are replaced with the mechanism from a

Chevy V8—Pate was proud of the built-in

timing light.

The bike was finished off with the tank

from a ‘75 Triumph and the hubs and

wheels donated by Crazy Chris at

Wheelworks, the Bay Area’s go-to shop for

wheel lacing. The bike’s tidy, compact and

clean look was a crowd-pleaser, garnering

the “Clever Fucka’” and “Coolest

Chopper” trophies.

Pate insisted I ride the bike a bit to get

a feel for it. I was game—I don’t think

I’ve ever ridden a hardtail. I thought the

horrible ghetto pavement around Hunter’s

Point would destroy what’s left of my lower

spine, but it was actually not that bad, the

big back tire and mountain-bike shock

mounted under the saddle absorbing a lot

of bumps. What was great about the bike

was that smooth-running and torquey

GS1000 Four, which ran perfectly and

sounded great.

Since the 2008 event, Pate keeps the bike

as a regular ride, repainting and polishing

it to its present glory. Stuff occasionally

rattles loose on the freeway, but he still likes

it a lot: “it’s capable and fun...I like the 60s

chopper thing, the classic bare-bones.” For

$850, I’d call it a keeper.

Two from The Turk: The

Bulldozer and Slung-Low

Yamaha XT550

“What’s your name?” I asked the builder of

the two most unusual bikes in the group.

“Turk,” came the reply from behind his big


“No, what’s on your birth certificate?”

“I don’t remember,” was the vaguely

coquettish response.

“How about your driver’s license?”

“’The Turk.’” I stopped asking questions

about his name (although I wonder if he’s

actually Turkish, or if he just acts Turkish).

The Turk is another product of San

Francisco’s industrial-artistic lifestyle,

the subculture that produced the Survival

Research Labs’ self-immolating robots

and Burning Man. His day job is with the

San Francisco Opera and Ballet, building

props and sets—he recently built a radiocontrolled

chaise lounge for the annual

production of The Nutcracker.

The unnamed large, silver thing is what

happened when Turk “wanted fat and

heavy, with big wheels” for his 2011 DBC

entry. The huge, curved main frame was

one of the easiest parts to source—an

industrial specialty shop rolled the

tubing and bent it to order for $160. Turk

then welded on the rigid swingarm and

just 30 days, the Bulldozer won the People’s

Choice award that year.

In 2009, Turk went lower and slower.

“Slung Low” was the result of having a

good Yamaha XT550 dual-sport motor in a

badly twisted frame cluttering his shop. “I

wanted to make a frame any shape I wanted

designed the girder front end. The end geometry is copied from his neighbor’s


land-speed record racebike. The chromed

tractor seat is off an Excercycle from the

‘30s and the bike rolls on a pair of fat

Suzuki Bandit rear wheels. The Yamaha

Radian motor isn’t that interesting, but it

makes enough power for freeway speeds

and smoking the fat rear tire at the end of

the day. Big, hulking and incredibly built in

to,” Turk told me, so he

started out with $60 worth

of pipe and used hand tools

and a hand-held grinder—

”nothing fancy”—to make

the elegant frame and

swingarm that follow the

curves and angles of the

old thumper’s mechanical

parts. Some anonymous

‘80s Kawasaki cruiser

donated the front end and

back wheel, and the gas tank

appears to be a pony keg.

The seat looks more like a

photograph of a seat, and the

seating position is more akin

to the Big Wheel I owned

when I was six. A beautiful

piece of artwork, but the

first motorcycle I’ve ever

encountered that I

have absolutely

no desire

to ride.

Bikes and builders not mentioned because

of space restrictions but thanked profusely


Felicia Chen and her “Size Matters”

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Hardtail, Alex

Verbitsky with his 1968 Honda CB450

Bobber, Jesse Silva’s 1976 Honda CB750,

Dr. Brian VanHorne’s Suzuki GS750,

Chris Suttles’ Suzuki GS650, Jesse

Silva’s 1976 Honda CB750 and Brian

Larimer’s 1981 Suzuki GS850. We’d also

like to thank models Ashley Russel (with

Mohawk) and Katherine Kwid for adding

so much fun to the shoot.

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2012 Honda NC700X

Photos by Bob Stokstad

John Joss, Señor Editor.

Years Riding: Myriad

Favorite Complaint: Fuel Range

Experienced riders are asked

repeatedly: “What motorcycle

should I buy?” The rational

responses: “What kind of riding do you do?

What’s your budget?”

The broader the needs, the wider the

choice—commuter or cruiser, sport bike

or sport-tourer, off-road or adventure

machine, and so forth. The fewer the bucks,

the narrower the possibilities.

Focused machines—say, sport bikes—

may do a few things brilliantly, the rest

hardly at all. ‘Do-it-all’ models may

cover almost everything

badly. Ya pays ya money . . .

Motorcycle uses

and categories have

proliferated. Choice is a

conundrum. For most

of us, able to afford

only one ‘working’

motorcycle, and


shaky world


Honda’s NC700

A motorcycle for the ages?

(NC = New Concept) line may offer a

solution: doing enough, affordably. It

represents an engineering/marketing/

accounting compromise built for thrift in

economically unstable times.

Honda’s solution: an ‘efficiency-algorithm’

power platform, the core fuel-to-motion

converter. Honda’s engineers understand

design efficiency—they’ve created

hundreds of cars and motorcycles (plus

off-road vehicles, generators, watercraft,

and, and, and). Honda’s marketeers know

world markets, demographics and trends.

Honda’s accountants can calibrate beans

within Ångström widths.

Stir these people and challenges in the

motorcycle-design pot and—voilà—

the NC700. For efficiency and

minimum internal friction


kills economy),




is an

under-square (73mm bore/80mm stroke),

SOHC eight-valve, 670cc parallel Twin,

conceptually a bifurcated Honda Fit car

engine with 270-degree crank. It delivers

modest power (47 bhp) at low revs (6250)

and plonking torque (44ft.-lb. at 4750rpm),

while emitting a hushed, throaty burble.

Power/torque vary slightly depending on

model—X (tested), S or D, described below.

Honda wanted economy. The NC

sips gasoline—70 mpg average,

more or less, they say, depending

on how hard one rides, offering

outstanding 200-mile (or more)

range from the 3.7-gallon underseat

tank (that ‘tank’ is a big

storage locker, accommodating a

full-face helmet).

The power platform, cylinders

angled forward 62 degrees to

accommodate the storage locker,

powers three models: dual-sport

(the 2012 NC700X ‘adventure,’ introduced

in Europe in 2011—the U.S. came late in

Honda’s global release), naked (NC700S,

not sold in the U.S.), and scooter (NC700D

Integra, also not here yet). Optional

Honda technology is available—ABS,

VFR1200F-derived DCT (dual-clutch

automatic transmission). Other options

include a 45-liter top case, 29-liter bags,

crash guards, LED foglights, heated

grips and center stand. The dual-clutch

DCT and ABS on the NC700X adds a

whopping $2000.

Compromises: You can

please some of the

customers all of the time

or all of the customers

some of the time. To

succeed, you must

please enough of

the customers

enough of the

time. Thus


NC700 series. Compromises, principally

in suspension, brakes and tube-steel frame,

slash that base sticker. Yet the package

is executed brilliantly, in typical Honda

fashion. Every detail works.

That motor, cammed for low- and midrange

torque, performs well, making

the machine easy to ride, ideal for

beginners. It runs out of revs above 6000

but still delivers smooth, quiet power.

The hydraulic clutch engages smoothly;

gearshifts are Honda decisive.

Ride quality? Though rear-shock preload

is the only suspension adjustment, the X’s

almost 6-inch travel at both ends smoothes

the way, though severe surfaces push the

limits of comfort and confidence.

Brakes? The single, two-piston caliper

operating on the front 320mm wavy

disk does a workmanlike job. Ignore the

insensitive 240mm rear brake.

Handling? Bar effort is light. Corners track

neutrally. The low CG promotes easy lowspeed

maneuvering, though at a claimed

451 pounds, dry, it’s no lightweight. The

seating position is comfortably upright

but the firmish, slippery seat inflicts

discomfort around 200 continuous miles.

Wind protection from the stock flyscreen

is minimal. Doubtless the aftermarket will

address the seat and screen issues.

Economy? Honda suggests 64 mpg but I

saw 58.75, measured, riding purposefully

(John rode the bike from Torrance to the

Peninsula in a day—ed.)—still notable. The

economy stems partly from the tall sixth

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gear: at an indicated 75mph, the ribbon

LCD tach shows a mere 4000rpm.

Bottom line: does it work?

What can the NC700 do for you? Honda’s

engineers have managed the compromise,

satisfying the marketeers and bean

counters, meeting that ‘most-of-thecustomers-most-of-the-time’


It’s versatile: commute, tour, strafe apexes

with reasonable agility. Will the S come

here? Dunno. Viewed on the Web, the

Integra’s man-sized wheels are safer than

competitors’ minuscule rubber donuts

front and rear. Will Honda bring it? One

hopes. But avoid tram tracks, bridge grids

and potholes, anyway!

A motorcycle for the ages? Yes, 17 to

whatever, rookie or returner. From every

indication, worldwide, Honda has a

palpable hit: enough performance at the

right time at sensible cost.

Will the NC cannibalize other Honda

models’ sales? Probably not. It has its own

niche, and faces down the competition at

its friendly base price. Life is compromises.

This one works.

Second Take: Gabe Ets-Hokin,


Years Riding: Too Many and Yet Not

Enough, Favorite Complaint: Too

Much Fuel Range

Ol’ Raymond Blank, how we miss ye. The

visionary V.P. for Motorcycles at American

Honda Motors helmed Big Red’s motodivision

in the

USA for decades

and now he’s



Melted down

for seat foam?

We don’t know,

as we haven’t

heard from him,

but I have a very

vivid memory

of sitting at a bar

in Birmingham,

Alabama at

some press event or

another and hearing

him talk about Honda’s

incredible engineering

and design capabilities.

“We can make anything

we want.” Super-awesome

V5 MotoGP racer-forthe-street?

Sure. Electric

dual-sport? Why not?

But why would it build

the perfect bike for you when Honda can

build the perfect bikes for

everybody? Because when

you sell vehicles in the teens

of millions, it doesn’t make

sense to build exciting niche

products a relative handful

of well-heeled 50 year-olds

might consider buying.

Instead, we get...the NC700X.

Don’t get me wrong. I really

liked this motorcycle.

The design is great, with

eye-pleasing shapes and

angles. The seat is low for

an adventure-

styled machine,

especially with an

underseat gas tank

(it really took 100

years for designers

to figure out the

best place for

the tank is under

the seat, freeing

up storage space

and improving

handling?). It’s as easy to ride as any bike

in this category, with great turning radius,

quick steering (those bars feel higher

and wider than they are, somehow) and

smooth, light gearbox and clutch.

John calling the 670cc powerplant half a

Fit engine is very apt. Like a car, the NC

bumps off the rev limiter at 6000 rpm,

surprising the rider—up to redline, the

motor is just a little buzzy, feeling the

same at

5500 as

it does at

1500. First

gear is very

short, but

after that,

the gears

are wellspaced


the motor

is flexy

enough so

that there’s


guts for

passing in

fifth or even

sixth. Cruising at an indicated 90 mph is

fine, if that’s your thing—not too loud,

okay wind protection, and just a little

thrumming from the engine.

I’m at a loss to imagine a better commuting

bike. Sixty miles per gallon? More trunk

space than a lot of scooters? Sign me up. It’s

also just fun and satisfying to ride around

town or on divided freeways, a product

so refined and well-engineered it’s hard

to believe it can be brought to market for

under $7000.

Downsides? It’s slow, there’s no getting

around that. Suzuki made an honest 70

hp with a budget-priced, 649cc liquidcooled

Twin 15 years ago. Honda took

tuning-for-torque to a whole new level,

lopping 40 percent off the top of this bike’s

powerband—and though the bike is plenty

fast to keep up with traffic, you’ll miss

it. ABS without the extra 33 pounds and

$2000 of the dual-clutch version would

be nice, but isn’t available. The brakes and

suspension are el cheap-o, even for this

price range—I could feel the front brake

juddering under heavy pressure, and

bumpy freeways are less pleasant than they

could be, although the spring rates and

damping feel well-calibrated.

So, you and I and just about everybody else

you’ll meet would probably rather have this

bike with 20 more horses, better brakes...but

then again, we already have plenty of choices

with that kind of spec sheet. This kind of

refinement, economy, value and ease of use

could open up new markets for Honda—

and that’s what it wants to do.

By Bill Klein

So here you are, about to buy your first

dirtbike. Excited but bewildered.

It’s bad enough trying to decide what

to buy if you don’t know the difference

between two strokes and four. But then

your ever-practical partner pops into

Parent Mode and asks:

1. How are you gonna haul it?

2. Where are you gonna keep it?

3. Who’s gonna fix it?

Tranquillo, my dear. These are not issues to

keep you stuck on the streets. CityBike has

all the answers.

First of all, start

by dismissing

the romantic

notion that

you’ll buy a


street-legal dirt

bike and ride

to the trails.

The nearest

parks are over

an hour’s ride

from The City.

Riding a dirt

bike on the

freeway is like driving a Yugo stuck in first

gear to Reno. Plus you’ll be out of gas when

you get there. Plus you’ll be stranded if

something breaks (like your leg).

But cheer up. If you don’t own a pick-up

truck or have room for a trailer, you can fit

your car with a 2-inch trailer hitch receiver

that will accept a single-rail carrier (parallel

to the bumper; $200 new) or a hydraulic

lift (MX Hauler; $400 new). If all else fails,

dirtbikes can be stuffed into minivans,

station wagons, big trunks, and back seats

of old American convertibles.

Ideally, your bike should be stored in a

garage where it’s safe and convenient to

work on. If you don’t have one, someone

you know does. Or you can rent a storage

space. Outdoor storage is the last resort.

Lightweight bikes which need no keys to

start are easily pinched and parted. And

although it’s built to withstand the worst

elements, a bike stored outside will rapidly

deteriorate in insidious ways (rusty fork

tubes, dog pee on your rotors, mouse nests

in your air filter).

Dirt bikes require more maintenance and

repairs than streeters. So if you don’t have

mechanical skills, you’ll need the income to

pay someone who does. Normal upkeep is

fairly simple, like adjusting chain tension,

oil changes, cleaning the air filter, keeping

bolts and spokes tight. You need only a

basic set of metric tools, your bike’s owner’s

manual, and just one thumb per hand.

If you don’t want to spring for new wheels,

the good news is that almost any mid-‘90s

and newer off-road motorcycle delivers

outstanding reliability. So relax. Your

Off-Road Survival Guide Part III

Parental advice & selecting the right bike (one of two sub-parts)

challenge is to find one that fits your

body, budget, and type of riding you

enjoy. Remember, this isn’t a “for as long

as you both shall live” commitment. Dirt

bikes pass through many hands over their

lifetimes. You’ll probably date more than a

few before you find a keeper.

So here are a few tips to kick start your


First, dirt biking is not for everyone. Some

folks sink thousands into bikes and gear

only to discover off-road is not where it’s

at. And that’s okay, because these are the

people from whom you buy hardly used

stuff at deep discounts.

No pickup? No problem. Transporting dirt bikes knows no limits.

Of course, you can’t go wrong buying a new

bike, but you’ll pay more for that peace of

mind. Starting out with a well-maintained

used bike is financially practical and easier

to part with if you don’t feel a match. Also,

used bikes often come with hundreds of

dollars of aftermarket upgrades you’d

need to add to a new bike, like skid plates,

radiator guards, and hand guards.

Second, do your research. Websites and

motorcycle dealers can provide excellent

help in choosing a first bike. Walk around

the parking lot of a local riding area some

Sunday morning and talk to people about

their bikes and what they recommend for

beginners. Some might even let you take a

test ride. Metcalf Park in Santa Clara and

Hollister Hills (around the store) are great

spots for this because they’re popular areas

for beginners and families.

Third, forget love at first-sight. These are

mass-produced machines. Take your time

and look at several bikes before you buy.

You’ll learn how to spot flaws and develop

the ‘feel’ for a truly good deal.

Fourth, negotiate. Ads state the asking

price. Research will tell you if the price is

realistic. Mentally tally the costs to replace

worn or broken parts and then explain to

the seller why the price should be less than

asking. There are lots of used bikes out

there so don’t be afraid to walk and wait for

a better deal.

Fifth, bring a knowledgeable friend along

when you look at a bike. Two sets of eyes

spot more flaws than one. And your

buddy can keep the seller busy while you

concentrate on inspecting the bike without

being distracted by conversation.

And while you’re at it, also pay attention to:

The Owner: Squirrely kid or stable adult?

Racer or occasional trail rider?

Do their own maintenance or rely on

a shop? All provide hints at how well the

bike has been cared for.

The Bike’s Home: Garage, backyard, or

living room? Also a clue to the care and

maintenance the bike has received.

The Story: What’s the bike’s history? Why

is it being sold? When was it purchased?

What repairs and maintenance have been

done? What are the typical problems with

this model? What kind of bike will the

owner buy next? Get the owner talking

about his bike and riding to learn how bike

has been treated. Then mentally compare

all the info with what you see to determine

if it’s a credible deal and what the seller’s

urgency or motivation to sell might be.

And if you call about a bike only to find it’s

already sold, ask the owner about reliability

and potential issues with that model. This is

a great way to get unbiased insider info.

The Paperwork:

Is the seller the registered

owner? Do the frame and engine numbers

on the bike match those on the pink slip?

Does the owner have receipts for repairs, or

at least a dated log detailing maintenance?

Red or green sticker? Due to air pollution

regulations, the state issues green or red

registration stickers that determine when a

dirt bike can be ridden at state and county

parks. Green bikes can ride year-round.

Red riders, only between October and May.

The Extras: Another bonus with used

bikes is the possibility of getting added

goodies to close the sale. If the owner is

getting out of the sport, they may be willing

to toss in a stand, repair manual, gas bottle,

or even riding gear. Don’t be shy about

asking if anything else comes with the bike.

The Big Picture: Remember you are

buying a toy (or exercise machine, if you

need more justification). Don’t skip a

rent payment trying to buy the moment’s

hottest ride. Dirt bikes don’t stay pretty like

their blinker-blinged brethren. This is a

vehicle you’ll literally ride into the ground.

So start with the bike that has been cared

for and that you can afford while you decide

if this is the sport for you.

If you get hooked, you’ll eventually move

up the food chain of bikes. So buy smart,

reserve enough cash for protective gear,

repair parts, and gas…then get dirty!

Next month: Secrets of used bikes exposed!

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maynard HERSHON

Every year or so, according to the gurus on

the Kawasaki ZRX forum, a ZRX owner

should replace the tiny o-ring in his bike’s

fuel valve. I’ve always called a fuel valve a

petcock, and perhaps you do too. I’ll call

my bike’s fuel valve a petcock henceforth.

You understand that a bike’s petcock

(they’re typically found on carbureted bikes

and may be manual, electric or vacuumactivated)

is the device that prevents fuel

from running downhill from the tank to

the carburetor float bowls when the bike is

not running. What’s the harm, you ask?

Well, if one or more of the float needles

in one or more of the carburetors is stuck

open, fuel will dribble into the engine,

past the piston rings into the oil. The fuel

dilutes the oil and hampers its service as a

lubricant. Enough fuel and the oil level rises

sufficiently to lock the engine, to stop it

from turning over. No result of fuel-diluted

oil is positive, trust me.

So...a maintenance-minded guy periodically

removes his fuel tank, probably when it

is not very full. He leans the tank against

something soft, front end down, petcock end

up. He removes five tiny screws that affix

the petcock cover to the petcock body, lifts

off the cover and replaces the tiny old o-ring

with a tiny new o-ring.

Can’t take an hour, even if he cleans up the

dusty surfaces that were shrouded by the

tank, and spray-lubes the newly accessible

throttle linkages and whatever else moves

under there.

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once has the fuel tank been off my bike.

The last time it was off was when my good

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guessing that was September of 2011. So

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If you’ve been riding less than 20 years

or never owned a pre-1975 British

motorcycle, you will not be shaking your

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best to stop oil

leaks. Prayer

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head in wonderment. Instead you will be

thinking: So? What’s the big deal? What’s

so remarkable about a fuel tank remaining

in place for 14 months?

But if you rode British bikes in the ‘60s and

‘70s and you’re still riding today, you’re

thanking your lucky stars that today’s bikes

are reliable as they are, as they’ve been for

two or three decades.

Hey, you used to have to work on your bike.

Well, I suppose if you had money and you

were not sensitive about what your riding

buddies might say, you could’ve had your

bike serviced at a shop. Most of us, however,

did our own work, or all of it that we could.

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changed our own oil, adjusted our own

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and fasteners that persisted in loosening

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We vigilantly watched fender stays and

assorted tabs and brackets that were likely

to fracture.

Even before manufacturers began

supplying timing marks, we adjusted

our own points gaps and ignition timing.

We tensioned our own primary chains

if necessary and dealt with oil filtration,

primitive as it was. We did our best to stop

oil leaks. Prayer was generally ineffective.

We did all that stuff ourselves. We did not

think of it as a ceremony, as the forming of

mystical bonds with our bikes.

We did not dream of a future when a rider

could pay a mechanic by the hour to do all

those time-consuming tasks. We did them

ourselves because they had to be done, we

could not afford to pay a mechanic and we

really didn’t want anyone else working on

our bikes.

We felt that our bikes needed us, that

each bike needed its owner specifically.

Lord knows each of those bikes needed

somebody, if not necessarily us. The bikes

always needed something, some care or

repair or maintenance.

As it happens, my friends were Triumph

riders. We thought we’d always be Triumph

riders. Few of us could imagine that one

day soon we’d buy a slash-5 BMW or

a four-cylinder Japanese bike. We did

eventually buy and ride those bikes—but

we didn’t see it coming.

Our relationships with our shops were

unlike those we enjoy today. We belonged

to one shop or another, a Triumph store if

we rode a Triumph, the rival BSA place if

we rode a BSA. We barely knew the guys

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for them. Especially the guys at the Harley

dealer who might’ve been...who knows?

Space aliens?

We depended on our shops to do jobs

too ambitious or technical for us, like

transmission work, or too mysterious, like

magneto overhauls. We met at the shop for

weekend rides and stopped by midweek to

say hi and catch up on gossip. We wore the

shop T-shirt. Part club, part shop, I guess.

As you’ll have perceived, choosing to own a

British bike, even a brand new one, was not

a life decision to be made lightly. A Britbike

wasn’t just a thing you owned, not if

you rode it regularly.

You were going to have to learn a lot about

that bike to keep it alive. And you were

going to be known at the shop, where

you learned some of it, and to your riding

friends, where you learned the rest. No way

were you simply going to be an “owner” or a

name on a work order. The bikes demanded

too much of you, way too much to ask of

someone else. Anyone else.

That era, when I owned British bikes,

represents a small segment of my riding life.

But it looms large in my memory and in its

effect on my attitudes toward motorcycling

generally. I don’t expect my bikes to thrive

on little or no fussing-over.

I expect bulbs to blow and oil to seep from

seams and fenders to fracture around their

mounting holes. I expect to have to do nearly

constant maintenance. So when I realize

that my fuel tank has not been removed for a

year-plus, I want to tell the world.

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When Norm, Bob Schmidt and I

were out working on our section

of the Sandy Lane Enduro,

each of us had the feeling that ghosts were

looking over our shoulders. This was to

be the 55th annual running of the Lane,

and as we stapled arrows to some of those

lightning-struck trees, especially at a turn

on the old stagecoach trail, we’d often

find a nest of old rusted staples that had

held previous Sandy Lane arrows. Usually

we’d find more staples on the other side

of the tree used when the trail went the

other way. Some were the wide copper

staples from the 1920s that you had to

hold in place, then

set with a hammer

(afterwards you had

to suck the sting out

of your fingertips).

Those old copper

staples worked just

fine for holding

enduro arrows, but

they were more

useful as a quick

and dirty way to

add wiring to a

previously gas-lit


Assuming that the

Sandy Lane Enduro

covers a hundred

miles of trail each

year on the same

5500 square mile

forest, chances

are that the old

dead tree had been

leaned on by more

than one tank-shift

Harley 45 driven by a gent who long ago

went to the big enduro in the sky. Maybe

we sensed the spirits of Frank Bolton, Pere

Epely or Butch Brown, whose ashes were

scattered one more wheel turn each time

we rode over the top of Apple Pie hill.

This old Meteor Club member’s ashes are

destined to float to the sea on the waters

flowing under Quaker Bridge.

Butch developed a good system to curtail

littering: If he spotted someone dropping

anything in the forest, especially another

rider, he just might punch them in the

mouth for their carelessness, with a

promise that next time he caught them he

just might get mad!

Maybe one of those spirits looking over

our shoulders belonged to Richie Ragosa,

a shooting star who dropped behind the

clouds too soon, much too soon.

Or maybe the irascible Paul Brumfield,

who acted like a colonel with piles all the

time. It’s been said that Brumfield was

a man who really enjoyed a morning,

midmorning, afternoon, sundown and

evening drink before his nightcap, and

he laid out the Sandy Lane trail with

loops that passed suspiciously close to

roadside taverns. Riders still wonder why

he torpedoed the 1971 Sandy Lane trying

to cross Pope’s Branch Creek swamp, but

Alfie flew thru

the woods like a

localized tornado

in a ricochet style

that was very fast

but also required

full Blue Cross

and Blue Shield

coverage, Band

Aids by the gross

and a real love for

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my guess is that

the creek was dry

when Brumfield

was laying out the

trail and felt himself

in need of a thirstquencher

at the

nearby Woodshed

Tavern on Route 72.

The Woodshed,

whose sign

promised “Lousy

food and warm

beer” apparently

attracts motorists

anxious to promote

truth in advertising.

It’s currently owned

and managed by

Alfie Henrich, a

local boy who rode

his 350cc Honda to

back-to-back overall

Sandy Lane wins in

1973 and ’74. Alfie

flew thru the woods

like a localized tornado in a ricochet style

that was very fast but also required full

Blue Cross and Blue Shield coverage, Band

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In an effort to add some dignity to the 55th

Lane, we recruited Cale Davidson to join

the good looking, tuxedo-clad, competent

and cheerful Sandy Lane Start-Control

group (consisting of Norm White and Ed

Hertfelder in rented-tux finery).

Cale, who is eighty something, is the only

Meteor Club member who remembers the

first Sandy Lane of 1934; his brother Grove

won the ’36, ’38 and ’41 events . We were

pleased to see that Cale was standing by

nicely at key time marking scorecards, but

after rider 33C left the line (with a video

camera on his helmet) we discovered he

was gone.

We can only assume he was doing his

usual thing of hitting on some rider’s

grandmother as he considers “celibacy” to

be one of the filthiest words in the English

language. Cale is a fine example of the

benefits of dirt riding as a way of slowing,

or even stopping, the aging process.

One of these days rider 33C might invite

you to watch the video he made but here’s

a warning: If he shot any footage of the last

14 miles—the section that Norm and me

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Antique Motorcycle Club of America

Yerba Buena Chapter of the

Antique Motorcycle Club of America

Motorcycle Enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation,

restoration, and operation of antique motorcycles.

To join or view more information about our club, visit us at


Ride with other local sport bike riders in the Bay Area.

• Mostly sport bikes

• Routes go to ALL parts of the bay area and focus on the


• We set a quick pace and newbies may get left behind ;)

• Group riding experience is highly recommended, as is

proper riding gear

• We also do track days, drag races, motorcycle camping,

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BSA Owners Club

The BSA Owners’ Club of Northern California was formed to

promote the preservation and enjoyment of the motorcycles

produced by the Birmingham Small Arms Company in

England. Founded in 1985, the Club now has over 500

members, and has produced the monthly newsletter, The

Bulletin, since the Club’s inception. Rides and activities are

scheduled each month in addition to two major activities:

The Clubman’s All British Weekend in the spring, and the

Northern California All British Ride in the fall. Membership

is open to all BSA enthusiasts.

For more information: www.bsaocnc.org

The Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club is dedicated to the

celebration and preservation of the Classic and Vintage

Japanese motorcycle. We have rides, meets, shows, swaps and

can help you find and sell parts, bikes and motorcycle-related

services. Members make the club function!


Exciting women-only motorcycle group in the SF Bay Area.

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The Ducati Vintage Club was founded to assist vintage

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resources to preserve, resurrect and bring these MC’s back to

the road! Owners and enthusiasts are welcome to join. We meet

once monthly at the Ducati Bike Night event and we sponsor

the annual European Motorcycle Show and Swap held in March

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motorcycle. Membership is open to all British Motorcycle

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street, dirt, and dualsport bikes. We sponsor and organize

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Sheetiron 300 Dualsport, held in May; Three Bridge Poker

Run, held in July; Jackhammer Enduro, held in October.

Regular club meetings are held every Wednesday at 8:00

p.m. Guests are welcome. 742 – 45th Avenue, Oakland.

(510) 534-6222. www.oaklandmc.org.

San Francisco Motorcycle Club

San Francisco Motorcycle Club, Inc., established 1904, is

the second oldest motorcycle club in the country!

Our business meetings are Thursday nights at 8:30pm, and

guests are always welcome. Our clubhouse is filled with

motorcycling history from the last century, a pool table,

foosball and pinball games, and people who currently

enjoy motorcycles, dirt riding, racing, touring, riding and

wrenching. Check our website for events such as club rides,

socials and events, and come visit us, no matter what bike

you ride!

San Francisco Motorcycle Clubhouse is located at

2194 Folsom St, @ 18th St in San Francisco.





Dudley Perkins Harley


2006 FLSTC Green/Black two tone, Stock #U62264.

18,050 miles. $10,495 + fees Comes with one years

extended warranty

2011 FLHTCU Vivid Black, Stock #U63148. 17,823 miles.

under warranty until 5/2013. $20,000 - OTD

2006 FXSTI Vivid Black, Stock #C84626, 7,557 miles,

Detachable backrest, bags and windshield. $12,750 - OTD

1994 FLSTN Birch White/Silver Stock #C30883 8626

miles real clean with chromed out motor thunder header

$14,299 - OTD

2002 limited edition fxdwg3 Navy Pearl Stock #C50432

8869 miles very clean with T-bars and 103” motor $16,500


2004 FXDWG Wide Glide silver stock# C06538 4600

miles clean bike with pipes, air cleaner & windshield

$9,999 + Fees

2011 FLHTC black stock# U68121 18,800 miles very

clean classic $18,495 – OTD

2005 VRSCSE V-ROD two tone blue stock # 75216

18723 miles with wind shield, bub pipes, back rest $13,995

+ Fees

1999 FLSTF brown Stock #13104 48025 miles clean

with backrest, saddle bags, wind shield & mustang seat.

$8,900 - OTD

2001 FXSTD DEUCE blue/silver stock# 27768 7335

miles has pipes, air cleaner & tach

$8,999 + Fees

2012 FLTRX ROAD GLIDE Denim Blk stock # U66258

7871 miles clean bike with T-bars

$20,495 + Fees

2008 FLHTCU 105 ANN copper/ black stock #U04713

10800 miles clean bike with slip on pipes & air cleaner

$15,995 + Fees

2001 FXSTD DEUCE concord purple stock # U18151

35975 miles super clean with custom 21” front wheel,

Vance & Hines pipes, SE air cleaner, pull back T-bars, lots

of chrome. $8,699 + Fees

Mission Motorcycles

6232 Mission Street Daly City, CA 94014

(650) 992-1234 www.missionmotorcycles.com

1st Saturday of the month is BROWN BAG SATURDAY! Get it

in the bag and get 15% OFF! Any Parts or Accessories in stock

are 15% off the marked price! One bag per customer, so get as

much stuff as you can and Have Fun while Saving Money!

Our factory-trained technicians in our Service Department

have decades of experience. Rely on us to keep your bike,

ATV, scooter or generator in tip top condition whether it’s

for regular scheduled maintenance, crash repairs, or for any

accessory installation you may be thinking about. We will

check your tire pressures for free.

Thinking about selling your bike? Still owe the bank for it?

Or have the title in hand? Bring it to Mission Motorcycles

and let us do all the work for you. No hassles with Craigslist

flakes or lowballers.


Save on 2012 Zero Electric Motorcycle S and DS with

“FreedomofChoice”promotions. Imagine where you

can go with up to 114 mile range and a top speed over 80

mph. Plug in and get charged with a standard household

outlet. Street models are eligible for the $900 CA Clean Air

Vehicle Rebate. Call for a Demo Ride and mention Citybike.


2011 ZERO Electric Motorcycles Factory Authorized

Clearance savings available here at Mission

Motorcycles. Get Plugged In! The MX (Motocross) model

is $3500.00 OFF!!! The S (Street) and DS (Dual Sport) are

$4000.00 OFF!!! Plus, select ZERO Motorcycles qualify for

a $900 CA Clean Air Vehicle Rebate! Call (650) 992-1234

for a Demo Ride.

TIME TO GET DIRTY! Wide selection of new and used

motocross and trail bikes in stock now! 4-Strokes and

2-Strokes! It’s time to ride. Get your kids or significant

other riding! Easy to ride and fun for all.

2011 Honda CRF50 and CRF70 $250.00 OFF!!! Get

your kids riding with an automatic , 3-Speed, Mini Dirt Bike!

Training wheels available.

2012 CRF150R Big Wheel ON SALE NOW!!! Excellent

motorcross bike for teens or smaller adults.

2013 Scooters have arrived! Come down and check out

the new fuel-injected Metropolitan 50, re- designed Vino 50

and freeway legal PCX150!

2012 Honda Gold Wing in Black! Tour the country

in style and comfort with a Gold Wing! This bike has

everything but the airbag: ABS, Navigation, XM Ready,

and Comfort Package! This bike also has Reverse and is

$1000.00 OFF!!! Stock # H2995

2012 Demo Yamaha FJR1300 in blue and on Sale!

$1500.00 OFF! What a fantastic sport touring motorcycle!

This bike is fun, handles like a dream and has great styling!

It also has heated grips, an automatically adjustable

windscreen, saddlebags and two seat height options stock!


2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R In Black for $9,499! New

Supersport Motorcycle! This bike has fully adjustable front

and rear suspension, excellent handling, and cornering

capabilities. K

2011 Yamaha FZ1 $9,999 Silver. Want a comfortable

ride, but don’t want to give up sport performance and

handling? This is the ride for you. Stock # Y2683

2010 Honda Sabre Candy Red and on sale! All stock

with a custom look. Arrive in style everywhere you go with

this super sleek cruiser that gets all the attention! H2935

2009 Honda CBR1000ABS in Red Spectacular engine

performance with solid, confidence inspiring, handling.

Feels like a 600cc in the tight turns, yet open the throttle

and feel the acceleration of a liter class bike. $1000.00

OFF!!!! Stock # H2898


2011 Kawasaki KLR650 Orange, black and silver.

Includes Givi side boxes. 1986 miles, only $4999 Stock#


2010 Honda Fury in Burgundy Want a custom looking

Chopper? You gotta come check out this all stock, factory

1300cc chopper. $8,699 with only 5,805 miles. Stock

# U1174

2010 Triumph Bonneville Black, classic looking but

modern technology. $5699, 3,945 miles Stock #U1182

2010 KTM 450EXC Dual-Purpose w/ current CA

registration & PLATE! Has extra capacity fuel tank,

Akrapovic muffler, Pirelli Scorpion dual sport tires (comes

w/ stock tank, muffler and tires). 2,514 miles, $5999

Stock# U1186

2010 Yamaha WR250R Dual-sport bike with fuel

injection. Comes with a Sargent seat and ProMoto rear

luggage rack. 5639 miles, $5899 Stock# U1184

2010 Kawasaki Concours 1400 Dark blue, $12,699.

Loaded with features and comes with top box. 11,614 miles.

Stock# C488

2009 KTM 530EXC $6399. Looks great with race

graphics kit. Super clean with low mileage…only 111 miles!

Stock# U1177

2008 Suzuki GSXR750 in Orange/Black - GO GIANTS!!!

Excellent condition with 9806 miles! Comes with rear seat

cowl and rear seat. $8,299 Stock # U1169

2008 Honda CBR1000RR Black with full graphics kit and

only 2,261 miles!!!! Excellent condition! $8,888 Stock

# C487

2008 Yamaha Vino 125 Only $1,799 in Blue! Bop around

town on this cute, euro styled scooter! Easy to Park! Stock

# U1172

2007 Honda Goldwing 1800 $15999. Silver with custom

pin-striping. Equipped with priemium audio package,

navigation package, comfort package, ABS and optional CB

radio! 79001 miles, Stock# U1176.

2007 Kawasaki KLX110 $1,699 Take your kids riding with

this three speed dirt bike. Easy to ride, just twist and go.

Very low hours. Stock # C466

2006 Honda CBR600RR Orange/Black 666 miles and

only $5599. All stock, was stored for a couple years then

engine was reconditioned and is just broken in. Stock #


2005KawasakiNinja250 $2299 Blue & Orange 3,416

miles. Great beginner bike at an easy price! Stock# U1189.

2002 Yamaha Warrior in Purple DRAG BIKE! Engine

built by Patrick Racing and has never been to the drag strip!

It has a Racing transmission, GA power commander and

“will do 10 seconds on the quarter mile.” This bike looks

great with its chrome wheels (250 rear tire), chrome swing

arm, custom paint and a Corbin ostrich seat! This bike is a

steal for $12,999! Stock # C481

1988 Honda Elite 250 Get going in the city and down

the Freeway with this classic Honda scooter! Only 10,265

miles and still going strong! $1,799 Stock # U1167

Prices do not include government fees, dealer freight/

setup fees (new vehicles only), taxes, dealer document

preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable).

Final actual sales prices will vary depending on options or

accessories selected.

Check out and compare our bikes online at


Ride On Motorcycles

707-647-RIDE (7433) Ride-On-Motorcycles.com

1416 Sonoma Blvd

Vallejo CA 94590



Welcome to Ride-On-Motorcycles!

Our friendly associates will help you find the Motorcycle you want at a

price you can afford. Our years of experience and commitment to quality

have earned us loyal customers throughout the Ride-On-Motorcycles

metro area. Women riders are always welcome and yes, we listen to what

you want.

We are an Authorized Dealer for Cleveland CycleWerks offering brand new

quality, affordable production motorcycles. The Misfit is a full suspension

“Café” styled bike that can fit 2 passengers comfortably. The Heist is a

“Bobber” styled bike that will turn heads with lots of cool features.

Our experienced buyers select only the best values from trade-ins,

overstocked inventory and private party purchases. We stand by every

motorcycle we sell. Due to our low overhead, we can pass incredible

savings along to you.

We specialize in satisfying all our customers’ needs with your powersports

purchase. From what you want and keeping within your budget, we will walk

you through the entire process. We promise a hassle-free experience! Every

motorcycle we sell gets a service and has passed a comprehensive 38 point

inspection performed by our knowledgeable staff.

One-stop shopping!

We sell and service most makes and models. Including Harley-Davidson,

Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki to mention a few.

Trades are always welcome. We’ll buy your bike or take it on


Warranties soon to be on the menu.

Parts & Accessories in stock.

We offer financing through multiple sources to qualified applicants.

Discounted no-obligation insurance quotes available for your scooter!

Our History:

Ride-On-Motorcycles was founded by two motorcycle enthusiasts and

riding buddies, David and Steve in 2009. Both David and Steve spent time

together at Harley-Davidson of Vallejo until the Dealership sold in 2008,

the new owners let the management team go so David and Steve partnered

up to start a new shop offering a wide variety of brands in a warm friendly

family environment.

About Steve

Steve is known in the motorcycle community as “Hollywood” Steve, a

handle that was given to him over a decade ago by riding friends that would

patiently wait for him as he got ready to leave on rides. In his younger years

Steve was influenced by the movie “Easy Rider”. After seeing the flick he

purchased his first motorcycle the very next day. Steve has been an avid

rider now for more than 40 years.

Steve held many positions in every department of a leading Northern

California Harley-Davidson dealership. As Sales Manager he learned

the value of offering quality motorcycles at a fair price. As Business/

Finance Manager it was important that the financing and warranties were

of the best value. The purchase experience needs to be hassle free and a

pleasure. He knows that the success of the business is a total commitment

to satisfy every customer’s need while fulfilling their dreams to ride at


About David

David’s entry into the motorcycle industry was more from necessity than

pleasure. Seemed like a good career choice. David began working in

the industry in 1981 and purchased his first motorcycle to commute to

work that year. His work experience includes managerial duties in parts

and accessory, purchasing and sales of motorcycles, and servicing

motorcycles. His passion for riding grew for 20 years before finally

heightening in 2007 with Steve and David’s first road trip together, the

epic ride to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. This was the foundation for

the passion that has grown ever sense. David’s primary goal at this point

in his career is to carry the message to others regarding the joys of the

motorcycle world.


12028 $2995+++ 2012 Cleveland CycleWerks Heist 250

Black 8 mi VIN-000931 Bobber


12007 $7995 2005 Ducati MULTISTRADA Red

43443mi VIN-011036 1000 S DS

12013 $3495 1996 Honda ST1100 Red

37668mi VIN-600018 Sport Tourer

12015 $6995 2005 Ducati MULTISTRADA Red

9975mi VIN-009498 1000DS

12022C $10995 2005 Harley-Davidson FLHRI Red

55906mi VIN-709755 Fire Fighter Special Road King

12024C $5995 1988 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Black

65220 mi VIN-505226 Electra Glide Classic

12034C $6495 2006 Yamaha R-6 Blue

5758 mi VIN-002820 600cc

12035C $9995 2004 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Red

14264 mi VIN-031793 Fat Boy

12036 $2995 1986 Honda VT 1100 C Blk/Slv

17751 mi VIN-104259 Shadow

12051 $2795 2001 Honda VT750C Black

77306 mi VIN-500141 Shadow

12053 $4495 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600 Yellow

17940 mi VIN-110884 600 cc

12054 $5995 2005 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Yellow/Black

17251 mi VIN-101253 1000 cc

12057 $4495 2007 Suzuki C 50(VL800) Red/Black

1865 mi VIN-109841 800 cc

12058 $9495 2005 Harley Davidson FXSTI Blue

17968 mi VIN-027970 Softail

12060C $7995 1999 Harley Davidson FXSTC Red

13580 mi VIN-050895 Softail Custom

12062C $5795 2000 Buell X-1 Red

10645 mi VIN-201285 Lightning

12066 $4995 2000 Buell X-1 RRS Red

9859 mi VIN-203235 #599 of 800

12067 $3295 2009 Suzuki S40 (LS650) Black

14882 mi VIN-100854 650cc, 1cyl

12068 $3495 2006 Suzuki S50 (VS800) BLK

16677 mi VIN-101565 800cc

12069 $6995 2012 Suzuki C50T (VL800T) BLK/RED

8781 mi VIN-101069 800cc

12070 $2995 2002 Honda VT1100C2 ORANGE

47734 mi VIN-200436 SPIRIT

10205 $2995 1996 Kawasaki VN 1500-D1 Black

12025 $2995 2003 Kawasaki VN750A Red/Grey

24428 mi VIN-548843 Vulcan

2064 1999 Yamaha XV650 Black V STAR

120XX 1996 Triumph Trophy Green 49903 mi 900cc


275 8th Street at the corner of Folsom

San Francisco - 415 255 3132


We are sf moto. Located on 8th and Folsom in the SOMA

(South of Market) area of San Francisco,we serve the bay

area with new SYM scooters and recent used motorcycles.

We sell Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha, Kawasaki, BMW,Suzuki

and other brands.

Here you will find anything from Street bike to cruiser and dual

sport bikes. All our vehicles have been thoroughly gone through.

Our used motorcycles come with our own 60 day warranty.


The service department is open from Tuesday throuhg

Saturday from 8:00am until 6:00pm. Direct service phone

line: 415-861-7196


- We buy used motorcycles and scooters. We can also help

you sell your ride with our no cost consignment program.

- Bring your bike, title (or loan statement), owners handbook

and keys.

- It’s OK if you still have a loan on your bike we can still take

care of you.

- We will provide the safest way for you to get cash for your

motorcycle or scooter. It only takes about 20 - 25 minutes.

- Sign up on our mail list to get NEW INVENTORY

NOTIFICATIONS in our weekly e mail newsletter at




$3,995 On Sale! 1980 BMW R65 7,942 Actual Miles

$4,295 2000 BMW R1150GS 83,748 miles

$5,995 2002 BMW R1150R 11,407 miles

$13,995 2005 Harley Davidson Roadking FLHRCI

6,881 miles

$3,995 2010 Vespa S150 537 Original miles

$5,995 2011 KTM 450 XS-F 56 hours

$8,495 2006 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory 13,509 miles

$8,495 2006 Triumph Rocket III 9,913 miles

$1,995 On Sale! 2003 YZ250 Yamaha 2-stroke Low Hours

$7,495 On Sale! 2008 YZFR6 Yamaha 8,978 miles

$3,995 On Sale! 2007 Yamaha Vstar 650 Classic 12,659


$2,495 On Sale! 2005 Suzuki GZ250 13,775 miles

$5,495 2005 Suzuki SV650S 2,754 miles

$5,495 2008 Suzuki SV650 1,807 miles

$3,495 On Sale! 2006 Suzuki DRZ400S 7,176 miles

$5,495 2005 Suzuki SV650S 6,271 miles

$6,995 2009 Suzuki GSXR600 4,547 miles

$7,995 On Sale! 2009 Suzuki GSXR600 685 miles

$8,495 2009 Suzuki GSXR750 11,179 miles

$6,995 2007 Suzuki GSXR600 6,272 miles

$6,995 2008 Suzuki GSXR600 12,739 miles

$8,495 2009 Suzuki GSXR600 1,059 miles

$795 On Sale! 2003 Kawasaki KX60

$5,495 On Sale! 2007KawasakiEX650RNinja 241

actual miles

$5,995 2009KawasakiER-6NNinja 2,457 miles


$5,995 2007 Kawasaki VN900LT Vulcan 6,489 miles

$3,795 On Sale!2010KawasakiEX250RNinja 2,027


$3,795 On Sale! 2010KawasakiEX250RNinja5,768


$3,795 On Sale! 2010KawasakiEX250RNinja5,578


$1,495 2006 Honda CHF50 Metropolitian 2,188 miles

$2,995 2006 Honda CRF450R

$2,995 2004 Honda Shadow VT1100 Sabre 53,041


$3,995 1998 Honda ACE VT1100CT Shadow 4,227 miles

$2,995 2009 Honda CMX250 Rebel 2,680 miles

$2,995 2009 Honda CMX250 Rebel 4,412 miles

$2,995 2009 Honda CMX250 Rebel 7,195 miles

$6,995 On Sale! 2007 Honda CBR600RR 7,704 miles

$9,495 2011 Honda CBR600RR 772 Original miles

$7,495 2007 Honda CBR600RR 7,482 miles

$8,495 2009 Honda CBR600RR 2,752 miles

$8,195 2008 Honda CBR1000RR 6,056 miles

$18,995 2003 Ford F250 7.3L XLT PowerStroke

170,954 miles


Scorpa trials motorcycle (French) Brand-new, zero miles

2005 model. 70cc 4-stroke, only 80 pounds. 3-speed

transmission. Call for details. $2000. 415/781-3432.

1978 BMW R100/7 for sale. This bike will become a

classic in January! With under 68,400 miles, hard side

bags, windshield, professionally lowered seat for more

comfortable ride for shorter person, and no dents we are

asking $3,200. OBO. Clear CA title in hand. Call Dan/

Monica for details (530) 544-8263 leave message and we

will call back.Can email more pictures too.

1952 BSA ZB 500cc - $3000

1965 Duca(ti?) Condor 350cc - $2500

1966 BSA Thunderbolt 650cc - $3000

1972 BSA B50 TR 500cc - $3000

1973 HD Sprint Aermacchi - $3000

Old Ed Meagor

San Rafael


Yamaha with Sidecar - 650 Yamaha-Velorex / Leading

link forks / Color Matched Paint / Rack / Many spares

included. $3400 - PETE - 415-269-1364


Doc Wong

Riding Clinics


Come to the FREE monthly Doc Wong Riding Clinics.


Eighteen years, 40,000 riders!

Learn Dirt Bikes

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) dirt bike classes at

Carnegie State Park, Tracy, CA.

Loaner motorcycles available.

www.learndirtbikes.com 925-240-7937



Thank you for a wonderful year, San Francisco Bay

Area! On September 15th, we celebrated our first full

year in business and we are honored to have been given

the chance to share our common passion with you. We

look forward to seeing what happens next year - thanks,

Bay Area!

Addiction Motors is proud to introduce a brand new

service: Wrench It Yourself!

DIY Motorcycle Maintenance

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday @ Addiction Motors

4052 Watts St, Emeryville

(510) 394-2WIY

Reserve your lift now: addictionmotors.com/wiy

Help us welcome our newest technician,

Pete Trevesian!

Addiction Motors is a full service motorcycle repair

cooperative in Emeryville, CA. We services most makes

and models of American, Japanese and European




*Motorcycle Service and Repair*

• Tires • Service •Insurance estimates

Monthly bike storage available

Come check us out

1135 Old Bayshore Hwy

San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 299-0508

jim@advcyles.com — www.advcycles.com




Large Parts Inventory for American V-Twins

Full service on all American-made bikes

Machine Shop & Welding


2395 H Monument Blvd, Concord

Bavarian Cycle Works

EXPERT Service & Repair

Bavarian Cycle Works specializes in new and vintage BMW,

modern TRIUMPH and select motorcycle models. Our

staff includes a Master Certified Technician and personnel

each with over 25 years experience. Nearly all scheduled

motorcycle maintenance can be completed within a one day

turnaround time. All bikes kept securely indoors, day and

night. Come see us!

Custom Design Studios

Mind-Blowing Custom Paint Since 1988

Visit Our Showroom!

V-Twin Service, Repair, Parts, & Fabrication.

Harley Factory Trained Tech.

Cycle Salvage –


Cycle Salvage Hayward = Full Service.

People are surprised to find out that we’re more than just a

salvage yard.

• Full Service - All makes: We have 3 lifts and 3 full-time


• Tire installation (even if you bought tires elsewhere)

•Plastic Welding (fairings)

•Oil Changes

•New Tires

We buy used/wrecked bikes

Helmets, jackets, leathers, gloves, and all other apparel

Fair prices and easy to deal with.

Used parts -> broke yours? Call us!

Cycle Salvage Hayward


21065 Foothill Blvd.

Galfer Braking

Rotors, Brake lines, Pads, Street, Race, Off-road, Super-


PashnitMoto is one of the largest Galfer Braking dealers

in the USA. Colored brake lines, custom lengths, Wave

Rotors. 50 Pages of part numbers.

www.GalferBrakes.net or call 530/391-1356

Since 1956



Iron Sportster



Twin Cam

Multi Valve 450cc and up

Cyl. boring on H.D. only

21050 Mission Blvd. Hayward, 94541

(510) 581-5315


Marin Moto Works!

Aprilia, KTM, and BMW Service and Repair

Located at 44 Harbor street, San Rafael

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

(415) 454-RIDE

Max Moto, Inc

Produced in the with European precision machines, using

European hardware, Melvin brings you quality custom or

OEM replacement brake lines.

Lines consist of Teflon center, stainless braid and PVC

covering in plenty color choices. DOT /TUV approved.

Please visit us at: www.melvinusa.com or

1365 63rd. street Emeryville, CA. 94608

510 595 3300

Michael’s Motorsports

BMW Motorcycle Service, Repair, Restoration

Air heads, Hex heads, K Bikes, F Bikes

880 Piner Rd. Ste 46

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 575-4132


Motorcycle Performance Parts, Accessories, Services.

Low price on Tires!!!

We will PRICE MATCH with any store.

Phone : 408-298-8887

1391 N. 10th St

San Jose CA 95112

Email: info@motogio.com


Please mention this ad and you will receive an additional

5% off on your purchase.

CityBike Classifieds

Reach thousands of Northern California motorcyclists. Just $15 for 25 words, 25¢

each additional word. Photos add $25. Industry classifieds are a higher price. Free

25-word listing for stolen bikes. Deadline is the 3 rd of each month. Just fill out the

form, or copy and send it with your check, payable to CityBike PO Box 10659,

Oakland CA, 94610



City: State: Zip:




Motorcycle Tire Services

San Francisco - Bay Area

(415) 601-2853

Order your tires online, Zero CA sales tax plus

Free UPS Ground, then have a Preferred Installer

in your local area do the installation and save!

Please visit website for details.

Quality Motorcycles

235 Shoreline Hwy.

Mill Valley CA

(415) 381-5059

We’re not afraid of your old bike.



Need new rubber? Rockridge Two Wheels is offering a $50

mount and balance with the purchase of two tires. Factory

techs. 40+ years experience. Full service facility.



925 938 0600


510 594 0789

For all your Bay Area Vespa / Piaggio / Aprilia needs









(831) 438-6300



Enter these contacts into your phone now,

while you are thinking about it, so that you

will have them when you need them.




The Old Man

The Old Truck

Dave is working

Dave’s Cycle Transport

San Francisco-Bay Area and Beyond…

24 Hour Service

(415)824-3020 — www.davescycle.com

Motorcycle & ATV


Sonoma, Marin, Napa & Mendocino Counties

24 hour Roadside Pickup


Insured & Licensed

California Motor Carrier Permit




Mission Motorcycles is looking for an experienced parts

& accessory counter person for immediate employment.

650-992-1234 ask for Wendy

Carmichael Honda Motorsports and Capitol Yamaha

of Sacramento are looking for Motorcycle Technicians and

Service Writers.

Must be motivated, reliable, and safety minded.

Must have motorcycle experience

Send resume to: chm.cap_phil@yahoo.com

Cycle Salvage Hayward

Now Hiring Experienced,

Honest People.

Do you have actual experience working on motorcycles at

a shop? Do you like solving problems and working with

your hands? Consider working at our salvage business in

Hayward on just about anything that comes in - scooters

to full dressers and everything in between. We offer full

service and an alternative to dealerships for bikes new and

old, and we’re growing. Please come by with a resume

10-6pm Tues-Sat. We’d like to meet good people with

experience and a good attitude.



Call 415/999-4790 for a 24-hr. recorded message and a

copy of the FREE REPORT

EBAY SALES eBay sales. Specialist with vehicles, 12

years experience, and 5000+ positive feedback rating. Flat

listing rate. I can produce auctions with 20+ large format,

gorgeous, high quality pictures with my dealer account

and pro-grade camera. Dr. Hannibal Lechter reminds us

that “we covet what we see.” Let me show people what you

have and why they should pay top dollar for it! Interested

in larger lots of identifiable, good-quality motorcycle and

car parts to buy as well. imperialist1960@yahoo.com or




Yes, you can do that—it’s easy. Easier than calling your

grandson, having him post a Craigslist ad, then ask you for

$20, which you wind up giving him because you decided to

go riding instead of going to his high school graduation and

you feel guilty. We here at CityBike understand your guilt

feelings, so we will run your ad (25 words or less, please)

‘till sold for just $15. Add $25 bucks to run a photo of your

ride so people believe you’re really selling something and

not just lonely. Subscribers get a free ad every month!

Maybe you should subscribe, eh cheapskate?


In our ongoing effort to support and promote local

motorcycling businesses that we rely on, all motorcycle

industry help wanted ads will be listed in the CityBike

Classifieds Section for free.

Contact us via email: info.citybike.com

Screw The Internet. Support your Local Motorcycle Shop.

Your local shop is an

endangered resource!

Proper care and support

is required, or they die.

you buy doesn’t fit, you have to pay

for shipping to try a different size…

each way, every time. Plus, you meet

real, live people, not some keyboard

cowboy from another time zone.

Shop needs you, and you need them.

The Internet won’t change your oil.

The Internet won’t stay open an extra

20 minutes so you can buy a tire so

you can ride on Sunday. If the apparel

Here at CityBike, we

strongly believe that

while the Internet is great

entertainment, it’s a terrible place to

buy stuff. Your Local Motorcycle

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Enjoy The Adventure In Style

Forget about boundaries. The V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure

has the power to hlep you find adventure on any kind of

road imaginable. For 2012, we’re taking the adventure to

the next level with the new V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure. It

has striking accessories that include sleek aluminum side

cases large a rugged accessory engine bar and an

adjustable windscreen. Its new 645cc V-twin engine has

improved low-to-mid rpm performance and

its bodywork provides better wind protection. The V-Strom

series has come a long way since Suzuki created a new

category — the Sport Enduro Tourer — with the

introduction of the original V-Strom 1000 in 2002. The

following year Suzuki released the V-Strom 650 and the

ABS-equipped model in 2006. 2012 will mark the 10th

anniversary of the V-Strom series, and the V-Strom 650

ABS Adventure is destined to introduce a new generation of

riders to adventure touring.

At Suzuki, we want every ride to be safe and enjoyable. So always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Avoid

excessive speeds. Never engage in stunt riding. Study your owner’s manual and always inspect your Suzuki before riding. Take a riding skills course. For the course nearest you call the

Motorcycle Safety Foundation at 1-800-446-9227. Suzuki, the “S” logo, and Suzuki model and product names are Suzuki Trademarks or ®. © American Suzuki Motor Corporation 2012.

San Mateo Suzuki

San Mateo

(650) 341-5867

Powersports of Vallejo


(707) 644-3756

Grand Prix

Santa Clara

(408) 246-7323

GP Sports

San Jose

(408) 377-8780

Mission Motorcycles

Daly City

(650) 992-1234

East Bay Motorsports


(510) 889-7900

Cycle West



Contra Costa Powersports


(925) 687-7742

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