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Volume XXX, Issue 3

Publication Date: February 18, 2013

On The Cover:

On the Cover: CityBike master photographer

Bob Stokstad snapped these photos of lanesplitters

on the San Mateo bridge, c. 2012.

Is that you? Prove it! You’ll get a Ride Fast

Take Chances t-shirt for your troubles. And

we won’t tell your mom you do that. It looks

so dangerous! You maniacs!


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

New Stuff .......................... 9

Events. ............................11

Supercross ....................... 14

Shooting the ‘cross ................. 15

Lane Splitting. ..................... 16

KTM Duke 690 ..................... 18

Brammo Electric ................... 19

Off-Road Survival V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Maynard ......................... 21

Hertfelder. ........................ 22

Marketplace ....................... 23

Classifieds ........................ 24

Tankslappy ........................ 26

Lane-Shtupping .................... 29

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Welcome to the March issue,

and thanks for lowering your

reading standards for a few

minutes. I’m writing to you in the first

person and everything today because it’s

been a weird couple of weeks. The CHP

and California Office of Traffic Safety

(OTS), in a historic

move, posted guidelines

for lane splitting on

their websites. These

guidelines triggered

a Hurricane Sandy

of media coverage:

Sacramento Bee, S.F.

Chronicle, L.A. Times,

plus websites, T.V. and

radio and a zillion other

publications. And the

talk-back sections on

websites have been

packed with very

negative comments

from irate car drivers—a

clue as to why this

coverage is so popular

and widespread—media

outlets know it gets folks

riled up.

Those virtual 150-mph

winds and torrential

rains battered my

poor little editorial

sensibilities as I did my interviews,

Googled feverishly and typed up my own

story, “Splitting Headache,” which you

can read in this issue. The noise this issue

generates is incredible, and if you’re a

motorcyclist, you have to wonder what the

fuss is about.

I have been lane-splitting for most of the

25 years I have been riding motorcycles

in the Bay Area (my current part-time gig

as an MSF RiderCoach means I can no

longer openly practice or preach doing it,

as that organization holds it is contrary to

maintain the space cushion needed to ride

safely), and have rarely been frightened

or felt unsafe. My pace was usually about

25-30 mph in stopped traffic, or 15-20

mph over the pace of a slow-and-go. I

was faster than some of my lane-splitting

brethren, but slower than many of them,

too, especially in the L.A. area (20 miles

splitting stopped traffic at close to 60 mph

behind former World Endurance racer

Doug Toland on I-405 was terrifying).

Even at this level of aggression, lanesplitting

crashes are relatively rare.

So why the kerfuffle? Why the shrieking

comments like, “it is insane to allow the

lane splitting they come out of nowhere,

and I have come so close to hitting them

on many occasion.” or “lane splitting

is dangerous and should be illegal.” A

survey done last year by U.C. Berkeley

revealed drivers who don’t approve of lanesplitting—about

two-thirds of them, by the

way—give “because it’s unsafe (or might

cause me to have an accident)” and because

it “startles, surprises or scares me” as the

two main reasons why they disapprove.

The first reason is just plain wrong.

Splitting, in and of itself, is not unsafe, and

just the act of slowly riding in between

cars rarely causes damage or injury to

motorists. At least, there’s no scientific

evidence it’s unsafe—see the article for a

discussion of that fact. What is unsafe are

behaviors like following too close, making

improper lane changes and riding too fast

for the conditions, which we all know are

illegal and have probably already been

cited for, maybe more than once. It’s the

second reason, then, that is really the issue.

We scare the crap out of the inattentive

and distracted drivers stuck in their

self-imposed misery. The hell with them,

right? Well, no—they are ill-informed and

hysterical, but they write letters to their

politicians and they vote when they’re

scared enough.

Art Director Lapp and I have argued

about the legality of lane splitting. I

contended that it wasn’t legal, but it

wasn’t illegal, a silly distinction, Big Al

pointed out. “There is no ‘gray area,’ we’re

not exploiting a loophole. Lane splitting

is legal because there’s no law expressly

prohibiting it.” But that can change very

quickly: for instance, a couple of highschool

students got a bill passed and

signed into law to require motorcycle

training and a six-month waiting period

to get your motorcycle license if you’re

under 21—as a school project. Given how

unpopular the practice is with car drivers,

Adolf Hitler could probably get elected

to the State Assembly on an anti-lanesplitting


So slow the fuck down (sorry, Larry). Read

the guidelines. Try to follow them. Fit

quieter mufflers to your bike. Wave at the

cars you pass. Stop hitting and breaking

mirrors, even if it’s deserved.

Lane splitting isn’t a right—it’s tolerated.

For now.

—Gabe Ets Hokin


Definition of fun: a lightweight singlecylinder

motorcycle with good brakes and

sticky street tires and a little more oomph

than a 250. There’s kind of a hole in the

market; Suzuki has the DR-Z400SM, but

there isn’t much else between that and the

big European SuMos.

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Luckily, KTM has partnered with India’s

Bajaj Auto. That company will start

building KTM’s Duke 390, which we

told you about last year (“EICMA 2012,”

December). The little sucker weighs in

at 335 pounds filled with gas, and makes

40-44 horsepower—compare that to the

35-ish a stock DR-Z squeezes out. Sounds

like fun, especially when you consider

KTM builds very sporty tackle; expect a

free-revving engine and good brakes and

suspension. But here’s the best part: the

390 will be sold for two million Rupees in

India—about $3700. European pricing is

about $7000, but that’s out the door. Adjust

for the base sticker price factor, and it’s

possible the Duke 390 will be priced under

$5000 in the USA.

Oh, did we mention it’s coming to the

USA? Well, it is—KTM’s CEO, Stefan

Pierer said as much in an interview with an

Indian newspaper. Bajaj will build 100,000

KTMs in its Chakan, India plant a year

by 2019, doubling KTM’s build capacity.

The little orange men have already passed

BMW as Europe’s largest motorcycle

manufacturer (Piaggio does still build

more scooters, though), and a $5000 entrylevel

ride like the 390 could be the numberone

selling non-cruiser model if they play

their cards right. We can’t wait to ride one.


Well, that was a shitty recession, no? But

it seems we are in some kind of recovery.

The Motorcycle Industry Council

reported a small 2.6 percent gain in all

1939 RS255 “Kompressor,” owned by racer Walter Zeller sold for $480,000.

motorcycle sales in 2012: 452,386 units

sold in the United States. The biggest

growth area? Scooters and Dual-sports,

with a 7-plus percent bump to both

segments. Streetbikes saw a laconic 1.8

percent growth.

Twenty-twelve was a year punctuated by

press releases from Harley-Davidson and

European manufacturers about how well

they were doing. Ducati, Triumph and

BMW all had great showings, and Harley-

Davidson’s numbers grew 6.6 percent.

In fact, if you subtract these brands from

the streetbike total (318,105), you’re left

with around 120,000 units—not a lot

of pie to split among the four Japanese

manufacturers. It wasn’t long ago that

Honda was dai ichi in the U.S. market.

Look for lots of new product from these

guys over the next decade as they try to

regain market share.


You know what’s actually pretty cool? An

open-session trackday, that’s what. A track

that’s open all day long, with no speed or

passing restrictions, closed only for lunch

or emergencies. Trackside Services LLC

is offering five such days at Thunderhill

Raceway in Willows, California this year.

They’re 50 rider maximum, which means

you can ride and ride and ride ‘till your

kneepucks wear thin and your engine starts

smoking. Suspension specialist Dave Moss

will be there to help out, and ForTheTrack

will provide tire-support services. Sign

up at or email for more



Bonham’s auction house hosted its most

successful auction to date in Las Vegas

in January, ringing up more than $2.6

million. BMWs were the big news, with

a 1939 RS255 “Kompressor,” owned by

racer Walter Zeller (and which may or may

not have been raced by Georg Meier at the

Isle of Man in 1939) selling for $480,000

and a 1954 Rennsport 54 sidecar fetched

$167,800. There was also a ‘52 Vincent

($134,800) and a 1920 Mars A20, by way

of the Otis Chandler collection, went for

$86,250. Also of note was a 1929 Harley

“Peashooter” racebike, found 55 years after

San Francisco racer Frank Duckett tucked

it away in a family garage. Malcolm Barber,

Bonhams Group CEO and auctioneer at

this year’s sale noted, “now in our third

year here in Las Vegas we have witnessed

year-on-year growth and particularly this

year many new attendees and registrants.

The international motorcycle market shows

strength at all levels.”


Yep, that’s right: BMW managed to unload

its Husqvarna division after almost six

years of investments and improvements

to the brand. KTM purchased it for an

undisclosed sum, as BMW wants to focus

on its core brands and customers—sounds

a lot like Harley-Davidson and its Buell and

MV Agusta sagas, no? Husqvarna was on

its way back to health,

with a 15-percent growth

in sales last year (up to

10,751 units) globally,

but it’s still not much of a

player on the world scene.

It makes even less sense

for KTM to purchase it

than BMW, but Pierer

must have gotten a

good deal. Incidentally,

the deal is just for the

motorcycle part of the

Husqvarna brand, which

moved to Italy from its

native Sweden some

years ago. The chainsaws

and other stuff are still up

in Svenska.



Aerostich has always

been a factory-direct kind

of thing, and though the

30-year-old purveyor of

fine motorcycle apparel

and equipment has

outstanding customer

service, expert alterations

ability and a generous return policy, some

riders just don’t like doing business sight

unseen and have held off from buying an

Aerostich riding suit for years.

Well, no more excuses: Aerostich will

actually open a ‘popup’ store in San

Francisco for nine days only, March 16-24.

The company will occupy a large space at

655 Bryant--close to rental shop Dubbelju

and catty-corner to S. F. BMW—and be



The world’s longest continuously running

Concours d’Elegance (hint: it’s not Pebble

Beach!) wants Britbikes for 2013. The 57th

Annual Hillsborough Concours comes

July 21st on the beautiful 18th fairway of

the Crystal Springs Golf Course, off 280

in Burlingame. They’ll feature 200-plus

cars (right, those things with four wheels)

but they want 20 or so British motorcycles,



Erik Buell Racing announced today that

Hero MotoCorp will continue to sponsor

the two teams fielded by EBR in the AMA

2013 YW125D Zuma

Pro Racing American

Superbike Series,

including Team Hero

(with returning rider

Geoff May) and Team

AMSOIL/Hero, with new

rider Aaron Yates, a very

experienced superbike

racing veteran.

As EBR moves toward

volume production of

its three models, its

relationship with Hero

becomes more interesting.

Hero is massive, and is

controlled by one of the

wealthiest families in

India (including Pawan

Munjal, its Managing

Director and Chief

Executive Officer).

According to EBR’s press

release, “Hero MotoCorp

is the world’s largest

motorcycle manufacturer

in terms of unit volumes

by a single company in

Husqvarna’s 900cc Nuda Twin a calendar year. Hero

sold over six million

buddies and come join the fun anyway…

motorcycles and scooters

It’s a great show. Bikes rule, eh!

in the calendar year 2012.”

—John Joss

Hero started as a joint venture with Honda

Motor Company in 1984, as part of an

effort by Honda to take advantage of low

manufacturing costs in India. The Munjal

family purchased Honda’s interest in 2010,

gaining majority control of the enterprise.

This H-D Peashooter is a rare 500cc speedway machine, recovered after a half-century in a

dusty garage. It sold for $69,000.

open 10:00 am-8:00 pm every day.

Drop by for fitting, alteration and

purchase with actual Aerostich

experts (including the mysterious Mr.

Subjective) and to see the range of

products the Duluth, Minnesota-based

company offers, including two mystery

suits called the “Roadcrafter City” and

“Roadcrafter Tactical.” There will also be

daily events and activities as well as door

prizes, snacks and coffee. Drop by to just

hang out and bore everyone to death

with your travel stories. They’ll bore you

right back with lectures about seamsealing

and zipper construction.

More info: or call


at least 25 years old (pre-1988)–road,

race, off-road, as long as they’re mint. The

honored car marque is the Brit marque

Aston-Martin, celebrating its centenary,

plus 25-plus makes from all over the world,

making for astounding spectator appeal.

A couple of great Britbikes are already

registered (both are racers) so you’re

vying for 18 slots at a spectacular event.

There’s even a 60-mile tour the previous

day that you can join. To register

(there’s a small fee to defray costs), go to after March 1st.

Questions? Call Senior Editor (and curator

of the motorcycles) John Joss at 650/962-

9590 Entries close June

1st. Don’t want to enter? Well, get some

“Big Fun” at 89 mpg!

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It is understood that Hero has used its

alliance with EBR to gain knowledge about

both high performance engine design and

racing. Hero is establishing its own racing

efforts in India.

This all points to the likelihood that EBR is

tooling up production of its bikes in India at

one of the three plants owned by Hero. Hero

could conceivably vault EBR into a strong

manufacturing position quickly. Coupled

with the financing announced by EBR

recently, it is not unlikely that we will see the

new EBR production units available for sale

in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.

—Dirck Edge



As we reported way

back in December,

2012 (“Carb Saves

us from E15”)

E15—that is,

gasoline blended

with 15 percent

ethanol to burn

(tax subsidies

to agribusiness)

cleaner—won’t be

sold in California

for the time being,

but the EPA really wants Americans to burn

this stuff. So the agency published new

rules which require gas station operators to

have at least

one E10-only

pump, and

then label its

E15 “blender”

(those are

pumps that

dispense more

than one

grade of gas)

pumps with

a notice that

consumers who can’t burn E15 must buy a

minimum of four gallons of fuel to be sure

the E15 is diluted to harmless levels.

What’s weird about Ethanol is that liberals

and environmentalists don’t like the

industrial methods (which require vast

amounts of petroleum) required to grow

the corn for Ethanol, Conservatives don’t

like the idea of the government telling

you how much fuel to buy (some of us

don’t even have four-gallon fuel tanks!),

and gearheads don’t like what the crap

does to our fuel systems—plus some say

it reduces fuel mileage. So why do both

political parties support putting perfectly

good corn likker into our gas? The answer,

of course, is lobbyists with briefcases full

of campaign cash.

Luckily, we’ve

got lobbyists

too. Action

taken by the

AMA and

other groups


the EPA to

add the rule

requiring the

separate E10

pumps—will it make it too inconvenient

for retailers to stock the E15? Or will they

have to do it anyway? Again, not a problem

for Californians, but it could be, eventually.


Last month, in this space, you read about

electric moto enthusiast Terry Hershner

and his cross-country electric ride. He

actually contacted us and we invited him

to meet us at Munroe Motors for a recharge

and quick chat.

Hershner told us he’s a day trader, so he

has no reason to go back to his native

Florida on his 2012 Zero S. He’s still

out here, several months later, riding

around Northern California on his very

enhanced e-bike.

Charging time has been fantastically

reduced from the stock setup. Hershner

likes to “opportunity charge” when he

sees a public charging station, but even a

level-two station can take a while. So he’s

mounted five separate chargers—three

Zero items as well as two much more

powerful aftermarket devices. He actually

can plug the bike into both the big J-1772

plug and the regular 220 outlet most

stations feature as well. That means he

can bring his new range-extended battery

(installed by Zero at the Scotts Valley

factory) up to a 90-percent charge from

zero in 45 minutes.

Like any gearhead, Hershner wanted less

weight and more power. He binned the

stock 420-amp control unit for a 660-amp

size-six Sepcon, which can send 50 percent

more juice to the motor. Combined with

stripping bodywork and lowering the seat

and bars, that has raised the bike’s top


from the


90s to 110-plus.

He also added

an extended

subframe and

an extra set

of passenger


says he likes to

give three or

more people a

ride at a time.

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adventures at


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to CityBike’s

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to see the video




Is that a Rocket in your pocket? Well,

at least you can ride a Triumph Rocket

III, which is the biggest-displacement

mass-produced motorcycle around, as

far as we know (yeah, yeah, Boss Hoss...

have you ridden one of those things? Not

convenient.). For 2013, Triumph made it

more exciting to ride by de-restricting it,

making the full 160-plus ft.-lbs. of torque

available in the first three gears, probably

because tires are cheaper now then when

the bike was first introduced.


Aprilia is offering a special RSV4

exclusively for the U.S. market

commemorating Max Biaggi’s world

superbike title in 2012. The SE, actually

known as the RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

SBK SE (a mouthful), gets a bump in

horsepower and torque (up to 182 and 86

ft.-lbs, respectively), as well as a slightly

larger gas tank and all of the delectable

electronic aids, including traction control,

wheelie control, launch control, three

engine maps and a quick shifter. No word

yet on pricing or availability date.

—Dirck Edge


More Aprilia V-4 news: Tuono and RSV4R

fans rejoice: Aprilia is discounting the

remaining RSV4 models by up to $4000.

Yep, the Tuono V4R (that we loved) is now

just $12,999, the RSV4R APRC is $13,999

and the RSV4 Factory APRC is $18,999.


Sam Hokin, CityBike’s Midwest Desk, filed

this report from the Chicago International

Motorcycle Show:

On Friday, February 8, Honda pulled the

covers off its new entry-level bike, showing

us the two first-edition models in the new

CTX Series—the naked CTX700N and

the touring- equipped CTX700. Honda’s

objective with these bikes is to bring new

riders into the market, especially shorter

riders that might like to transition up from

a scooter and, with the DCT automatic

transmission option, avoid learning

annoying things like clutching and shifting.

I’ll say right off that I’m a huge fan of

mid-sized Twins. I think the parallel-

Twin Honda NC700X, which is aimed at

the dual-sport market, really hits a great

spot. I think it’s a very tasty alternative

to the BMW F700GS, a bike I’d love to

ride regularly. But while the CTX models

share the NC700X’s outstanding and

appropriate 670cc engine (low-end torque

with high fuel


the styling is...


CTX stands

for ‘Comfort,



It has a feetforward



style – meant

to be “better

handling than

a cruiser,” like

a “lightweight

Goldwing.” It

features a low

28.3-inch seat,

plenty of low

and midrange

torque, and

2013 Honda CTX700N with the DCT

(Dual Clutch


option on the CTX700D and CTX700ND,

there is no clutch or shift lever—you ride

either fully automatic or switch gears

with handlebar-mounted paddle shifters.

(There is an optional shift lever that allows

the rider to operate the electronic paddle

shifters with her left foot.) The DCT

models also come with ABS. Mileage is

claimed to be better than 60 mpg, although

it has yet to be officially measured (CityBike

returned similar numbers with the manualequipped


The CTX700N/CTX700ND is the

naked model, listing at $6999 and $7999

respectively. It is comfortable to sit on,

and that’s pretty much all you do on the

ND model. (Well, okay, you still have to

use the throttle and brakes.) It is definitely

a cruiser, and probably does remain very

comfortable on long rides, as Honda

claims. The CTX700/CTX700D is

equipped for touring, with the same ergos,

but with added fairing and side cases. It

lists at $7799 and $8799 respectively.

I’m glad that Honda is producing a

mid-sized starter bike. I’d like to see

more people riding motorcycles, and

if clutching and shifting puts them off,

I’m happy that Honda is providing an

alternative. I just wish Honda had chosen

a more standard-bike styling, rather than

a plastic minicruiser. And I dare say that

entry-level folks will care about how a

bike looks. But perhaps my Midwest

sensibilities have got the best of me, and

folks will dig this new offering from

Honda—we’ll find out this season.


Available in Indonesia: the Kawasaki Z250,

a naked-ish version of the Ninja 300. Will

it come to our shores? That seems possible,

as Kawasaki likes to introduce multiple

models based on the same engine (and the

300cc version is already DOT and CARB

compliant). However, dealers may not

want another similar model to confuse

customers, especially if the pricing isn’t

significantly different—and we don’t see

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how this bike could be much cheaper than

the $4799 Ninja. If they do introduce it, it’ll

be a while until we hear about it.


Yes, we enjoyed tooling around on the

Royal Enfield we tested last month (“Made

like a Gun, Goes Like a Bullet”), but

nobody’s going to mistake one for a highperformance

ride. That may change later

this year, when the new Cafe Racer model

arrives in dealerships.

We told you about the bike last year, but

here are more details: the motor will be

pumped up to 535cc and fitted with a

freer-flowing reverse megga, which may

give us as much as 37 hp. Weight looks to

be trimmed a bit, and it will have adjustable

Paoli suspension and adjustable rearsets,

too. Pricing will be around $7500, about

$1000 more than other Royal Enfield

models. Looks good to us.


This is the 15th anniversary of Victory

Motorcycles, and Victory has unveiled a

15th Anniversary Cross Country Tour

Limited Edition model in New York to

kick off its celebration. Production will

be limited to 150 units, each featuring a

Sunset Red over Gloss Black paint with

gold pin-striping, inspired by the first

Victory built 15 years ago, the V92C

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classic cruiser. Chrome and other special

cosmetic touches are complimented by

a Garmin GPS unit, XM radio and four

premium speakers for the stereo system.

Additionally, a Black Blade windscreen is

unique to this model, which also comes

with removable saddlebag and trunk liners.

Suggested MSRP is $29,999.

—Dirck Edge


Local raconteur, racer, welder and manabout-town

Wade Boyd sent

us this race report from the

20th Annual International

Island Classic. The only

problem is Wade’s writing

style, which, while colorful,

reads like Japanese that’s been

translated first to Dutch and

then to English using Google

Translate. The effect is like

when you were a teenager

watching scrambled Cable

T.V. porn—something good

is happening, you’re just not

sure exactly what.

Still, we’ve got the

room this month

and the more you

read it, the more

it makes sense.

Wade’s Dadaist

use of punctuation

must have driven a

generation of San

Francisco grammarschool

teachers (and

regional motorcycle

magazine editors) to

alcoholism. We have

left it in unedited

form because you

wouldn’t believe

it was from Wade


Phillips Island Race Report

By Wade Boyd

Team North America had its debut at

Phillip Island Down under for the 20th

Salvaged & New Parts!

Tue–Fri 10–6 Sat 9–5

annual International Classic - Jan. 25 -

27th. With 20 riders & 1 Sidecar #88. On

Team North America - Team Captain Gary

Fisher* - And it was a Real Gun Fight, in all

classes & Everyone had their battles on the

track or in the pits. each Team had blown

motors & some crashes - Team North

America took 4th in The Challenge after a

hard fight.

But, \”The inspiration of the Team\” was

our Local Hero\’s of Subculture Racing

& the Sidecar on the Team, Sidecar #88 -

Above: Our heroes showing the competition the fast

way around the Island. Purple mohawks provide

valuable mid-corner stability.

Below: Christine doing some pre-race stretching.

We Ship Worldwide


Wade Boyd & Christine Blunck* --> Race 1

- #12 Doug Chivas gets the Hole Shot, The

Vincent hangs a left... WB out top ends #12

lap! - #12 gets by in turn 5... WB #88 Passes

again on top end. But #12 Local Legend -

down under, gets by again & Wins!

with Subculture Racing in 2nd. & The

Team & Fans go Wild - The call was, Purple

is out in front...!

Race 2 - #12 is missing & #88 gets the Hole

Shot! & We Lead wire to wire! #88 Wins

& #888 The Vincent gets 2nd - race 3 -

#12 gets the hole shot

followed by #888... #88

had to work their way

thru & got into 2nd,

before a Red Flag. So

there\’s another 2nd

place* - Race 4 - Again

#12 & #888 get out into

the lead, So We Stuff

#888 going into turn 4(

up the inside) - & they

come back around, for

the Drag race to the

kink & turn 6...! But,

at the Kink we had a

\”Christine Sandwich\”

- as we bumped (it was a soft bump

- Christine;\’s shoulder - so it was

OK)... They won the Battle But we

Won the War! - & we picked them

off on the straight, & went after

#12 Doug & Mathew. We got close,

but followed them in for another

2nd Place! & Our team went Wild

upon our return every time! Big

Handshakes & hugs all around! We

also made friends with everyone &

all of the Sidecar Teams too. - & At

the Awards Banquette, The Place

roared for Subculture Racing when

we found out #88 Won the overall

Sidecar Win \” 1st Place\”--- > &

that means----> #88 is The New

Sidecar World Champions!!!***

Go #88 Go!!***

We also shot videos from & back,...

coming soon to youtube.

- Big Thanks to all of our Fans &

Helpers ->(Elves*) - Phillup Island

is now our Favorite Track! & The

people are like the Best! The Auz

Tour was the Best & we where the Stars

of the event...! Subculture Racing Sidecar

World Champions America!*

*The asterisks don’t actually connote

footnotes, by the way. Wade just likes how

they look.



Schact Racing sent us news of a local kid

making good:

Schacht Racing is pleased to announce that

young racer American Brandon Kyee will

be joining them for the 2013 season.

The 16 year old from California will

be returning to the world stage for

the 3rd straight season competing

in the European Superstock 600cc

Championship on a Honda.

The talented American has previously

competed in the European Junior Cup

achieving podiums at Assen in Holland in

2011 and at the British round at Silverstone which illustrates the unpredictable cruelty

last year.

of our sport.

“It is going to be another great experience

and an amazing season of learning. I got a

chance to meet and talk with Team Schacht

last season and am super grateful to be a

part of their team for the 2013 European

Superstock 600cc season. Support from

Michael Hill, Donna Parodi , Mach 1

Motorsports and donations from friends and

family is making this happen” said Kyee.

Brandon still needs sponsors for his 2013

campaign. Interested parties can contact

him via his Facebook page, Brandon

Kyee Racing website or directly at

Michael Hill Promotions / MPH TV will

be tracking and reporting on Brandon’s

results as well as providing TV interviews

and video features of Schacht Racing

throughout 2013.

Contact phone number: 650/438-9969


In addition to not being particularly

lucrative, we must also remember that

motojournalism is a pretty dangerous

profession. We sadly note the passage of

one of our own—English freelancer Kevin

Ash died January 22 after a crash in South

Africa, riding BMW’s new liquid-cooled

R1200GS on a straight stretch of gravel

road. BMW hasn’t released details of what

happened, but Cycle World’s Mark Hoyer

(who is also a volunteer fire fighter) was

on the scene to provide first aid and said

he looked like he had some broken bones,

but looked like he was going to be okay—

Ash had a 23-year history of

motojournalism and published several

books. An interview on the Bike Exif

blog ( from

November 2011 showed a passionate

and straight-talking guy (his reviews are

brilliant writing as well:

When Bike Exif editor Chris Hunter

asked, “what is your idea of perfect

happiness?” Ash replied,

There are moments on bikes when you’re

concentrating so intently on the moment, the

rest of the world, life, worries, memories are all

pushed out of your mind as you focus on the

now. That can happen while hustling a sweet

handling bike up a sinuous mountain road or

a powerful, communicative superbike around

a really great race track. There’s no such thing

as perfect happiness, but on two wheels, these

can get close.

Enough said.



Meet Bell Helmet’s new Rogue. It’s a new

kind of animal entirely—the convertible

half-helmet. The detachable vented

“muzzle” is made of polyurethane and

includes a removable fleece liner. It’s

attached with Bell’s “FidLock” magnet

connection system and ratcheting plastic

straps. It’s adjustable for perfect fit—but

probably doesn’t provide much crash

protection, unless you feel looking sinister

is protection enough.

The helmet itself has a few

innovations as well. The EPS

foam extends below the shell,

into the neck roll—Bell claims

it’s actually a 3/4 design, not a

half helmet. Also, the liner is

removable for cleaning, there

are integrated pockets for

headset speakers and the shell

comes in three sizes for better

fit. Your local Bell dealer will

start stocking the Rogue in

March, with a $250 MSRP.

Claimed weight is just over

3 pounds. See more photos

and details at bellhelmets.



Many of us have an

unhealthy and obsessive

relationship with our

smart phones—we can’t

bear to be away from them,

even when we’re riding. We

use Bluetooth headsets or

earbuds, but are

frustrated we have to take a hand off the

bar to work the controls to answer calls,

pause music or talk to our disembodied

friend Siri.

Blue Infusion Technologies has a solution:

the BEARTek glove. It’s an armored blackleather

motorcycle glove with conductive

touchpoints on the thumb and fingers

which send commands to a removable

Bluetooth module. Touch your left finger

and thumb together to play, pause, fastforward,

rewind, jump to next track—all

without taking your hand off the grip or

your eyes off the road. BIT’s Willie Blount

says you can pair it to a headset and a

smartphone, or you can just use it

with your earbuds. Battery life

is around 20 hours.

The module sits in a

waterproof pocket, so

you can transfer it

to BIT’s BEARTek

Winter glove, which

may or may not be

good for motorcycling.

We’ve asked for a pair

of the moto-gloves—

we’ll let you know

how they work.

The complete

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March 2013 | 9 |

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

motorcycle and need a lawyer, call:

1 (800) 928-1511

motorcycle glove is $200 ($130 without

the Bluetooth), the winter glove kit is $150

($80 without BT). The module is $80 on its

own. Order via or email

questions to


We here at CityBike knew

that despite

the Honda


being a







do very

well as a




ride. It’s

light, fun,

fast enough

(up to 90 or

so, at least)

and gets great

fuel economy. And so it

has—Honda’s sales numbers

have been strong the last few

months, thanks in part to the

bike’s success.

So there are more than a few of

you out there who have ponied

up and bought one, so now the

accessorizing fun begins. How about

more wind protection? The airmanagement

guys at Laminar have

already stepped up with their new

Lip for the NC700X. It’s just $84,

($94 for the bigger Touring sheild)

and if it works as well as other

Laminar products we’ve used, it’s

well worth it. It attaches in minutes

with adhesive snaps, and Laminar

promises it will reduce noise,

windblast and helmet buffeting. Get

yours by visiting or

calling 714/540-8006.


Here’s a cool idea: it’s called Zippmag.

It’s a reusable cable tie attached to a

magnet with a 10-pound strength.

Use it to hold your tools while you’re

working, hold pieces in place for

welding, attach flashlights

to your car hood while

you’re fixing something

at night (Ed Hertfelder

could use these every

month, we’re sure), secure

wiring harnesses, attach a

hidden key somewhere—we

can think of hundreds of uses.

Cool item—and would do well at the

parts counter next to the register, shop

owners. Five bucks each: call 507/369-

6013 or email

(yes, that’s a hell of an email...)


First Monday of each month

(March 4, April 1):

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 world grace our

meetings. It has been fun and exciting.

First Wednesday of each month

(March 6, April 3)

6:00 pm: Bay Area Moto Guzzi Group

monthly dinner at Vahl’s in Alviso (1512

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

(March 13, April 9)

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

(March 20, April 17)

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

(March 17, April 21):

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 707-557-5199.

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.

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

or call Full Motion Chiropractic at


More info:

Events at Motoshop

Moto Shop : 325 South Maple

Ave #20, South San Francisco.


Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm:

Engine Rebuilding

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 am:

Tire Change Clinic

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am:

Basic Moto Maintenance

Wednesday, March 13, 5:00 pm:

Brakes Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am:

Tire Change Workshop

Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm:

Chains and Sprockets

Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am:

Valve Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 10:00 am:

Basic Moto Maintenance

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am:

Tire Change Workshop

Monday, April 1, 1:00 am:

Blinker fluid and butt-dyno


Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am:

Tire Change Workshop

Clinics and classes start at $40

Saturday, March 9

8:00 pm-Midnight: Charlie’s Place

Send-off Party, SFMC (2194 Folsom

St. San Francisco, 415/863-1930)

Charlie O’Hanlon is closing up shop and

moving to the promised land—let’s send

him off right! Food, music, friends and

fun. Bring money.

Saturday, March 16-Sunday March 24

10:00 am-8:00 pm: Aerostich Rider

WearHouse Popup Store in S.F. (655

Bryant between 5th and 4th, S.F.)

Drop by for fitting and alteration with

actual Aerostich experts (including

the mysterious Mr. Subjective) and to

see the range of products the Duluth,

Minnesota-based company offers. There

will also be daily events and activities as

well as door prizes, snacks and coffee.

More info: or

call 800/222-1994.

Photo: Nic Coury

Saturday, March 16

6:00 pm: An Evening with MotoGP

Photographer Andrew Wheeler

(D-Store SF, 131 S. Van Ness Ave.,

San Francisco, 415/626-5478,

MotoGP photographer Andrew Wheeler

will be giving a review of the 2012 season

and some insight into the upcoming and

exciting 2013 season. Andrew is now in

his 12th year as a freelance photographer,

and having covered every major series

including AMA, WSBK and now

MotoGP, will be bringing his own unique

view with a very special evening. Last

year’s event was extremely successful

and fun, and we hope to improve and

enlighten those who come to this year’s

gathering. Snacks and refreshments

provided. Free admission!

Monday, April 1

11:00 am: High-speed lane-splitting

race on fully enclosed self-balancing

electric supermotos. Register with Lit

Motors by placing a $1000 deposit.

Spectators may be repeatedly and

embarrassingly injured.

Kids ride free!

6:00-Midnight: Nude ride n’ swim.

Meet at Larry O’s PleasureDome, 1647

International Boulevard, Oakland. Please

wax your shins

before the ride this year.

Bring amyl nitrate—we ran out before we

reached Mount Diablo last year! Safety

first: no Husqvarnas or pre ‘97 Suzukis.

Saturday, April 6

San Jose Indoor Pro Short-Track Races

(Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344

Tully road, San Jose)

Indoor motorcycle racing at the Expo

Building, come check it out, ONLY $20

gets you a GREAT SEAT! Motorcycle

New service customers, please

accept a $50 voucher on any service

work on your Jap/ Euro bike as an

introductory gift from us.

510 594 0789

925 938 0600

For all your Bay Area

Vespa / Piaggio / Aprilia needs

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March 2013 | 11 |

Racers: Open Practice 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Friday, April 5th. Bring your AMA cards

to sign up.

April 6-7, 2013

Sunday, May 19

Memorial Ride for Gary Jaehne Save

the date! Stay tuned for more info as the

summer approaches.

Braking Bad?

Dana Perri slides his vintage racer on the polished concrete at the 2011 indoor race.

Photo: Karen Gould, Checkered Flag Photography.

racing is back at San Jose on polished

concrete. Experience handlebar bashing,

elbow-to-elbow racing “in a cage” on flat

track bikes. Top National and localranked

Pro racers and their “teams” will

make up the field of competitors.

There is not a bad seat in the bleachers;

they surround the cage and make you

feel you’re part of the action. When the

bikes fire up, you feel the “goosebumps.”

So race fans, come early to pick your

seat. Come experience Pro Racing at

its BEST! More info: 418/249-4336,

This is Tom. See Tom Run.

Get Your Fix

4052 Watts Street @ 40th

26th Annual Clubman’s All-British

Motorcycle Weekend Featuring the

Vincent Motorcycle. Santa Clara County

Fairgrounds, San Jose. Saturday, April

6. 8am - 4pm. 150 Show Bikes. 80 Swap

Vendors. $5 admission Children under

12 free. Win a 1979 Triumph Bonneville

T140E, tickets $1.

Sunday April 7

10am “Morning After Ride”

70 British Bikes on a ride in the Santa

Cruz Mountains. Information and entry


Service & Repair

May 23-27, 2013

BMW Club of Northern California

41st Annual 2013 ‘49er Rally (Mariposa

Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Rd.

Mariposa, 209/966-2432)

Join us in Mariposa, California, the

gateway to Yosemite, in the Sierra Nevada

Foothills. Includes four nights flat

grassy camping and hot showers (early

bird camping on or before Wednesday

available--$10 tent / $25 RV per night).

Poker Run, GS Ride, English Trials,

Skills and Safety Clinic, Children Events,

Seminars, CHP Officer Greg Peart,

Vendors, Bier Garten, Door Prizes.

Featured speakers: Carla King helps

celebrate women riders and Rick Klain

talks about cellphone photography. Also,

Sat. BBQ Dinner with vegetarian option


costs $45 adult / $15 child under 12 years

pre-registered, children under 6 admitted

free; $55 adult / $20 child under 12

years at the gate. For information or

registration write: BMW Club of NorCal,

2012 ‘49er Rally, 2540 Maywood

Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066. Email:

or check

our website for the latest news, info, and

online registration at:

By John Joss, Senior


At 100,000-plus miles, my

old-nail but serviceable

1999 VFR stopped

poorly. After testing a new

machine with excellent brakes

for CityBike, riding the VFR

aggressively scared me witless.

Like middle-aged spread, the

braking had deteriorated slowly,

undetected. Not to mention the

VFR’s ’90s brake technology.

Braking takes 12 elements—

part human, part machine:

eyes, brain and hand/foot, then

levers, master-cylinders and

brake lines, to calipers, pads and

disks, finally tires, road and weather.

Technically, front brake lines must

transmit lever pressure efficiently, calipers

must close firmly, pads must have bite and

disks must be clean and true. The rear? Less

important, 15 percent of stopping.

We make scores or hundreds of braking

decisions on typical rides. But everything

must work, end to end. Lives are on the line.

Solutions? Bucks?

New OEM pads? Tried that. Meh. Rethink.

Radical measures? Replace the front end

with Great Stuff—Öhlins forks (I installed

a rear Öhlins shock last year—$1000),

radial Brembos, junk the VFR’s linkedbrake

system? Estimate $2000-plus,

including used parts, plus labor, on a

bike not even worth double that. Lousy

deal—you rarely recover such investments

beyond original spec.

Fresh brake fluid, bleed, clean calipers:

marginally better. Glazed disks? Check

to ensure they’re not warped, apply

sandpaper, 800 to 1200 grit, on flat blocks,

then wire pads, clean the disks with brakecleaner

fluid? Done.

much help: the

shop estimates five

hours to install that

kit, pro-rated, so

that if it takes less

time they charge


removal of stuff for

line replacement/

routing. Bay Area

shop rates average

$100: add $500

labor to the $250


Decision: Galfer

rotors and sintered

pads, $500,

installed. Wavy

disks are not bling.

They improve heat

dissipation and

resist warping and



Result: progressive,

effective brakes. CityBike

cannot measure brake

pressures or stopping

distances, but braking is

transformed, subjectively,

from marginal to safe. The

VFR should go another

50,000 or more miles, so

my fix to date cost a penny

a mile. Braided lines?

Maybe, later.

Doubt your brakes? Your life is on the

line. Nothing personal. Just reality.

Note: when replacing disks, the

manufacturers (motorcycle, brake

systems) recommend new mounting

bolts. Torqued on original installation,

they cannot safely be retorqued.

Readers: what are your brake fixes? A prize

to the winning solution, as we judge it.

Steel shoes excluded.



Interim fix. Braking is barely improved.

While we are well-known

for our work on Ducatis, we

provide outstanding service

on all brands and all models!

Plus, it’s a friendly place...swing

by on a Saturday for a cup o’

coffee and some bench racing.

Nichols Sportbike Service

913 Hanson Court

Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 945-0911

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The Galfer Solution:

brake lines, rotors, pads

Enter The Motor Café, aka Honda/

Ducati/KTM/Kawasaki Peninsula in

Sunnyvale (“Shop Stop: the Motor Cafe,”

February 2011). Parts genius Dan takes

a new tack. “Your stuff is 100,000 miles

old. Go Galfer.”

How much? Braided steel lines, $250

before installation? Whoa. Typical

400-plus-pound motorcycles have three

lines for three brakes: two front, one rear,

one hydraulic line per. Not VFRs. Galfer’s

VFR kit takes nine separate lines, one

double-banjo bolt, 14 single banjo bolts, 36

washers, a bleeder bolt and brain-surgery

instructions. Okay, $250 is fair.

Purists dislike the VFR’s linked brakes,

created to help riders stop better. Now—

perhaps like VTEC, Honda’s VFR

‘improvement’—they’re attacking my

billfold. Honda’s factory manual isn’t

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March 2013 | 13 |

Defending Supercross Champion

Ryan Villopoto soloed in front

for all 20 laps before a crowd of

46,896 fans in the Oakland Coliseum

in January. After pulling the holeshot

he was never challenged and soared to a

ten-second lead over the next rider (Davi

Millsaps) for the remainder of the race.

Soft dirt, two sand sections, and quickforming

ruts during the initial laps made

for a challenging track in which getting the

holeshot was a critical factor in winning the

race. Staying in front is never easy (though

Villopoto made it look that way) but

making up for lost time and passing other

riders on a such a track is even harder.

Davi Millsaps, winner of the first race of

the season, has shown the most consistent

performance so far by taking a third, fourth

and a second place in his subsequent races,

with the result that, as of Oakland, he is

still the series points-leader (85), followed

by Canard (78), Villopoto (77), Dungey

(68) and Reed (65). James Stewart, who

had the fastest qualifying time in Oakland

this year (and won it last year), languishes

in 11th place with 38 points.

In the 250 class (Westcoast Lites), threein-a-row

winner Eli Tomacs crashed out in

the main event, handing the series pointsleadership

to Oakland winner Ken Roczen.

In the two 450 races following Oakland

- Anaheim-III and San Diego - Millsaps

has proven that his win in the first race

of the season was not the luck of the

underdog, it was the product of drive,

talent and, yes, consistent performance.

Villopoto on a Roll in Oakland

Ryan Villapoto wins the 450 race. Photo: David Duffin

A second place at Anaheim-III and an

amazing start-to-finish, 20-lap in-the-lead

win at San Diego have put him 19 points

ahead of second-place Ryan Dungey and a

whopping 27 points out front of third-place

Ryan Villopoto. Millsaps has stood on the

podium five out of the six races so far.

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Ken Roczen wins the 250 race. Photo: Alan Lapp

Above: The starting grid. Below: James Stuart

after the big first-lap pile-up. Photos: Alan Lapp

At the pit entrance, waiting to start the show with gestures of faith and patriotism.

Shooting the


When our regular lens man, Bob

Stokstad, was unable to attend the

Oakland SX at the Coliseum, I

was tapped to stand in. I’m a fair

photographer, but I’m not experienced

with action sports. Bob makes it look

easy, but it’s really not. Add in the fact

that I’m a big SX noob, and it makes for a

true challenge.

SX is big-time, very different from

most events we cover. The parking lot

and stadium were full of fans throwing

elaborate tailgating parties, replete with

gas grills and Ez-Up awnings. The track

map on the back of my photo pass shows

massive red areas which are verboten and

slim green areas in which photographers

are allowed. I immediately make a

wrong turn and find a firm hand of a

black-clad, radio-equipped staffer in

the middle of my back giving me the

bum rush. I realize later that I must

have inadvertently wandered into an

area covered by the dozens of remotely

controlled TV cameras.

As I try to come to grips with the

technical challenges of shooting such

high contrast and fast action, I begin

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to notice the fine lace of interconnected

tasks necessary to pull off this fabulous

show. There’s the cast of characters

one would find at any well-run race:

in addition to the racers and their

mechanics, there are corner workers,

medical staff, and security.

However, elevating a race into an

entertainment event requires many

additional layers: lighting technicians to

run the laser light show; pyrotechnicians

in charge of the massively impressive

balls of fire; a team of lovely trophy

girls; TV anchor types to announce and

interview the racers... and of course a

cadre of technicians and stage managers

to mix the dozens of video feeds into

a coherent visual presentation for

broadcast. Then, think of the small army

that works for months promoting and

advertising the event, seeking sponsors...

working the deals for the dollars that fuel

the show. SX is big-time, big-money, and


The magnitude of the show makes me feel

very insignificant and out of place. That

unpleasant sensation lasted several days

like a hangover from a strong drug, but

I’ll admit: in the moment, it is thrilling to

be part of the spectacle.

—Alan Lapp

From 3:14 Daily

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Splitting Headache

Reading between the lines

By Gabe Ets-Hokin

Photos by Bob Stokstad

“Are you one of those guys that zips past me in

stopped traffic?”

“That looks so dangerous! Aren’t you scared?”

“One of these days, I’m just going to open my


We’ve heard that crap a million times,

haven’t we? Car drivers have a real problem

with us lane-splitting, don’t they?

Sucks to be them. Not only

can they not bypass stopped

and slowed traffic—and spare

themselves hundreds of hours

a year stuck in the endless jams

that snarl Bay Area roadways—

they can’t stop us from doing

it. After all, despite the fact that

we’re in America, where if ‘what

I’m doing isn’t affecting you,

so mind your own business’ is

supposedly a way of life, we still

like to punish those who are

having fun we can’t (or won’t)

have, whether it’s assault rifles,

heroin, gay sex or riding on two

wheels. Unlike some of those

other activates, lane-splitting* is

legal in California .

“Lane Splitting” is the

commonly used term for

riding a motorcycle or

scooter between two lanes

of slow or stopped traffic. It’s not a

legal term—it appears nowhere in the

California Vehicle Code (CVC), nor do

terms like “white lining,” “lane sharing,”

“Botts Dotting” or “Moto Oreo-ing.”**

Motorcyclists have probably been

doing it since there were two cars and a

motorcycle, and in most countries, it’s

not just tolerated—it’s expected.

Here in the USA, that’s another story.

Only in California is it both legal and

culturally tolerated. But why? That would

take a legal historian to determine, but

the CHP energetically denies it has ever

maintained the position that it advocated

to keep lane-splitting legal so air-cooled

motorcycles wouldn’t overheat in traffic

jams, so stop telling people that. The CHP

also states it has never come out either for

or against lane-splitting. My guess is since

most of California never gets too hot or too

cold to ride in, and it’s constantly jammed

somewhere, there are always riders lanesplitting,

and they’re hard to catch. Rather

than try to enforce the unenforceable,

the CHP focuses on behavior that’s

actually dangerous. How states like Texas

and Florida banned it is actually more

mysterious to me.***

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Why do we lane-split? And should we be

doing it? We do it because...well, because

we can. The space is there, we can do

it safely, and the benefits are manifold.

Besides the obvious joy that comes with

leaving traffic slowdowns and jams in

our dust, we also expose ourselves to less

risk, argues Livermore P.D. officer and

motorcycle safety advocate John Hurd.

“The worst feeling in the world is being a

sitting duck, (exposed to cars approaching

stopped traffic from behind). If you get

rear-ended in a car, it’s not the end of the

world, but on a motorcycle, you’re the

crumple zone, so the ability to choose lane

position is important.”

While there are few (if any) studies on

lane-splitting itself, crash data from major

reports—the aged “Hurt” report from

the USA, the European Union’s MAIDS

study and other, smaller studies done in

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lane-splitting either slightly reduces or

slightly increases the crash rate—or it’s a

wash. Even when studies show a significant

portion of motorcyclists were involved in

crashes while lane-splitting, it’s not clear

that the act of riding between cars—and

not some other factor, like excessive speed

or road conditions—wasn’t the cause. An

in-depth study of lane-splitting crashes by

U.C. Berkeley is expected to be completed

this year.

So: it’s safe, but is it truly legal?

You could say it’s not illegal,

but why? Isn’t that the same

as saying something is legal?

There are millions of activities

not expressly prohibited by

the CVC or other state law,

and yet nobody says French

kissing is in a “grey area,” or

feeding Mallomars to your

dog is “technically legal.”

California trusts our Thin

Blue Line to decide what

behaviors are safe and what

aren’t. Hurd told me he uses a

trinity of VC sections—Unsafe

Speed (22350), Following too

Closely (21703) and use of

Laned Roadways (21658)—

to cite riders he deems are

lane-splitting in a dangerous


Uh-oh: subjectivity.

Governments and other large organizations

don’t like the ambiguity of leaving it up

to guys like Hurd—he’s been riding since

he was six years old, and to a veteran Bay

Area rider, cruising in between stopped

cars at 15-20 mph may seem safe. But to

somebody who hasn’t ridden—or spends

more time riding in lightly trafficked

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That’s why the members of the California

Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)’s

Mission-12 Safety Committee, a group of

motorcyclists, law-enforcement officers,

safety experts, government employees

and other stakeholders developed a set

of guidelines for lane-splitting (among

other safety initiatives). The guidelines

were developed over many months of

meetings, both in the large committee

and subcommittees. A number of Bay

Area riders, including Hurd and Bay Area

Rider’s Forum (BARF) owner Bud Kobza

contributed, and see the posting of these

guidelines on the CHP and OTS websites

as a major victory.

The guidelines do several things. First, they

inform other road users that “lane splitting

in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal

in the state of California,” and also tell

drivers to not try to block motorcyclists

from doing it. That’s important—according

to a U.C. study, almost half of California’s

drivers either think lane-splitting is illegal

or don’t know the law, and many of them

even turn vigilante, attempting to block

riders. The guidelines also tell riders what

they “should” do when lane-splitting: keep

the speed differential under 10 mph, stay

between lanes one and two, be respectful

and reasonable. I wish they also could tell

motorists to stay in the center of their lanes

and not drift right or left. Oh, and maybe do

something about those giant truck mirrors.

Posting the

guidelines was

big news—

websites, T.V.

news stations and

radio programs

were buzzing the

week I wrote this.

It ran on newspaper front pages. Judging

by the comments from readers, viewers

and listeners, lane-splitting does not make

motorcycling popular in the public eye.

When asked by the U.C. surveyors, car

drivers, by a very wide margin, disapprove

of the practice. When asked why, the two

largest numbers of responses are either that

they think it’s dangerous (which it isn’t) or

that it’s scary (WTF? You’re in a car). They

apparently do not appreciate that every

lane-splitting motorcycle takes a car off the

road and reduces congestion. Hey, we live

in a facts-optional society, but ignorant and

silly people vote, too; should we fear for our

lane-splitting privileges?

“If somebody wanted to outlaw it, it

would take a long time,” Hurd told me.

Passing laws is a long process, with many

roadblocks—committees, lobbyists,

political parties and grumpy governors. To

get a law passed you need strong support

from the public as well as government and

other large organizations, and though there

have been bills like this in the past, right

now, Hurd tells me that “nobody wants

to start that process...not OTS, AMA,

DMV, CHP.” If they do crop up, ABATE’s

California chapter has already crushed

two and is ready for more, and AMA

spokesperson Peter terHorst said that that

organization will “work with established

clubs and groups in that area” to defend

motorcycle rights.

As secure as lane-splitting is in California,

it’s just as unlikely to spread beyond our

Golden borders. It’s explicitly banned

in most states, and states that lack laws

prohibiting it are culturally intolerant,

though motorcyclists report doing it in

places like Texas and Chicago. There’s

just no way politicians will sign on to

something that looks so dangerous to the

uninformed, and the Motorcycle Safety

Foundation doesn’t help, either—that

industry-funded organ doesn’t believe you

can maintain a space cushion while lanesplitting

(actually a pretty good point), so

obviously won’t support the practice.

The AMA does not support legalizing

lane-splitting, though it isn’t against

it, either: “While the AMA does not

actively advocate for lane-sharing at the

state level, we approve of the concept

(saves gas and less wear and tear, says

terHorst) and commend California

for issuing reasonable lane-sharing

guidelines.” But as the huge majority

of the Ohio-based AMA’s membership

don’t do it—and probably never will—

the issue has a very low priority. ABATE

is another matter, and is trying to legalize

it in other states—both Texas’ and

Oregon’s legislatures have seen bills—

but efforts have so far been for naught.

Lane-splitting is an important part of the

lives of Bay Area motorcyclists, many of

whom commute 20,000 or more miles a

year, much of it in beige-and-silver canyons

of slow-moving cars, minivans and SUVs.

Some of us

If somebody wanted

to outlaw it, it would

take a long time

(this reporter

included) fear

the guidelines

could lead to

more aggressive

enforcement, or

even a slippery

slope to evertightening

regulation until it’s effectively

outlawed. How do we keep it legal? Read

the guidelines, be a good ambassador

(wave to drivers who pull over, eschew

noisy exhausts and keep the speeds down!)

educate your friends and family and get

politically active. Maybe someday we’ll be

in the checkout line and hear:

“I sure am jealous you guys get where you’re

going quickly and safely! Maybe I’ll learn to

ride too.”

Send your feedback to


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* I say “lane-splitting” because that’s what I—and

everybody I know—has called it for the last 20

years. Some motorcyclists argue we should say

“lane-sharing” because it sounds friendlier, or

because that’s a more technically accurate term,

and some get into this weird technical argument

about how lane-sharing and lane-splitting are

really two different things according to some

unnamed authority, but I am not one to encourage

twisting of the English language for political


** Okay, I made the last two up.

*** Yes, I know you think people in Texas and

Florida are crazier than here and will run you over

if you try it, which is why it’s illegal in those states,

but we have our share of aggressive crazies here, too.

March 2013 | 17 |

Motorcyclists who are competent

enough riders to lane split, should

follow these general guidelines if

choosing to lane split:

1. Travel at a speed that is no more than

10 mph faster than other traffic—danger

increases at higher speed differentials.

2. It is not advisable to lane split when

traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster—danger

increases as overall speed increases.

3. Typically, it is more desirable to split

between the one and two lanes than

between other lanes.

4. Consider the total environment in

which you are splitting, including the

width of the lanes, size of surrounding

vehicles, as well as roadway, weather, and

lighting conditions.

5. Be alert and anticipate possible

movements by other road users.

The Four R’s or “Be-Attitudes” of Lane


Be Reasonable, be Responsible, be

Respectful, be aware of all Roadway and

traffic conditions.

Note: These general guidelines are

not guaranteed to keep you safe. Lane

splitting should not be performed

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guidelines assume a high level of riding

competency and experience. Every rider

has ultimate responsibility for his or her

own decision-making and safety. Riders

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power and vibration that limits highspeed

riding. Stay off the Interstate…and


This last generation of KTM Duke has

changed that in my mind, and the newfor-2012

(but unavailable in the USA ‘till

2013) Duke 690 may move Thumper-ism

closer to becoming a mainstream religion.

It’s based on the older 690 Duke, but

This Duke’s the King

90 percent of its components are new:

the frame is reworked for a lower, wider,

more comfy two-piece seat (down to

32.8 inches), the motor is stroked to an

actual 690cc (from 654), the bodywork

and exhaust is revamped, the wheels are

new, and the WP suspension has been

dumbed down a bit—probably to keep the

price an affordable $8999. Other details:

radial-mount cast Brembo brake caliper,

switchable ABS, Adler-type “slipper”

clutch, new cylinder head and

engine-management system

for improved economy and

improved 6000-mile service

intervals. Power matches the

prior “R” versions: a claimed

67 at the crank. And that’s

propelling about 350 gassedup

pounds of Austrian alloy.

That’s right—as fun as a

Kawasaki 300 Ninja is, the

KTM weighs 20 pounds less

and makes almost twice the


We’re a long way from getting

brand-new demo units right

from KTM, both status-wise

and geographically, so bless

the nice folks at Scuderia

West. “Oh, you have to ride this!” squealed

Krystal, rolling a dealer-plated demo

unit out onto the

narrow sidewalk.

Don just gazed

his steely gaze and

nodded. We were

pressed for time—

we only had the

Brammo (see next

page) for a day, and

the KTM would

be gone by the

weekend—but how

could we say no?

If you’ve ridden a

modern Thumper,

the Duke is familiar

at start-up. But

twist the gas at

high speeds and it’s

more like a superlight


racebike. The top-end hit is just sensational,

and the bike feels fast up to a buck-ten or

so. Not fast for a thumper, not fast for a

middleweight: fast. There are plenty of

bikes with more motor—much, much more

motor—but not a lot with this little weight

and 60-plus horsepower. Wheelies, stoppies,

backin’ it in: it’s all on the menu, served

up on a stable, predictable, easy-to-handle

package. It also gets great fuel economy

(2012 and newer 690 Duke owners on report 50-60 mpg) and it’s

cheaper to maintain than prior KTMs.

Yeah, this is a bike with huge appeal.

Experts and new riders alike will have a

good time on it. I just wish I had it long

enough for a full review.

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single-cylinder motorcycle.

There is a saying in the SuMo community

that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast

than a fast bike slow. The Duke blows holes

in this because it’s not actually a slow bike...

but it is a whole lot of fun to ride—in part

because it makes sixty-seven horsepower and

weighs only slightly more than a scooter.

Throw in the ridiculously competent

chassis, a slipper clutch, and delightfully

powerful Brembo brakes, and the result

is one absolutely lusty bike that is just the

tool for carpe-ing the living shit out of your

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desire it.

However, the Duke

is not a hard-edged

thoroughbred that

is awful at less than

10/10ths, even with

its European racing

pedigree. It is docile and pleasant around

town, civil and smooth on the highway. It

only bares its teeth when you ask it to. This

duality makes for a very useful commuting

partner and weekend hooning instrument.

My 690 Enduro shares a motor with the

previous edition, so I could easily detect

the improvements. For instance, the fuel

injection works in a much more courteous

manner than my ‘08, thanks in part to the

new dual-spark cylinder head. Reliability

improvements have been made, most

noticeably the addition of an external

oil line to the cam cover to combat the

infrequent roller-rocker bearing failures

of previous years. Suspension damping

also seems improved, although I couldn’t

verify that.

I would recommend this bike to anyone

looking for an entertaining, do-it-all

bike, as long as your plans don’t include

single-track dirt riding or cross-country

touring. It has even gotten me thinking

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tell my wife.

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Used to be, electric bikes were a

novelty. Lead-acid batteries meant

that silky-smooth power and plugin

convenience was possible—for short

rides. Thirty miles was too far to venture

with an e-moto, unless your S.O. was

following with a very long extension cord.

And now it’s 2013. Electric vehicles have

come a really long way—which means

you can go a really long way. This Brammo

Empulse R, for instance, can go something

like 56 miles at a steady 70 mph—121 miles

at around-town speeds, and our actual

riding made me think the estimates (which

now have SAE guidelines) are fairly realistic.

Top speed is over 100 mph, and unlike some

of the e-bikes we’ve seen over the years, it

actually looks like a motorcycle, with an

Italian-built twin-spar aluminum frame,

conventional Marzocchi fork, Brembo

brakes and radial sportbike-spec tires. It

even has a clutch and six-speed gearbox.

Riding this bike is the most appliancelike

experience you can have at 100 mph.

Smooth, silent, easy to ride—that’s a given

with an electric bike. But fast? Oh, yes;

the Brammo can whip past gas-powered

bikes with just a twist of the wrist. Riding

on a twisty road is a good time, as you

don’t have to worry about gear selection.

Your only worry is the little battery icon

on the instrument panel—if you buy this

bike for sporting weekend rides, you may

be disappointed. Until range gets longer

and charging stations become ubiquitous,

electric vehicles are best for trips of

defined range.

Which brings me to the gearbox. I don’t

get it. It’s adds little to the experience, if

you ask me. Neutral is in between second

and third for some reason, but you don’t

really need neutral—the bike rolls freely

in gear with the clutch engaged. Come

to think of it, you don’t really need the

clutch, either, although it does make

getting under way smoother, a role throttlemanagement

software handles on other

e-bikes. I found myself shifting out of habit,

but it felt like I was playing a video game

with a disconnected joystick. I’m sure if I

was doing a trackday—or just spent a lot

more time on the bike—I would start to

figure out how to best use it, but my quick

impression is Brammo should bin the

clutch, make the transmission a two-speed

(city and highway), and carve 40 pounds

off the bike—or use the extra space and

weight for more battery capacity.

So I’m surprised I’m saying this, as I’ve

been champing at the bit to ride this thing

for years, but I found it to be too much like a

conventional motorcycle. It’s 470 pounds,

and though you don’t really feel the weight

most of the time—the CG is comically low,

like a scooter’s—you know it’s there, which

diminishes the playful character of the

electric motor.

It’s not cheap, at $16,995 (the R model

is $2000 more—you get carbon-fiber

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bodywork, along with higher-spec

suspension), but you do get some dough

back from Uncle Sam ($1700-1900) and

Uncle Jerry ($900) and you won’t buy gas

for this bike. If you ride 10,000 miles a year

on your commute, that’s $1000 a year saved

compared to a 40 mpg bike at $4 a gallon.

And it’s really fun to ride, giving up little to

any middleweight commuter I’ve ridden.

Would it be a rational purchase? Not really.

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much feedback. Surprisingly, I found that

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Regarding the transmission, more oddness

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The ratios are very closely spaced, and

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Off-Road Survival Guide Part V

By Bill Klein, Off-Road Editor

Hang on tight! We’re taking

a ride back to a place more

scary than the 600-foot

“hill” (former Olympic ski jump?)

all your buddies are waving at you

to follow them down! We’re going

back to junior high school.

Remember those insecure days

when your body was sprouting in the most

obviously wrong ways? When little Mary

tossed out a careless comment about your

lanky arms, condemning you to hours

at the bathroom mirror wishing you had

someone else’s body? After all these years

you’ve adjusted to your 28-inch inseam

and 54L sleeve length. Now it’s time that

the world—or at least the dirtbike in your

world—adjusts to fit you.

Off-roading is so much more safe and

simple when your bike’s controls—and

terra firma—are within natural reach.

Proper set-up of your bike will make it

easier to ride and reliable no matter how far

back in the boonies you ride.

Start with seat height. Dirt bikes are

necessarily tall to provide suspension

travel and clear all the obstacles you hope

to conquer. But you’ll take some lumps if

tippy toes are the only way to reach the

ground. Feet should be flat or nearly so

when you straddle your bike on the level.

Still too high? Get a lowering link for the

rear suspension, have a shop shorten the

shock absorber, raise the fork tubes slightly

in the triple clamps, and/or shave some

foam off the seat.

Sorry, platform boots look dorky and make

shifting difficult.

Time out. Before we tweak your scooter

any more, two words must be stated

about the proper riding position: Stand

up. One more time: stand up. All together

now: Staaaand Up! You ride a dirt bike

mostly while standing on the foot pegs.

This enables you to shift your weight to

maintain balance, maximize traction,

and instantly react to surprise moves by

your motorized bucking bronco. While

standing, your knees should be slightly

bent so your legs can act like shock

absorbers. Stay loose and limber. And

The set-up:

Fitting bike to body

make your body’s home base the centered

position on the bike.

Move in any direction necessary, but

always return home. Keep your torso

bent forward so your upper chest is

positioned over the triple clamp with

head up and elbows out. This standing

position takes some getting used to

Adjust your bike for this riding position and you can go anywhere!

but enables you to rapidly shift your

weight from side to side, up and down,

fore and aft. Of course, there are very

appropriate times to ride on the seat of

your pants, but first-timers should make

standing a habit. If you want to go old

school, remove the seat when you ride.

A few booty bruises will remind you to

keep standing.

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Back to bike set-up. Initially support

your bike upright (on a stand or against

a wall). Now stand on the foot pegs and

reach for the bars, partner. Your hands

should naturally fall on the grips with

no stretching or yoga. If not, loosen the

mounts slightly and rotate the handlebars

until they are easily within reach. On some

bikes you can also move the handlebar

mounts forward or back on the triple

clamp. You want the bars positioned to

comfortably hold you slightly forward and

over the triple clamps.

After adjusting handlebar position, slightly

loosen the clutch and brake lever mounts

(perches) and rotate the levers so they

naturally rest beneath your fingers. When

in the standing position, levers should be a

bit higher than inline with your forearms.

Occasionally you’ll need to sit and want the

levers to be within reach when you’re on

your duff.

Trail tip: Wrap one or two turns of Teflon

tape around the handlebar beneath each

perch, then tighten the perch so it can be

rotated with just a bit of effort. This allows

you to make single-handed adjustments to

lever angle while riding.

It also permits the lever/perch to pivot

without breaking when you fall. Replacing

levers and perches is costly. Worse, try

riding up some tight switchback trail

without a clutch lever! Some bikes come

with clutch and brake levers that can be

adjusted for reach distance, must-haves

if your pinkies are shorties. Adjustable

aftermarket levers are also available.

Of course, you don’t have to

worry about breaking levers if

you equip your bike with hand

guards. These are a necessity for

trail riding. They protect your

hands from flying rocks and

branches, and prevent clutch

and brake lever breakage when

you fall. Don’t waste your money

on the plastic guards. Buy the

stronger aluminum guards. Position them

to cover your knuckles without inhibiting

movement of levers or throttle.

Handlebars on dirt bikes are wider than

those on road bikes. Don’t be afraid to

cut up to an inch off each end to obtain a

better fit. Don’t remove too much or there

won’t be room for the perches, hand guard

mounts, kill button, and starter switch (if

you have one). You can also buy bars of

different heights and bends to achieve the

perfect fit.

Grips are also important to comfort and

safety. Everyone has their preferences,

but choose a style that is firm yet provides

adequate cushioning, and doesn’t get

slippery when wet. You tend to forget how

good new grips feel so treat yourself by

changing them before they get smooth.

Cut the old grips off with a razorblade or

knife, being careful not to damage the

plastic throttle tube. Clean any dried glue

off the bars and throttle and don’t use glue

inside the new grips. Shoot a little Aqua

Net hair spray inside the grip and quickly

slide it onto the bar. Then wrap two turns

of annealed stainless steel wire around the

grip in two or three places to prevent it

from turning on the handlebar.

Now that we have the hand jive covered,

let’s move down to your feet.

Position the gear shift lever so you can

change gears without excessive leg

movement. Check out wider aftermarket

foot pegs if you feel stock pegs don’t

support your size 17s, Shaq. And don’t

ignore the rear brake pedal. You’ll find

it initially awkward, but lower the pedal

height so the brake doesn’t activate when

you land off a jump or shift your weight

forward. You may also find it necessary to

reposition the kick-start lever to clear your

leg. If you do so, be sure it still starts the

bike without hitting the frame or foot peg.

Once you adjust the bike for your body, you

may need to give it some extra protective

gear. A skid plate is mandatory to protect

engine side covers and the water pump

from rocks, logs, and crash damage. Buy

the most heavy-duty aluminum model

specifically designed for your bike. It

should shield engine parts but still allow

you to change oil, filter, and coolant

without having to be removed.

But more on bike set-up in the future. Until

then, your homework is to study up on

radiator guards, fork seal savers, doublethick

inner tubes, suspension adjustments,

and everyone’s favorite: Lubrication.

Next month: Miss CityBike’s guide to trail-riding


maynard HERSHON

I’m not the guy you’d expect to hear

from about electric motorcycles.

I’ve read far too many articles about

e-bikes, bikes I’d never even seen. Like

you, I’ve been blitzed with gushing

press releases about the newest e-bike

developments, no matter how minor.

Never having wanted an e-bike

or even sat on one, I was tired

of hearing about them.

I’ve never thought of fossilfueled

motorcycles as oldtech

or environmentally

damaging. Fuel costs do not

overwhelm me. I like fossilfueled

motorcycles. They’re

why I’m here on this page.

So when CityBike asked me to ride to

Littleton, south of my home in Denver, to

test-ride a Zero e-bike, I was pleased but not

ecstatic. I called Grand Prix Motorsports

and arranged a ride for the next morning.

I was told it’d be a 15-minute ride led by a

Grand Prix employee.

I told Chance at Grand Prix that I wasn’t

a potential customer. I said I worked for

two motorcycle magazines and would

be writing about my ride. I don’t believe

Chance cared much about the magazines,

the nearest one to Littleton being 1200

miles due west. I’m sure he’d never heard of

CityBike or Motorcycle Sport and Leisure.

But because Zero and Grand Prix

Motorsports want you to ride their

e-bikes, there was no problem whatsoever

scheduling the ride. I was to present (for

photocopying) my motorcycle-endorsed

license and my proof of insurance.

I emailed my editor to tell him about the

scheduled 15-minute ride. He responded

saying that I would want to ride far longer.

I couldn’t imagine why. I hadn’t decided

that riding the Zero would suck, not at all.

But I’m an internal-combustion kinda guy.

I figure you are too. Aren’t we all? Not that

we’ve had many attractive options.

I did not search the ‘net for information to

prepare me for the ride. I went in cold. At

Grand Prix, a big, slick Polaris, Kawasaki,

Suzuki, Yamaha and Zero dealer, I saw that

there is an equally slick gun store upstairs!

By the way, U.S. news media tells us

that gun stores are empty of inventory.

Everything is sold, they exclaim, to frantic

Americans sure their right to own or carry

firearms is about to be infringed. Grand

Prix had showcases full of blue-steel

hardware. No shortage in evidence.

Maybe we can’t believe everything we read

or that we hear on the news. You can trust

me though.

I figured Grand Prix would stock a couple

of Zero e-bikes, a demo and one

or two un-serviced new bikes. But

the store must have had nearly a

dozen. Chance introduced me to

Dennis, my ride guide, and went

off to copy my papers. I asked Dennis

if anything about the e-bike would be

so unfamiliar as to cause me to “make a

mistake,” as the racers say.

Nah, Dennis said, it’s easy. There’s no shift

lever and no clutch lever. Your left foot does

nothing. Your left hand operates the turn

signals and horn. The front and rear brakes

are operated like motorcycle brakes, by the

right hand and right foot—not like a twist-

’n’-go scooter.

Being told that there is no clutch or shift

lever is one thing. Canceling the habits

of decades is another. I’d see a traffic

light ahead, and I’d want to downshift;

I’d start to extend my foot to the nonexistent

shift lever and my fingers to the

invisible clutch lever.

Once the key is on, Dennis said, when

you kick the stand up, the bike is “hot,”

meaning the throttle will cause it to move

ahead. Remember, the bike makes no

sounds, nothing like an idling engine, to let

you know that it’s running. It isn’t running.

Dennis pointed out a mode switch

mounted near the speedo. You can select

either low-power, juice-saving eco mode

or Sport mode. Unsure of how I’d do while

getting used to the Zero, I switched to the

eco mode.

I know that an electric motor does not have

a power curve like an internal combustion

motor. I thought that full power at two

miles an hour might scare me a little. I need

not have feared. I rode a block or two in

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low-power mode, switched to Sport and

never thought about the choice again.

A Zero S is a small motorcycle, about the

size of a Suzuki DR400, I’d say, and styled

like a supermoto: narrow seat and tank,

nothing visible from the saddle above the

flattish bars but the gauges, footpegs under

your bottom. It’s a good-looking bike.

Tentatively at first, I followed Dennis out

of the Grand Prix parking lot. The e-power

is not sudden at all, even in Sport mode.

The throttle is gradual in action and the

response is soft, especially at walking

or near-walking pace. It’s nothing like a

switch. I was immediately reassured.

I know that an electric motor does not have a

power curve like an internal combustion motor.

I thought that full power at two miles an hour

might scare me a little. I need not have feared.

And reminded in those same few seconds

that I really love little motorcycles. The

Zero is nimble and effortless to steer.

You feel you could make a u-turn at 40

mph. The brakes are powerful, I thought,

smooth, easy to modulate. Nothing

about the bike set off alarms in my


As you ride, the bike disappears under

you more than a comparable fossil-fuel

bike would. There is no noise, not from

the motor or the belt drive. You hear or

feel the tires on the pavement and you feel

the suspension working a bit over bumps,

mostly in the rear.

The motor just spins up without effort or

buzz, making the smoothest conventional

bike you’ve ever ridden seem rough and

unsophisticated. The initial application of

throttle gets you across the intersection

at automobile pace but the acceleration

seems to build without fuss or any sense

that it’ll ever end. I saw 70 mph briefly on

the digital speedo.

I never rolled the throttle on completely.

I’d guess that the Zero is as powerful as a

small to medium conventional bike, like a

300 Kawasaki Twin or a 400 Suzuki Single.

Plenty adequate.

My left foot and left hand did not miss

changing gears. My ears did not miss the

roar and rattle of internal combustion and

a drive chain. I rode by dozens of filling

stations without ever wanting to turn in

and park at a pump. I was happy on that

little electric motorcycle.

Fuel range is in the area of 100 miles

depending on how hard you ride and

how much you use the brake, which

regenerates electricity and charges the

battery (on Eco mode—Ed.). If you had

access at home and at work to electrical

outlets, the Zero would make

a wonderful commute bike.

And—if you had a 3 ½ mile

commute, say, you would not

be abusing a gasoline engine

that holds two or three

quarts of oil, never getting

that oil hot, never clearing

the engine of condensation,

never blowing all the corrosive moisture

out of the exhaust system.

A Zero S is not an inexpensive choice,

but the savings in fuel and (one hopes)

maintenance costs should offset that initial

outlay. Perhaps there is a rebate or tax

credit where you live that might help also.

If I did more local riding—within 50

miles of my home, or if I commuted by

motorcycle or wanted to, I’d be looking for

a way to own a Zero S. I don’t want one for

my only motorcycle—because I like to take

long journeys by bike.

If these e-bikes are the future, hey, I’m okay

with that future. I don’t necessarily want

to read about e-bikes, I want to read about

MotoGP bikes and WSBK bikes. But I

think I’d like to own an e-bike. If they get

cheaper to buy and their range per charge

gets longer, sign me right up.


The South Jersey Enduro Riders

spread their trail work as far apart

as they can. They run their Curly

Fern Enduro early in the season and their

dual-sport ride late. As the last event

on the East Coast Enduro Association

schedule, their ’92 dual-sport ride took

place in mid-November with expected low

temperatures, unexpected snow flurries,

and enough cold to freeze the appendages

off a brass monkey. I really couldn’t

complain about it because one year when

I was a SJER member we ran a Fern on

March 8 when the temperature was eight

(eight!) degrees. After pre-running the first

half I didn’t get really warm again until

Labor Day—two years later.

We signed up for that dual-sport run in a

group, me with a nice lady named Bernice

on the caboose end of my XL600R. My

buddy Norm signed up with Gary and

Donna who’d recently became live-ins

(which are the same as newlyweds without

all the red tape, the arguments over

invitations and the closetful of toasters

and cheese boards). These two made me

want to barf; they kissed every time they

When will someone come up with a

plug-in, Indy-type electric starter

that we can use to start a big engine

then unplug the thing and use the

kickstarter the rest of the day?

separated to go to the bathroom then

kissed again when they reunited, acting like

Gary had just gotten a commuted sentence

from the Governor.

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My big Honda Single had cold-soaked all

week in the back of my van at temperatures

below 40 degrees, so I roped in a young

linebacker type to kick it alive. I could have

done it myself but then I wouldn’t have had

enough energy

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must be

spinning over

at considerable rpm before letting a spark

reach the plug. This is no problem on a

warm day or with a warm engine but I need

40 dollars worth of quarters in my right

hip pocket to get it going, as the Brits say,

“from cold.”

When will someone come up with a plugin,

Indy-type electric starter that we can

use to start a big engine then unplug the

thing and use the kickstarter the rest of

the day?

Mark Larsen, the fellow for whom the

Mark Larsen Memorial Stump Field is

named, did a good deal of the dual-sport

layout and is to be congratulated because

he did a nice job on most of it. My buddy

Norm might not agree as he had an

“incident” on one of the deep-sand sections

that always seemed way too long.

Bernice and I came around a bend

reasonably quickly, which is necessary in

deep sand, and there was Norm lying flat

on the trail at least 20 feet in front of his

motorcycle, which was well off the trail and

still upright in the pine trees. I knew better

than to start hauling and lifting a downed

rider and asked Norm what he wanted me

to do. He rolled over slowly and shook his

head to indicate “do nothing.”

The last time I saw a look like this was on

the face of a man with five children just

after he got laid off on Christmas Eve.

The next two riders stopped and I asked

them to drag Norm’s Yamaha back onto

the trail then run ahead and tell Gary to

kiss his lady good-bye and get his lips back

here as soon as he could. Five minutes

later Gary came humming back on his

XR250, lipstick still on his

lips and I asked him to keep

the still-shocked

Norm off the

trail because

other riders

were still




was in no

shape to

jump out

of the way.

My intention was to ride ahead to the next

blacktop, leave Bernice, come back to haul

Norm out then ask Gary to ride Norm’s

bike out. It was a good plan but not needed

as Norm rode up almost as soon as Bernice

stepped off.

The five of us rode on to the end of the

route sheet then turned back to cut the

course to ride more blacktop because it was

getting much colder and darker and snow

slurries were getting thicker. After his highside

in the deep sand Norm rode 84 miles

with his left wing hanging down, shifting

without the clutch and not looking like he

was having a really good time. We loaded

his motorcycle into his van then watched as

he crawled into the driver’s seat at a speed

one notch up from death.

The next day Norm said he didn’t feel up

to snuff and the day after he got talked into

seeing his doctor who discovered nothing

worse than one broken collarbone and only

two broken ribs.

The best part is that he qualified for the

prestigious Meteor Motorcycle Club’s

annual “Crash and Burn” award., his three

broken bones beat out four guys with only

two broken bones each.

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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. Was $13,999

– NOW $10,099 !!! Stock # H2898

COMING SOON 2013 Zero Electric Motorcycles.

Improvements for 2013 include a new Z-Force motor with

up to 70 ft-lbs of torque, top speed of 95 mph, range up to

135 miles, removable storage in the “tank” of the S model

and Bluetooth Smartphone integration. Select models

are eligible for the $900 CA Clean Air Vehicle Rebate and

10% Federal tax credit. Call for a Demo Ride and mention

CityBike. 650-992-1234

2011 ZERO Electric Motorcycles Factory Authorized

Clearance savings available here at Mission

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

is $3500.00 OFF!!! Plus, select ZERO Motorcycles qualify

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

1234 for more information.

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.

New Honda CRF50 and CRF70 $150.00 OFF!!! Get your

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

Training wheels available.

NEW 2012 SUZUKI SALE Save up to $250 on GSXR600,

GSXR750, V-Strom 1000, Boulevard M109, Boulevard

C50 and Burgman 650 Executive. Special, low financing


2012 CRF150R Big Wheel ON SALE NOW!!! Excellent

motorcross bike for teens or smaller adults.

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 Heated Grips

and Seat! 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 Yamaha FZ1 $9,799 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


2012KawasakiNinja650 Black with only 15 miles!

$6699 for an excellent mid-size bike. Fuel-injected and

liquid cooled for ease of use and dependability! Stock#


2012 Kawasaki KLX250S Green dual-sport bike with 1st

service completed. Only 538 miles! Almost new for $4299

Stock# U1199.

2010 Honda Fury in Burgundy Want a custom looking

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

1300cc chopper. Price dropped from $8999 to $8,500.

Only 5,805 miles. Stock # U1174

2010 Yamaha WR250R Dual-sport bike with fuel

injection. Comes with a Sargent seat and ProMoto rear

luggage rack. 5639 miles, $5899 Stock# U1184

2009 Yamaha YZ450F White with black & red decals,

$3599. Fresh tires, new fork seals, and ready to ride!

Stock# U1195

2009KawasakiNinja650 $5299. Red. Comes with Arrow

exhaust, tall windshield, and rear seat cowl. 4,314 miles.

Stock# C493.

2008 Honda CBR1000RR Black with full graphics kit

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

# C487

2007 Yamaha R1 $7099, Dark gray with red rim-stripes,

Vortex rearsets, new rear tire, 32,226 miles. Stock# U1181

2006 Yamaha VStar 650 Classic Dark Blue & Black.

In great condition, shiny chrome, shaft drive, only 8,357

miles. $3699 Stock# U1198

2004 BMW RT1150 $9099 Silver. Low mileage 5,025

miles. Great touring bike with side bags, heated grips,

adjustable windscreen and a passenger backrest! Stock#


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)

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.


11011 $4495 2008 Buell Blast Custom Blue 1178 mi

12007 $7995 2005 Ducati MULTISTRADA 1000 S DS

Red 43443mi

12013 $3495 1996 Honda Sport Touring ST1100

Red 37668mi

12022C $10995 2005 Harley-Davidson Fire Fighter

Special Road King FLHRI Red 55906mi

12035C $9995 2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy FLSTF

Red 14264 mi

12036 $2995 1986 Honda Shadow VT 1100 C

Blk/Slv 17751 mi

12051C $2795 2001 Honda Shadow VT750C

Black 77306 mi

12054 $5995 2005 Suzuki GSXR 1000

Yellow/Black 17251 mi

12057 $4495 2007 Suzuki C 50(VL800)

Red/Black 11865 mi

12058 $9495 2005 Harley Davidson Softail FXSTI

Blue 17968 mi

12062C $5795 2000 Buell X-1 Lightning Red 10645 mi

12066 $4995 2000 Buell X-1 RRS #599 of 800

Red 9859 mi

12067 $3295 2009 Suzuki S40 (LS650) 650cc, 1cyl

Black 14882 mi

12068 $3495 2006 Suzuki S50 (VS800) BLK 16677 mi

12069 $6995 2012 Suzuki C50T (VL800T)

BLK/RED 8781 mi

12071 $2295 2004 Honda Nighthawk CB250

Black 12508 mi

12072 $1895 1981 Yamaha Maxim XJ650

Silver 45941 mi

13002 $3995 2007 Suzuki Katana GSX750F

Black 20935 mi

13003 $5995 2007 Yamaha YZF-R6 600cc

Silver 7352 mi

13004 $10495 2002 HD Ultra Classic FLHTCUI

Blue 10495 mi


10205 $2995 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic

VN 1500-D1 Black XXXXX mi

12025 $2995 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan VN750A

Red/Grey 24428 mi

12064 $CALL 1999 Yamaha V STAR XV650

Black XXXXX mi

120XX $CALL 1996 Triumph Trophy 900cc Green

49903 mi

12073 $2595 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan EN500C

Black 9388 mi

13001 $2995 1984 Honda V65 Magna VF1100C

Red 34888 mi


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



Download a free QR code scanner from your app

store or google play. Then scan the following QR code

to see our current inventory including detailed specs

and images!


- All used motorcycles at sf moto come with a 3

month warranty. We thoroughly go through our used


- If we find brakes to be worn over 60%, new pads

are installed

- If we find tires to be worn beyond 60%, new tires

are installed

- If chain & sprockets are worn beyond 60%, we

install new chain & sprockets.

Aprilia RSV 1000 Bol D’Or, 2007, 15921 miles, Orange/

Lavender - $8998

Aprilia Shiver 750, 2009, 3698 miles, Blue / Silver - $7998

Aprilia Shiver 750, 2856 miles, Silver, - $7998

Honda 919, 2005, 14103 miles, Black - $5998

Honda 919, 2002, 17425 miles, Red - $5498

Honda 919, 2007, 13309 miles, Red metallic - $5998

Honda CB1000, 2011, 4124 miles, Black - $9498

Honda CBR250R, 2011, 1015 miles, Black - $4098

Honda CBR250R, 2012, 1811 miles, Red/White/Blue - $3998

Honda CBR250RR, 2007, 8078 miles, Blue/Silver - $6998

Honda CBR600RR, 2007, 9689 miles, Blue/Silver - $7998

Honda CBR600RR, 2009, 4993 miles, Red - $8498

Honda Shadow Aero 750, 2005, 14875 miles, black - $3498

Honda Silverwing, 2003, 23610 miles, red, - $3498

Honda VFR800 Interceptor, 2006, 15299 miles, - $5998

Honda VTX1800, 2003, 14257 miles, red, - $4998

KawasakiNinja250,2005, 4084 miles, Blue - $3198

KawasakiNinja250,2009, 7501 miles, green, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2009, 533 miles, green, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2011, 422 miles, green, - $4098

KawasakiNinja250,2012, 4618 miles, red, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2011, 1118 miles, green, - $4098

KawasakiNinja250,2010, 5308 miles, blue, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2009, 3409 miles, green, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2011, 103 miles, white, - $4098

KawasakiNinja250,2006, 4925 miles, red, - $2998

KawasakiNinja250,2009, 2050 miles, black, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2012,3472 miles, green met. - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2008, 2585 miles, green, - $3998

KawasakiNinja250,2009, 1652 miles, black, - $3998

KawasakiNinja500,2007, 2468 miles, Orange, - $3998

KawasakiNinja500,2008, 7564 miles, Red, - $3998

KawasakiNinja500,2007, 8702 miles, Orange, - $3998

KawasakiNinja500,2003, 1958 miles, Blue, - $3998

KawasakiNinja650,2008, 4077 miles, green, - $5898

KawasakiNinja650,2007, 3986 miles, blue, - $5898

KawasakiNinja650,2012, 1479 miles, black, - $6998

KawasakiNinja650,2009, 12601 miles, red, - $5998

KawasakiNinja650,2009, 5095 miles, black, - $6198

KawasakiNinja650,2009, 3648 miles, green, - $5998

KawasakiNinja650,2011, 2547 miles, Orange, - $6898

KawasakiNinja650,2011, 4116 miles, Black, - $6798

KawasakiNinjaER-6N, 14297 miles, blue, - $5698

KawasakiNinjaZX-6R, 2284 miles, black, - $8498

Kawasaki Versys 650, 26495 miles, red, - $5298

Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 656 miles, blue, - $6998

Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 1648 miles, blue, - $6998

Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 4752 miles, black, - $6998

Kymco Xciting 250 i.e., ABS, 2007, 282 miles, black, $2998

Piaggio Fly 150, 2009, 266 miles, white, - $2698

Piaggio Fly 150, 2010, 608 miles, silver, - $1998

Piaggio LT150, 2003, 7289 miles, Black, - $1998

Piaggio MP3 400, 2010, 6154 miles, blue, - $6498

Piaggio MP3 250, 2009, 2059 miles, black, - $4498

Suzuki Boulevard S40, 2012, 49 miles, Orange/black, - $4998

Suzuki Burgman 400, 2008, 9575 miles, red, - $4498

Suzuki Burgman 400, 10158 miles, black, - $3498

Suzuki DR650, 2008, 3669 miles, blue, - $5498

Suzuki DRZ-400, 2011, 1271 miles, white, - $5898

Suzuki GSXR-750, 2011, 1351 miles, black, - $9898

Suzuki GSXR-750, 2007, 3084 miles, black, - $7998

Suzuki SV650, 2003, 11331 miles, orange, - $4498

Suzuki SV650, 2007, 28920 miles, red, - $4498

Suzuki SV650S, 2007, 5198 miles, blue - $5498

Suzuki SV650S, 2007, 11492 miles, red - $5498

Suzuki SV650, 2005, 9692 miles, blue - $4998

Suzuki V-Strom 650, 2009, 13332 miles, black - $6998

Suzuki V-Strom 650, 2007, 13160 miles, black - $6498

SYM HD125 scooter, 2006, 5390 miles, blue - $2498

Triumph Bonneville T100, 2011, 18347 miles, black - $7598

Triumph Bonneville T100, 2008, 1368 miles, red/

silver - $7498

Triumph Street Triple, 2011, 1906 miles, red - $8198

Triumph Street Triple R, 2010, 13538 miles, Silver - $8498

Triumph Tiger 800XC ABS, 2011, 1994 miles, white - $10998

Yamaha FZ6, 2007, 567 miles, red, - $5998

Yamaha FZ6, 2009, 7984 miles, yellow - $5998

Yamaha FZ6, 2012, 592 miles, white - $6898

Yamaha YZFR6, 2010, 6450 miles, black - $8498

Yamaha YZFR6, 2003, 27179 miles, blue - $4998

Yamaha YZFR6, 2008, 1271 miles, yellow - $8298

Yamaha YZFR6, 2009, 1271 miles, white - $8498

Yamaha FZ1, 2005, 10670 miles, blue - $5998

Yamaha V-Star 250, 1271 miles, black - $3898

Yamaha YZFR1, 2009, 26 miles, blue - $9998

Yamaha Zuma 125, 2009, 28 miles, blue - $2998

Yamaha Zuma 125, 2009, 2337 miles, blue - $2798


–All SYM bikes come with a 2 year factory warranty–

SYM Mio 50 scooter, 2013, NEW, black - $1998

SYM Citycom 300i scooter, 2009, NEW, red or blue - $3999

SYM Fiddle II 125 scooter, 2013, NEW, sand, blue,

black, red, white - $2295

SYM HD200 scooter, 2013, NEW, Yellow, Orange, Black,

Red, Gunmetal - $3495

SYM Symba (aka Honda Cub), 2013, NEW, blue, red,

black - $2349

SYM Wolf (aka Honda CB150), 2013, NEW, Tricolor, red,

green, black, white - $2995

Hyosung Aquila 250 EFI, NEW, Black, - $3999

Hyosung Comet 250, NEW, Black, - $4098


1973 CB350 Four, 36k miles. Mild café racer with new bars,

taillight, stainless spokes, Bridgestone rubber, shocks, etc.

Original paint, chrome, seat cover. I have most of the takeoff

parts (not exhaust).

Very clean bike with no damage history. Clean title, ridden

on weekends. Needs a few TLC items, call to discuss.

Asking $2550 OBO. (510)760-1986

1978 BMW R100/7

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.

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


‘89 Yamaha XT350 Dualsport. 6.2k mi, new tires, chain,

sprockets. excellent condition, Mendocino Coast. $2150.

707/-962-0379, Mendocino Coast area - please leave


Yamaha XT350-Darius Chamran

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. 925-240-7937



4052 Watts St @ 40th

Emeryville, CA


Monday-Friday 8am-7pm


Do-it-yourself lifts available for rent By appointment.

Classes at Addiction Motors

Check out our new class schedule, two classes, every week

and every month @ Addiction.

First Wednesday: Complete Chain Service

Second Wednesday: Suspension

Third Wednesday: TBD

Fourth Wednesday: Fork Service

First Saturday: Making it Yours: How to Customize and


Second Saturday: Brake Service

Third Saturday: Experts Forum

Fourth Saturday: Changing Oil

Check out the large selection of showcased bikes for sale by

owner – we may have your next ride sitting in our shop!

Addiction Motors is a full service motorcycle maintenance

and repair cooperative in Emeryville. Our cooperative

includes the independently owned and operated business

of LG Moto, Mechanical Advantage, Spa Moto, ZBF, and

Wrench It Yourself, all supported under the umbrella of

Addiction Motors, LLC.



*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 —




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. 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: 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


Please mention this ad and you will receive an additional

5% off on your purchase.


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



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while you are thinking about it, so that you

will have them when you need them.


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motorcycling businesses that we rely on, all motorcycle

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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 —

Motorcycle & ATV


Sonoma, Marin, Napa & Mendocino Counties

24 hour Roadside Pickup


Insured & Licensed

California Motor Carrier Permit


Bavarian Cycle Works in San Francisco is seeking a

seasoned motorcycle technician. The ideal candidate

will have solid technical and mechanical skills regarding

work on BMW motorcycles, but we will also consider

those having mechanical knowledge and experience of

Triumph Ducati and Moto Guzzi or limited other foreign

brands. Clean shop with good work environment.

Additional MUSTS: Be detail oriented, Understand basic

motorcycle electrical systems, Be able to work with minimal

supervision,Maintain a positive working relationship with

rest of staff,Take pride in work, Have own tools,Be reliable

and timely, Please call 415-829-8235 for consideration.

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




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