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them, and the aftermarket support is sogood that any flaw you can think of canbe fixed for much less than the 23 LargeHonda wants for the new bike.Meanwhile, BMW, with some kind ofprescience, or maybe just uncanny kismet,priced its 2011 K1600GTL at $23,200—one dollar more than the base-modelGL1800. And it’s better equipped, withABS, power-adjusted windscreen, a year offree Sirius satellite radio and an inline Sixthat makes 160 bhp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque(it’s also 135 pounds lighter).Honda’s Jon Seidel, when asked about theGoldwing Mafia’s ire, explained that itjust didn’t make sense “to do an all-newGoldwing—what that would have cost andwhat would that take to do... to the peoplewho make the decisions, this just wasn’tthe right time for it.” Instead, Honda metwith “existing customers and asked whatcan we upgrade while keeping cost whereit is.” Seidel was upbeat—and admittedto a certain amount of spin—saying thatHonda’s customers appreciated the morelaid-back and comfortable attitude of the‘Wing compared to what could be a morefrantic, high-speed experience on the BMW.Do you really want to cruise at 140 mph?Don’t you want to enjoy things? “I thinkwe’ll have an advantage with a customer.”Honda’s new product has slowed to atrickle in the last few years (althoughSeidel says it’s more new product than“brands S, K and Y” have individuallyput out), and what is introduced seems tobe originally intended for other markets.We think Honda is focusing its attentionand resources to developing markets andaway from its aging U.S. and Europeancustomers, which only make up about4 percent of its motorcycle unit salesanyway—U SA unit sales have shrunkto 180,000 from 320,000 in 2009. Whenyour average buyer is in his 50s or 60s,how much more can you expect him tobuy? Honda getsasmuch hate from the Internet forum peanutgalleries as does Harley-Davidson for notmaking the products these guys say theywant, but we think the company—whichreported $92 billion in sales in 2010 on 17million motorcycle, car and power productunits—knows what it’s doing.TRIUMPH GOES OFF ROADA great way for an OEM to put its productsout in front of the motorcycle public isto sell them as rental bikes to adventuretouringcompanies. Edelweiss Tours hasprobably sold a lot of BMWs (and recently,Ducati Multistrada 1200s) that way, andnow Triumph gets a piece of the action.Edelweiss just announced a schedule ofTriumph-mounted Tours of England,Europe and Thailand. Participants willget the use of the new Tiger 800XC (thespoked-wheel version with 21-inch frontrims). The England trips get to visit theTriumph factory and the Isle of Man,Wales, Scotland and “the best beachesin England.” Prices start at $4670. Go toedelweissbike.com or call011-43-5264-5690 for more information.AN EMBARRASSMENTOF RICHESCalifornia may not suffer from anembarrassment of riches in the state budgetprocess, but the choice of quality roadsavailable to motorcyclists boggles themind. A recent thread on BARF-that’sthe Bay Area Riders Forum—showed justhow much is available when a poster asked,“What is the number 1 road in California?”The response was so enthusiastic thatforum master Budman Kobza and theBARF moderators set up a process todefinitively answer the question.Eighteen roads made the semi-finals, to beincluded in a poll where members can voteto select the six finalists. There will be sixgroup rides scheduled from April throughSeptember for BARF members to evaluateeach of the six finalists. Participants in eachride will rate the road on a series of criteriaincluding quality and challenge of the road,length of the road, scenic qualities, distancefrom the Bay Area, traffic, presence of lawenforcement, etc. The rating process willbe used to determine the winner of the titleBARF’s number-one road in California. Visitbayarearidersforum.com to learn more.March 2011 | 4 | CityBike.com


easy-to-use rebound adjuster at the bottom,but because there’s no external reservoir,there’s no compression adjustment. ButÖhlins tells us the internal valving may bethe same as the higher-end models, andeach shock is specifically designed and setup for the bike model it’s built for.The Light retails for $617 and is availablefor the BMW F650GS, F800GS/R/ST, R1100GS, R1150GS, R1200GS/Short/Adventure, R1150R, R1150RS,and R1200RT; the full range of DucatiMonster from 600 to 1000/S4; HondaVRF800FI; Kawasaki ER6, Versys, Z750,Z1000; Suzuki V-Strom (650 and 1000),GSF 1200/1250 Bandit, Gladius, SV650;Triumph Tiger 1050; Yamaha FZ1, andFZ8. Order from your dealer, or contactÖhlins USA: ohlinsusa.com or call828/692-4525.RS TAICHIYou may remember RS Taichifor its high-qualityJapanese leather andslick design, andnow it’s back withan expandedproduct lineavailablethroughMotoLiberty(motoliberty.com or800/214-RACE).The $210Intention ELjacket is ahot-weathermesh jacketwith atwist—inadditionto backand chestarmor,it also hasa built-inelectroluminescent back panel that islight, non-intrusive and will glow up to30 hours on a pair of AA batteries. There’salso a version without the light for $180.RS Taichi has a full range of racing,sportriding, cruising and touring gear—check it out.SOWING THE SIDIS OF LOVESidi is among the bestknownbrands forsafety, comfort,quality andItalian style inyour motorcycleboot, but it’s notone to rest onits laurels. Thisyear, the guysat Motonation,distributor forSidi, tell us thatthere will be 10new Sidi models.Two that caughtour attention arethe Street andthe Clever Air.The $190 Streetis a very basiccruiser, touringor commuter boot with a low,casual cut but plenty ofprotective features likea compositeinner sole,internalankleprotection andtough Loricaconstruction. Butwitha removeable arch support and its simpledesign, it should also double as comfy,practical all-around footwear.The $225 Clever Air is a hot-weathertouring boot made of Lorica and freebreathingmesh. It should offer goodprotection with its full height, protectiveheel and toe cups andankle protectors,but your foot won’tget all sweaty andwrinkly like it does inwaterproof boots.Find out more atmotonation.com (besure to check out thebizarre adventures ofTony the Donkey whileyou’re there) or checkyour local motorcycleshop.Bad things can happento good motorcyclistsIf bad things happen when you’re on a motorcycle,our legal system and the people in it aren’t always setup to understand the difference between amotorcyclist and everyone else.I’m Scotty Storey and I ride motorcycles.I know the obstacles motorcyclists facewhen moving their claim or caseforward and I know howto best overcomethose hurdles foryou to achievethe bestoutcomefor yoursituation.Accidents, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Traffic Citations, License Issues:We keep bad things from getting worse after the fact.Call us when you need us.We’re here 24 hours a day,7 days a week to help you.You will speak to a real liveattorney, not a call center.800-264-4379Free legal seminars held weekly!See our website for schedule and details.www.twowheellaw.comMarch 2011 | 7 | CityBike.com


CityBike Review: 2011 Triumph Sprint GTBig Bike Ride FastCityBike Staff and Contributors,Photos by Bob StokstadJohn Joss• 5’9”, 150 pounds• 76 years old• Favorite fried food: calamariAge-old question: what bike to buy?Only appropriate answer: howexperienced are you and what kindof riding do you want to do? Touring orsport? Cruising or commuting? On or offroad? Motocross or trials? The choices areas complex as humankind, realizing thatmost of us—I include myself—can affordonly one motorcycle (statistically, about 90percent of owners).Then, the budget conundrum: how muchcan you afford to spend?Why does all this matter? Because cynicssay that a compromise sacrifices somecapabilities to deliver others. In the case ofsport-touring, it’s the compromise betweensport and touring. Compromise couldmean that it does both badly. So a puresport bike can’t tour and a pure touringbike is a slug.Enter the Triumph Sprint GT,2011 modelTriumph has been producing its Sprintsince 1992. The bike has gained respectfrom a worldwide community of “serious”bikers. Why “serious?” Because occasional,weekend or dilettante riders, oftenlittle more than fad-followers, are not acommunity. Serious bikers commute, tour,carve canyons and ride as a life routine,often daily, not just when the sun shines oran itch must be scratched.The Sprint GT (borrowing the ‘GranTurismo’ car label) focuses onserious, committed riders. It’snot inexpensive, at $13,199equipped (ABS and bags,standard) but highlycompetitive comparedto two other classstars: Honda’s$16,499 ST1300and Yamaha’s $15,490 FJR1300A. Itaims to satisfy riders who like an eager,powerful, responsive motor with precisehandling(sport riders)and thosewho want totravel longdistancessafely andcomfortably (touring riders). It can onlysurvive in the competitive marketplaceby delivering performance and value toserious, committed riders.Three-cylinderheart…and soulTriumph has createdthe heart and soul of agreat motor: its Triple.Triples have establishedthe reborn BritishTriumph, in all theirmanifestations: the 675Daytona, the StreetTriple, the SpeedTriple (borrowingthe name fromthe iconic,1930s‘SpeedTwin’ from Meriden), the Tiger and the1050cc Sprint.All feature that smooth, creamy, vibrationfree,Compromise could meanthat it does both badly.broadbandthree-cylinderpower thatoffers thelow-rev-rangetorque of a Twin with the high-revvingfour-cylinder advantage. Since BMW’smagnificent but underpowered K75died of neglect, the only worldcompetition now is MV’s M3(sadly discounting Benelli’s Triple,almost undistributed in the U.S.).A quality motorcycleAppraising the beast beforeriding, one sees immediately thesuperiorfitand finish. This is a well-made bike, inappearance and feel. The bags (able to holdan XXL helmet) demand a stretch of theright leg and foot when mounting, but oncein the saddle everything fits, including aseat height that works for smaller riders.The controls are well placed and intuitive,with all the usual cockpit data.On the road, againThe Sprint handles well, with very lightsteering—perhaps too light, slightlylacking in front-end feedback. It carvescorners satisfactorily, though the physicsof its almost 600-pound heft limitsultimate corner velocity. It ‘shows a buckplus’ on any decent straight, withoutbreaking a sweat. Suspensionquality is first rate, buton the test ride therewas no opportunityto adjust for riderMarch 2011 | 8 | CityBike.com


weight. Its initial setup was for an averagerider, a good compromise (that word,again).Throttle action is flawless, withoutsnatch, down to 2000 rpm in any gear,from closed to WFO, without “takeupslack” at the grip—an infuriatingproblem that afflictstoo many bikes.You need not row italong with the gearlever. All 128 hp and80 ft.-lbs. of torquepush the bike to relaxed, high-speedperformance (CityBike is not equippedto undertake road-test data collection(except with our literal and figurativeasses—ed.), but the Sprint is subjectivelyexcellent, based on that sweet engine).The clutch is light and takes upprogressively, as it should. Gearshift action,even on this brand new machine, wasdecisive, though neutral was a little hardto find from second gear. Brakes are firm,sensitive and modulate well. The standardABS was not engaged in hard stops but nodoubt another tester will comment.The saddle can handle a full day’s ride. Theonly minor ergonomic gripe is the screen:about three to four inches too low toprotect the head from buffeting.This is not rocket science—theaftermarket providers shouldtake care of that problem butthe factory should offer it as adelivery option.Range is an issue.The 5.3-gallontank will barely scrape 200 miles, ridingconservatively at an estimated (notmeasured) 36-38 mpg (190-201 miles, tobone dry). A 50-mile cushion, or reserve,is vital for many rides in the AmericanWest, but the Sprint doesn’t offer it. Whenwill manufacturers realize that range isimportant and a minor increase in capacityPork aside, this isa very nice bike.would help? In thecase of the Sprint,six to 6.5 gallons ofcapacity should beoffered but isn’t andwon’t be.The 2010 Sprint ST, 60 pounds lighter thanthe GT, with a central exhaust system akinto its smaller, 675 sibling, is not availablein the U.S. A pity. Those 60 pounds wouldmake a big difference and would enhancean already highly satisfactory motorcycle.The bottom line: anyone who needs moresporting performance, at the expense ofeveryday comfort, should get a repli-racer.The Sprint’s power and handling make ita match for any bike in its class. You couldsay that it’s close to the near-perfect sportstouringcompromise. It does both well.Lucien Lewis• 6’3”, 210 pounds• 45 years old• Favorite fried food: AbaloneIhave trouble understanding whymotorcycles are getting heavier andheavier. I can’t blame it on America’sgluttony since the Brits and the Japaneseseem to be moving in that direction as well.That is not all bad; heavy bikes are stableand planted on the road. Wind isn’t goingto blow you into the next lane.The 2011 Triumph SprintGT is big. You know itwhen you walk up toit, when you sit onit, when you startit up, and everymoment you areriding it. It is not oneof those “once you’rerolling, the weightdisappears” typebikes. Its 590lbs are alwayspresent. Ina straightline,weightis nota bigFull Service OnHarley-Davidson, Honda, KawasakiSuzuki & Yamaha MotorcyclesApparel, Tires,Parts & AccessoriesTire MountingNOWOPENSUNDAY636 Alfred Nobel Dr.Hercules, CA 94547510-741-3700888-799-5445Tuesday through Sunday 9:00AM to 6:30PM - Closed on MondayCaSportTouring.comissue—it justslowsyoudown. Butweight is notyour friendif you want toturn quickly athigh speeds. Gravityand inertia have other ideas.Pork aside, this is a very nice bike. Its threecylinder1050 mill debuted in 2005, and(essentially unchanged) it has been a solidperformer since, offering up a wide, useableMarch 2011 | 9 | CityBike.com


powerband. Maybe not rocketship acceleration, but it certainlygets you to Point B in a hurry.The brakes are nice too, with theABS kicking in when it shouldand the easily removable sidebags that have a bit of back-andforthmovement actuated by arod that runs from bag to bagbehind the rear fender. Puttingthem back on for the first timecan be a bit of a puzzle, as theyfit and lock on in at least threedifferent positions. And thereare a dozen other thoughtfultouches that elevate it fromordinary to quasi-luxurious.Ergonomically, I was surprisedat how high the footpegs sit,seemingly without reason. My34” inseam legs felt folded nearlyin half, but the footpegs nevercame anywhere near touchingthe ground, even in full lean.The handlebars were well placedfor spirited back-road riding,but for long-distance freewaytrips I would want to change theangle a bit with some sort of aftermarketsolution. Another design quirk is an analogspeedometer with the numbers the size ofa grain of sushi rice (if you are over 50, getout the reading glasses). This is especiallypuzzling since there is a nice big LCDdisplay on the right side of the cluster thattells you all kinds of things, includingclock, current fuel consumption, averagefuel consumption, range, trip distance,average and maximum speed, but it doesnot act as a speedometer. The seat, however,is as close to perfect as I have found on astock bike.When I got out on the back roads witha couple of friends on smaller bikes, Ikept expecting them to be right in mymirrors, setting up to pass the behemoth.That never really happened, and I wasimpressed at how quickly the bike gotthrough the corners. I would not go sofar as to call it confidence inspiring,though—it always felt a little closer tothe edge than I like. Going into cornersat higher speeds my brain kept tellingme that the ditches might draw the biketoward them with some magnetic force.Some suspension adjustments probablywould have helped here.Blasting around the City, the Sprint workedwell. The mirrors fold up and click backeasily, so squeezing between cars becomesmore manageable. It feels a little like ridinga big fast horse through a fattened herd ofcattle. The bike wants to go, and cars haveno chance. Also, this thing is sharp looking,and gets its fair share of head turns as it cutsthrough the masses.The Sprint GT is a particular type of bikefor a particular type of rider. It will not bethe bike of choice for everyone, but therewill be a segment of riders who find thisbike to be just the ticket. Being $5000 lessthan Honda’s VFR1200, one of the mainMarch 2011 | 10 | CityBike.comcompetitors in its class, certainly makes iteasier on the wallet, and should help salessignificantly. The bike is user friendly,solidly built, and gets down the road justfine. Now if we could just get it on a bit of adiet for 2012....Alan Lapp• 6’2”, 265 pounds• 46 years old• Favorite fried food: Popeye’s SpicyWhen CityBike co-publisher/editor/author/cook/bottlewasher Gabe Ets-Hokin asked Wme if I wanted to get a quick impression ofthe 2011 Triumph Sprint GT 1050, I wasexcited to take up the offer. As the CB artdirector, I’m always the bridesmaid, neverthe bride when it comes to manufacturerpress introductions, so it’s always nice toshare the love with test bikes. For the pastfive years, I’ve been riding SuMo and dualsportbikes. I used to ride big, fast cylinder sport and naked bikes, and haverecently been thinking of getting back intosomething bigger and more comfortable. Ifour-enjoy long distance riding, but luggage ona dual-sport bike is hard to arrange safely(ask me about The Fire) and, literally, it’s apain in the ass to spend multiple full daysin the narrow saddle. Throw in the factthat I’m a tall, burly, married, middle-agedguy, and I start looking like the targetdemographic for the Sprint GT.The first thing I noticed about the Sprintis that it’s an adult-looking motorcyclethat doesn’t need to call attention toitself. It’s wrapped in an understatedblue, and doesn’t have a buncha zoomydisco-looking graphics. In fact, the onlyornamentation is a tasteful chrome accenton the cooling duct, and the model namein small lettering. The bodywork designis quite minimalist compared to thecompetition, some are so angular thatthey look like origami projects instead ofa motorcycle. Thankfully, it’s not adornedwith (apologies to Thomas Dolby) fins andgills like some giant piranha fish, like theKawasaki Concours14.As an artist, I also noticeand appreciate thatTriumph continues someof its design identity inthis bike: the rounded,triangular cross-sectionof the bag/passenger pegmounts, the Star Trekinsignia shape of the heelguards, the single-sidedswing arm, etc.My wife and I picked upthe Sprint GT atGarajeGrande de CityBike ona fine, balmy Februaryday, and headed north. Iwas pleased that the GThandled two ubiquitousBay Area highway hazardswith confidence: stiffcrosswinds on the bridge,and that loathsomegrooved pavement. TheGT does follow pavementirregularities, but notworryingly so. I noticedthat the steering was veryheavy and wanted to runwide on turns unless thethrottle was applied. At a gas stop, I quicklyfound the hydraulic preload adjuster, butthe rebound damping adjuster eluded me.I called Gabe for some tech support, andwe deduced that the Brits not only drive


in chef ’s knives these days are the fancyJapanese ceramic jobs they sell, and she letsme slice up a carrot with one of them everytime I’m in there. They work pretty well.But my Wustof feels right to me, perfectlybalanced and with a razor-sharp edgethat never seems to dull. After 12 years ofdaily use the blade is starting to discolor,but it works fine. Why do I need anotherknife? My mother has similar knives thatshe’s had since before I was born, andeven though this is a woman for whomshopping is a competitive sport, sherefuses to buy new knives.This Triumph is such an implement. Itdoesn’t really do anything better thanmost other bikes in its class, (except be a lotlighter than most of its competition) but it’sbuilt well, does everything you need it todo and makes you feel special when you’reriding it. As my merry men have notedabove, it’s surprisingly capable on twistyroads, feels like it has more power thanit does and can tour as well as you need.on the left side of the road, they installtheir shocks with the rebound clicker onthe left, where itis inconvenientlylocated behindthe foot peg, drivechain and shocklinkage and canbarely be reachedwith the toolkit screwdriver,instead of theright side where itwould be visibleand accessible.Stiff upper lip, oldchap.With thesuspension adjusted more suitably, thesteering became more neutral, and requiredless effort on the tight, twisty, bumpy Marinroads. That said, with fluids it’s a 590-poundmachine, and it’s a lot of work to get it totransition quickly side-to-side. It’s not thatthe bear dances well, it’s that the bear dancesat all. Once we get into medium-fast turnsand smoother pavement, the GT startsmaking more sense. Make no mistake:this bike is not a race replica with bags. It’sa Grand Tourer. The suspension is supple,verging on under-sprung and under-damped(ironic to me given that it’s designed tocarry two people and luggage) The rideis quite comfortable, doubly so if you’verecently ridden an R1 or KTM 690E. Heck,the seat is a little slice of heaven. My onlyergonomic complaint is that the bars are abit far forward for my aching wrists, elbowsand shoulders, but I’ve injured all of theabove in road racing crashes. A fitter, lessabusedperson may find the seating postureagreeable.As the road unwinds into flatter, higherspeed sweepers, the GT really shines. Thechassis settles into the turns and plays tothe Sprint’s biggest strength. The motoris a real treat: it delivers power just likethe volume knob on your stereo increasesthe volume. The 1050cc triple rewardsthrottle input with smoothly building,linear, predictable, flawlessly-deliveredpower. No hiccups, no burbles, no flatspots, no surprises, just torquey fuelinjectedgoodness. Oh, and the lovely howlthe motor makes gives me goose bumps.Really. Its’ a beautiful thing.If I were buying this bike, I’d have a veryshort to-do list. First and foremost, I’dupgrade theThrow in the factthat I’m a tall, burly,married, middleagedguy, and I startlooking like thetarget demographicfor the Sprint GT.rear shock to anaftermarket unitwith significantlystiffer spring rateand damping.I’d source risersthat move thehandlebars upan inch and backtwo. And finally,because I’m tallin the torso, I’dwant a tallerwindscreen or onewith a lip to directthe highway air blast over my head. Withthose mods, I’d call it good, and get on withwearing out tires.Gabe Ets-Hokin• 5’6.5”, 155 pounds• 41 years old• Favorite fried food: yes, please.Ihave a 10-inch (wait for it!) Wustof-Trident chef ’s knife that we got asa wedding present. The lady at thekitchen store tells me that the hot thingRepair & ServiceWe Ship WorldwideCALL US FIRST!Salvaged & New Parts!Tue–Fri 10–6 Sat 9–5March 2011 | 11 | CityBike.com


It’s imperfect (as are we all); it could havebetter wind protection, the bars are too lowand that solid, dependable feel makes thedesign seem10 years olderthan it is.Ol’ LeftenantJoss has a1999 HondaVFR800,which is akick-ass bikemuch inthe mold ofthis Sprint,except it’s 90 pounds lighter and doesn’tgive up much in the way of power, comfortor handling. The beautiful thing is you canget one of those for $3000, which is aboutten Big Ones less than the Sprint. Notreally fair to compare a used bike to a newone—after all, the Sprint has a two-yearwarranty and won’t eat regulator-rectifierslike popcorn shrimp. Some cats (not motojournalists)can...it’s built well, doeseverything you needit to do and makesyou feel special whenyou’re riding it.Photo: Alan Lappafford to drop 13Large on a newmotorcycle, andthey deserve toenjoy the fruitsof their labor inthat way.Me, I like wellwornthings thatget the job donewith a bit ofstyle. Maybe I’ll look for a used Sprint in10 years...Watch a video walk-around of the Sprint GT and a1999 Honda VFR800 with Editor Ets-Hokin andContributor John Joss by going to CityBike.com, asif you don’t have enough to do.March 2011 | 12 | CityBike.com


RawHyde BMW Offroad AcademyA Little Dirt Won’t Hurtadventure wagon with 100 ponies, fullluggage and fantastic highway ability,all day long. Leave it to BMW to gethooked up with an offroad school with aGS-specific curriculum. Jim Hyde beganthings long before BMW noticed him,but it hasn’t exactly hurt business havingthat lighted BMW roundel sign at theentrance to his desert compound.Jim Hyde set up his high-end, gourmetcatered,deluxe accommodation, off-roadacademy on his family’s 125 acres in thehills north of L.A. Festooned with trailsof different tests and levels of difficulty, hetrains riders in the proper use of the tools ofthe trade: dirt riding, navigation and evenfirst aid. He trains riders for expeditionsand adventures. He even teaches you howRiding off road is major funonce you figure out how tostay upright. That’s what theschool was about – having fun.Will Guyan, words and photosThough I’m a die-hard pavementaficionado, I finally decided tolearn the ups and downs of ridingin the dirt. After all, they say the fun beginswhen the pavement ends. So here I am, inthe midst of the Mojave. I have big knobson the R1200GS beast, and am wobblingat considerable speed in the middle ofNowhere, Southern California, on achallenging, sand-whooped road that goeson and on south of the Trona Pinnacles.You really have only rudimentary controlin this stuff. You just have to keep the thingroughly pointed, grip the bars loosely andyour throttle steady, or you’ll go down—that’s the nature of sand, you see. And ifyou bump into a Joshua tree, you sufferits poisonous bite! Ah, the desert. Whata delightful way to ride (someone else’s)$20,000 dirtbike.I’m here because I’ve graduated fromthe RawHyde BMW Offroad Academy,and am a credentialed dirt artist now.This Mojave Desert endurance ride isthe test of all the skills taught us. And,somewhat to my surprise, I did learn alot. I can hear Pat Moriarty saying “That’sbecause you didn’t know anything goingin.” True, I’m a pavement-preferred rider.I trust my tires as much as I trust mygirlfriend. But in the dirt, I was a wobblymoron at best. I am self-taught; that isto say, I’m stiff and tense because I don’tknow technically how to ride in the dirt.But now someone skilled has shown mehow. Now I’m ready for anything. You’dbe surprised just how easy it is once youlearn the few dirty rules.I didn’t grow up with dirtbikes, like mykids did. Neither did most of the riders(boys and girls from 25 to 75) at thisoff-road school, sponsored by BMW. Wewere mostly aboard heavy flat-twin GSdirtbikes approaching 600 pounds. But ifyou’re going to slide down a rutted, rockytrail on your valve cover and crash bar, it’salways better if you’re doing it on a rentedbike. Conveniently, RawHyde rents themwith lovely TKC-80 knobbies installed,quite reasonably, and doesn’t charge forscratches. It expects the bikes to fall down;this is dirt riding. My unit was the 2010dohc R1200GS, a symphony of low-slungbalance on grippy tractor tires that workedjust swell on Kern River gorge asphalt andJawbone Canyon gravel, thank you.Back to dirt school. Beginning simply,the instructors had us standing next toour bikes, walking them around usingthrottle and clutch, using the bike’snatural balance point. Strange. Then wewalked 360 degrees around the machine,no stand deployed, with just one hand onit. Hey, it wants to remain upright! It’shard for a sport rider to get some of theseconcepts down, but they actually work.Two days of excellent dirt instructionand practice cemented the deal. Oneinstructor said, “learn to love the sand,because you can’t completely conquer it.”I don’t love sand, but I can endure it now,and so can you, on a large, comfortableMarch 2011 | 13 | CityBike.com


to extract yoursleeping beastfrom a steep hill,on its side; usefulstuff, let me tellyou. Duringmy class therewas a crackedleg, a brokencollarbone,and one setof expensiveinstrumentsgrenaded whenthe bike flipped,because the riderwasn’t payingattention to thelesson learned.Some trails were pretty challenging, but teamwork got the beasts through.I, old and brittle and an avowed pavementrider, had no trouble at all. I was stretchedto my personal limit a few times, but bylistening closely and using the clutchto keep me going at a reasonable speedthrough steep, difficult trails, I made itthrough the entire four-day course intactrode through the Mojave Desert for hours,climbed steep trails, descended them, andencountered sand. Not just sand, but sandwhoops; every eight feet another hill andthen a deep valley, and you had to keepup your momentum or meet the nastysand creature, who would immediately$400 off MSRP!(not valid withany other offers)Stalling on a hill for lack of momentum is no picnic, but extraction is easy when you know how.Sales, Service &Performance Upgradespacificcoastpowersports.com1433 El Camino Real • Santa Clara, CA 95050 • 408-280-7277and ready to ride anywhere. It was a lifechangingexperience—just like RawHydesaid it would be.After our two-day course in all thingsdirt, and patient demos by the friendlystaff experts, we rode to a remote outpostwith all the amenities—a base campsomewhere just west of Death Valley. Wehalt your progress. We stopped to visit ahand-dug mine that took 38 years of workby one tough old bird, said the E ClampusVitus plaque. There were a troop of orangedirtbikes stopped for a break at the mine.They gazed at the 20 of us in wonder, andone said “Are you going to show us thesecret handshake?” They rode off on lightmachines that would never make the trekin comfort from the Bay Area, as we couldon our big bad Bavarian twins. Swiss Armyknife bike indeed. Ride to the dirt, anddon’t let it stop you.Camping under the stars with the coyotesand campfire, enjoying another CordonBleu meal and unlimited (included) adultbeverages, we told lies until late, and hitthe sleeping bags in our tents (all providedby RawHyde!). Next a.m.—Frenchtoast, sausage, fruit and juice. Then breakcamp and we’re riding again through theTrona Pinnacles and beyond to the south,through the desert again and JawboneCanyon where we had lunch at the familiarMad Max Apocalypse Diner, al fresco.Then it was high-speed running along thesandy ridge top road back to civilizationand eventually to Castaic and home againnorth. I couldn’t have done this last week.An amazing experience; more than I wasexpecting. And more self-realization viadirt riding the way BMW envisioned ususing their outsized, competent dirtybeasts. I am planning to do the advancedlevel in the spring, before I head off to dineon goat gonad ragout in a Mongolian yurt,like the guys in “Long Way Round.”RawHyde—highly recommended for allriders wishing to get dirty now and again,because a few simple rules make it so muchmore enjoyable.RawHyde’s two-day entry-level “Intro toAdventure” class starts at $1250 (bike rental notincluded) and there are spots open in the April classas this is being edited. For more information call661/993-9942 or head torawhyde-offroad.com.March 2011 | 14 | CityBike.com


Dr. Ting: Rebuilding Broken BikersWords and Photos: John Jossa leg.” Whimsy? Irony?Maybe. It’s a traditional salute“Breakto motorcycle racers goingout on track and to actors before steppingonstage. The risk levels are...different.For racers, it’s always possible. If not theleg (femur or patella, tibia or fibula), it’s thehead or foot, wrist or hand, clavicle or ribs.For the truly unlucky, the pelvis or spine.On the MotoGP circuit, Dr. ClaudioCosta’s Clinica Mobile has saved many alife and roadracingcareer. Costa’smagic: his training,hands, surgeries,rehabilitationprocedures, even hispresence at everyevent, based on truededication.The presence of theman, his assistantsand his fullyequipped (trailer)hospital translates tohis ability to respondon track within minutes of accidents.World-level racers rely on him. They knowthat they bet their lives every time they goon track, especially in qualifying.The Clinica Immobileof Dr. Arthur TingIn California, it’s the ‘Clinica Immobile’of Arthur Ting, M.D. His Fremontorthopedic sports-medicine practicehas benefited hundreds of Bay Areamotorcyclists and racers—roadracers,dirt trackers and motocrossers. Ting,rebuilder of broken bikers, sits in hiscluttered office for interview, displayingthe quiet confidence of the accomplishedprofessional.Dr. Ting works in most areas of athletics,including football and basketball,ice hockey and soccer, baseball andgymnastics. His office walls are crammedwith photos, memorabilia and personaltestimonies to his skills and his dedicationto athletes’ well-being. But AmericanPortrait of a Medical Miracle Makerworld-level racers, and competitors fromthe major U.S. race series, have come toknow and trust Ting and his skills. Theirsigned helmets crowd every shelf, a ‘who’swho’of pain and redemption.Arthur Ting: the man,the trainingSan Francisco-born Arthur Ting took hismedical training at St. Louis University,interned in general surgery and thentook his residency in orthopedic surgeryat LAC-USC Medical Center. He wenton to a Fellowship in Sports Medicine atthe Kerian & Jobe Orthopedic MedicalGroup in Inglewood before coming back toNorthern California to establish his ownpractice.He has been head team physician for 12professional, national and scholastic teamsup to Olympics level. If you get hurt in anysport, you know where to go. Hurt on thestreet—not hard to do in Bay Area trafficor in our local biking Mecca? Ting’s the ‘goto ‘guy.Why did he choose sports medicine?He has not, apparently, been asked thatquestion before. He ponders, then explains:“I wanted to help otherwise healthypeople get back in the game, who love tocompete. Athletes are a special breed. It’svery satisfying to get them back in action.I handle essentially every type of athleticinjury surgically, except for the spine.”Orthopedics technology:advancing daily“Every day someone is improving on[orthopedics] technology. Consider implants,now common for all kinds of fractures andother injuries. The new materials we’re usingare always improving—biocompatible,biodegradable, bioconductive, etc.We’re applying physics to the use of newapproaches—for example, using implantmaterials whose modulus of elasticity(amount of bendiness—ed.) matchesbone characteristics. If you don’tuse compatible materials, you createstress points where the implant ends,and risk re-fracture.“Titanium and new alloys aretypical. We can now mold materialsto the anatomical location of theinjury, to minimize post-operativecomplications and healing.Countersunk holes in plates avoidprotruding screw heads after theedema (swelling) has abated.Threaded holes [in implants] createstronger implant-to-bone bondswhen screws are inserted.“Better drills and equipment let us workfaster with patients, with less trauma. Newgrowth medicines developed for bone andsoft tissue accelerate recovery. I’ve helpedFox and Alpinestars with developingbetter protective gear.“The body has ‘swamps’ that can consumehuge effort—particularly the wrist, theelbow and the foot. Part of the problem withmotorcycle injuries reflects horsepower: racebikes are immensely powerful and exposeriders to shattering forces at high speedsand G levels that create severe injuries. Withbasketball players, for example, problemsoccur with twisting injuries to the foot andankle, at much lower impact levels, thoughthey can be equally career-ending.”Recovery and rehab:often a matter of attitude“Every injury is unique. That’s why injuriesthat may seem superficially alike mayproceed very differently. Consider howValentino Rossi and Randy de Punietrecovered so quickly from their compound,comminuted lower-leg fractures last year,while Aaron Yates ‘somewhat similar’injuries have taken much longer. (Yates wasout all year—ed.)“Three similar injuries can have threetotally different outcomes. One personmay not be able to walk after getting hurt,while another may be functional in daysor weeks. Credit the athletes [for amazingrecoveries]. They are extraordinary people.Top racers are totally committed to rapidrecovery. Of course, professional athletescan dedicate themselves to recovery whilethe average person with a daily job can’t.”Ting talks about individual racers, such asJamie Hacking, who are determined to getwell and get back on track: “After his elbowsurgeries, he came back amazingly.” Buthe reserves special praise, almost awe, forNoriyuki Haga: “He raced with a brokenclavicle, had it plated, crashed and hurt itworse, got it repaired and was back on trackin days. He’s truly an ‘iron man.’Ting is, in his own way, an iron man.He takes lives in his hands daily,confident that he can heal. The resultsspeak for themselves.March 2011 | 15 | CityBike.com


Clockwise from above:Chad Reed squeaksthrough 0.197 secondsahead of (now) thirdplace Ryan Dungey.A nice way to find outwhat time it is.5000 yards of NorthernCalifornia’s finest dirtpiled up in the OaklandColiseum.During the afternoon,take a walk aroundthe pits and see somereally cool stuff, likethe paint job on JamesStewart’s 18-Wheeler.March 2011 | 17 | CityBike.com


“The Man” for all SeasonsOn a cold, damp Sunday morning inNovember 1970, I took five young menfrom the Bolinas-Stinson School in WestMarin on a journey into motorcyclehistory. Like the Three Kings ofChristmas, they came to witnessanother birth—Motocross in America.We arrived at the race in a canyonbetween Tracy and Livermore andparked a borrowed Peugeot 404 in thecreek bed paddock of the CarnegieCycle Park. One of the 13 year oldRoger DeCosterlads, Alex, was given a red sweater towear by his Mom (“so he won’t get lostin the crowd”). Of course we promptlylost him when we entered the pits. Wedid, however, find Floyd Busby whowas helping promote the Trans-Amrace at the site which became CarnegieState Park in 1980. We had met Floydearlier in the year when he introducedour students to AMA Amateur KennyRoberts at a short track race at the SanFrancisco Cow Palace.take the latest batch of motocross kidsto Supercross and the Hangtown race.Roger still takes time to meet and greetthe youngsters while juggling a multimilliondollar race team. In the last 40years I never experienced a momentwhere he projected any impatience atmeeting us and posing for a photo.For the record Roger is a five-timeWorld Motocross Champ, four-timeTrans-AMA winner, AMA Hall ofFame Member and managed the USADeCoster with some young fans at Carnegie, c. 1970.FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011 SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011Floyd said “who do you want to meet thistime?” I had photographed DeCosterfor Motor Cycle Weekly in 1969 at ChinaCamp in Marin County when he cameover with fellow Belgian Joel Robert onthe CZ Team, so I knew Roger was “theone” to meet. Lloyd quickly broughtour entourage into the Euro-Suzuki GPTeam Pits.Over walks an elegant proto-racer outof Central Casting who couldhave carried on the interview inany of five languages. I briefedhim on our school motorcycleshop program and he said he toostarted at our students’ age. Heasked me what I would like todo, so I set up a photo-op withRoger and the kids behind atitanium-framed Suzuki RH500.The photo here shows the awestruckkids who were completely(and unusually) speechless. Wewished him good luck, and aswe left one of the kids trippedover the Japanese mechanic whowas tightening the spokes. This imageappears on most Google searches forearly American motocross information. Ileft with the impression of having met theWorld Motocross Ambassador for Life.He had a quality that can only be definedby the word “class.” Interesting sidebar:DeCoster crashed at Carnegie after ahorrible 60 mph face plant. The nextyear he raced with the full coverage BellMoto-Star and set yet another trend.I’m still in touch with all these “kids” inthe photo (who are now in their ‘50s).I’m still in touch with Roger, when weMotocross Des Nation teams to 19World titles. He was the best in the worldon the track and he eventually came tobe known as “The Man”. He mentorednumerous national champs whilemanaging the Honda, Suzuki and nowKTM teams.Dirt biking and motocross has been aperennial mind-grabber for young peopleover the last 40 years. It is probablySome modern-day kids enjoying the 2011Supercross in Oakland.responsible for keeping millions ofyoung people occupied with a sport thatrequires skill, strength, dedication andresponsibility, as opposed to the slacker/stoner world that tries to point them ontothe detours of life. How lucky they are tohave a Man like DeCoster on the podiumdirecting them back onto the highwayP.S.: We miraculously found “Alex” aswe were leaving the pits. He had a greattime all day, all alone, wandering aroundother giants like Dick Mann, John Banks,Joel Robert, Brad Lackey, and GunnarLindstrom.—Words and Photos by Dave DuffinMarch 2011 | 18 | CityBike.com


CityBike First Ride: Yamaha FZ8By Dirck Edge, MotorcycleDaily.comWhen the FZ8 was firstrumored, and then teased byYamaha, there was quite a bitof excitement. The bike was introducedin Europe last year, and some of theexcitement died when it was learned thatthe frame, and, to some extent, enginewere shared with the existing FZ1. I rodethe 2011 FZ8 at the Southern Californiapress launch, and was quite surprised byits performance and value. The bike has acompletely different character than an FZ1and, in many ways is both superior andcheaper to own.The 779cc inline four-cylinder motor hasthe same stroke as the FZ1 with a smallerbore. The relatively long stroke allowsthe power to come on lower in the rpmrange, as do other changes from the FZ1powerplant. The entirely new cylinder headraises compression to 12:1, and mildercam timing spreads and flattens the powercurve. A significantly smaller throttlevalve size (down from 45mm to 35mm)also provides snappier and stronger powerdelivery down low. A lower first gear, anda lower final drive ratio, complete themix of attributes that make the FZ8 verycomfortable at street rev ranges.The chassis lacks the suspensionadjustment found on the FZ1 (only rearshock preload is adjustable on the FZ8),but this is fairly common in this pricerange, and Yamaha has done an excellentjob of finding a good compromise settingfor aggressive street use and comfort. Thelone exception is a shock that rebounds abit too quickly.One additionalchange that allowsfor a quicker-steering,more nimble-feelingmotorcycle is areduction in the reartire size from a190/50 on the FZ1to a 180/55 on theFZ8.All of thesechangescreate amotorcycle thatfeels far lighterand more nimblethan theclaimed 15 pound weight reduction(compared to the FZ1—Yamaha claimsthe FZ8 wet weight at 467 pounds) wouldindicate. The relatively upright ergonomics,with ample seat-to-peg distance, provideda comfortable mount for the 120 milesor so that I sampled. At 32.1 inches, theseat is not quite newbie-friendly, but notunmanageable for shorter riders, either.The FZ8 has excellent fuel injection withvery little snatch or abruptness, whenopening the throttle. The power deliveryis very linear and smooth, and comes onremarkably low for an inline Four.Decent acceleration out of corners can behad from as low as 4000 rpm, and powerincreases seemingly all the way to the10,500 rpm redline. Peak power doesn’tfeel dramatically high, although it shouldbe close to modern 600cc supersports(something like 90 to 95 horsepower at thewheel—ed.). This is more than ample, andthe FZ8 is much easier to ride on the streetwith its usable power readily available inreal-world situations at real-world rpmlevels. The FZ8 has dramatically moretorque than a 600 supersport, based on myseat-of-the-pants analysis, at least below8000 rpm where you need it on the street.We had a blast carving extremely tight,twisty tarmac in the hills above Malibuwhere the FZ8 turned in quickly, but helditsline throughbumpycorners.Although itlacked thelatest sportbikerubber(we wererunningonBridgestoneBT-021s),there was goodfeedback fromthe front endand confidenceat significantlean angles. Inshort, the FZ8 isa blast throughthe canyons.is More?The nimblenessof the FZ8 iscoupled withoutstandingstraight-linestability. Thebike trackswhere it ispointed withoutany argument, encouraging a very lighttouch on the bars. On occasion, the rearshock seemed to rebound a bit quicklywhile pushing the pace through bumpypavement, but this did not slow us down.The six-speed transmission shifted well,and reliably, and the R1/R6-derivedmonobloc brake calipers (earliergeneration) offered strong, predictablebraking that was very difficult to fault.Overall, the FZ8 is a polished, refinedpackage with a unique engine displacementthat offers a much more usable powerbandfor street riding than supersport 600s. Eventhough it lacks the peak power of a fullliterbike, and the FZ8 won’t win many dragraces, it might deliver you to the end of thattwisty canyon road more quickly than thefull supersports ridden by yourfriends. At thesame time,it offerscomfortable, upright ergonomics and, inmy opinion, attractive styling.The only color available in the UnitedStates is black (Yamaha calls it “Raven”).The MSRP is a reasonable $8,490(roughly $2000 cheaper than the 1000cccompetition, and $1500 cheaper thanBMW’s less powerful F800R).to get CityBikedelivered to your doorby the meanest, mostpsychotic, well-armedbranch the Governmenthas to beat you with.That’s right! we’ll send the manto your mail hole once a monthfor an entire year delivering thelatest issue of CityBike.Just send a check for $30 to:PO Box 10659 10650Oakland, CA 94610be sure to include your name,address, & phone number!or use Paypal!paypal@citybike.comMarch 2011 | 19 | CityBike.com


mike PADWAYThey’re Killing Our KidsThe Strange Story of the IIHS and its Attempts to Limit Motorcycle HorsepowerArecognized motorcycle experttold me about an internationalconspiracy involving motorcyclemanufacturers with a plan to take overthe motorcycle industry by sellingyoung riders dangerously uncontrollablemotorcycles. Even in the hands ofexperts, these motorcycles are so wickedfast that they cause deadly crashes. Noone has the skill to control them, becausethey are so fast and powerful. In short,they’re killing our kids.This was an actual conversation I hadwith a motorcycle expert sometimein the 1980s, about the time that JohnDanforth was proposing legislation toban Japanese superbikes. 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The addition ofthe Highway Loss DataInstitute allows the IIHSto effectively quote itself, with statisticstailored to support any claim they wantto make. Certain topics have been aconsistent part of the IIHS platform sinceday one.No one should be surprised thatmotorcycles are not a favorite of theInsurance Industry, except when it comesto advertising for premium dollars.Now with 33% less obscene contentSend us $14.99 + $5 forshipping and we’ll sendyou a shirt... really! Emailus: info@citybike.com ormail a check. Let us knowyour shirt size (S-X XL)and shipping address** if you work in the public telephone graffiti removal industry,and have a history of irregular heart rhythm, we recommendabstinence from rockin’ this shirt at bluegrass concerts.We stock a large selection ofheavy duty jackets , pants,chaps, & bags.Custom garments and accessories.We repair, alter andclean leather products.Our leathers are guaranteedagainst defect for life.In the early to mid ‘80s, the IIHS put out afilm prominently featuring canyon racingin the Los Angeles Area. The theme of themovie was the shocking speed and dangerinvolved in Japanese superbikes thatwere being sold to American kids just oldenough to drive. The IIHS accompaniedthe film with seriously flawed statisticsshowing that the Japanese superbikes wereoverwhelmingly the source of motorcycle[the IIHS] has never beenmore than a spokesperson forbig auto insurance carriers.deaths, and they started a whisperingcampaign highlighting specific instances ofdeath by superbike.Soon it was commonplace to hearstories. One kid bought a superbike as afirst motorcycle, and was killed leavingthe shop. Another rider left 150 feet ofmotorcycle and tissue scrapings leavingLaguna Seca Raceway. A certain superbikeaveraged two weeks from purchasebefore a rider was dead. Even the best testriders were refusing to ride these too fastmotorcycles.Of course, the anti-Japanese import tone ofthe period was the attractive sub-plot.John Danforth, a senator from Missouri,quickly patched together a bill to limitthese motorcycles. He was genuinely soconcerned and so naive, that after viewingthe IIHS materials, he introduced his bill.It never occurred to him that there mightbe a motorcycle enthusiast lobby. To hiscredit, he withdrew the bill when themotorcycle industry responded with thefacts.Fortunately, Harry Hurt and otherswere able to show that, not only was theWe makecustom 1 & 2 pieceleathers!IIHS data flawed, but in fact the largermotorcycles were statistically safer than thesmaller bikes promoted by the IIHS. Thebill died a quick death, and life goes on. Arewe done? Nope, not yet.In 1998, the French Industry Commissionproposed setting a power limit onmotorcycles of 100 bhp. The Dutch RoadVehicles Research Institute produceda timely study concluding thatthere was no relationship betweenamount of engine power andaccidents. Simon Wilward, ofthe Federation of EuropeanMotorcyclists, described thisas common sense, noting thatmost accidents involve smallermotorcycles and are the result of errornot just on the part of motorcyclists, butalso drivers of cars. In a replay of the U.S.experience, data seems to have saved theday.The IIHS never gives up. A 2007 IIHSspecial report regarding “superbikes”claims “these machines are designed forthe racetrack but you’ll only find them onthe highway. Supersport motorcycles haveengines that deliver more horsepower perpound than a typical NASCAR vehicle,reaching speeds of nearly 190 miles perhour, and some of their riders treat publicroads like private racecourses.” And an IIHSwebsite FAQ repeats the sportbike libel:“Motorcyclists who drive supersportmotorcycles, which make up a smallfraction of registered motorcycles,are overrepresented in fatal crashes.The driver death rate per 10,000registered motorcycles for supersportsis about 4 times higher than the ratefor motorcyclists who ride cruisers,standards, or touring bikes.“The driver death rate per 10,000registered motorcycles for sportmotorcycles is about 2 times higherthan the rate for drivers of cruisers,standards, or touring bikes.”The data (which is mostly from theHLDI) now is no better than it wasthen. In some ways, it may be worse,because the study completed by HarryHurt in 1981 was relatively fresh. Themotorcycles attacked by the IIHS in the‘80s had up to 130 horsepower. Today,that is not such a big number.John Danforth is gone from the scene andnow practices law in Saint Louis. The 1987Ninja that the IIHS attacked so vehementlyis a museum piece.At the end of the day, as motorcycle riderswe face ongoing threats to our enjoymentof riding. Organizations such as theAMA, and enthusiast publications such asCityBike are our best protection (God helpus all!—ed.).Senator Danforth was contacted for, but did notwant to recall his interaction with the IIHS for thisarticle. It is hard to blame him. We invite the IIHSto respond to this column.March 2011 | 20 | CityBike.com


dr. gregory w. FRAZIERDown! Sliding along pavement atspeed, scrubbing off leather onthe palms of gloves, knee padsburning through and helmet face shieldbouncing off macadam. It is an ugly feeling,an even uglier thought. And yet, cover Xamount of miles on a motorcycle in yourlife and most of us will taste the ugliness.Few will have time to dig out a camera,turn it on and snap a photographic record.If the high-speed crasher lives, their fullflowingadrenal juice is full-on jonesingtheir brain to pick up the motorcycle. Slowspeed get-offs have a better chance of beingrecorded for later recounting.I was having dinner the other night withfellow global adventurers Peter andKay Forwood. We first met in 1998 at amotorcycle travelers meeting in Germany,then again during a pit stop in at mystudio in Denver, Colorado. Over thelast decade our paths have crossed manytimes as we have circled the globe on ourvaried routes. The Forwoods had beenon a global pursuit to tag every countryon the planet with their Harley-Davidson(horizonsunlimited.com/forwood) whileI was bagging global romps #4 and #5 andthe halted half of #6.While we were trading tales of ouradventures around the Earth over thelast years the topic of crashing came up. Iknew the Forwoods had crashed numeroustimes in the Congo while humping theirheavyweight Harley-Davidson throughred sloppy jungle mud. These get-offs wereusually slow speed tip-overs versus onesat speed, not the helmet-smashing coffinfillers.I had also experienced many get-offs atpaddling speed. I showed them a picture ofone slow-speed tipover I had on the beachabout 10 miles north of Nome, Alaska. Myheavily loaded Kawasaki KLX250S and Iwere ducking down to the hard sand whenthe waves went out, riding at speed foranother 100-200 yards until the next waverolled up the beach and I tried to stay aboveit and dry.I knew every seventh wave would roll thehighest up the beach, so was trying to keepcount while playing tag with the smallerwaves. It was tedious work, sometimerequiring a dab or paddle as I got off thehard sand left by the outgoing wave andinto the soft sand.After 20-30 minutes of this wave-dodgingand ducking, somewhere between wave #4and wave #7, I lost count. Realizing I wasdealing with wave #6 when it was wave #7was an eye ball sticking-to-the-face shieldmoment. I realized it was going to hit me ifI did not veer sharply to the right and up tothe soft sand.My losing countfound wave #7beating me to thehigher soft sand and along with it a 10-foot long branchless tree that the surf waspushing ahead of it. My front wheel hit thesurf and then the log at about five mph. Theslippery log was at a nearly 45-degree angleto my front wheel. When I hit it the frontwheel slipped and slid, and then foldedunder the motorcycle like a blanket, anddown I went into the white rolling surf.From the back my getting off in the surflikely looked far funnier than I saw it. Firstthe motorcycle tipped left, and then wentdown on the left aluminum pannier. I hadtime to get my left foot off the foot peg andstep away as the motorcycle flopped in theseawater. Doing a high three-step dancetrying to keep water from getting down thetops of my boots, I stumbled once like anover-swilled drunk, swung out my armstrying to balance and save myself, and thenfell windmilling into the growling wave.I was unhurt, but cold salt water hadmanaged to find its way into my pantspockets and down the warm crotch. WhenI stood up water drained out of and off myclothes. I looked at the flopped motorcycle,thinking, “There’s not much there thatcan get hurt in this water and soft sand.”But then I realized my camera was in thesodden tank bag. I made a two-three footdash back to the motorcycle and tried to liftit upright.This was a fruitless effort and only resultedin my boots sinking in the sand as thewave receded, some more of the salt watersplashing on my helmet and into my ridingclothes and boots.Realizing wave #7 was going out and thenew cycle with a wave #1 was to quicklyfollow, and that #1 might reach me and myhorizontal motorcycle, I gave up trying tolift it upright, instead started to franticallytry pulling the tank bag off. The Wolfmantank bag was not a magnetic one, insteada very well designed model with a securestrapping system that held the tank bagfirmly as it should. Wave #1 was starting toroll in.My next decision was to abandon the tankbag removal effort and try to unzip the tankRecording Get-Off AdventuresMarch 2011 | 21 | CityBike.combag enough to pull the camera out beforethe wave hit.Peter Forwood said, “From the picture youshowed us it looks like that decision provedsuccessful.”I hung my head and admitted it was not,that the photograph was taken with myback-up camera, one that I kept in myjacket pocket inside a plastic bag to protectit from rain.With shame I proceeded to tell themthat just as I had gotten the tank bagunzipped enough to get the top open anddig around inside for the camera wave #1hit me and filled the inside of the tank bagwith salt water,subsequentlyending the lifeof the camerainside.Forwoodfound thisrecounting quiteentertaining.I felt a littleembarrassedsharing this taleof an adventureonly I had seen,many milesaway from anyone to have watched, andcosting me several hundred dollars for anew camera, and a blow to my adventuristego at having made a serious error, possiblyseveral. I had been alone, far from helpand could have easily broken a leg as themotorcycle went over. It had been nearly 10p.m., so the likelihood of someone drivingpast was remote. Had the motorcycle beenflooded or water shorted out the electricalsystem, it could have been a long cold nightin wet riding boots and clothes.Then I saw a potential Adventurist ErrorIsland where I could mentally put Forwoodwith me, two of us having erred slightlywhile piloting heavily laden motorcycles.I asked, “What was your worst day forcrashing in the Congo?”“Day?” Forwood responded, and thensmiled. “Some days I’d go down 20-30times.”“Wasn’t that kind of embarrassing?”Forwood answered, trying to slough offthe numbers, “We’ll, yes, but at least I don’thave pictures of them all, so I don’t have toadmit to that many.”“What, you didn’t want people to seethose?”“Nah,” Forwood responded. “Usually thereason I didn’t get a photograph was mycamera was deeply packed and protected.”“How did you manage that, by not keepingit in your tank bag?”“Yeah, the camera was with Kay, and shewas on the back riding pillion.”I pondered that for a few seconds, trying toimagine a get-off, 20-30 times a day, with awife on the back.“Oh, I’ll bet every one of those get-offs arerecorded forever. I suspect Kay has them onher cranial hard drive.”For a few seconds Forwood was quiet, andthen looked at his wife.Kay smiled, and said, “Yes, every single oneof those get-offs with me on the back, eventhose you likely have forgotten.”Dr. Frazier’s latest book, MotorcycleAdventurer, has been described as “the truestory of the world’s longest, most difficult andmost perilous motorcycle journey ever attempted,”and “should be a must read for every red-bloodedmotorcyclist.” It is about the first motorcycle ridearound the world in 1912-1913 and can be found atmotorcycleadventurer.com. Watch for news abouta 2012 ‘round the world ride retracing originalroute to celebrate the incredible achievement byCarl Stearns Clancy.


maynard HERSHONIbegan thinking about image versussubstance while I had my TriumphThruxton. A Hinckley Thruxton isa good motorcycle, well designed andconstructed. But it is not a fine handleror a faithful incarnation-in-action of a‘60s Triumph Thruxton, a special 650Bonneville built in small numbers forproduction racing.The reborn Triumph Thruxton is astyling exercise, a Bonneville Twin withconspicuous cafe-racer clues. Is it goodlooking?Yes. Is it an adequate performer?Yup; it’s not disappointing in normal use.Is it a track day soul-stirrer? It is not. Doesit encourage a sporting pace on a sportingroad? It does not.A Thruxton is a reg’lar ol’ motorcycle, achunky “standard,” an urban bike or sunnySundays bike disguised in Ace Cafe make-up.Ah, but it’s a Bonneville or a Thruxtonafter all, evocative names both, race venuenames. The new Twins carry those namesbut do not honor them. Those namesshould rest like laurels over the saddlesof genuine performance motorcycles, notswollen scooters.My own ZRX12 looks like an old Kawasakirace bike but it too is a big softie, not arace bike at all. I love the look ofit but I’m glad it’s not named aftera famous track or rider. I’m gladit doesn’t have “race” in its name,like the new Moto Guzzi CafeSport Racer. That Guzzi, like the Thruxtonspecial edition, has a red frame. Hey, it’sgotta be a “racer.”In similar fashion, the XR1200Sportster, the model with better brakesand suspension and maybe a few morehorsepower,is intended bythe nice folks atHarley-Davidsonto look like anold flat-trackeror TT-Scramblesbike. Reputedly ithandles and goesbetter than otherSportsters. Doyou suppose ithandles and goeswell? Probablynot, huh? Probably Harley could have madeit do those things, but there’s no need. It’llsell anyway.We assume the manufacturers believethat niceties like “race-bred handling”service parts performanceAdjustable Triple Clamp for Ducati 916 to 1198Race proven and endorsed by World Champion Doug Polen (gopolen.com)What’s in a Name?would be lost on bike buyers before orafter the purchase. Consider the severalnew and planned kits to make boringcruiser-style bikes into retro charmers.None of the bikes’ functions areupgraded, only their appearance.It must cost the manufacturer more tomake bikes handle and go and stop. If thebuyer doesn’t care or won’t pay for thosequalities, why not make a bike that doesthose things, uh, acceptably? Especially ifyou can sell all you can build.It seems to me that a manufacturer willsettle on a style of bike, a niche: Naked,urban, newbie-friendly, short-hop, say. Anda probable user, maybe a born-again or newThose names shouldrest like laurels overthe saddles of genuineperformance motorcycles,not swollen scooters.rider, then choose engine characteristics,chassis design and suspension componentsto suit that style and customer. Why wastequality brakes or suspenders on suchriders? Won’t help sell bikes. A racing stripeand number panels are cheaper and moreeffective in the showroom.Many non-retro Triumph models dohandle well, some world-class well.Triumph evidently feels that fine handlingis not a design goal for models like theBonneville or Thruxton, just as fuelrange is not a priority. They’re close-tohomebikes, bikes to be seen on, lifestylepurchases. Potential owners of Triumph’sretro twins must not demand fine handlingor extensive fuel range—or even mentionthose qualities in focus groups.Many of us, maybe most of us, buy a bikefor what it represents, what it evokes, notbecause it’s a fine riding tool. Perhaps we’drecognize and appreciate a fine riding tool,perhaps not. Maybe we never hurry oncurving roads, never scrape a footrest orfollow a racing line through a bend. We dohave an idea about what our bikes say aboutwho we are in the world.We care more, evidently, about what ourbikes say about us than how brilliantlythey work as motorcycles. Mostly, I’mtalking about how our bikes handle.Almost all of today’s bikes acceleratewell and most have powerful brakes. Youcan evaluate acceleration and braking,but handling is not so quantifiable, notso easy to describe in a brochure. Buelltried and it was a difficult, complex sell.How many people can explain masscentralization or even care?If premium suspension is the key to finemotorcycle handling, why don’t specialeditions feature fork and shock upgradesinstead of racing-look cosmetic changes?If suspension upgrades are good for thebrilliant Street Triple R and Daytona 675R,why shouldn’t they work for the 2010Thruxton SE, an entirely cosmetic specialedition? Shouldn’t bike buyers demand thereal thing, the way cruiser riders demandsteel fenders and side covers? Shouldn’t ourbikes feel reassuring at touring-plus pace?Is that too much to ask?I can hear you saying, Maynard, that’s howeverything is sold.Not always. Ducatis are genuine riders’bikes as are many KTMs, Aprilias and mostother Triumphs. I thought all BMW Twinswere riders’ bikes until I rode an R1200Ccruiser. It seems to me that most ‘60s bikeswith sporting pretensions backed up theirimages. British or European, they steeredpredictably and railed through corners,even the not-so-sporty ones. Okay, earlytwo- or four-stroke big Japanese bikes wereexceptions, but those guys figured it outeventually, didn’t they? They know how tomake ‘em handle, but they don’t always try.I feel sure that the bikes I bought when Iwas a new rider all handled wonderfullywell, setting a precedent for later ones.None of my early bikes were expensive.None were named after racetracks. Allwere lean, athletic in build. None squirmedon the suspension at a brisk pace in along bend. Not one was styled to hint atcapabilities it simply didn’t have. Noneskimped on mechanical integrity to payfor sales-floor sexiness. Their appeal was inwhat they could do, not how they looked.Even standards in those days, just plainbikes, handled good.Bargain forks and shocks, heavy wheels anda just-okay frame compromise a bike fromday one, no matter how much racetracksuccess the manufacturer had in decadespast. And no matter how the bike’s styled orwhat it’s called.Are today’s bike models so alike, companyversus company, that all that’s left to sellis image and pose-value? How should wefeel about our new bikes knowing thatmuch of the manufacturing cost went to“racy” cosmetics rather than race-worthycomponents?When someone walks by our sportylookingnew bike (red frame) and says, Hey,nice motorcycle!, what do we say?Adequate, dude. Adequate.March 2011 | 22 | CityBike.com


HERTFELDERAmotorcycle event with a 66-yearhistory will inevitably develop acast of characters of which anytelevision series would be proud. However,while television characters are figments ofsome writer’s imagination, the charactersseen at the annual Sandy Lane Endurotruly exist. Some of the more colorful havepassed away, but tales of their escapadesare still passed down by enduro riderswho heard them from their fathers andgrandfathers. Paul Brumfield is probablythe most popular character on the listbecause he was the Sandy Lane trail bossfor many years. In fact, Super Senior classriders at the 2010 ride started to sweatwhen they realized they were riding in thedirection of Brumfield’s favorite obstacle:Popes Branch Swamp.Actually, they were routed over just onecorner of the swamp and crossed it onwooden pallets tied together by a chain linkfence plus 10 feet of trail covered by RhodeIsland rocks hauled in at considerableexpense by Meteor club members,sponsors of the ‘Lane, who had riddenthe Rowdy Rovers Enduro and came togrief on exceptionally slippery rocks someweeks earlier. We were told the rocks werenumbered because Rhode Island is so smallthey wanted them returned.Personally I believe they certainly wantedthem returned.I’m not so sure they were numbered.An authentic Brumfield tale is the storyof the Pic-A-Lilly Inn goat. In the 1960sSandy Lane started and finished at thegrounds of the Pic-A-Lilly. It was a rusticspot complete with roving barnyardanimals wandering around. Brumfield oncetook a shine to a baby goat and often tookit for a spin in his woods sidecar. A woodssidecar can be identified by the large winchmounted on the deck, used to winch the rigout of places like Popes Branch Swamp.Funny thing, there was a definiteresemblance between goats and Brumfield.Goats are usually razor thin and Brumfield,who lived on cigarettes and beer, lookednear death most of his life.Years later when the Pic-A-Lil was nolonger the enduro start grounds it becamea pleasant roadhouse-style watering holepreferred by thirsty motorcycle riders.Patrons always knew when sidecar driverswere leaving.These riders would say their goodbyes,walk out toward the parking lot and returna minute later to ask the management tohelp them get the long-horned 110 poundBilly Goat out of their sidecar!Another memorable Sandy Lane characterwas the rider who always left the start line,and often finished the enduro, with a smallbreakfast cereal box glued to the back of hishelmet.The advantage of this is not really apparentbut one thing is certain: at any speed over30 miles an hour he could be certain thathis eyes were looking straight ahead.And who could forget the Montessa dealerfrom Sewell, New Jersey who mounteda flexible steel snorkel tube from hiscarburetor to a flapper valve mounted ontop of the motorcycle’s gas tank equippedwith cork floats to seal the intake if riddenAn Enduro WithCharactersin water over four feet deep. They say thatevery time the motorcycle hit a solid bumpthe flapper valve would get sucked shut,choke the engine to a stop, and wet thespark plug so badly a new one was requiredto get the engine started again. Before hegave up on his snorkel he took to wearingan ammunition belt with spark plugs in thebullet loops.Worn bandolier style, from the shoulder, helooked like a Mexican bandit with ignitionproblems.Bart Staggert, aka “The Inflatable Man”has been running a Sandy Lane checkcrewfor many years and is noted as thebest matchmaker since uplift bras. Hiscrews have produced so many successfulmarriages that dedicated bachelorsconsider them ‘hazardous duty ’ andcan only be enticed with the promiseof exceptional food and comfortablefolding chairs which, of course, are justbackground decorations and almost neverused during an enduro.Staggert competed in enduros for a fewyears then decided that the Battle of theTwins road-racing series promised trailswhere he would never get lost or be furtherthan 400 yards from the hotdog concessionstand. Staggert fielded a BMW twin tosome success. The machine was lettered“Shelly’s Kitchen,” probably by Shellyherself in fond memory of where the moneyoriginated to purchase the machine.A current Sandy Lane character has beenbarred from any trail work involving use ofa motorcycle because of his almost glacialrate of progress off road. Instead, thisstalwart has been appointed DesignatedMarch 2011 | 23 | CityBike.comDesigner (DD) and asked to first construct,then decorate, Sandy Lane start chutes,which he does with good taste and longerstaples to secure the usually translucentsigns donated by motorcycle dealerships.His painstaking work once led him to workwell past sunset.Daylight revealed a long snow fencestart chute lined with 24 translucentflags lettered on one side only but facingthe wrong way promoting AHAMAYmotorcycles.Sorry about that—next year I’ll bringmy flashlight. But I’m charging the newbatteries to the Meteor Club.For a copy of Ed’s latest book, 80.4 Finish Check,send $29.95 with suggested inscription to EdHertfelder, PO Box 17564, Tucson, AZ 85731ADVERTISINGit works!Contact CityBike to place aclassified or businessadvertisement and reachthousands of Bay Areamotorcycle enthusiasts.info@citybike.com415-282-2790HellaStrongArt Direction,Graphic Design& IllustrationI’m Alan Lapp, a 25-yearveteran designer & illustrator.If you have a need for virtually anykind of printed work, give me a call.I’m experienced in publication design,annual reports, catalogs, brochures,menus, packaging, direct mail, fashionadvertising, collateral materials, logoand identity work, stationery, oranything else you may need.Great work to follow.510-295-7707www.levelfive.com


TankslapperSCARIEST RIDE:This scariest ride took place in Februaryover 20 years ago.Back in college I was going to school inwestern Oregon and needed to visit myfiance in eastern Washington. For time andbudget reasons I chose to ride my faithfulSuzuki GS750E.The visit did not go well and the next day Iheaded back west. The weather forecast wasominous with a winter weather advisory fora fast-moving storm system due in later thatday. By the time I made I-84 on the east endof the Columbia River Gorge, snow wasmixed with rain and darkness was falling.The Gorge intensified the storm and I had100 miles to go through it.I was okay for a bit but the wind blastforced water down the gap between myhelmet and rain gear soaking my chest andback. Stopping for gas and hot coffee, theattendant looked at me like I was crazy tobe out in the weather. I couldn’t afford amotel and had a tent and sleeping bag in myluggage but I was only a couple hours fromhome and was sure I could make it. Backon the road I couldn’t feel my feet and theonly thing that kept my fingers somewhatflexible was grabbing onto the valve coversuntil I could feel warmth seepingthrough. To keep my right handwarm I had to engage the throttlelock and steer with my left. The windgusts were making the bike swerveagainst my one handed grip andnumerous times I was blown onto themedian strip.I had to crack my visor to keep itfrom fogging and raindrops weredriven in, spattering my eye glassesand forming sparkling star burstsfrom the headlights of on comingtraffic. I gave up trying to see straightahead and instead oriented myselfby looking at the white line on theright side just in front of the bike.Arriving on the outskirts of Portland,the winds eased but the rain poureddown harder than ever. Instead ofkeeping it slow and have a steadystream of traffic pass me by, I lockedonto the taillights of a car and hungjust off its rear end. Somewhere in the backof my mind I was aware that hypothermiahad set in but my tiredness and desire to gethome overrode the warnings my brain wastrying to sound.After an hour of following taillights I madethe turn off the interstate for the last 10miles to home and was greeted with aninky blackness—no cars to follow and aground fog to further blind me with theback-scatter from the headlight. I usedthe whole road trying to follow the centerline. Now it wasn’t the wind causing me toswerve but the uncontrollable shiveringfrom the cold. I finally pulled into thedriveway and almost fell over with the bikeas I came to a stop.My scariest ride was over.Paul EdererMount Shasta, CAPaul gets a CityBike Ride Fast Take ChancesT-shirt—not a waterproof one, but it’s the best wecan do. Send your scariest ride stories to us atinfo@citybike.com.NIXON: NOW MORE THAN EVERDear CityBike,I read the article by Scotty Storey “Be aMan of No Convictions” in your Februaryissue, and I was disappointed by hiscomment, “plead no contest (Nixon’sfamous ‘Nolo Contendre’).” Mr. Storey hasconfused President Richard Nixon with hisVice President, Spiro Agnew. Mr. Agnewwas investigated by the Justice Departmentfor taking kickbacks and bribes whilehe was governor of Maryland. He wasindicted and pled nolo contendre whichT.V. host Johnny Carson described as “YourHonor I didn’t do it, and I’ll never do itagain.” Agnew was forced into resigning,and was replaced by Gerald Ford. Youdescribe Scotty Storey as an attorney, soI’m surprised that he would make such ablunder.I would also like to comment on your replyto the letter by B.T. in which you wrote,“the driver will likely get away Scott free.”Who is this Scott free that you mentionand why haven’t I heard of him before? Ishe related to Hands-free? I was once pulledover for speeding on my 1955 596cc Scott,but I got off Scot free.-Art SirotaRedwood CityArt, you have unearthed the failings of a statefundedprimary education. Our hard-workingbut dangerously un-medicated Editor-in-ChiefEts-Hokin inserted the Nixon reference. ScottyStorey is indeed an attorney (and a very good one,we have personal knowledge of his prowess), andmade no reference to Nixon, the Latin PhraseNolo Contendre, or the late, great Spiro T. Agnew.CityBike regrets Ets-Hokin’s lame-brain error andwould fire him if he didn’t co-own the paper.As for mixing up “Scott-Free” and “Scot-Free,” hey,what are you gonna do? Can’t Google everything,man. And how is it possible to break any speed limiton a 1956 Scott?BALANCING ACTTo the Editor:Nice piece by David Lander on tirechanging (“Gutter Mechanic,” October2010). Please tell him here’s his followup piece on tire balancing. He has mypermission to use it.Put two ounces of DynaBeads in the reartubeless tire (or tube). Put one ounce ofDynaBead in the front. Go riding.For years I balanced my own wheels withstick-on lead weights. That’s completelyunnecessary now. And environmentallyunacceptable.Also, God bless you for saying it. Cheaperis not better. Cheaper is just cheaper.(“Made in USA,” October 2010) Here inthe mountains of New Hampshire we likeAmerican-made products very well. Someof my favorites are the Cee Baileys “10 inchover” windscreen for my KLR 650, theCondor Pit Stop Trailer Stop (bike stand),and Original Bike Spirits Spray Polish andCleaner. These are all top notch productsand they’re worth every dime.Keep up the great work.Great riding to all,Jeff Adams, Conway, NHMSF RiderCoachJeff also works for Whitehorse Press, a fineresource for all kinds of great motorcyclereading. 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CLUBSThe Northern California Norton Owners’ Club (NCNOC)is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of theNorton motorcycle. Membership is open to all BritishMotorcycle enthusiasts and is currently $25 per year,you can join online. Our monthly rides, meetings andtech session and events are open to all members andguests see our web site calendar atwww.nortonclub.comNow celebrating our 40th year!This 2002 BMW R1150R sold in less than 24 hours!While we can’t guarantee it, we’ve been selling niceconsignment motorcycles quickly. We have the staff,the customer base and the resources to make it happenfast and hassle free for YOU! 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That short trip could (heck WILL) save youbig, so drop by and check out some of our sweet dealson new and prior-illy owned motorcycles:2010 DUCATI Hypermotard 796, Super clean andvery low miles as well as plenty of factory warranty.All service is fully up to date and we just threw a brandnew set of tires on for the next lucky buyer. With onlyaround 2700 miles you will get all the benefits of a newbike without having to pay for it. New this bike sold for$9999 plus fees putting it close to $12,500. This onewill sell quick at $8499 saving you close to $2500compared to buying new.2010 DUCATI Multistrada 1200 Sport, This is thechance you’ve been waiting for! Pre-owned Multistradasare like endangered species, you just don’t see them.This bike has only 7641 miles and pretty much the full2 year factory warranty. New the bike goes for $19,995plus tax and fees putting you somewhere close to$24,000. Our like new and freshly serviced Multi sportis $16,999 plus tax and registration. All dealer freightand prep charges were paid by the last guy as well asthe new tires and 7500 mile service, saving you about$2000. At $16,999 you’re saving roughly $5000 sodon’t wait!2009 KAWASAKI Ninja ZX10R, Only 3277 mileson this beast of a superbike. Other than a tinted ZeroGravity Double-Bubble windscreen, this bike is totallystock and ready for you to put your custom stamp onit. It comes with top-shelf bits like an Ohlins steeringdamper, fully adjustable suspension and radial brakeswhich all come in handy when you’re pushing close to200hp. Low milage sportbikes always go quick so don’twait. Just $7,999.2009 BMW K1300S, The K1300S is one of BMW’smost versatile motorcycles. This gem has 16,100 milesand is in fantastic condition. ABS, heated grips, GPS,expandable bags, tank bag, touring windscreen and thelist goes on and on. Another fantastic bit of news foryou is that this bike has a warranty until 2016! No needto worry about anything mechanical for a long time soyou can really rack up the miles. Own this great bike forjust $13,495.2008 KTM 690 Duke, Only 782 miles and freshlyserviced! For the guy that wants the fun, flickablehandling of a supermoto style bike, but the comfort of astandard naked bike, the 690 Duke is the ticket. At only325 pounds with 65hp, you’ll be making many sportbikeriders blush as you pass them on your back wheel! Thisbike would be over $11,000 were you to purchase itnew. Ours is like new and will only cost you $7499.2008 DUCATI Desmosedici RR, Only 1000 actualmiles and in 100% pristine condition! Whether you’rea collector, a racer, or a street rider who demands thebest, the D16RR will satisfy you like no other 2 wheelercan. This very limited production motorcycle sold for$72,500.00 plus freight and prep fees when new. Thisparticular Desmosedici that s every bit as good as newis just $50,000.00. If you’d like more information aboutthis historically significant GP-derived motorcycle,please give us a jingle.2008 HARLEY-DAVIDSON Nightster XL 1200N,Only 2.4k miles and in showroom condition. An extracost quick-detach windscreen is included that makesthis a great year-round, all-weather cruiser. And its 25seat height makes it manageable for just about anyone,regardless of inseam. Just $8,499.2008 APRILIA Scarabeo 500, In nifty shape,mechanically and cosmetically. There are 6.7k mileson the clock and doubtless tens of thousands moreto come. The big motor just loafs along at highwayspeeds, even while carrying a passenger. The price isan equally nifty $3999.2008 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 2008 HARLEY FLSTNSOFTAIL DELUXE, Absolutely perfect condition,mechanically and cosmetically, with only 5.3k miles.Harley semi-rigid leather bags added. One local owner,all maintenance records, this bike is a GEM! Pricedhundreds below Kelley Blue Book at $15,999.002007 DUCATI Monster S4R, Only 1560 actualmiles and in showroom condition! Monster S4Rs wereproduced in very small quantities and featured their ownspecial titanium and red color scheme. It has the sameTestastretta engine of the 999 Superbike and produces130 horsepower and 77ft/lb of torque at 7500 rpm. Withjust 390 pounds (dry) to push around, the performanceis stunning. Starting with the 2007 model year, Ducatisfeature longer service intervals and require less partsand labor per service, greatly reducing maintenancecosts. Other improvements over its predecessor includea set of beautiful and lightweight Y-shaped 5 spokeMarchesini wheels, Brembo radial-mount front brakecalipers, and high-mount silencers that improve groundclearance in tight turns or on the track. The price of thisachingly gorgeous motorcycle is just $9999 and it willlikely get snapped up fast. Financing is available withyour good credit.2007 HARLEY-DAVIDSON VROD VRSCA, Inpristine condition with only 5k miles. Extras include aSupertrapp exhaust system with a Power Commanderto dial in the fueling, touring windscreen, and hard,lockable bags. Recently serviced and fitted with newtires, this V-Rod is ready to go right now! Just reducedfrom $11,999 to $10,499 for a quick sale.2006 DUCATI Multistrada 1000 S, In spotlesscondition with very low miles, this top-of-the-rangeMulti S comes standard with fully adjustable Ohlinsforks and shock for the best ride and handling possible,not to mention lots of carbon fiber pieces that give thebike a classy, exotic appearance. The previous ownerspent a bundle on extras for it too. A full Italian madeZard exhaust system lops a huge amount of weight froma sensitive area and, combined with its dyno-tunedPower Commander, makes for a huge improvement inpower delivery. Other goodies include a comfy Sargentseat, a sporty-looking rear seat cowl, an open clutchcover showing off the lovely gold anodized clutchpressure plate, and more. If you want something usedto save some serious money but are also super pickyabout the condition, this should be your next bike! Justreduced by $500 to $8999.2006 DUCATI Multistrdada 620, One of the best allaround bikes Ducati has ever made. The Multistrada620 is great for new riders or experienced riders thatwant a fun, flickable and extremely easy bike to ride.The great upright riding position is great for toolingaround town, hitting the costal roads or skipping townfor thousands of miles. This is a gem in absolutelyperfect shape. It was just serviced and is ready for thenew lucky owner. If you can part with a measly $5999,that owner is you.2006 DUCATI 749s Superbike, Only 4954 miles onone of the most iconic yet controversial motorcycles ofall time. With a design that was way ahead of its time,the 749s is quickly becoming a collectable motorcycle.This one is in very good condition and freshly serviced.The “S” came with upgraded suspension and a supersmooth revvy motor with the perfect amount of power tobuild up your corner speed. Just $9799.2004 HARLEY-DAVIDSON Sportster Custom XL1200C, In mint condition with just 3.5k miles andsporting a Screamin Eagle exhaust with stage 1 jetting,this bike runs every bit as great as it looks. Only $5999.We take trade-ins of all makes and models. LOW ratefinancing is available for qualified buyers.6232 Mission Street Daly City, CA 94014. 650/992-1234 or 415/333-1234 missionmotorcycles.comPRE-ORDER your 2012 YAMAHA SUPER TENERE!Accepting pre-orders through March 31st. Come byor call!1st Saturday of the month is BROWN BAG Saturday!Get it in the bag and Get 15% OFF!Any Parts or Accessories in stock are 15% off themarked price! One bag per customer, so get in as muchstuff as you can and have fun while saving money!Our Service Department will check your tire pressuresfor free whenever you bring in your motorcycle, scooter,or ATV for servicing or repairs.Zero Electric Motorcycles available here At MissionMotorcycles. Call To Schedule A Demo Ride - (650)992-1234 The Zero S qualifies for the 10% Federalplug-in vehicle tax credit AND a sales-tax deduction!Used Bikes:2003 Honda 919—C349 Naked standard comfort witha Givi trunk, ready for fun or commuting. $38992004 Honda VFR800FI — C436 Great all-aroundmotorcycle. New Pirelli Angel ST tires. 49 stateCA legal, $49992006 CRF250R — U970, Newly rebuilt motor!Only $29992006 CRF250R — U1100, Family fun starts with thisgreen-stickered semi-auto! $12992008 Kawasaki KLX140L—U1111 Get dirt riding onthis electric-start bike designed for kids or adults. $17992008 Kawasaki ZX-10R — U1049, “Willie D.Custom” Too many goodies to list! Only $85992009 Yamaha V-Star 250—U1113 Start out in stylein with this almost new (875 miles) V-Star 250! $29992010 Victory Kingpin—U1114 Kingpin Kruising witha Stage One kit installed! Big power for little bucks!Only 460 miles, two-tone blue and sandstone metallic,$12,999See all of our bikes online atwww.missionmotorcycles.com.Prices do not include government fees, taxes, dealerfreight/preparation(new vehicles only), dealer documentpreparation charges or any finance charges (ifapplicable). Final actual sales price will vary dependingon options or accessories selected.MUNROE MOTORS -- SAN FRANCISCO’S OLDESTAND BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP -- SINCE 1958412 Valencia Street, 415/626-3496www.munroemotors.com Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5USED BIKES2003 DUCATI 999S Lots of nice goodies added tothis bike. Termignoni system with the open clutch covermakes for that super mean Ducati sound everyoneloves. Of course the “S” model comes equipped withthe Öhlins suspension. 6100 miles. $88952008 KAWASAKI NINJA 650R Green and mean!Super fun used Kawasaki Ninja 650R with 7800miles. Bone stock and ready to rock for at a low, lowprice.$44952006 DUCATI ST3 ABS ABS and the oh so dreamyÖhlins suspension. 14,600 miles. Black and beautiful!Set up with the Ducati hard side cases, ready for you toload up and get outta town to wherever you want to go!This bike has been well loved and dutifully maintained.Jump on and go. $89952006 BENELLI TNT 1130 It’s our demo bike with 977miles. Yellow and black. The funky Italian in-line triplethat looks like your average Transformer. Super crispmotor with amazing handling. Jump on and pick yourcamp, Autobot or Decepticon. Be the only one on yourblock.$84951972 TRIUMPH T120 Triumph Bonneville T120V650cc. Own the original 5 speed, right side shift,English classic sport tourer. Almost show qualitycondition for this great running bike. Grab your goggles,your old wax-cotton jacket and your flowy scarf andhit the road in style with this gem. Kick it over and rideaway.$72952007 HYOSUNG GT650R 650cc Fire-engine redsport bike. Great bike to start the new riding seasonwith. Two Brothers exhaust. Only 5100 miles and pricedto sell at $34952008 BONNEVILLE Only 300 miles! This maroonbeauty won’t last at $6,995!2006 SUZUKI SV650 Only 2000 miles. Red and readyfor you to take home. Only $3995Call us for other specials we can’t print!!415-626-3496x2EventsMARCH 11-12TRIUMPH DEMO TRUCK DAY @ MUNROE MOTORS!Come one come all!! This is the only like event inNorthern California! Come by for test rides on the newTiger 800! Be the first to ride it, and take one home. Thenational unveiling of the bike is not till March 25, soyou can have a full 2 week head start of all your friends!Over 25 bikes will be available for you to ride. Special inparts and apparel, food trucks, and ton of other goodiesfor the weekend. Mark your calendars!MARCH 25THIt’s finally time! The unveiling of the Ducati Diavel!Check www.MunroeMotors.com for more info! Putyour deposit in now, we don’t expect to have too manyof these to sell!412 Valencia St. S.F. 415/626-3496www.munroemotors.comSF MOTO255 8th Street at Folsom in San Francisco:415/255-3132, www.sfmoto.com. Located inthe SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood in SanFrancisco, California we provide the bay area with newand used motorcycles, scooters, service,and gear.We have an overflowing inventory of used sportbikes,cruisers, supermoto, and scooters. Lots of optionsfor financing as well. Our Service department hasINCREASED operating hours. Every weekday morningservice now opens at 8:00 a.m.What’s New:In the parts department....Motul chain clean and motul chain lube 20% off. Tonysays, “the rain’s over, clean your chain, please!”In the Service department:Please remember that our service department opensearly every weekday morning. Service opens at 8:00 am.Now we have a direct phone line into the service dept:415/861-7196A new tool just arrived from Europe that allows us tomake a working copy of your Vespa or Ducati key EVENif you LOST your MASTER KEY! (red key)The Sales department says:WE BUY USED MOTORCYCLES,------CALL US FIRST!!------Still paying a loan? THAT’S OK, WE PAY YOUR LOAN.Call 415-255-3132 to SELL us your bike today.We will provide the safest way for you to get cash foryour motorcycle or scooter. It only takes about 20 - 25minutes.The SYM SYMBA is now available in California, and wehave limited stock on hand for you to see & feel. Comedown and meet your new buddy the SYM SYMBA!Sign up on our mail list to get NEW INVENTORYNOTIFICATIONS in our weekly e mail newsletter.MOTORCYCLES! BIGGEST USED SELECTIONIN S.F.!!!2005 Ducati 749R Rare, red, fabuloso! Call for pricing.1999 Honda Nighthawk Black, 12k miles, nice! $18492004 HONDA Shadow 750 Aero 5,150 MilesBurgundy $3,9952007 HONDA Shadow 750 Spirit 15,876 MilesBlue $4,3952005 HONDA Shadow 600 9,063 Miles, Orangebeauty! $3,7952007 HONDA Shadow 600 Low mi. Honda Shadow1,010 Miles $4,0952006 HONDA Rebel 250 6,132 Miles Selling Price$2,3952006 HONDA CBR1000RR 11,258 Miles, Silver,sharp! $64952005 HONDA CBR6004Fi Only 5,073 miles! Fast andcomfy. Just $4,795!2006 HONDA CBR600RR, 13,068 Miles, Silverspeeder! $53952007 HYOSUNG GT250 10,797 Miles, Red $2,1952008 KAWASAKI Ninja 250R Just 553 miles on thissweet baby Ninja...make it yours for $36952006 KAWASAKI Ninja 250R Older and maybe a littlewiser...purchase. Red, 7,753 Miles, $2,5452007 KAWASAKI Ninja 250R Blue, 5,137 Miles, $2,5952009 KAWASAKI Ninja 500 EX500 8,114 Miles,Blue $3,8492008 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900 Classic 531 Miles!How do we do it? White $5,9952007 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900 Classic 3,001 Miles,SALE! Black $4,9952007 KAWASAKI Vulcan 500 7,544 Miles, Red $2,9952007 KAWASAKI Vulcan 500 7,524 Miles, Blue $2,8952009 KAWASAKI Ninja ZX-6R 2,615 MilesGreen $7,2952005 KAWASAKI Ninja 636 ZX-6R 9,146 Miles, KawiGreen $5,4952005 SUZUKI GSX-R600 10,114 Miles Blue $5,5952008 SUZUKI SV650S 8,150 Miles, Red, $4,4952006 SUZUKI SV650S 5,261 Miles, Blue, full fairingkit! $5,1952008 SUZUKI SV650S 5,287 Miles, Blue, full fairingkit! $5,1952006 SUZUKI SV650 The nakeds are getting hard tofind! 13,928 Miles, Blue $3,9492007 SUZUKI S40 Boulevard LS650 Savage 4,259Miles, Black $2,8992003 YAMAHA XVS650 V-Star Custom Black10,188 Miles, $3,3952010 YAMAHA XT250 White 104 Miles (what?!?)$CALL or Check eBay!2008 YAMAHA V-Star 650 Custom Black MidnightEdition 1,630 Miles $4,7952007 YAMAHA XVS650 V-Star Classic Black, amere 670 miles, $4,5952007 YAMAHA FZ6 Blue 12,666 Miles, just came in:sporty standard! $4,4952007 YAMAHA V-star 1100 Classic 9,816 MilesBlack $5,8952005 YAMAHA V-star 1100 Classic 4,211 MilesBlack $5,3952007 YAMAHA YZF-R1 Red, makes more power thanPG&E, 3,542 miles, $7,295SCOOTERS!2004 Honda Reflex 250 Son of the Helix! Greatcommuter $24952010 SYM HD200 Cross-country rally scoot! Call forpricing.2006 SYM HD200 6,505 miles, Red, $2,4492008 SYM HD200 6,766 miles, silver, freewaycapable, $23952008 Vespa S150 Freeway Legal, and only 50 milessince new! Red, $3,4951981 Vespa VSX P200 P200 Freeway Legal classictwo-stroke! Burgundy 17,710 Miles $2,4992009 YAMAHA Majesty 400 Gray, 1,539 miles, $4,595NEW:Hyosung!2010 GT250R, fuel-injected, better than the 250 Ninja!$3799.2010 GV250 Aquilia Fuel-injected 250 V-Twin Cruiser,all colors, just $3899SYM!2010 SYM Symba 100 A Honda Cub for the 21stCentury! So cute! Pick your color: $2,3982010 SYM HD200, pick your color, freeway legal, just$3399!Be sure to go online: www.sfmoto.com for hundredsof pictures and hours of video of pre-owned inventory!FREMONT HONDA KAWASAKI41545 Albrae St. Fremont, CA. 94538510-661-0100*The only northern California dealer to receive the2009 “Honda Counsel of Excellence” Award.Service dept.- If you have your bike serviced andlive within the Tri-City area, we’ll pick your bike upand deliver it back at NO charge. While we are an OEMHonda- Kawasaki service center, we do offer serviceon all makes and models. Our techs all average over 25yrs. in the industry (one over 40 yrs.) so you know thejob gets done right the first time. Oil change, ANY makeor model $17.99 plus parts !March 2011 | 26 | CityBike.com


Parts dept.- Since Fremont Cycle Salvage moved innext door, we’ve combined all new accessories into onedept. Same old smiling faces and personality as well asthe brand names your looking for. Arai, Icon, HJC, JoeRocket, Alpinestar, Speed & Strength and still get yourtires at 20% off MSRP. Mounting and balance is freewhen you bring wheels off bike.Sales dept.- Great inventory on new Honda andKawasakis as well as used.We buy used bikes or can just help you sell yours. Ifyou’re buying your first bike, and you recently completedthe MSF class, bring your certificate of completion in andwe’ll deduct your tuition from the cost of your new bike”.Our sales staff all have 35-40+ yrs. in the industry so wecan answer all your questions with out the BS. If we can’tget you financed, no one can.2003 Harley-Davidson FXD Dyna, black $8999 9Kmiles, sport screen, bags, backrest w/rear rack.2003 Suzuki GZ250 UNDER 300 MILES!!! $2899Like new.2005 Honda CBR600RR 11k miles $5499 Silver,Two Bros. exhaust, frame sliders, tinted windscreen,flush mounts.2004 Honda CRF80F Hand guards, FMF pipe $13992003 Honda XR100 Pro-Circuit pipe $17992001 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 classic $5999 Likebrand new, only 5700 miles Burgundy/Silver withwindscreen, back rest, rear rack.2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 12K miles. $2899Dealer maintained Great first bike. Clean2009 Kawasaki Eliminator 125 NEW CityBike price$2499 Perfect starter bike2008 Honda VT750 Spirit C2 Only 958 miles !!!$6999 $3000 in custom extras. Tons of chrome. Saddlebags, Mustang seat, windscreen, Honda digital MP3sound system, back rest w/bag, custom pegs and grips,more chrome, tank belt with pocket for MP3 or youriPod and did I mention chrome?2007 Honda CRF150R Clean, low hrs FMF pipe $27991995 Kawasaki ZX-7R $2999 Nice straight bike.Black/violet with polished frame, Muzzy pipe and tintedwinscreen. Runs perfect. 35k miles2006 Yamaha YZ250F Extra clean, lots ofaccessories $3799Call Bill Keys 510/661-0100 ext.115 orE-mail bill@fremonthondakawasaki.comUSED MOTORCYCLES:BMW R75/5 AHRMA RoadRacerWON APRIL 2010 AHRMA BEARS CLASS AND1999 OMRRA OPEN VINTAGE CHAMPIONSHIP1972 BMW frame and engine case, late model crankand 5 speed trans, welded heads, flowed and dualplugged, 336 sport cam, 18” Akront rims, 62 hp rearwheel, clean and ready to run. $7500. more detailsemail: Dave.Kaechele@yahoo.com2000 Moto Guzzi Quota 1100ES. Original owner.36K miles. Garaged, well maintained. $3800. www.guzziquota.com/forsale/ forsale@guzziquota.com209/854-45672005 Yamaha FZ-1. Totaled, less than 20,000miles on engine, $1300 or best offer. Contact JB atyamaharider1200@yahoo.com or call 415/871-76312004 BMW R1150RT w/ Uni-Go trailer. E-mailgustav@cruzio.com for more info & photos2005 BMW R1200ST 8000 miles. Graphite and Silver.One Owner. Bought New in 2005. Always garaged. Belowlist: $9000. 415/713-5602. cliffsteele@msn.com2003 BMW F650 Dakar. Accessories too numerousto list here but includes ABS and BMW expandablesaddlebags. 23K mi; adult owned and maintained inexcellent condition. $5195. Wayne at 707-528-6099 orwaysam@sbcglobal.net2003 KTM 200 MX/C. Low hours, bought new in2004. Garaged, well maintained, needs nothing. Only$3300 for this wicked dirt bike. Call 707/578-6686.1984 Honda V-65 Magna: Garaged, well maintained.Many new parts, runs strong, easy restoration or justride. $1250 OBO. Call J.C. 707/373-3914.2003 Suzuki SV1000S, silver. One original owner,still on first set of tires! Just 3000 miles, like new. Otheritems available. $4500.Ask for Otto: tthrnndz@yahoo.com2001 Honda Reflex Scooter: 250cc, 8100 miles, newtags in May, $1999. Call Jess in Belmont: 650/593-67631999 Yamaha R1, blue, 4.6K miles, Ohlins, RaceTech, Graves rearsets, V&H slip-on: $3950. Also, ‘97Aprilia RS250 & ‘99 R6 track bikes: prices negotiable.408/343-0381/921-9689.1999 Kawasaki Concours: 40k miles, plus upgrades,never crashed. $2345 or ? Auburn 530/823-84801955 Zundapp 600cc: Restored to perfection. Nationalaward winner. Black. $25,000. Serious inquiries only.415/781-34322007 KTM 990 Superduke: Orange and black, 7500miles. Great condition. $8900 707/971-03062002 Moto Guzzi LeMans: 7000 miles, Champagnegold, factory titanium canisters, factory ECU chip,Corbin Gel Seat. $6000 Clay 510/758-7564,bmwclay@prodigy.netThree Trials Motorcycles for Sale! 70cc, 250cc and350cc. Call 415/781-3432HELP WANTEDMotorcycle Technician. Exp In Honda, Yamaha,Suzuki, Kawasaki. Also Sea Doo watercraft. Top Payfor Master Tech. We offer Health care, Sick days. Paidholidays. 401k plan.Apply at goldengatecycles.com or in person.PARTS AND ACCESSORIESFor Sale: Complete 2008 Harley 96” top end.Cylinders, pistons, cams, heads, valves, pushrods,throttle body, tuner. Fair price at $500. Call 831/475-0353 or email dorseys8@sbcglobal.netO’NEAL’S MOTORCYCLE PARTSNew, used and vintageAll Bikes Welcome5015 Appian Way, El Sobrante, CA 95803510/243-0781 “Find great deals at O’Neals!”toneal5150@hotmail.comPARTS AND SERVICEGalfer BrakingRotors, Brake lines, Pads, Street, Race, Off-road,Super-MotoPashnitMoto is one of the largest Galfer Braking dealersin the USA.Colored brake lines, custom lengths, Wave Rotors. 50Pages of part numbers.www.PashnitMoto.com or call 530/391-1356AMERICAN CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE PARTSLarge Parts Inventory for American V-TwinsFull service on all American-made bikesMachine Shop & Welding925-689-98012395 H Monument Blvd, ConcordHave an old Japanese motocollecting dust in the garage ?Let HONYASUKA MOTORCYCLE REPAIR put itback on the road , Doesn’t matter how long has beensitting there. No job too big or too small . 30 yearsexperience, plenty of parts hanging around here, too.We charge $65 dollars per diagnostic.Hire us to do the repair, and we’ll credit this amount tothe final bill .530 Peralta St, West OaklandJust off 7th St , between the Post Office & Bart StationManuel (510) 290-1668Release the Hounds!www.doubledogmoto.comMOTO GIOMotorcycle Performance Parts, Accessories, Services.Low price on Tires!!!We will PRICE MATCH with any store.Phone: 408-298-88871391 N. 10th StSan Jose CA 95112Email: info@motogio.comwww.motogio.comPlease mention this ad and you will receive anadditional 5% off on your purchase.ROCKRIDGE TWO WHEELSNeed new rubber? To get you off to a good start in 2011,for January and February, Rockridge Two Wheels isoffering a $50 mount and balance with the purchaseof two tires. Factory techs. 40 years experience.510/594-0789RABER’S BRITISH MOTORCYCLEPARTS AND SERVICEWe offer parts and service for Triumph, Norton, BSA,Amal, Lucas.In-house cylinder boring, valve jobs, surfacing andmuch more.1984 Stone Ave.San Jose, CA 95125phone (408)998-4495fax (408)998-0642Tues-Fri 11-6, Sat 8-5www.rabers.comDUBBElJUMOTORCYCLE STORAGE ANDRENTALS IN SAN FRANCISCONever worry about theft, vandalism, weather damageor parking tickets. DUBBELJU MC RENTALS, SanFrancisco’s oldest motorcycle rental shop, offers safestorage for your bike in our shop at 689A Bryant St. Notonly is it a great shop to store your motorcycle but wehave cool rental bikes as well; BMW, Triumph, Harley,Honda, Suzuki, and even Yamaha scooters. Keep us inmind when your bike is in the shop or you have a friendcome in to town. Be sure to check out our web site:www.dubbelju.com and see all the things we havegoing on. 415/495-2774.ADVANCED CYCLE SERVICE*Motorcycle Service and Repair*• Tires • Service •Insurance estimatesMonthly bike storage availableCome check us out1135 Old Bayshore HwySan Jose, CA 95112(408) 299-0508jim@advcyles.com — www.advcycles.comDUCATI SUZUKI KAWASAKI YAMAHA HONDACustom Design StudiosMind-Blowing Custom Paint Since 1988Visit Our Showroom!V-Twin Service, Repair, Parts, & Fabrication.Harley Factory Trained Tech.415 382-666256 Hamilton Dr. # ANovato, Ca. 94949MOTO TIRE GUYwww.MotoTireGuy.comMotorcycle Tire ServicesSan Francisco - Bay Area(415) 601-2853Order your tires online, Zero CA sales tax plusFree UPS Ground, then have a Preferred Installerin your local area do the installation and save!Please visit website for details.TECH EXPRESSFor the Leading Mobile Repair ServicesAutomobile, Motorcycle and WatercraftServing the Greater Bay AreaOnline Schedulingwww.tech-express888-875-3001Home to motorsports enthusiasts of all types.Parts, Accessories, and Full Service.We are connected to the worlds largest aftermarketdistributors and most every OEM manufacturer.Full service department including factory-trainedtechnicians, authorized dyno tuning center, Race Techadn Ohlins suspension services.Aprilia - Artic Cat - Benelli - BMW - Buell - Can-Am- Ducati - Harley Davidson - Honda - Husqvarna -Kawasaki - KTM - Moto Guzzi - Piaggio - Polaris -Sea-Doo - Ski-Doo - Suzuki - Triumph - Vespa - Yamaha1-866-MOTORS-75706 Commerce Blvd.Rohnert Park, CA 94928www.mammothmotorsport.comSTOMPERS BOOTS, 323 10th Street, SF.Motorcycle boots, engineer boots, work boots,construction boots! Working hard, playing hard, or justplain old shitkicking boots. Black leather, lugged sole &steel toe reinforced boots!Best damn boot shop in world!TOWINGCityBike ClassifiedsReach thousands of Northern California motorcyclists. Just $15 for 25 words, 25¢each additional word. Photos add $25. Industry classifieds are a higher price. Free25-word listing for stolen bikes. Deadline is the 3 rd of each month. Just fill out theform, or copy and send it with your check, payable to CityBike 69A Duboce, SanFrancisco, CA 94103Name:Address:City: State: Zip:e-mail:NORTHBAY: REDWOODSMOTORCYCLE TOW & TRANSPORTProviding safe and reliable transport of your motorcycle!Licensed and InsuredHold a California Motor Carrier PermitSanta Rosa, CAServing Marin, Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino Counties707-537-5212 cell. If no answer call 707-894-9125SAN FRANCISCO AND BEYOND:DAVE’S CYCLE TRANSPORTThe Old ManThe Old TruckDave is workingDave’s Cycle TransportSan Francisco-Bay Area and Beyond...24 Hour Service(415)824-3020 — www.davescycle.comTHE UNDERTAKER: Motorcycle towing system.No trailer, no tires, no tags. No parking or storing. Checkit out at www.TowYourBike.com.925/413-4103. Dirt Bike or Cruiser.WHEELS AND DEALS“NY Thin Crust Pizza and California’s Best Micro-brews.Redeem this ad for $5 off your next large pie at ournew Emeryville location (3645 San Pablo Ave.). Validfor dine in or take out.”ACCIDENT OR INJURY?Call 415/999-4790 for a 24-hr. recorded message anda copy of the FREE REPORTEBAY SALES eBay sales. Specialist with vehicles, 12years experience, and 4000+ positive feedback rating.Flat listing rate. I can produce auctions with 20+ largeformat, gorgeous, high quality pictures with my dealeraccount and pro-grade camera. Dr. Hannibal Lechterreminds us that “we covet what we see.” Let me showpeople what you have and why they should pay topdollar for it! Interested in larger lots of identifiable,good-quality motorcycle and car parts to buy as well.imperialist1960@yahoo.com or 415/699-8760.STOLEN!Stolen motorcycles are listed free in CityBike (and weguess it’s good news we don’t have any to report thismonth)! Send info to info@citybike.comGET YOUR BIKE IN FRONTOF 40,000 EYEBALLS!Classified advertising? In a newspaper? What willthey think of next? Sliced bread? Frozen cheesecake?Flying machines? Well, it’s old as hell but it works. For$15, we’ll run your ad ‘till sold. Add $25 bucks to run aphoto of your ride so people believe you’re really sellingsomething and not just lonely.Subscribers get a free ad every month! Maybe youshould subscribe, eh?March 2011 | 27 | CityBike.com


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