Rider Journal, June 2019

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Cover of the June 2019 issue of Rider magazine.
Cowl of the June 2019 situation of Rider journal.

The “Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways” was a pleasant article. Nonetheless, the creator bypassed the very best highway in Arizona and one of many best in the complete nation. I converse, in fact, of U.S. Freeway 191, additionally referred to as “Satan’s Freeway,” from Duncan to Alpine. The creator rode by Duncan proper previous the south finish of this well-known roadbut didn’t experience it! Any rider in search of the very best driving highway in Arizona ought to head to the Satan’s Freeway. The final time I rode this freeway my spouse was my passenger and stored her eyes closed numerous the best way due to the curves and drop-offs. Her concern was pointless as we made it to Alpine simply superb on a fantastic day and an unforgettable experience.

Jeff Dean, by way of e-mail

I’m from upstate New York, Siberacuse (extra affectionately generally known as Syracuse) particularly, and your journal does its finest to get us by the winter till we will really experience once more. The June situation had an article written by Dan Bisbee about Route 100 in Vermont, a very nice experience (Favourite Trip). Yearly on my trek to Americade I steadily take time to experience not less than some portion of Route 100. Sadly Dan made his journey a one-way experience to Canada, and I questioned how he received dwelling. For my part he missed one other superior New England highway: the “Kanc.” The Kancamagus Freeway crosses Hew Hampshire proper by the White Mountains, and the vistas are unbelievable on a transparent day. I’ve carried out the experience many instances and might by no means appear to get sufficient. 

George Gridley, Fayetteville, New York

Try the Favourite Trip from the August 2017 situation, the place Mr. Bisbee traverses the “Kanc.” You too can discover it on ridermagazine.com beneath “Favourite Rides.” –EIC

Simply learn Clement’s “Well being and Happiness” article (Highway Tales, June 2019) and located myself laughing out loud. Nice learn there Clem, however I feel with the bike train routine you outlined in your article, you’ll have a greater probability at rising 5 inches than decreasing your girth by 2 half inches. Love this magazine. Sustain the nice work.

Tim Radniecki, Erskine, Minnesota

Boy, did you guys simply take me on a visit down reminiscence lane (Suggestions, Tips & Solutions, June 2019)! I purchased my first bike, a ’94 Yamaha Seca II in that very same beautiful yellow pictured in your pages, in April of 1995. I rapidly put 38,000 miles on it earlier than shopping for a brand new Yamaha YZF600R in November 1998, which I nonetheless personal, and on which I’ve now amassed over 100,000 miles. I additionally realized the right way to take bike highway journeys on the Seca II, up and down the East Coast from the Catskills to decrease Virginia. I beloved my Seca. It was snug and fast sufficient. It had some vibrations and the pinnacle gasket seeped oil, which I fastened, however in any other case it was a very good bike. I offered it in early 2000 and changed it with a ‘95 GPZ1100, which turned my long-distance experience. At this level I’ve 4 bikes: my aforementioned YZF600R, the GPZ1100, an ‘06 FJR1300 and an ‘01 W650. However my first bike love will at all times be my little Seca II, which was a dependable and enjoyable companion to software round on for my formative bike years. Thanks for the reminder of an exquisite and really underrated little bike that did all of it, and did all of it effectively!

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Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., by way of e-mail

I loved Clement Salvadori’s Retrospective(June 2019) concerning the Runpet. In 1964, I used to be at Pop Kenyon’s then-small store in Mountain View, California, taking a look at a singular Japanese bike referred to as a Lilac. It was a tiny BMW copy. It was a 2-stroke and the little opposed twin was most likely lower than 250cc. I used to be there to complain to Pop that the entrance wheel of my 305 SuperHawk didn’t line up with the handlebars. Pop wheeled it over to the fence, put the entrance wheel between two poles and yanked it straight. There, it’s fastened.

Terry Zaccone, Saratoga, California

Having been a subscriber to Rider for about 20 years, I’ve learn a large number of articles submitted by motorcyclists and have discovered many to be entertaining and attention-grabbing. Some don’t fairly meet this threshold, however the story written by Kathleen Kemsley within the June 2019 situation (“A Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways”) clearly falls into the class of entertaining and attention-grabbing. I actually appreciated her descriptions and footage of the experience, the panorama and the communities. My spouse and I’ve ridden over a big portion of the western United States, together with part of Arizona. Kathleen’s description of her experience impressed me to make this experience part of our itinerary sooner or later, and to even make it a week-long enterprise to cowl extra of the state. Ms. Kemsley’s identification of historic factors of curiosity additionally fascinate me. We now have examine most of the occasions and websites she identifies in her story and her images actually helps to carry them to life. The day I learn this text I used to be taking a look at six inches of latest snow on the bottom the place we dwell. The 80- and 90-degree temperatures she described round Shock, Arizona, had been extraordinarily interesting.

Wally Baird, Granby, Colorado

Greetings! I’ve been a Riderjournal reader for years, both by subscription or off the shelf when the subscription ran out and that renewal discover handed me by. I completely loved the “Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways” write up and two issues specifically stood out. First, how did you ever get all that gear secured down on the Honda Shadow? And second, what’s that I spy on the tank bag? An honest-to-goodness REAL map! Now, I’m all concerning the newest in GPS navigation gadgets, however give me a paper map or atlas (I’m an actual fan of the Michelin providing) for my journey planning and routings. Nothing beats sitting across the kitchen desk with my trusty atlas for journey planning or dreaming. And on the highway, effectively, expertise fails typically you understand…. So, thanks once more for one more nice situation and proof that typically even low tech nonetheless has its place in a contemporary world.

Larry Rotters, Sweetwater, Tennessee

I used to be actually wanting ahead to studying concerning the 2020 Suzuki Katana (“Return of an Icon,” June 2019)! My solely thought is that this letter received’t be the primary or final one concerning the actually small gas capability. Somebody has already beat me to the punch on this one, I’m positive. Dang, Suzuki, you guys may have actually made an influence with this bike, form of just like the Kawasaki Z900RS or the Honda CB1100 with their retro seems to be recalling the very best days of motorbike styling. My retro 2001 ZRX1200 holds 5 gallons and, as such, has a good vary. Nothing attracts curious seems to be on a brand-new bike like a plastic gas can strapped to the again.

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Howard Bonser, Palmer Lake, Colorado

Hi there EIC Tuttle, Steve Larsen right here. You could recall publishing a number of of my tales in Riderover time, though not just lately. You at all times handled these tales with such care and made them look so good. Thanks a lot for that. Your June editorial (One-Monitor Thoughts) with its 1991 letter to your son Alex actually hit dwelling, inflicting my eyes to brim with tears. Such as you, I wrote a collection of letters to my very younger daughter to be opened when she was in her mid-teens, desirous to seize and convey to her the sentiments I had at the moment. It was a rewarding expertise for each of us and I bear in mind her anticipation at turning 16 so she may open that letter sealed up so way back. Frankly, I used to be fairly curious too, as I’d forgotten what I’d mentioned. When she was eight years outdated my son (her brother) handed away simply shy of his second birthday. If he hadn’t, there is no such thing as a doubt our household would have needed to deal with the diploma to which we’d wish to encourage him to experience. However such as you and your spouse, I think supporting your youngsters was way more necessary that limiting them. My daughter, whereas sporting a motorbike endorsement and logging a number of days at Gary LaPlante’s off-road driving ranch, by no means actually took to motorcycling. 

Scott “Bones” Williams’ letter (Response) additionally resonated with me. Your editorial fingerprints are so current on each situation. The journal you’ve created and tips you developed and enforced make it a delight to learn each month. Now that I’ve recovered from some well being challenges, maybe I can once more submit one thing worthy of the excessive requirements at Rider

Steve Larsen, Phoenix, Arizona

One other glowing overview of Honda’s NC (“Class-Bending Commuter,” April 2019) with no point out of the one factor that delay most of the lifelong riders who I’ve talked to: its yawnable energy. The NC700X made 51 horsepower. Now they added 50 extra cc and received it to…51 horsepower. 750cc and 51hp sounds extra like some outdated Euro bike or possibly one thing by Royal Enfield. It’s a brand new low in Honda’s efficiency numbers, and takes the bike out of the working as a category chief. I’ve ridden one. It’s boring. For my cash, and the cash of many guys I do know, the Wee Strom spanks the NC with higher dealing with and braking, and, the coup de gras, 15 extra horsepower (regardless that its motor is 100cc smaller).

Lucien Lewis, San Rafael, California

Pleasantly stunned? No. I used to be overjoyed to see the brand new Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Commonplace within the June situation (Kickstarts). H-D has spent approach an excessive amount of time promoting glitzy “pre-customized” bikes. They’ve lastly realized there’s a marketplace for a clear, plain place to begin from which a buyer can construct out the bike of his/her desires. I rode a ‘96 FLHT, after transferring up the road from Sportster to FXR to bagger over time. I didn’t want an “Extremely” to have the final word driving enjoyable. It was economical to run, agile sufficient to maintain up with the sportier Harleys within the group, and toured like there was no tomorrow. I’d advocate the FLHT to anybody wanting a fundamental, snug experience with no restrict to the customizing potentialities. (And, be glad the floorboards fold up…they will scrape!)

Scott Barber, Bend, Oregon

Clement, you mentioning leaving your petcock on reserve (Highway Tales, Might 2019) introduced again a painful reminiscence. I did the identical and was driving dwelling from work on the expressway when my VTX1300 began burping. I reached all the way down to flip to order, discovered it was already there. The very first thing to return to thoughts was to shake the bike and spill these treasured few ounces in the correct lobe over to the left lobe. That was good for a quarter-mile. Did it once more. And once more. I used to be 5 miles from dwelling and shook that bike repeatedly and managed to get off the freeway and coast as much as the fuel station on the entrance to my subdivision. The subsequent morning my abs had been so sore I may barely get up, and so they stayed sore for 2 weeks! These cruisers are powerful to stroll, not to mention for 5 miles. Hopefully a lesson realized.

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Ken Klosterhaus, Washington Township, Michigan

Hi there Riderjournal employees! Love your journal, I learn it cowl to cowl each situation. I’ve been which means to write down for a very long time concerning a pet peeve of mine concerning sizing of motorbike attire. I’m 63 and let’s say overly effectively fed (wink wink). At 6 toes tall and 322 kilos, I’ve a bear (no pun meant) of a time looking for something that matches or is even made for our bodies like mine. I think it could partly be as a result of gear appears to be primarily based off slim lower European designs, however there could also be different elements afoot, equivalent to producers solely being keen to focus on the so-called “candy spot” of the overall inhabitants, in an effort to save manufacturing prices. I don’t know for positive, however I do know I really feel discriminated in opposition to. We weight-challenged folks deserve protecting clothes that matches too! Helmets additionally appear to be incorrectly sized. I religiously measure my head in response to measurement charts, which say I would like a big or additional massive, however what the truth is matches is a XXXL. Come on producers, can’t you construct merchandise for us outsized People!

Steven Heureux, by way of e-mail

I simply learn “Essential Avenue, Vermont” (Favourite Trip, June 2019). I’ve ridden Route 100 many instances, as my dad and mom had a trip home in Waitsfield that they ultimately retired to. As I used to be studying I used to be reminiscing driving on the identical roads with my father and mates. I’m planning a visit up there this summer time. Thanks for the article, it introduced again some treasured recollections of driving with my dad. 

Chuck Garby, Medford, New York

Rider journal publishes many bike excursions – which impressed me to write down about my first long-distance experience on bike some 40 years in the past. Me and pal rode our 850 Yamahas from Gary, Indiana to Houston, Texas spending most nights tenting beneath the celebrities – that’s about as primitive as I’ve ever gotten on two wheels. We deliberate our journey with a personalised AMA Tour Information report with marked routes indicating beginning locations and intermediate stops that included all of the highway maps and detailed info we wanted to learn about cities and cities on our route. It was an awesome software to make use of again in 1979. Does Rider journal present any related stories or know of any web sites that may present an in depth report for bike riders like me that journey long-distances?

Ray Salinas, by way of e-mail


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