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TAG : richard backus

Corsair-X IOM 2016 by Arai Helmets

 Arai Corsair-X Isle of Man 2016 helmet. Photo courtesy AraiIntroduced in 2015, the Corsair-X replaced Arai’s previous top of the line Corsair-V. At first blush it looks similar, but inside and out there are significant changes that make this the best Arai yet. First up is a new face shield ...

Bonhams to Auction the Motorcycle Classics Project Honda CB350

Bonhams will auction off our 1970 Honda CB350 at its Vegas auction, Jan. 26, 2017, with all proceeds benefiting AHRMA’s Rider Benevolent Fund. Photo by Richard Backus.The annual Las Vegas classic motorcycle auctions return in January and they promise to be bigger than ever as Mecum Auctions ...

Book Review: Discovering the Motorcycle

Full disclosure: I have some personal involvement in Armand Ensanian’s impressive new book, Discovering the Motorcycle: The History. The Culture. The Machines. Since 1887. I first spoke with Armand sometime in mid-2015, when he called asking if I’d be willing to spend some time talking ...

Punctuation Marks: Making the Most out of Mishaps

There’s a photo on my cellphone, a selfie of me and new riding pal Davis Aites. We’re both smiling, a motorcycle just visible in the background. We’re at the side of a road somewhere, and from the look on our faces, we’re having a great time. And we were. It’s just that we were broken ...

The Accidental Buyer of a 1973 BMW R75/5

I recently bought another bike, a sweet, unmolested, high-mileage and somewhat dog-eared 1973 BMW R75/5, and it occurred to me that unlike many people, I’ve rarely bought a motorcycle with a predicated plan of action or even a notion of exactly what I wanted to buy. Regular readers — read, ...

Rockerbox Motofest 2016

Classic pairing: A beautiful 1972 Moto Guzzi Ambassador and a 1956 BMW R26 share the front row at the 2016 Rockerbox Motofest Bike Show.It was another excellent weekend at the Road America race track outside Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 10-12, 2016, as thousands of vintage and custom bike fans ...

High Expectations of the 2016 Riding Season

If this spring’s rides are any indication of how the riding season is going to pan out for me this year, it’s going to be a good one. I’m not an Iron Butt rider who piles on tens of thousands of miles every year, but I am disappointed when I can’t roll up at least 3,000-4,000 miles ...

On the Road Again

It’s mid-March as I write this, but here in the Midwest, winter has suddenly — almost freakishly — left the building. This time of year, I’m usually huddled in my hovel wrenching on my bikes in anticipation of the end of winter. But if the current weather patterns hold, the riding ...

Moving Targets

What we call classic is something of a moving target, and while some will disagree, I put the three “modern” bikes featured in this issue — BMW’s wild 1989-1993 K1, Harley-Davidson’s unexpected 1994 VR1000 and Suzuki’s more staid 1985 GS1150E — firmly in that category. When BMW ...

Your Mother Was Right

If your mother was or is anything like mine, she probably wasn’t too thrilled when you took up motorcycling. I waited until I left home for college to get my first bike, a fact my mother could ignore thanks to the then 1,200 miles separating us. I kept mum on the subject, and even though she ...

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