Scrambling Around on Ducati’s Urban Enduro
By Dave Soderholm
Motorcycles have become amazingly complex and spendy. They have electronic gizmos to “help” just about every area of rider control. With things like electronic suspension, traction control, switchable ABS, multi-map engine control, automatic gearboxes, multi adjustable airflow, tablet like dash boards, and heated everything, these new motorcycles just about ride themselves. Many riders say the aids have taken away from the guttural soulful connection they have with their bikes and replaced it with the fuzzy warm feeling of Hal from 2001 A Space Odyssey. Along with that, motorcycles have become REALLY expensive. So what’s the rider longing for the romantic, affordable, and simple good ol’ days of motorcycling to do?
Ducati would like you to take a look at their middleweight retro marvel – the Scrambler. In the Scrambler, Ducati harkens back to those simpler and less expensive days of motorcycling that have almost been forgotten. It’s a beautifully done retro bike, yet still totally modern, that comes in four different flavors – Classic, Icon, Urban Enduro and Full Throttle. They all share the same basic running gear, but have a different finish baked in to give each a unique character distinct from the others. MMM had saddle time on the Urban Enduro.
By Thomas Day
I got stopped by a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputy on my mid-week trip to the library. As usual, he asked, “Do you know why I stopped you?” I did not.
“You crossed the white line to pass that van on the right.” Fortunately for me, the deputy was a good guy (and a motorcyclist) and he let me go with a warning. All the way to the library and through the rest of my day’s errands, I thought about what kind of goofy state has a dumbass law like that. Keeping in mind that I believe every state in the nation, except California, is barely sophisticated enough to bang the rocks together in a primitive attempt to communicate — because of the national ban on filtering and lane sharing — holding a motorcycle behind a stopped vehicle seems outrageously and unusually primitive.
I find getting out of my house in the winter makes living here much easier. So between walking my dog and having to go 20 miles to my brother’s shop to work on a winter project, I’ve got some guaranteed out-of-home time. This year’s project is a 2004 Harley Davidson 883C. This bike was a birthday gift from my lovely bride, which makes her the best wife ever. It also raises the bar a bit in regards to what I get her for her next birthday.
Motorcycle & Scooters, The State of the Market
It appears the U.S. motorcycle market could in 2015 achieve its 5th straight year of growth as manufacturers continue to spin out a wider assortment of models in their ongoing effort to offer products that appeal to a broader spectrum of consumers.
Two-wheeler sales in the U.S. during the first nine months of the year totaled 413,128 units, up 4.7% compared to 394,640 units during the same nine-month period in 2014 and the most nine-month sales since 435,497 units moved in 2009, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).
I got the chance to ride off road for a day. My friend and I went up to Nemadji state park. We park near the Duquette general store. They have good food made to order in the deli. They have good gas at the pumps (premium with no ethanol) that’s price at or below what you pay in the twin cities. But best of all, the people who work there are very nice and friendly. On this trip we went in for some BBQ sandwiches before we rode into the park. While we were paying for our delicious breakfast, the woman behind the counter asked if we would like a map of the Nemadji trails. I love maps, so I said yes.
By Mike Vaughan
If you’ve been shopping for a motorcycle lately, you know there are an amazing number of models and color combinations available. But what you see in dealerships is just a fraction of the total number of brands, models, and color combinations currently available. Some time ago I had a chat with Kawasaki’s EVP, of Marketing and Sales. I was astounded by what he told me about the total number of products, considering category, models, paint schemes and options that a dealer would have to inventory if he were to represent the entire line. A number somewhere north of 150 separate units.
MMM: What’s your job?
Miller: Chief Pit Grid Steward for MotoAmerica (the series previously run as AMA Road Racing). I’m responsible for the pit lane area during practice and qualifying, as well as coordinating the starts of the race.
MMM: How old were you when you got your first bike?
Miller: I was 21.
MMM: What was it?
Miller: I learned to ride on a Bridgestone 350 and my first bike was a V-50 Moto Guzzi.