By Lee Bruns
I arrived at Evolution Motorsports in Watertown, S.D., unsure of what to expect of the Spyder. I’m not unfamiliar with multi-track motorcycles having ridden sidecar rigs over a 100,000 miles and spent time on a few HD based trikes. This however was my first ride on a machine that is not a conversion but was instead designed and built to be exactly what it is, and it shows. The Spyder F3-S in Steel Black Metallic would look right at home in the Bat-cave. Every Bat-fan needs one. Its styling is modern, aggressing and original. It comes factory shod with modern block faced automotive style radial tires on 15-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels. Many people love the look, a few hate it, none are undecided.
By Thomas Day
A friend, Scott Jarrett, who has had a storied and impressive career as a professional musician once told me, “If you can imagine making a living any way but through music, you should.” For years, I took that as a semi-friendly put-down. It felt like he was telling me that, since I had regularly left the music world for the more regular income from electronic engineering and education, I shouldn’t consider myself worthy of being called “a musician.” I have no excess of confidence regarding my musicianship, so I took that advice and when someone asks me if I play or if I’m a musician I always say, “Sort of.”
Recently, Scott was explaining to me his current financial dilemma that is mostly forced by the serious competition he receives from his past and current music students. These kids have the advantage of having had him as a step-up into music and the music business, plus they have the motivation, energy, and commitment and the advantage of of being young, footloose and unencumbered by obligations. He simply said, “I can’t keep up anymore. I can’t do the practice time or put in the hours to keep these kids from getting the jobs I used to own.”
Antique Motorcycle Club of America
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AntiqueMotorcycle.org) was founded in 1954 by a group of antique-bike fans in the New England area. From the beginning, the purpose of the club has been the “preservation, restoration and operation of old-time motorcycles.” Members of the AMCA own, restore, preserve, study or just admire motorcycles that fall into the “Antique” category – what they define as a bike at least 35 years old.
I’ve been told that some of “the unwritten rules I live by” are weird. This may be true but they work for me. Some of them I got from my father and others I developed over time based on life experiences. These are a few I got from my dad which he may have gotten from his dad are; “Leasing a car is a rip-off, you should buy a car don’t rent it”. “Employment agencies don’t care if you get a job you’re good at or enjoy, they just want to get paid”. “It’s better to have more insurance than not enough”. And one I know isn’t original but the first time I heard it was from my dad; “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.
By Paul Berglund
Self evaluation can be difficult. If you’re racing your motorcycle on a track, you can compare your times to other racers. You will know where you stand in that context and you can give your self a grade using that as a guide. It can be very hard to figure out how to improve your riding on your own. Riding on the street is only graded on a pass \ fail. Did you come home from your ride? Good, you pass. How well you ride is hard to judge on the street or out on the trail. Who do you ask to evaluate your riding?
By David Harrington
Want to start an argument and possibly all-out brawl? Tell a group of “serious” vintage scooter people that your 1979 P-200E Vespa is vintage. What??? That boxy THING with, with, with ELECTRONIC ignition?!?!?
Most vintage scooter groups will have some sort of cut-off year/model and ONLY those and prior machines meet their criteria of vintage. Sometimes it’s simply a minimum age – the scooter must be XX years old or older. Of course one can NEVER utilize the State of Minnesota “Collector” license plate requirement as defined for cars and trucks – that’s a measly 20 years old. Ha! I’ve had daily rider scooters that were more than 20 years old. That’s nothing … even 30 years. Why, 20-year-old scooters would include the hideous 1984 Honda Elite with its lame pop-up headlight. NOBODY would ever consider that to be vintage.
Commonly referred to as the Western Upland portion of the state, southwestern Wisconsin’s landscape is marked by deep gorges and steep bluffs cut into the landscape by the Mississippi River and numerous tributaries, thick forest and green bottomland valleys. It is the most rugged topography in the state.
The Mississippi river gorge in this area has a length of more than 200 miles, extending from Prescott to southwestern Grant County, with the river incised more than 500 feet below the level of the upland ridges. Beyond those ridges to the east are valleys that are one to 6.5 miles wide and increase in depth to the south.
Member #11 of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (interestingly No. 11 was also his competition number), Carson was involved in the restoration of more than 50 vintage motorcycles. He lovingly restored numerous makes of machines, but his favorite was always Indian. A 1924 Indian Scout was the first motorcycle he owned when he was 15. An image of Woody methodically working with parts under lamplight in a small, quiet workshop, with a beautiful Indian 4 in the background, became an iconic image in antique motorcycling.