By Guido Ebert
Welcome to MMM issue #153 – the ninth and final issue of 2013 and the culmination of my first year with your free monthly paper devoted to motorcycling in our great state of Minnesota.
What a whirlwind year we have had.
MMM returned in 2013 with its traditional sections, like full-color motorcycle model profiles, “All The News That Fits”, “Geezer With a Grudge”, “The Redneck Files” and “Random Scootering”. Then, to add more worth to your reading experience, we installed a new, monthly “Special Section” to highlight market trends and the occasional “Motorcycling in Minnesota” column in an effort to share some of the best road routes in the state.
Motorcycles we profiled in 2013 included models from Victory, BMW, Harley-Davison, Ducati, Triumph, Suzuki, Indian and Royal-Enfield; Random Scootering discovered scoots from Piaggio, SYM, KYMCO and Suzuki, among others; the Special Section reports heralded the start of Minnesota’s riding season and delved into the Sportbike market, Scooters, Off-Road models, Touring bikes, Cruisers, Dual Sport models and Classics; our Geezer With a Grudge – Thomas W. Day – served up numerous thought-provoking essays; and we all read along as numerous intrepid travelers shared their adventures on two wheels.
As many of you may have noticed, The Redneck Files no longer is a part of MMM. BJ Max, our long-time contributor of those often poignant but mostly hilarious dispatches, passed away earlier in the year after a valiant battle against cancer. While we can’t replace BJ’s outlook on the two-wheel lifestyle, we have added a new rotation of writers willing to share their own slightly skewed insights on the nuances found in our favorite mode of transportation.
This issue, check out a pair of Italian twins – the Moto Guzzi California 1400 and Aprilia Dorsoduro 750; enjoy Day’s take on the need to wrench as a rider; peruse new-for-2014 models; join a couple of Minnesotans on a “48 Plus” Iron Butt trip; and read our impressions of the BMW C 600 Sport maxi-scoot.
Looking forward, to 2014, the most important ingredient in MMM’s recipe will be YOU.
A few months ago I asked our Facebook friends what we can do to improve the paper. An overwhelming majority of responses asked for the publication of reader-supplied motorcycle profiles and personal adventures. Here, now, is YOUR chance. Did you get a new bike in 2013 and have a write-up, or undertake an adventure that you think would make for a great read? Email your 1,000-word story to email@example.com and include at least three original high-resolution photos.
This reader-led section set to launch with the March 2014 issue is yet another way MMM hopes to highlight the many facets of Minnesota’s motorcycling community. While donations will be vetted, and it is not guaranteed every submission will be published, your unique perspectives will no doubt offer a valuable wealth of information and entertainment for the coming nine issues.
If you’re sitting somewhere, physically turning the pages of Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly: Thank you. If you’re reading MMM online via MnMotorcycle.com or as part of our Facebook community: Thank you. Finally, if you’re a company who in 2013 helped MMM get in front of 25,000 readers every month: Thank you.
Ride smart and have fun, and all the best wishes for a happy & healthy 2014.