Having grown up in a dirtbike household and racing as a child, Spenser is now Motorcyclist ’s resident video producer and token youngest employee. Being that he usually works with 60 to 240 frames per second, his assignment this issue was more simple: just a dozen or so frames to capture the Kawasaki H2 and Lightning LS-218 as they streaked around San Francisco and down the dragstrip at Sonoma Raceway. His shots illustrate the feature on page 52, as well as grace the cover. Not bad, kid.
“If you can start it, you can have it.” It was that promise from a cousin that started James’ motorcycling career. After a day spent puffing and sweating, eight-year-old James fired up a Honda Mini Trail and never looked back. Today the photographer and graphic designer can be found working for outdoor giant Marmot or riding his KTM 500EXC Six Days when he’s not shooting a fresh generation of Ktm-mounted racers for Motorcyclist.
A ride on the back of a superbike at New Jersey Motorsports Park is an unusual introduction to motorcycling. To Max’s great credit, his ride only set the hook. Typically an automotive writer for Road & Track, Max spent the next year teaching himself how to ride in Brooklyn, New York, on an oft-stolen Ninja 250. In this issue you’ll find his thoughts on the iconic Schott Perfecto jacket and his return to NJMP as a freshly minted motorcyclist exploring Yamaha’s Superbike hauler for Wrench Room.
Growing up in Michigan, Brett’s singular goal as a young racer was to become the editor of a motorcycle magazine. Serious motocross chops led him down a path to television as a producer and editor for ESPN, Speed TV, and Discovery. Today, Brett is a freelance writer and research consultant for ESPN’S X Games. Aside from writing the feature on dirt drags on page 44, Brett’s work can be found in Dirt Rider, Outside, BIKE, Racer X, and Meta.
As a connoisseur of rare, high-performance Kawasakis, Mitch Feingersch’s garage contains a pristine 1972 H2 triple (featured in Roots in the January 2015 issue of MC), a 1985 GPZ750 Turbo, and the 2015 H2 we drag raced for the feature on page 52. When Kawasaki didn’t have an H2 to lend, we rung up Mitch to ask a favor. He was happy to oblige and now has a 9.94-second time slip to show for it.
Photographer Sara Liberte (pronounced: liberty) has a knack for capturing the human face of motorcycling and travel. Her skill set came in handy putting together Crowd Question from the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. An experienced road warrior and prolific Instagrammer, Sara’s social media stream is a seemingly bottomless trove of scenic vistas, adorable animals, and badass friends.