In This Is­sue

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AD­VEN­TURE HAS al­ways been an in­te­gral part of mo­tor­cy­cling. Long be­fore ex­tralarge dual-sports ap­pro­pri­ated the word, a sense of ad­ven­ture per­me­ated the fab­ric of this two-wheeled world. It’s been a muse and an ac­com­plice since that first pro­to­type en­gine was bolted to wooden wheels and a sad­dle, and ad­ven­ture, in its many forms, con­tin­ues to be a driv­ing force in mo­tor­cy­cling.

As this is­sue was com­ing to­gether, I was im­pressed by the scope of the ex­pe­ri­ences that mo­tor­cy­cles have put in mo­tion—re­cu­per­a­tive ones, like the day Zack Courts and I spent ply­ing the in­clines of Palo­mar Moun­tain aboard Triumph’s new Street Triple RS and Yamaha’s FZ-09 for this is­sue’s fea­ture com­par­i­son, to epic out­ings like our trip to Utah to ride sand dunes. Throt­tling mo­tocross bikes across the desert was cer­tainly an ad­ven­ture but so was get­ting there, con­sid­er­ing we opted to tow our off-road bikes be­hind tour­ing rigs rather than load them into the back of a truck like nor­mal peo­ple. That’s an or­deal that was cat­alyzed by a spirit of ad­ven­ture, pure and sim­ple, and it’s an es­capade that Zack re­counts start­ing on page 52.

Mo­tor­cy­cles have al­ways spurred ad­ven­tures in speed, as pur­sued by Mark Bjork­lund and his 200-mph, twin-en­gine “Dou­ble Duck” Bon­neville racer, de­picted in all its salt-crusted glory be­gin­ning on page 23. In this is­sue’s fea­ture ex­plor­ing The Race of Gen­tle­men, we learn that mo­tor­sports even in­spire ad­ven­tures in time travel.

Many en­gi­neer­ing and busi­ness pur­suits have been mo­ti­vated by an am­bi­tion that seems to be a fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment of the two-wheeled world. Greg Hatcher, the busi­ness owner pro­filed in Wrench Room, turned his back on a se­cure ca­reer to build a scooter-parts em­pire, and he’s hav­ing the time of his life. Else­where in this is­sue Mo­tor­cy­clist’s ex­pert his­to­rian, Mitch Boehm, traces the ori­gin and im­pact of a brief pe­riod in the ’80s when a tur­bocharg­ing fad led Ja­pan’s Big Four to build some truly out­landish ma­chines.

As Mitch’s story re­veals, not all ad­ven­tures are suc­cesses, but that will­ing­ness to give it a go, re­gard­less of the chal­lenges or risks, is al­ways worth cel­e­brat­ing. We hope that the sto­ries pre­sented in th­ese pages in­spire you and stoke your sense of ad­ven­ture, what­ever form it takes. —Ari Hen­ning

Sand Canyon’s soar­ing heights and grand sights were classic ad­ven­ture. But, in this case, the jour­ney is what de­fined the trip.

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