Catch­ing up with the gear­head’s gear­head

Motorcyclist - - Contributors - BY BASEM WASEF

With old bikes, peo­ple aren’t amazed you got there quickly; they’re amazed you got there at all. They go, “What? You were on the free­way with this?”

TWENTY-TWO YEARS on late-night tele­vi­sion en­shrined Jay Leno as a TV leg­end, but it is his vo­ra­cious ap­petite for ve­hi­cles that earns him ul­ti­mate no­to­ri­ety among petrol­heads. Freed from the re­straints of daily tap­ings, the co­me­dian is now able to fo­cus his en­thu­si­asm on CNBC’S Jay Leno’s Garage, which en­ters its third sea­son this year. Be­cause mo­tor oil seems to ooze through Leno’s veins, we quizzed the comic to find out what’s ir­re­sistible about creaky old bikes, why he seems to ride more th­ese days, and what sorts of mo­tor­cy­cles make his heart go pit­ter-pat­ter.

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