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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.

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