Resident trials expert Andrew Oldar competed from the ages of seven to 21; he’s a natural on a motocross bike and tests for Dirt Rider. So we were astonished to find that Oldar didn’t have his motorcycle endorsement. After a quick trip to the DMV, we stuck him on a Triumph Street Scrambler and sent him on a 260-mile excursion to El Camino del Diablo. Find it on page 54.
Author of Motorcycles I’ve Loved and Good Morning, Midnight, Brooks-dalton penned “Why Do We Do This To Ourselves” on page 70. Her shorter work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times. After spending a year and a half traveling the US and living out of her truck, she recently settled in LA, where she is working on a new book.
Writer Sam Smith is mix of contradictions: a Southerner living in the Northwest, a Seattleite who loves the sun, and a bike nerd with a day job at Road & Track. His work has appeared in Cycle World, The New York Times, and Esquire. We sent him to spend a day with the legendary Malcolm Smith, on page 62. He returned desperately wanting an old Husky, but then, who doesn’t?
Between workouts, Josh Condon has served as an editor at Road & Track, Details, and The Drive, penned stories for Men’s Journal and Automobile, and authored the book The Art of Flying. Naturally, we asked him to do the heavy lifting with our piece on the comparative fitness of motorcycle-riding athletes on page 46.
Jenny Linquist is a fearless photographer who has aimed her glass at everything from cross-country Ural slogs to back woods off-road rallies. A lover of bikes, cars and the places they go, she now calls Seattle home. Linquist lives there with her husband, Mike, and their Border collie, Clyde. For this issue, she captured Rob Root’s exquisite 1938 Harley-davidson U on page 22.