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Rider Magazine Reader Feedback, June 2019

Cover of the June 2019 issue of Rider magazine.

Cover of the June 2019 issue of Rider magazine.Cowl of the June 2019 challenge of Rider journal.

The “Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways” was a pleasant article. Nevertheless, the writer bypassed the very best street in Arizona and one of many best in the complete nation. I converse, in fact, of U.S. Freeway 191, additionally referred to as “Satan’s Freeway,” from Duncan to Alpine. The writer rode via Duncan proper previous the south finish of this well-known roadbut didn’t journey it! Any rider in search of the perfect driving street in Arizona ought to head to the Satan’s Freeway. The final time I rode this freeway my spouse was my passenger and stored her eyes closed a whole lot of the best way due to the curves and drop-offs. Her concern was pointless as we made it to Alpine simply high-quality on a ravishing day and an unforgettable experience.

Jeff Dean, by way of e mail

I’m from upstate New York, Siberacuse (extra affectionately generally known as Syracuse) particularly, and your journal does its greatest to get us by means of the winter till we will truly experience once more. The June situation had an article written by Dan Bisbee about Route 100 in Vermont, a very nice journey (Favourite Journey). Yearly on my trek to Americade I steadily take time to experience no less than some portion of Route 100. Sadly Dan made his journey a one-way journey to Canada, and I questioned how he acquired residence. For my part he missed one other superior New England street: the “Kanc.” The Kancamagus Freeway crosses Hew Hampshire proper via the White Mountains, and the vistas are unbelievable on a transparent day. I’ve carried out the journey many occasions and may by no means appear to get sufficient. 

George Gridley, Fayetteville, New York

Take a look at the Favourite Journey from the August 2017 situation, the place Mr. Bisbee traverses the “Kanc.” You can too discover it on ridermagazine.com beneath “Favourite Rides.” –EIC

Simply learn Clement’s “Well being and Happiness” article (Street Tales, June 2019) and located myself laughing out loud. Nice learn there Clem, however I feel with the motorbike train routine you outlined in your article, you’d have a greater probability at rising 5 inches than decreasing your girth by 2 1/2 inches. Love this magazine. Sustain the great work.

Tim Radniecki, Erskine, Minnesota

Boy, did you guys simply take me on a visit down reminiscence lane (Ideas, Tips & Solutions, June 2019)! I purchased my first motorbike, a ’94 Yamaha Seca II in that very same beautiful yellow pictured in your pages, in April of 1995. I shortly put 38,000 miles on it earlier than shopping for a brand new Yamaha YZF600R in November 1998, which I nonetheless personal, and on which I’ve now amassed over 100,000 miles. I additionally discovered tips on how to take motorbike street journeys on the Seca II, up and down the East Coast from the Catskills to decrease Virginia. I beloved my Seca. It was snug and fast sufficient. It had some vibrations and the top gasket seeped oil, which I fastened, however in any other case it was a very good bike. I bought it in early 2000 and changed it with a ‘95 GPZ1100, which turned my long-distance experience. At this level I’ve 4 bikes: my aforementioned YZF600R, the GPZ1100, an ‘06 FJR1300 and an ‘01 W650. However my first motorbike love will all the time be my little Seca II, which was a dependable and enjoyable companion to software round on for my formative motorbike years. Thanks for the reminder of an exquisite and really underrated little bike that did all of it, and did all of it nicely!

Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., by way of e mail

I loved Clement Salvadori’s Retrospective(June 2019) concerning the Runpet. In 1964, I used to be at Pop Kenyon’s then-small store in Mountain View, California, taking a look at a singular Japanese bike referred to as a Lilac. It was a tiny BMW copy. It was a 2-stroke and the little opposed twin was in all probability lower than 250cc. I used to be there to complain to Pop that the entrance wheel of my 305 SuperHawk didn’t line up with the handlebars. Pop wheeled it over to the fence, put the entrance wheel between two poles and yanked it straight. There, it’s fastened.

Terry Zaccone, Saratoga, California

Having been a subscriber to Rider for about 20 years, I’ve learn a large number of articles submitted by motorcyclists and have discovered many to be entertaining and fascinating. Some don’t fairly meet this threshold, however the story written by Kathleen Kemsley within the June 2019 challenge (“A Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways”) clearly falls into the class of entertaining and fascinating. I actually appreciated her descriptions and footage of the experience, the panorama and the communities. My spouse and I’ve ridden over a big portion of the western United States, together with part of Arizona. Kathleen’s description of her experience impressed me to make this experience part of our itinerary sooner or later, and to even make it a week-long enterprise to cowl extra of the state. Ms. Kemsley’s identification of historic factors of curiosity additionally fascinate me. We have now examine most of the occasions and websites she identifies in her story and her images actually helps to deliver them to life. The day I learn this text I used to be taking a look at six inches of latest snow on the bottom the place we stay. The 80- and 90-degree temperatures she described round Shock, Arizona, have been extraordinarily interesting.

Wally Baird, Granby, Colorado

Greetings! I’ve been a Ridermagazine reader for years, both by subscription or off the shelf when the subscription ran out and that renewal discover handed me by. I completely loved the “Thousand Miles of Arizona Highways” write up and two issues particularly stood out. First, how did you ever get all that gear secured down on the Honda Shadow? And second, what’s that I spy on the tank bag? An honest-to-goodness REAL map! Now, I’m all concerning the newest in GPS navigation units, however give me a paper map or atlas (I’m an actual fan of the Michelin providing) for my journey planning and routings. Nothing beats sitting across the kitchen desk with my trusty atlas for journey planning or dreaming. And on the street, nicely, know-how fails typically you realize…. So, thanks once more for an additional nice concern and proof that typically even low tech nonetheless has its place in a contemporary world.

Larry Rotters, Sweetwater, Tennessee

I used to be actually wanting ahead to studying concerning the 2020 Suzuki Katana (“Return of an Icon,” June 2019)! My solely thought is that this letter gained’t be the primary or final one concerning the actually small gasoline capability. Somebody has already beat me to the punch on this one, I’m positive. Dang, Suzuki, you guys might have actually made an influence with this bike, type of just like the Kawasaki Z900RS or the Honda CB1100 with their retro appears recalling the perfect days of motorbike styling. My retro 2001 ZRX1200 holds 5 gallons and, as such, has an honest vary. Nothing attracts curious seems on a brand-new bike like a plastic gasoline can strapped to the again.

Howard Bonser, Palmer Lake, Colorado

Good day EIC Tuttle, Steve Larsen right here. You could recall publishing a number of of my tales in Riderover the years, though not just lately. You all the time handled these tales with such care and made them look so good. Thanks a lot for that. Your June editorial (One-Monitor Thoughts) with its 1991 letter to your son Alex actually hit house, inflicting my eyes to brim with tears. Such as you, I wrote a collection of letters to my very younger daughter to be opened when she was in her mid-teens, eager to seize and convey to her the emotions I had at the moment. It was a rewarding expertise for each of us and I keep in mind her anticipation at turning 16 so she might open that letter sealed up so way back. Frankly, I used to be fairly curious too, as I’d forgotten what I’d stated. When she was eight years previous my son (her brother) handed away simply shy of his second birthday. If he hadn’t, there isn’t a doubt our household would have needed to handle the diploma to which we’d need to encourage him to experience. However such as you and your spouse, I think supporting your youngsters was much more essential that proscribing them. My daughter, whereas sporting a motorbike endorsement and logging a number of days at Gary LaPlante’s off-road driving ranch, by no means actually took to motorcycling. 

Scott “Bones” Williams’ letter (Response) additionally resonated with me. Your editorial fingerprints are so current on each concern. The journal you’ve created and tips you developed and enforced make it a delight to learn each month. Now that I’ve recovered from some well being challenges, maybe I can once more submit one thing worthy of the excessive requirements at Rider. 

Steve Larsen, Phoenix, Arizona

One other glowing evaluate of Honda’s NC (“Class-Bending Commuter,” April 2019) with no point out of the one factor that postpone most of the lifelong riders who I’ve talked to: its yawnable energy. The NC700X made 51 horsepower. Now they added 50 extra cc and received it to…51 horsepower. 750cc and 51hp sounds extra like some previous Euro bike or perhaps one thing by Royal Enfield. It’s a brand new low in Honda’s efficiency numbers, and takes the bike out of the operating as a category chief. I’ve ridden one. It’s boring. For my cash, and the cash of many guys I do know, the Wee Strom spanks the NC with higher dealing with and braking, and, the coup de gras, 15 extra horsepower (regardless that its motor is 100cc smaller).

Lucien Lewis, San Rafael, California

Pleasantly stunned? No. I used to be overjoyed to see the brand new Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Commonplace within the June difficulty (Kickstarts). H-D has spent method an excessive amount of time promoting glitzy “pre-customized” bikes. They’ve lastly realized there’s a marketplace for a clear, plain start line from which a buyer can construct out the bike of his/her goals. I rode a ‘96 FLHT, after shifting up the road from Sportster to FXR to bagger over time. I didn’t want an “Extremely” to have the last word driving enjoyable. It was economical to run, agile sufficient to maintain up with the sportier Harleys within the group, and toured like there was no tomorrow. I’d advocate the FLHT to anybody wanting a primary, snug experience with no restrict to the customizing prospects. (And, be glad the floorboards fold up…they will scrape!)

Scott Barber, Bend, Oregon

Clement, you mentioning leaving your petcock on reserve (Street Tales, Might 2019) introduced again a painful reminiscence. I did the identical and was driving residence from work on the expressway when my VTX1300 began burping. I reached right down to flip to order, discovered it was already there. The very first thing to return to thoughts was to shake the bike and spill these valuable few ounces in the proper lobe over to the left lobe. That was good for a quarter-mile. Did it once more. And once more. I used to be 5 miles from residence and shook that bike repeatedly and managed to get off the freeway and coast as much as the fuel station on the entrance to my subdivision. The subsequent morning my abs have been so sore I might barely get up, they usually stayed sore for 2 weeks! These cruisers are robust to stroll, not to mention for 5 miles. Hopefully a lesson discovered.

Ken Klosterhaus, Washington Township, Michigan

Good day Ridermagazine employees! Love your journal, I learn it cowl to cowl each concern. I’ve been which means to write down for a very long time relating to a pet peeve of mine relating to sizing of motorbike attire. I’m 63 and let’s say overly nicely fed (wink wink). At 6 ft tall and 322 kilos, I’ve a bear (no pun meant) of a time looking for something that matches or is even made for our bodies like mine. I think it might partly be as a result of gear appears to be based mostly off slim minimize European designs, however there could also be different elements afoot, akin to producers solely being prepared to focus on the so-called “candy spot” of the overall inhabitants, in an effort to save manufacturing prices. I don’t know for positive, however I do know I really feel discriminated towards. We weight-challenged people deserve protecting clothes that matches too! Helmets additionally appear to be incorrectly sized. I religiously measure my head in accordance with measurement charts, which say I want a big or additional giant, however what in truth matches is a XXXL. Come on producers, can’t you construct merchandise for us outsized People!

Steven Heureux, by way of e-mail

I simply learn “Important Road, Vermont” (Favourite Journey, June 2019). I’ve ridden Route 100 many occasions, as my mother and father had a trip home in Waitsfield that they ultimately retired to. As I used to be studying I used to be reminiscing driving on the identical roads with my father and buddies. I’m planning a visit up there this summer time. Thanks for the article, it introduced again some valuable reminiscences of driving with my dad. 

Chuck Garby, Medford, New York

Rider journal publishes many motorbike excursions – which impressed me to write down about my first long-distance journey on motorbike some 40 years in the past. Me and an excellent pal rode our 850 Yamahas from Gary, Indiana to Houston, Texas spending most nights tenting underneath the celebs – that’s about as primitive as I’ve ever gotten on two wheels. We deliberate our journey with a customized AMA Tour Information report with marked routes indicating beginning locations and intermediate stops that included all of the street maps and detailed info we would have liked to find out about cities and cities on our route. It was an amazing software to make use of again in 1979. Does Rider journal present any comparable reviews or know of any web sites that may present an in depth report for motorbike riders like me that journey long-distances?

Ray Salinas, by way of e mail

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