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Skidmarks – Why We Fight (Tickets)

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. —Charles Dickens I get traffic tickets. Correction: I get a lot of traffic tickets. Probably more than you. Now, I don’t know what it’s like to be a motorcyclist where you ride, but ’round these parts motorcyclists tendRead More

Skidmarks – Dark-Side Riders

Lead Photo by: Greg Marbach, Iron Butt Magazine “The man was in such deep distress,” said Tom, “that I could do no less than give him good advice.” Said Jim: “If less could have been done for him I know you well enough, my son, to know that’s what youRead More

Skidmarks – Bikes In The High Castle

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.” – Philip K. Dick Time to throw you cats some red meat in the form of WWII/classic sci-fi references. You may be familiar with Phillip K. Dick’s great novel, Man in the High Castle, or you mayRead More

Skidmarks – Finding your Fit

Lead Photo by: Dito Milan, Motorsports Photography It must be intimidating to be a new rider these days. There’s a vast array of choices – not just of motorcycles, but of riding styles and communities to join – and there’s also an unending cacophony of advice from websites, chatroomsRead More

Skidmarks: ATGATTEFGism

There are things out there that should never happen, yet they happen often enough there’s a word for it. Necrophilia is one of those things, as is “Quesarito.” Another one of those things is degloving. Degloving, you say? Isn’t that when you take off a glove? Sure, I guess so,Read More

Skidmarks – World News Roundup

Your regular Skidmarks Correspondent, Gabe Ets-Hokin, is on an extended leave pending official investigation into the true meaning of his last column. We have provided the following roundup of this week’s motorcycle news highlights in place of his regular writing. Zero Motorcycles: Trips to Other Dimensions Possible in 3-5 YearsRead More

Skidmarks – You Cant Spell Motorcycle without an M and an E

Lead photo by Gage Skidmore “Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.” —Todd Solondz “I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.” —Kurt Cobain I’ve been thinking a lot about narcissism lately. I don’t want to beRead More

Skidmarks – Another SV

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance I just bought a used motorcycle. What manner of rare exotica did this veteran motojournalist buy to supplement his lavish one-bike collection? A Kawasaki H2R project bike? ARead More

Skidmarks – The Mouse and the Diavel

Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language. —Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, 1965 If you ever ask me how to write a story, I’ll paraphraseRead More

Skidmarks – (Excelsior-Henderson) X Factor Part II

Last column, Skidmarks – (Excelsior-Henderson) X Factor, I related the curious case of die-hard Excelsior-Henderson fans, men and women who love their motorcycles and loyally keep them running, year after year. I chatted with a few of them to get an idea of why they liked the big V-Twins soRead More

Skidmarks – (Excelsior-Henderson) X Factor

If you remember 1993, you remember a moto-environment that was so light in brands and new models that Cycle World put the Yamaha Seca II on its cover, the motorcycling equivalent of going to see Ellen DeGeneres at a strip club. I had forgotten all about that, too, until TrizzleRead More