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Motorcycles and Surfboards: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Venice Beach’s Deus Ex Machina

Michael Woolaway

Vivian Wagner
November 13, 2013

Michael “Woolie” Woolaway bends over the frame of a BMW R100S that he’s transforming into a custom-built bike, studying his next move. A designer and builder for Deus Ex Machina in Venice Beach, California, Woolaway has the precision of an engineer and the passion of an artist. His hand-drawn designs... Read more »

Lucky Stars and Fall Colors: Rider Blog

Empty roads, fall colors and a crisp, sunny day. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Jim Hale
November 12, 2013

Sometimes good things just happen. It could be the alignment of the stars and the moon, it could be just blind luck or it could be a higher being smiling down on us on that day. I don’t know why, but when they do I don’t spend a lot of time asking why. After more than fifty years of living and more... Read more »

A Meeting of the Real Movers and Shakers: ‘Why We Ride’ Movie Premiere

Why We Ride Movie Premier

Paul Garson
October 8, 2013

When you talk about stellar motorcycle movies, several pop into gear, notably Brando’s The Wild One (1953), Bruce Brown’s On Any Sunday (1971) and The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) about Burt Munro. A fourth bike film, Why We Ride, may be added to that A-List. It’s already won Best Feature Documentary... Read more »

Blog: Goodbye Shadow

My 2004 Honda Shadow admires its own shadow along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jim Hale
September 10, 2013

My 2004 Honda Shadow admires its own shadow along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The other day I said goodbye to a friend of mine. It had been a little while coming. I went out to the garage and negotiated the obstacle course around the 1987 BMW K100LT that needs a new battery, the 1975 Honda CB750 that needs... Read more »

WeSTOC on the Rock: 2013 Western Rally of the ST Owners Club


Scott "Bones" Williams
September 5, 2013

Members of the ST Owners Club assemble for a group photo at WeSTOC XVIII (that’s 18 if you’re rusty with Roman numerals). More than 200 members attended this year’s rally in Sooke, British Columbia. “Go Ride!” is the credo of the ST Owners Club (STOC), and members who ride a Honda ST1100 or... Read more »

Diary of a SaddleSore 1000


Greg Drevenstedt
August 30, 2013

Planetary alignment, good fortune and luck helped me complete a SaddleSore 1000—riding at least 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours. The previous day (Friday) I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, a multi-day dual-sport ride and camping trip from California to Washington, mostly... Read more »

ART ATTACK: Ian Barry’s Cataclysmic Café Racers

Ian Barry named this bike “The White."

Paul Garson
August 29, 2013

Perhaps some would call it a “crime of passion” to “recycle” classic British bikes into “works of art,” but perhaps there’s significant leeway when the custom creations are for the most salvaged bits and pieces reconfigured into scratch built and streetable “one-offs.” Then again, do... Read more »

Blog: Moto Espana Show, Santa Cruz, California

Over 30 bikes were entered for judging the concours event.

Clement Salvadori
August 13, 2013

Having left my bike in the big field for motorcycle parking at the Laguna Seca MotoGP, when I come back I find tucked into my seat a simple brochure promoting a Classic Spanish Motorcycle Show at the Santa Cruz fairgrounds. Spanish motorcycles? They are all classics; I remember half a dozen Spanish marques,... Read more »

Blog: Rollin’ Down Route 23 and Beyond

My Honda Interstate overlooking the smoky Appalachian Mountains.

Jim Hale
July 11, 2013

Spring brings April showers, May flowers and, like clockwork, a call from my buddy Bob, suggesting we take a “little” motorcycle trip, something in the neighborhood of five or six days, two or three thousand miles, with plenty of twisty two-lane blacktops and few interstates. Since my wife and I... Read more »

Adriatic Moto Tours: Part 4

Wenceslas Square in Prague

Bill Stermer
June 28, 2013

Our Adriatic Moto Tours Eastern Europe adventure has now lasted two weeks, and I’m sad that it will end with our ride today. When I last checked in, I reported that our group of 14 riders (with two riding guides and the van driver) was on its way to Prague, and it truly was a magical city. Shortly... Read more »

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