The March 2011 issue of Canada’s finest motorcycle magazine has now been mailed to subscribers and can be found on newsstands across the country.
That classic piece of iron on the cover is a knucklehead v-twin from Harley-Davidson and represents one of the motors in our Seven Essential Motors cover story. Compiling a list of the seven most influential platforms in motor cycle history is a task that is bound garner few accolades. No two people are going to come to the same conclusions. I didn’t even agree with the entire list upon first read but came around - somewhat - to the reasoning behind the choices. As I mention in my column, you know where to send the letters if you just have to disagree. There are a lot of great motors through history but we try to compile those that had the broadest influence on the history of motorcycling.
Ever felt the urge to do the 1/4 mile in little over six seconds? Let’s put that into perspective - if you are riding down the highway at a steady 60 mph, a 1/4 mile will tick by in 15 seconds with your rolling start. Now let’s try that again from a standstill and do it in a little over a third of the time. In this issue we take a look at a Canadian who is a rising star in the world of motorcycle drag racing. Wrestling a 900 hp machine at 200 mph is not for the faint of heart.
On the road we take in Kenya’s cross country enduro race (muddy) and join a keen group of adventurers as they tackle the Himalayas on Royal Enfields (wet) with a final stop in the Amish country of Pennsylvania (quaint). (No that’s not referring to the guys of the Royal Enfields, they are still somewhere in India.)
Kawasaki’s new ZX10R makes an appearance as does one of the bikes that was an early variant of the machine that gave me the motorcycle bug, the Yamaha RD350 which can be found in this month’s installment of Vintage Hall.
And to prove that no quirky story goes unpunished, the “SheWee” makes another appearance. That will teach me for passing along a new product.