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Billy Idol – after all these years

I was graduating high school when the music of Billy Idol caught my ears. He was raw, unrefined and unlike the music that the ‘in’ crowd was listening to.  He was perfect. My high school pal, Tanya, was a dedicated Idol fan right down to the fingerless glove and bandana...

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Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario debuts on Ducati Island at Laguna Seca

Cupertino, Calif. (July 8, 2016) – From July 8–10, Northern California motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience Ducati’s past, present and future during the World Superbike Championship races at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. The Italian brand will be setting up a Ducati Island at the Monterey, California racetrack...

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BMW Reveals 2017 F 700 GS, F800 GS and F800 GS Adventure

The new BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure – authentic characters featuring optimised functionality. For years the GS models of the F series have embodied carefree motorcycling pleasure and sporty dynamics on the road, combined with a high level of travel suitability and robust...

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Alpinestars Stella Sniper Air Flo offers purpose and style

 Unprotected riders usually blame hot weather or the cost of good gear as the reason they ride unprotected. No more excuses! Alpinestars was ahead of its time when, in 2008, it designed the military inspired Stella Sniper Air Flo jacket for the urban sport riding woman. What was the hottest...

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2015 Victory Gunner turns heads at Daytona Beach Bike Week

My ‘mission’, if I chose to accept it, contained words about security, keeping things top secret and some other stealth lingo. After reading its entirety, I fully expected my email to self-destruct. I was off to test ride the all new 2015 Victory Gunner. The Gunner stood out immediately for...

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Ducati unveils the 2015 Scrambler at Intermot

How fun does this look!   At the end of the opening day at Intermot in Koln, Germany, Ducati pulled the covers of the all new highly anticipated 803cc six speed – The Scrambler. Powered by an air-cooled, L-twin engine, the Scrambler is boasting 88mm bore and 66mm stroke for...

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Riding to rock n’ roll aboard 2014 Honda VFR800

The Honda VFR 800 has a long history of being a fan favourite. Since its debut as a V4 – 750cc, the VFR has garnered attention. So much so, that changing it was a risky venture for Honda. However, improvements like updated style, a 10 kg weight loss plus added...

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2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R performs beautifully in twisties of infamous Westside Road

By Marissa Baecker Supersport (aka “crotch rocket”) bikes are historically designed for one purpose – racing. Built for speed, the rider triangle is intentionally compact and not necessarily conducive to taller riders and being that I stand at 5’11”, I have intentionally shyed away from these types of bikes. I...

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Sensory Perception from past to present with Alice in Chains

After leaving my 2014 Honda VFR800 with admiring roadies, I was pumped to be photographing one of my favourite bands of the 90’s. The line-up might have changed but the music was the same and I had yet to see Alice in Chains live. This hard rock band came together...