When the road calls, these are the places we'd love to ride.
Fifty years ago newsstands in grocery and liquor stores were crammed with motorcycle magazines boasting energetic names like Popular Cycling, Motorcycle World, Modern Cycle, Cycle Illustrated, Hot Bike and Big Bike. Leading the pack, though, were the four major stalwarts, Cycle, Cycle World, Cycle Guide and Motorcyclist, which, first published in 1912, could be construed as the granddaddy of American motorcycle magazine titles.
To visit the official MV Agusta museum, you don’t head towards this famous motorcycle manufacturer’s current factory in Varese, Italy. After you get off the plane at Milan’s Malpensa airport, you only need to travel a few miles east to the town of Cascina Costa di Samarate.
Fifty years ago this July, motorcycling experienced a rebirth in America, if not the world. That mid-summer month is when, in 1971, Bruce Brown’s movie On Any Sunday premiered on the big screen, in the process changing the sport — and industry — of motorcycling forever.
Whether you’ve been riding for 50 years or five months, whether you’re a seasoned racer or a dedicated rail bird, or that you happen to be a lone biker who simply enjoys pointing a bike’s headlight into the wind, chances are you’ve collected some motorcycle memorabilia that’s meaningful to you.
Laguna was a nod to safety, economy and other sensible reasons. It’s been modified some over the years, for additional safety and length. But the spiritual heart of the track has always been the corkscrew, and by some accounts, the long-lost Turn 2.