Kickstands Up

In this month's issue, we have a couple of new columns:

Saddle Time & Good Scenery by J. Brad Hardin will explore the cruiser motorcycle lifestyle. (Yep, we've been looking for a cruiser columnist for a while, if you recall.) Brad's a lifelong rider: "My first motorscooter was a Moto Morini moped bought by my dad at Boswell's in Nashville. My first motorcycle was a 1981 Suzuki TS125, which I mutated into a cafe racer. No CB125 could beat me." He's also been involved in the local moto scene as one of the early employees at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (though he no longer works there). He currently owns a 1977 H-D FXS lowrider, as well as a 2005 Buell XB9SX and a 1982 BMW R65.

The Long Way is written by you. Have you ever taken a long road trip and had lots of tales to tell? Well, now you can share them with our readers. We invite you to write up your experiences and send them to us. In this first edition, Rich Gardner tells us what it's like to ride straight to Massachusetts in a day—on a Ninja 250. Yeah, you've probably never considered doing that yourself, but it's certainly interesting to hear how it went. Submit your articles to for consideration.

Meanwhile, I'm still getting used to being on two wheels myself. After being out of the saddle for many years, I succumbed to the habit of so many middle-aged guys: Buying the dream bike you couldn't afford when you were young. In my case, that's the Honda Hawk GT. No, you probably haven't heard of it. Imported for just a few years in the late '80s, it's now considered to be the original (modern) naked V-twin sport bike that preceded the models that Ducati, Aprilia, and Suzuki now produce. It was pretty trick for its time, and expensive—which made it a flop in the marketplace. And that all adds up to make it a bona fide "cult bike." More to come.

Coury Turczyn, ed.