The First Issue of Twin Cities Rider
Thanks for taking a look at Twin Cities Rider. This is our
first issue of what we hope will become your favourite source for
motorcycle, scooter and moped information in the Minneapolis & St. Paul
Who are "we" and why are we
"We" are David Harrington and an assortment of contributors. I have been
addicted to powered-two-wheeled-conveyances for nearly 40 years. Ever
since I was a wee tike sneaking out on a friends fat-tire 50cc mini-bike (Mom
& Dad had no idea, or so I tell myself) I have been hooked. Over the
years I have owned and ridden just about every kind of 2-wheeled machine
there is. From mini-bikes to mopeds to scooters to motorcycles I have
enjoyed them all. Even after all these years I still can't seem to narrow
my preference. I like them ALL. I like sportbikes AND cruisers. I like
touring behemoths and small displacement standards. British thumpers? Love
'em. Modern Japanese fours? Wonderful machines. Twist-and-go automatic
scooters? I ride one several days each week. I guess that's why this
periodical exists. To spread the fun of all the 2-wheeled machines
and share resources and activities in the Twin Cities area.
Are we just going to hear
you ramble on and on?
Yes... and no. "Yes", I will likely get carried away as often as not and
bit. "No", it won't be just me. In this first issue I am pleased to
present Jordana Whyte a local rider. Jordana makes her living as a grant
writer and is (relatively) new to the world of riders. She has very
bravely (or foolishly) agreed to provide her perspective in several
areas and is already at work on articles for future issues. There are a
number of other locals who have tentatively committed to contributing in
future issues. If you are interested in participating, please
let me know.
In this issue, we have Jordana's review of
GoGo Gear. Designed from the ground up for
women riders, GoGo Gear offers important safety features without having to
look like a Power Ranger wannabe. We also have a
Commuter Challenge that pits a 250cc
Kawasaki Ninja against a 2500cc Kymco Scooter in daily commuting chores.
The final article covers a little bit of history on the
Honda Shadow motorcycle and discusses the
ready availability of very fine used machines of this make and model
including a short review.
issue also introduces Marty Mataya's Winter Riding Adventures. Marty is
the proprietor of Go Moto in Osseo and has promised to give us regular
updates on his cold weather riding this season on board a Fly Scout which
is based on the venerable Honda Cub. From Marty:
"Mother Nature has been kind
this year, with warm sunny days and hardly a frost. But here it is mid
November, the leaves are mostly gone, and many a bike has been put to bed
for the winter.
We at Twin Cities Rider however are intent to soldier on through whatever
Minnesota throws our way.
Thereís a purple Scout, named Snowflake, sitting neglected in the corner,
perfect winter commuter. Itís small, light, low, to the ground. For most
itís much easier to control a bike of this stature, on slippery surfaces,
then a taller heavier bike. The 110 cc motor will propel it to around 50
MPH, just enough for city street commuting. The large fenders, enclosed
chain, and leg shield will be helpful keeping off the crud. And it has a
kickstart for cold weather backup to the electric starter. It will
probably be a rusty mess in the spring, but for the cost of a new one, no
Soon it will be time to dust off the choppers, hike up my flannel lined
skirt, and take Snowflake out into the snowflakes. Stay tuned."
Several features of this website are not necessarily
associated with any single issue of Twin Cities Rider, but are here as
resources for you. Our calendar page features a
list of events in the Twin Cities area. The links
page includes lists of area dealers and
shops as well as
groups & clubs. If you just can't get enough
blather about motorcycles and scooters, check out the
Two-Wheels-And-A-Motor podcasts or the
Just-Gotta-Scoot podcasts. Of course it goes without saying that we
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