The December 2011 issue is now available.
Sometimes you can get carried away trying to come up with taglines for the cover. With the Kawasaki Vaquero featured in a story with the Triumph Thunderbird, I thought “Cowboys and Avians” would work well. I was in the minority. The Vaquero and the Thunderbird both have found their inspiration from existing models and while they are two very different bikes their appeal is distinctly defined by their purpose - the Thunderbird as a hotrod and the Vaquero as a mile eating bagger. The question is - which one do you want for under $20,000?
In the December issue we hit the road in all but a northerly direction. A group of farmers follow their grain from the prairies to the BC coast in the story “From Field to Port” while another group rides the Ottawa Valley and Algonquin Provincial Park in “Riding the Big Valley”. As a side trip, there is a ride through the Cascade Mountains in Oregon that yields a few surprises and a couple of great roads.
Out on the track, Oliver Jervis takes on a round of the XR Cup. A hot rod Harley-Davidson XR1200 isn’t Oliver’s usual track ride so he finds the situation isn’t what he expected. Also on the track we also find out that when you throw a bunch of journalists on the track with the new Honda CBR250R, the situation isn’t what you might have expected either.
Vintage Hall features a hidden museum in England with a very surprising collection of motorcycles. Elsewhere we have a custom Cushman Truckster, Toolbox Tips and all the usual suspects when it comes to our columns.