Winding down a year of travel, riding, writing, snapping, friending and living gives you an interesting mood moving into the final issue of the year. We don’t make it a secret that we loosely outline from issue to issue. It’s part creative impulse, following our nose and muse, and part sensitivity to active living, culture, our readers and the magazine that we want to end up on our coffee tables.
This issue for me represents a springboard to greater living in 2014. Like you, I’ve led a busy life - filled with lots of learning and growth, bumps and bruises, smiles and frowns (mostly smiles). Dump trucks of inspiration are levied on us every day as we do this, and at times, it can overwhelm. You simply need to remind yourself that there’s more life to be lived and the horizon is still there to go follow that inspiration. So thank God for different continents, dialects, motorcycles, faces, destinations and ambitions.
I’m really enthused to support Arthur de Kersauson and Clement Beauvais in their quest to tell the story and squash the adage we heard too often as kids growing up, “If you don’t do well in school, you’ll become a mechanic.” Get an inside look at some breathtaking imagery they’re capturing in pursuit of their feature film, The Greasy Hands Preachers, a modern day rival to cult classics like On Any Sunday, Easy Rider or Cycles South.
We visit trackside with a man and his 75-year-old counterpart as they race their beloved re-imagined RD, choking out 70hp in the straights, only to call it quits early to allow him to roll up his sleeves and insert an intravenous needle to help him through an illness he struggles with - one that’s slowing him down. Hard, for two guys with a love for speed.
Human drive and spirit continue within the fellas from Cotterpin Gear - an upstart moto brand based in NYC. They’re kindred spirits simply creating what was missing in their lives - through travel adventures and launching a creative business, shrugging off societal notions and building the life they want to live. We then head East, back home, to another gem in our backyard...the barn of a man with a singular obsession: rebuilding single cylinder BSA's from 1959-1973.
To balance out the right with the left, we get heady with Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Customs as he breaks down one of the most basic, yet often confusing motorcycle maintenance tasks (especially vintage type) - the truth about engine oil. We’re revisited by our brethren out west, Jonathan & Steve Mummolo as they instill the ethos of why journeying is proper nourishment for the soul.
While you’re running through Issue Twelve, you’ll be inspired, educated, and perhaps close out all 112 pages with the thought that it’s great to be alive moving into 2014, and the idea of living even bigger in the coming year.
Enjoy and thank you for supporting independent media this past year!