Archive for September, 2016

The History of Cruising

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Street cruising is a pastime that transcends generations. Whether hopping onto a scooter, motorcycle or into a 1932 Ford coupe or a 2015 Chevy Impala, the goal is the same. Get out, get with some friends, and be seen. The slow drives through downtown “strips” have been covered in dozens of movies, tv shows, and documentaries, and it looks like they aren’t fading away anytime soon.

Cruising, like lowriding, doesn’t have much of a history before World War II. This can be explained by most families conserving gas money during the Great Depression. Even earlier, there might have been some cruising in the Roarin’ Twenties, but cars were still new, unreliable, and only an option for the wealthiest of teens.… Read the rest

Kawasaki KLR650 – Going on 30

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In the biking world, type distinction can be stark. No one would ever mistake a cruiser for a trail bike or a street bike for a scooter. On the other hand, there are bikes that blur the lines, dual-sport bikes that are designed for on-road comfort and off-road capability. Among these, the Kawasaki KLR650 stands out with an exceptionally long history. Introduced in 1987, the KLR650 is going on thirty years of age!

Perhaps the secret to the KLR650’s longevity and popularity is not messing with a good thing every year, that is, not adding a new feature to every new model year when it comes out.… Read the rest