If you're looking for a conversation starter, you can't do much better than the Vision. Every time the bike came to a standstill, we had someone else asking about or admiring the motorcycle. The Vision is a motorcycle that can be admired on the kickstand.
But to truly appreciate it, you have to take it on the road.
Steve 'Carpy' Carpenter, Cafe RacerIf you trace back the origins of the cafe racer you’ll probably end up in front of a juke joint in Britain. Music will be pouring out into the streets where a group of guys in leather jackets and slicked back hair are standing around a circle of motorcycles getting ready to race. The motorcycles could all be the same model, but none of them will look the same. Each rider has torn down and built up their own bike in an effort to increase speed and reflect personality.
Motorcycle engines have always had a kind of exposed, industrial beauty. I visit a lot of motorcycle museums and it has struck me that in this age of plastic-encased motorcycles and copycat V-twins, we have lost something – the art of the motorcycle engine.
Grand Prix history students will know this engine immediately – no one ever forgets a mechanical engineering masterpiece like this after being first introduced to it. The 1955 - 57 Moto Guzzi V8, or 'the Otto Cilindri', is an important achievement in the history of motorcycle racing and even within the annals of human engineering history.
As we continue to rip around the country spreading the AllAboutBikes Magazine gospel, our most recent stop was Johnstown, PA, for Thunder in the Valley. An old Johnstown tradition for over 20 years, Thunder in the Valley has brought in the biker faithful from all over the tri-state area.
We put together our own Thunder in the Valley video to share with you some of what we saw during our trip.
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