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After 4 Seasons MM Criteria for Long Distance Sport-Touring is Set

November 27th, 2012 9:27pm - Posted By: John Metzger

 Six years ago, Motorcyclist Editor Brian Catterson wrote about our first Motomarathon Super Beta Recon Ride in Colorado. After about a quarter century of ‘R&D” before that, and now with four official seasons under the belt, we think the MM format has captured the essence of endurance sport-touring, as described in the news release below.

* Our first international event will highlight the 2013 season. Sign up NOW for the Ayres-Pyrenees Motomarathon set for May 4-15 at http://www.ayresadventures.com/Europe_Pyrenees.aspx

* Yes, it’s getting colder, but in the interest of staying in tip-top endurance riding shape, we’ll be running un-official training runs, attempting to reach the 8,000-foot Peak-to-Peak Highway every calendar month. Mark your calendars for noon on the first of each month, and meet at Amante Coffee, 4580 North Broadway in Boulder. We’ll start this Saturday – weather and schedules permitting, everyone’s on their own.

* In the meantime, please “LIKE” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Motomarathon.

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When you get bucked off...

August 10th, 2010 8:40pm - Posted By: John Metzger

...you get back on. I thought about that old saying after Rich Jack was killed by a deer crossing his path just south of Craig, Colo. on June 26th.

After reading Rich's obituary -- his adventurous life of climbing and long-distance motorcycling -- he was clearly a guy that knew what he was doing, why he was doing it, and how to go about doing it safely and skillfully. Though I felt "bucked off" after his accident, Motomarathoner and former bull rider Mike Disney reminded me about getting back on -- and dedicating my ride to Rich that last day of the Centopassi Motomarathon.

Rich wasn't riding outside the safety zone. And though we can't defend against everything, it’s important to think about why we're drawn to danger, personified by Rich's moto, "If you're not a little scared, you're not having any fun." Which leads to reflection on the how: faster in the corners, slower in the straights. And only as fast as the view corridor between apex and exit allow you to hold your line with confidence. Still, a deer crossing your path doesn't leave much room for a Plan B. And after almost hitting one myself on that same June 26th, I thought hard about how to further develop those peripheral vision "muscles" somewhere up there between the ears.

Getting back on the bike that day provided a fresh perspective on the why and how. Rich had helped a downed rider in a pretty bad crash just the day before, so I think that's what he would have done too.

Once again, and in Rich’s honor, we're planning the Colorado Motomarathon for Sept. 17-20. Each day will loop out of Boulder (NOT Gunnison as previously mentioned on website). All check-in/check-outs and the Awards Dinner on Monday night will be at Basta Pizzeria (inside the Peleton Condo complex at 3601 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80303. Same place as before, picture below. Note cool tri-colore Duck properly Wolfman'd).

Day One Routes will be handed out at this very Italian, Ducati-esque venue starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. and early Friday morning.

The Routemasters par excellence at Butler Motorcycle Maps have agreed to sponsor this ride, and their beautiful maps will help focus our traditional September tour through Colorado's classic canyons and passes.

Please check out the event page here for logistical details and hotel info, and we look forward to winding down the 2010 Motomarathon season with wisdom and safety.

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SoCal and Ducati Rule

July 20th, 2010 7:46pm - Posted By: John Metzger

Sorry GS and Tiger. Sorry Adventure and Ulysses (really sorry). But the new Ducati MultiStrada 1200 is now the one and only king of endurance sport-touring.

Ducati NA’s Multi 12 demo bike proved itself through the paces of the Southern California Motomarathon at the end of March. Routemastering by the local experts was deeply appreciated by us climate-challenged Coloradoans – who, as I write, patiently await a snowless four-day window for the Centopassi Motomarathon in mid-June, and the New England Motomarathon, coming up next month (yes, it’s 80° right now at Cliff’s Cycle Revolution at the start/stop point in Brookfield, CT, and no, it hasn’t stopped snowing in Colorado). But SoCal was the perfect off-season venue for testing the state-of-the-art in long-distance, technical carving machines. The new MultiStrada represents a paradigm shift in this relatively new category, delivering what Motomarathon purists would consider the highest performance motorcycle experience to be had on public roads.

In addition to the Multi, Motomarathoners shared some saddle time on Ducati’s new HyperMotard 796 and StreetFighter as we shredded the varietals of SoCal back roads, from Big Bear to Tecate and San Juan Capistrano (where the sparrows migrate!) to the Salton Sea.

The little Hyper can keep up with its bigger compatriots no problem, and handled like a BMX bike in the tightest of the tight in San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (you guys paved these roads? Cool.)

And whenever one of us tired of the Hyper’s flickability, or the Multi’s deep power, fuel range and all-day comfort, there was the StreetFighter standing by for some track-crouched relief and a chance to turn your right hand into a writhing, death-grip cage-fight between the throttle’s butt puckering, other-worldly power and the ‘holyshitwhatthefuckareyoufreakingkidding’ reaction of the front brake.

The latest standings are now posted on www.motomarathon.com. For some visuals, check out www.highway94photo.com and the pix on March 26th.

Since the inaugural ’09 season and only three official events, a mere four riders have completed all the check points to lead the lifetime standings: Paul DiMarchi, Mike Disney, John Hartman and Scott Miller.

The best way to keep up is to establish a lifestyle that allows a four-day ride window several times a year, and a spiritual commitment to the quest for new terrain, scenery and Nirvanic moments – your job and The Man be damned.

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