Riding SnoMoChop at Dirtbag Challenge 2018 - snowmobile-powered hardtail chopper. Photo: Angelica Rubalcaba.

Finishing the Snomo-Job: Riding the 2018 Dirtbag Challenge on a Snowmobile-Powered Hardtail

Every stop sign is an opportunity to launch a little harder and let the two-stroke sing a little longer. Ed and his TL follow as I confuse commuters with my mutated-leaf-blower-on-crack exhaust note, my GPS giving instructions in my ear as we criss-cross the city. By the time we hit the Golden Gate bridge, my cheeks hurt from smiling.

CityBike Magazine, September 2017

We put some serious miles on some serious bikes

  • Every Wing Way But Loose: Our definitive long-distance test of Honda's most excellent Gold Wing.
  • We ride Indian's badass Chieftain Dark Horse.
  • The Half-Mile returns to Calistoga!
  • Buying bikes—lots of bikes—in preparation for the 2017 Dirtbag Challenge.
  • We compare Arai's head shapes so you don't have to.
  • Locals Only: Barry Gwin's 2-stroke KTM 300-powered Lambretta. Yes, seriously.
  • Ridden & Reviewed: 2016 Honda CFR1200X

    The Genuine VF-Article: Honda’s VFR1200X

    Honda didn’t get this far by being stupid, though—although they do get a little weird now and then. They get it. They know that people aren’t going to line up to buy this bike for serious long way down or ‘round or wherever shenanigans. They understand what many people use their adventure bikes for, and made the VFR-X a damn near perfect example.