An Amazing Year-In-Review
As I’m writing this, I’m reflecting on what an astounding year 2018 was, both in motorcycling and in my own life. The memories, experiences, and stories come rushing back into my mind, and I’m grateful for each one. The MIC report that showed women riders in America is up to 19% is fantastic news, decades in the making. The “Give A Shift” initiative, among others, to encourage more people to take up motorcycling is showing signs of having a positive effect. The legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycle Company has entered the American market, and all of the major brands are stepping up their game to reach new and young riders with approachable, affordable bikes. In racing, MotoAmerica, American Flat Track, and all the AMA “Cross” divisions had banner years. It has been a great year in motorcycling, with better days ahead.
In my own life, 2018 was most memorable. I interviewed NHRA motorcycle drag racer Ricky Patterson, met skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, spent much time with AMA and MotoGP racing legend Wayne Rainey, and enjoyed getting to know so many of you, our readers, via the Great American Motorcycle Show, the Great American Biker Bash, and The Ride to Remember, to name a few. I’ve said it many times, and still believe it’s true- the best part of riding is the people you share it with.
I traversed the continent this year, beginning with an epic adventure back in March, riding the entire length of the Baja Peninsula, courtesy of Born To Ride and MotoQuest. It was the journey of a lifetime. I relished the privilege of covering several MotoAmerica race rounds for the magazine, from Road Atlanta, to Road America in Wisconsin, wrapping up at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham with the crowning of the 2018 champions. I capped off the year by taking Ken Anderson’s ProRider Atlanta course, the most challenging and rewarding rider safety class I’ve ever experienced.
Oh, and I bought a new motorcycle this year, my beloved Bonney- a Triumph Street Cup. With it, I’ve come full circle, riding what my father rode in his younger years, and what I learned to street ride on as a kid back in the late 70s, a Bonneville. Sadly, 2018 was also the year my dad and mom had to give up riding, but we all treasure the memories, the miles, and the years we rode together. What a year.
I’m looking forward to 2019, in the motorcycle industry and in my own life. There will be new roads, new rides, new opportunities, and new friends. So keep reading, keep riding, keep in touch with us, and we hope to see you out on the road somewhere. Ride safe, ride much, ride life, in 2019.