THE RIDER

"I found myself between jobs and was just gonna find another software job and do my passion project later. Then I told myself, 'Screw later, let's do this now!'"

THE RIDE

"As a young man, I did a trip across country from San Francisco to New York on a 1976 BMW. I can't let go of that particular motorcycle."

THE ROUTE

From Route 1 at Stewart's Point, Skaggs Springs Road starts out as a poorly paved one-laner winding through redwoods away from the coast. After 40 scenic California-coastal miles, it eventually emerges inland...

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Bio: Matthew Work

Matt's love for motorcycles began while putting around in cornfields as a kid. Years later, while running a variety of tech start-ups (that he founded and eventually sold) through the 90s, he'd still find his mind drifting back to his ever-growing collection of bikes.

"I found myself between jobs and was just gonna find another software job and do my passion project later. Then I told myself, 'Screw later, let's do this now!'"

With that, Matt opened Piston & Chain, a motorcycle club in San Francisco. It was his goal to bring back a sense of community and establish a real place for fellow enthusiasts to talk about and work on all types of bikes. Members are given access to club facilities and weekly events and classes. Piston & Chain is open to the public throughout the week. If you're in San Francisco, go have a look for yourself!

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The Ride

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1976 BMW R75/6

"As a young man, I did a trip across country from San Francisco to New York on a 1976 BMW. I can't let go of that particular motorcycle."                                                                                                                                   

Year: 1976

Make: BMW

Model: R75/6

Specs:

  • 745cc horizontally opposed "Boxer" engine, air cooled
  • 50 hp
  • 5.81 gallon US tank - 52 mpg
  • Top speed 110 mph
  • Acceleration 0 – 62 mph 6.7 seconds

Customization: Grey paint job and electrical restoration

Key technology advancements from the time:

  • Easy access to all components for maintenance
  • Electric start
  • Front disc brakes
  • Suspension
 

The Route

Favorite Ride: Skaggs Springs Road

From Route 1 at Stewart's Point, Skaggs Springs Road starts out as a poorly paved one-laner winding through redwoods away from the coast. After 40 scenic California-coastal miles, it eventually emerges inland with lovely, sunny, deserted high-speed sweepers. The only decision you're faced with is, "Should I turn around and do it again?"

Route Length: 40 miles

THE RIDER

Growing up in a family of riders, it was natural that Leslie would have a "desire to get on the road." As a designer living in New York, she’s always in search of a chance to get on the road — whether it’s a cross-country trek from California to New York or 2 weeks cruising India’s Golden Triangle.

THE RIDE

"There's something really, really romantic about the connection with your motorcycle …"

THE ROUTE

Beginning in the heart of Brooklyn and stretching to the open countryside of Hobart in upstate New York, this 3-hour journey is perfect for when you need to get away from it all.

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Bio: Leslie Padoll

Growing up in a family of riders, it was natural that Leslie would have a "desire to get on the road." As a designer living in New York, she’s always in search of a chance to get on the road — whether it’s a cross-country trek from California to New York or 2 weeks cruising India’s Golden Triangle.

Despite the fact that riding's often seen as a "masculine thing," Leslie's love of bikes and the freedom of the road have remained since childhood. "I just want to do things because they are worth doing," she explains. Riding is her way to connect with herself, let go of insecurities, and rediscover what's important in life.

"Whether I get something out of it for myself or inspire someone else, then I feel like I'm doing the right thing."

 

The Ride

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2013 Harley-Davidson® Sportster 883™

"There's something really, really romantic about the connection with your motorcycle …" Leslie's Harley, Francie (named after her grandma) is the bike that changed her perspective on riding. Francie helps Leslie escape the pressures and responsibilities of the city and find "a place of happiness."

Specs:

- Engine Torque: 55ft-lb
- Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
- Cooling: Air-coiled, evolution
- Fuel: 3.3 gallon tank @ 51 mpg
- Weight: 573.2 lbs

Customizations:

- Vance & Hines exhaust and short shots, 1200 conversion engine, Screaming Eagle race tuner, internal wiring, progressive front and rear shocks, and custom handlebars

 

The Route

Favorite Ride: New York 28

Beginning in the heart of Brooklyn and stretching to the open countryside of Hobart in upstate New York, this 3-hour journey is perfect for when you need to get away from it all. Along the way you'll find camping, fishing, and a great roadside diner in Phoenicia. Once in Stamford, relax and let the small-town vibes wash over you like a cool breeze (or occasionally, a torrential downpour!). With a handful of quaint places to eat and stay, you're likely to find great conversation and new friends no matter where you end up.