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...

Get a Motorcycle Quote

Insure your ride today.
Just enter your ZIP to get started.
 

The Rider

X

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!

pistonandchain.com

 

The Ride

X

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