Aaron Adrian

Aaron Adrian
Castle Rock, CO

"I would be a great choice to be a guest editor for Cycle World for the following reasons. One, I LOVE to ride. I've been riding since I was eight, everything from dirt bikes to street bikes to four wheelers and snowmobiles. Two, I quit my job as a managing editor at a CBS affiliate to go work in the motorcycle industry, because of the passion I have for the sport. Three, I'm a graduate of the school of Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana (go Griz!!), and have 13 years working as a photojournalist and editor. Four, I live in Colorado, is there a better state for riding than here (of course when the weather cooperates, i.e. snow)? Five, I ride a Triumph Sprint ST (although much older) which is very similar to the Ninja 1000. Both bikes lend themselves to the type of riding I like to do; canyon carving, commuting to work, day/overnight trips to the mountains, back road bashing, or just going for a quick trip to the grocery store. In conclusion I think that I would be your key demo; 36 years old, knows how to ride (not a squid), has experience in writing and photography/video, and has a passion for our sport." Lets ride, Aaron

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Chris Cleaveland

Chris Cleaveland
Plainfield, CT

"I'm a former journalist who knows there's a nirvana-like rhythm to be found in writing just as there is in riding. When you find it, your words have a flow and purpose as sharp and concise as a zx-6r through a set of sun-baked switchbacks. Every word tells; every movement counts, and failures are glaringly obvious. My passion is riding and I do as much of it as I can - on the street, the track, and the trail. When I'm not riding them, I'm repairing or modifying them. When I can't do either, I read about them. I can write from a position of knowledge and relate what I know to the reader. I'm a capable wordsmith with a toolbox full of motorcycle terminology and an obsession with engineering excellence. I'm a habitual researcher and self-made technology geek. My current profession is in Information Technology at a newspaper where I've worked to expand brand awareness through social networking mediums facebook and twitter, and I have experience and access to video shooting/editing software and equipment. Good Lord, if ever there was a perfect fit this is it. On top of it all, I'd already decided I had to try one of the new fully faired Ninja 1000s weeks ago! Put me in coach, I'm ready to play."

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John Cook

William "John" Cook
Huntington Beach, CA

"I'm an experienced rider...as many others did, I started in the 70's on dirt bikes in New Jersey, then in 1976, while in the Army I purchased my first street bike...the powerful and handsome BMW R/60/6 - my dad worked for BMW so I bought it at a discount. Suffered through the 80's without a bike with marriage and kids and was finally able to buy a bike in 2000. Since then I've owned a Road King Classic, Buell XB12S, Ducati MH900e, Ducati 999R (Stolen at a bar in Denver), KTM 950 Adventure, a Vespa, a Honda Metropolitan, a Triumph Thruxton, and a BMW R/80. Suffice it to say I have experience from bikers rallies during the 70's in Myrtle Beach to the Rock Store on Mulholland and riding in LA. I know you've heard all that "I've owned 50 bajillion bikes before" as I have, but I wanted to give you some history.My motorcycling history is diverse, mostly sport and adventure riding, I choose to ride only with small groups of friends or alone, and read everything I can find about motorcycles. I've moved more than 40 times in my life, from Canada to Australia to the United States, and have lived all over the country, giving me an open mind and perspective on what it's like to ride in many different cities and states. (I've been in SoCal about 2 years.) I love to travel alone, exploring small towns, talking to locals, the more obscure the better. Did I mention I talk to everyone everywhere I go? I'm friendly, funny, very unpretentious and will talk bikes with anyone...even Harley riders (well, most of them)! I'm a motorcyclists motorcyclist. :) Any motorcycle is a good motorcycle. I'm actually considering and agonizing over the purchase of a new bike right now. I can only afford one so I have to choose carefully. I've never owner a Kawasaki but my short list includes three; a KLR 650, the Ninja 1000, the Concours 14, and one Yamaha, the Super Tenere. I imagine you guys might understand how a completely weird list like that makes sense in a twisted sort of way! Should I be selected, my intent is to ride to and from Huntington Beach my office in the South Coast mall area daily...I want to see if I really am enough of a motorcyclist to ride one as a commuter every single day...and explore the roads and places I read about in Cycle World every month. I just sold my BMW R80 back to my uncle for $1 (He sold it to me out of pity when I had to sell my bikes a few years ago) so call me soon please!"

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Brian Edwards
Portland, OR

 

"There are two critical criteria for periodical editors: domain expertise and writing ability. On the former, I have been riding and wrenching on motorcycles for nearly as long as I can remember, starting with an XR75 and working through dozens of machines. I have a deep and abiding passion for all things with two wheels and a motor. I can accurately evaluate what's going on with a bike and make adjustments or repairs. On the writing side, I have a degree in journalism and have worked at magazine and newspapers. Currently, I'm a PR professional focused on high tech and do a LOT of writing about very technical subjects like oscilloscopes or content management software. If I can make this interesting and understandable, I'm betting I'll be fine when it comes to motorcycles. Count me in!"

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Mike Hammond
Warrenton, VA

 

"While I do not have extensive experience riding various styles and types of motorcycles I am an avid reader of all things motorcycle related. My favorite types of motorcycle literature are travel logs and stories of motorcycle adventures. By way of riding, I regularly commute to work 3-4 days a week (rain or shine) on my current bike, an '05 Harley Davidson FLHTI. In terms of non-utilitarian riding I belong to a small group in my home town that hosts day rides on to two times a month and overnight trips, including camping trips, four or five times a year generally three or four days in duration. This group also plans an annual ride from the top of Blue Ridge Parkway to the end and back. I regularly put between 7,000-10,000 miles on my bikes a year. I present this information by way of showing that I am not a casual rider but a dedicated one and even though my experience in riding different bikes is limited, my riding experience is not. I would very much welcome the opportunity to put that experience to work for Cycle World as a guest contributor for this project and hope that you will consider this application."

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Teri Lynn

Teri Lynn
Canton, GA

 

"You want content, right? I live an active lifestyle, which primarily revolves around two-wheeled vehicles. If I am not riding for fun, I am commuting to school, or attending motorcycle related events. Somehow, during the emerging Social Media up rise, I have managed to build a fairly large network of friends, family, and like-minded acquaintances, to which I share my daily chronicles! Thus far, I have been doing this for no other purpose than the fact that I enjoy it. This opportunity would shine a new light on my status updates and allow more creative media to be included, such as video or pictures. I have some interesting ideas of how to make this Blog well-rounded enough to entertain the most feminine of women and the manliest of men; I know I can appeal to both. I live at the base of the mountains in Georgia; just three hours from Deals Gap and Barber Motorsports Park, one hour from Road Atlanta, and five hours from the coast, I can ensure there would be many moto trips in my 90 days with the Kawi."

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills
Pasadena, MD

 

"I was given the opportunity to Drag Race a brand new BMW S1000RR as a guest journalist for www.throttlehand.com last year and wrote up a story describing the events of the day and my first time drag racing a bike. I had run some street Mustangs and such years ago, but never a bike. I'm a sportbike track-day coach and although I can get my knee down routinely in corners, drag racing was a new experience, so I wrote about it as a true novice. See article here: www.throttlehand.com/fblog/?p=145 I would love to review and write about the new Ninja 1000 as what I've already read about it sound great. I also have multiple on-board videos posted on youtube of my track day excursions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj-b3Br6tD4 Thanks" Mike

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Gary Rosen

Gary Rosen
Highlands Ranch, CO

"First, thank you very much for this opportunity. I would be an ideal tester for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 as I currently own a 2006 Honda VFR800, which is a perfect bike to compare the Ninja to. The Ninja has similar design characteristics, as well as a similar audience, so it would be very interesting to see if the extra power and more modern accoutrements makes the VFR obsolete. I live in Colorado which means I have acces to some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Not only would I be running the Ninja through some fantastic canyons, but I would plan on doing at least 1 (if not more) overnight trips to test the touring side of its sport-tourer personality. I would also sign up for track class with the one and only Ricky Orlando (local racer hero with WSBK and mucho AMA Daytona cred). This would be a great story in itself. The bike would most certainly NOT sit in the garage collecting dust, I ride a lot and have many riding parters of all skill levels, thanks in most part to a very active local riders forum (cosportbikeclub.com)I currenly own 3 wonderful and very different motorcycles – the aforementioned VRF, a 2007 Triumph Speed Triple, and a 2005 MV Agusta F4. The Ninja 1000 is actually a motorcycle I wish to own so the testing would be as much for me as for your readership, which would make it that much more interesting. Pick me! Pick me!"

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Darlene Steelman

Darlene Steelman
Hulmeville, PA

 

"I love to ride. I have a Ninja 500 that I adore. It is fun, fast and frisky. Frisky is reaching, but things are better in threes. Writing is a passion of mine as well. As an aspiring writer, and lover of motorcycles, adrenalin pumps through my veins when I take a tight turn a little faster than I should, or when I am lying in bed at night and that great book idea pops in my head and I run into the next room to write it down. I forget to turn the light on when I do this sometimes, so I have some bruises on my shins. Thankfully, I always remember to wear my helmet when I ride. Getting the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for ninety days will be a great experience for both me and the motorcycle. There are many great roads within 100 miles of where I live. There are awesome places to take the bike where there are a lot of other riders like in New Hope, PA and Van Zandt Airport. I will be the envy of everyone. I know the other extremely envious riders will want to trade for the Ninja 1000, but it won't happen. I have a Flip Camera too! Perhaps this camera came into my life for this very reason. Probably not, but it is the reason now. I will be sure to take mass amounts of video and upload it to my YouTube account. As a Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging geek who loves to update about nonsensical things like my thoughts of the day, epiphanies, favorite tunes, where I am going to ride that day and such, this is perfect! Now I will have another awesome reason to tweet, update and blog. Thank you for your consideration." Darlene

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Flip Wheatley

Philip "Flip" Wheatley
Scotts Valley, CA


 

At 46 years old, I'm an excellent choice to serve as one of your guest editors. I'm mature, responsible, enthusiastic, professional and I love to ride. I have the riding AND writing skills you need, and I'm a gadget guy too, so posting video editorials is no problem. I'll be commuting and going on sales calls during the work week, and I always make a point of getting out on the weekends to enjoy the amazing riding we enjoy here in Central/Northern California. So, you get real-world mixed use riding out of me – lots of perspectives covered. Laguna Seca is in my backyard as well, so if a track day opportunity presents itself and you're in favor of that kind of use, I can do that as well. For the record, I'm an "ATAGATT" guy, and I've never had a ticket of any kind (while riding my bikes). In short, you'll get those "real world" experiences from me, on time, well written and seen by many. As if that weren't enough my first street bike was a 1985 Ninja! Oh yeah, and I'm also a home owner with plenty of room in the garage for another bike…Cheers"

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