Richard of Going Fast and Getting Nowhere fame suggested a magazine to me a couple of months ago called Back Street Heros. It features home builders of incredible custom bikes of every ilk. Sounded like a read I would enjoy, so I shot down to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy. While I was there another magazine from the same publisher MCN caught my attention. The subject matter of this publication deals with sports bikes from the ‘70's ‘80's and ‘90's. I grew up utilizing this kind of tackle and currently have two examples occupying space in my garage so I picked up a copy of Practical Sportsbikes as well.
While BSH is a fine publication with some damn good content, I really took a shine to Practical Sportsbikes It is chock full of tech and how to articles on everything from tire pressures to adjusting your valves. Each issue features a shootout of bikes that would have went head to head back in the day. They also profile garage restoration projects and the collections of the real fanatics.
That brings us to In Your Shed. This section of the mag features readers current projects, recent finds and everyday rides. That’s where I come in. After picking up my first issue, the publications second offering, I submitted my FJ for their approval. I really didn’t think much about it after that seeing I have submitted bits to a couple of other mags in the past with nothing to come of it. Since I’ve started reading Practical Sportsbikes, I can’t wait for the next issue to arrive. It is a quarterly publication so it seems like an eon before it arrives. I received the November to January copy Friday and was pleasantly surprised to see my FJ among the featured bikes in this issues In Your Shed section. It’s just a picture and small bit on the bike, but is kinda nice to see your bike in a magazine. I guess the wieners are going to have to pull extra guard duty now that one of my priceless Yams is in an international bike mag.
Till Next Time.......................