Motorcyclist Magazine’s 100th Anniversary Party

This past Thursday a small group of Cycle Gear employees were invited to attend the celebration of Motorcyclist Magazine turning 100 years old. I saw a sneak peek at some of the invited guests and knew it was going to be a who’s who of the motorcycling industry, and was honored to be included. What I did not know was how incredibly “once-in-a-lifetime” this party was going to be.

There were a few bikes on display in the garage area where the party started.

They fired this one up and rode it out after the party was over.

I’ll bet it can wheelie.

After a little while of taking it all in, they made an announcement that they would be opening the photo studio, which is where the awards for motorcycle and motorcyclist of the year and century would be presented. This is where everything became a bit more surreal. Since Motorcyclist is a major magazine and they share space with a handful of other car and motorcycle publications, so I knew it would be impressive. What I did not know was that behind those doors I would be able to photograph the motorcycles of two great racers. Eddie Lawson and Ben Spies.

I’ll bet this one could wheelie as well.

I have seen this one wheelie.

Motorcyclist put on a slide show that painted the history of the magazine through pictures of the covers.

The name has changed, but the spirit remains.

They then went on to crown the motorcycle of the year…

2012 Motorcycle of the Year

Ducati took the crown with their 1199 Panigale.

…Followed by Motorcycle of the Century.

Motorcyclist magazine named the Honda CB750 as the motorcycle of the century.

The Honda CB750 received the nod as Motorcycle of the Century.

Since the name of the magazine is “Motorcyclist”, they also named the Motorcyclist of the Year. Sadly, the recipient was killed in a racing incident last MotoGP season.

Motorcyclist of the Year Marco Simoncelli

Ciao Marco.

Kevin Schwantz, Marco’s good friend and mentor accepted the award on his behalf.

Kevin Schwantz accepting the Motorcyclist of the year award for Marco Simoncelli.

Kevin Schwantz saying nice things about Super Sic.

Last but not least was the award for Motorcyclist of the Century. Malcolm Smith was on hand to accept his award, and bounded to the stage with the energy that once allowed him to win 8 ISDE, 6 Baja 1000, and 4 Baja 500 gold medals. Even if you didn’t know about his history with motorcycling, you had no choice but to be inspired to ride and to feel good about the sport. You could see in his eyes how much love he still has for motorcycling.

Malcolm Smith, Motorcyclist of the century.

Malcolm Smith. Motorcyclist of the Century, and ambassador for the sport of Motorcycling.

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