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Interview: David Edwards

For a of a century, David Edwards for and edited Cycle World But now he puts his remarkable knowledge of the world to work for the Bonhams house. David is on the right in the above: the fellow in the chair is his cocker, Ned.

David, was the first motorcycle you bought your own money? When I was 15, a $400 Honda CB175 purchased from a Navy man who was off to Vietnam. He was kind enough to let me put down and pay the rest to his wife four months with from my newspaper route.

do you think is the most beautiful motorcycle ever built? it’s because I’m writing an on one, but the first-year 1957 Sportster [below] really to me. It’s modern and Art Deco, and muscular, all at the same time.

What motorcycle do you despise? I “despise” anything with two and a motor, but nor would I care to any more time aboard a 1985 Moto Guzzi 350 dual-purpose bike.

What is idea of perfect happiness? For of this discussion, third pulling hard, on a Norton will do just fine.

motorcycles: Yes or No? A big yes. Not as a replacement for but as a supplement.

Why each of the major manufacturers already have an electric (or or fuel cell) commuter in the catalog ready for the next big gas is beyond me. They all pay lip service concept bikes but nothing’s hit Somebody will be selling the equivalent of a Toyota Prius and all those benefits, but probably not one of the players.

What is your journey? It’s hard to the Alps or the Dolomites or the Pyrenees for riding excitement. New Zealand is a motorcycle country, too. But my memorable journey is a scouting I did in Mongolia with Burt Lotus Tours, just it was so remote, so different and such an

When you break down in the Desert, that is broken

Which ‘everyday’ modern do you think will become classics? The equivalent of the Honda or Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, if you Difficult question without the of time’s buffer but I think you to look at the ‘firsts’ of a bike

When it comes to modern models like the 1983 Interceptor 750, the 1984 900 or the 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 all come to mind. The fact most were ridden or into the ground, or got modded to the puts a premium on well-kept you can find ‘em.

Harley-Davidson XRTT750 Sportster TT

Who are your motorcycling heroes? Not really heroes, but as an all-around rider, Ernst Henne [below] is I greatly admired. Likewise in the super-versatile Dick Mann below] was the first rider to an AMA ‘Grand Slam’—wins in mile, TT, short-track and road races.

He also helped pioneer in America, and was good enough to take a bronze medal in competition.

Are you optimistic for the future of Motorcycling is going through times right now in a depressed but if history shows us anything that there will be motorcycles and people passionate riding them. Thank

What is your current of mind? Restless probably describes it. It’s been a year since I was unceremoniously at Cycle World magazine, my home for 25 years.

While I’ve enjoyed the off and not having a deadline hanging my head for the first time in a I am feeling like it’s to get back in harness. I do miss the and satisfaction that comes being part of a team of people turning 100-plus pages of white paper a memorable magazine each

My work as a consultant and consigner for the auction house calls on a new set of skills and I’m enjoying that experience. I’m hitting the keyboard on a basis turning out freelance and I’m in development on my own website, which is

As a wrap-up, if I can just say thank you to all my known and unknown, in the motorcycle and industries, and in the private sector, who the time to send me encouragement via calls, voice messages, and forum posts after I the magazine. It meant a lot to me at the time and does today.

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