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2019 HighPipe Scrambler Motorcycle Festival Preview

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The best thing about the HighPipe Festival is that you are there to ride and hang out with people who enjoy a bit of wind in their face, grease on their hands, and bugs in their teeth.
The best thing about the HighPipe Festival is that you are there to ride and hang out with people who enjoy a bit of wind in their face, grease on their hands, and bugs in their teeth. (HighPipe Festival/)

The third annual HighPipe Scrambler Motorcycle Festival kicks off this weekend (August 16–18) at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, California. This three-day celebration of the scrambler-style, multipurpose motorcycle has grown from a small gathering of friends to an industry-supported showcase for old-school dual sport bikes and retro cool machines that have become so popular during this past decade. If you have a bike with high pipes, crappy shocks, or spindle frame spars, this is the festival for you.

At the heart of HighPipe is the desire to ride your bike and challenge your riding skills in a number of fun events or any of the spectacular roads that lead to and from HQ, this year it's SoCal's Mountain High Resort. HighPipe organizers have come up with a number of riding routes that have received the HP seal of approval including Angeles Crest Highway and Newcomb's Ranch.

The San Gabriel Mountains serve as the epic backdrop to this unbelievable event.
The San Gabriel Mountains serve as the epic backdrop to this unbelievable event. (HighPipe Festival/)

There’s also a super-exciting Scramble Ramble Scavenger Hunt that puts your scrambler skills to the test as every participant battles for the coveted “Best of the Mountain” trophy. The scavenger hunt coincides with the Skills Challenge, where riders can earn additional points toward their overall score if they successfully navigate the obstacle courses set up to test their mettle. It’s all about fun at the HighPipe Festival, folks.

Men, women, children, scramblers, dual sports, dirt bikes—no matter who you are or what you ride, they are all welcome at HighPipe.
Men, women, children, scramblers, dual sports, dirt bikes—no matter who you are or what you ride, they are all welcome at HighPipe. (HighPipe Festival/)

If you are up to the challenge of following Cycle World's resident wildman through the San Gabriel wilderness, then you might want to join him on the 30-mile Morgan Gales MOB Run. The ride is open to only 10 participants on each outing, and it is held three times per day on all three days. This will be a high-speed fun ride that starts and stops at Festival HQ, so bring your safety gear, radar detector, and emergency medical kit because this one is going to be challenging. Oh yeah, it's also free.

If you are up to the challenge, HighPipe Festival puts you on track for some rough yet entertaining off-road rides in addition to the paved routes.
If you are up to the challenge, HighPipe Festival puts you on track for some ro

A prominent Hells Angel member will remain in jail while awaiting trial on racketeering charges.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A prominent Hells Angel member will remain in jail while awaiting trial on racketeering charges.

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In a one-page order, U.S. District Judge Joseph Spero denied a motion asking for Raymond “Ray Ray” Foakes to be released to Oakley while he awaits trial. Foakes wanted to live in the rural Contra Costa County city and work at a mechanic shop in Oakland, and said he would submit to house arrest and an ankle monitor.

The motion was denied Friday, after a 30-minute hearing, according to court records.

Foakes was one of 11 people indicted in November 2017, after an FBI investigation that focused on the Sonoma Hells Angels. Foakes is a former president of the Hells Angels’ Sonoma chapter.

According to State Police, the incident started inside Joker’s, when 2 “non

Hasselblad X1D-50c Camera Review

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We put the Hasselblad X1D-50c to the test in this review.
We put the Hasselblad X1D-50c to the test in this review. (Sebas Romero/)

Judged on ergonomics alone, you'd be hard-pressed to find a camera more satisfying than the Hasselblad X1D-50c. Milled from billet aluminum, its profile and design rival the quality of the 50-megapixel images captured on its medium-format CMOS sensor. A master class in form and function, the X1D begs the question: Should you study it for secrets of Swedish design or aim it at something Swedish instead? We did both, using it to shoot the 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 in Morocco.

Legendary industrial designer Sixten Sason designed the original 1600D for Hasselblad in 1949, and followed it up with the 1955 Husqvarna Silverpilen. Our pairing of the two brands in the blue city of Chefchaouen was pure intent.

This is not a camera for hobbyists or for those looking to shoot action. Instead, the big ’Blad rewards professional levels of patience and planning with stunning image quality. Thanks in large part to a sensor that boasts 70 percent more image area than a traditional full-frame 35mm sensor, there’s a depth and warmth in the images coaxed from this mirrorless beauty that you won’t find from the best DSLRs on the market. Professionals and pixel peepers will revel in postproduction. While images were characteristically rich and creamy when shot wide open on the two XCD lenses Hasselblad provided us (a 30mm f/3.5 and 90mm f/3.2), we achieved breathtaking sharpness by stopping down and shooting with a sufficiently high shutter speed.

Instead of placing the shutter in the body, Hasselblad incorporates one into each XCD lens. Swapping glass affords an impressive view of the massive 44mm-by-33mm sensor. But don’t gawk too long, lest dust bunnies find a new home atop the unprotected CMOS. Until the advent of the X1D, such dust intrusion wouldn’t have been a problem because most digital ’Blads seldom leave the safety of the studio. The more compact X1D, however, begs for outdoor adventures.

As with Husqvarna's Vitpilen and Svartpilen, not all is perfect. Start-up is slow, and user interfaces are clunky, though navigation improves as you learn your way around the massive touchscreen. Still, expect to take more time to set up and compose a shot than you would with popular DSLRs. Also, like the 'Pilens, don't assume it's a do-it-all tool. Instead, appreciate the X1D for its strengths. Expect to compromise if you're determined to be uncompromising.

Hasselblads—and medium-format cameras generally—are expensive, and the X1D continues that trend. While there are pricier cameras, the $8,995 X1D-50c body is just $3,000 shy of a new Svartpilen. Add $3,995 for the 30mm lens and $3,195 for the 90, and you’ll have more of an investment sitting in your backpack than in the machine sitting under you. Too much? Perhaps. But for the cameraphile looking for something to set their photography apart, the X1D-50c is worth every dollar.

Marquez: Fenati has learnt from mistakes

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Marc Marquez says he’s happy to see Romano Fenati fighting at the front again after the Italian initially secure pole position, before picking up a grid penalty, only to fight back to take victory in Moto3.

According to State Police, the incident started inside Joker’s, when 2 “non club members” entered the club.They became inebriated and were asked to leave.

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(Vienna Township, Mich.) State police say an argument at the Jokers Motorcycle Club early Sunday morning , lead to one man being critically hurt and another man being arrested.

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According to State Police, the incident started inside Joker’s, when 2 “non club members” entered the club.They became inebriated and were asked to leave.

Witnesses told police they were “loud and mouthy”.

Other men from the club met up with them outside. They began arguing when a 33 year old Mt. Morris man became lodged in the window of the suspects car. He sped off and was dragged hanging out of the car down Dort Highway.The driver hit some barrels because the area is under road construction.That’s when the victim fell off the vehicle.

Police say the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he’s improved from critical to stable condition.A 21 year old Clio man was arrested and charged with assault.

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