Welcome to the second issue of Two Fifty Magazine. Well, we said it would evolve, and evolveit has! This issue of Two Fifty takes on anew look, and a new, albeit familiar, mis-sion: small bikes with big appeal. Whereasmost magazines focus on big bore, high costbikes, we focus on the most versatile, mostprevalent, and (we think) most exciting of rides, the small displacement motorbike. Take a global snapshot of the motorcyclemarket and you realize that not only aresmall displacement bikes the most popularmotorcycles, but in many markets (notably parts of Asia and India) they are the mostprevalent form of any motorized transpor-tation. In fact the Honda Cub, coming in ata whopping 50cc, is the most popular mo-torized vehicle the world has ever known(60 million, and counting). Of course, smalldisplacement bikes are not only about utility,and economy, although that is certainly trueof the class in general. When it comes tomoving the spirit, these bikes run with thebest of them. The class leader in North America, the Ka- wasaki Ninja 250R has better accelerationthan all but the most powerful cars, it hasbetter fuel economy than any hybrid car onthe market, and can cruise all day on any road and highway this continent has to of-fer. If you happen upon one in the twist-ies, where motorcycles are really meant tobe, in the right hands it can keep up withjust about any other bike, regardless of class.It’s a great beginner’s ride, sure, but it’s alsothe consummate rider’s motorcycle, the pureride.
EDITOR Thiago ValenteCONTRIBUTING WRITERSBob AtkinsJames R. DavisMark HunterLois PryceElizabeth RodenoRyan SalleeGarrick StaplesMark VenekampMatthew Woodru WEBSITEwww.twoftymag.comPUBLISHER / PRINTERMagcloudwww.magcloud.com
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Elizabeth Rodeno conquering herdemons at Butttonwillow Raceway. Formore on her experience see page 6.
PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE VANHAP
You may nd a young rid
er learning the fun
-damentals on one, as he makes his way toschool; you may cross a veteran racer hon-ing his skills, as he carves through a canyonon one; or you may see one fully loaded ona cross-continental trek; they are versatility
personied. And in these times, where belts
are being tightened, and oil resources are a valuable commodity, they are as relevant asthey are exciting.Issue #2 of Two Fifty Magazine takes usfrom the beautiful shoreline of California,to the treacherous depths of Africa; from
the excitement of one rider’s rst lap around
a race track to the yearly gathering of theNinja 250 Rider’s Club, this year in the Av-enue of Giants.From Trans-African treks to casual rides,essential riding skills to all-out racing, basic
maintenance to major modications, and ev
-erything in between, we have you covered. Two Fifty brings you the stories and picturesfrom the world of small displacement bikes,their devoted riders and the clubs that bring them together. Two Fifty is a new magazine and is con-stantly looking for collaborators. If you areinterested in building a magazine from theground up, contact us (see the Off Topicsection). And of course, ride on and write on, Thiago ValenteEditor