Bill Roberson

Bill Roberson

Bill Roberson authors the Throttle Jockey motorcycle column for The Manual. A lifelong motorhead, velocity addict, wirehead, shutterbug and cinephile, he's a Portland, Oregon native and enjoys exploring the region and world by motorcycle. When not on his two-wheelers, he's a dedicated dad, husband, photographer and Oregon Ducks fan. He also writes, shoots product photos and produces video content for both Digital Trends and The Manual.
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Throttle Jockey: New-think scooters will blow away your preconceptions

Don’t tell the bros down at the clubhouse, but I have a soft spot for scooters, especially the new ones.
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Throttle Jockey: dreaming of rides past – and of those to come

Most motorcycle owners own more than one bike, just like most people own different cars over time. Some stick with you long after they're gone.
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Throttle Jockey: Reaching for the far horizon? ADV bikes can get you there

The ADV magic really hits when you circle those three or four days on your calendar, load up the side cases, turn off the phone and seek the far horizon.
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Throttle Jockey: Motorcycle myths? Don’t believe ’em

Motorcycling has had perhaps more than it’s fair share of negative mythology over the years, so here are some myths and truths gathered from several decades behind the handlebars.
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Throttle Jockey: Standard appeal

In the mid-80s, a call went out from riders for a return of the “standard” motorcycle; a regular, low-cost bike that could be used for running errands or, with the addition of some inexpensive accessories, could cross the country, just…
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Throttle Jockey: The Kawasaki H2 and Question One

What is Question One? When it comes to motorcycles, it's the first thing everyone asks: How fast will it go? Now, a new bike from Kawasaki has riders asking Question One again.
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Throttle Jockey: What kind of motorcycle should I get?

Been thinking about getting into motorcycling? Hey, who isn't these days? One of the first questions you'll need to answer is what kind of motorcycle is right for you.
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Throttle Jockey: Corazzo Corso motorcycle jacket and Cordero gloves

Great looking jackets and gloves you love to wear and can protect you should the worst happen are a tough find in this market. Corazzo hits the mark.
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Throttle Jockey: Indian Vintage combines class, power and comfort

Indian has cooked up a truly excellent line of big-inch bruisers that combine high style, prodigious power, solid handling and unexpected refinement.
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Throttle Jockey: A visual tour of the Arlen Ness custom motorcycle museum

If you opened any number of motorcycle magazines on a consistent basis from the 1970s on through to the 1990s, chances are good you came across an Arlen Ness creation in all its glory. And there was glory to spare.
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Throttle Jockey: The cruiser you’ve been waiting for

Minneapolis-based Polaris didn't really need to take on the legacy of the Indian motorcycle brand, which has been a literal bad penny for whomever took on the marquee following its death in 1953. Polaris was already doing well enough…
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Throttle Jockey Movie Review: On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter

Anyone that's ridden a motorcycle for any amount of time has probably at least heard of or seen Bruce Brown's seminal 1971 motorcycling documentary, On Any Sunday. A groundbreaking film in it's own right, it also came at a critical time in…
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Throttle Jockey: Ducati debuts stylish, fun, affordable Scrambler model

When it comes to motorcycles, most people don't equate "Ducati" with "affordable," but that may change with the new Scrambler, an $8,495 retro-inspired citybike. Just revealed at the 2014 Intermot show in Germany, the new Scrambler, which…
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Throttle Jockey: 10 tips for new motorcycle riders

So, you want to ride a motorcycle. How hard can it be, right? The truth is, at a basic level, especially with today’s modern bikes, it’s pretty easy. But therein lies the danger. If you think you can just saddle up, go slow, and be…
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Throttle Jockey: Indian revs up a stylish, fast-and-light Scout

One of the oldest and most historic rivalries in motorcycling is the fierce competition between American icons Harley-Davidson and Indian, and after a decades-long hiatus, it now appears the rivalry is about to heat up, again, with the…
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Throttle Jockey: ‘Why We Ride’ explains the religion of motorcycling

What drives millions of Americans to abandon the comfy confines of safety-caged and airbag-filled four-wheeled conveyances to pilot unprotected, unstable, highly-powered fancied-up bicycles? That's the question a new documentary on…
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Throttle Jockey: Impulse Jackets

  Today we debut our new column dedicated to all things motorcycle related. You're welcome. The black leather jacket is an icon of motorcycling, and despite much more colorful and safety-conscious options available in textile jackets…