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I am a super passionate guy who loves to tell stories about motorcycles and photography. I am blessed to make a living doing what I love. Here you will find my articles, opinion pieces, and ramblings regarding these topics. All opinions and statements are my own, they are genuine, and remain uninfluenced by outside parties.

Some articles featured here are syndicated from publications where I am a regular contributor. 

All photos are typically my own but occasionally I have some really talented friends and photographers shooting my ugly mug. In those instances, proper photo credit is given. 

I Bought A "New" Adventure Motorcycle and I Could Not Be Any Happier

September 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have the honor and pleasure of riding a lot of different motorcycles, whether it is through friends or assignments as a journalist. I live a pretty blessed life in that respect but none of those bikes are mine. Like a perpetual playboy, I fall in love with each machine for 2 to 3 weeks at a time. I pick apart every nuanced genius that went into m...
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YOSEMITE SCRAM. BMW’s R nineT Scrambler Takes On The Sierra Nevadas

July 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Written by Sam Bendall. Originally Published for Pipeburn The sun is rising, the air is cool and crisp, and the wildlife outside my tent sporadically announces the start of a new day. As my eyes open and begin to adjust, the faint scent of hickory wafts through the air as the covered embers emanate amid a semi-silent dawn. As I emerge from my ten...
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Minabear – 1983 Yamaha XS650

June 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall | June 16, 2017 Originally Published on Throttle Roll “Don’t call me Minabear!” screeched the fire-haired young lady at James. She was clearly blessed by some recreational substances – but none the less, with that name James’s ’83 Yamaha XS650 had now been dubbed. This chance encounter with a stranger on the street would be the per...
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Murray’s Triumph Thruxton

June 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall | June 7, 2017 Originally Published on Throttle Roll A life of travelling the globe planted the seed of adventure in Murray, which only naturally would bud into motorcycling. Using one of the greatest forms of creating adventure, Murray and his Machine have forged a bond through thick and thin – and picked up something special alon...
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Rob’s ’76 Honda CB750

May 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall | May 24, 2017 Originally Published for Throttle Roll The need for 2-wheeled hoonery kicked off 24 years ago for Rob, from humble mopeds to more adventurous dirt bikes with mates he ascended the motorcycle hierarchy. It would be classic Hondas that would really drive his passion for riding and customization, with his latest being a...
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WEAR & TEAR. Pando Moto’s ‘Karl Indigo’ Jeans

May 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Written by Sam Bendall. Originally Published in Pipeburn My Pando Moto Karl Indigo jeans smell like the inside of a garbage can at this point. That’s because I’ve been wearing them for almost 4 months straight and they’ve never been washed. I wear them to the market, I wear them on the couch, I wear them in the car, I wear them at the cafe and, w...
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George’s 1981 Suzuki GS1100EX

May 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall | May 1, 2017 Originally Published for Throttle Roll When you look at George your first thought might be “total surfer dude”. Contrary to this, he’s a die-hard motorcycle nut who has been racing most of his life. For the past decade, he has been a regular at Willow Springs International Raceway, taking out the title of vintage heav...
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Beach Moto’s Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic

March 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall | March 13, 2017 Published Originally for Throttle Roll On a strangely overcast yet humid morning in Southern California, I am sitting outside the Shack Cafe in Playa Vista sipping on a much needed cup of coffee. In the distance, I hear the unmistakable rumble of a Ducati from down the block. Dennis is stopped at the lights. With a...
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The REV’IT! #95 Double Dare - An All Wheel Drive ADV Monster

March 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
By Sam Bendall - March 07, 2017 Photography by Sam Bendall, Jonathan Klein, Dylan Patrick and Bob Nybe Originally Published on Ride Apart I have worn and tested a lot of different motorcycle gear and the past couple years and I keep coming back to Rev’it as my go-to for adventure and urban gear. From day one it always seemed to fit my massive fra...
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The Best New Motorcycles You Can Buy As A Beginner

February 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Original Article Published for Thrillist SAM BENDALL/THRILLIST When beginning the deep dive into the world of motorcycling, most people have one question that overrides all others: "What motorcycle should I buy?" It's a good question, albeit a very loaded one. Like so many other things in life, there is no absolute and correct answer, since ther...
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Why Riding A Motorcycle Will Make You A Better Car Driver

December 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Originally published for Thrillist For many, it's a dream to strap on some gear, hop on a motorcycle, and experience the freedom and rebel spirit of the open road. But it goes without saying that riding a motorcycle is not as easy as driving your Audi. In fact, motorcycles are 38 times more dangerous to operate than cars, and require far more at...
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2016 Honda VFR1200X Ride Review

November 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Originally published for Ride Apart The Honda VFR1200X has been available in Europe, where it’s known as the Crosstourer, for the past few years but it only made its way to the United States in 2016. While it looks like a big adventure motorcycle, it is classified as a sport touring machine and we found that it is capable of pounding the pavemen...
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Alpinestars Launches Oscar Collection at ARCH Motorcycles

October 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
When I get off my motorcycle, the last thing I want to look like is a motorcyclist. The only physical object that should inform others that I am riding a bike is the helmet I am carrying. Otherwise, I want to be able to walk into a bar, attend a meeting, or go out on a date, and be perfectly comfortable and looking fresh and fashionable in my threa...
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Generations Video for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

September 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Some of the best things in life are passed down from father to son. For me, one of the greatest gifts I was given from my father was my love for motorcycles. However, all that can be taken away if one neglects their health. For this reason, it's important that men get checked for prostate cancer. Second to heart disease, Prostate cancer is the sec...
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Flat Tracker Done Right - Mike Zehner's Triumph Bonneville by Mule Motorcycles

August 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
There is no shortage of custom Triumph Bonneville builds out there in the world but Mike Zehner’s flat track inspired bike by Richard Pollack of Mule Motorcycles is simply too good not to showcase. In its stock form, the Triumph Bonneville is a bit of a pig. It’s a beautiful bike but it lacks the power and handling of a performance motorcycle. Gra...
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