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News Cycles: November 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

Welcome to News Cycles, Common Tread’s roundup of what’s happening on our servers and everywhere else. Every Friday, look for a collection of news, stories, and all things moto from around the web. This week: ADV riding for a living, three bikes reviewed, and police taking down moto thieves.

Guiding ADV tours for a living
Not bad for a view from the office. Jeff Cremer photo.

“So You Want My Job? What’s It Like To Lead Motorcycle Tours in Colombia”

Meet Jeff Cremer, founder of Colombia Moto Adventures. He rides ADV bikes for a living, guiding riders through some of South America’s most beautiful terrain.

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Video: Cutting precise gaskets with a common craft machine

YouTuber The Good of the Land noticed that his wife’s fancy Cricut cutting machine was really good at cutting complex shapes from paper and other materials. Guess who also happened to need some obscure gaskets? A little collaboration, and the Cricut was churning out perfect gaskets in no time. Sure, you can always cut your own too, but I can think of a few gaskets in my bikes I’d much rather print!

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2018 CSC SG250 San Gabriel first ride review

Spurgeon reviews CSC’s SG250 San Gabriel, a small cafe racer-inspired single shipped straight to your door. And with an MSRP of just $1,995, it makes motorcycling very accessible. Spurg flogs it through the city, out on the backroads, and even on the highway to get the full story on this little ripper.

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Spin scooter
Nine figures for this? Johnny Greaser photo.

Ford buys Spin scootersharing service for as much as $100 million.

Ford announced the purchase of Spin’s app-powered scooter service for an undisclosed amount this week, though the acquisition may have cost them up to $100 million. It's a big bet, as the future of these vehicles is still uncertain. New to electric scooters? Check out our article from earlier this year, which pitted the three main scooter services against each other on the streets of Washington, DC.

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Triumph Scrambler High Pipes
Gotta have the high pipes on the Scrambler. Kingdom Creative photo.

2019 Triumph Street Twin and Street Scrambler first ride review

“Fish and chips. This thing's British.” Steve Kamrad tests Triumph’s new Street Twin and Street Scrambler on a quick ride in Portugal. They’re updated, uprated, and plain old British fun.

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Video: “Met police knock suspects off mopeds in new tactic”

UK police tactics for stopping moped and scooter crime in the past have been criticized for failing to deliver results. Seeking to dramatically reduce motorized crime, new pursuit and interception tactics are being rolled out, and they seem to be working so far. Thefts are reported to have dropped by 36 percent already.

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Thanks for reading; that's all for this week! If you've got feedback or moto news you'd like to share, shoot an e-mail to Check back for more News Cycles every Friday.