2012 650 Adventure-Tourer Shootout

BMW G650GS vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS By Pete Brissette, Apr. 19, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima, Video by Alfonse Palaima & Mike Maez If you’re on the hunt for an all-in-one, Swiss Army Knife-type of motorcycle but don’t need the physical size or all the engine (or pricing!) of something like …

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Escape Magazine

Dakar Privateer Bio: Manuel Lucchese

I recently attended a desert riding event in Death Valley put on by AltRider. I met 2012 Dakar privateer Manuel Luccesse on that ride and when we crossed the pavement at Dumont Dunes, Manual was so excited to see the iconic American Southwest imagery we had to stop for some photographs of him posing with …

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2012 Japanese Superbike Shootout

New upgrades shuffle the rankings and bring up the question: To TC or not TC? By Troy Siahaan, Apr. 05, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima/Caliphotography, Video by Chris Killen It has been a couple years since we last did a Japanese literbike shootout, because, frankly, the field has been q uite stagnant for a while …

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2012 Literbike Streetfighter Shootout

By Tom Roderick, Mar. 21, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima, Video by Aldo Lihiang Last year’s edition of our annual literbike streetfigher shootout pitted three competent, albeit plebeian, naked bikes to battle for supremacy — Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z1000 and Triumph Speed Triple. This year we’ve assembled the aristocrats of the class — Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC, MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 and Triumph …

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2012 Cleveland CycleWerks Tha Misfit Review

Two-hundred-twenty-nine cubic centimeters of café-racer cool By Tom Roderick, Mar. 12, 2012, Photography by Alfonse “Fonzie” Palaima, Video by Fonzie & Adam Wood With an MSRP of just thirty-two hundred bucks, Tha Misfit from Cleveland CycleWerks is the motorcycle option to similarly-priced 125cc scooters. Tha Misfit’s 229cc engine capacity out-displaces those scoots by more than …

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Covers [PP] Published Photography Published Stories RoadBike / Motorcycle Rides & Culture

Back in the Fight / Victory Judge Intro – RoadBike June 2012

Wrestling its American-builder rival since 1999, Victory began building motorcycles with a strong sense of attitude and made-in-America value. In the last few years, as the markets’ waistlines grow bigger and want for more comfort begs the builder to create baggers and touring bikes, the Medina, MN-company has been lead astray from the roots. Last …

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Cruiser Magazine Harley-Davidson Motorcyclist [PS] Published Photography RoadBike / Motorcycle Rides & Culture

Harley-Davidson Sportster 72 and Softail Slim Model Unveiling

The American builder revealed a pair of new bikes at local biker hangout Cook’s Corner in February of this year. Over the next few months the photos would be used in many publications and I managed to shoot each of the bikes independently for other magazines as well.   Andrew Cherney authored this review of …

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2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The guys over at ran their review of the Guzzi today. You might remember a few weeks ago my mention of the bike when I posted a few photos from the shoot with Pebbles in Costa Mesa. The café racer scene welcomed the new metal as one of their own, once a retro, always …

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Presidential Reunion – RoadBike April 2011 Issue

Born to be Wild Rally Simi Valley, CA October 17, 2010 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Photo & Story: Alfonse Palaima Roland Communications in association with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a collection of Southern California Harley-Davidson dealerships held a rally this past October in Simi Valley, California.   California Harley owner Mark Ruffalo teamed …

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Cruiser Magazine Published Photography

The Happy Mediums

Here I shot the Honda Interstate and V Star 1300 Tourer Comparison test for the April 2011 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine. Our pal Billy Bartels wrote the article, but I had the “great” pleasure of work with both he and that Andy guy that’s in charge up there. 🙂 Honda Interstate and V Star …

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