Despite slumping sales in the United States during 2016, motorcycles are having a moment. According to a recent article in the “New Yorker,” a number of Silicon Valley plutocrats have made motorcycles key components of their preparations for Armageddon, be it biblical, biological, radiological, climatological, or the result of good-old-fashioned populist rage. These well-heeled survivalists have figured out that when the end times come and the freeways clog with Teslas and Priuses heading for the hills, a motorcycle might be the only way to get out of town alive. In this grim scenario, the motorcycle is the killer app, enabling digital disruptors and their spouses clutching them tight to zigzag through even the worst “Road Warrior” landscapes to the safety of their heavily armed and copiously stocked bunkers, located precisely a gas tank of fuel away (“Good luck, kids!”).
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