CW's then-Feature Editor Brenda Buttner recounts her strange trip into the world of Gonzo.
Yes, I admit it.
As Feature Editor of Cycle World, I displayed either the idiocy or insight to give Hunter S. Thompson a high-end, high-speed, high-priced Ducati and did so with no guarantee that the Guru of Gonzo would return either the motorcycle or an article.
As for that “Memo to Self” that perhaps I should have considered prior to this gamble? You know, the one a sane editor would at least contemplate:
MEMO TO ME
Do this IF:
You want to get a bill for $10,000, the approximate price of replacing a 900 SuperSport should it end up bearing the brand of HST.
You hope to hand over your keys to Cycle World’s garage, the toy box my 31-year-old juvenile side reveled in, picking out a different fancy, fun two-wheeler to ride home each day.
Conclusion: Forget this crazy idea.
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