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By David Hilgendorf

Here’s some background on our editorial staff

Editor-in-Chief, David Hilgendorf: 6 feet – 190 pounds – 32-inch inseam

David started riding on the family farm in Wisconsin at 6 years old, and earned his street motorcycle endorsement at the age of 17. After college, he moved to California and quickly discovered year-round riding. He spent 20 years commuting (lane-splitting) on the busy freeways of the Bay Area and Orange County, rain or shine, while exploring mountain roads and canyons as often as possible.

In 2002, David read a feature about MSF training in MCN and decided to become a motorcycle instructor. He spent a dozen years training over 6,000 riders. In 2008 he started dabbling in off-road riding again and began regularly attended track days. David worked his way up to running in the A group (fastest), on an SV1000. He was once stuffed in a corner pass by racer Brant Wiwi (below).

David also did stints in sales, marketing and business development for Scorpion EXO (helmets and apparel) and Aprilia (Caponord), which gave him valuable insight into the manufacturing, distribution and retail side of the industry. David’s first appearance in MCN was June 2015, testing the Honda NM4 (hated it) and the Suzuki GSX-S750 (loved it). David joined MCN as road test editor in January 2016 and became the editor-in-chief in April 2016.

Managing Editor, Russell Evans: 6 feet, 3 inches – 235 pounds – 35-inch inseam

Russell is a career journalist, writer, publisher and editor, and the former editor-in-chief of a national magazine. He has also written for a television show for more than decade.

His lifelong love of motorcycles spans 40 years of off-road experience, including racing AMA District 37. He has also spent more than 15 years riding on the street. Even as a kid, he was fixing and customizing bikes. Russell believes there is no better place than in the saddle.

Russell longed to combine his passion for magazines and motorcycles and has been instrumental in ratcheting up the overall quality of MCN, while keeping monthly publication on schedule. In addition to editing and production duties, Russell has road tested and reviewed an average of two motorcycles each month, each written from a perspective representative of MCN’s overall reader demographic. Russell joined the MCN team in August 2016.

Road Test Editor, Brant Wiwi: 5 feet, 11 inches – 170 pounds – 32-inch inseam

Brant began commuting through San Francisco by motorcycle in college. He added intercontinental touring shortly thereafter, including a circumnavigation of Australia. At age 22, he rode two laps around the Mediterranean Sea on a VFR750, traveling twice around Spain and Italy, as well as most of Germany, Andorra, Portugal, France, Greece, and Switzerland.

In 2004 Brant began road racing with select AMA National campaigns, from Road America to Laguna Seca. By 2008, he had earned six No. 1 and seven No. 2 class championship plates, including the No. 1 Willow Springs Motorcycle Club (WSMC) series champion. In that time, Brant set two track lap records and qualified second row for the FIM WorldSBK invitational at Miller Motorsports Park. Brant retired from racing due to injury, with 91 percent podium success throughout his career as a privateer.

Brant forged on as director of new racer licensing for a west coast racing series, and crew chief for AMA campaigns including the Daytona 200. He was a contract test rider for Pirelli North America

from 2007 to 2010, as well as a contract precision stunt rider for Yamaha North America and American Honda. Brant appeared on MTV’s “Fast Inc.” and Speed Channel’s “Super Bikes!” In 2011 Brant was the lead racing technical adviser on a Hollywood production.

Brant joined MCN as the performance and road test editor in January 2018.

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