Let’s just cut to the chase: Turn to page 60. It’s the coolest story in the magazine, and I know you’ll be drooling and dreaming about your past and future by the time you’re done reading. In “Heavy Metal,” writer Ben Hewitt welcomes spring with a collection of bikes “for any road or reason.”

By bikes, he means motorcycles, and I must admit when the weather gets warm it brings even warmer memories of tooling around on the back of my boyfriend’s bike. Of course, that boyfriend is now a husband and the wheels are a much more sensible Volvo (with a car seat, no less!), but perusing these pictures makes me wonder if maybe we shouldn’t try another two-wheel spin just for kicks.

Ben says that if you’ve been waiting to buy, now’s the time. His picks include nine bikes from Ducati, Harley, Triumph, and others, as well as a listing of the top upcoming motorcycle rallies and the best roads to ride.

Perhaps not as much fun, but just as useful, is our Business feature, “Has The Telecommuting Bubble Burst?” on page 100. In it, Lindsy Van Gelder profiles three telecommuters in different industries to see what’s working, what’s not, and why. Telecommuting was touted as a trendy perk just a few years ago, yet recent studies show that many companies are abandoning or reducing their programs.

any publishing jobs are suited to telecommuting; in fact, the senior editor who assigned this piece does so full time. Among other benefits, it’s a way to recruit, retain, and reward talent, but it’s not without its logistical and technical nightmares. We’re still working out the kinks, but it’s worth it.

As always, there’s much more in the issue — and you can find it on our Web site, too, at www.americanwaymag.com. Let us know what you think.

Elaine Srnka