Jason Marker is the editor-in-chief at RideApart, and as such is the final arbiter in all matters of taste as far as they relate to motorcycle news and culture around the world. Before coming to RideApart, Jason was a chef, a commercial photographer, an automotive journalist, an itinerant mechanic, and a freelance writer in the tabletop role-playing game industry where he Star Warsed professionally. Jason lives in Detroit with his wife, his two willful daughters, and an authentic Detroit-style street dog, a pit bull named Lilith. Jason currently owns 12 motorcycles—three runners, five projects, and four poor, neglected parts bikes. His daily riders are a 2022 Ural GearUp, a 1980 Yamaha XS850SG which he’s owned for 22 years, and a 1972 Honda CB500K. He’s currently building a late-60s BSA A65 from four other bikes and restoring a 1977 Yamaha XS750-2D. Jason is a dyed-in-the-wool Yamaha man who thinks that any motorcycle made after 1987 is “modern,” and is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Yamaha’s XS-series motorcycles.