MotorBiscuit Writer

Matthew Skwarczek

Matthew Skwarczek started blogging in 2015 and focuses his writing on motorcycles and engineering science. A graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned his Master’s in Chemical Engineering, Matthew served as an applications engineer for BASF before joining MotorBiscuit in 2019.

In Matthew’s words, the visceral nature of riding requires you to be in the moment. Combined with his fascination in the analytics surrounding the building and designing of cars and bikes, both modern and classic, you’ll find his voice blends functionality and phenomena. He rides motorcycles and bicycles often, photographing them as well.

Matthew has contributed to Oppositelock and is now an alumnus. He plays Dungeons & Dragons and reads sci-fi and fantasy in his spare time, and appreciates the works of Peter Egan, Sam Smith, Brandon Sanderson, and Alex Goy.

A red 1961 Volvo Amazon drives down a dirt road
Sedans & Coupes

The Volvo Amazon is an Unexpected Classic Rally Car

Safety is usually what comes to mind when car buyers think of Volvo. But while the Swedish automaker is certainly very good at that, it also has a more performance-inclined side. Even before it founded Polestar, Volvo had gone racing with models like the 850R wagon. Plus, like many other automakers, it’s also had a …

A rider emissions testing a red Gas Gas FSR 450 on a CARB motorcycle dynamometer
2 Wheels

Is There a Consumer Reports For Motorcycles?

Consumer Reports is an invaluable tool for car buyers, especially where reliability is concerned. However, as stalwart as the publication is, it’s not necessarily perfect for everyone. That’s particularly the case for motorcycle riders. But if you can’t use Consumer Reports to guide your motorcycle shopping, is there an alternative choice? Consumer Reports did test …

A black 2009 Triumph Bonneville with saddlebags parked by a beach-side stone wall
2 Wheels

A Rented 2009 Triumph Bonneville Is All Zen, No Maintenance

It’s hard to overstate the Bonneville’s iconic status and importance to Triumph and its fanbase. Although it’s not the only classic-style bike on sale today, it’s arguably one of the most recognizable. And with an updated version about to hit dealers, I wanted to see what an earlier model was like to ride. So, I …

The side 3/4 view of a black 2009 Triumph Bonneville with saddlebags rented on Twisted Road in a parking lot
2 Wheels

What’s It Like Renting a Motorcycle Through Twisted Road?

After talking with the CEO of Riders Share, I naturally got curious about its kind of motorcycle rentals. Especially since, while I enjoy riding my Triumph Street Triple R, I like to window-shop for bikes. And since one of the best ways to truly test-drive/test-ride a vehicle is to rent it, that’s what I decided …

A white-and-blue 2016 Triumph Daytona 675 on a mountainside parking lot
2 Wheels

A Used Triumph Daytona 675 Shines on the Street or Track

These days, Japanese and European brands, like Suzuki and Ducati, respectively, dominate the sportbike market. But in the past, other motorcycle companies have also tried to compete, some with more success than others. And now, their past attempts can be picked up on the used market. From the US, for example, there’s Buell, which is …

The white Polestar 0 Project declaration for carbon neutrality
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can Polestar Really Make a Carbon-Neutral Car by 2030?

Although gas-powered cars are slowly being supplanted by EVs, ICE technology will stick around for a while yet. This means that even after EVs go mainstream, we’ll still have to deal with vehicle emissions. And while they’re cleaner, electric cars and trucks carry environmental penalties of their own. However, some automakers are trying to address …

Orange-liveried MotoGP racer Marc Marquez shows off his white-and-black Alpinestars motorcycle track boots
2 Wheels

The Best Motorcycle Boots Aren’t Just Ordinary Shoes

Although a quality helmet is a definite requirement for riding a motorcycle safely, it’s just one piece of gear. Riders don all sorts of apparel to protect themselves, such as gloves and armored jackets. And that often includes putting on motorcycle boots or shoes. But what’s so special about this kind of footwear, and is …

A gray 2021 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE on a track with a white helmet in the foreground
Sedans & Coupes

The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Now Has Just 1 Engine Option

2021 hasn’t exactly been kind to Camaro sales so far. First, the Chevrolet muscle car’s brakes stopped sales in Washington and California. Then, as is the case with many vehicles this year, Chevy halted Camaro production due to chip shortages. And this is all following the Mustang and Challenger overtaking the Camaro in the market. …

A front-facing red 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti parked next to a rear-facing silver one
Sedans & Coupes

The 612 Scaglietti Is an Overlooked Affordable Used Ferrari GT

Considering the ‘entry-level’ 2021 Roma starts at $220k, buying a Ferrari is understandably a pipe dream for many people. However, even brand-new Ferraris eventually become depreciated used cars. And sometimes, they become underappreciated affordably-priced used cars. The 308 GT4 is this for the Italian brand’s classic models, for example. And if you’re after a more …

The layout of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG E Performance hybrid powertrain
Hybrids & Electrics

AMG Is Going All-in on Hybrid and Electric Performance

While the next-gen 2022 SL lineup is fully under AMG control, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division is slimming down. Specifically, by cutting down on how many ICE cars it makes. However, all those cars are being replaced. Only instead of relying solely on internal combustion, AMG is fully embracing hybrids and electric vehicles. AMG made electric Mercedes …

The side view of a yellow 1976 Honda CB400F Super Sport in a parking lot
2 Wheels

The Honda CB400F Is a Classic 1970s Japanese Sportbike

Today, sportbikes are just one of several kinds of motorcycles available to buyers. But, like with any other kind of bike, they didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. For example, the modern standard motorcycle evolved from the UJMs of the ‘70s. And while several sporty motorcycles came before it, the Honda CB400F Super Sport …

A blue 2006 'R53' Mini Cooper S drives down a valley road
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Which Used Mini Cooper Is the Most Reliable?

When it comes to reliability, Mini Coopers don’t necessarily have the best reputation. Which, if you’re thinking of buying a used Mini, is understandably an important concern. However, with some careful digging, finding a reliable used Mini Cooper is possible. A guide to used Mini Cooper models Although classic Minis are still plentiful, this guide …

A blue Rivian R1T parked on a gravel road in a forest
Hybrids & Electrics

Does Rivian Have a Better EV Warranty Than Tesla?

We’re currently counting down the days until the R1T and R1S officially hit Rivian dealerships. But before they do, the American EV company continues to trickle out more information about the potential ownership experience. For example, how it plans to offer charging stations outside of urban environments. And now, Rivian has revealed another bit of …

A black-and-silver 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Limited Edition on a rear-wheel stand on a racetrack
2 Wheels

The 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Isn’t Racing Cosplay

Whether used Suzuki or brand-new Ducati, sportbikes are the motorcycles of choice for dedicated track-day racers and handling aficionados. And like any other kind of bike, sportbike performance ranges from mild to extreme. However, there’s a distinct gap between a street-legal bike and a true racing machine. The 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Limited Edition, …

A silver-and-red 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 by a concrete ramp
2 Wheels

Aprilia Relaxes the RS With the Naked 2021 Tuono 660

Sportbikes make for excellent fun, but these motorcycles are sometimes too extreme for every-day riding. More to the point, some aren’t approachable enough for newer riders. However, some bike companies are solving this by turning their sportbikes into less-hardcore naked bikes. The Ducati Streetfighter V4, for example, is a naked, slightly toned-down version of the …

Monster Energy Yamaha racer Fabio Quartararo leads a pack of MotoGP riders at the 2021 Qatar GP
2 Wheels

Want Fun Unpredictable Racing? You Need to Watch MotoGP

Besides supercross and motocross, motorcycle racing doesn’t always get a lot of attention in the US. True, flat-track racing is experiencing a resurgence. But overall, compared to something like the Daytona 500, bikes often play second fiddle here. However, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to access international motorsports, including bike racing. And …

The front half of a black 1936 BMW R 5 motorcycle, showing the forks and the front drum brake assembly
2 Wheels

Should You Upgrade Classic Motorcycle Drum Brakes to Discs?

While you can theoretically ride a classic motorcycle regularly, it requires living and fiddling with older technology. Instead of fuel injection, for example, you have carburetors. And many motorcycles feature drum brakes rather than discs. However, is that something you can upgrade—and should you? How do drum brakes work on a motorcycle? Today, essentially all …

British rider Dougie Lampkin with a black-and-red CCM Spitfire Blackout on a road
2 Wheels

British Bike Brand CCM Celebrates 50 Years of Slinging Sand

Today in the US, if you mention British bikes, Triumph is the first name that comes to mind. But it’s just one of several motorcycle brands that’ve sprung from the UK. While many have fallen into history’s pages, some, like BSA, have returned. It’s a similar story with another British marque, Clews Competition Motorcycles, aka …

A white-blue-and-red 1989 Honda Africa Twin XRV650 in front of a garage
2 Wheels

The Classic Honda Africa Twin Is Still up for Adventures

If you’re thinking about going off-roading on a motorcycle, buying a used one is a great way to save some cash. But there’s used, and then there’s classic. Naturally, the idea of taking a vintage bike off-road can seem rather daunting. However, while they don’t offer all the latest modern conveniences, some classic motorcycles are …