Archive for September, 2004

City Portrait: Australia

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments by

I’m marooned in Melbourne, sitting out the long Easter weekend. The motorcycle dealers are closed until Tuesday when I’ll collect an Aprilia Futura to ride to Sydney on the Princes Highway. The irony is, Melbourne is Australia’s most bike friendly city and marked 100 years of participation in motorcycling last November. Nothing for it but […]

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Never too old

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments by

We have all heard that lame excuse: “I’m too old for that!” Perhaps it is true for some things. But it is not necessarily true about experiencing the thrill of a motorcycle ride. I came to this realization when I had the opportunity to give my mother-in-law a ride on the back of my Kawasaki […]

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments by

Parkfield, California, lies along the San Andreas Fault where trails and streams can change direction with each quake and local property lines might as well be drawn with an Etch-a-Sketch. Ride into Parkfield with a group of Monterey Bay HOG members and you may even create your own little quake, shake a few leaves loose, […]

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Packing a Bike

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments by

The most useful advice I ever got about travel in general was “Take half as many clothes and twice the money!” And while credit cards have rendered that advice partly obsolete, the first item still applies. The best way to pack those “just in case” items is to leave them at home, just as Robert […]

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De Soto National Forest

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments by

The De Soto National Forest, located in the southeastern corner of Mississippi, is 501,000 acres of protected woodlands, the largest national forest of the six located in the state. The serpentine creeks and rivers coursing through the longleaf, slash, and loblolly pine forests are tinted black – the result of tannic acid seeping from the […]

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