Archive for April, 2013

“Haunted” Marietta

Apr 30, 2013 View Comments by

Word count requirements are a reality of writing, and although I’d rather trim words than add them, sometimes the cuts are deeper than I’d like. Such was the case in my recent Haunted Ohio article. After submitting what I felt was the minimum of necessary information, I still needed to ax well over a thousand […]

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Pura Vida, Costa Rica

Apr 29, 2013 View Comments by

It is 3:54 am right now and I am typing this from Montezuma, Costa Rica in my $15 dorm room. One of my dorm mates from Montana just stumbled in from the bar. As he flops into the bunk over my head I realize it’s close enough to wake up time anyway. I need to […]

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Terminator

Apr 28, 2013 View Comments by

Yesterday, during my morning commute, I was behind a car that was weaving side to side in its lane. I eventually pulled into a turning lane to go left and as I passed (in a hurry to get around him), I noticed the driver was completely oblivious to everything around him due to what seemed […]

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Women’s Track Day: On Track for the Cures

Apr 27, 2013 View Comments by

On June 9, 2013 the New Jersey Motor Sports Park in Milville, NJ is hosting a women only track day. For $200, women can sign up for the Women’s Track Experience, which is a full day of track time and instruction from Tony’s Track Days. In addition, the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation has joined with the […]

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Replacing Brake Rotors and Pads

Apr 26, 2013 View Comments by

In this article, we’ll focus on replacing the front disc rotor or rotors and installing new brake pads. The project bike is a 2011 BMW F650GS with a single solid (non-floating) rotor and a two-piston caliper. However, the procedure will be about the same for most modern motorbikes equipped with disc brakes. The replacement disc […]

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Go Out for Adventure…Come Home for Love

Apr 25, 2013 View Comments by

This week’s post is dedicated to the riders who have loved ones at home who may not always ride along with them . . . A couple of years ago, I attempted to create a mirror frame for my wife, a gift for our 10th wedding anniversary. While our anniversary is in September, the project […]

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First Rain

Apr 24, 2013 View Comments by

I wait for the first rain of spring, or at least what passes for spring around here. It’s not because it brings May flowers, which are nice, or that it raises our lake levels and waters our crops—also good things. No, it’s because it washes the salt and sand from the roadways, and most importantly, […]

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Ridin’ the Storm Out

Apr 23, 2013 View Comments by

Our recent Haunted Ohio Tour (in the May/June 2013 issue), my favorite to date, by the way, was interrupted on the first day by possibly the most brutal storm I’ve ever seen here in Ohio. We’d had a great morning, albeit hot, and were en-route to The Buxton Inn in Granville, which is not far […]

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Wild Rider

Apr 22, 2013 View Comments by

Last week I was talking about just going for it, and my itch, need, or whatever you want to call it, to go on a trip. I worked all winter and before that I was letting my leg heal up from a bad break (eight pins and one plate). Anyway, I have been planning for […]

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Character

Apr 21, 2013 View Comments by

I recently watched a 2011 Oscar winning documentary called Undefeated which is about the Manassas Tigers high school football team from Memphis, TN. and their coach Bill Courtney who struggles to teach his players something they can carry with them into life long after football is over. There’s a scene in which coach Courtney says: […]

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MotoMark 1: Gaining Confidence

Apr 20, 2013 View Comments by

Motorcycling, like most anything worth doing, requires multiple investments. There are the obvious financial expenditures— the bike itself, insurance, gas, gear, tires, maintenance—as well as the actual riding. All in all, we pour a lot of time, money, and energy into the sport we love, and we’re more than happy to do it. But there’s […]

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Twisted Throttle Open House

Apr 19, 2013 View Comments by

On Saturday, May 18th, New England will be treated to an open house at Twisted Throttle’s headquarters in Exeter, RI. The new 27,000 square foot facility is home to Twisted Throttle’s retail store, warehouse, installation bays, tire changing center, and prototype workshop. The festivities will include a stunt riding performance from Chris “Teach” McNeil, demonstrations […]

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Riding Switzerland in Colorado

Apr 18, 2013 View Comments by

Born in Japan but taking its name from Africa’s south central Sahara, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the catalyst that is attracting a group of riders to the appropriately nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Before I get into the details of the event, I want to emphasize the motorcycle neutral aspect of this free weeklong event […]

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Beater Bikes

Apr 17, 2013 View Comments by

Temperatures climbed into the low forties last weekend, not ideal but sufficient for a ride with the assistance of some heated gloves. I headed straight for one of my favorite destinations, Roscoe Village in Coshocton, OH, for a stop at the local coffee house. The trip isn’t much of a ride on pavement, but I […]

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Dumb & Dumber

Apr 16, 2013 View Comments by

Yep, dat’s me all right! Only someone at least half brain dead would try to get five years out of a storage tent designed for two. Pressed, I can come up with several likely excuses: Winter came on too soon to put up a new metal structure; I was just too lazy to tackle the […]

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