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Learning as You Go

Aug 30, 2016 View Comments by

Honestly, I’m not sure what to write sometimes. When that happens, I remember what Ernest Hemingway said to get started—write one true sentence. Well, here goes: Life is a lot like motorcycling. I know, I know, I’ve never started a post that way before … but bear with me. Remember your first days? You start […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: To Feel Normal Again

May 03, 2016 View Comments by

“I believe that half the trouble in the world comes from people asking ‘What have I achieved?’ rather than ‘What have I enjoyed?’” Walter Farley, author of The Black Stallion I’ve always loved movies with first-person narration, one character telling a story and his thoughts about the events. I’ve quoted The Shawshank Redemption before and […]

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Night Rides

Apr 12, 2016 View Comments by

I remember my first night ride. It was late summer just a few weeks after I started riding. My brother said we should take a ride over to a cousin’s house at the foot of the Blue Mountains near Point Phillips, Pa. At the time you weren’t legally allowed to ride after dark with only […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: To Each His Own

Mar 15, 2016 View Comments by

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day—or to celebrate each special day.” —Rasheed Ogunlaru I’ll admit I was at a bit of a loss regarding this column. I had the “bones” (as I like to refer to the overall theme), but the structure was […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: You Can Go Home Again

Dec 16, 2015 View Comments by

“All that he knew was that the years flow by like water and that one day men come home again.” – Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again Last Sunday I left a friend’s home early in the morning. I had ridden my motorcycle there the night before with a suit and dress shoes neatly […]

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Reasons to Ride: Living Twice

Nov 23, 2015 View Comments by

I took a ride tonight at dusk, just an hour-long dash around new roads in the cold air. The temperature was in the 30s and as I rode along my hands started to get numb but I kept riding, content to watch the sky change color. I turned left and right on a whim. I […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Cajun Burgers, Memories, and Outer Space

Nov 15, 2015 View Comments by

Riding Contemplations – Occasionally when I sit down to write, I stop and think, “What would I like to come across in these pages that would make me stop and spend a few minutes reading?” Today I thought I would recount a ride I took one Memorial Day, the kind of ride where the universe sneaks […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Every Time I Turn Around

Nov 08, 2015 View Comments by

Taming Time – I’m a reminiscent sort. My girlfriend, Cori, says I never forget anything. I often find myself thinking back to the events in my life that have led to my writing, and for the last 15 years many of those occasions have taken place on the seat of a motorcycle. I wrote a […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Beautiful and Broken

Nov 01, 2015 View Comments by

In the Aftermath of a Crash – Kintsukuroi (or kintsugi) may sound like the name of the latest model from one of the big four Japanese motorcycle companies. Actually, it is the Japanese art of repairing the cracks in broken pottery with gold or silver—literally “golden repair.” The belief is that an object is more […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: When My Ship Comes In

Oct 25, 2015 View Comments by

Enjoying the Ride – One of my father’s catch phrases was “when my ship comes in.” What he really meant to say was “We don’t have the means to afford it now, but one day we will.” Mr. Bud was a Navy man who, after his discharge, worked one job for the rest of his […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Do What You Love

Oct 18, 2015 View Comments by

“Do what you love, it’s gonna lead to where you want to go.” -Wayne White When I was a kid we lived in the country, and I loved running at night, even in the winter. I treasured the silence. There were no cars, no birds, and no barking dogs. There was nothing but the moon […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Advancing is Perfection

Oct 11, 2015 View Comments by

What’s Your Dakar? – “Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.” – Khalil Gibran I once saw Kevin Muggleton, founder and president of Redverz Gear and Dakar Rally competitor, give a talk at RoadRUNNER‘s Touring Weekend. Kevin spoke […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Coming Alive

Oct 04, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle Meditation – “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Harold Thurman I like the mental exercise of thinking and writing about the ways in which motorcycling has made me come […]

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Failure To Communicate

Feb 09, 2014 View Comments by

A few years ago I sold my 2003 Honda Nighthawk 750 on eBay. I sold it to a man from Ohio who was to pay cash and was driving his van (cause for concern #1) to my home in Pennsylvania to pick it up on a ferociously hot summer day. As our meeting time came […]

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Easy Like Monday Morning

Feb 02, 2014 View Comments by

Cori and I both started new jobs recently and with that come changes to schedules, new responsibilities, routines, and pressures. She mentioned during a recent conversation that at lunch she’ll find an empty cubicle where the sun pours in and take time to consider all she has to be thankful for. It struck me as […]

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