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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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Camaraderie

Jan 19, 2014 View Comments by

I follow the Dakar Rally every year, partly because it kicks off my riding year as it takes place right after New Year’s Day in sunny South America. I also tune in because I’ve always been a fan of endurance events dating back to my running and biathlon racing days. I just love to watch people test […]

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Riding in the New Year: The Snail and Gazelle

Jan 05, 2014 View Comments by

I attempt to get out and ride on every New Year’s Day. Some years it’s just not possible but this year it was dry and in the mid 30s, which is rare here in the northeast in January, so I was glad I could head out for a comfortable first ride. I don’t tend to […]

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Let Me Try

Dec 29, 2013 View Comments by

Last week temperatures were predicted to hit the mid-60s and above here in southeastern New Jersey. A rare late December gift that lets us get out on the road in normal gear after thinking it’d be a few more months of dressing like a NASA astronaut to get a ride in. I looked forward to […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Dec 15, 2013 View Comments by

I have a sort of tradition of taking Big Red to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t always do it but this year “Aunt Cori” had arranged to spend the rest of the weekend with her dear friend Paula and Paula’s daughters Kristen (13) and Lauren (11). Hi guys! The fact that it […]

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Golden Spinning Wheel: An Unexpected Soundtrack

Dec 08, 2013 View Comments by

I rode Big Red to the office this week since the weather has been mild for December. The morning ride was uneventful and featured the usual Philadelphia traffic. On the way home, though, I had an odd experience. Traffic was heavy on the Blue Route and I rode along as the sun set towards the […]

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The Romance of Riding

Dec 01, 2013 View Comments by

A comment on last week’s post contained a quote that led me to do some reading about President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1883, at just 24 years old, near sighted and asthmatic he set foot, for the first time, in the American West to hunt buffalo. As the story goes he endured horrible weather to pursue […]

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Reasons to Ride: Living Twice

Nov 24, 2013 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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Motorcycle Maintenance, Some Days It’s Harder Than Others

Nov 17, 2013 View Comments by

I have a friend; let’s call him Fred. A long time ago, before he learned to do his own maintenance and before he saw the wisdom in purchasing a trailer, Fred had a unique method for getting his motorcycle to the shop for service. His method involved three modes of transportation: a car, a motorcycle, and […]

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Book Review: Anxiety Across the Americas, A Great Read

Nov 10, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve always ridden in all kinds of weather and don’t always pack rain gear so I keep a book stowed in my saddlebag for those times when I need to sit out a storm or just want to stop for a hot cup of coffee, get warm, and take a break. Generally my book choices […]

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Collections: Motorcycles, Gear, and Friendships

Nov 03, 2013 View Comments by

I’ll admit it’s been tough to sit down and write lately. After months of focused attention on preparing my home of fifteen years for sale it sold in under a month, which left me scrambling to give away or sell the bulky items that I couldn’t take with me. It’s funny how many things you […]

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Not Just Yet

Oct 20, 2013 View Comments by

Big Red’s odometer is ticking close to 70,000 miles and increasingly I find myself considering what will be next. I look at all types of bikes at the dealership and usually fantasize about making a change. The decision will be based in part on the commute I end up having as I am in the […]

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Time Travel

Oct 06, 2013 View Comments by

Today was one of those unseasonably warm October days. I was working from home and had a scheduled car oil change, then errands, and a stop at the shop for an oil filter for Big Red (which only whet my appetite for riding). I hurried home, finished up my work, quickly changed the bike’s oil, […]

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Sense Memory

Sep 29, 2013 View Comments by

I’m a sentimental sort, as anyone who’s read any of my posts is aware. There are a couple things I bring with me on every ride. One is my dog Chester’s collar tags, which are on my key-chain. He passed away last year at the age of 13. The jingling of his tags has become […]

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