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I Read It Online

Sep 05, 2012 View Comments by

“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” -Abraham Lincoln. The Internet is a tremendous source of information for motorcyclists. I’ve learned most of what I know about repair and maintenance and a lot about riding online; but I’ve also learned to be careful about what advice and instruction I take to heart since there […]

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Be Here Now

Aug 29, 2012 View Comments by

I work from home a few days a week. When I do I usually have either Pandora or Spotify playing in the background. Cori is as eclectic musically as I am (maybe even more so) and she has some spectacular mixes setup that I like to listen to. Anyway, one day I heard a song […]

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The Trust Issue

Aug 22, 2012 View Comments by

Quite often when talk turns to riding I’ve noticed people feel the need, for some reason I’m not quite sure of, to explain why they don’t ride a motorcycle. The most common reason I hear is, “I trust myself, I just don’t trust other people”. I find it a bit amusing because I never feel […]

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Man and Machine

Aug 12, 2012 View Comments by

It occurred to me today that, at 47 and with a back condition that flares up on occasion, there are a lot of things I’ll most likely not be able to do that I’d always imagined doing one day. I was always a competitive athlete, and as I got older my focus went from competitive […]

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A Scary Ride in July

Aug 05, 2012 View Comments by

Almost exactly a year ago I was riding home from work on a Friday on my regular commute. It was one of the hottest days of the year with the temperature near 100. The traffic was somewhat heavier than usual and I found myself behind another rider on what looked to me like a 90’s […]

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Pocket Watches and Monsters

Jul 29, 2012 View Comments by

When I was 10 my brother, our friends, and I would ride our bikes to Bob Milheims General Store. Behind the counter on the shelves they kept all the things we couldn’t afford but wanted so badly. My particular obsession was with a silver pocket watch. We must have made that ride a hundred times. […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 3

Jul 18, 2012 View Comments by

I posted Tips & Tricks Part 1 in March and Tips & Tricks Part 2 in May. Here is another installment with a few more observations that occurred to me lately on my daily commute. Be Wary of Gaps Here in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to use a cell phone while driving. There is a ban on texting but […]

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Target Fixation

Jul 15, 2012 View Comments by

Target fixation is a term I’m sure everyone is familiar with. It originated in Word War II as a means to help pilots avoid crashing during strafing runs. Applied to motorcycling, it basically means that your motorcycle tends to go wherever you focus your attention. If you approach a turn and stare at the shoulder, […]

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Night Rides

Jul 08, 2012 View Comments by

“There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go”. – from the poem The Call Of The Wild by Robert W. Service I remember my first night ride. It was late summer just a few weeks after I started […]

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A Ride in June

Jul 01, 2012 View Comments by

Last week I had a short workday and decided to call my mother to see if she was up for some company; which, lucky for me, she was. “I’ll put the coffee on”, she said. My parents live in the shadow of the Pocono Mountains in southeastern Pennsylvania. There are a dozen ways to get […]

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The Lotus

Jun 27, 2012 View Comments by

I’ve always admired the symbolism of the Lotus flower in many of the world’s religions. The Lotus grows in ponds, its strong roots unseen in the mud below, and blooms clean above the water. Symbolically the mud represents materialism, the water experience, and blooming above the water enlightenment. I like the symbolism so much I […]

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Self Reliance

Jun 20, 2012 View Comments by

I’m holed up in a Dunkin Donuts sipping coffee; I got caught in a sudden downpour on my way home after a long day. It looks like it’ll pass and I can be on my way, but it’s got me thinking about how much we, as riders, need to be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes […]

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If I’m Right, Smile

Jun 17, 2012 View Comments by

“If I’m right, smile.” That was my father’s catch phrase. No one could resist it; he said it to me, to my siblings, my daughter, waitresses, and anyone else he liked or wanted to win over. It was his way to disarm people and get them to smile, even when they may not have agreed […]

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Rider to Driver

Jun 12, 2012 View Comments by

The rider who wheelied past you on the highway was not me. The rider with ridiculously loud pipes that roared down your street at 2 a.m. was not me.. I ride a relatively quiet bike and I ride it responsibly. I’m well trained and experienced and wear protective gear. On the road motorcyclists wave to […]

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Motorcycles Are Dangerous

Jun 05, 2012 View Comments by

I can’t possibly count the number of times I have heard this from people who overhear that I ride or who see the helmet sitting on my desk at the office. It’s the pat, knee-jerk response to riding by many nonriders. I’m sure you’ve heard the others as well: “I trust myself, I just don’t […]

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