Zen Motorcyclist: More Alike

Mar 27, 2017 View Comments by

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” —”Human Family” by Maya Angelou There are times when the deadline to finish this chronicle sneaks up on me. I am by nature a procrastinator and work better under pressure. As it happens, I’m writing this one from a hospital waiting room as my mother […]

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Sidetracked: My Brother’s Keeper, A “Lost” Art

Mar 11, 2017 View Comments by

Getting lost in the backcountry is no joke. Whose job is it to keep the group together when the ride leaves the pavement? What responsibility does the individual have? “Where’s Rick?” asks Ken, our ride leader. Our group of 11 men is on the way to Copper Canyon, Mexico. It’s springtime and it’s hot this […]

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Group Riding: Keepin’ Up

Nov 16, 2013 View Comments by

My primary touring motorcycle is a 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, and I’ve noticed that an interesting thing happens when I ride with a group of larger displacement bikes. Invariably, someone will comment on how my bike “kept up just fine” at the end of the ride, as if they didn’t think it possible that a […]

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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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Americade 2013

Jun 26, 2013 View Comments by

This year’s Americade was much like the many before it, dating all the way back to the inaugural rally in 1983, with tens of thousands of motorcyclists descending on Lake George, NY. The rally, which occurs the first week of June every year, continues to draw more motorcyclists than any other multi-brand event. This year, […]

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Shared Experience

Apr 11, 2012 View Comments by

I’m not sure what it is about group riding that is so desirable, enjoyable and inspiring. Cori and I were talking about it the other day. In most cases there is no communication other than hand signals, so as group activities go, it’s a strange, yet somehow totally fulfilling one. We decided it has something […]

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