Blog Section: Wayne’s World

Up North: Part 1

Oct 25, 2012 View Comments by

Up north, in Wisconsin, is anywhere north of Madison. Reason being, that’s where the land starts to open up and become more country. There are more bait shops than McDonalds and more bars than churches—it’s the north woods, i.e. a hunter kind-of-a-thing. Well it’s that great northern land that we are heading into, Door County […]

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Better Late Than Never

Sep 29, 2012 View Comments by

My friend Norb and his wife Bobby have been married for about 40 years, and, even though Bobby was raised only 150 yards from the front door of Harley’s 35th street factory, she was by no means a “biker chick.” In fact her parents had always forbidden her from hanging around “those people,” which makes […]

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Ah, Fall

Sep 20, 2012 View Comments by

One of the blessings of living in the Midwest is the four seasons—each “change” a special gift for the avid rider, except, of course, winter. I suppose a case could be made that without winter we would not appreciate spring as much, but I’m not sold on the idea. But fall, now we’re talking: cool […]

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Jumping the Gun

Sep 06, 2012 View Comments by

Yeah, that’s what I am doing here, but considering how the seasons have been going this year, just maybe I am not so far ahead of the curve? What I am talking about is packing away old Betsy for the season. I don’t pretend to be an “expert” even though I have read a lot […]

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Are You Too Old To Ride

Aug 23, 2012 View Comments by

If you can’t read the headline, the answer is yes. Really, how old is too old to ride a motorcycle, 60, 70, 80, or more? We, as a community and sport should probably address this before some government agency is “directing” us to, and you know they have been thinking about it. I know and […]

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Pack Mentality

Aug 11, 2012 View Comments by

Packs, gangs, groups, or clubs are anything but a new idea. Since Ogg got together with Mog, Zoe, and Igg to hunt down a Saber Tooth Chipmunk there have been clubs, in their case a “hunting club.” Which on many levels is/was a good idea, in this case numbers were an advantage, even if the […]

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Get Lost!

Aug 03, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes the best road is the one yet to be discovered, the wrong turn, or the road with the most interesting name. All these have in common is that we didn’t “plan” on going there. These can be the unlined roads; no white or yellow lines, the ones not on your map,  or roads the […]

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Image vs. Content

Jul 19, 2012 View Comments by

What’s the best ride? Is it a bike with history, tradition, and image, or one with engineering, technology, and dependability? Without getting into name calling, there are only a blessed few bikes that can lay claim to a brand name that goes back decades and an image that is the essence of the word “motorcycle.” […]

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What is it About Old Iron?

Jul 12, 2012 View Comments by

Why do we get so turned on over old cars, bikes, tractors, or just about any other rusted, busted old heaps? Do we see the possibilities of what they can be, or what they once were? Are we looking at them through rose tinted glasses, which comfortably distort reality? It’s mostly us “guys” that seem […]

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When a Ride Becomes Something Less

Jul 05, 2012 View Comments by

We have all had this happen to us; we plan out a tour ride with a few friends, study the maps for the most interesting curvy roads. Check out the local sights worth seeing, even read some reviews of the best watering holes. We check over our mounts, top off the oil and gas, even […]

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One Day…

Jun 28, 2012 View Comments by

One day I’m going to do this, go there, chuck it all, make that change, just you wait and see. Yeah, about that “one day” and its close personal friend, “next year.” Promises we make to ourselves to do things differently, take that leap of faith, or, as I call them, Put-Offs. These are the […]

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Don’t Compare a Trike to a Two-wheeler

Jun 14, 2012 View Comments by

You know the saying, “You can’t compare apples to oranges.” The same is true of trikes and bikes; they may, in many cases, start life the same, but it’s where they end up that counts. I started out, like most of us here, on a two-wheeler, and still ride one today. But a few issues […]

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Finally, I Bought The Right Bike

Jun 07, 2012 View Comments by

It’s taken awhile, and a lot of test rides, but as the saying goes, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs . . . ” As you may know, I had to bail out of my previous bike, an HD 2000 Springer, because it was way too heavy for me at 800+ lbs. I […]

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I Bought the Wrong Bike

May 22, 2012 View Comments by

Yep, I screwed up, and not a cheap screw-up, this one cost me $8,000 for a bike I loved to look at but was afraid to ride and own. Me, afraid? I, who have ridden every kind and size of machine known to man, afraid? Yes. The shame of it—but yes. It all started a […]

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Machines Keep Me Alive

May 10, 2012 View Comments by

Yesterday my wife and I were meeting with our lawyer to make out our will, what people of a “certain age” do for bonding. In the midst of this catalog of paperwork is the health part, and those questions about extending your life by being put on “machines,” of which my answer was no. It […]

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