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The Road Often Traveled: Rage Against The Machines

Apr 08, 2012 View Comments by

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Siddharta The quote applies directly to motorcycle riding. Last Thursday was a beautiful day for late March here in southeastern Pennsylvania. I had an appointment with my optometrist […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Staying Alert on Familiar Ground

Apr 01, 2012 View Comments by

My commute is 40-45 miles one way, which is about an hour on a good day. I’m fortunate in that the ride is varied in terms of terrain and traffic, with a mix of country roads, highways, and some city riding. I’ve ridden it so many times that I’ve taken to naming different parts of […]

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To Feel Strong

Mar 28, 2012 View Comments by

I am a huge fan of mountain climber and author Jon Krakauer. He is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (the thrilling first hand account of the Everest tragedy of 1996). Into the Wild, which he wrote in 1996, was made into a film in 2007, and has one […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 1

Mar 20, 2012 View Comments by

The repetition of riding the same roads in varying traffic over 12 years has taught me a few things. Obviously proper gear and training are the main factors that contribute to your safety while on the road, but there are other techniques that I’ve found work well to help make my commute a safe one. […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Forever Young

Mar 18, 2012 View Comments by

To paraphrase the magnificent Bob Dylan song Forever Young: “May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every one. May you stay forever young.” Motorcycles do that for me and I’m sure they do for you too. They are the toys we […]

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The Road Often Traveled: ATGATT

Mar 11, 2012 View Comments by

My bike disappearing from beneath me remains the strangest sensation I’ve ever experienced. You get used to the sound and vibration of the engine and wind noise, which ordinarily only ends when the ride does, and you shut the bike down. This time, in an instant, there was complete silence as I flew through the […]

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February Madness

Mar 06, 2012 View Comments by

Last Saturday I was scheduled to attend an information and interview session with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation here in Pennsylvania. I had applied to be a rider coach last spring and of the three sessions scheduled this was the only one I was available to make. The weather forecast was calling for high winds and […]

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Bikes and Brothers

Mar 04, 2012 View Comments by

My brother taught me to ride my first motorcycle. Dave had ridden for many years and we had a fairly typical brother relationship; but had decidedly different interests. He’s a hard worker my brother – honest, trustworthy, loyal to the core. When our father died suddenly at just 57 years old the desire to ride […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Choosing a Mount

Feb 28, 2012 View Comments by

My first bike was an all black, 1981 Yamaha Maxim that my brother Dave found for me. Having never ridden a motorcycle before, I had no idea what I wanted, what size I needed, how it would handle, what the range was like, or anything else for that matter. All I knew was I wanted […]

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Teach Your Children Well

Feb 26, 2012 View Comments by

I make lists of post ideas while I’m riding, but I have a terrible memory so I keep a tablet and pen in my tankbag. I can often be seen at gas stations sipping coffee and scribbling furiously before the ideas get away from me. Recently my daughter came home from college for a long […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Deciding to Commute

Feb 21, 2012 View Comments by

The title of this series of blog posts is in homage to “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck, a guide to spiritual growth published in 1978. I chose this title because for me, motorcycling is a means toward spiritual growth, or at least a daily meditation of sorts that nurtures development if one […]

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