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ONE ON THE SIDE

After a lifelong fascination with sidecar rigs, as seen from a distance, I got into them in my late 60’s because I wanted to learn something new and experience something different in this motorcycle thing that I had done since … Continue reading

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Isle of Man, 1994

In 1994, we made our first motorcycle trip to Britain, renting a Honda ST1100 near London and setting out to see what we could see. In addition to wandering around the three countries, I had to make a pilgrimage over … Continue reading

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RIDING THE STREET : RISK MANAGEMENT

The fourth, and probably final, installment of the emails I sent to my grandsons on the occasion of their taking up street riding. Managing any risk involves an assessment of the upside and the downside, the consequence and reward. There … Continue reading

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RIDING THE STREET: Part 3

(The third installment from a compilation of emails I sent to my grandsons when they began riding motorcycles on the street) Riding a motorcycle on the street is not a “safe” thing to do. But neither is living. Both require … Continue reading

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Riding the Street: Part 2

(This is the second installment of a compilation of emails I sent to my grandsons as they, after years of dirt riding on motorcycles, began to venture onto the street) Now that we’ve talked a bit about getting stopped, lets … Continue reading

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RIDING THE STREET

This is a compilation of a series of emails I sent to my grandsons when they began transitioning from riding motorcycles off road to street riding. Dirt bike riding is fun and can be done casually for the most part, … Continue reading

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In the Beginning…

I’m 71 years old. I’ve owned more than 30 motorcycles and have ridden them, on and off road, more than a half million miles, by my own rough calculation. I have raced them on the streets, on drag strips, motocross … Continue reading

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BORDER RUN

The Berlin Wall came down in late 1989 and much of what had been closed-off Eastern Europe opened up to traffic from the west. In September of 1990, my wife Brenda, her brother Jay and I made a motorcycle trip … Continue reading

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STRICTLY DIRT

In the mid 1970’s, I learned that a motorcycle shop in Wurtland, Ky was going out of business. The shop sold a Spanish brand, Montesa, that made mostly off-road type motorcycles, including trials bikes. Motorcycle Observed Trials competition had become … Continue reading

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RAIN

I have spent much of my motorcycling life riding in the rain. If you travel a lot, it will happen (though, like many riders, I tend to think it happens more often to me.) People who learn that I ride … Continue reading

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