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Entries from August 2008

The Importance of Motoczysz: Why You and I Need These People to Succeed

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Michael Czysz is following his dream.
He’s building a transcendently cool motorcycle with the intention of competing and winning at the highest levels.
He’s not solving global warming.
He’s not curing cancer.
He is not bringing peace to the mid-east.
In the big calculus of life on this planet, what he’s doing matters not one jot.
But he’s still a hero.
For [...]

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Tags: Rants and Raves

You have to watch this! Colin Edwards’ Awesome Save at Jerez

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m not big on posting random videos and bits from the internet, but this is worth a mention. Watch Colin Edwards do a truly amazing save at Jerez

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Tags: MotoGP, Colin Edwards, Great Save, Jerez, Motorcycle

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Book Review: Riding with Rilke by Ted Bishop

March 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Riding with Rilke
Ted Bishop. W. W. Norton 2007, Paperback, 272 pages, $7.99

The excitement at setting out is what I’ve come to think of as the andiamo phenomena. Andiamo is Italian for “let’s go.” D. H. Lawrence calls it the most beautiful word in the Italian language. Certainly, the English “let’s go” feels flat-footed in comparison, [...]

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Mid-Llife Rider Joins the Ranks of Motorcycle Bloggers International

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m delighted to report that this little corner of cyberspace has been accepted into the ranks of Motorcycle Bloggers International.

Motorcycle Bloggers International is an association of riders who write motorcycle blogs. Our members reside in many countries and live in different cultures but they have at least one thing in common—a passion for riding and [...]

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Tags: Rants and Raves

Open Letter to Uncle Piaggio about Aunt Aprilia

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Dear Piaggio
Gosh, it’s been so long, where do I start. We’re all well here. Kids are good. Wife is wonderful. Bikes are neat. Our little Vespa is the cutest darn thing on two wheels. My new RSV1000R Factory is a real stunner. People drool when they see it and it sure gets down the road [...]

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Tags: Rants and Raves

What’s the best helmet? Treading bravely across a minefield of personal preference

March 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“So, what’s the best helmet to buy?
It’s almost a trick question; a study in ontology, metaphysics, and physics all rolled together. Still, the question wouldn’t come up so often if it were a layup. I’m either brave enough, or something else enough to bite. So here goes.
It’s not that there isn’t an answer. It’s [...]

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Tags: Gear Reviews

Conversation with FJRobert: A boy with a cushman, combat veteran, long distance rider

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

FJRobert told me his story in one long sweeping email. I continue to be impressed, and this may come from some sort of archetypal father/son longing, with stories of boys and their dads and the first bicycle. Robert’s tale of building his first bike with his dad echoes so many others I know of. There [...]

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Tags: Interviews

Conversation with Kevin Cole; 300,000 crash-free miles and going strong

March 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

I was sitting with Dave Richardson (of Guzziology fame) today and he was ribbing me about how I was filling up midliferider with other people’s words. “What a great gig you have. You get other people to do your writing for you.” Errrr, Ummmm, okay.
Leaving aside the fact that I generate plenty of [...]

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Tags: Interviews

Conversation with Lowell Goss: Founder of Fast3R

March 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Lowell Goss is too young to be having this much fun. (I think that’s known as a “Zimmerman” opening.)
Lowell is yet another boy-genius who has figured out a way to combine a passion for riding with making a living. Actually, he’s working hard on a new internet venture called Fast3R, so the making a living [...]

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Tags: Interviews

Conversation with Dylan Weiss: Part 2

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

This is part two of an interview I did with Dylan Weiss, the genius behind Twisting Asphalt and Twist The Throttle.
How many bikes have you ridden? You must have a couple of favorites, or perhaps some that are most memorable. Give me a couple of sentences about your top five.
I honestly have no [...]

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Tags: Interviews