Mid-Life Rider

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Sometimes a Saddle is More Than Just A Seat

April 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is a story about building a custom saddle for a motorcycle. And more.
I’ve had the opportunity to talk with and interview a fair number of people about why they ride motorcycles. Many of these stories inevitably wander back to the story of a first bike.
For me, that first bike came when I left Rochester, […]

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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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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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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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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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Check out Ride the Torque Curve

March 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Add Ride the Torque Curve to your list of blogs and sites to check out on a regular basis. Doug’s particular interest is in Big Twin sport bikes, an affliction I share. My guess is that he’s like me and spends way too much time every day scouring the web to feed his inner beast. […]

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Check out Fast3R

March 14th, 2008 · No Comments

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this. Actually, I can, but Fast3r such an elegant idea. Not everything lends itself to the glories and wonders of web 2.0. I hate it when people say, “And I know from experience.” But I do having spent the better part of 18 months and $1.5mm dollars (that’s […]

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Check out Twisting Asphalt

March 14th, 2008 · No Comments

I found this wonderful site while tracking down some information on Ted Bishop, author of the wonderful book “Riding with Rilke.”

Riding with Rilke
Ted Bishop. W. W. Norton 2007, Paperback, 272 pages, $14.95

The man behind the madness at Twisting Asphalt is Dylan Weiss. He has copious motorcycle credentials which you can read about on the site. He has this […]

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Brilliant British TV Ad Warning People to Watch for Motorcycle Riders

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

The folks in the UK takes motorcycle safety much more seriously than do their counterparts here. The testing is more rigorous. So are the restrictions on young riders (something you hate the idea of when you’re a young rider). Their helmet standards are better than the current SNELL and/or DOT requirements. And they run adverts […]

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Why do we ride: Operating under the "added burden”

March 4th, 2008 · No Comments

I keep asking the question, and I keep getting the most interesting answers. A buddy of mine, let’s call him Ric because he does, had this to say.
I don’t really know why I ride. I’ve thought long and hard about that question after hearing too many people utter, “Freedom”.  For me that doesn’t ring true […]

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