Breaking in a new motorcycle

July 20, 2014 Motorcycling

Look online for how to break in a new motorcycle, and you will find more opinion on “the correct way” than you asked for. Of course, there is always the manufacturer’s instructions, which can be found in the owner’s manual. My best guess is that the engineers who designed it know the best method for […]

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Allan Karl begins his World Rider book tour

July 19, 2014 Motorcycling

Round-the-world adventure rider Allan Karl kicked off his WorldRider book tour in Columbus, Ohio, recently. Speaking to several different groups, signing books and talking with patrons, Allan, delighted the crowds with tales of his adventures. His book, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection, is unique in that it not only tells the stories […]

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Facebook vs. Helmet Time

July 1, 2014 Motorcycling

Frankly, trying to make a decision while reading Facebook posts and comments is a terrible idea and could be a disastrous influence. For Facebook, not only wants to get in our minds, it was recently announced they were using posts and comments to influence emotions of users. Now, I’m all for social research, but that […]

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SideStand Up: the end of an era

September 18, 2013 Motorcycling

Recently, I participated in the chat room and listened to the last episode of an online radio program/podcast of “the world’s largest motorcycle podcast,” SideStand Up, hosted by Tom Lowdermilk. It was a sad moment, but also one of accolades and congratulations, for Tom and his crew were ending on a high note. Sad because […]

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Helmets, helmets and old helmets

July 29, 2013 Motorcycling

Some riders have two, three, four or more motorcycles in the garage. I have one. But, I have four helmets in the closet. Two of them get used regularly. I decided recently to take the oldest one for a spin, and it re-opened my eyes to a different view. I bought that open-face helmet in […]

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2013 International Motorcycle Show–Indianapolis

February 18, 2013 Destination

It’s a first. The International Motorcycle Show came to Indianapolis with it’s big sponsor Progressive Insurance. It used to be Cycle World, but somewhere along the way, sponsors changed. Anyway, I wanted to write a short report—perspective from an attendee. Originally, the show was to be at the Lucas Oil Stadium, but the venue was […]

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A Conversation with Liz Jansen

December 4, 2012 Conversations

Liz Jansen started riding motorcycles when she was a kid, and grew up molded into the norms of society. But, leading up to 2003, she became dissatisfied with the direction her life was taking, and decided to make some changes. In 2003, she took a two-month long odyssey to think and reflect on what her […]

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