Tag Archive for motorcycles

I’m Tired of Wearing a Helmet

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The tyranny that rules over us could at least be consistent. I’d object less to being told I must wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle because it’s “risky” if it weren’t done by a cop who is 30 pounds heavy, hypertensive at 40 and a regular consumer of fried pastries (i.e., donuts). Shouldn’t he…

Your Carb on Ethanol

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It isn’t pretty. I hadn’t done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my ’76 Kz900’s carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year – and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. This gave the ethanol-laden “gas” we’re being force-fed time to do…

Saw The Weirdest Thing …

handicapped rider pic

Sunday evening, the wife and I went for a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we were leaving, a guy on a newish Harley rolled into the overlook parking lot. And dropped his bike. I got out to help him get it back up. That done, I got back in the car and we began…

Motorcycles Afflicted by The Car Sickness

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Have you gone shopping for a new sport bike lately? Try and find one that’s not encrusted with layers of electronics . . . just like any new car. ABS and linked brakes; traction (and launch/wheelie) control. Adjustable power delivery curves via “maps.” Naturlich, electronic fuel injection. Some of them even have air bags. Throw it in the…

A Moment’s Feel of Freedom

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I rode my bike without wearing a helmet the other day – just to remind myself of what it felt like to live in a semi-free country. It felt damned good. Helmets are to motorcycling what clumsy prophylactics are to sex. They interfere with the experience. Limit the experience. Don’t tell me about “safety.” In the…

Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em . . . Again!

2015-Yamaha-SR400b

People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun – and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. Big payments for the next several years adds stress. And stress is the mortal enemy of fun. As motorcycles…

Under The Wire

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Do you – does anyone – doubt for a moment that if motorcycles were a new invention, they’d never be allowed? Try to imagine the presentation to the Department of Transportation. Inventor: I have designed a new type of vehicle that is light, agile and extremely fuel efficient. It is relatively inexpensive to manufacture as…

Bad Times . . . Basic Bikes

super sherpa

If times get tough, getting around will likely become a major challenge. Gas may only be sporadically available – in addition to being unaffordable. Imagine, for instance, what might have happened had Dear Leader gone through with his 1939 Poland-style attack on Syria – and the cost of a gallon of gas tripled a few…

I’ve Got a Golden Ticket

I use the bike as my Willie Wonka golden ticket to get me away from/around anything annoying – and to a better place. Nothing – nothing – beats a speedy bike for this. You’ve got the acceleration capability of a Bugatti Veyron in a package that’s no wider (or hardly wider) than you are. This…

The One Year Wonder (And Why)

'83 Wing lead

When it was new, the ’83 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate seemed like a sure-bet winner. The basically identical GL500 had been successful for several years prior and before the GL, there had been the CX – the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was (being a Honda)…