• So it’s been 1 year and 2 months since I bought my 2011 Triumph Bonneville. I ride it weekdays back and forth to work – a 90-mile round trip. I have clocked over 21,000 miles since then. That round trip, thanks to the Bonnie, quickly became something I looked forward to rather than dreaded. Two [...]

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  • Gnats, flies, mosquitos! Riding on the highway every morning around 4:30, I have the pleasure of collecting my fair share of these little buggers (pun intended) on my helmet visor. It’s amazing that by the time I get to work – 45 miles (75% at highway speeds) – those once soft, squishy bugs are now crystallized - [...]

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  • While the rest of America celebrates May as national motorcycle awareness month I think I’ll stick with my celebration of “who’s out to kill Rick today?” day. You see I celebrate this every day and so far it’s been an effective method for arriving alive! Here’s how it works. Every day, twice per day, during [...]

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  • What do these terms have in common? (image credit) Before we get into that, let’s talk about perspective — my perspective as a motorcycle rider to be specific. Just when I think my riding skills are good, I learned there’s always much more to learn. And just how did I learn this? Today I spent [...]

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  • As with most things in life, as we grow older, we expect to stop doing some things or at least slow down and take it a bit easier. Our backs get sore fast, our knees groan at us as we ascend and descend even the smallest number of

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  • 4 February 2012 - rick

    Double Take or Are We Twins?

    Checking out other people’s bikes seems to be a habit most bike riders and many non-bike riders partake in. I’m no different. I enjoy checking out other bikes – especially those that have undergone a transformation to a new life. I really have grown fond of the cafe racer style and enjoy reading Cafe Racer [...]

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  • 3 February 2012 - rick

    “Wind Therapy” — Thanks Mike!

    Mike Sheehan is a friend from a long time ago. We met sometime in 1973 after we Forristalls  (then Mom, Dad and 9 of us kids) were evicted from 17 Harvard Street in Somerville, MA. That’s when we invaded

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  • Every morning at 4:30 while I’m doing my pre-ride safety check, I try to think of the ways other drivers may try to end my riding days. I do this to help me focus on what I’ll need to consider to ensure collision avoidance. I also try to think about some of the mistakes I’ve [...]

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  • 1 February 2012 - rick

    The Cafe Racer Transformation Saga

    After having the new Bonneville for several months, I realized I didn’t really like the factory seating and handlebar position. And, when I bought the Bonnie, I had a long-haul windscreen installed. The windscreen was nice for getting my highway riding confidence back after not riding for 30 years, but after a while I noticed

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  • Awesome weather in Arizona for a motorcycle commute. Left work at 3PM today and onto AZ highways for my 45-mile ride. 70+ degrees and full of sunshine. The only challenge is

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