Friday, June 25, 2004
Surveying the scene
Dale Borgeson's Motorcycle Touring for Beginners looks excellent. Dale is a long time rider and a little set in his ways with a vaguely grouchy style. Just my kinda guy.
Bikes in the Fastlane is sort of a half blog / half news site based in Europe and provides a nice little insight on things over there. There's little doubt that while the Euro guys enjoy some fantastic roads, a great selection of bikes, and variety of cultures to explore (see, I didn't use "diversity"), they do suffer under much more onerous restrictions of riding and licensing than we Americans do.
It sort of raises the question "Is the autobahn and being able to legally ride 150mph (when traffic permits) worth the tiered licensing system, safety inspections, and all their expense? To me, the answer is "no." We can ride that fast or faster over here, especially in the Wild West with our wide open roads, we just have to try hard not to get caught. In exchange for this slight inconvenience we are can ride what we want whenever we think we're ready for it and no government clerk can tell us we're not ready to move up from a 125cc machine to a 1000cc machine. The less government is involved in motorcycling, the better.
Time Machine: 2006 Triumph Scrambler 900. (photo borrowed from www.advrider.com ) Continuing on with my current fascination for the new...
Gold Wings are known to be sensitive to wobble in the front end, depending on tires, head bearing issues, and other factors, so when my '...
The water temp gauge on a bike tells you how hot the engine coolant is but what about the rest of the bike? How hot does the gas tank get? ...
In olden times when one wanted to ride off road you didn't always have a specialized bike for it as we do now. You simply turned off the...
I decided to put out a few more photos from the vintage bike show while I slog through the bulk of them. Here's one of my favorite bik...
"When my mood gets too hot and I find myself wandering beyond control I pull out my motor-bike and hurl it top-speed through these unfit roads for hour after hour." - T.E. Lawrence
An Important reminder from the past:
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison