~Since 2004~
A site about memories, thoughts, photos, and unrepentant opinions about motorcycles and motorcycling after four decades of twisting the throttle.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Happy Anniversary To Me

Somewhere in Arizona

So it's been a whole year now since I began "Forty Years on Two Wheels." I'm no one special, never famous, just a guy who rides and was looking for an outlet for the words rattling around inside my head. There is a common thread of experience that runs through all of motorcycling regardless of the brand of bike, type of riding, or years of experience and somehow it seemed worthwhile to share my strands of that thread with those who might be interested.

I wasn't sure when I started this blog if I'd make it past an entry or two before I lost interest but I've racked up fifty plus of entries now and I'm pretty pleased about that. It's surely a testament to my perseverance, ego, and the quantity of fragmented motorcycle stories (aka BS) rattling around inside my head. Combining bikes with my love for photography is a big plus in that regard. It's easier to write about things when there's a quantity of pictures to keep the memories fresh. If you don't take pictures when you ride, start doing it. Someday you'll be an old fahrt and those pictures when you were young and studly on a bike will mean a lot to you and let the grandkids know that the old fool in the rocking chair actually was a real person once with and exciting life. With luck they will want to hear some of the stories that go with the pictures.

Like most people that start a blog I'm mildly amazed that anyone reads what I write or ever comes back for a second look. Perhaps you are too. The blog is getting 400 to 800 hits a week now and my mom doesn't have a computer so I know it's not her. Yeah, 400 to 800 a week -- "big deal" -- but heck I never expected to get more than 100 hits in a year and half those would be me looking for more typos I missed. However minor my success is here, it's still pretty amazing to me. One of the joys of getting older is that you learn to appreciate small victories.

In the last twelve months, besides writing the blog I've owned three different bikes, ridden about 10,000 miles, ridden over 100 mph regularly, over 150 mph once, not gotten any speeding tickets (knock on wood), taken a few thousand pictures (some of which came out like I expected), and made a number of new motorcycle friends. That's all a big plus in my world.

Anyway, for those of you who read here regularly, thank you kindly for your time and attention. Knowing there is at least a handful of folks watching makes me try a little harder than I might otherwise. For you bloggers I've gotten to know in person or via e-mail over the last 12 months, thank you for your encouragement and your feedback; I've tried a little harder because you guys are all out there doing a great job with your own blogs.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I've Got Your A.T.G.A.T.T. Right HERE.

Over at Gymi's Place ("A Place For Custom Painting, Bikes, and Riding") he's posted a picture that's probably been around but it's the first time I've seen it. It just begs for all kinds of captions. May or may not be work safe depending on your boss's sense of humor.

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