Riding on my birthday in the middle of winter

Though not on the Ural Patrol that’s set as the featured image on this post. More on that later. The important thing is that once again this year I was able to ride a motorcycle on my birthday weekend–in the middle of winter. This used to be completely unheard of …

First ride of 2014

Had my first two rides on the WR last weekend. Both were short–think I went a grand total of 32 miles over Saturday and Sunday. Still, this was the first ride for me in three months. It really felt great to be on a bike again and the WR made …

Moto Guzzi California

Last year Moto Guzzi finally got serious about updating its motorcycle lineup. The first bike to benefit was one that was long overdue for a refresh…the California. I’m not a cruiser guy at all, but the Guzzi cruisers have always been…different.

DRZ and the Monster both gone

The darn concussion. I kept pushing and pushing until finally on that last ride on the Monster, I managed to totally set myself back again symptom-wise. That over the river and through the woods ride turned out to be the last of 2013. I parked the bikes–both of them–and didn’t …

Over the river and through the woods

Back to McKenzie Pass over the weekend. This time I rode the entire thing from west to east (uphill on the tough side–the best way to do it). I think I spent about five hours on the trip total including stops for gas and photos and that was pushing it …

The ride of 2013 (so far at least)

Today I went out to the shop for a few minutes. On the way out, I glanced over at the Monster and something funny happened…it called to me. The Monster called my name in a way no bike has called my name yet this summer…this year for that matter. It …

Making the Monster a little less of a beast

My quest to cure some of the Monster’s ills took a turn for the better a couple of months ago (yes, it’s been that long since the last entry–I’ll get to why later on). The turn for the better happened on a ride with a buddy. Right before I turned …

Monster is home

Got the Monster home a couple of Fridays ago. I met the former owner at Edgefield on a Friday morning, loaded the bike in the truck and drove home…made it back before I’d normally get off work. Took all weekend for me to get it down out of the back …

Found the next moto!

And the winner is: a 1995 Ducati M900 Monster! Not a lot different from my first cool bike–a 1997 M900 that I owned while stationed in Italy. It’ll be nice to cross off the bucket list…and to see whether I need this bike as badly as I think I do. …

Pulling the trigger on tires for the ZRX1200R

So I finally scheduled a day to get the tires put on the big Zed. I’m looking forward to riding it after the new buns are on and scrubbed in good. Never mind the fact I currently have the bike posted on CraigsList, PNWRider.com and ADVRider.com for sale. So what’s …