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Fast & Furious - My Favorite Demo Rides

I am a senior rider of average ability, but I love riding motorcycles of all makes and styles. I learn a little something from each bike I ride. The chance to demo a variety of bikes is what draws me to Americade in Lake George NY each June. I’ve taken some pretty wild rides at Americade over the years. These are some of my favorite demo memories.  Suzuki GSX-R 750 — Redline or Bust I was used to the relatively low revving V4 engine on my ST-1300. At around 8 grand call it a day and sh

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More HP - Buy it or Lose It?

What would you pay for additional horse power and performance for your FJ or Tracer? I got to thinking about that reading accounts of riders on this forum who just gotta have more. Is it a rational purchase or not? I crunched some numbers to try and figure it out. Let’s start by saying the 465 pound (wet) FJ in stock kit produces about 105 HP at the rear wheel. That gives the bike a 4.43 weight to power ratio or 4.3 Pounds per horse. In this state the bike will run a quarter mile in the low

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Riding in the (Wrong) Zone

I’ve been thinking about the role fatigue plays in our riding experience. And more often than not it’s the role of a villain. A villain who sneaks up on you from behind and clobbers you with a sucker punch. You never knew what hit you. I’ve had three close calls recently due to fatigue and none were the result of high-mileage Iron-Butt days. Each occurred on shorter rides where I was tired and not smart enough to take care of myself. Worse still, I had a passenger on two of these misadventu

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Going Green in 2018

I had been thinking about it for some time. I had friends that did it, and for a while I thought they were a bit foolish. But then, with the way the world is these days, I finally came around to seeing their point. Their arguments made good sense and they claimed they felt much better about their potential for survival. So I said what the hell. Why not? No, I did not buy an electric bike like a Zero SR. I didn't start saving garbage and join a composting club either, or replace all my under

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Coping with Winter

Winter is definitely upon those of us in Northern climes. On a good day bulky jackets, heated clothes and toasty grips get us through a quick 100-mile ride. But sooner or later our seat time is severely curtailed. Once the snow, ice, salt, corrosive brine and other cold weather indignities take over the road, even an unseasonably mild day can be un-ridable. And while most of us don’t actually hibernate, we do tend to go a bit flat-line during the dark months. In addition to being less physi

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Working the Isle of Man

I am standing on a traffic island in the middle of a busy intersection called St. Ninian’s Crossroads in Douglas, the biggest city on the Isle of Man. I am a volunteer course marshal and my sector location is close to the start, at the end of the Grandstand Straight atop the steep drop known as Bray Hill. TT legend John McGuinness snaps his Honda CBR1000RR into fifth gear as he comes into view for the first time. Running 160 mph, he draws a bead on my traffic island and heads straight at me

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The beginning, V1-I1

What's a blog I'm not socially connected, so this is it for my purposeful online presence...   In the beginning there was a blurring of what it meant to be a motorcyclist, versus a "biker", forget about the nicest people who were not cognoscente of what they were or didn't know enough to care as long as they got there in one piece. I early was "experienced" by lack of upbringing.  Life and death, good and bad, happy and sad, those things then were simple.  At least to me.

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