Blog Section: Chronicles

How I Became a Biker

Aug 09, 2021 View Comments by

I was born in 1943 and grew up in Hope, Indiana, a small town of about 1,200 a few miles northeast of Columbus. I was a surprise, as my parents never expected kids. Dad was older, a month shy of 47; mom, 14 years his junior. Mom’s parents had died by time she finished high […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Dec 11, 2020 View Comments by

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona has been on my bucket list due to its grand vistas. Still, in all honesty, I never would have come this far north if a close friend, who once lived at Grand Canyon National Park and hiked most of it, hadn’t recommended the destination.  “The South […]

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World Tour: How not to have an Adventure

Nov 06, 2020 View Comments by

It was supposed to be a special day—the first of our round-the-world adventure. But all it turned out to be was a special kind of hell. Soon, though it got even worse… And fast. Not wanting to die on day one was the only thing we could think of as we chugged along a blacked-out, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Great Basin National Park

Jun 03, 2020 No Comments

Rarely do I ride 1,800 miles just because a stranger suggests an awesome ride, but I had just met a fellow rider, Scott, in Springerville, AZ, and he was already persuading me to take a ride near his home in Utah. He called it the Nebo Loop, but it’s also known as the Mount Nebo […]

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A Mother-Daughter Two-Up Journey

May 27, 2020 No Comments

The tires were humming along to the cadence of our favorite adventure tune, and I was lost in reverie. It had been just 16 years ago that I gave birth to my favorite pillion, who was riding with me now for the first time. There was no greater gift that I could think to bestow […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: A Little Bit of Everything

May 18, 2020 No Comments

“Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”—Rumi— A couple of years ago I was touring Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with my friend Ken and his wife Cindy. I used the occasion to extend a solo trip and rode south through several state parks to meet […]

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A Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Future of Socialization

May 11, 2020 No Comments

People outside of the motorcycle community often think that our beloved hobby is mainly about the motorcycle and its mechanics. In reality, among the more important aspects of riding are keeping in touch with other riders and being part of social riding groups. Motorcycling, like other high-skill outdoor activities, such as sailing and skydiving, can […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Petrified Forest National Park

Apr 13, 2020 No Comments

I’m on historic US Route 66 heading east for a small village nestled next to the Rio Grande in New Mexico called La Joya. Each year, I make this journey across the wild west, past little communities and towns with interesting names: Newberry Springs, Oatman, Cool Springs, Valentine, Peach Springs, Twin Arrows, Two Guns. They […]

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MotoMojo: What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Apr 06, 2020 No Comments

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Soothed Through Movement

Apr 01, 2020 No Comments

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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MotoMojo: Lithium-Ion Batteries for Motorcycles

Mar 06, 2020 No Comments

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are used in all sorts of common portable devices, including cordless power tools, cell phones, laptops, and tablets. Lithium-ion cells have made nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries outmoded, and lithium-ion batteries are making inroads into the motorcycle market. The safest lithium-ion battery chemistry used for starting engines is lithium ferrous phosphate (LiFePO4), […]

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The Social Rider: Motorcycle as a Service

Feb 04, 2020 No Comments

Digital transformation and disruptive technologies are concepts that we’ve all experienced very strongly in the last 20 years. Some traditional business models have been shattered to pieces and ceased to exist. New ideas that started as tiny and harmless worms have developed into either beautiful butterflies or dangerous monsters, depending on your point of view. […]

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Social Rider: Digital Assistants

Dec 20, 2019 No Comments

Humans are not the strongest, fastest, biggest, or most agile species. However, Homo sapiens excels at one particular feature more than any other creature that has ever lived: exchange of accurate, meaningful, and rich information by way of conversation, either verbal or via gestures or other body language. Some other species have the ability to […]

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Zen Motorcyclist : In Memory of a Friend

Dec 17, 2019 No Comments

I had other ideas for this column, but today I find myself unable to write a single word about anything other than the loss of my dear friend Bob Walden, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in August in Virginia. Bob and I met through RoadRUNNER after his complimentary letter about one of my […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Abó Ruins, New Mexico

Dec 13, 2019 No Comments

In the 2009 documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Director Ken Burns spoke about the grandeur of a world known as Yellowstone National Park, as well as less familiar National Park Service areas, such as Abó Ruins, an integral part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico. Burns once said: “We are […]

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