On Balance

The time comes for older motorcycle riders to gear down

Nov 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

I’m so tired I can hardly stand, and coffee isn’t helping. As the saying goes: Roses are red, Violets are blue, Getting old is pigeon poo....

Get ready for cold-weather motorcycle riding

Oct 7, 2021 / 6:00 am

Burr! The old mercury dropped off the scale of happiness and rider joy suddenly, wouldn’t you say? Now what? From the relative quiet, and the sudden...

The safest and best way to stop a motorcycle

Sep 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Ready for ski season? I’m betting there’s a fair few out there who are completely done with anything that looks even remotely like those hazy, crazy...

Insane attempts at passing

Jul 22, 2021 / 6:00 am

It’s blazing hot still, and it seems like pretty much everything’s on fire, so writing about traffic safety for riders is a bit of a diversion from...

Can't stop on a dime

Jul 8, 2021 / 6:00 am

Part 2. In the previous column to this, I emphasized that stopping isn’t just braking, it’s a process that starts long before the pads hit the brake...

Stop! Right! Now!

Jun 24, 2021 / 6:00 am

Part 1. Today’s the day for outdoor fun, it being about 900 degrees on the pavement. I have an aerobic exercise for you, something I like to use to help...

Our duty to accommodate

Jun 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

I’m a bit grumpy. It’s raining again. Even though I’m one of the fortunate minority who has a lawn and a lawn tractor, on days like this, the...

Ride. Make a difference

May 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

It seems that more than just my wife and I have been reading these columns. Amazing. For those of you who have joined us for one or another of the rides, I want...

Together now – but apart

May 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

So that was Mothers’ Day. We went with buying hanging flower baskets from the local nursery, instead of the more artistic option of planting our own in...

Left at the crossroads

Apr 29, 2021 / 6:00 am

Music for today: obviously, the old classic, Crossroads Blues, with Mr. Clapton on the frets. And slightly less obvious, a bit on the creepy side, but oddly...

Riding and the White Bear

Apr 15, 2021 / 6:00 am

I’ve been obsessing, sifting through media reports to get last year’s count of tragic results from our mutual passion. I do this because data...

Ready, set, check your head

Apr 1, 2021 / 6:00 am

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. A day late and a dollar short, as they say. Around here, that should be March, because our two-wheeling community is...

Back in the Ride Life Again

Mar 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

Hey, how ya doin? It’s been awhile, you still up for it? And did you notice I ripped off the title? Right! The theme song for this column is Steve...

Not designed for women

Jun 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

A question that often comes up, and probably should come up a lot more often, is whether there are bikes that are designed, or better suited, for female riders....

PPE: A faint hope clause

Jun 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

Everywhere we look these days, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a predominant preoccupation equation. It’s quite the turn-around for everyone...

Gap in motorcycle safety

May 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Not exactly “breaking news,” sorry. But it strikes me that Safety May could do with a little more emphasis than it’s had from, say, the...

Pandemic and motorcyclists

May 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

A line from the movie “Moonstruck” comes to mind at times like these. It comes up when there’s a big (Italian) family brouhaha about...

Wrong side of the road

Apr 23, 2020 / 6:00 am

I spoke too soon. There are, indeed, a bazillion riders on the road, COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines notwithstanding, so previous columns to the effect of...

Feeling the ride

Apr 9, 2020 / 6:00 am

Most of us are in a strange sort of limbo right now, experiencing a “separate reality” of a whole other sort. Normally, at this time of year,...

Social-biker distancing

Mar 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

I struggled a bit with the idea of writing about motorcycling, concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic having trumped most of our day-to-day preoccupations. For...