logowill england :: outdoors : motorcycle



Getting the hell out of the city, away from the noise and people and cars and smog and stress is often conducive to recovery. Being that we're in the Midwest, there are *miles* of clear, open road just beggin for a two wheeler to cut thru.

Tech Notes

More tips, notes and info than you can shake a stick at. I've been archiving data from mailing lists, Usenet and more for years. I've finally put a quick and dirty document system in place and started archiving it.

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Making a Safe Ride

First things first: When you're riding with a group, you need some basic rules to work with. Barry Bernard from the VFR list put this excellent set of guidelines together.

Riding Plans: Grand Tours

2014: Grand Tour of Grand Tours

Team Strange has not 1, not 2 but 4 grand tours booked this year! GLMC should have theirs, and we'll be riding the Tour of Honor again this year, aiming for a trophy finish for at least one state. More to come as we get tie, links &c.

2013: Doin it Backwards, riding from Z to A

Ride Reports

Ongoing: Ride Reports and Photos. As I ride, I (at the least) take a few pictures and note the milage and so on. I've got a ton more to do one of these days; just lazy - spending my time riding the motorcycle instead of riding the keyboard.

Bikes :: The machines

Started my riding on a 1982 Yamaha XJ 650 Maxim. Nice bike. Super smooth. Sold it for more than I paid for it.

Then, I bought a 1986 Kawasaki Concours and joined the Concours Owners Group (COG). Rode it for about 10,000 miles over the year and in February, 2002, I tried a top speed run with mis-adjusted valves, and, well, munched the motor. Sigh.

April 2002: Well, I tore my Concours up - wore the cams and rockers out. SO, I bought a 1997 Honda VFR. Sweet ride. Too bad I may have to sell her to pay for the house I just bought.

Liked the VFR, but not so much for long rides (multi-thousand miles, sub-100 hours). Also, the wife wanted to start riding with me, so I needed something bigger. Found an ST1100

Wadded the ST1100; bought a Ducati. Nice bike but not for kilomile days. Bought a 1994 BMW K1100LT. More to come one of these years.

Rode the Ducati, never did much to it beyond taking it in for tires. Dead solid and reliable. So I sold it. And the BMW. Cause the BMW never did run right. Something always broke. And bought . . .

Tech Tips :: howtos

A few tech articles I've written

Products :: reviews

In the past 3 years, I've bought a lot of gear and stuff for the motorcycles and the rides. As I get around to it, I'll post some of the outstanding products here. Currently, the only outstanding product I've ran across is the 'Bun Saver' seat cushion.

Other Motorcycle Links

Other Quick Links

MuZ Bikes are quite interesting -- made in (former) East Germany, Uses a Yamaha 5-valve single cylinder 660cc engine. Odd design, waycool looks.


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