A lot of motorcycle riders hate talking about safety and neglect to admit that it isn’t the safest activity around. However, I am a realist and go out of my way to ride safely. In fact, I feel it necessary to set an example for other riders on how to ride safely and wisely. With
Pivotal was what I pegged 2013 when I reviewed that year rolling into 2014. 2013 was a year racked with accidents involving myself and others that I either personally knew, or simply have come to respect and follow, all of which I simply pegged as necessary lessons I needed to further learn. But I think
After reading Jessica Zimmer’s article What to do when the green light never comes, I felt compelled to follow-up with my own input and experiences. This is something that happens to every rider and can continue infinitely unless something new triggers the light. As it turns out, Jessica is much more cautious than I am.
Whenever a guy invites me on a run, I beg off, telling him that a motorcycle is a piece of transportation, not a sigil, not an icon: it’s a way to get to the store, get to school, to slip through traffic and find a parking place easily. My grandmother used to tell me that
When I ride up to Palomar Mountain or out to the desert, I see a lot of young Marines riding solo on their fast bikes. While they are having a good time, I prefer to ride with another person. That is to say, I don’t like a passenger, but I love having another person riding
Statistics show that the likelihood of an accident occurring declines the farther away you are from home. About a quarter of accidents happen within a mile of home. This is due in part with being in your comfort zone in a familiar area where you know all the roads. People drift around on autopilot close
At my prep school in the east, most of the kids were the sons of the gentry or lawyers, doctors, bankers…exactly who you’d think. But my second year, a character showed up whose family had moved from California, named for the great Kaweah river that flows through Humboldt County. His mom dropped him off until
Every other year we fly over to the East Coast to spend the holidays with my in-laws, and this holiday season was one of those other years. With the birth of our second child in October, I had split my paternity leave in segments so I can take three weeks of it for our holiday