I recently became a recycled biker after a 40 year hiatus. On this second pass,  I was coming from a minimalist point of view looking for transportation, low cost, something I could maintain myself. I found it immensely enjoyable to contemplate the character of different bikes and imagine owning one and what that would be like. But it sounds a bit lame during the review of a typical day.

“What have you been doing?”

“Looking at motorcycles.”

“You’ve been doing a lot of that.”


I guess it’s not easy to explain, and that’s part of what the blog is about.

On the one hand, a motorcycle exists in the world of intangibles like expression of personality, the lure of the open road, independence, and art. On the other hand, there are the visceral experiences of buying a bike, learning to ride it, getting a license, riding in traffic, maintenance and repair, weather, and implementing safety measures. There’s nothing between me and the pavement except skill and the reliability of the machine.

There’s a substantial difference between the imagined motorcycle experience and the real one, but for me they both yield a lot of enjoyment.

In the end, though, I don’t think you need reasons to think about motorcycles. I don’t remember deciding to get into it again. At some point, I just found myself doing it.

Also, I apparently can’t resist tuning on motorcycle photos and the blog is a nifty place to store them, not to mention all the other info that would tend to slip away.














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  1. Hello!
    I just came across ‘getting on’ yesterday. My name is Damon and I just bought a 1997 BMW F650 Funduro about a month ago. I started reading, thinking this was one article, page after page and didn’t realize until maybe page five or six these were all separate postings…Haaa. I was just looking for info on my new bike. I’ve now spent last night and this morning reading them all. I love it. I, much like you, had my last bike 20 years ago when I lived in NYC. (Yamaha seca 750). I now live in Los Angeles, near Pasadena. The only work I’ve done on the F650 thus far is change out a broken front left turn signal that I broke on my first off road ride through Rowher Canyon. I am no Machanic, but with youtube, clymer, and posts like yours, I’m going to try and perform simple maintenance task’s myself as they come up. It’s very cool to discover someone across the country with the same bike and thirst for adventure. My in laws live somewhat near you on the Cape, and I have friends in Craftsbury and Lake Memphremagog VT. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for sharing your work. I look forward to reading more!

    -All the best – Damon


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