San Jose, CA Motorcycle Show

This morning I met a group of bay area bikers at Buck’s restaurant in Woodside, CA and after breakfast, headed down to San Jose for the International Motorcycle Show. I still don’t have a regular ride here in the bay area so I drove down. It was raining, lightly (on and off) so I almost didn’t mind that I was driving.

I’ve attended these shows over the years, but never before in California. I’ve always attended the show at the Javits Center in NY or the convention center in Minneapolis. This was a very different crowd. People seemed more knowledgeable about the bikes, but they also lacked some of the excitement of the Mpls and NY crowds. My theory is that the folks here can ride all year round. This show comes to NY and MN in January and February when bikers are just craving the chance to ride — and the motorcycle show is sort of a substitute. No?

The highlight of the show for me was running into Clement Salvadori. He is one of the best loved and most read motorcycle writers in the world. He writes a regular column in RIDER magazine that I read religiously. I’ve been a fan of his writing for years and I had to work not to gush. Anyway, he flattered me by commenting on one of my RIDER articles, as he’d just traversed the same road, and remembered my story. My second scrape with fame at the show was meeting Tim from, the definitive site for California motorcycle riding. Tim’s been working on the site for six years and it is a true jewel.

Perhaps the most fun was hanging around the Motorcycle Consumer News booth. More than half the people that come up to the booth are current readers/subscribers. They are so passionate about the magazine and as subscribers, feel like they’re in some sort of secret club. They’re also very smart. Anne ran out of the October issue. I told her it was because that was the issue with my picture on the cover. She told me no, it was because she only had a few of that issue left from the last show.

Blogs versus Magazine Articles

Category: Motorcycle Blog
Decmber 16, 2005

rider magazine coverWhat’s got me thinking today is the amount of time between some of my motorcycle experiences and when they’re seen in print. Versus what happens in the blogging world. For instance, a couple of weeks ago the Jaunary 2006 issue of Rider Magazine arrived on newstands with my article “Northern California Fantasy: Sharing the best in the Golden State.” You can find a PDF of the article at the American Flyers Web Site . This is the group with which I made this particular trip. Anyway, we took that trip in October. Of 2004. Fiftteen months ago. Now, I’ll admit, this wasn’t typical in that the first target for my piece decided to pass, but that delay only accounts for a few weeks. Fifteen months! But the blogosphere is so fast it amazes me. Sheesh. And since you’ll need to wait many months to finally see my Turkey article in print, here’s a pointer to Philip Richter ( very fine journal of the trip and please don’t read anything into the “buttercup,” bit.