Dakar 2011 begins

I arrived in Argentina yesterday for the start of what most off-road riders consider the ultimate test – the Dakar race. Have no illusions – I will be trailing and observing the race on a BMW 1200GS – not competing personally, although we will average over 300 miles per day… Continue reading

Phoenix Police pick a new police motorcycle

For this story which ran in the December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News, I spend more time researching than any other story I’ve ever written. I reviewed three years of repair records (nearly 10,000 total), on over 240 police motorcycles. I talked with officers, instructors and mechanics. In the… Continue reading

Death Valley article finished

Finishing an article on a Death Valley ride I contacted the woman I wrote about. Our group had met her briefly in Shoshone, CA. I called her to confirm what I’d remembered about our conversation. She sent me this photo of her riding the purple VFR which will figure in… Continue reading