Rupes Bigfoot Ibrid Nano Polisher

Detailing a motorcycle is not considered a sane activity. Rather, rarely paying attention to the cosmetic condition of one’s muddy mount can be a badge of honor. Alternatively, a slow, methodical bike cleaning method allows examining the bike, checking for loose fasteners. It’s common to find something needing attention. I’ve never felt the need for anything beyond normal motorcycle cleaners, a few good rags and some wax, until now. Continue reading

ClampTite Tool

The annual SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) industry trade show draws hundreds of thousands of auto dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration shops to Las Vegas every November. Most appealing to me are smaller vendors who solve specific problems in new and creative ways—especially when it involves motorcycles. A prime example at this year’s SEMA show was ClampTite. Continue reading

Performance Sunglasses Comparison

Sunglasses are very important to motorcyclists; they protect our eyes and enhance our riding experience by giving us the best possible view of the road and scenery. It’s not easy to find a good pair. Objective evaluations going beyond vague assertions of “fabulousness” are nearly nonexistent. Most of us likely fall into one of two camps: either we have several sets of cheap sunglasses and assume they’re good enough or, at some point, we invested in a more expensive pair that we believe are pretty good, but have no real data to back it up. This is MCN’s sweet spot—a thorough analysis of issues important to motorcyclists. Continue reading

Design of the 2015 Indian Scout article published.

Soul of a Legend – MCN-March2015 The March 2015 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News has my story about the design of the new Indian Scout. The original Scout from the 1920’s was such a classic and iconic machine that it seemed to me an almost superhuman task to get the… Continue reading

Responses to JIS Innovation of the Month

I wasn’t surprised to see Dave at MCN publish several Letters to the Editor about JIS screwdrivers, as I’d gotten half a dozen emails from people about the article as well.  Here are the two that were published.  Letters to Editor about JIS Screwdrivers. I WAS surprised to see that… Continue reading

You Gotta Get These: JIS Screwdrivers

Rather than taking my bike to a dealer for repairs I can’t handle myself, I prefer Oltman—he lets me help—stifling his snickers at my ignorance and ineptitude. This typically doubles or triples the time a repair would take at a real motorcycle repair shop. My last visit required some extensive disassembly. Unable to dislodge one rusted and corroded screw, I’d managed to strip a good part of its Phillips head. Oltman went to his tool box and came back with a different screwdriver saying, “try this.” This screwdriver fit snugly and the screw came right out. “That’s a JIS screwdriver,” Oltman told me… Continue reading