Were they that high?

When visiting John Binder, one of the “old pharts” in Frank Del Monte’s orbit of British bike aficionados, I discovered a distinguished set of classic motorcycles and a spotless garage/workshop.  Holding 45 motorcycles at one point, John’s recently cut his collection to just over a half dozen exceptionally special and… Continue reading

Know Thyself: A Riding Skills Story

After reading of a harrowing motorcycle adventure tour outside of the US in which several bikes crashed and riders were hurt, I circulated the article to several friends who lead motorcycle tours for a living. The task of assessing someone’s self-reported riding skills before signing them up for a tour… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value #4: Polaris Slingshot

Not everyone knows I own a Polaris Slingshot.  Fewer still have any idea how or why, but I’m about to tell you.  But before I start, I need to make a point.  No, it is not a motorcycle.  While it may be called a motorcycle from a legal standpoint, it… Continue reading

TV Top Pick # 9: Motorcycle Touring Movies

There are motorcycling adventure movies floating around that deserve attention from my riding readers. “Long Way Up” recounts the latest adventures of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on AppleTV. Then there’s Ride Report: 10,000 Miles to Rio, an independently produced and directed film by two Las Vegas guys with… Continue reading

What You Said about What I said

Occasionally feedback on my newsletters and resulting conversations are more informative and meaningful than the original piece.  The “In Praise of Talent” newsletter seems to be one of those. Here is some of the feedback, a day or so after publication of the newsletter with its special nod to photographers.… Continue reading

Have You Ever Met a Lazy Genius?

Odd, but I’m becoming increasingly sensitive to remarks praising equipment or someone’s “God-given talent,” particularly in areas where I have experience.  Whether watching a consistent top finisher at a track day and hearing other riders speculate about engine horsepower, advanced suspension set up and tire choices or seeing a circulating… Continue reading

Larsen’s Ultimate 100 Song Motorcycle Riding Playlist

A bit over ten years ago I began adding music to my motorcycle helmet for longer rides. While testing and reviewing various helmet music/intercom systems I found some did okay playing music, but listening to music while riding didn’t appeal to me. And then, all of a sudden it did,… Continue reading

Riders! You really should read Frazier’s Book

I’ve just finished Dr. Gregory W. Frazier’s latest book, Adventure Motorcyclist: Frazier Shrugged. (Order from Sound Rider.) The book is a collection of Frazier’s columns, many from the pages of CityBike Magazine, where Frazier was a long-term contributor, before the publication folded its tent in 2019. Although it’s likely they… Continue reading

A couple of good motorcycle movies while the Coronavirus Quarantine goes on

On a Zoom call with my motorcycle riding buddies earlier this week, my friend Ed Deutsch recommended the documentary, “Ten Thousand Miles to Rio” on Amazon Prime.  It was a lot of fun and reminded me of how many times I’d headed out unprepared on a motorcycle adventure.  Granted, I… Continue reading

Death Valley Days: I fought the law and we both won

I could fill a book with stories of my interactions with cops – nearly always on my motorcycle and typically with city traffic police or highway patrol officers. In retrospect, my view of our relationship was somewhat warped. Me: A strong desire to ride at far higher speeds than the… Continue reading