Book Review: Adventure Motorcyclist: Frazier Shrugged

I’ve just finished Dr. Gregory W. Frazier’s latest book, Adventure Motorcyclist: Frazier Shrugged. (Order from Aerostich or 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… 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

A response to “One Bike to Rule them All”

After publishing my newsletter about on “One Bike to Rule Them All,” I got emails from fellow riders on their experiences owning multiple motorcycles. Kaz Uzunoglu, a very good friend and global motorcycle tour guide extraordinaire sent me a rationale for the six bikes in his garage. It is so… Continue reading

The One Bike to Rule Them All

My good friend, Rich Marin, in a situation where one bit of bad news was followed by another, flipped it around and came out smelling like a rose and the owner of a like-new BMW 1250GSA at a smokin’ deal.  Rich appears as enthralled with his new GS as I… Continue reading

Yeah, try that backward and one-handed

One of my “beats” when writing for Motorcycle Consumer News was training schools.  I loved going to them, ate up learning new riding techniques, and enjoyed writing about them.  Things I’d always considered impossible on a motorcycle, at least for me, turned out to be doable with expert instruction, patience,… Continue reading

Copper Canyon: There was more to the story

On March 29, you got a newsletter about my motorcycle trip to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. If you need a reminder, it is here.  While helpful to know some of the details of the trip, it’s not a requirement for appreciating the story in this newsletter, about something incredible and truly… Continue reading

Best Motorcycle Mishap Ever

One of the most humbling experiences of my motorcycle career was attempting Trials Riding. Trials bikes are purpose-built motorcycles supporting a very precise and particular sort of riding competition. The sport is generally referred to as “mototrials” or “motorcycle trials” and is big in Europe, South America and other parts… Continue reading