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

Newsletter #6: Marin’s book is out

Late last year I was talking with my friend, Rich Marin.  Rich is recently “sort-of” retired.  Although moving from New York City where he’s spent most of his career, to his new permanent residence near San Diego a few months back, he’s not yet grasped some of the key aspects… Continue reading

The original “Subscribe here” request

Several significant and momentous events in the past couple of years have me wishing I stayed in better touch with my family and friends. I should have maintained my old email newsletter. That newsletter, graciously described as “a horrid, holiday-family summary run amok,” or by others less gracious as “Larsen’s… Continue reading

The Exquisite Copper Canyon and Some Amazing Paintings

I’ve gotten a few questions about my motorcycle ride in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and its timing, right before my second OH surgery.  Here is some background on that trip and most importantly, some of the photographs that led to paintings by my wife, Maggie, who is an artist with a… Continue reading

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