Motorcycle Battery Sizes

While unemployed, I’ve been trying to make the most of my time. I’ve had a motorcycle sitting in storage for the last six months, no thanks to my job leaving me uninspired to work on it. But now that I’ve got a brighter fire with my nonprofit Care For Us project, …

Handlebars and Parking Your Bike

Why do Bay Area riders insist on parking their motorcycles with the handlebars turned to the right? While browsing Craigslist ads for a new ride for me, I’ve seen image after image with bikes’ handlebars turned unwisely to the right. This is absurd and stupid. I said it. It’s stupid. …

Martin Luther King Day Ride

Martin Luther King Day 2015 Took the bike out for a ride to Alice’s Restaurant at the famous Four Corners where Route 35 and Highway 9 cross in Woodside, California. It’s been about 3 months since riding Gwen, my 2009 Triumph Street Triple. My job has been too taxing and …

Clutch Trouble on a 2005 Ninja

You might think that spending $2,200 on a 7-year-old motorcycle would get you a decent bike. Jessie is a great bike, but she came with issues. At one point, I was afraid she was a lemon. Fortunately, the transmission was not the cause of shifting difficulty. Unfortunately, she needed work …

Meet Jessie

The San Francisco bay area has a riders’ forum called BARF, Bay Area Riders Forum. I found an overpriced 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 500 for sale in Sacramento. Three days after arriving in San Francisco, I got on a train to Sacramento and negotiated down to all the cash I had …

Review of Bilt Women’s Iron Motorcycle Jeans

Originally submitted at www.cyclegear.com Features and Benefits Flattering boot-cut leg Hand-washed and finished denim – 100% cotton Kevlar Polyester mix fabric on all impact zones – knees, hips and seat Short two-part connecting zips CE-approved armor – knees Women’s Iron Motorcycle Jeans   Almost perfect for my punk a*$ By …

New Project: A 1978 Honda CX500E

Bought this trashed 1978 CX. It appears to have been stolen probably in 1979, then dumped at a NYC river (gross back then). The registration stickers say 1979. The odometer states only about 1400 miles. Washed off construction dust (from sitting in the garage of a building undergoing renovation). It …

Wet Pavement

Last Fall I acquired Flo, a 1983 Suzuki GS 550E. One ride at 80 mph on a windy, hilly 4-lane highway, and I was hooked. Sixteen valve inline fours – that’s her engine and now my engine of preference. Eager to ride after a long winter, I’ve been riding as …