Hypervigilance and Why Motorcycles

Being a New Yorker, one learns to be direct in conversation and say what one thinks without concern.  With hypervigilance, this directness has an added emotional element.  BUT to a person with PTSD this element of emotion may not feel loaded with emotion.  In fact, the person with PTSD may…

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….

Inclement Weather (Why Riders Must Lock Their Motorcycles’ Steering Columns)

Yesterday it rained. It was also windy. So windy that it knocked a motorcycle over. I stopped to pick it up, as any neighborly rider would do. But I could not do it by myself because the handlebars were not locked. If there is any one thing I always do…

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…

Itching to ride in the middle of winter

It’s 60 degrees today! In February! If that’s the case, then I want to put my Suzuki together and take her out. Poor Flo (she’s an ’83 GS550) has been holed up in the garage all winter. On the other hand the streets are a wreck. When the sun shines…

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…