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…

International Motorcycle Show in NYC

Here’s some highlights of the motorcycle show last weekend!

Works Engineering Hosts Vintage Motorcycle Show

Works Engineering on North 14th St between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosts a show every year. The beer was sponsored by Asahi, and there were burgers, and dozens of vintage bikes. And Flo qualified as a vintage bike! (1983 Suzuki GS550E.) She got some love. Here are some…

Hot rod weekend

This past weekend (August 21, 2010) was an annual hot rod event in Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Hundreds of hot rod and bike owners came out to display their projects. Here are some photos: Harley for sale. An old BMW. This guy with the helmet makes custom leather seats. Tres cool….

Meet Flo

In order to ride Molly again, I would have to remove her engine to get the stator coils. Since there isn’t much time to work on her (since I’m not yet independently wealthy to do whatever I want) before our trip in the Northeast this Labor Day weekend, Jason and…

Classic bikes need mechanic owners

This weekend, Jason and I went to Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. River Road runs alongside the Delaware River, and we wanted to ride the stretch from Riegelsville to Milford, NJ. We had to put Molly’s front fender back on, since it was supposed to rain on the way back home. So,…

Back on the home front with a bloody maria

Well, I forgot to check the front end to make sure nothing was coming loose. But all was fine anyway. My top speed was 75. I guess the speedometer on old Molly needed some warming up. Still, it only went to 70, but the needle wasn’t jumping up and down…

Icon Hella Street Angel boots review

They look funky with the red detail, and the hardware looks cool, but these boots are not for riders. Maybe it’s fine for passengers, but I could not ride my bike with these boots. Could not even walk in them. They are inflexible. I could not lift my toe to…

Riding Upstate

After 2 hours on the road, all I can say is, “I’m pooped.” I’ve got to write this down, because I don’t want to forget what it was like riding on the highway for the first time. I had no idea how fast I was going until asking Jason, because…

First highway ride

Today I will take my first solo ride on a highway. I suppose at this point I might be a better mechanic than rider given the amount of time I’ve spent working on the two vintage bikes I’ve ever ridden. To prepare for today’s trip out of the city and…