The Best Medicine

Early last week, I had been retraumatized and was mentally exhausted the rest of the week. Though I had worked through feelings of depression, I still had apathy. With apathy, there is no motivation. In PTSD, apathy is not something that comes simply with a situation. It weighs down everything. I was…

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…

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…