Looking back on my SaddleSore 1000


Well, it was finally done in the wee hours of the morning on June 7, and I still don’t know how to feel about completing my Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 1000 ride. On the one hand, it’s great to have a membership in the IBA pending. That said, the ride was anything but exciting. For… Continue reading Looking back on my SaddleSore 1000

Unexpected Fun: My End of May Rides


After a couple successful outings on my Yamaha FJR1300 during Memorial Day weekend, I decided to try out a couple loop routes the next weekend that I had created on Google Maps . The routes included some roads I had ridden before -- though that was five or more years ago -- but I was… Continue reading Unexpected Fun: My End of May Rides

Ride Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2020


With travel restrictions in Ohio freshly lifted, I was ready to put a few hundred miles on my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 during this year’s Memorial Day weekend. Though I didn’t achieve the 700 miles I had hoped to ride, I ended up getting a chance to ride with a friend/re-entry rider; got to ride one… Continue reading Ride Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Ride Report: Beaverdam and Back 2020


Despite chilly conditions, I used Saturday afternoon to take my first “real” motorcycle ride of 2020--my traditional season-opening run to Beaverdam, Ohio. While the ride over mostly flat terrain was cold and unimaginative, the shakedown cruise went smoothly--spare realizing I had forgotten to reinstall a couple small parts--and Jadzia the Yamaha FJR1300 is now ready… Continue reading Ride Report: Beaverdam and Back 2020

The Most Scenic Places I’ve Visited on a Motorcycle


I credit my love of motorcycles for providing the motivation to discover some amazing scenic views. If I hadn’t started riding, I wouldn’t have had a reason to travel through the areas where I found many of the places listed below.  There’s something very peaceful and serene about enjoying a stunning view of the earth’s… Continue reading The Most Scenic Places I’ve Visited on a Motorcycle

Fast Mike’s Favorite Roads to Ride in Upstate New York


If my last post was a homer article, this one is a hometown article. Upstate New York is where I grew up, as well as where I learned to ride a motorcycle after I got my license at age 23. My family is from the Rochester area, and I went to college/graduate school in Buffalo… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Roads to Ride in Upstate New York

Fast Mike’s Favorite Roads in Ohio


This is a bit of a homer piece, but Ohio isn’t as flat and boring as many think. Yes, large parts of central, western and northeast Ohio are well-glaciated terrain, but southeast Ohio is home to some of the best motorcycling roads I’ve ridden.  Here--in no particular order--are a few of my favorite Ohio motorcycling… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Roads in Ohio

How You Can Help Improve Motorcycling’s Image


The tone of media coverage of motorcycling is, all too often, not reflective of the vast majority of the riding community. Shows like Sons of Anarchy bring the one-percent lifestyle to living rooms across the nation and plenty of local media outlets produce daily stories about riders who are hurt in crashes or groups of… Continue reading How You Can Help Improve Motorcycling’s Image

Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 2 (Races)


While rallies have a lot of offer sport-touring riders, there are some great motorcycle competition events throughout the nation that are worth making a stop on a tour. Like my previous article on rallies, the list below is made up of events I have personally attended and recommend. MotoAmerica (Road Atlanta, VIRginia International Raceway, Road America, Pittsburgh… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 2 (Races)

Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 1 (Rallies)


Any new sport touring rider should know that there are plenty of top-notch motorcycle-related gatherings each year to fill up one’s calendar. There is hardly a weekend that goes by during the spring, summer and fall that there isn’t at least one rally or race to attend or landmark or museum to visit that is within… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 1 (Rallies)