First Ride of 2019 (U.S. 23/U.S. 30 to Beaverdam, Ohio)


Ride Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019 The first ride of my 2019 riding season should have happened about a month ago, but it was nevertheless good to get back in the saddle. While the salt has been off central Ohio roadways for weeks now, my delinquency in attending to my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300’s winter maintenance kept me from logging any… Continue reading First Ride of 2019 (U.S. 23/U.S. 30 to Beaverdam, Ohio)

From determined newbie to sport tourer for life


Joshua Giannini’s first long-distance motorcycle ride As the baby boomers, who lived through the “golden age” of motorcycling, begin graying out, the motorcycling community needs more riders like Josh Giannini. A young man, and relatively new motorcyclist from King of Prussia, Pa., Giannini recently completed his first long-distance motorcycle trip. Riding a small-displacement machine about 3,000… Continue reading From determined newbie to sport tourer for life

Ride Report: Columbus to Portsmouth via SR 104


Introduction  On June 30 I took a ride with a co-worker and his buddy to Portsmouth, Ohio, to attend the Portsmouth Motorcycle Club's 125th Anniversary Celebration. My co-worker Rob suggested taking Ohio State Route 104 to Portsmouth instead of U.S. Route 23. I had ridden/driven U.S. 23 several times for a previous job and was happy to give… Continue reading Ride Report: Columbus to Portsmouth via SR 104

FJR1300 Comparison: 2003 model vs. 2008 model


Introduction For those in the market for a used sport touring motorcycle, I could not recommend the Yamaha FJR1300 enough. It is a great bike for long-distance riding that is still enjoyable on twisty roads and is generally bulletproof reliable. I have owned both a first-generation FJR1300 (2003-2005), and currently own a second-generation model (2006-2012). I am writing this… Continue reading FJR1300 Comparison: 2003 model vs. 2008 model

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500 Review


Introduction My short time with my Ninja 500 began with near tragedy. I was rear-ended on my previous street motorcycle in April 2017. I was very fortunate to have walked away from such a severe impact, though I did break my collarbone in the crash. While I was waiting for my collarbone to heal (and was down to… Continue reading 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500 Review

Ride Report: Rochester, NY to Allentown, PA: September 7, 2017


Introduction  Yesterday I rode my Ninja 500 from Rochester, New York to Allentown, Pennsylvania. I lived in Allentown 2013-2014, and wanted to see it again on my way to this weekend's MotoAmerica action at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. It was the second ride on my little Ninja 500 loaded down with my full compliment of soft luggage (tank bag, tail bag, and… Continue reading Ride Report: Rochester, NY to Allentown, PA: September 7, 2017

Ride Report: Final FJR1300 Ride, 4/22/17


Unfortunately, this is the last ride report I will be writing for a while. Usually writing ride reports is one of my favorite things to do. For me, it is basically a running journal of the places, roads, and people I get to learn about when I go out riding. Each journey, recorded on paper… Continue reading Ride Report: Final FJR1300 Ride, 4/22/17

Ride Report: I-76, I-71, and U.S. 30, Youngstown, OH to Beaverdam, OH


Ride Date: March 28, 2017 For the past two years when I lived in Delaware, Ohio, I would take my touring bike out on a test ride from Delaware to a Speedway gas station near the indirect interchanges between I-75 and U.S. Route 30. The ride was exactly 200 miles round trip, which was just under… Continue reading Ride Report: I-76, I-71, and U.S. 30, Youngstown, OH to Beaverdam, OH

Cleveland Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2017 Highlights


This past weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Cleveland's I-X Center proved to be a little smaller than the previous year, but offered attendees a couple new vendors and a wide range of OEM displays. Here are some of my highlights from this past weekend's exhibition:   (1) Dunlop: The most exciting story I was able to… Continue reading Cleveland Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2017 Highlights

American Motorcyclist Magazine Full Interview


Back in August, I was asked by American Motorcyclist Magazine Managing Editor Jim Witters for a interview concerning my involvement in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)'s EAGLES program. American Motorcyclist is the official magazine of the AMA, and I was delighted to see it highlighting the AMA's political advocacy program. The motorcycling lifestyle is under… Continue reading American Motorcyclist Magazine Full Interview