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

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)

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

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