Tour Report: Down South Ride 2020


Trip Description I will not be able to attend this year’s MotoAmerica round at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, so I decided to take a two-day ride to Spartanburg, S.C. and back to get a ride on the West Virginia Turnpike this year, as well as photograph my Yamaha FJR1300 at several scenic overviews I discovered… Continue reading Tour Report: Down South Ride 2020

Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 4 (Landmarks)


Museums aren’t the only history-themed stops I like to make on a tour. While many landmarks lack some of the amenities that museums offer—like shelter from the elements—their existence marks a place or event that has been memorialized in the minds of other people. That, by itself, should give us reason to pause and take… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 4 (Landmarks)

Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 3, Con’t (Museums)


One article about the best museums I’ve visited just wasn’t enough. Without further ado, here’s eight more museums that I’d recommend making stops on your next two-wheeled tour. Louisville Slugger Museum Location: Louisville, Tenn. Website: https://www.sluggermuseum.com/ As far as traditional museums go, this one hits it out of the park. The museum portion teaches you… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 3, Con’t (Museums)

Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 3 (Museums)


Some of my favorite touring destinations are museums. For those who are lifelong learners, there’s nothing quite like stopping into an institution that is dedicated to preserving a particular set of knowledge and gleaning everything you can from it. I’ve probably learned almost as much about the history of the United States from stopping at… Continue reading Fast Mike’s Favorite Motorcycle Destinations, Part 3 (Museums)

The Key to Getting the Most Out of Motorcycle Touring: Slowing Down


I’m 36, have about 120,000 miles of on-road motorcycle riding experience and have come to the realization that I have a problem.   Not with riding: that’s never a problem. What’s wrong with a long day in the saddle while seeing new places and learning more about American history?  My problem is with how I… Continue reading The Key to Getting the Most Out of Motorcycle Touring: Slowing Down

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)

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

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

Going the (First) Distance: An Introduction to Long-Distance Motorcycle Riding, Point #15 (Travel in the Light)(Last Point)


For many touring riders, motorcycle touring is something they do on vacation. It is a time to relax. No emails or faxes pouring in, office insanity, or alarm clocks. While motorcycle touring is a great way to get away from work, the alarm clock is worth keeping around. While some prefer traveling long distances in… Continue reading Going the (First) Distance: An Introduction to Long-Distance Motorcycle Riding, Point #15 (Travel in the Light)(Last Point)