The “Add Clothes and Go” Packing Method


For my first several motorcycle tours, packing for the trip was an event unto itself. When I began doing overnight motorcycle trips regularly, I developed a method to simplify the packing process that saves time and reduces pre-trip stress.

How I Plan a Riding Season


For some, motorcycling is best practiced by hopping on a bike and leaving the driveway without a destination in mind. For those of us with full-time jobs, significant others, side hustles and the like, a little planning can help you get the most out of a riding season. For me, planning the next riding season…… Continue reading How I Plan a Riding Season

My First MSTA Fall Colors Rally


I joined the MSTA in 2014 and had aimed to attend the annual Fall Colors Rally every year since. Family commitments, bike problems, and – all too often – lack of funds at the end of the riding season made me put off attending the Lewisburg, W.Va., event each fall. This year, I finally managed…… Continue reading My First MSTA Fall Colors Rally

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