I love my bike. I mean I really, really love my bike, but I also love to try different bikes. Recently, I’ve ridden four different bikes, a 1971 Norton Commando, a 1975 Norton Commando, a 2021 Zero SR/S, and a 2022 Zero SR. Well, it was the Zeros that got me in trouble. If you’re a huge fan of Harleys with the loudest Screaming Eagle pipes you can get, a Zero may not be the … [Read more...] about Notes from the road: Why do I keep doing this to myself?
As riders, we’e always aware of road surfaces: Dry? Oily? Cracked? Tar-snaked? Pot-holed? We make these determinations in milliseconds. We don’t ponder the nature of pavement, but I do — or, at least that’s what I’m doing as I stand on the southbound lane of Interstate 81. In the rain. Surrounded by massive 18-wheelers. For four hours. Most of my mototravels seek out … [Read more...] about The eggsanity of it all: A thousand miles and several diners in 24 hours
Embellished in silver-tinted leather gloves, Hayley Nelson wraps her fingers in a twisting arch over the throttle of her 1980 Honda CM 400T. She sits poised, adorned in all black garb with secrets of brown and red whispered from top to bottom. A veined lineage of motorcycle travelers fills Nelson’s blood with familial ties to motorcycling. Originally from Hendersonville, … [Read more...] about If grandma can do it … Hayley Nelson keeps family passion for riding alive
Your mind’s eye will get a workout at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Or it should, because let’s be honest, although it was a consequential place in American history, there’s not much to look at. My mind’s eye took me back to July 30, 1864, when Union troops detonated 8,000 pounds of explosives in a 551-foot-long underground tunnel they’d dug under Confederate … [Read more...] about Exploring Civil War Trails: Touring along General Robert E. Lee’s retreat
The darkness sweeps beside me broken only by the single headlamp and the glow from the gauge cluster. Traffic disappears and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 seems a bit more eager thanks to the cool night air it’s inhaling. Sometimes I become so accustomed to the flying sensation of riding a motorcycle I fail to take a moment to enjoy it, especially when you ride nearly … [Read more...] about Notes from the road: Enjoy the night