Archive for October 2010

You Just Get More Respect on a Triumph...

…or at least I did. This is one of the perks of my job. Because of my profession, people trust me enough to loan me bikes from time. I was loaned a tornado red 2010 Triumph Thruxton 900, from Motoworks Chicago for a week. It only took me a few minutes on the road to realize that... Read more »

The Isle of Man Comes To Chicago

Well, not the actual Island, and not the world famous TT race. No, this is a retail destination for men of character. “It’s like Steve McQueen, Hunter S. Thompson, and Ralph Lauren having a yard sale,” says co-owner Brice Cooper.  Let’s face it, vintage is cool, and it always will be. This vintage motorcycle racing inspired retail shop... Read more »

The Illinois Motorcycle Riding Test

Some riders have trouble passing the Illinois Motorcycle Riding test as given at the DMV.Of these riders, many are attempting the test on large bikes. Yet the DMV test is done an a small area and gives advantages to smaller bikes. Many new riders have small bikes. And the State is mostly interested in seeing... Read more »

Former Chicago Firefighter Sues Harley Davidson Because of a Tank Slapper

He alleges bike wobbled before crash; company blames rider error. An article pulblished in the Chicago Tribune yesterday brings to light a very serious and not so uncommon situation. The ‘shaking and wobbling’ that Jim McMahon describes just before he crashed his motorcycle is also known as a tank slapper.   What is a tank slapper?  A... Read more »

Alien Hell Rider-October 23rd

Ducati To Unveil 'Diavel' At Milan Motorcycle Show

By Jonathan Welsh Ducati released a teaser photo of the Diavel, a new model it plans to unveil during next month’s EICMA International Motorcycle Show. In some ways, the stripped-down machine recalls the original Ducati Monster 900, a lightweight bike, elegant in its simplicity, that essentially saved the company nearly two decades ago. The new motorcycle is sure to excite... Read more »

.....Cyclist to ride 'hands free' for funds

I have read some ridiculous things, but this one may take the cake. Is this guy serious? I hope this is just a ploy to gain some media attention and raise funds for his very important cause. However, what he intends to do is not only extremely dangerous to attempt, I do not believe that it... Read more »

"The Desire Not to Lose"- My Interview With Travis Pastrana

I had an opportunity to catch up with Travis Pastrana just before he was about to compete for a world championship yesterday. What competition you ask? Well, I can tell you it was not Motocross, and it wasn’t Rally Car. No, he has already set world records in those sports. On this day, he was competing to be... Read more »