Our Current Toys Ride & Trip Reports
Moto Clubs & Groups Rider Training
Motorcycle Links  

After wearing out numerous other bikes over the years, my son & I presently have these motos beckoning to us from the garage;

1994 Honda Z50R, (sold)

1996 Honda XR80R, (sold)

2000 Honda XR200R (sold)

1976 Honda TL-364,

1983 Honda CX650T Turbo, The Endorphin Express (sold)

1995 Honda XR650L, (sold)

1990 Kawasaki ZX10 The Endorphin Express II (sold)

1998 Honda VTR1000F SuperHawk (sold)

2002 Aprilia Caponord ETV1000

2003 Yamaha WR450F (sold)

2011 Beta 520RS

Moto Clubs & Groups that I've been a member of;

The Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club, 1982-

The San Francisco Northstars Motorcycle Club,

The WetLeather(tm) mailing list

The DoD of

Ride & Trip Reports . . .

'95 Labor Day Weekend Ride with Doc Wong and the Woodside "Hooligans".

The Mud from Hell '96 SheetIron 300 AMA DP Ride.

The '96 Almost Christmas at PISMO Beach Party. Dads, sons, friends, & fools!

Photos from other GREAT PISMO trips!

Maps to reach our California City Desert Campsite.

S.F. Northstars '99 2-Mountain Ride Report.

Misc. photos from numerous rides.

The Spiral Highway, just north of Lewiston, Idaho.

The 2006 Songdog Reunion Ride

The 2006 Gather Ride

Knoxville OHV and Buck Island DS Rides

More trip reports to come ...

Here are some links about one of my favorite areas in America, Southern Utah;

Clayton Yancey's writeup on the Henry Mountains

Lucy & Patrick's Excellent Utah Adventure ...

Rider Training

Motorcycle riding, particularly on the street, can be a dangerous sport for the inexperienced. Every rider should continually try to advance their riding skills as far as possible with proper training and lots of practice. As many have said over the years; if you really want to learn how to ride & handle motorcycles, get a dirtbike.  Part of the training, or knowledge, that a proficient rider should also have is a good understanding of suspension components & how to set 'em up.

Motorcycle Tips & Techniques by James Davis

Excerpts from Carl Shipman's excellent 1974 book, "The Boonie Book - How to Ride the Dirt, Take Care of your Bike, and Yourself."

Motorcycle Safety Foundation : Beginner & Intermediate

High-Performance Riding : by Nick Ienatsch

Spirited Group Riding on the Street : The Pace by Nick Ienatsch

DP Safety Schools : Intermediate & Advanced

Reg Pridmore's CLASS : Intermediate & Advanced

Jason Pridmore's Star Motorcycle School : Intermediate & Advanced

Keith Code's California SUPERBIKE Schools : Intermediate & Advanced
and his excellent A Twist of the Wrist II

American SUPERCAMP : Advanced sliding techniques on the dirt

Freddie Spencer's High Performance Riding School : Advanced

Gary Jaehne's book : SportBiking: The Real World (The Advanced Rider's Handbook)

Phil Douglas at Aftershocks Suspensions has a COOL shock dyno and does excellent suspension work!

Suspension Tuning Articles by Paul Thede of Race-Tech Suspension

I administer a mailing list ( for Doc Wong's FREE Riding Clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doc (Harry) is putting on street and dirt riding clinics and has had several guest speakers; including Keith Code (California SUPERBIKE School), Nick Ienatsch, formerly of MOTORCYCLIST & SPORT RIDER Magazines, Don Greene, and Chuck Sorensen. All are active or former motorcycle roadracers. Recently, he has also started having suspension-tuning clinics with Gary Jaehne also.

I became a certified MSF RiderCoach in 2011.


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Last updates : September 20, 2011