1. Why ride? (reprint from my other blog Nov 2004)

    It's a little like trying to describe the ocean to someone who's never seen water, or a flower to someone who's never seen colors; you can give them a one-dimensional image, but you can't really explain it fully. Some people scale cliffs, some ski down mountains of ice and snow, others jump out of airplanes, still others dive beneath the waves, we (us motorcyclists) ride.

    We may be drawn to this pursuit for it's technical mastery. Riding a steed made from metal, rubber and plastic; ...