Category Archives: biker culture

#104 A Good Beginner’s Bike

All Rights Reserved © 2008 Thomas W. Day August 2022: Another old one that didn’t find its way into this blog. This is a 2008 Geezer column that was inspired by the zillionth time someone asked me about a “beginner’s … Continue reading

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Geezers on Beemers

(AKA: Steamboat Springs 1997) July 2022: Turns out, this might have been the first article I wrote for MMM in late 1997, published in issue #13. If that’s true, I don’t know what happened to the letter that I intended … Continue reading

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Being Stereotyped

Originally Published April 3, 2013 One of the downsides of being a motorcyclist is that when people find out that I ride a motorcycle they immediately start stereotyping me. My 12 year relationship with Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly started out when … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Being Stupid

About a year into the pandemic, I was marveling at the anti-vaxers willingness to test their own immune systems often followed by their panicked attempts to jump to the head of the line in healthcare and even begging for a … Continue reading

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#76 Hearing Damage and Motorcycling

This was one of my personal favorites among the 20+ years of Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly essays I wrote between 1999 and 2017. I’m referring to it in my next Geezer rant and was disappointed to discover I hadn’t yet ported … Continue reading

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I Am Jealous After All

While I was in my backyard working on one of my wife’s godawful honey-do projects, a couple of mostly bald, scroungy pony-tailed, noisy and blatantly incompetent Hardly goobers fell over in the driveway of the abandoned dump next door. For … Continue reading

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The Best We Can Do?

February 2022: Another missed “gem” of opinion and bias. Originally Published March 2009 and in Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly Magazine On the right, that showroom picture? That’s “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle.” According to the 59th Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, … Continue reading

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This Is Who They Are

Mostly, I keep my political opinions on another location and, yep, I am a “libtard” as are all of the intelligent people I have ever known in my life. If there were ever going to be a moment where my … Continue reading

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From Diapers to Trikes and Back Again

I live in an old fart’s town in southeastern Minnesota. If you visit one of our remaining mid-Covid plague restaurants on a weekday you’d assume the average age here must be close to 100. On summer weekends, the old fart … Continue reading

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How Do You Know I “Can’t Ride?”

One of the local gangbangers was justifying his noise maker on the grounds of “safety,” and I recommended, as always, that he invest some time in learning how to ride competently. His response was, “How do you know I can’t … Continue reading

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