Category Archives: dual purpose

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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Product Review: Sargent Cycle Products World Sport Performance Seat

04/2022 This is another really old (2009) MMM review/Geezer column. There are two interesting, at least to me, things about this review: 1) It is a great product that I lived with for 70,000 miles and 2) This was the … 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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Fixin’ What Ain’t Broke

Sometimes I wonder what goes through the heads of the average consumer? Take, for example, cable television. Why the hell would anyone pay a nickel for dozens of channels of “reality” crap, extended sales pitches, recycled network sitcoms, and 1950’s … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Bingo

Here’s the card, in case you want to play. Some of these statements are really interesting; to me. The “Have more than 200,000 lifetime miles” question, for example. Several times in the last 20 years I’ve tried to add up … Continue reading

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Seat of the Pants Performance Comparisons

A few years ago, when I was still capable of riding half-quickly and competently off-road, I was riding with a group of Twin Cities Dual Purpose guys north of the Cities. The “route” was a convoluted collection of gravel and … Continue reading

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My Motorcycles: 1971 Kawasaki Bighorn 350

Learn more about this bike The Kawasaki Bighorn was my first real dirt bike. The link above tells you a lot about this history of this rotary-valved, 350cc two-stroke, 33-hp, 400+ lb. monster. It’s important to remember, however, that these … Continue reading

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My Motorcycles: 1974 Rickman 125 ISDT

Learn more about this bike For me, the Rickman 125 was a turning point in motorcycling. It is, 26 years later, one of the two new bikes I’ve owned. Before and after 1974, I’ve always bought used. I paid $500 … Continue reading

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It’s Big or Nothing

All Rights Reserved © 2012 Thomas W. Day My two days on the Yamaha Super Ténéré were eye-opening. There is an incredible amount of technology in that bike, just like the list of technology inside Yamaha’s R1/R6/FZ1/FZ6 bikes or Honda’s … Continue reading

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Product Review: Wolfman Enduro Tank Bag

February 2022: This is a much older review than the copyright notice below suggests. It was written in 2009 for another MMM Geezer with A Grudge column. My already low opinion of Wolfman dropped even further when a representative of … Continue reading

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