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#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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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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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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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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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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Why I Don’t Ride Cruisers (or When Seat Height Is All That Matters)

Originally, this was an article requested by my old MMM editor, Sev Pearman. His idea was for me to identify motorcycles with low seat heights (the apparent prime technical specification for the over-50 crowd) that were still competent motorcycles. Going … Continue reading

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