Category Archives: yamaha

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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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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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: 1992 Yamaha TDM 850

Learn (a lot) more about this bike The TDM and I had a long and profitable love affair. The above picture is of my bike on the way back from Steamboat Springs, CO. Sorry the clarity is so mediocre. This … Continue reading

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My Motorcycles: 1986 Yamaha TY350 Trials

For no good reason, I’d barely used this bike when I gave it up. (Ok, there was a pretty good reason. I’d bruised my right knee badly enough that the bone was beginning to atrophy. My orthopedic surgeon recommended that … Continue reading

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My Motorcycles: 1986 Yamaha XT350 Enduro

Learn more here Again, a bike for which I’ve had to steal a picture. This pic is pretty much exactly what my XT looked like, dead stock. However, if I’d have found a 2000 XT it wouldn’t have mattered. Other … Continue reading

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My Motorcycles: 1982 Yamaha XTZ550 Vision

Learn more about this bike The Yamaha Vision was a great bike, for me. The picture above isn’t really of the bike I owned. I snagged this picture from the Yamaha Vision Users webpage, because I never, ever, took a … Continue reading

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