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Motorhead Memo: The late, great Eight

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “war to end all wars” ended. About six months later, a different war resumed, on American race tracks. Almost everyone else still battling for supremacy on big V-twins was racing stuff they’d pulled out of mothballs from almost three years ago. Not the Motor Company! Why and ...

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Free Range: Livin’ on love

Watched a guy, his little hippie girl and their dog packing their stuff across the parking lot, dusty and dirty, as I filled up the tank. He smiled and commented on the Beast as they trudged by, so I asked if they were on their way to spend time with their family for the holidays. He stopped and rubbed his ...

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Almost Fiction: Arguing Alone

My mother told me that it was impolite to argue religion or politics. She felt obligated to tell me this. However, realizing that I liked to argue one side of a question until the opposition relented and then switch and debate the other side with equal fervor, she assumed that, like many of her other admonitions, I would pay little ...

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Spare Parts: One small step for man

When I was less than one year old, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. He was a true American hero. Our country was in a tight race against the Soviets to reach the moon, presumably to gain the ultimate strategic high ground of the Cold War. We won, and along with the bragging rights that ...

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Spare Parts: Heaven on earth

Ten years ago, we rode Tail of the Dragon, an 11-mile stretch of legendary road tucked into the southeast corner of Tennessee reaching to the western corner of North Carolina. At that time, we’d intended to make the Wheels Through Time Museum part of our trip but horrible weather had put us behind in our travel plans and it never ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: New Year’s Restitutions

When Hardluck reached the Rat Hole bar and grill, Tanker’s old Shovelhead chopper sat next to the door, a puddle of 50 weight oil collecting under it. Hardluck parked his Road King on the other side of the door, and stepped inside. A blast of warm air greeted him as he stepped inside, and the smell of stale beer, sweat, ...

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Spare Parts: Rolling rude

I rolled up in the left turn lane behind a lifted red Ram truck. The guy riding shotgun in the rear had his arm out the window. We’d all missed our chance to turn left on the arrow due to the traffic, but there looked to be a break coming so I made ready for the opportunity. The truck rolled ...

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Almost Fiction: Q-tips

Throwing my gym clothes, shoes, weight belt, shave cream, razor, shampoo, protein bar and Q-tips into my old ratty leather gym bag, it was the Q-Tips that somehow transported me back to ancient times when I dated a beautiful blonde, long-legged coed. I could see her clearly. Her brown eyes were filled with excitement, her skin was without flaw and ...

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Free Range: Clueless

I’m moseying through California’s Central Valley to winter in the warmth of the Sonoran Desert. A friend has caught up to ride with me for a bit and we’ve enjoyed sharing a lane for a couple of hundred miles when he waves. We split off in opposite directions. I settle into a solo space and kind of zone out as ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Save the receipts

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, it’s almost Christmas, that holly-jolly time of year! (Except for the poor mailman, who’s so loaded with catalogs that he waddles like a duck.) Time to get something special to make your mate’s eyes light up on Christmas morning. (No, not the old hair drier in the bathtub trick; the cops are ...

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