Sorry to do this… (not really a motorcycle post)

I don’t have that many followers here on WordPress but I do feel bad for those that I have. I’m no longer posting motorcycle related stuff here. I’ll only be posting it here:

I’m trying to keep all of my motorcycle and related posts in one spot and when I imported this from my Livejournal a lot of other random crap came with it. So this will be my last even slightly motorcycle related post on this blog.

If motorcycles are what you want then please check out the new blog. It’s the same with just a new url and everything is motorcycle related.

See you over there.


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NIN concert

Sunday night my wife and I went to see Nine Inch Nails at the Shoreline Amphitheater.  We rode the motorcycles which made it extra fun and easy to park.

We had paid for some decent seats, but as we were looking at getting a T-shirt (the lovely wife is a huge fan) we ran into my cousin who had 2 extra box seats. We happily accepted the upgraded seats.

The show was fantastic, Sound Garden played a great show, and Trent Reznor knocked it out of the park with his set.

So much fun!

Nine Inch Nails Setlist:

Copy of A”
“Came Back Haunted”
“March of the Pigs”
“Terrible Lie”
“Gave Up”
“Find My Way”
“The Great Destroyer”
“The Hand That Feeds”
“Head Like a Hole”

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The MotoCynic Guide: Motorcycle Camping (get out there!)


I thought this would be worth posting here just in case the internet missed it the first time around.

Originally posted on Motorcycles and the Cynic:

Had to get Firewood at the nearest town, sadly it was a bit green and did not work well.

Had to get Firewood at the nearest town, sadly it was a bit green and did not work well.

Motorcycle Camping appears to be popular lately, and while I found several articles written on the subject online I discovered that none of them told me exactly what I wanted to know. Many of them got close, and after reading several of them I got enough information to feel like I knew what I was getting into. Now that I’ve done a bit of camping on a motorcycle I thought that I would add my own thoughts on the matter and write my own guide.

I’m not going to claim to be an expert on camping on a motorcycle, but I’ve been camping and backpacking all my life and done a few motorcycling camping trips over the years.

To write a complete guide I would have to write a book, so…

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Why I Ride


I wrote this a few weeks ago and thought I should share it on my other blog.

Originally posted on Motorcycles and the Cynic:

It was inevitable. Eventually I would have to try and articulate in words why I ride a motorcycle. Even if I’m not often asked why I ride, I do find myself having to defend it often enough that I’ve thought about it quite a bit. In fact I’ve been working on this blog post off and on all year. So now that the year is winding to a close I think I’ll be able to give a pretty good go at explaining it. Whether or not you actually understand my reasons… well that’s not guaranteed.

My first image taken from filming my ride home.

My first image taken from filming my ride home.

Why am I so obsessed? What is it about riding that is so addictive that makes me talk, write, and do it so much?

I’m not entirely sure I know…

However I’ll see what I can come up with. I have written over 500 words on…

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Merry Xmas From MotoCynic

Happy Holidays.

Keep the rubber side down.



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A ride home.


I’m pretty happy with how this came out. Give it a look if you haven’t already.

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It’s been a long day but I’m finally heading home. Traffic was a bit heavy as I rode up Page Mill past HP and all the other tech companies that are the heart of Silicon Valley. It clears up though as I ride past the entrance to 280. Everyone is in a hurry to get home and 280 South is where they want to be. Not me though, I’m still heading west. Into the hills and toward the ride home that is the envy of many of my motorcycling friends.

I’m stuck behind a Mini van for a little while but luckily they turn off and the road opens up in front of me. I speed up a little, nothing too insane, but to five or so above the limit. The first real fun corner is coming up, the yellow sign suggests that I go 25, but I know from…

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The Long Way Home

If you’ve read more than one post on this blog you’ve heard me mention my “long way home” ride. It’s my break in my week or day that always puts a smile on my face.  It adds about 20 to 30 minutes to my normal 25ish minute ride. It’s varied over the years as I’ve gained confidence and skill riding my motorcycle. In any form though it basically substitutes Skyline (Hwy 35) for 280 for as much as my ride home as possible. The changes are in how I get to Skyline from Palo Alto. When I first started riding I took Woodside Rd (Hwy 84) up to Skyline, and it was certainly twisty enough for a novice rider, and I did this for several years. Since then I have come to love taking Page Mill Rd all the way up and it is much more challenging and there for fun for my intermediate skills.

Enough talk. Here’s the map.


Writing this reminds me of the first time I rode up Page Mill, and I almost rode off the edge after getting too cocky after thinking I knew what the road was like. There are two turns that I really am not fond of that are pretty close to each other. The first is a uphill hair pin right hand corner, that is (for me) too steep to lean into and must be done in first gear. The second is not as bad but is a slightly less sharp left hand uphill hair pin that is off camber and a bit bumpy.  They are my constant challenge, everything else I can do with out feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing. Though speed and effort needed does vary by day.


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