Moto Goodness

GOODNESS-as defined by the Random House Dictionary: excellence of quality; goodness of workmanship; the best of anything; essence; strength. To be forthright, it's only been in recent years that this obsession of "MOTO" has truly manifest, but the love is genuine. Motorbikes, Aeroplanes, Automobiles and all that is designed, built and driven to perform is appreciated.

Star Trek & Sci Fi

STAR TREK (The Original Series) was the beginning of a life-long, love of Science Fiction and Science Fact and all other things of a Fantastic Nature. Whether it was Comic Books, Live-Action Television, Motion Pictures or Animated Cartoons, the media did not matter, as long as it was a means to transverse space and time ... or alter reality.

Hammer of the Gods

THE HAMMER OF THE GODS A metaphor for music, how it can forge, shape and mold our lives. A means to transport and transform. I'm not a musical scholar or theorist. Simply, someone who has played and listened to quite a bit of music.  Just a bloke who knows what he likes and dislikes. Also, I'm a bass player, so expect a lot of attention paid to the bottom end!

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring, one my all-time favorite bands...Spring, my time of year....Springer front end, on of the coolest of motorcycle features.

I had a feeling from end to end.

Tried to catch it before it started again.

Pushed it away to force a laugh,

But inside I didn't have the breath.

And oh-it feels so strange - when it comes again.

But I've got it now,

I've got the rhythm down.

Cycles of end on end.

But if one wave stops, another begins.

Rites of Spring-"End on End"


Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a airplane whose primary threat avoidance was speed. If the threat of a interceptor, be fighter plane or surface-t- air-missile was detected, the Blackbird would  simply accelerate and outrun any such would be encounter. The SR-71 has held the world record for fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, since 1976. That speed was 2193.2mph! Yes, we do have a bad ass up in here!

The first SR-71 flight took place on December 22, 1964 and reached a top speed of Mach 3.4 during testing. It entered service in the Air Force in January of 1966. It was retired from active duty in 1989. A brief reactivation occurred in 1993 and lasted until 1997. The last flight of a Blackbird was in 1999.


Motoped! 21st Century Moped..and it's RAD!

Mopeds by definition are motorized pedal bicycles, but over the years, the term has been used to describe a wider scope of smaller displacement engine equipped 2 and even some 3 wheeled vehicles. The Motoped is taking it back to the roots by offering a kit to motorize bicycles using downhill mountain bike parts mounted to custom swing arm powered by a Honda XR50 engine (or Chinese clone equivalent).

Having pedals and a engine displacement less than 50cc's, allows the Motoped to be ridden on the street without license or registration. While it only tops off at speeds of 30mph, it's enough to easily commute about in urban areas while using bike lanes avoiding the hassle of automobile traffic lane congestion. And you could easily have a blast at 30mph on a motorcycle trail or fire road with something this light and versatile. I think these folks have come up with a little bad-ass piece of kit here!



Lucky 13-Honda CB450

1972 Honda CB450. Shed built cafe racer by Joe Archambault.

Lucky 13


Frank Bott Motorcycle Photography

Frank Bott is a photographer. His subject of choice is motorcycles. He doesn't discriminate on make or style, as long as it looks good. Want to see more pics of motorcycles that look good? Visit Frank's webpage.

Straight forward, no frills, no fancy backgrounds. Just focusing on the bike.


Motorbike! Go Fast!

If you live  in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater region (or any part of most of the USA), you know this has been a harsh winter. The Baroness had been down for a couple of months, and from experience, I know she doesn't like cold weather. Luckily, I have been, oh so very grateful, for this loaner provided by my buddy, Johnny, to get me through the winter. Her name is "Samantha" and she is a 2006 Yamaha R6. To be frank, it's not a bike I would have ever picked on my own, but he offered to let me ride it, and I needed something to ride. I have to be honest and say, I have often questioned why some sport bike riders have a tendency to ride the way the do. I now know why, these bikes are made to go fast!

To ride this bike, required a big adjustment in the way I was accustomed to operating a motorbike. Throttle, I used to actually twisting the throttle, not simply apply a slight motion, to open things up. The same with clutch and brake lever, where I would usually apply a pressure, a firm squeeze, this cycle needed only a light touch to engage said levers. The geometry and balance is a different world, I swear sometimes when leaning into a curve, I feel the bike will slip out underneath me. And the engine displacement, is unassuming at 650cc, but the thing is, this bike weighs next to nothing and is stupid quick! Confession time, after to becoming somewhat familiar with this bike, there has been a time or two, where I could not help myself from exploring the smooth and quick acceleration of this machine, it can be a lot of fun as well as scary as hell. But like I said, I'm grateful and thankful to have her at my disposal. And I certainly appreciate how she starts up right away, no matter how cold it is. But I'm now counting down the days, when The Baroness (if you squint, you can see her in the background in the pic above) is once again rolling along freely, on the pot-holed laden streets of Tidewater!


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