Welcome to my little corner of the web documenting my life-long interest in motorcycles. This site will chronicle the various bikes I've owned over the years with links that go a bit deeper on a few of them.

My fascination started early, in my grade school years, with minibikes — you know, those little things powered with a Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engine and centrifugal clutch. We'd ride around the neighborhood and on empty lots working our paper routes to fund the affliction. Having little money, things progressed to various beater dirt bikes that I could buy as a basketcase and get them working again.

Upon getting my driver's licence I first rode the streets on two wheels. Through the high school and college years I switched from dirt to street, but always managed to keep something around with two wheels and an engine. Moving through the "work years" my interest would ebb and flow, but I always managed to keep something around to swing a leg over. In late 2002 I thought I has crossed a threshold: I sold my sole bike and declared myself "done with motorcycling". Wrong. Nine months later I realized how much I enjoyed it and that it was really a part of me. Fortunately I hadn't gotten rid of any of my riding gear so for my 50th birthday I resumed riding with a new Triumph Bonneville T100 and I was back. I learned my lesson, I'll never leave again.

Through the years I've been into various aspects of motorcycling: dirt riding, weekend touring, race track days, and just carving up twisty roads. But even when my life's focus was somewhere else I'd always come back to the basic enjoyment of just taking a ride somewhere for an hour or so. There's just something about feeling the machine and being an integral part of the riding process — it has always cleared my head and calmed me down. There have been periods where bikes were my primary "hobby" and I'd have two or three at a time. Then others where my life would be focused on something else and one lonely bike would sit in the garage for months at a time. But when I did dig it out and go for a ride it has always been very satisfying. I now realize that I love working on them and optimizing them as much as riding them. I hope you find this little personal history of my eclectic taste in motorcycles interesting in some way.

"It's not what you ride, but that you ride."

....Randy Lervold

 

Current bike(s)

 

2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

 

2016 BMW R1200RS

 

1977 BMW R75/7

A project bike for the winter, and because I have a special attraction to airheads, especially this vintage.

 

 

Past bikes

(arranged in a loose timeline, some were owned simultaneously, and some longer than others)

2014 BMW R1200GS(water cooled)

My first full size ADV bike, WOW what a bike!

2013 BMW R1200RT

Info and pics coming soon

2008 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing

I bought the GL1800 in 2009 as leftover '08 model. I bought it because I thought I was ready for more comfort in a bike. Well, you just can't get better accomodations as a rider or a passenger than on a Gold Wing: armchair seating, heated seat and backrest, quiet and smooth. That said, even though I'm getting into my late 50's now I STILL appreciate good handling. Before buying the wing I learned that there are quite a few suspension improvements available so that I could have the comfort yet still have a decent handling bike.

Of course Gold Wings have the image of "an old man's bike", but I'm here to tell you this handles pretty darn well. As one who appreciates handling and likes to go around corners I immediately did the full Traxxion suspension upgrade — nice improvement. And this thing is so comfortable, just about effortless to ride, and that silky smooth flat six is just so refined, wow. Click the pic to find out how it turned out.

2004 Kawasaki KLR650

I moved to Yakima (central Washington) in 2009 to work for a company that makes small aircraft. I fly all the time in the local area and for a couple of years had been noticing lots of dirt roads and trails as I fly around. I noticed that they lead to some really beautiful and interesting places. Every time I think to myself "sheesh, I really should get a dual-sport bike and start exploring around here". With the GPSs that are available now it could really make for a fun activity. Late in 2011 I finally got motivated and started the process of getting something. Clic the pic to find out more.

 

2004 Triumph Sprint RS

Finding the right bike for the type of riding you do, or "mission profile" as we call it in aviation, actually takes some consideration. I do most of my riding in the summer and it's commonly in the 80's and even 90's. The ST1300 was just too hot with all that radiator heat staying behind the fairing. I wanted a bike therefore with less wind protection, that handled well, and that was somewhat unique. I've always thought the Triumph Sprint series was well thought out and came across this RS on eBay. Click on the pic for more info on it.

 

2004 Kawasaki KLX250S

My daughter and her boyfriend got into ATVs and started going to the dunes at the coast somewhat regularly. Being a lifelong motorcyclist I couldn't bring myself to get on four wheels so I bought a small dual sport bike to ride for fun -- it has been years since I'd been on a dirt bike and I wanted to see if I could still ride.

2004 Honda ST1300A

While the Triumph is great for cruising around town, or half day rides, it is not a bike optimized for getting out and putting in a whole day's worth of distance on. I found myself still wanting something for more than around town. I abandoned my BMW streak (another story) and bought a new Honda ST1300 and I'm very happy I did, it's a great motorcycle. Click on the pic for more info.

2003 Triumph Bonneville T100

The Bonneville was my 50th birthday present to myself. I couldn't stand being without a bike after selling the R1150RT, guess I'm a lifelong biker after all. Triumph has really done a nice job with this bike, it has all the aesthetic appeal of the original 60's version but with none of the vices. Because they are made to conform to EPA noise and emission standards some tweaking is in order. Mods most owners make include switching to aftermarket exhaust and making some changes to the airbox and carburetor jetting. With that done it runs great and sounds like a proper Triumph. Click on the pic for more info.

1982 BMW R100RS

I've always loved BMW airheads and the RS is the ultimate model. Although I've owned several BMWs, including two previous airheads, I have always wanted an RS so I decided one day to find one. Click on the pic for the full story

2002 BMW R1150RT

Having owned the K1100RS for so long I wanted to try an oilhead and also get into something with a bit more upright seating position. This is a great motorcycle but does have some issues, primarily the linked brakes and engine surging. I sold it though because I thought I was done motorcycling (see story above) and because I didn't like the linked brakes or the surging. Turns out I was wrong, I wasn't done motorcycling and now realize I will never be. For 2004 BMW added a 2nd spark plug which eliminated the surging problem but still has the linked brakes on this model. Overall it's a great motorcycle and I recommend it.

1993 BMW K1100RS

This bike was bought while living in Colorado because it was too hot there for the RT with it's full fairing. I owned it for 9 years and put about 15,000 miles on it, the most of any single bike I've owned. As with many of the bikes on this page, I wish I still had this bike.

1993 BMW K1100RT

no pic at this time

Bought new, fitted wider RS model wheels and radial tires at time of purchase. Possibly the only RT around with such a set-up -- I never saw or heard of another. Sold it when I moved to Colorado and it was too hot behind the large fairing in the summer riding season.

1993 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail

Harley was on the comeback trail and I just had to try it. As my buddy who worked in the motorcycle shop told me, "it can be fun to go slow". It was for a while, but deep down inside I appreciate more functional bikes, those that handle, stop, and go better, so I sold it.

1990 Honda RC30 (VFR750R)

Honda's RC30 was not a production motorcycle, rather it was made by their HRC division. It was produced for one reason only, to race. Road going versions were sold to the public to "homologate" it, or make it so they could race it. Technically it was a 1988 model but was sold in this country only in 1990, and only 300 were brought into the country. It is very exotic and very expensive for it's time, mrsp was $14,999. It sat on the floor at a Seattle area dealer for a bit longer than they thought it should and I eventually bought it for their cost. I owned for about three years attending Reg Pridmore's CLASS each year at the local race track, plus occasionally went on other rides. During one ride with a bunch of buddies to Canada I saw 160 mph indicated several times. This motorcycle handles unbelievably. Yes, it's fast, but that's not the most remarkable thing about it, it's the way it goes around corners. And I should never have sold this one either.

1989 BMW R100RT

This model R100RT was the last series of "airhead" and was produced from 1988-1992. Changes for this series included use of the K-bike front end, monolever rear suspension, and valves & seats that could finally cope with unleaded fuel. I owned this bike for several years and took several vacation trips on it with my stepson. I sold it after putting about 11,000 miles on it.

1989 Honda CB-1

There was a Honda dealer right next door to my office that had these on closeout. What a wonderful toy, a 400cc double-overhead cam with a redline of 14,000 rpm! I had the wheels powdercoated blue, added an aftermarket exhaust, and did some small tweaks to the suspension.

1987 Honda XL250

Bought this to expose my stepson Justin to dirt riding, and because it had been a while and I was anxious to get back into the dirt myself. He really didn't get into it though so I sold it a year or two later. Kids.

1983 Honda FT500

I found a two year old new bike at a dealer for an unbelievable closeout price that I couldn't resist. I was broke at the time but bought it just to have something to ride around. This is not a great motorcycle and and unlike many of my other bikes I don't wish I still had it.

1982 Honda V45 Sabre

I became enamored with all the new technology this bike had: water cooling, V4 engine, shaft drive, anti-dive front suspension, trick data display. Eventually sold because I needed the money.

1969 Honda CB750 K1

This bike was a basket case project I found in the back room of Seattle Honda and became my first real restoration project. It was showed when finished a local bike show and won an award. I should NEVER have sold this bike!

1980 Honda CB750F

Some buddies and I started spending time at the race track. My R80 did an admirable job for what it was, but some of the other guys were buying Honda's new double-overhead-cam CB750s which were all the rage. I finally succumbed and sold the BMW to buy the Honda. Trouble is, the Honda was significantly harder to ride quickly as it needed to be keep up in revs with much more shifting required. It took me two different track sessions to finally get a better time with the Honda that I'd done with the BMW.

1978 BMW R80/7

My first BMW, I bought it new in 1979 on a last year's model markdown. I bought and installed an S fairing and handlebars. This color was called "Havanna Gold". I wish I still had this bike!

1977 Honda CB-750

This was the first NEW motorcycle I ever purchased... moving up in the world. It was kind of nice not to have to fix something up. I ended up selling this one to my brother and bought the BMW R80, what would end up being the first of several BMWs.

1975 Kawasaki 500 triple

Bought because an acquaintance was selling it cheap and I'd always liked the sound, or rather the moan, these three cylinder engines make. Discovered it was a really POOR handling bike however and sold it.

1978 Yamaha XS500E

A later model than the first one, I bought this one from my brother who wanted to get rid of it.

1974 Hodaka Combat Wombat 125

This bike was owned during my college years, I just couldn't give up dirt riding.

1976 Yamaha XS500C

no pic at this time

Lovely brown color (not!) and a great handling bike. I discovered I liked riding twisty roads and strafing apexes with this bike and became a lifelong fanatic about handling characteristics. Yamaha broke into new territory in this class by creating a 4-valve per cylinder engine in a production streetbike with the 500cc, 4-stroke.

Honda SL125

Although this was a dual sport bike it was configured for dirt-only use.

1968 Yamaha DT-1

Yamaha's first true enduro bike, this model was revolutionary. I rode this bike on both the road and dirt, it was my only transportation at the time

1966 Yamaha 250 Big Bear Scrambler

My first real street bike. The term "scrambler", which implied some sort of dual-purpose or dirt ability, was a misnomer common in the day. It had a very finicky engine to keep running, I don't miss this one.

1965 Honda CB160

Although this bike was purchased used, MSRP at the time was $530. The 161cc single-overhead cam, four-stroke twin spun up to 10,000 rpm and generated 16.5 horsepower--enough, the specs claimed, for a top end of 75 mph. In a road test, Cycle World even dubbed the new bike a "baby Super Hawk". This was a project bike that I bought, fixed up, and sold and didn't own very long.

1965 Hodaka Ace 90

A basketcase bike I brought back to life and rode in the gravel pits near my house. As was popular, mine was "stripped down" and the lights and other parts removed for dirt-only riding. Hodakas have made a bit of a comeback, there is a fairly active community dedicated to restoring and operating these Japanese dirt bikes.

1963 or 64 Honda CA110 Sport 50

My very first motorcycle. The Honda CA110 Sport 50 was produced from 1962 to 1969 and was somewhat rare compared to the step-thru model featured in the "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" ads. The frame, front forks, and fenders were scarlet red. The engine was a 49cc OHV single cylinder with a manual clutch. Early models were 3-speed, but later models had a 4-speed -- mine was a 4-speed and was black. Even though this was a street bike, all I did was ride it in the dirt.

 

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