Tiny Bikes

There used to be a pseudo-underground racing league for mini bikes in Detroit. When I found out about it the very first thing I did was run out and buy the first cheapo Craigslist mini bike I could find, so did my buddy Jer. That year Jer won the big race, so that winter my […]

Building Motors: New things I’ve learned

I’ve built a decent handful of motors over the years. Rarely have I done every part of the task, usually I’ve been part of a chain of people doing teardown, clean-up, machine work, re-assembly…  This winter however, I had the pleasure of being involved in every phase of building not one, but two R6 race […]

A love letter to winter

As part of my “real job” I frequently travel to California and Arizona. In the summertime this can be a nightmare, but in the winter it is occasionally a welcome reprieve from the darkness and sogginess of an Ontario winter. Honestly, I like the winter. I like the calm, the long twilights, and the sparkle […]

County Diners of Essex County

Last weekend was probably the last decent riding weather of the year, and boy was it spectacular. The temperature was exactly right for cruising in my preferred gear: A waxed cotton jacked and moto jeans. The colours in the county were spectacular, and the low afternoon sun over Lake Erie and her tributaries was as […]

Motorcycle Culture in Chicago

Recently my lovely wife Jenny and I celebrated our 20th anniversary together (9 years married) by taking a trip to Chicago for a VNV Nation concert. It was awesome. I was hoping that this could be the second instalment of my blogs about the motorcycle culture in various cities throughout the world. Unfortunately the weather was […]

2017 Season Closer

The 2017 race season is now at a close, lamentably, but I’d like to hop in the wayback machine and back it up to Round 3 of the 2017 SOAR Endurance series in the GTU class (which is for older dirt-bag bikes like our “beautiful on the inside” 2003 R6).  There are four riders on […]

Personal Best

Motorcycling is a hobby where you would be wise to check your ego, and this is particularly true of motorcycle racing. There are very few people out there who can extract 100% of the capability of a modern sport bike, and those who can generally have years of practice and training to thank. In car […]

Dropped on Drouillard

Last week we participated in our first public show. This is was the first time we took the wraps of our project bikes and showed them to the world in the flesh. It was an eye opening experience. Now, I should preface this by saying that this was an “Urban Street Fair” and not a […]

Parts Costs and Irrational Desire

This weekend we will be showing two of our builds at a local “Urban Street Culture” festival; Dropped on Drouillard in the Ford City Neighbourhood of Windsor. Both of our bikes happen to be old Hondas. We like old Hondas. There’s a very good reason for this. The quality is definitely there so they don’t fall […]

The Maiden Voyage

Our first official build has just hit a major milestone; This week I put plates on it, and road it on the street with insurance, and lights, and everything. Before I describe that, let me first jump into the way-back machine and recount my maiden-maiden voyage… The first bike I ever “built” was my first […]