I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

Dale Franks

I Am Under Satellite Surveillance

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They all said I was crazy, that no one was watching me.  But they were wrong!  I have proof!

I found this on MapQuest.  Kinda cool to be able to point out your motorcycle from space, huh?

Motorcycle.Com’s Best of 2009

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The annual march of media bike choices continues, with Motorcycle.com weighing in with thir top picks of the year.  Their choices are interesting, and a bit different than I would have expected.

For the overall bike of the year, they picked the Triumph Street Triple R.

Best Continue reading

Fit to Ride?

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Harley-Davidson has come up with a good idea, and it’s one that really should be implemented as widely as possible.  The MoCo will be implementing the Harley-Davidson Fit Shops at dealers all over the country.

Dealership Fit Shop specialists work with current and prospective Harley-Davidson motorcycle Continue reading

More on the New Honda VFR

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Our cousins in the UK at Motorcycle news report that the new Honda V-4 bike has a lot more to it that previously thought.  There’s apparently a lot of innovation in this new bike.

First up is the variable cylinder use.  Instead of running in a Continue reading

Another BMW Rumor

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I‘ve been seeing this pop up for the last few days.  Oberdan Bezzi is an Italian motorcycle designer.  Sometimes his notions of what a future bike model would look like are just that: notions.  But, he is a guy who has some hooks into the Continue reading

Wanting What I Can’t Have

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On my way home from work today, I had to make a few stops to pick up some things.  One of those stops took me right past the Moto Forza Italian bike dealership, so, without anything better to do, I went in just to look around a Continue reading

BMW Is Serious About Sportbikes

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BMW recently announced that the new S1000RR superbike would be available for sale to the public in January, at a price that makes it very competitive with Japan’s Big 4.  Now, it appears that this was part of an intentional strategy to go after the Japanese market Continue reading

Rumblings From Harley?

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A few months ago, in April, the May edition of Cycle World magazine (link unavailable, it was print) printed a rumor on page 24 that Harley-Davidson was working on a V-4 power plant for…something.  Even Cycle World didn’t know:

Harley-Davidson is rumored to be working on a new Continue reading

More Free WordPress Themes

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I‘ve whipped up more free Motorcycle themes for WordPress. They’re free for anyone who wants them.  To download the theme, just click the screenshot.

I call the first one “Monochrome”.  It’s done completely in grayscale–no color at all.

The next one is called “Kneeslider” because of Continue reading

Buell 1125R Test Ride

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The ambient air temperature read 87° as I pressed the starter switch on the blue-on-white Buell 1125R, and prepared myself for the slight possibility of fun.

I say “slight possibility”, because the restrictions that Biggs Harley-Davidson in San Marcos, CA had set on the test ride were stacked Continue reading