Dale Franks

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

Recovering

It sure has seemed like a long week.  I went back to work Tuesday, and, of course, at work I can’t take any of the percosets I was given by the doctor on Friday.  I’m reduced to Tylenol for pain-killing during the day.

Tylenol is worthless.

Oddly enough,… Continue reading

AMA Opposes Tariffs

The american Motorcycle Association finally came out in opposition to the plans for imposing a 100% tariff on all European bikes imported to the US that have an engine displacement of 50cc-500cc.

The federal measure is designed as retaliation to the 27-member European Union’s continuing import ban on American beef… Continue reading

Lawyering Up

I’m not even gonna try to deal with this myself.  I got rear-ended in my SUV a couple of years ago, and I handled it myself, and I got screwed.

No, this time, I’ve already set the lawyer wheels in motion.  Their investigator is coming by today to… Continue reading

Better Engines

The Norton post about rotary-engined motorcycles got me thinking about motorcycle engines in general. There haven’t been a lot of rotary motorcycle engines–or car engines for that matter.  Frankly, despite the valiant efforts of Mazda, the fact is that the Wankel engine has problems.

The seals at the three… Continue reading

The Return of Norton?

Take a look at the motorcycle below.  Take a good look.  It is a 1991 Norton Commander F1.

1991 Norton Commander F1

1991 Norton Commander F1

This is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built.  It was powered by a 588cc twin-rotary Wankel engine. I think the 588cc is a… Continue reading

The Next Day

Holy Judas frickin’ Priest on a Popsicle stick!

I am experiencing some discomfort in my legs and foot.  In much the same way that the residents of Hiroshima experienced discomfort in august of 1945.

Fortunately, I only experience this discomfort in the islands of lucidity I have between Percosets.… Continue reading

Wrecked (Updated)

I was almost home.

I turned off of Center City onto El Norte Parkway, and as I was crossing Escondido Boulevard, I saw him pull out.  I could see the driver very clearly, or rather, I could see the back of his head.  With two lanes of traffic… Continue reading

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