Dale Franks

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

(Lack of) Speed Kills

You know, it’s the slow stuff that’s dangerous. Making a turn from a standing start at a stoplight, that kind of stuff.

On a bike, the faster you’re moving–within reason, of course–the easier it is to throw the bike around. A bike moving at speed doesn’t want to fall. relatively… Continue reading

I Want a Big Twin

Someday, in the not-too-distant future, this will be the Ex-1200C Sportster blog. because I am getting a big twin. In fact, I’m getting a Road King. I don’t know when, exactly, but I’m getting one.

I have a cunning plan.

Actually, it’s a blindingly obvious plan. I’m going to throw… Continue reading

How Fast is My Sportster? Well…

Today was a (almost) a bad day, and a good day.

First, the (almost) bad. I almost dumped the bike today. It happened at the worst place possible: the parking lot of the Harley dealership. I went down to San Diego Harley because my luggage bag broke one of the… Continue reading

Sport Bikes

What is it about people who ride sport bikes? Why all the showboating? Am I supposed to be impressed? As I was riding to work this morning on the 395, doing about 60–the speed limit is 55–a guy on a sport bike just zips past me doing God only knows… Continue reading

Know Your Bike

It’s been more than a week of daily riding, and I’m finally starting to get comfortable on the bike. I’m still doing a lot of self-critique of my technique, but the bad really is outweighed by the good in terms of getting familiar.

I’m still feeling out turning, though. I… Continue reading

Letting it Out a Bit

Now that I have more than 500 miles on my Sporty, I’ve started to let the Dogs of War slip out a little bit. I took her over 60MPH for the first time today.

On the way to work, I kept taking her up to 65MPH, then dropping the throttle… Continue reading

Buyer’s Remorse Resolved

I went to the dealership this afternoon after work. I looked at a lot of bikes. And when I did, I realized that, for the money, the 1200C is really all the bike I need. I’m not gonna make highway trips. I’m really only going to use it around town,… Continue reading

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