Dale Franks

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

First Impressions

I love it.

It was way different from the little Eliminators and rebels at the MSF course. It moves. When I first got on it, I rolled on the throttle just a little too much coming out of the stop at the entrance to the parking lot at the… Continue reading

Happy Harleyday! For Real This Time!

Finally, it happened! We got to the dealership today and everything went perfectly. I finally got it.
Here it is. This was my first look at the finished bike. It looks even better now than it did as a basic model sitting on the showroom.

This is the sales guy… Continue reading

I Passed

It was a long, hot day on the MSF riding range today. Officially, the air temperature was 95. On the asphalt pad, it must’ve been significantly hotter.

We did lots of turning, cornering, and swerving, then we took the skills test. They docked me three points on my emergency stop,… Continue reading

OK, So It Isn’t Happy Harleyday

I am getting really, really irked at San Diego Harley. My bike wasn’t ready today. it was supposed to be. I was told it was ready on Friday. But when I got there today, it wasn’t.

We got to the dealership at 9:00am exactly. I walked into the sales desk… Continue reading

Happy Harleyday!

It’s time to hit the sack for the evening. But it’s just rolled past midnight, which means that today is the day I pick up my Harley from the dealership! The wait is almost over. Just a few hours of sleep, and it’ll be time to drive down and get my bike.

Riding Day

Well, the MFS class went really well today. I was surprised that I remembered so much about riding, and, for the most part, all of the exercises came fairly easily. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I was rusty, and some things like slaloming weren’t as smooth as they should’ve been,… Continue reading

Tomorrow, Compadres…We Ride!

The first session of the MSF course is over. This was all classroom stuff tonight, but tomorrow at 1:00pm, we start riding. Finally. This will be my first time back on a motorcycle since 1987.

And that wasn’t a good time, since I dumped the bike. It was a dirt… Continue reading

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