Category: Motorcycle Musings

Motorcycle Musings

A Harley kind-of-day

Put close to 200 miles on my Harley Switchback Thursdya, observing the approaching Spring and knowing that two days of rain are coming before Sunday brings a stretch of sunny and warmer weather for the upcoming week. Technicians gave the electrical system a once-over after last week’s glitch that put the newer bike in the

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Motorcycle Musings

The dependable Dyna Super Glide

An electrical glitch sidelined my Harley-Davidson Switchback Sunday shortly after I headed out for a long-overdue ride in beautiful weather. Thankfully, Amy ventured out with a pair of jumper cables and I was able to get the machine started again and limped home from downtown Floyd. The Switchback will sit in the garage until I

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On the road again

Next month will be the second anniversary of the great cow encounter on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on Nov. 9, 2012 — an accident that kept me off a motorcycle and in rehab for extensive physical therapy for 21 months. Before the crash, I often rode 200-300 miles a day, and

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Heading for the road

The sun is coming up on another cool but beautiful morning, the Harley is waiting in the garage and I will be on it soon for a ride and breakfast. A few months ago, it was still a question over whether or not I could ever ride a motorcycle again.  Doctors resolved that question in

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Writing about death is never easy

In more than a half-century of reporting news, the hardest stories to write have always been about death. In the 1960s, as a young reporter for The Roanoke Times, one of my assignments for the paper required contacting the families of soldiers killed in Vietnam to obtain information for stories about their deaths. I encountered

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Motorcycle Musings

Riding: It’s in the blood

With wife Amy obtaining her motorcycle license over the weekend, we will be a motorcycling couple as soon as we pick up her new Can-Am RTS at the dealer in North Carolina later this week. A lot of people asked why I would even consider getting back on a bike after my cow encounter in

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Amy joins the motorcycle ranks

Amy Thompson is now a licensed motorcycle rider after having completed the three-wheel “trike and sidecar” class at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg. We are now in the market for a three-wheeler for her, preferably a Can-Am that has two wheels in the front. Related articles Trikes are on the rise in motorcycle culture

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Toys for Tots

Each December, Marines and the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group gather in Salem for the annual Toys for Tots ride — a charity benefit that helps the toys program of the Marine Corps. It’s been my privilege in past years to both ride my Harley in the event and to help as an official for

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