Archive for the ‘Motorcycles’ Category

Motorcycle Instincts and Startups

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

There was a good post today on the Fortune blog titled "Motorcycle Instincts and Startups" here: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/04/motorcycle-instincts-and-start-ups/ I think the post is a good read and draws useful parallels for a few aspects of motorcycling and startups. I've been riding motorcycles for over 40 years both on and off road and on six continents ...

One for OJ

Monday, July 19th, 2010

19 July, 2010 While Scott is out wandering the world, we are left to more pedestrian, plebeian pursuits. Devoid of exotic destinations, we must settle for the typical, the mundane, the merely domestic. (click on image for larger size) That’s not to say it is without its simple pleasures. (click on image for larger size) And ...

The Old Ways

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Reentering the grid is a challenging experience when planned and voluntary. When unexpected, arbitrary and not of your own making, it is doubly so. At times, the pragmatic aspects are overwhelming in their breadth, requiring an entire life to be reconstructed and assembled out of sometimes moving parts. But those challenges ...

Expedition Detritus

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife, I’m a bit of a pack rat, as well as a horizontal filer. What that translates into is an office that inevitably evolves into stacks of material covering every horizontal surface. To my wife’s and others amazement, I can locate the correct strata of ...

3rd World Gear

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Setting up a house can often be laborious, if not tedious, but there are some hidden joys. Such as unpacking all the motorcycle stuff that's been stored in various locations around the U.S.A. for the last few years. While there were plenty of Christmas morning moments for me, one of my favorites was ...

Criteria Model for Overland Expedition Vehicles

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Model is located here: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/docs/oevcriteria.xls   Intended use for the model:  Document the general parameters, priorities and specific requirements for a proposed Overland Expedition Vehicle (OEV).   The model is intended to improve communication between potential OEV owners and their dreams, fabricators, subcontractors and manufacturers. In practical use it can help potential OEV owners identity ...

To Tell the Truth

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

We were westbound on the Chile Chico road when we saw them.   We’d been through the rough stretch from town to the mine and the subsequent narrow, single lane portion that clings to the cliffs along the south side of Lago General Carrera with its stunning views.   The huge lake, ...

The Second Quest

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

    One of the little known upsides of foreign travel is exposure to obscure movies subtitled in the local language. We’re holed up in a hotel in Santiago, Chile, waiting for our expedition truck & motorcycles to arrive via ship in Valparaiso.   One of the ways we’ve been killing time is ...

Emergency Beacon / GPS Tracker

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I just came across this company and their product launched 1 November, 2007. Small, lightweight and portable, it combines EPIRB type emergency beacon functions with a general purpose GPS locator tracker and simple "I'm OK" message functions. It looks like it would be great for hikers, skiers, climbers, mountain bikers, off-road motorcyclists, ...

Heath Aeroplane Company

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

File this one under “you learn something new every day.” While at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinville, Oregon (highly recommended) I noticed this small gasoline engine on display. It combined several of my lifelong interests: aviation, historical aircraft, motorcycling, historical motorcycles and something from my youth, Heathkit. When I was nine my ...