Philosophy and Motorcycles

Philosophy and motorcycles are two of my favorite things in life. This blog will be bits of wisdom gleaned from a misspent youth and an adventurous dotage. People who like/love wisdom or motorcycles, classic or modern versions of either, are welcome to visit and comment.

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Location: Wisconsin, United States

I have been married to the same lovely woman for decades. We have one son, two cats, and live in rural Wisconsin, USA. I ride and rebuild motorcycles, and I am semi-retired. Favorite bikes are Yamaha XS650, FJ1200 and Ducati 900SS. My wife is a home care nurse. I am a Myers-Briggs INTP. She is ESFJ. Our son works at the Apple store in downtown SF and is teaching English as a second language in San Francisco, no grandchildren.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Greenspan said that he is now sad that the financial institutions were not able to govern themselves. I wonder if he would advocate an end to traffic laws because, after all, drivers can govern themselves. Maybe if we deregulated drugs people would monitor and govern themselves. They certainly wouldn't consume things known to be harmful, would they? If we de-criminalized rape it would encourage people to take responsibility for their own actions and rape would be eliminated because obviously no one would take advantage of that lack of regulation to satisfy carnal urges that are reprehensible. Men are naturally caring and considerate animals excepted when taunted by unfair laws, right? Now I don't want to get off on a rant here but just how damn dumb are these morons. Even a burnt and blunted old reprobate from the mid-west can tell that "there was a fundamental flaw in the model of how the world works" regarding deregulation of banks. Where were they when the savings and loan associations were looted? You just don't leave Freddie Kruger to guard the kindergarten. The idea that bankers would give a damn about anyone but themselves ranks about 9.8 on my weird crapometer. If ever there was a group of people to compete with lawyers for scum de jour it would be big bankers and wall street brokers. While they're pulling out faster than an evangelist in a raided brothel they're loading gilded lifeboats with our money. The sad part of this debacle is that not one of these corporadoes will spend his final days hanging in a crow cage. Instead they're using our stolen money to hire lobbyists to buy votes to get rid of the estate tax. Theft of that magnitude should be a capital crime, punishable by death. Of course, these are just my thoughts. I'm not a financial "expert" like Greenspin.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Tonight when I went to the shop the small winter area got to 74 degrees within six minutes. It isn't cold but it is chilly. I am confident it will warm quickly when it is truly cold. I will need to cover the concrete with something but that's easy to do. When I put down floor in my den in the basement I used 3/4" foam and subfloor under the oak flooring. It is warm and wasn't difficult to do. I'll need something solid so it doesn't eventually sag from the weight of motorcycles.

My first project for this year will be to change transmissions in my Moto Guzzi T3 and finish the cosmetics. I found a nice V-65 dash on ebay and I will use that rather than the square ugly dash that came with the police fork. The original T3 dash was ruined in the wreck. I haven't been able to find one that was affordable. The V-65 is similar and should be a fairly simple swap. Those things always end by taking more time than I anticipated but it will be well worth it to have a nice dash rather than the square gauge cluster.

Sitting in the shop tonight, looking at the Guzzi, I really like the lines of the T3. I work for another day and then have a couple days off. I will begin cleaning and get ready for the start of the T3 project. I might even have time to make a start on it. By the end of next week it will be running and again and should be ready for the paint. Color is undecided. I'm leaning toward black but I have looked at a lot of colors and like several. It will be hard to decide.
Those are the kinds of decisions I enjoy. There are no bad choices.

PS: As the election nears I have had more thoughts about the past years of the Bush disaster. We are far in debt, the economy is poor, the war continues and corporations are feeding on each other. My investment in motorcycles looks a lot better than most stock accounts. At least I have some control and can't be wiped out by some suit with no ethics.