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.

Friday, November 14, 2008


I, among many, am glad the election is over. I cringed during the later days when one candidate accused the other of wanting to redistribute wealth. During the past 7 years there has been a consistent redistribution of wealth upward to the richest few. It may be the greatest redistribution of wealth ever but I think the Soviet breakup was far worse. In any event I know our income has not kept up with inflation and we're stuck with a huge national debt. Oh well, my shop is warm and I have projects to finish. Life is good.

I am to the final stages of assembly of my Moto Guzzi T3. I enjoy this stage of the work. It is down to little things that take time and don't show much but these are the details that make it a nice machine. I don't want a show bike. I don't want a motorcycle I can't take down a gravel road on a rainy day. I like them nice, not perfect. I drive my machines and that means they will get the occasional nick, chip or bit of dirt in an area difficult to reach. So be it. These are kinetic objects not static art. It is good to see the parts redistributed from the boxes to their various places on the machine.

My son moved to the west coast and I hope to visit him this winter. It will be good to have a break from the severe northern weather. I will post pictures of the T3 soon. Meanwhile keep warm, stay busy and keep in touch.



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