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.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Damn I am glad there are people in this country with money. If it were not for them there would be no good used motor cycles available. I recently looked in a magazine at test reports. 21 large for a new Victory, 20 large for a BMW and 18 large for a new Kawasaki Concourse. All great bikes I am sure but what money. I recently bought a 92 Yamaha FJ1200 to replace my 90 FJ1200. By the time I got it all ready for long distance travel I have about $2,500 in it. That's affordable. And the real world difference between the latest whiz bang sport touring bike and my FH1200 is minimal. Yet if someone had not bought that FJ new it would not have been available used. For people in my bracket it's nice to have people out there who buy new. So thank you to whoever bought my FJ1200 new. I appreciate your purchase. I also appreciate that you have moved on to something newer and enabled me to buy a wonderful powerful smooth sport touring machine at a discount even a working man can afford. Thanks. Maybe in a few years I'll pick up whatever you bought to replace this FJ1200.


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