In 2003 I entered the wonderful world of motorcycling. They never really appealed to me before then,
but one day I just suddenly started looking at them in an entirely different way. I read everything
I could get my hands on to learn the operational mechanics, and I then took the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course. Prior to
that I'd never been on a motorcycle, not even as a passenger, and by the end of that weekend
I was zipping all over the parking lot like a pro. I cannot say enough good things about the course and the
Shortly after taking the course I bought my first bike, a 2003 Kawasaki Ninja 250.
It's a great bike in so many regards. It's perfect for a new rider, since it's more forgiving of
mistakes, and it's relatively short and light. The great thing about it is that it grows with the rider.
A knowledgable rider on a Ninja 250 can leave lesser riders on bigger bikes in the dust. A fond memory
of mine is passing a pair of riders on a GSXR1000 and a Hayabusa on the twisty roads of western North
I have had an absolute blast with my Ninja. As of August 2008 I've put 65,000
miles on it. I've ridden it on several multiple day journies, including to Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
It's a great motorcycle, truly the best value in motorcycling. It's MSRP is under $3000, it's inexpensive
to insure and maintain, and it sips gasoline at a leisurely 70MPG. The motor may be small, but
the bike will still out-accelerate all but the fastest of cars and will reach a top speed of 100mph,
fast enough to get you a ticket anywhere in the U.S. It's so much more fun to squeeze every
ounce of performance out of a small motor than to use only a fraction of the potential of a large motor.
In April 2005 I added another bike to the stable. About a year earlier I first saw a Honda VFR up
close and personal; it belonged to a coworker who parked in the same lot as me. I distinctly recall
the first time I saw it; I was blown away by how beautiful a machine it was. When I later met the owner
and heard him crank the bike, the V4 engine and gear-driven cams were music to my ears; I knew a VFR
was somewhere in my future. I found a 1998 model in pristine shape for sale about 200 miles from me,
and I ended up buying it. It's a superb machine; as of August 2008 I've put about 35,000 miles on it.
I ride my two bikes about equally. The VFR
is great for long days of riding, especially if a lot of interstate is involved. The Ninja is a better
choice for commuting, shorter rides, and riding twisty mountain roads. They are a great complementary pair.
I'm also a fan of motorcycle racing. I regularly attend the WERA GNF/Suzuki
Cup races in Atlanta, the Mid-Ohio Superbike races, the VIR Superbike races,
and the Barber Superbike races. This year I'm super-excited about attending the MotoGP races in Indianapolis.
Ninja Specific Page
VFR Specific Page
My Riding Gear
My Touring/Camping Gear
My profile on the Ninja 250 Riders Club Forum
Various Photo Albums of Mine
My motorcycling blog