Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Some dabbling in non-legal/political writing

With loving car
Bike, April 2010, at 36 (British motorcycle magazine)

I have noticed that car drivers here in the United States are also becoming more aware of motorbikes (Bike, January 2010) and often pull to the side to give us more room. It must have quite a bit to do with bikes becoming more mainstream now. Add to that the fact that most bikes here are sold to those whose primary source of transportation is a car and you will notice greater co-existence. So I am willing to bet many of those we see pulling over to give us room to pass are riders themselves. Add to that a dose of monkey-see-monkey-do from other drivers and the nunbers will increase. And they will continue to rise if we continue to acknowledge them by a simple wave, nod of the head..... [so long as it is safe to do so, of course!]


More than a Pretty Face
Cycle News, April 21, 2010, at 4

Nicky Hayden's great (almost podium finish!) performance in Qatar confirms that he remains a great rider and not just a pretty face. Kudos to Ducati for sticking with him.

Also, as a Gixxer rider and lover of all things Suzuki, I would be remiss if I did not mention how much I love the new Team Rizla colors -- courtesy of Troy Lee Designs. I cannot wait to see the new colors on their policewomen umbrella girls.


Letter From America
Visor Down, May 2010, at 25 (British motorcycle magazine)

The interview with James May reminded me of my very first episode of Top Gear. It was the "Vietnam" episode that got me hooked on the show. It was about these three British guys....

More recently they did a show featuring the bike on every collector's short list: a Vincent Black Shodow (ridden by Hammond).

Clearly both Hammond and May are quite enthusiastic about motorbikes. Though May asserts that motorbikes will not be a regular part of Top Gear, I hope they continue to at least throw us a bone from time-to-time.


Past Darkly
Metal Hammer, Oct. 2010, at 30 (British music magazine)

I'm a U.S. Maiden fan who bought their albums post-Nirvana and I'd enjoy either a nostalgia act or music of the past 10 years when they tour. Nevertheless, I don't understand why Maiden cannot continue to tour the way they did in the past: play the best songs from their catalogue and throw in new songs to promote the new album. The way they do it now has a paternalistic feel to it.

[Metal Hammer editors think it is because "[a]lternating tours means they play more often per album."]