The Perfect Vehicle -


September 16, 2016

Motorcycle Safety Class, study guides and skill test prep

Human BINGO icebreaker
For MSF instructors, here are six different “BINGO” cards for human bingo that you can use as an icebreaker in your classes. With six¬†versions, you should be able to have different BINGO cards at each table of students. [CC License – non-commercial, attribution, share&share alike / Dropbox download]

New to me .. flash cards to help review the material in a basic Motorcycle Safety Class. Free!

From DOL: the Two- and Three-Wheel Motorcycle Operator Manual

Here are the five skills test/evaluations in Washington state, whether or not you take the MSF basic or intermediate rider course.


For fun

December 12, 2014

Motorcycles by George Fitch (1912)

R1200 BWM 2015

Seattle Motorcycle Show, November 2014

A MOTORCYCLE is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment and is designed for the special use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils and lunatics.

The motorcycle is equipped with a motor small enough to be put in a large pocket and loud enough to fill a coliseum comfortably. This motor is connected with the rear wheels of the bicycle, and when it is in the mood will revolve the wheel with tremendous speed, thus causing the bicycle to proceed from hither and yon over buggies, pedestrians, fences and small outbuildings.


For fun

October 21, 2014

From 1931: the Motorwheel (French, of course)

1st September 1931: Swiss engineer M Gerder at Arles, France on his way to Spain in his ‘Motorwheel’, a motorcycle with a wheel which runs on a rail placed inside a solid rubber tyre. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Discovered at


June 5, 2012

The kindness of strangers

Tags: ,

It was 8.58, and still raining, when I was ready to mount up after meeting a student at the Northgate Panera Bread. Too late to return the Netflix in the Givi tailpack without penalty. “Oh well, I won’t tell Mike,” I thought, because he hates it when a free rental winds up costing a dollar.

I backed the Transalp out of the parking slot, mounted up and pressed the starter, my mind more on the Netflix return than starting up. Sputter, sputter. Sigh. It’s been so long since this happened; must be the rain. Flip the engine cut-off switch off and back on. Sputter, sputter. Press the starter again. Rumble rumble!

At 9 pm in June in Seattle, it’s still not dark, even on a wet day like today, although visibility was, to put it kindly, limited. I merge into heavier-than-expected northbound I-5 traffic and make my way carefully over to the car pool lane.

No sooner than I make it over, the bike slows down.



March 18, 2012

Protected: Update on Tom

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: