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  1. Trippin' the Week Fantastic
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine It's been an incredible week; new job, new shoes, and I'm rolling like never before. Jules snapped some beautiful pictures on our ride last Sunday, sailing through the dirty mountain roads I love so dearly. Conditions weren't the best; heavy rains the week prior had washed a lot of dirt and debris onto the road, and several corners were still awash with little rivulets and streams, making for some hurried decelerations. The day prior I had run with a crew and the rider in front of me
  2. Masterpiece: The most exquisite production bike in the world
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine Ducati has created what I consider to be the most beautiful, most exquisite production missle motorcycle the world has yet seen - and it's a drastic departure from the "traditional" design parameters that one normally associates with the Italian Marque. I've spent more than a few weeks at Ducati Corse's workshop and design studios so I'm quite familiar with their capabilities, but this machine, the 1199 Panigale, has completely blown me away with the engineering genius that has shaped every major component, and the technical genius of the entire
  3. Don't become a prisoner of your words
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine Leave the Ivory Tower and take a moment to share your life with others. Learn from them, teach them, realize deeply that we are all one people, and truly appreciate all the gifts in your life. Music has been a constant in my life from early days, and it's why I share so much of it here. Oftentimes, I find it replaces words and can more accurately replicate or instigate a mood or feeling. Smile more :) Don't just sit there.
  4. Slip and Slide; crash testing Zorak
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I spent Saturday morning running through the Santa Cruz mountains on the way to meet up with a "True Grit" rain or sun ride with a group of hardcore motorcycling enthusiasts. They will often ride in gnarly conditions to learn more about available traction while practicing advanced bike control, and just to have a good time challenging the weather while most folks stay inside (roads are typically more empty, almost no bicyclists, etc). Unfortunately, I didn't quite make it to the starting point of the ride and ended
  5. Era Extraña
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine This afternoon's listening; Era Extraña from Neon Lights. NPR wrote a nice little blurb here Eras end above us Eras end above us I see the headlight halo I see the headlight halo Eras end above us Eras end above us I see the headlight halo I see the headlight halo
  6. what is love? pt. 1
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I've been thinking about you lately, and what it means to Love. Not just the physical act, or the brain's chemical response, but the Power of Love and how it can transcend sheer "emotionality" in the human sense. These thoughts stem from a conversation I had in early January, wherein my friend proposed that "perhaps" we only get one chance at Love.
  7. Reining in the Rain; Dancing with Grace
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I've been meaning to write about the rain for quite some time; how it affects me and its effects on the road. We've had such good weather lately, I haven't been able to get anything down! As a rule, I don't like the rain. It always means more cleaning for me, as the tires on my bike kick up a lot of dirt and rocks, and I simply don't like how the moisture gets everywhere (sometimes into nooks and crannies that I can't easily clean). Rain can
  8. Thoughts on Women and Food; Consummate Consumables?
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine What can be so honest as a kiss; eyes closed, touching, feeling, exploring, open and vulnerable, exposed, aroused, curious, deft and teasing, heavy, the savoring of another. Air - Moon Fever, video from '63, Andy Warhol's "Kiss". Writing, how I have missed you. The self-imposed sense of deadlines and deliverables, this need to put something down and communicate in a way that uses neither my voice or body language, these thoughts floating 'round in my head are finalized into bits and pixels and expressed digitally. This is my
  9. Podcast time with Popmonkey, of www.Motopodcast.com
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine Last week I had the chance to meet up with my friend Jules "Popmonkey" Cisek, grab a bite at Alice's, and then go for a quick ride through the hills before ending up at my place in San Francisco. After what I'd observed on our ride, we talked about Jules' comfort level on the bike and decided to work on the rear Ohlins suspension of his Hypermotard, setting the sag and nearly replicating the settings used by my friend, Brad, on his Hyper. For some reason (could
  10. Winter Project 2011.5.0 Rears in Arrears.
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I've documented a few of the changes that I've made to the front end of my Fireblade, but I haven't really explained all the changes I've made to the rear - so now it's time to pay up! I tried my best to keep the front end of the bike as simple and elegant as possible, while still creating my own unique "face" and using this to accentuate the broad shoulders of the frame spars. I wanted my headlight to be small and discreet, to blend into the
  11. Winter Project 2011.4 Evolution is a Beautiful Thing.
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I've been riding quite a bit the last few months, inclement weather or not. Since I've completed the bike, dubbed with many names over the duration of the project, I've managed to put about 5K miles on the hybrid chassis, testing every aspect of it that I can. I'll detail the work I've put into it, but first I wanted to share a wonderful photo I took the other night on Geary Blvd in San Francisco. I've been watching my friend become more and more advanced as
  12. Winter Project 2011.3 Front End Beginning
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I started collecting parts almost immediately. eBay and Craigslist are great resources for a budget minded builder, and I found a low mileage set of CBR1000RR forks, calipers, trees, etc, for a good price, and then a set of Ducati Marchesini 999S wheels and thin Brembo rotors. Before I could swap out the running gear, I wanted to design my own headlight. This is the "face" of the bike, and it's one of the most important visual aspects to a machine. Nothing "off-the-shelf" would work for
  13. Winter Project 2011.3 Front End Beginning
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I started collecting parts almost immediately. eBay and Craigslist are great resources for a budget minded builder, and I found a low mileage set of CBR1000RR forks, calipers, trees, etc, for a good price, and then a set of Ducati Marchesini 999S wheels and thin Brembo rotors. Before I could swap out the running gear, I wanted to design my own headlight. This is the "face" of the bike, and it's one of the most important visual aspects to a machine. Nothing "off-the-shelf" would work for
  14. Winter Project 2011.2 Design Brief: Re-cycle, Re-new, Re-use!
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine The Subject: When creating something, it's important to have vision. So many great ideas are corrupted by time, complacency, and lack of focus and/or appreciation. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted my next bike to be, but like all projects, it would be an exercise of compromises. Very rarely does anything turn out exactly as imagined, or exactly as planned. Because of this, I renewed my mental resolve to take as few shortcuts and compromise as little as possible when building my bike.
  15. Winter Project 2011.1 What inspires me?
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine I was heavily influenced by this picture I'd come across on the internet and I wanted to create something similar, but with my own special touch. This green bike appeared to be a '93-'95 CBR900RR frame and radiator, with an '04-'06 R1 tailsection (custom alum tube subframe), Acerbis headlight, and CBR954RR front forks and wheels. The swingarm had been "boxed" (aluminum plate added for rigidity), the exhaust modified, and aftermarket rearsets, cf frameguards, and an Aprilia RS250 front fender added. Dirt bike handlebars completed the transformation from
  16. Winter Project 2011.0
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine In late summer, 2010, I picked up a beautiful 1996 Honda CBR900RR "Fireblade" in Santa Rosa, CA. It was well used, had a few scrapes and scratches, but I knew that I'd be modifying it in the future and it would be a fantastic base machine for me to be creative with. Initially I used the bike for commuting between San Francisco and San Jose to my office at Cisco's corporate headquarters, and while it performed this duty admirably, things would change and I would change with them. In
  17. Viajes, Voyages and the Return of my Websight
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine Carbon fiber hood under carbon fiber-ish high tops. My website has obviously been in disarray for some years now, but I've started to begin putting the pieces back together. Unlike days of old, I no longer carry a pocket Sony Cybershot camera with me everywhere, instead using my iPhone. I wonder how different things would have been had I been able to use an iPhone during my years in Europe, blogging, tweeting and facebooking while on the road. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the data plan going
  18. All Things Moto(GP) LeMans Wrap up, lots of great pictures and a fun short episode!
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine A nice, clean and simple episode for your viewing enjoyment, with some good discussion about the impact of Jorge Lorenzo's recent stellar performances and Ben Spies' woes. A bit about Moto2 - Congratulations Kenny Noyes on setting Pole Position at a new track in only your third Grand Prix! Have at it, people, looking forward to Mugello and see some of you at Miller Motorsports Park for WSBK this weekend!
  19. All Things Moto(GP), Jerez Wrap up, with MotoGPod.com podcaster, Jim Race!
    From MOTOLIAM - A Cog in the Machine Beautiful racing in Jerez this past weekend, and some amusing analysis with a plethora of action photos from the center of World Championship motorcycle racing - MotoGP! My guest for this show is none other than Jim Race, of the RideonTwo.com Forum and the MotoGPod weekly podcast! Jim's careful scrutiny of the timesheets from the practice sessions and races, alongside my assessment of the on-track action made for the longest show yet - and the one with the most photos! From JL99's obliteration of the competition and
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