I learned to ride on a 1965 Honda S-90, which was a blast. Got my motorcycle license in 1982 by doing my road test on a Harley in February. In Michigan. Bought my first bike, a 1981 Suzuki 650E in 1982 and rode it all over Texas.
In Germany, I rode a Yamaha 450 for awhile and in 2003, I bought a Honda 919, which is a great all-round bike. These days, so-called “standard” motorcycles are called “naked.” Since they don’t have a lot of excess plastics and fairings bolted on, exposing the engine, I suppose the term “naked” has significance. I don’t worry about it that much – I just ride. I took a motorcycle safety course in Utah shortly after buying the Honda, because it’s a proven fact that defensive motorcycling can save your life.
In September 2015, I bought a 2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS. This is a much larger bike than I’ve ever ridden, and it has more power than I know what to do with. This bike does a marvelous job in protecting me from the elements, largely because I got tired of getting beat up by the wind. A marvelous machine, this bike is a joy to ride.
Firearms – Yep. ‘Nuff said. Cops are great folks, but it’s a legal fact that they are not there to protect individuals. I believe in the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. A license to carry concealed is also part of my deal. The senseless slaughter at Virginia Tech made a believer out of me – it’s vital to protect oneself against all manner of crazies and wackos.
Pets – This is where I spend a great deal of time when I’m not otherwise working or playing music, or writing my book. We have an African grey parrot named Phoebe, whom you can’t shut up. Two more parrots, a Nanday conure named Wilbur and an orange-winged Amazon, are two birds we’re fostering. Our dogs include Belle, a purebred golden retriever, who is the original couch potato and 2nd fiddle to Lexie, who is the alpha dog and one of those scary-smart mutts. Maya, an almost-pure Australian Shepherd, makes up the trio of female dogs. Maya’s an alpha wannabe, so there are “issues” between her and Lexie on occasion, so all that keeps us on our toes.