Welcome! Since your reading this, you’re either a friend,
family member, or someone obsessed with motorcycles that’s surfing
the net. In any case, I hope you find some stories of
rides and pictures of places that are of interest to you, and
will visit again soon.
My name is Ed Whitehead and I enjoy sharing motorcycle touring
stories about places I’ve been on the two bikes I currently
own. The first bike I own, and the one that got me back
into motorcycling, is a ‘95 BMW R100RT Classic.
This is the last year BMW made, what is affectionately referred
to as, the “airhead” boxer type engine. I’ve owned it
for almost two years now, and rode it by myself, around the
western part of the United States in the summer of 2001.
It’s a great bike and I have posted stories from that trip called,
“Around the West” in the “Recent Rides” section of this
My second motor is an out-of-the-box, shiny as a new penny,
hot damn, you gotta be kidding, 2002 Honda GL1800 Goldwing.
I know, you’re saying, “Jeez, a Goldwing is a boat.” Maybe,
but with the new aluminum frame, single swing arm, 118 horsepower
and a 66” wheelbase, it’s a very comfortable and fast boat.
My wife, Linda, and I completed a Goldwing trip around the western
part of the US in July of 2002. You can find the stories
and pictures from that ride here.
This is the same bike we used for our 11,644 mile, "Three
Corners" ride around the US of A in 2003.
My third, and newest bike, is a 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 Dual Purpose motorcycle. I recently took this one with a friend, who also owns a KLR, on a 33 day, 9000 mile trip to Alaska, something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. It was a excellent trip. I will be posting that story soon with lots of pictures.
These are the 5th, 6th and 7th motorcycles I’ve owned, over the last
40 years. I happen to be one of those who loved his old Triumph
but don’t want to own another one. Well, maybe the new
Bonneville. Still, I have no desire to go back to those
types of bikes. The newer machines are more powerful,
handle better, stop faster, are more comfortable, and are much
more reliable. Nostalgia gets old as soon as my butt starts
to hurt or I break down on the side of the road.
I must confess I’m not very “brand” loyal. I ride what
interests me, or I can afford. I like most motorcycles.
Everybody loves Harley’s of course, even me, but I can't afford
a BMW, a Goldwing, and a Harley. There are some
motorcycles that I don’t want to own, like crotch rockets.
I’m at that age in my life where comfort and enjoying the ride
are more important than what I look like or what I’m on.
The cliché “It’s the ride, not the destination” is more
than just a cliché for many of us. Now some information about
what’s on this site.
Being a biker, I have opinions about lots of things concerning
motorcycles and I let you know them in the “Rumblings” section.
Feel free to disagree with me, but they’re still my opinions
until someone changes my mind. Feel free to try.
If you send me a good story, I’ll post it in the “Other Riders
Stories” section. I determine if I want to use the bandwidth.
So far I’ve posted stories from two “Iron Butt” types. Hardy
souls, with interesting stories, but I’ve never ridden anything
like the distances these folks think are normal.
I retired in June of 2003 and now have a little more time to ride so
I’ve added a “Coming Attractions” section where I let you know
of any planned trips for the coming year, possible rides for
next year, or pipe dreams of places I want to ride but may never
get to. Check it out and then come back to see how far I’ve
Actually, after Linda and I took the Three and a Half Corners Ride, we liked traveling so much that we came back, sold our home, bought a truck and a 5th wheel, then hit the road again, (this time for a year) to see more of the U.S. Unfortunately that took us off the motorcycle for awhile. I will be adding an RV section to this site sometime in the future to describe that trip.
Anyway, right now this site is about motorcycle rides. If you are
one of those people who ride, I hope you find a kindred spirit.
If you’re a friend just wanting to know where we are touring
at any given moment, enjoy the “travelogue” until we see you
again or email us while we’re on the road. We enjoy hearing
Thanks for dropping by and feel free to bookmark us for a return
Credit, where credit is due: I must thank
“Muthuh” of www.muthuh.com
fame for his help, his ideas, and his inspiration. I was
going to just e-mail folks as I was riding, but after reading
his stories and getting his advice from e-mails, I decided on
a website. In the last year, I’ve bought a new laptop,
a digital camera, and mapping software, getting ready for this
trip. If you haven’t visited his site, do so now.
It’s well done and he’s a super writer. Thanks Muthuh!
In the photos I took on our 2002 & 2003 Goldwing trips,
you will see a beautiful, black, Escapade motorcycle trailer.
My thanks go out to Dave Montgomery, my Harley-riding
neighbor, for loaning us his trailer. He thought it would
enable my wife to bring more of her things and would also make
the 60-day trip more enjoyable. Dave is probably out there
riding his new 2003 Harley Road King as we speak. You’re a
gentleman and a scholar. Thanks Dave!
P.S.: All stories and all pictures are © 2002-2006. Feel
free to use them personally but not for commercial purposes.