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Latest Update Of This Biography:  March 30, 2016

 

Hey Everybody,

   The original biography that I wrote for this page was done back in March of 2011. A lot has happened between then and now so I thought that I would try and update my bio a little bit.

   This website was originally set up to be a repository for my monthly newsletter, but as everyone knows Iím not doing a newsletter any more. Itís not that I wouldnít like to, itís just that it takes a huge amount of free time that I just donít seem to have any more. And thatís not because Iím still working for a living because Iím not. I retired in the fall of 2013 and all of my time allowances have shifted. I donít have the time that is necessary to spend on the computer every day to research, write and set-up even a monthly newsletter. Which is too bad because I enjoyed doing the newsletter and learned lots through writing and publishing it. The down side of doing a monthly newsletter for about nine years is that it is a thankless job.  I donít envy writers at all, itís a tough profession.

   But I still like keeping this website rolling - at least when it is not getting hacked or isnít crashing. It doesnít get updated too often, but when I come across something interesting then Iíll throw it on this site. I try to keep it revolving around motorcycles and the motorcycling life style, but I like to throw just about anything on here that I find interesting.

   My interest in motorcycles came as an epiphany to me around the time that I turned 55. It just seemed to be something that I had to try. So, to do it right and safely, I started by reading up on biking and how to get started, and what kinds of bikes are available. I really knew nothing about bikes but there was no stopping me so in the spring of 2004 I signed up for the Riders Course at our local college and after passing that and getting my license I promptly bought my first motorcycle Ė a 250cc Yamaha Virago. I rode the wheels off of that bike the first summer and in 2005 bought the Yamaha V-Star 1100 that Iím still riding today. Iíve put a lot of kilometers on this bike and it has served me well. Mind you Iíve had to keep up with any necessary repairs and all of the regular maintenance, but last summer I rolled over 200,000 km on the bike. Thatís a lot of miles and a lot of smiles!

   Motorcycling is an amazingly exhilarating experience, but it is not necessarily everyoneís cup of tea. It takes practice, skill, a keen eye and a lot of attention to details. There is risk and danger involved certainly, but thatís probably part of what makes motorcycling exciting.

   My summer rides with friends have taken me to destinations in West Virginia, North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, North & South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and tons of destinations in between. Iíve ridden around Lake Superior a couple of times and while it it a great ride and there is some amazing scenery to be enjoyed Ė one of the trips was a 36 hour nightmare of wind, rain and cold.

   But, that is what riding is all about. You take the good with the bad and always dress and prepare for the worst. Good riding gear and a well maintained bike will keep you safe and dry and warm, and hopefully get you home safely.

  That's about all for now, I do hope that you enjoy this website and if you would like to get in touch with me my address is:      robert.whaley3@tbaytel.net

             Enjoy!

               RW

This is me and my bike:

THIS is me and my bike on the Bonneville Salt Flats:

Riding the Dragon:

 

     
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