OTTAWA — Duane Phillips’ catastrophic motorcycle accident almost 21 years ago should have killed him, but somehow he survived and came out of hospital determined to make something out of his life.
If you ever saw my motorcycle you’d think I was a complete idiot. You would ask yourself why on earth would someone ride something with 17-inch ape hanger handlebars, a massive sissy bar that looks like a throwback from an early 1970s biker film bolted to a motorcycle that has the technical sophistication of a very large lawn mower? READ ON
How to make the world of motorcycling a better place to live and ride.
1. Put angled valve stems on wheels, especially fronts fitted with two big brake rotors. Unless you’re a left-handed spider monkey, reaching straight stems with most conventional tire gauges is a bitch.
2. Design seats that better fit the shapes of human butts. There is no excuse for a seat that makes your rear end ache in an hour or less.
3. Make all controls and contact points at least slightly adjustable. Car companies acknowledged the wide range of human sizes almost a hundred years ago; motorcycling is way, way overdue to follow suit. READ ON
It took more than four decades for Breina Nagrant to find her freedom — and, in the process, get a part of her life back.
The 57-year-old Green Oak Township grandmother still wells up every time she talks about it. She said she can’t help it. The tears come whenever she casts her gaze upon the 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail in her garage: her first motorcycle.
“I am choked up,” Nagrant said. “I’m choked up every time I look at it.” READ ON