Hello and Welcome!

Hello! My name is Bud, I’m 51. I am a senior CAD designer by day and also a columnist for RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine (writing a chronicle for their print issues as Zen Motorcyclist).

A bit about my history: I took up riding in 1998 after my father died suddenly at age 57. I started, primarily as a means to spend more time with my younger brother Dave, who’s been riding since his teens. Dave found me my first bike, patiently taught me to ride and eventually took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety course with me (he was “top gun”). We’ve been riding together off and on ever since. There’s not been a time in my life when I needed him that my brother wasn’t there for me so you can imagine what riding together is like.

Where I’m from

I took the M.S.F. basic safety course in 2002 and the advanced course in 2004 and have been commuting 80 miles round trip per day three days a week for 10 years in Southeastern Pennsylvania (outside Philadelphia). I’ve owned four bikes, a 1981 Yamaha Maxim, a 2002 Honda Nighthawk, a 2007 Kawi KLR, a 2005 Suzuki V-Strom, and a 2012 Suzuki V-Strom. I’ve amassed more than 200,000 miles of commuting and trip experience as of this writing.

 

I’m a C.A.D. manager/designer/draftsman, I.T. manager and software developer by profession but my passion is riding. I commute year round and with a close group of friends I met through a riding group I started a few years back. This blog is dedicated to my father “Mr. Bud” who passed before I took my first ride. All I can promise is that the writing here will be honest and reflect my thoughts on riding and the riding lifestyle.

When I started this I really had no idea what direction it would take. As it turns out my focus is on safety, education, training and my daily observations on commuting via motorcycle. My wish is that everyone who stops by reads something that maybe they hadn’t thought of before that helps them ride more safely and avoid trouble and be entertained in the process. Hopefully you’ll find something of value here. Feel free to poke around, disagree, correct me if I’m wrong and add your insights.

Please visit the Rider Coaching page or email me if you are interested in training\coaching or have any questions at all about the blog.

Welcome and enjoy!

11 Comments

  1. ArtNo Gravatar

    Hi Bud, Nice site/blog! I'm moved by your personal story as I lost my dad young too. He was only 56. Cancer. Damn cigarettes! Well, continued safe, fun riding to you! And I'll be contacting you again. I import a cool product you and your readers might like. Found it in Tokyo, Japan, where I lived and worked for nearly 16 years. Regards, Art (in Murrieta, CA)

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    1. pacollectiblesNo Gravatar

      Hi Art. Great, can't wait to hear about it.:)

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  2. rooner24No Gravatar

    Hey Bud ! Cool blog ! I'm an avid rider doing it since I learned from my dad when i was 6. I grew up in Hellertown and graduated from Saucon Valley in 75 and still living in the Lehigh Valley. Saw i your bio you started a riders group, do you still have that going ? Might be nice to hook up for a ride now and then.

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    1. BudCADNo Gravatar (Post author)

      Hi, sure I'd love to get together to ride. I gave up my group, we had grown to nearly 200 but it got to be too much of a liability after a few incidents occurred. I still ride once in a while with a few of the core members. Drop me a line at budcad1@gmail.com

      Thanks

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  3. JimNo Gravatar

    Hi, Bud_Awesome blog, I was thinking about creating a motorcycle blog but wasn't quite sure how to get started, it would be great if you could_share some tips, I love to ride the most exciting ride for me was from the tail of the dragon threw the Smokey Mountains then on to the Blue Ridge Parkway, I'm sure you have some rides that you love and never stop thinking about, I'd enjoy hearing about them._Thanks_Jim

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  4. LawrenceNo Gravatar

    Hi, I'm with an awesome new hardware product company called Fusar. Where could we contact you to send some info on our launch? http://www.fusar.com

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  5. BudCADNo Gravatar (Post author)

    It's not about the make my friend. I've ridden several makes and models, names don't influence what I write, I write about the feeling of riding. BMW, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki, whatever. Makes, models I couldn't care less about, it's about the feelings. Ride on as AC/DC said…

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  6. Mike RyanNo Gravatar

    Why aren't you riding a BMW? Enjoy your articles, but you are missing the edge. On
    The other hand, you may not be writing so much if you're riding a BMW.

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  7. LeslieNo Gravatar

    Nice BLOG!

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    1. BudmanNo Gravatar (Post author)

      Thanks! Haven't been at it long. Still learning but it's a labor of love for sure.

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  8. CoriNo Gravatar

    Gosh your cute!!!!

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