Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

Nathaniel Salzman

April 10, 2011

Ride log: The new steed

April 8, 2011 β€” I started riding two-wheeled vehicles in late 2007. Looking back on my perception of riding, of bikes in general, and of motorcycles in particular, I simply can’t believe where I’ve come to. When I bought that 1979 Vespa P200E, a large part of its appeal was precisely that it wasn’t a – Read More –

April 4, 2011

Ride log: 2011’s Inaugural Ride

April 2, 2011 β€” It was mostly cloudy, about 50ΒΊ F and my Vespa was finally back in my garage. I’d been itching to ride, but I had a more practical need. This coming weekend I take delivery of a rather large motorcycle β€” a 1983 Honda GL1100. With all of an hour of riding – Read More –

March 25, 2011

An amazing meal, the first of many

I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain. From his breakout book Kitchen Confidential to his fantastic Travel Channel show No Reservations, I don’t know of anyone doing better experiential non-fiction writing right now. Because of my own trip to Asia in 2005, I’ve always been able to appreciate and relate to his traveling, and just – Read More –

March 15, 2011

My first custom motorcycle

I might as well admit it. I’d rather ride, build and customize motorcycles than do almost anything else. I want to build bikes from scratch. I want to take old machines and breathe new life into them. I want to customize scooters from the wheels up. I’m slowly maneuvering my life and career to make – Read More –

March 6, 2011

Sold: 1980 Honda CB650

So that’s that. I am now sans-motorcycle. A nice guy and his dad came buy this morning and nabbed my CB650. He got a good deal, and the bike went to a good home. It’s going to be his first bike that’s all his. It ought to serve him well.

March 3, 2011

The bike to be

[UPDATE] There’s been a change of plans. It’s a good change, but it’ll likely mean a delay of as much as a month. I’ll no longer be doing the Milwaukee GL. Apologies to the seller. I recently wrote about my lust for the naked GL. It’s a very cool bike that would not only fit – Read More –

February 3, 2011

My lust for the naked Honda GL

Also known as the “Naked Goldwing”, the 1975-1985 Honda GL-series motorcycle is a bike that’s currently growing in popularity among custom motorcycle enthusiasts. I’ve seen a couple here in the TC and it’s really a striking thing. We’re all used to seeing the Goldwing resplendent with full fairings and enormous saddlebags and rear trunks motoring – Read More –

January 23, 2011

My motorcycle is for sale

Now that I’ve had a bike for a season, I have a much better idea of what kind of motorcycle I really want to ride. As much as I enjoy my CB650, I want other things. It’s not you, it’s me. So the bike is up for sale. You can see the craigslist ad here. – Read More –

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