Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

Scooters & Motorcycles

December 13, 2010

Ride Log: Rattle My Bones 2010

August 12, 2010 — Since 2007, I’ve measured the passage of each year with the coming and going of the riding season. From March to November the only reason to look at the weather is to see if it’s worth riding or not. For each riding season, the big event for me is always Rattle – Read More –

November 14, 2010

It’s been a desert around here

Apologies to regular readers. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had any new content here on I’ve got stories I want to tell, but I’ve been both busy and distracted. It’s not an excuse, it just is what it is. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

October 8, 2010

NS Demo Ride: Triumph Street Triple R

Three years ago, when I first got interested in Triumph motorcycles, the Street Triple had just debuted. This baby brother to Triumph’s iconic Speed Triple seemed brilliant on paper — lightweight, big brakes, naked sport bike simplicity and horsepower to spare. While only a passing curiosity, anytime I’d see one in the wild, they certainly – Read More –

October 1, 2010

NS Demo Ride: Triumph Tiger

I’ve wanted to ride a Triumph Tiger for about three years now. The dealer closest to me never had a demo available for the Tiger. But what’s more, as a novice two-wheel rider at the time, the 1050cc triple of the Triumph Tiger scared the hell out of me. I had these fearful visions that – Read More –

August 13, 2010

NS Demo Ride: 2010 Triumph Thruxton

I’m going to buy a Triumph, dammit. When I attended the Triumph demo event a few weeks ago, I got to ride three brilliant Triumph motorcycles back to back. I was impressed with each of the bikes I rode, but I was impressed with Triumph as a manufacturer even more. When I can afford to, – Read More –

July 19, 2010

Triumph Motorcycles Demo Event

I grew up hearing the raspy burble of English engine noise and at some point it became part of my DNA. While other kids lusted after American muscle cars and Italian exotics, I just wanted my dad’s ’69 MG. I wanted to buy a left hand drive Mini from Germany and somehow smuggle it into – Read More –

July 17, 2010

Ride log: Third Thursday at Bluecat Motors

July 15, 2010 — The two-wheel community in the Twin Cities is as varied as it is awesome. One of my favorite local shops is Bluecat Motors in St. Paul. It’s an unassuming little shop nestled in the shadow of an old water tower, in one end of an old warehouse, in the old industrial part – Read More –

June 30, 2010

Ride log: Hello, Wisconsin!

June 24, 2010 — Last year I started a simple tradition: to take my birthday off from work and try to have some sort of adventure. Last year, I used the day to build a small trebuchet. This year, I took my first ever motorcycle day trip on my 1980 Honda CB650. At just 140 – Read More –

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