Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

Ride Log

June 26, 2011

Ride log: So long, Vespa

June 23, 2011 — On a cloudy, unseasonably cold afternoon for late June, I did the seemingly unthinkable. I sold my Vespa. The sky looked like it might rain if it could muster up the motivation, but at that moment it couldn’t be bothered. I stood in the doorway of my open garage, waiting for – Read More –

May 17, 2011

Ride log: An era is ending

May 16, 2011 — Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of quality seat time on my wife’s motorcycle. Honestly, I have a lot of trouble not riding her bike. I can’t stay off of that little machine. Last weekend I did 100 miles around town in a single day. When I – Read More –

April 12, 2011

Ride log: The CM400 comes home

April 9, 2011 — I posted a few weeks ago about finally getting my wife’s ’81 Honda CM400 Custom sorted out after lots of carburetor frustrations and a blown head gasket. Jeff and I got the bike in good mechanical nick and softly customized, but it was still the tail end of winter, so I – Read More –

April 10, 2011

Ride log: The new steed

April 8, 2011 — 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 — It was mostly cloudy, about 50º 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 — a 1983 Honda GL1100. With all of an hour of riding – 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 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 –

January 1, 2011

Ride Log: A weekend away. A motorcycle adventure.

September 24, 2010 — Growing up in the south, my social sphere consisted almost exclusively of people I knew from church. Even through high school and college, most of the people I hung out with were related one way or another to that social context. Since moving to the Twin Cities as an adult, my – Read More –

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