Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

July 31, 2012

Ride Log: Vintage Bike Races at Road America

June 9, 2012 — Sometimes a journey is the destination. Sometimes it’s the road. Other times it’s surprises along the way that happen when I intersect other journeys I didn’t even know I was taking. This time, it was all of the above. – Read More –

June 1, 2012

Ride Log: The Proving Run

May 20, 2012 — My thumb hurt. Somewhere between a cramp and an ache, my right thumb felt like it didn’t want to be part of my hand anymore. It was tired of squeezing the throttle on my ’83 Honda GL1100. It’d been about 90 minutes since I set off from Evanston, IL to intercept my buddy Bree on his way back from Minneapolis. – Read More –

May 15, 2012

RIde Log: Back to Alma on an electric Honda

September 30, 2011 — In far western Wisconsin there is a stretch of road every motorcycle rider should experience at least once. It’s The Great River Road. It follows the east side of the Mississippi from just outside the Twin Cities all the way down to the Illinois border. Similar roads will take you all the way to Memphis in the south, and to the source of the Mississippi in northern Minnesota. But it’s this Wisconsin stretch that I love the most. Particularly the section between the Twin Cities and Alma, WI. – Read More –

May 12, 2012

Ride Log: The New Pony

May 5, 2012 — I don’t really pay much notice to Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day or other major drinking holidays, but this year I got to have a Cinco de Mayo adventure that thankfully didn’t have anything to do with being left for dead in Mexico. – Read More –

May 2, 2012

Up Next: The Honda Elite 250

I’ve been hinting at it and talking around it for months, but now that my Honda CB750 project bike has sold, it’s time for a new machine. That new machine, funny enough, will be a scooter. Scooters were what first got me into riding, and with the exception of last season, I’ve always had a scooter in the fleet. Riding motorcycles in the Twin Cities pulled me away from my Vespa GT200L last year, but it was always the plan to return to scooters eventually. Moving to Chicago has accelerated that. Sure, there are plenty of great places outside of the city to ride a motorcycle, but if you want to ride around town, a scooter is the way to go. – Read More –

May 1, 2012

Sold. The CB750 is gone.

Over the weekend, I finally sold my 1981 Honda CB750 Custom. It took just shy of 21 days. That’s by far the longest I’ve ever taken to sell a motorcycle or scooter. Then again, Chicago is a very different market than Minneapolis/St. Paul. I think the appreciation for older Japanese bikes just isn’t here the same way it is in the TC. – Read More –

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