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One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die

"How B.J. Miller, a doctor and triple amputee, used his own experience to pioneer a new model of palliative care at a small, quirky hospice in San Francisco."[NYTimes] Once an outlier, Zen Hospice has come to embody a growing nationwide effort to reclaim the end of life as a human experience instead of primarily a medical one. The goal, as Miller likes to put it, is to “de-pathologize death.” [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Jan 7, 2017 - 11 comments

Zooming down alleyways in China.

Two guys, one British, one American, both married to Chinese women, ride motorcycles around Guangdong talking about what it is like to live there. Why is everything in China falling apart? China's lost generation. You will never be Chinese. Part of the interest is just seeing what China looks like on the street level. They talk about some things that have been discussed here lately.
posted by Bee'sWing on Dec 1, 2016 - 41 comments

My bellybutton is not the center of my world

In the ’70s, she motorcycled around the world. Today, she’s fashion’s unlikely new muse. Meet Chloé’s freewheeling inspiration, Anne-France Dautheville. [NYT] [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Aug 15, 2016 - 3 comments

776 - 778 - 780

776 - 778 - 780 [via mefi projects]
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 24, 2014 - 26 comments

Vroom aww

My Mom's Motorcycle "This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle ... more deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people."
posted by pwally on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 comments

Steady Hands

Royal Enfield motorcycles are built in Chennai, where they are painted by by hand.
posted by Sokka shot first on Apr 18, 2014 - 16 comments

"It's here, but I have no names for it."

They're called Pirsig Pilgrims, the motorcycle enthusiasts who follow the route from Minnesota to California that inspired Robert Pirsig's surprise 1974 chart-busting book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
posted by seemoreglass on Jul 9, 2013 - 53 comments

Pepsi Shoe

Robbie Maddison's Air Craft (slyt) Motorcycle stuntman Robbie Maddison, who worked on the James Bond movie Skyfall, shows off his skills at an Arizona airplane graveyard. Like Danny Macaskill with a motor, or Ken Block with fewer wheels, kinda.
posted by box on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 comments

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons. "David Cronenberg's seldom seen 1972 made-for-TV movie, 'Secret Weapons'. It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels?" [Via]
posted by homunculus on Nov 11, 2012 - 4 comments

Mad John

BBC documentary from 1973 on the London Chapter of the Hell's Angels (SLYT 24:37)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 4, 2012 - 23 comments

Pioneers are just faceless figurines in museums

For the last two years Scott Toepfer have been taking still photographs for a personal project entitled ‘It’s Better In The Wind,’ all the while collecting video footage from each ride as friends traveled around the Western United States together. Toepfer has been slowly editing the footage into a visual scrapbook of sorts for those who partook, and those who followed them via the web. No preaching the triumphs and failures of the motorcycle industry, no divisive commentary between manufacturers and styles…just a collection of imagery that will hopefully inspire more people to take to the road and discover what there is outside of our respective communities. [via]
posted by netbros on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 comments

1953 Motorcycle Tour of Europe

In the Summer of 1953 my father Geoffrey Gander and his friends set off on their annual Motor Cycling holiday around Europe. (Warning: hi res black & white photos of vintage Brit bikes, alps and roadside tea abound.) [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Oct 10, 2011 - 47 comments

Gianmarco Magnani illustration: Silence Television

Gianmarco Magnani draws girls, guitars and motorcycles.
posted by Tom-B on Apr 2, 2011 - 25 comments

Deaths in MotoGP

There hasn't been a death in the premiere class of Grand Prix motorcycle racing since 2003. Recently, there were 2 deaths in 8 days. While not strictly a MotoGP event, Peter Lenz was killed in a USGPRU race during the MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis. He was 13 years old. Accusations of poor parenting have been leveled. Others disagree. Then, in Italy, a promising 19 year old racer from Japan, Shoya Tomizawa was killed in a similar accident. Questions have been raised about the performance of the safety officials and decisions made. A BBC overview of the situation. A video of the Tomizawa crash. It may be unpleasant footage for some to watch.
posted by neat-o on Sep 10, 2010 - 41 comments


Shinya Kimura likes motorcycles. (A short film about a custom motorcycle engineer.)
posted by dobbs on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 comments

Have they wussified motorcycles, or bad-assified cars?

Enter Zerotracer, the fully-enclosed electric motorcycle. SLYT
posted by Taft on Jun 16, 2010 - 47 comments

The Fast Bike With The Funny Name (tm)

Healthy competition can advance technology, and motorsports is a good example of this. The Isle of Man TT has been a motorcycle proving ground since 1907, with a bike earning its mettle by doing ton-up on the 38 mile course. Enter Michael Czysz and his MotoCzysz E1pc. After disastrous failure at the Isle of Man TT the previous year, his company redesigned their electric sport bike from the ground up. The results could have wider implications for electric vehicles as a whole. Previously. [more inside]
posted by The Power Nap on Jun 10, 2010 - 29 comments

Gamers more scary than bikers

An Australian politician who opposes the lifting of a censorship ban on adults-only computer games has said he feels more threatened by gamers than outlawed motorcycle gangs. Talking about motorcycle gangs, and just for fun, and because it is almost Mardi Gras in Sydney,The DOB ladies.
posted by ginky on Feb 16, 2010 - 48 comments

Ok, that just shouldn't be able to be done...

Trials riding is a sport where someone takes a specialized motorcycle and make it do things that shouldn't be possible. [more inside]
posted by quin on Nov 26, 2009 - 38 comments

Get your motor runnin'

Route from the 1969 Movie Easy Rider. Last April MrZip66 rode his motorcycle along the route Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper rode in Easy Rider. His blog entry has a map of the route and then-and-now photos. This week Slate's doing the same thing, except in a PT Cruiser (and flying over part of the route).
posted by kirkaracha on Nov 19, 2009 - 32 comments

Four wheels and a mission

On July 4, 1916, Gussie and Addie Van Buren set out from New York on two Indian Model F motorcycles. Though it was well before the creation of an interstate highway system, they reached San Francisco on September 2 and Southern California on September 8. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 23, 2009 - 17 comments

Digital Superbikes

This week marks the 102nd Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle races, run over the 60.7 km Snaefell Mountain Course. The inaugural TT had a fuel consumption component to the rules, which was abandoned for the 1909 event. 100 years on, zero carbon, clean emission comes to motorcyle road racings Mecca in the form of the TTXGP [more inside]
posted by Duke999R on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 comments

Vroom vroom vroom. Not just pretty pictures.

The best looking bikes on the web. Good background and links as well as mouth-watering images.
posted by From Bklyn on Mar 19, 2009 - 38 comments

Does what it says on the tin.

Dancing Japanese Street Gangs - mov
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Feb 20, 2009 - 12 comments

Too bad the guy was only thirty eight - just two years older, he'd have been worth three times the points...

Did you grow up anticipating sports where death would be likely, if not certain? Almost certainly played by convicts, possibly with robot limbs? And which would be even more likely to have chainsaws and flamethrowers not usually found in the sports of today? Those We Left Behind’s look at Future-sports of the past, in videogames, movies and comics is for you!
posted by Artw on Sep 11, 2008 - 41 comments

Papercraft Designs, Models and Instructions

Got some time to kill? Well then, maybe you should start exploring the exciting world of papercraft! To get you started, here's a link to 100 free paper models and toys. Once you're done there, you might want to start checking out card modeling, build some skyscraper models, animals and motorcycles and when you get really good, faces of real people such as these. There's even some creative paper modeling websites out there for the kids and people who like Pokemon and Nintendo. And if all those links still aren't enough to satiate your new found lust for papercraft, check out this papercraft search engine for even more designs.
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 25, 2008 - 12 comments

But Officer ...

The Unofficial Guide to the DMV ― This web site was created to provide easy-to-access information and resources for all your Department of Motor Vehicles needs for all 50 states. Details about driver’s licenses, driving records and ID cards, as well as vehicle registrations, title transfers, bills of sale and smog checks are available here. [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 11, 2008 - 12 comments

Evel Dead

Evel is gone from the world Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007) was a motorcycle daredevil who has been a household name since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Evel Knievel's highly publicized motorcycle jumps, including his attempt to jump over the Snake River Canyon, claim four of the top 20 most-watched Wide World of Sports events of all time. He enjoyed a lengthy career in this extreme sport despite suffering a series of major injuries during stunts.
posted by Tommy Gnosis on Nov 30, 2007 - 116 comments

Handmade Rock'N'Roll Patisseries To Die For

Deadlicious is an English language blog from France focusing on weird and kitschy art of all kinds. Online since May, the last few weeks alone have featured vintage monster model kits, Nazi sex paperback covers, lots of crazy comics (including King Kong) and bizarre action magazines, Hammer vampire posters, old motorbike helmets, Japanese plastic toys, UFO zines from the 1950s and 60s, French art from 1910 depicting the year 2000, as well as some pictures of famed Mexican masked wrestler Santo I'd never seen before. Plus there's over 300 more features in the archives.
posted by stinkycheese on Oct 18, 2007 - 9 comments

Whatever it is, it’s better in the wind.

40 years ago, the Vicious Cycles motorcycle club assaulted a construction worker before taking to the road. Fortunately, filmmakers Chuck Menville (father of voice artist Scott Menville) and Len Janson were on hand to film the gang's misdeeds. Menville and Janson's picture would ultimately become part of a trilogy, with Blaze Glory and Sargent Swell of the Mounties produced wit similar eye-catching style. Decades later, the filmmakers' work would be echoed in another tale of conflict, in addition to a product-themed homage to more recent hipster subculture.
posted by Smart Dalek on Mar 19, 2007 - 10 comments

BYOB - build your own bike

Custom motorcycles aren't just for cruising. The art of small-run or one-off custom motorcycle construction isn't limited to choppers and cruisers. Racers and constructors like Dr. Rob Tuluie and Michael Czysz are a different breed. On or off-road, they keep the tradition of constructors like Vincent alive. Want to build your own? With a little help and some information, anything is possible.
posted by hackwolf on Feb 6, 2007 - 23 comments

Spyders, Spyders EVERYWHERE

There's a new motorcyle-like thingie called a Spyder... However, it's got three wheels, and looks WAY hot. Oh, did I mention that two of the wheels are in front? Here's the manufacturer's website (warning: some flash stuffs). I want one.
posted by Vamier on Feb 5, 2007 - 44 comments

Let Me Take My Ride

The Wall of Death. Celebrated in song and art, the act of riding a motorcycle on the vertical wall of the inside of a cylinder, was a popular carnival attraction, mid-century. Although on the wane since the 70's, there are still a few practitioners, some of whom have better websites than others.
posted by Devils Rancher on Dec 31, 2006 - 9 comments

How do you say Preparation-H in Urdu?

Not Another Middle East post. Dream of circling the globe on two wheels? Or three maybe? Don't think you are the first. Because you aren't. No, really, even a Jedi heroin addict has done it.
posted by YoBananaBoy on Sep 14, 2006 - 6 comments

Radical Radials

Radial engined motorcycles are insane, but not unprecedented.
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 12, 2006 - 24 comments

How close?

How close does a motorcyclist have to be before you see them? [link is qt video] As was recommended by the original poster, put down any beverage; this will probably startle you. (from livejournal's motorcyles community) [you bet there's more inside!]
posted by Eideteker on Feb 2, 2006 - 137 comments

They just don't know when to stop

A series of photos showing a multiple bike pile-up. [slow loading - no gore]
posted by tellurian on Oct 17, 2005 - 19 comments

Feel the need for speed?

Feel the need for speed? Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle. 0-60MPH in 2.5 seconds and top speed 300+ MPH. Maverick from Top Gun woulda loved one of these. (Flash intro with rather loud music)
posted by RonZ on Sep 14, 2005 - 50 comments

eco-aware motocross?

I never would have imagined we'd see silent, full-powered, electric motocross bikes, but they actually exist. Looks like they went for gas motor-like performance over range, but they'd probably be a blast if you had a small track near your house.
posted by mathowie on Aug 2, 2004 - 10 comments


Hey Crackhead: An engineer rants. Via random($foo).
posted by timeistight on Apr 25, 2004 - 34 comments

So This is Justice?

Janklow Gets 100 Days for Manslaughter
A career of willful and flagrant disregard for traffic laws and other people's safety that ended in the death of a motorcyclist.
Must be nice to be pals with the president. Although I'm sure that had nothing to do with his slap-on-the-wrist sentence. I was just saying that it must be nice to be pals with the president.
posted by fenriq on Jan 22, 2004 - 41 comments

Darwin 1, Bikers 0

PA helmets repealed from heads. At midnight tonight, Pennsylvania will become the sixth state since 1997 to repeal its mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Actually, there are a few qualifications. The guys who put this together are probably keen on PA's state store new Sunday hours, too.
posted by ringmaster on Sep 3, 2003 - 52 comments

Chris and Erin's Wild Ride

In May 1999, Chris and Erin Ratay quit their jobs, sold their Upper West Side Manhattan apartment, and shipped their motorcycles to Morocco to begin a trip around the world. Now, four years, 50 countries, and 100,000 miles later, they're back home. They've kept a continuously updated web journal over the past four years, available here. Ignore the unfortunate font and JavaScript choices and read this couple's incredible story.
posted by grrarrgh00 on Aug 11, 2003 - 7 comments

But I'm talkin' about Shaft!

While shaft-driven motorcycles have been around for nearly a hundred years (and in bicycles even longer), they've only recently been re-introduced to bicycles. Chainless.com is a company promoting a new shaft drive system for use in low-end bicycles (looks like mountain, road, and bmx are offered). Without chains, it's easier to repair, safer, and they claim it is more efficient, though gearing is limited to a few hubs that feature up to 7 internal gears. If it really is more efficient, how long until Lance Armstrong is sporting a shaft-driven Trek?
posted by mathowie on Jul 17, 2003 - 40 comments

A V-10 Motorcycle

The Dodge Tomahawk V-10 Motorcycle. It's a concept vehicle - a 500hp Viper V-10 engine strapped to two (fat) wheels. Certainly an eye-catcher. Press release here.
posted by kokogiak on Jan 6, 2003 - 64 comments


Honda has released their 2002 and 2003 motorcycles and upcoming models. For those of us into that type of thing. I think Honda should have some strong sellers here, hopefully regaining some market share in naked bike and sport tourers as well as the large cruiser segment.
posted by mich9139 on Sep 21, 2001 - 11 comments

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