“It’s Better in the Wind” or why I ride a motorcycle


As mentioned in my last post my travels to Ecuador served to shift my priorities to Susegar, that wonderful state of taking it easy. Of course, it also has meant that I’ve hardly posted here at all.

To my considerable amazement this short fall has generated concern and irritation on the part of some of my readers, and who knew I had any of those at all? But writing is hard work and besides I’ve had more important things to do.  Like riding my motorbike:

Blue & White Triumph Scrambler, just like mine except

mine is more beat up than this nice new one.

Amazingly, we still have some beautiful weather around here, but an increasing chill is in the air.  Winter closes in.  My dog insists on walks and my motorbike insists on rides.  Time is short and cold dark days are coming.  Plenty of time to write blog entries then. If you ride this all likely makes sense to you.  If not, well maybe this will help:

It’s Better in the Wind

Even if you don’t care about motorcycles, it’s 15 and a half minutes well spent for the sound track alone.

(I have it playing as I write)

This short film was created by a young guy named Scott Toepfer and as much as anything I’ve seen it captures the sheer joy of motorbiking.  Doesn’t hurt that a couple of the bikes in it are Triumph Scramblers like mine.  Scott and his pals have good taste.

Here’s a still from his website as further proof of good taste

Watching it I realize that my motorbike is also a time machine.  Every moment on it I am again twenty-something and full of beans.


One more cool short film with a very odd song for the road.   It might grow on you.  It did on me.


Here’s another I just found.  Wicked cool riding on a Scrambler just like mine:

“From Track to Dirt to Date”

Starts slow but worth the short wait.  Check out the dismount about 3/4 of the way in.

And another:


It’s a bit more mellow.

And another not mellow at all:


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  1. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    This vid is great – it proves what Coppola was predicting ten years ago, that one day anyone can pick up a camera and make a movie about the things they love. Even if I’m not that into motorcycles, I can appreciate a filmmaker who knows their audience and pulls no punches to please them.

  2. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    glad you enjoyed the ride, MR….

    ..how about a link to some of your films?

  3. Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I never would have guess you ride a bike! I love motorcycles too and funny enough, I was talling someone just this week that I want a Triumph. I dig the inline 3s.

    • jlcollinsnh
      Posted February 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink


      I think I’m a little insulted. ;)

      Been riding Triumph now since 2007. An ’06 Bonnie for about three years and then the ’06 Scramble just because it fits me a bit better. Loved them both.

      Never have owned a triple, but those that do seem to swear by them.

      What do you ride now?

  4. Maverick
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    I’ve started riding in 83 when I bought my first bike…a Honda Nighthawk 650. Been riding ever since for pleasure (only in fair weather, never in rain, cold or to commute to work). Bought my brother’s 83 Sportster (highly modified engine) and then finally bought a 10 Fat Bob. Each one has a unique road feel. I still have all three, but only register the Fat Bob now. I could never sell them. They are like old friends you meet for lunch and get re-acquainted with from time to time. And just like an old friend, you need to be fully engaged in the “conversation” with the machine.

    • jlcollinsnh
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Maverick…

      Many of my riding buddies feel the same way, and their bike collections keep growing.

      I have the opposite issue: I don’t like owning stuff to begin with and owning anything that doesn’t get used eats at me. Not entirely rational, I know. But there it is. :)

      I will say that my motorbike is one of the very few *things* I’ve owned that has genuinely brought joy into my life. Every time I ride it, every time I just walk past and look at it…

      • JBC
        Posted February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        Man, motorcycles are fun – I’m just not willing further to risk paying for another driver’s mistake with my flesh. I stayed upright for 15yrs and then sold off – and have never lusted back. If I do anything on two wheels, it’s MMM style, where I’m the motor.

        Must be I have the go-fast gene – ’cause when it comes to motor driven machines – if I got “it”, I’m gonna use “it”, and use “it” all. I was also big into autoX/time trials/lapping sessions, and the silliness of dropping $$ to go a few tenths of seconds faster.

        So the cure was to quit sports cars altogether, coincidentally the same time as the motorcycle. Must’ve been changing priorities/sensibilities/maturity. Bought a used minivan (no kids, even) to serve as rolling toolbox for my start-up solo painting biz. Cheap to own/operate/insure. Ubiquitous and inconspicuous, the van(s) have proven virtually ticket-proof. Haven’t suffered my annual “armed tax collection” since. And I can still run at 7/10ths – practically racing everyone on the road – and no one even notices.

        As they say: it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow. And a helluvalot cheaper.

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