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I’ve been a part-time freelance writer/photographer since 1976, mostly doing news and non-fiction work. I wrote on book on how to get quality nursing home care published by the University of Wisconsin Press, based on my years as a director of nursing in skilled nursing home settings and home health.


In the last fifteen years, I’ve focused more on powersports related topics, mainly motorcycles. A member of the BBC since 2008, the BBC Rally and Ride-in Show is one of my favorite events and I’ve done several articles about it. British bikes are of special interest to me; two of the twelve motorcycles I own are Triumphs. One is a 2003 Bonneville America and the other is a 1977 QE II Silver Jubilee Bonneville 750. I also tend to work on articles about classic and vintage bikes of any brand, but classic British bikes are a favorite, as well as articles about vintage motorcycle publications and so on.

Here are some recent articles available online that may be of particular interest to BBC members:

Book Reviews

“Rider’s Library—Sheene, by Brian Tarbox,” Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, August 2013.
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“Rider’s Library—Best of British Bikes, by Jim Reynolds”, Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, August 2013.
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Retro review of the book, “Triumph Motorcycles from Speed Twin to Bonneville” is now up on the Ultimate Motorcycling website Click Here


Magazine Reviews
Rider’s Library Collection—all columns by Gary Ilminen, Ultimate Motorcycling. Click Here



“Triumph Patrol Jacket—Motorcycle Apparel Review,” Ultimate Motorcycling, March, 2014. Click Here
“2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander: First Ride,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Feb.2014. Click Here
“Shopping the new Triumph catalog—1959!” Ultimate Motorcycling, Oct. 2013 Click Here

“Rider’s Library Collection: Motor Cycling, July 1, 1948,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Jan. 2014. Click Here
“Rider’s Library Collection: The Motor Cycle, Oct. 17, 1946,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Dec. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—The Scrapbook Series 1: Triumph, Ultimate Motorcycling, Oct. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Classic Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Triumph Motorcycles from Speed Twin to Bonneville,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept., 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept., 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Sheene, by Brian Tarbox,” Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, Aug. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library--Best of British Bikes, by Jim Reynolds,” Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, Aug. 2013. Click Here
“Motorcycle Helmet Standards Explained: DOT, ECE 22.05 and Snell, Ultimate Motorcycling, April 2013. Click Here
“Wisconsin Motorcycle Rides: Touring the Lower Wisconsin Riverway,” December 2010, Rider magazine, U.S. Click Here


BBC Related

“Classic Motorcycles have a British Accent at the 33rd BBC Rally and Show,” Motorcycle Classics, Aug., 2013. Click Here
“33rd British Biker Cooperative (BBC) Rally Recap & Photos,” Ultimate Motorcycling, July 2013. Click Here
“British Bike Co-op Rally & Show,” Motorcycle USA, July 2013. Click Here


New Links 2/23/16

“Rider’s Library—The Essential Buyer’s Guide Triumph Bonneville 1959-1988,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Jan. 2016 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Essential Buyer’s Guide BSA 350, 441 & 500 Singles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, June, 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Ian Falloon’s Triumph Motorcycles-1937-today,” Ultimate Motorcycling, June, 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library--The Essential Buyer’s Guide Triumph 350 & 500 Unit Twins,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Motorcycle Helmet Standards Explained: DOT, ECE 22.05 and Snell, Ultimate Motorcycling, April 2013. Click Here
“Norton Commando History—Vintage Motorcycle Tales,” Ultimate Motorcycling, November, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library Review: Illustrated Norton Buyer’s Guide,” Ultimate Motorcycling, July 2014. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—The Scrapbook Series 1: Triumph, Ultimate Motorcycling, Oct. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library--The Scrapbook Series II BSA,” Ultimate Motorcycling, October, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library--The Scrapbook Series III Norton,” Ultimate Motorcycling, October, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—The Scrapbook Series IV AJS Matchless,” Ultimate Motorcycling, October, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library--Triumph Motorcycles Twins and Triples,” Ultimate Motorcycling, September, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Triumph Motorcycles from Speed Twin to Bonneville,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept., 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library Collection: Motor Cycling, July 1, 1948,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Jan. 2014. Click Here
“Rider’s Library Collection: The Motor Cycle, Oct. 17, 1946,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Dec. 2013. Click Here
“Shopping the new Triumph catalog—1959!” Ultimate Motorcycling, Oct. 2013 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Sheene, by Brian Tarbox,” Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, Aug. 2013. Click Here
“Rider’s Library--Best of British Bikes, by Jim Reynolds,” Book review, Ultimate Motorcycling, Aug. 2013. Click Here
“Classic Motorcycles have a British Accent at the 33rd BBC Rally and Show,” Motorcycle Classics, Aug., 2013. Click Here
“33rd British Biker Cooperative (BBC) Rally Recap & Photos,” Ultimate Motorcycling, July 2013. Click Here
“Baxter Cycle—a Rare Mix of New and Vintage Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, September, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—TT Talking, the TT’s most exciting era,” Ultimate Motorcycling, May, 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s,” Ultimate Motorcycling, April, 2015 Click Here
“Driftless Day Trip Kicks Off 2015 Motorcycling Season,” Ultimate Motorcycling, March, 2015 Click Here
“Top Five Things to know about Motorcycle Spark Plugs,” Ultimate Motorcycling, September, 2014. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Off-Road Giants, Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport Vol. 1,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept. 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Off-Road Giants, Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport Vol. 2,” Ultimate Motorcycling, August, 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Off-Road Giants, Vol. 3,” Ultimate Motorcycling, March, 2015 Click Here
“Triumph Ace Café Apparel Collection-Unity of British Giants,” Ultimate Motorcycling, March, 2015 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—Clymer Vintage Collection-Four stroke Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, March, 2015 Click Here
“History-making Motorcycles—Vincent Big Twins,” Ultimate Motorcycling, February, 2015 Click Here
“Top Ten Tips on Insuring Classic Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, February, 2015 Click Here
“Triumph Bonneville Grab Rail DIY Installation—UMC Tech,” Ultimate Motorcycling, February, 2015 Click Here
“Motorcyclist’s Secret Weapon-the new Leatherman Tread,” Ultimate Motorcycling, February, 2015 Click Here
“Chain Reaction: Motorcycle Chain Tips and Facts,” Ultimate Motorcycling, January, 2015 Click Here
“History-making Motorcycles—Rickman-Enfield Interceptor,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Top Ten Things to know about Motorcycle Tires,” Ultimate Motorcycling, August, 2014. Click Here
“Top Ten things to know about Motorcycle Batteries,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Top Ten features you can add to your helmet,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Top Ten Features to Look for in Motorcycle Jackets,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Rider’s Library—BSA Motorcycles the Final Evolution,” Ultimate Motorcycling, December, 2014 Click Here
“Motorcycle Destinations: Muskets & Memories, Boscobel, Wisconsin,” Ultimate Motorcycling, August, 2014. Click Here
“Touring Ancient Effigy Mounds—Motorcycle Destinations,” Ultimate Motorcycling, August, 2014. Click Here
“Triumph Silver Jubilee Surprise—Vintage Motorcycle Tales,” Ultimate Motorcycling, August, 2014. Click Here
“Rider’s Library Review: Café Racers Speed, Style and Ton-up Culture,” Ultimate Motorcycling, July 2014. Click Here
“2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander Test-Modern Tradition,” Ultimate Motorcycling, July 2014. Click Here
“Hagerty reveals top 10 popular vintage British bikes,” RideApart, Nov. 2015 Click Here
“Top ten reasons southern Wisconsin is one of the best touring destinations,” RideApart, August 2015 Click Here
“Tech tip: What your bike’s VIN can tell you,” RideApart, July 2015 Click Here
“35th Annual BBC Rally and Bike Show set for July,” RideApart, June 2015 Click Here
“Peter Kisgen’s Cold War Classic Motorcycles,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Oct. 2015 Click Here
“Rare motorcycles—Top five ever seen,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Dec. 2015 Click Here
“Top Ten Best Motorcycle Model Names of All Time-Best and Worst,” Ultimate Motorcycling, June 2016. Click Here
"Rider’s Library-Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide 2015-2016,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Aug. 2016. Click Here
60 Years Ago Johnny Allen Brought the Motorcycle Speed Record Home, Ultimate Motorcycling, Sept. 2016. Click Here
"Rider’s Library-The Triumph Speed Twin and Thunderbird Bible," Ultimate Motorcycling, Nov. 2016. Click Here
“Rider’s Library—The Essential Buyer’s Guide Royal Enfield Bullet,” Ultimate Motorcycling, Nov. 2016 Click Here
Sad Case of the Triumph Bandit/BSA Fury 350: What Might Have Been. May. 2017 Click Here

2/08/17 - links to reviews of three new books that BBC members may be interested in:

“Rider’s Library—The Essential Buyer’s Guide Velocette 350 & 500 Singles,”
        Ultimate Motorcycling, Feb. 2017.    Click Here

“Rider’s Library—Classic Motorcycles-the Art of Speed,”
        Ultimate Motorcycling, Jan. 2017.    Click Here

“Rider’s Library—McQueen’s Motorcycles-Racing and Riding with the King of Cool,”
        Ultimate Motorcycling, Jan. 2017.    Click Here

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