Author Archives: Ben Mazhary-Clark

FAQs for maintaining and owning a ZG1000

It had been about 6 years that I’d owned my 1986 Kawasaki Concours 1000 (aka C10 or ZG1000 or sometimes “Connie”).  Over this amount of time I’d done tons of work on it to get it back up to snuff … Continue reading

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Riding with electrons: the Harley Livewire

When Harley announced that they would be taking their new electric concept motorcycle (tagged as Livewire) on tour for people to try out, I jumped at the opportunity.  There was the usual sign-up and then forget about it for a … Continue reading

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Plowing through the Midwest fields

It was another year (2012 for those keeping track).  A new opportunity arose to propel myself through states I had never been to in a flurry of two wheeled mayhem.  My best friend Dave of entirely too many years to … Continue reading

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Adventures in commuting

Now that my 1986 Kawasaki Concours has been repaired over the last two years to the point of becoming a reliable commuter vehicle, I’ve been riding it to work almost constantly for the last two months.  This always makes an … Continue reading

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Riding the Ducati Diavel

When I got a mail from Cycle World stating that I could fill out a form for a chance to ride one of their Ten Best motorcycles of 2011 in my city I figured, “Why not?  Doesn’t hurt to try.” … Continue reading

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A glutton for punishment

If there is one thing about me, I can’t resist a good offer.  Be it a deal online, some rare antique that is undervalued at a yard sale, or an odd piece of tech at a local Goodwill, I am … Continue reading

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The molding of my geekdom

We don’t all start out as geeks.  Some of us are encouraged at a very young age by a significant family member or friend, while others grow into it naturally.  For me, my journey started early, almost as far back as … Continue reading

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Great pain makes for great success

When taking on a used bike there are bound to be trials and tribulations.  However when taking on a bike over 20 years old, the emotional state of your bike can only be in greater flux. I bought the 1986 … Continue reading

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The folly of a used motorcycle

When I decided to “trade up” in motorcycles in April 2010 I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Without this foresight, I plunged myself into buying a 1986 Kawasaki Concours (a “connie”).  In my mind, I considered this … Continue reading

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Unix pranks

Editors note:  This is reposted from one of my older pages.  Goes hand in hand nicely with the Funny Unix Commands, this takes it a bit farther. When you end up working around Unix sysadmins for any length of time, … Continue reading

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