Motorcycle trips
Bolivia Off-Road 2012
Thailand and the Golden Triangle
Mt. Lassen, Plumas National Forrest, and the Sierras
The Valley of Fire, Nevada
Highway 25 and Central California
Snow Canyon, Utah
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
The crash - 2009
California's King's Canyon
Pacific Coast Highway and north central Oregon
1600 miles in California, Nevada and Oregon
Belize Adventure
The Nevada-Idaho Border High Desert
Point Reyes and Sonoma County
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, Nevada
A Day Trip Over Mt. Hamilton
Mexico's Copper Canyon Road Tour
Northern California and the Lost Coast
Northern California Highways 299, 3, and 36
Northwest Nevada and Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Yosemite, Death Valley, and the White Mountains
Beautiful Marin County, California 2005 & 2007
Ugly Roads and Ugly Weather in Central and Southern California
Northern California Coast and Fort Ross
Kings Canyon National Park - 2004
San Francisco to Southern California and return
California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
Mt. Shasta, Central Oregon, and a Lightning Storm
Moab, UT to Belmont, CA 1000 miles in 24 hours
Motorcycle Trip to Utah. Pictorial.
San Francisco to Central Nevada.
San Francisco as seen from a motorcycle
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My Motorcycles
2011 Triumph Tiger 800 ABS
2003 Kawasaki ZR-7S
93 Yamaha XJ600 Seca II
82 Yamaha XS400 Seca
My first motorbike
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I live on the San Francisco Peninsula just a few miles south of San Francisco, California. My primary hobby is motorcycling. I currently ride a 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 ABS, but many of my trips listed on the left column were on my either my Kawasaki ZR-7S or Yamaha Seca II, both of which have been sold but are not forgotten. My two hobbies, maybe you could say my two passions, are motorcycling and photography. I am lucky, I can combine them both while visiting and photographing interesting places in California and the Western United States by motorcycle.


Making it even more enjoyable is what I call high speed backpacking. Basically, when I ride to out of the way places in California and the Western US, in addition to packing my camera, I stap a tent and sleeping bag on the back of my motorcycle and head out to see the sites.

When I was a teenager, I had a sturdy Allstate moped, my first motorbike.. Even though the moped was laughed at by the other kids, for me it was a machine that would take me places. I really abused that old moped, but it always ran well and riding it gave me a love for motorcycles that has lasted to this day.

My first 'real' desire to go exploring by motorcycle came from reading other peoples descriptions of their motorcycling adventures. I have kept copies of some of those early writings describing the experiences people had while traveling by motorcycle, here is a list of some of those old Motorcycle Trip Reports from a number of authors.

I guess my interest in exploring and adventure is not just limited to motorcycling and photography. Another of my hobbies is mountaineering. I have done all of my climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California. I haven't done any technical climbing for a few years now, but the love of the outdoors has never left me.

I have always had a desire to find the limits of my abilities. As a student I ran track in high school and college to test my strength, I went to graduate school in Chemistry to test my mind, I climbed mountains to test my endurance, and I have 2 children that test my patience. Motorcycling is different, it is not a just way of testing myself, it is a way to find myself.

To me, being on a bike is a Zen-like experience. You're actually in the environment. You can smell the fresh-cut grass on the side of the road, the hot asphalt under your tires and feel wind on your face. Life is something we experience through our senses. My senses experience much more when I ride. Follow this link to read more about my philosophy on long distance motorcycling


 
The trip reports listed on the left include many of the photos I have taken while exploring the Western U.S., Mexico, and Belize. But I have other interests in photography that do not include motorcycles. For examples of some of my other photographic work, see my photography page.

- Frank Mercer - November 8, 2012

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