Ron Sparks Author, Poet


Corbin Seat Fail


I bought my Corbin seat for my 1992 Nighthawk 750 about 5 years ago.  Initially I loved the seat – it was a million times better than the stock seat. But, as you can see from the picture, it is falling apart fast – and I’ve put less than 7,000 miles on that seat! I have taken great care of the seat.  I keep it conditioned, covered when I am not riding, and clean.  In fact, I...

The Biker’s Creed


I ride because it is fun. I ride because I enjoy the freedom I feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding. I do not ride because it is fashionable to do so. I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status.  It exists simply for me, and me alone. My machine is not a toy. It is an extension of my being, and I will...

Leesburg Bikefest 2011


This was my first year at the Leesburg Bikefest.  I always imagined it being some rinky-dink affair, a pale clone of Daytona’s Bikeweek or Biketoberfest.  After all, it’s in Leesburg, a rinky-dink town about 45 miles outside of Orlando, without even the benefit of a beach nearby to draw visitors. I was absolutely wrong.  Leesburg knows how to welcome Bikers.  I had such a great time...

Always Wear Jeans Under Chaps


I may take an 800-mile road trip on my bike in December.  My good buddy Ron just bought himself a new motorcycle and is coming down to visit me in December and we have tentatively decided I will meet him halfway and ride back with him.. If I do meet him halfway, I’ll need chaps to protect my legs and keep me warm on the ride. I went to the Hot Leathers website, since I usually buy something...

Biker Etiquette


You’ve all seen it; two motorcyclists driving past each other on a roadway acknowledge and wave to each other as they pass.  It’s usually a below-the-shoulder hand meant to acknowledge the other rider, affirm a common bond as motorcycle aficionados, and a well-meaning wish to “keep the rubber side down,” or “ride safe.” It’s near universal; every biker...

The Binary Bikers Ride 1,726 Miles


[slideshow] I promised myself that once I fully recovered from my cancer I would take a long motorcycle trip.  Big Bad John and I, the Binary  Bikers, rode from Orlando Florida to Louisville Kentucky and back.  A total of 1,726 miles – not including all the in-town riding we did while were in Louisville. Carey and Michelle, our wives, followed behind a day later in a car and met us in...

The Binary Biker T-Shirt / Jacket


Click the image above to see the full-sized image.  The Binary Bikers now have an “official” logo and image for T-Shirts and jackets.  My buddy John and I will be wearing our t-shirts next week when we ride to Kentucky and back.
The 0’s and 1’s around the image of the motorcycle spell out “Binary Bikers” in binary code.
I love it!

The Binary Biker is Legal


For twenty-two years the Binary Biker has been riding without a Florida motorcycle endorsement. When I first started riding there was no requirement for the endorsement.  Then, once the state mandated it, I refused to get the endorsement because I viewed it as a waste of time, money, and saw it as just another way the state was sticking their hands into my pocket. I missed out on all the test...

Daytona Bike Week 2010


Date:  March 5th, 2010 Starting Location: Orlando, FL Destination: Daytona Beach, FL Starting Mileage: 12,580.4 Distance Rode: 133.6miles (round trip) Ending Mileage: 12,714.0 Motorcycle: 1992 Honda Nighthawk 750 I haven’t been to Bike Week in two years.  My cancer prevented me from going last year.  You can imagine how excited I was to be able to go this year.  If you read my last blog...

The Binary Biker is Back!


Eighteen months ago I was diagnosed with cancer; so began a whirlwind of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.  Throughout it all my motorcycle sat unused, unloved, and untouched in the driveway. That motorcycle sat, and sat, and sat in the driveway.  Never moving.  Never getting started.  Never getting the attention it needed to stay in running condition. While I was recovering from surgery, my...

Ron Sparks Author, Poet

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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