Writer, photographer, artist, teacher, technician

About Tim Kingfisher Imaging

The Virtual Motorcycle

[caption id="attachment_3047" align="alignright" width="405"] The sedendary gamerz don’t do well in VR – it demands some athleticism. Our highest scorer on Space Pirate Trainer is a black belt.[/caption] I teach computer and software engineering when I'm not motorbiking.  This year I'm also doing a Ministry of Education grant on virtual…

Sabbatical Rides: North America

The idea of a year's sabbatical has come up a few times recently.  I'm ten years away from my retirement date.  My job has a four out of five option where my salary is stretched over five years while I'm only paid for four.  It means a slightly smaller paycheque, but…

Motorcycle Handling & Chassis Design

Tony Foale's brilliant engineering manual, Motorcycle Handling & Chassis Design, gives you an inside, technical look at how motorbikes operate.  It also gives you some idea of just how precarious the act of piloting a motorcycle is.  Much is said about how free people feel when riding and the physics…

Living On The Concours

It doesn't happen often, I'm usually the one taking the photos. A student of mine saw me riding in to school from her school bus. I've been riding the Concours for over a month now.  It came to me with a broken speedo reading 25073 miles.  Today it's 25784 on it…

Twist of the Throttle

The cornering bible... I'm currently reading Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist.  I've been looking for an intelligent description of motorcycle operation that accurately explains the dynamics of two wheeled riding (which differs significantly from three and four wheeled operation).I listened to an interview with a senior Honda engineer (I can't…

Motorcycle Media Musings

If you're in the mood for a motorbike adventure to the top of the world, give yourself fifty minutes and give this a watch...   Evidently the company that runs this trip is no longer doing business, but here's hoping they are able to get it going again, what a…

Too Far Gone

Bike Magazine had an excerpt from Todd Blubaugh's Too Far Gone in the last issue.  The excerpt was so moving that I just got up and purchased the book on Amazon. My favourite motorcycle reads have been the philosophical ones that dig deep.  The 'I rode very far every day' travel…