Hi! My name is Dana (rhymes with “nirvana”) and I’m a motorcycle nut.

I like everything on two wheels. I like them fast, I like them slow. I like them big and I like them small. I like them green, I like them red. Both petrol engines and electric motors, both new and old, both simple and high-tech.

I remember the first bike I bought. I searched for the cheapest bike under 250cc (the limit when I was a learner). It was a $1,000 Kawasaki Z200. I took it home on truck, learned on it, and sold it for about half that.

motofomo first motorcycle - kawasaki z200
My first motorcycle. I also didn’t know how to take good motorbike pics. I was just trying to make it look bigger.

Not a huge success. But I was hooked.

I bought my second bike (a CB900F Bol D’or) by searching for the biggest and cheapest bike within a five-mile (well, kilometre) radius. Bought it for $2,500 without understanding a damn thing about how to check bikes. After crashing it a few times at low speed, I gave up for years, let it rot, then sold it for 700 and felt lucky to so so.

Over the years since my hapless beginnings and up until my less-hapless present, I’ve bought, sold, rented, and borrowed many more motorcycles. I’ve learned a LOT. I wish I could go back in time and tell a younger me a few things. “Negotiate!” would be one. “Check the fork seals!” is another. And “Don’t go riding without buying warmer gear!”

But the thing is, I regret nothing. I have learned a lot and have much more to learn.

I find writing helps solidify my thoughts, and in the process helps others learn a bit more too. So I put down here whatever I think will help others.

What you’ll find in Motofomo

Here on Motofomo, you can expect to find articles about

  • Buyers guides — Differentiating between many confusing model names and evolutions of a bike over years, like “how did the Ducati Monster evolve since 1993)
  • Technology explainers — answering questions like “Why a 270-degree crank? And what are all the bikes with them?”
  • Lists — looking at e.g. the best new motorcycles of 2021
  • Reviews — putting down my highly subjective, unfiltered, but also structured thoughts on a bike, like on the Ducati 1098S
  • Repair and modification guides — when I’ve had to wrench on something, I explain how I did it
  • Opinion — because unsurprisingly, I have a few!

A bit about me

I find it helpful when I know something about other writers to “connect” with them. So here’s a bit about me.

I’m a Persian-background British/Australian. I speak ten languages (and counting), most of which I taught myself out of books, a lot of travel, and bloody-mindedness.

I graduated from both Engineering and Law at one of Australia’s best universities and threw away that knowledge to become a slide-making corporate drone for a few years before escaping to the world of high tech to write about motorcycles (and do other things that actually pay money).

These days I’m partly an operations consultant to high tech companies, and partly a writer and peripatetic wanderer.

You can find my writing on operations and high tech (and a few old articles on motorcycles) on hooshmand.net, and read my guides to world travel and languages on discoverdiscomfort.com.