My name is Robert Calnan and as far back as I can remember, I’ve been tinkering with everything I could get my hands on.
I was the kid who tore apart the old stuff to not only see how it worked but to Frankenstein it into something better.
Some of those earlier projects might not have looked pretty but they always got the job done.
Growing up in a small town I was quickly introduced to dirt bikes which are fun but also served as transportation to the farms and acreages where all my friends lived.
I quickly found out how much maintenance was involved and was the introduction to the career I am still involved with today.
This got me the experience I needed to get in at the local shop and started my apprenticeship.
This is where I learned about the diversity of motorcycle mechanics were working on ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), lawn and garden equipment, pumps, generators, pretty much anything with a motor.
After completing my apprenticeship, I and my lovely wife Jenny moved to the big city where I had a chance to work on more motorcycles.
This was a time when computer technology was moving motorcycles away from paper manuals and micro-fiches to online service portals and pdf manuals.
While dealing with issues such as service manuals not loading, problems reaching the manufactures website, or even getting windows to start, I found trying to solve these problems was quite similar to the process used on engines.
This lead me into the world of computers where I applied this process and received several IT certifications.
As more and more of a motorcycle’s mechanical processes are being controlled by computers, having experience in both gives me a unique insight into motorcycles today.
During my time with computers, I found myself writing technical documents for me to reference in my daily tasks which turned into instruction and teaching manuals for new and existing staff.
Successfully meshing these together has inspired me to mesh together my passion for writing, teaching, and motorcycles (well anything with a motor!) in what I call Things Moto.
Thank you for your support.