Author… Humorist… Speaker


Jack Riepe was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, and began his writing career as a political publicist. Exhausting that sector’s truth and moral inspiration in a few brief years, Riepe moved on to corporate public relations, specializing in business travel issues for major trade associations. He became associate publisher of Business Travel Executive Magazine in 1988, introducing a humor column to an industry that elevates solemnity to a virtue.

Riepe wrote Politically Correct Cigar Smoking For Social Terrorists in 1998, a collection of short stories and essays defining this social ritual and redefining male sensitivity. It was followed 13 years later by Conversations With A Motorcycle, the author’s account of his first two years in the saddle. Regarded by many as a legitimate Bildungsroman (coming of age novel), serious riders and discerning readers relate to Riepe’s sense of humor de noir.

Riepe writes about stuff that has happened to all us — in romance, travel, marriage, business, illicit affairs, first arrests, and every aspect of common life — he just admits it happened to him… And he’s not afraid to go into detail.

Riepe is a columnist for the BMW MOA’s Owners News as he is a devotee of German motorcycles that move at the speed of light. He is a frequent speaker at motorcycle rallies and claims to vacation in a South American Witness Protection Program. He supports the legal profession and gets divorced every seven years.

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A Christmas Note

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A Christmas Note

This is the time of the year when families, friends, and loved ones get together to share old memories and make new ones. Smiles are exchanged around decorated trees, symbolic bushes, and tables laden with holiday cheer. There is no greater gift than shared laughter, and I thank all of my readers and supporters, who are stuffing smiles into stockings and wrapped packages through the purchase of my books Conversations With A Motorcycle, and the delayed Motorcycles Speak Louder than Words. In the last few days, Zadic and Deverelle Publishers...

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“Attacked In My Own Home…”

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I would like to thank the folks at Netflix for introducing me to foreign films and television series that rely on English subtitles to explain car chases, gun fights, and explosions. There was something on the other night, a movie made in Lithuania, in which a refinery exploded and the subtitles read, “Sounds of explosions.” Now I understand that subtitles are not only for those who do not speak Lithuanian, but also to assist the hearing impaired. This begs the question, “How would someone hearing impaired from birth know what an explosion...

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Memories of a Bike, Straight Whiskey, and Father’s Day

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Parts of the following Riepe’s Rampage were first run on my former blog — Twisted Roads — in 2008. This has become my standard Father’s Day message, as it evokes powerful memories of my dad, who was a husband, fireman, father, and friend. He was also a driving instructor, a mechanic, a plumber, a philosopher, a cook, and a carpenter. He died when he was 58, some 31 years ago. The most challenging moments I have ever had behind the wheel were when driving with a super critical driving instructor — my father. I’d been driving for two years and...

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Glacial Melt And Ball Drop…

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Glacial Melt And Ball Drop…

Standing here on a New Jersey beach, a placid Atlantic Ocean before me, the news is not good. Two of the most relentless forces of nature are robbing me of sleep, reason, and the bonhommery that is my trademark as a moto writer. Those forces are glacial melt and ball drop. The leading experts on glacial melt say the oceans are rising at the rate of 3.2 millimeters per year (approximately .13 inches annually). My testicles are dropping at the rate of .13 inches daily. Calculations conclusively prove that a rising Atlantic and dropping...

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