Friday, May 15, 2015
Mid-Week Ride Report
|My famous map/nav skills took me down a gravelly road for a couple of miles.|
|Obligatory Pennsylvania covered bridge shot.|
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Well, that's 100,000 done.
OK, it's 62,000 miles, but that's 100,000 km to the rest of the civilized world. Pulling off to document the event on the way home from work yesterday was mandatory, even though it was in a somewhat precarious location. Disclosure: only 61,999 of those miles are mine; it had 1 mile on the odometer when I headed out from the dealer on my test ride 11 years ago.
Friday, May 01, 2015
1st Ever Triple-Backflip Completed
Monday, April 27, 2015
2015 AMCA Meet, Oley, PA
|Don't see this brand every day.|
|Liter bikes aren't new; this model was Lawrence of Arabia's favorite ride.|
|Beverly Hillbillies meets The Munsters?|
|This had a number plate autographed by Jack Penton, too.|
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
MotoStays: an Airbnb for motorcyclists?
MotoStays is a growing motorcycle community that promotes and provides access to home-sharing opportunities throughout the world. The MotoStays network provides a convenient alternative to camping and hotels by connecting motorcyclists with local hosts along their route. MotoStays also features motorcycle-friendly businesses that offer accommodations for members at reasonable rates.
Launched in June of 2014, MotoStays.com is the motorcyclist’s equivalent to Airbnb; the difference being the overnight stays are free. Motorcyclists create a membership account and profile listing then look for places to stay. Using the member location, photos, amenities and accommodation details to see which hosts best match their needs, members then contact potential hosts to work out the details.
“There are lots of people doing this, and have been doing it for years; it just hasn’t happened in an organized way until now,” said Gaila Gutierrez, MotoStays co-founder. “What we’ve done is create a community that is based on reciprocal hospitality and consolidated it in a way that people can actually plan around. It eliminates the randomness and connects people who share the passion of motorcycling in a unique and interesting way.”
Haas and Gutierrez quit their jobs, rented their house and took off on their motorcycles for fourteen months in 2012-2013. Traveling over 40,000 miles through ten different countries, the trip opened their minds to a new way of thinking. Upon their return home they decided to build a community where other motorcyclists could take advantage of the experiences that result when you share space and a connection with other people and founded MotoStays.
MotoStays will be offering free one-year memberships through May 15, 2015. More information can be found on www.MotoStays.com.
If anyone uses this service, please drop me a line or a comment to let me know of your experience.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Finally, a real ride this winter.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
It's snow-go for riding this winter.
|If my bike were an animal, it'd be a Sad Panda.|
Labels: Cold Riding
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Book Review: Tracks, Racing the Sun
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Fed funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints to end?
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Throw-Back Thursday: Trail Riding Gear
Monday, November 10, 2014
New ADV Online Magazine
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Are You A Motorcyclist?
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Ride to Vote, Vote to Ride!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Motorcycle lane-splitting study
|Photo: Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee|
A recent California study has arrived at the rather obvious conclusion that lane-splitting on a motorcycle becomes increasingly riskier as the speed differential increases. Last year, the California Highway Patrol published guidelines suggesting riders should not travel more than 10 mph faster than surrounding traffic, and should not lane-split at all if other vehicles are traveling faster than 30 mph. That isn't law, but seems like a common-sense suggestion. As you may know, though it's common in civilized places like Europe, California is the only US state in which lane-splitting is expressly permitted. Many states, such as mine, do not expressly prohibit lane-splitting, but it's an uncommon practice and a lane-splitting rider is subject to LEO interpretation of whether the maneuver constitutes a violation of "catch-all" traffic laws such as careless or reckless driving. In my neck of the woods, a lane-splitter may also expect to get clothes-lined, cut-off, or have a driver's door opened by a disgruntled/jealous motorist. Frankly, it won't be worth the risk around here until driver attitudes change. I've only done it a handful of times, and then only while traffic is stopped, in order to get around extremely slow-moving vehicles such as farm equipment, street sweepers, etc. What are your thoughts and/or lane-splitting experience?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Vintage Trials this weekend!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rumor Central: Yamaha FJ-09
Monday, October 20, 2014
2015 Motorcycle Shopping List
|Honda Crossrunner, a VFR 800 based strictly-street "ADV" bike.|
|Suzuki V-strom 650 XT, a somewhat more dirt-capable Wee; still a street bike really.|
|Revamped Kawasaki Versys 650, now with tidy luggage option|
|BMW R1200R replacement. Hope it has windscreen & luggage options.|
Monday, October 13, 2014
Snell M2015 Standards
Friday, October 10, 2014
Throw-Back Thursday: My First Motorcycle
Santa somehow managed to get a brand spankin' new Yamaha TY80 down the chimney on Christmas Eve, 1974. The TY80 was essentially a shrunk-down version of the TY250 and so was a competition-ready trials bike: very low gearing (with neutral at bottom), super-slim, high ground clearance, super-light weight, soft and springy suspension, and massive steering lock. The engine was capable of chugging along in first with no throttle without stalling, and could loft the front wheel at will over obstacles. It came with plastic fenders, which were just starting to show up on pure dirt bikes, but the fuel tank was still steel. Though most kids my age (13) were zipping around on 70-80cc MXers or "enduro" bikes, a trials bike offered a great platform to learn some of the finer points of motorcycle control that I still use today, such as traction and momentum preservation, body positioning and "English," and smoothness. I also cut my mechanical chops (such as they are) on the little two-smoker, though it was so tough and reliable I don't remember having to do much other than normal maintenance. I did learn how to unclog a carb jet while out in the woods, but that wasn't so rare 40 years ago. This scan of a textured print (remember those?), likely shot with my trusty Kodak 110 Instamatic, hides a lot of detail, but I see some patchy ice in the foreground -- yup, even back then I didn't have the good sense to quit riding when it got real cold. #TBT