Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Dam good ride!
Labels: Ride Reports
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
|Simson scooters are relics of eastern Berlin's Communist past, and I'm told are quite popular today as resto projects.|
|Not many places in the States where we can park like this.|
|Small scooters with top boxes are are so common I think Berlin must issue them to its citizens.|
|Go ahead, just try to find yours.|
|Why does USA hate efficient use of space like this?|
|This could've been a couple of dozen cars taking up space instead.|
|Traffic signal for the pedal crowd.|
Monday, August 31, 2015
Road Eats: OleyTurnpike Dairy
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Komoot phone app
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Product Review: MotoJug hydration system
"Lovin' my MotoJug so far. Had it out for a long shake-down ride over the weekend. Not only did it remain 100% secure despite my best cornering and braking efforts to induce movement, but the handling wasn't at all affected, which I was a little worried about ahead of time, particularly as I have a mid-sized bike. Mine is on the left as my exhaust would interfere on the right. I have the tubing retractor clipped to my tankbag so it takes a few extra seconds to deal with the tube when mounting/dismounting the bike, but it's well worth it in the heat. (When temps don't warrant carrying this much H2O, I may use the cooler as a waterproof storage device.) The bag, loops and straps offer many mounting possibilities, and everything is constructed very well. The price was worth it to me to have someone source and build the kit. I went with Dave's recommended $8 cooler but I had to get someone else to buy it for me so I could keep my claim of never having purchased anything at WalMart intact...well, sort of."
"Iron Butt types: order two, but substitute a small funnel for the bite valve on one side, so you'd have both intake and output."
Friday, July 17, 2015
A Job Worth Doing is Worth Doing Twice
A few weeks ago I get home from a long ride and find my left front turn signal dangling, the rubber mount having broken in half. Hmmm, that's weird; wonder what caused that? Impact with something? Someone bumping into it? Old age? No matter, I ordered a new left-hand mount right away, and being the smart guy I am, also ordered the right-hand mount, figuring that some day that one may fail as well and, if so, I'd already have the part on hand.
What I'd figured would be a 10-minute installation of the new turn signal mount turned out to be a sweaty, cuss-filled hour or more (thanks Kawasaki!), which would've taken someone with normal man-sized hands much longer (thanks genetics!). While I had the dashboard and windscreen off, I of course considered replacing the "good" mount on the other side, and, of course, decided against it because of the major hassle involved with the wiring I'd encountered on the "bad" side, and anyway, what were the chances the other mount would somehow fail or get broken anytime soon? I fear the 95F and 100% humidity in my garage influenced that decision.
This is what I found at the end of a ride about a week later:
The good news is that now I know to an accuracy of about 200 miles the precise life of a Kawasaki ZR-7S rubber turn signal mount, and I've become twice as proficient at replacing them. Yay for me. Freakin' yay.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Nothin' to see here; move along please!
|This and the 2nd below were taken at nearly the exact spot 3 years apart.|
|Too much civilization; get me outta here!|
|T'was a slow news day obviously. Posted at my American Legion hall.|
|Photo by Rod Don|
|Don't distract me with your camera; I'm trying to not ride into that stream.|
|Can you can spot the error in this image?|
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Pro Hill Climb This Weekend!
This Sunday, June 7th AMA professional hill climb returns to the 300-foot hill at White Rose Motorcycle Club's facility near Jefferson, PA. I've attended this event a few times previously and I hope to make this one. If you've never watched a real hill climb, you should. It's one of the oldest forms of motorcycling competition, and also one of the toughest...and most basic: fastest to the top wins (or furthest, if the hill beats everyone). A couple of jumps on the way up make it even more interesting, particularly as the riders are usually on the very edge of control as they blast up. Those who crest the hill with momentum to spare take a final huge leap. The first rider launches at 12:30 PM, rain or shine. It's easy to plot a nice twisty, back road route to the event. More event info on the club's website.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Motel, Motor-Tel, wait...what?
|No joke; they're actually trying to sell this product.|
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
|"One of these things is not like the others..."|
Friday, May 15, 2015
Scottish Games tomorrow!
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