Monday, April 14, 2014
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Blow Hard Motorcycle Horn
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Take Advantage of Evolution
Friday, March 28, 2014
Gimme a brake!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
AcesMAD Helmet Decals
|My awards so far.|
|Just as bright as the SOLAS tape on the bottom edge.|
Monday, March 17, 2014
1960s Cafe Racer Culture
Thursday, January 23, 2014
TT: Full Throttle
For background research for her book, Ms. Winters attended the IoM in 2010 and 2011 and interviewed organizers, riders, pit crew members, et al. She even toured the 37 3/4 mile/200+ corner course with a former TT champion and volunteered as a roadside marshal.
Check out the author's website for more info and reviews and high praise from IoM TT riders. The book was resealed in Canada last Fall, with the U.S. release scheduled for March 2014. I suggest ordering the book by clicking thru to Amazon from Ms. Winters' website.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Why Own A Vintage Motorcycle?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The million mile motorcyclist, Glenn Turple!
|Photo Credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45393120@N07/6001572819|
Glenn Turple of Alberta, Canada, was only eighteen when he bought his first motorbike, a 1926 Harley Davidson – even in 1946 it was a bargain at only $25 but he never even rode it; he fixed it then went away on a summer job and when he came back his brother Rex had broken it again!
|Photo Credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterito/3087316306/|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Product Review: Auritech earplugs
AllEarPlugs.com, which also sells a great variety of ear care and hearing protection products. The Auritechs are constructed of soft thermoplastic and contain both a ceramic filter and a venturi chamber, which together are claimed to attenuate wind noise without muffling conversational frequencies. We've had a lot of snow and ice so far this winter, so my riding has been limited, but after about 400 miles I can say that the Auritech Biker plugs perform as claimed. While the claimed attenuation is a little over 29db, I don't notice much difference in noise reduction between the Auritechs and my "go-to" foam plugs that are rated at 33db. Comfort is highly individual, with ear canal size and shape, and helmet interior construction all playing a part, but these plugs worked fine for me without a hint of pressure or pain. The Auritech plugs are much easier and quicker to insert than my foamies -- using the molded-in "handle" one simply inserts them straight into the ear canal while pulling the ear up and back a bit; no rolling/compressing required like with foam plugs. Unlike foamies, however, the Biker Earplugs won't be thrown away after a few uses, so some minimal care is required; AllEarPlugs sells a cleaning kit, or they can be washed in soapy water. The plugs are supplied with a useful aluminum screw-top cylindrical carrier sealed with a rubber o-ring, which also has a split-ring for attaching to a key ring, jacket zipper pull, tank bag zipper, etc.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Brand new old BMW!?
Addendum 1/10/2014: Click here to see the completed bike on it's first test ride!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Yes, they're fugly, but at 15F everyone thinks I'm stupid anyway.|
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Last Ephrata Ride-In of 2013
|Vintage Penton enduro with period Preston Petty fenders, spare spark plug holder, etc.|
|Wonder if they fight over the number?|
|Perhaps to hairiest street bike ever sold.|
|Guess who I found on a bulletin board inside the AmLegion hall? I'd like to thank my hair stylist, Mr. Arai.|
United Nations of Motorcycling?
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Adventure Motorcycle Calendar
While it's no substitute to riding to exotic locations yourself, the next best thing is the vicarious thrill from viewing others' photographs of those places. The out-sized (17" x 12") Adventure Motorcycle Calendar 2014 from Octane Press contains a year's worth of spectacular images, from mountain tops to desert floors, shot by adventure riders who are also readers of Horizons Unlimited, the renowned online hub for world-travelers. This high-quality calendar is a must-have for any adventurous rider, and would make a great Christmas gift for the other riders on your list. Click here for a sneak peek and to order.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Book Review: Motorcycling Through Midlife
Motorcycling Through Midlife, The Call of the Corner is best read the way one attacks a good motorcycling road: finding the rhythm, settling into a pace, feeling the flow from turn to turn, and reveling in sudden changes in direction and elevation. Thorough reviews can be found here, and here. “I wrote this book for my fellow baby boomers who are thinking about taking up motorcycling, or already have,” said Metzger, who is also the founder of Motomarathon, about which I've posted a few times before. “Though it’s a dangerous hobby fueled by subconscious adolescent cravings, motorcycling can be the finest expression of youthful joy and freedom if approached with the wisdom of midlife– and before we get too old.” While I came into motorcycling from a totally different direction as the author, and while I don't agree with a number of his opinions, I found much to like, to chuckle over, and ponder. I was wishing for higher quality, color photographs as well. Being a slim book, the ride was over all too soon, much as journeys down fun roads always seem to be. I recommend this book for any rider's motorcycling library.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Omerta MC St. Jude Children's Hospital Motorcycle Run 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Motorhead Coffee is back on track!
Back in February 2009 I had the pleasure of reviewing some great coffee from Motorhead Coffee, a venture of an Indiana motorcyclist named Jamie ("Shep" on ADVrider.) After taking a break to suffocate in the corporate world for a while, I'm glad to report that Shep is back, breathing the fresh air again and custom-roasting some great new products. Four bags of beans arrived in a tidy package on my doorstep pronto: 10W-30, a light roasted African; 10W-40, medium roast Latin; 10W-50, medium-dark Sumatran; and, the seriously-robust Diesel. All are roasted in small batches using a traditional, gas-fired, drum roaster. The product, price, customer service, shipping and packaging all get a big thumbs-up! I highly recommend you order up some of Motorhead's finest today and (cue music) get your motor runnin'...