Steve → Frauny: Thanks for add Frauny, welcome to BP. Been there done that I see, hope you tell us about you travels, what were the best places you went. Always looking to add to the bucket list. Looken to do the Northeast and some of the mid west next summer.
Mornin everyone, Just a reminder to check the EVENTS section this week and next week to remind you all of the up coming AG FEST in ARCADIA on the 23rd of Nov. and BIKE EVENT and car show. lts to do in town as well.
Spinning wheels-- Blood, Sweat and Tears?
Birminham UK, Bike show this week,yes I'm going. I fancy the new Triumph Tiger sport . Do I trade up or keep the Honda VFR800- Vtec and buy another any ideas You can only ride one. ;)
A parting gift from a departed Brother.
Dave Wofford has gone ahead of us to scout the road ahead. But before He left He showed me a few things about being a good Brother and a true Friend.
At the National HOG Rally in OKC Dave could not attend but that didn't stop Him from helping a new member to the Route 66 Chapter of HOG He had preregistered for the Rally when He could not make the trip He passed tickets on to Elizabeth and I. It was our first HOG rally and we were so grateful. Dave didn't even know us at the time, and when I offered to reimburse Him for the cost He just smiled and said that it was no big deal and that He was glad that someone could use His reservations.
Liz and I have made many friends since joining the Club. Dave and Mary were some of the first. Even while fighting for His life He had a positive attitude. After His passing Mary told Liz that Dave wanted Me to have a ring that they had bought. A beautiful Harley Davidson ring.
When we went out to Mary's house for a visit I was surprised when Mary brought a small black box and placed it in My hands telling me that She and Dave wanted me to have it. It fit like it was made for Me. For this gift I am truly grateful, something to remind me of a good friend and a true Biker He will be missed!
Morning friends, it is HUMP Day, time to get over the top and slide into the weekend. Be safe, stay warm.
Hope that everyone has a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
Well, summer is but a memory and autumn is blowing in on the wet wings of November. For some, this heralds the coming of ol man winter and cessation of two-wheeled recreation. For our fortunate bros and sisters in more mild climates, it brings with it 'snow birds' that don't know how to 'Look Twice, save a Life' and so we must be even more aware.
For some, it is time to tear it down and put it right. I tip the proverbial brew at you and say 'Do it right or don't do it at all.'
Me? Well, there are a few things to address on my work horse Hildi, so that when it warms up, I'll be ready. Seals, gaskets and a stubborn shifter but they are minor. Since I live in northwest Washington, there will be opportunities to get out and enjoy the breaks in the crappy weather. This man RIDES, even in the rain... As I have aged I have found that being warm is a real issue that can be felt when I arrive home. If I stayed fairly warm, I don't creak and groan as much when I get out of my chair. If it was a cold ride... I feel it for days after.
So, get out and ride, watch out for idiots and stay as warm as you can.
Ride, it's what bikers do!
Size Arrival Effect, is a term used to insure further funding.
Even though for years we've understood that smaller objects traveling toward us, appear further away than they are, when compared to a larger object, also smaller object appear to be traveling at a slower rate of speed than the larger. The obvious solution would be for drivers to take a few extra seconds to assess low profile vehicle. But then that wouldn't help TTU attain a grant.
Let me guess, at the end of this study we will have learned, automobile drivers are not responsible for killing or injuring bikers. SAE will Provide an excuse in which to limit liability. as well justifying the reason for all bikes and riders to be in bright day glow colors.
This post was edited by Steve at September 11, 2013 6:40 PM EDT
This past weekend I went to look at the new CVO Limited Street Glide. Sticker Shock $41,000 plus! But it looks to be an incredibly well crafted machine, besides no one comes close to Harleys ability to provide the best paint and chrome in the industry today, just my opinion. The Limited has it all, and I'm not talking about the big screen GPS and all it can do. It's the goods underneath that makes it a class act for the Touring market. I think a lot of people will be reluctant to go with a first year engine, or perhaps I should say cooling system and head.
It's not remotely within my budget and may not be the bike for me, still there is no denying this one beautiful machine. I would love to take this bike out for a few weeks, other than that I would need to win the Lottery to put her in my garage. But if you be so fortunate I'll wish you the best of luck.
I don't avoid the rain, it just rains too much in the summer. My major concern is my lower visibility for cars, but mostly I just suit up and go. I'd rather it rain hard and wash the oil off the road, than have to deal with slick roads from a light shower. actually the thing I hate most, is the road scum mist. it's difficult to clean off the bike. I won't go out in a Hurricane or Tropical Storm, but other than that, lighting is the only thing that will make me get off the road. My bike and equipment are design for less desirable conditions, and I always arrive dry, except for my hands. I prefer it not rain but that's just not a reality in Florida.
I've looked into it a few times, and have a few friends who have several certificates. Considered doing it myself, just haven't found the time yet. So the answer to your question is yes. ,let us know how you make out, Ride Safe.
Update; Hooligan Street Jersey. Had to wash my jacket, the sweat, bugs and stink need to go. Removed the armor, zipped it up, and in the washer it went, on delicate. Looks like new and smells fresh, so far it been a great summer Jacket.
Honestly that's truly amazing, that the lack of coolant was the only issue you had to deal with that day. If someone hasn't used their bike for two years, let alone twenty, they're not riding with me! Where to start? Rubber parts internal or external may not function properly, shocks, tires, seals, hose, belts. Brake fluid will absorb moisture over time, also brake fluid doesn't expand at high temps, but water does, and will cause the brakes to lock up. The potential for a catastrophic failure was more than likely. You were very lucky to be only inconvenienced. Great reminder though, might be a good question to ask a new person showing up to ride.
At least once a year if not more. South central Florida has a many citrus groves, and beekeeper are brought in to pollinate the blossoms. So when we smell the sweet blossoms, chances are there will be bee in the area. You can bet they will find a way under your shirt. little bastards.
This post was edited by Steve at August 21, 2013 12:03 PM EDT
Thanks Sky, enjoyed the pic's and post. The humidity down here been so dam high, I haven't wanted to ride much more than a few hundred miles, the need to get back to house before noon dictates. getting old sucks. I've promised myself that next year I'm heading north for summer.
M F, pretty much said it all. what you might look into some of the duel compounds on the market, which have a harder compound in the center and softer on the side for handling. I had a friend with Triumph rocket III a very heavy large bike, he put a car tire on the rear, we rode the dragon US-129 he didn't seem to have any problems. Still I wouldn't do it, like M F, I don't want to give up performance or handling. I'm happy to get 12,000 out of a set of tires, but if I could afford too, I'd change them out every 7,000 because the handling in my opinion is that different. either way, good luck and ride safe.
This post was edited by Steve at August 13, 2013 7:01 PM EDT
Over time most things become second nature, like turning off your turn signal after you've made a turn, downshifting as you come to a stop, and putting down your kickstand before you get off your bike. But sometimes distractions divert our attention, and then we proceed as if we've preformed the task at hand. this can be embarrassing which may be the best case scenario, if you're lucky. Stalling a motorcycle is not uncommon, and you may not even know when it happened to a experienced rider, but for a few seconds hesitation. Because restarting the stall will also become second nature in time.
The first thing to remember is, your bike will start in any gear, simply pull in your clutch lever, and press the starter button, don't start stomping on your shifter, just get it started and don't put your kickstand down, also your bike doesn't need to be in neutral.
Feathering and Feather Out are two different actions used to control our clutch lever. Feather the clutch, is to lightly let off the lever to the point where the clutch starts to engage, but not so much so that you couldn't hold the bike from moving forward, and then pull it back in. This is something you can practice. On level ground, feather the clutch, the bike will start to move forward, then pull the clutch back in, and the bike should roll back in place, basically rocking the bike back and forth, using only the clutch. This will allow to become familiar with the point at which the clutch starts to become engage.
Feathering and stepping on the shifter once, and then again, feather shift, feather shift and feather shift. This would be the sequence used for a bike that has stalled from being in fifth gear of a start. The reason this method will likely be required, is the mechanism in the transmission needs to be moving to operate smoothly and not jam. Sometimes you can downshift a bike without feathering, but many bikes are difficult at best. Feathering will assure a fast repetitive downshifting at a standstill.
Feather Out, is lightly let off the lever and using the throttle to keep the RPM's high and slowly releasing the clutch until the bike has reached sufficient speed. This might be used for a bike starting off from second gear, and also can be practiced.
It is important to become familiar with techniques that correct circumstances that may occur. Having the ability to get your bike moving forward and quickly, from a stall at an intersection is very important. Intersections are inherently dangerous for Motorcyclist, automobile drivers often react to traffic movement rather than what's happening directly in front of them, acting on assumption. Riding a low profile vehicle further compounds this reality, and even more so at night. If a group of riders take off form a light, the driver of a car behind them, may not see that one bike has stopped, or a car that trying to make the light. The outcome should be evident.
It’s that time of year and we are having our 33rd annual Christmas ride to the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Home in Port Charlotte. We need shirt sponsors, donations, drawing prizes and your support. Let’s see if we can fill their parking lot with 500+ bi...
This will be the 1st annual AG FEST Bike event, Please feel free to contact me for further info.
This Event is OPEN to everyone, Please plan to attend, There will be lots of Bike related Vendors and Born To Ride will be filming th...
**NOTICE** At this point, more people have RSVP'ed than we have room for in the cabins. I need people who are serious about going to contact me so I can give you the address to send the $20.
I'm putting together a meet and greet/group ride togeth...
32nd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RUN
DOUGLAS T. JACOBSON STATE VETERANS HOME
Line up starts at 9am at Ft. Myers Harley Davidson. KSU at 1pm. $5 per rider (under 18 free.) Donations of gift cards, toiletries, snack foods, and your support needed to help make this...
Join us at the home of the world famous Leesburg Bikefest for Thunder on the Square. The festivities start at 4pm as the Drill Team demonstrations get underway at the HOG-Arena. The BBQ and The Other Side hit the stage in Town Square at 5pm. Lots of kicks...