Sunday, June 7, 2015

First significant motorcycle ride in 2015 - Home to Culpeper, VA

My wife & I rode our motorcycles from home to Culpeper, VA. Though overcast and many would say a bit cool in the upper 70os, I thought the weather was perfect. We stopped in at the Frost Cafe for lunch. My wife wandered up and down the streets looking for a bargain small enough to strap on the back of her bike, alas, none was found. :(

When we first arrived, we got tied up in some kind of protest that seemed on the verge of becoming a full on riot. A group of people almost overran our motorcycles, but the local police were there and kept everything under control and it turned out ok. I've never seen anything like it.

Other photos from today's ride:

(Changing the subject:) I don't want this to become a self fulfilling prophecy, but I've got a feeling this isn't going to be a banner riding season for putting miles on our bikes. We're getting a pretty late start this season, we normally have our 1st ride in May and sometimes even in April. The way our summer schedule is stacking up it looks like many weekends are already booked with activities: a family vacation, extended family get-together, stuff-at-work-I-can't-miss, etc. etc. Ah well, we'll make the best of it. :)

GPS stats from today's ride:
  • total distance: 105 miles
  • overall avg speed: 26 mph
  • moving avg speed: 44 mph
  • max speed: 68 mph
  • total time on the road: 4hrs 5min
  • moving time: 2hrs 23min
  • stopped time: 1hr 42min

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The winter doldrums begin--few opportunities to ride motorcycles's that time of the year: minimal motorcycle riding.

As a pacifier, I looked over my photos from our July trip to Al-a-bam-a to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to see their collection of motorcycles.

Here are two photos of preter-motorcycles:

A few Whizzer motorized bicycles. I forget what the placard said, but these were early 1900 vintage Whizzers.

This is a Honda Cub. I should have snapped a photo of the placard of all of the motorcycles but I didn't...I think this bike would have been made circa late 1950s to early '60s.