Monday, October 5, 2015

The Ever-Frustrating Conversation About Riding Motorcycles

The Ever-Frustrating Conversation About Riding Motorcycles

This is a link to an article on Yahoo that every motorcyclist has had with a non-motorcyclist. It is indeed a frustrating conversation and it ends just like it does in the article.

This is a photo of my wife and granddaughter having fun. 

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Three motorcycle rides in August wrapped up in one post

Owing to a lot of things this very busy summer, we have not taken many motorcycle rides this year. Thinking about this too much only brings sadness. Thankfully, suffering from self diagnosed adult attention deficit disorder means I'll soon forget this sadness and be about my merry way. Below are photos and the routes of three local trips taken in August on my Moto Guzzi Norge (pronounced nor-jay in the country where Guzzis are made) and my wife's California Sidecar Goldwing trike.

The "green route" was taken on August 15th. Originally intending to head south to Yorktown we were beaten back by the traffic and ultimately ended up in Culpeper, VA at the Frost Cafe for a late lunch. The summer time traffic around here, especially that headed south or east (that is, towards the beaches) has become legendarily horrible. It's enough to make a person consider moving away.

On August 22nd, we rode the "red route." An approximate 200-mile ride to New Market, VA to eat lunch at the Southern Kitchen, apparently famous for its peanut soup (which, to me, doesn't sound that appealing).

Finally, on the 29th, we rode the "blue route" to Paw Paw, WV. The whole trip was a bit under 250 miles on one of the nicest weather days ever, much less a day in August.

Below are some photos in no particular order. On one of the trips, we ran into Cooter from the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show. He has a place near Sperryville.

The last photo show 9999 miles on the odometer...I pulled off the road to snap a photo.

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.