Thursday, July 24, 2014

Motorcycle road trip without the motorcycles

Alas, it is true. Our annual summer motorcycle ride may well have occurred and we didn't take the motorcycles. That's so sad I'm beginning to tear up...

An unexpected alignment of the stars and planets provided us 6 consecutive days in July where we didn't have our regular real-world routine to deal with. I promptly made plans to ride down to Birmingham, AL to visit the Barber Vintage Motosports Museum. About 750 miles south west, I used our rule of thumb based on years of riding to limit our daily mileage to less than 350 miles, this meant 2 days down and 2 days back giving us 2 days at the museum...more than plenty!
Biker Babe
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Not wanting to have a repeat of last summer's water works, I also checked the weather report. Unfortunately, rain was forecast over the mid-Atlantic states for 4 out of the 6 days. 

Recalling the unpleasantness of last year's trip caused me to reluctantly admit taking the car was a wiser decision than riding. The first two days were great riding weather, cool temps and overcast skies, and I grumbled during regular waking hours. However, the next two days the bottom fell out and I had to admit I was happy we weren't on the bikes.

We ended up making changes to our itinerary and added Memphis (to visit friends, a most excellent decision) and Bowling Green (to visit the National Corvette Museum) and then zig-zagged through KY, WV, and MD to get back home.

Here are some photos from the roughly 150 photos I took at the Barber Museum (I was partial to the Moto Guzzi motorcycles):

















Monday, July 14, 2014

Ride to Culpepper for lunch and a book

On Saturday, we took a relatively short ride to Culpepper for lunch. I bought a book on Chaos Theory at a local antiques/book seller was unloading it for the princely sum of $1.00. This ride has the distinction of our spending more time stopped than riding...this may be a first (and hopefully the last :{)

GPS stats:
Total mileage = 133.5 miles
Overall avg speed = 17.4 mph (!!)
Moving avg speed = 38.5 mph
Max speed = 66.9 mph
Total time on road trip: 7:39 (GPS on all of the time)
Moving time: 3:27
Stopped time: 4:11

Some photos:







Sunday, June 15, 2014

Short ride down memory lane

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.



June 15th - Father's Day
June 16th - My dad's birthday
June 17th - (2014) 10th anniversary of my dad's passing


Monday, June 2, 2014

Bruce Anstey sets a new speed record at the Isle of Man TT


You've got to watch this video. It's only 2 minutes long. Your head will spin.

New Superbike lap record: 132.298 mph!

Bruce "Almighty" Anstey is a crazy fast Kiwi. He's 44 years old. (3 cheers for the old guys!)

The Isle of Man TT is a wild time-trail race held annually on the island on public roads. It's crazy fast and crazy dangerous.
Watch the video.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ride, Eat, Repeat - Motorcycle ride to Kilmarnock, VA

That pretty much sums up our ride yesterday.
The weather was beautiful prompting us to ride despite the household chores keeping us from leaving until around noon.

Any ride is a good ride! :)



My GPS wigged out and I lost the ride summary data (though if I tried, I could probably reconstruct it from the GPS track...).

Here are a couple of photos:







Friday, May 30, 2014

Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 8V (Quattro Valvole) Valve Adjustment

Valve adjustment on the Guzzi...I'm done!


Compared to the Ducati, where I had to all but remove the engine from the bike to have enough room to check and adjust the valves, the Guzzi is a piece of cake. Even compared to the '96 Valkyrie, which also had screw-nut adjusters, the Guzzi was simplier because the valves are up high for easy access and there are 8 versus 12.  A couple of Allen wrenches, feeler gauge, 8mm wrench, and less than an hour was all that I needed--I think it took longer to change the oil!

I probably should have taken photos, but I didn't think about it until after I was done. If you need help, check out this great step-by-step tutorial along with excellent photos, click here: Moto Guzzi 8V Valve Adjustment

I'll keep track of how often I have to adjust the valves. The manual indicates the adjustment interval is about 6000-miles. On my Valkyrie, I didn't need to adjust the valves after about 40K miles. We'll see if the Guzzi's valves are similar.

I hope this is a good sign of pleasant maintenance to come. :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day weekend ride to Beckley and beyond

Unlike most of our multi-day motorcycle rides, I wasn't able to do any pre-trip planning. Despite this (or maybe because of this :), we had a great ride to the tip of Virginia.

We rode the Back of the Dragon (again), stopped to investigate a rib cage (my guess: a deer), rode through the home town of Joseph Funk, looked at some old tombstones in Pocahontas, VA (because they were there), and had a pleasant ride back home. Unlike most past Memorial Day weekends here, the weather was beautiful.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bultaco motorycles return to production - Motorbike Writer



Those of us who rode dirt bikes in the 60s and early 70s remember the "thumbs up" Spanish Bultaco motorcycles. Here it is 2014 and they're making news with a new electric motorcycle. From the looks of the photos, the front fork looks very un-mainstream too.

I'll never forget a quote I read in 1998 attributed to Francisco X. Bulto, the Spaniard who started the company, who died at 86 in August 1998. On his deathbed, knowing that he would die soon, he is quoted as saying, "Bring me my mustache wax and my best Bultaco shirt. For a trip like this, you must be at your best." Indeed!

I hope this storied marquee will do well with these modern bikes.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Two weeks in a row: Saturday morning motorcycle ride

We took advantage of another beautiful Saturday and rode down to Culpeper, VA to have brunch. Despite a weather forecast that predicted possible scattered showers, we continued to ride for most of the day. The temperature hovered between 68o and 72o...perfect.

    GPS Stats:
  • total distance    181.7 miles
  • overall avg       26.5 mph
  • moving avg        42.1 mph
  • max speed         72.8 mph
  • total time        6:51
  • moving time       4:19
  • stopped time      2:32


Getting ready to head out.

Go!

I never noticed the gargoyles in Culpeper before.

Looking out from the Frost Cafe

Stopped to stretch on the way home.


Hmmmm....I wonder if this is why they went out of business?