Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Vintagent: The World's #1 Vintage Motorcycle Site

A very cool web site...check it out!

'via Blog this'

Curiouser and curiouser...what some folks won't do to ride their motorcycles

If you're interested in motorcycles and spend even a little time on the Internet, then you've no doubt seen plenty of these kinds of photographs.

If you haven't seen photos like these, then I truly apologize...

Yeah...the only thing this guy has to worry about is the smog in the air.

Put's new meaning to "Get on your hog and ride!" (That's horrible, I know...I couldn't help myself.)

See above.

Do you think there's a rider in there?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Aug 16 Ride to nowhere in particular

A terrible conspiracy called 'weekend to do lists' coupled with increasingly dense 'weekend traffic' thwarted all efforts on Saturday the 16th to ride down to Kilmarnock, VA. The best we were able to do was get to the 2400 Diner in Fredericksburg for lunch and then take a meandering route back home trying to avoid the I-95 traffic.

The few photos I took:

And a map: 

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
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: