Sunday, September 30, 2007

16th Annual March of Dimes ‘Ride to Save Babies' Sunday, October 7th on the infield of Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sunday, October 7th, 2007 - 10am -March of Dimes ‘Ride to Save Babies'- Atlanta Motor Speedway - 1500 Highway 19-41, Hampton, GA 30228
Tickets: $35 - Rider, $35 - Passenger

The annual ride comes to the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time. Help save Georgia's babies while enjoying the ride on one of NASCAR's fastest speedways. Lunch by Buffalo's Southwest Café, guest appearances by 1988 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Bill Elliott, motorcycle stunt show, battle of the bikes competition, vendor village, hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, live entertainment and much more. For additional information, contact the March of Dimes at 404-350-9800 or visit

7th Annual Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home Ride - Saturday Oct 6th

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Network is DOWN ! !


“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

“Without adversity, without change, life is boring.” - John Amatt

"Adversity does not build character, adversity reveals character." - Sandy Dahl

"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are." - Arthur Golden

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." - African Proverb

"There is no education like adversity." - Disraeli

"Adversity is the first path to truth." - Lord Byron

"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken' away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Never Under-estimate a Redneck with a Welder

Dan Parker is responsible for building some of the fastest drag car chassis in the country. I guess sometimes you get a wild hair and one thing leads to another.

Dream House Ride - 500k

Saturday, October 6, 2007

6:30-7:30 AM Registration. Continental breakfast provided.
7:00 AM Optional chapel service.
7:15 AM Rider’s meeting.
7:30 AM First rider departs.
12:00 noon Catered lunch at a North Georgia lakeshore with live music.
5:00 PM Arrive at the end point. Evening program, dinner and prize drawing.

The Dream House 500 is a charity fundraising event to support Dream House for Medically Fragile Children and provide an enjoyable motorcycle adventure for its participants. It is actually two events in one, providing a 500km day of sport touring over the Southern Appalachian's best roads and a shorter route which includes some unpaved Forest Service roads for adventure touring riders.

Grand Prize
$1,000 Gift Certificate from Tucker-Rocky. Prize courtesy of Tucker-Rocky Distributing and BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta.

Start and end point:
Honda Rider Education Center, 1450 Morrison Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004.
N34.05900 W84.29403

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pop Goes the Breaker

On my trip to Columbus, as I pulled in for my first gas stop on the trip, suddenly the speedo and its light went dead. A little testing proved the turn signals and rear brake light were dead as well. The headlight and running lights (both front and rear were working). I did a brief inspection but couldn't locate anything. So hand signals were the rule of the day. But needless to say, the larger percentage of the general driving public doesn't know standard hand signals and are without a clue when they see them displayed in front of them what is being communicated.

That being the case, I looked three times, hand signaled and looked some more when I was making lane changes, stopping, etc. Yes, I know there are a lot of folks riding without turn signals (Jeffery). But, I am just not comfortable in interstate traffic without working signals. Refrain from emailing me sissy comments, thanks.

I consulted a friend who owns a bike shop who I met up with on the way to Columbus. We pulled the seat and he was puzzled trying to locate the fuse block. It seems the Sporty has it a bit different that the softails, go figure. So we buttoned it up and I came home sans signals.

Last night after getting home from being laid-off from my job (Monday huh?) and running errands, I dug into it. I managed to figure out how Harley had disguised the fuse block on the sporty and wala blown fuse. I replaced it, turned on the key and instantly produced a matching blown fuse. I quickly deducted that there was a broken wire or one with insulation rubbed off and grounding out by touching metal somewhere. So, I did some inspection and found a broken wire at a connector and repaired it. Replaced the fuse, turned on the ignition and a third matching blown fuse. I then road to Autozone and bought some more 15 amp fuses.

After returning from the parts store, I pulled the fuel tank and began tracing the routing of the wire. I found a bare spot, repaired it, replaced the fuse, turned on the ignition and produced the 4th in a series of matching blown fuses. I continued following the wire routing until it went above the headlight hidden from view. So, I removed the windshield and unbolted the headlight. Lo and behold, I found a couple of wires with bare spots worn by rubbing the headlight mount. My best guess is when the shop (name withheld to protect the guilty) replaced the ignition switch, the wiring didn't get tucked away just right.

So, I repaired the bare spotted wires and tucked them away into a space where they should be less prone to abrasions, replaced the fuse, turned on the ignition and the speedo light came on, the speedo reset, and the odometer displayed. Ah, nice refreshing site. I then tested the turn signals and they worked properly. A few minutes later I had it all reassembled and bolts and screws torqued to try to prevent them from rattling lose and falling off.

I wandered into the house and washed all the grime off and poured a glass of Tea. My wife mentioned the vacuum cleaner wasn't really picking up when she last used it. So, it was time to play vacuum mechanic. Some preliminary testing proved the 18 year old vacuum was going to have to be replaced. So, off to wallyworld at 9pm. Of course once we bought a new one, it had to be assembled (no, I didn't open the directions). Assembly completed, I gave it a test drive. Yeah, it works better than the old one. New and improved for sure.

So as Monday completed, I am jobless but the bike's electrical gremlins have been solved and we have a new Hoover. Just another day in paradise...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bikes on Broadway

Downtown Columbus, Georgia was closed down for the 5th Annual Bikes on Broadway chairty event for Our House of Columbus. Live Music and vendors were on hand as well as a ton of bikes. It was a beautiful weekend for the event and a good time was had by all. I managed a few pictures with the old trusty cell phone.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ride for Will

November 10, 2007
registration starts at 9am, ride leaves at 11am from South Forsyth High School HWY 141 - Peachtree PKWY Cumming, GA and ends at Paul's Margarita deck in Helen, GA.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fall is on its way...

And fall leads to cooler temperatures and wood cutting and such which means: