Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chilly


Thirty-six degrees F my wife's fancy digital weather station reported as I laced my boots and pulled on my riding leathers. This is the weather that causes me to pull on the thicker gloves, wear a fleece scarf around my neck, and don the fullface helmet. It's not unenjoyable to ride in this weather. It just makes you feel a bit more alive.

Until this week, I have daily arrived at work around 8am to find the parking lot jammed with cages and one motorcycle sitting to one side of a parking spot very close to the front door. Thanks to this rider's courteous actions, I slide ride into a front row parking spot. That all changed this week. I guess it's too cold for the rider that has been arriving earlier than me for the last several months. I ponder this as I noted that at one point this fall our office building had 7 motorcycles and a couple scooters sitting in the parking lot. Now there is one BMW sitting out about 5 rows back and my Harley Road King, Rosie.

As I left the house this morning, I pulled up to the red light at the intersection for GA-400 and set patiently in the line of cages in the turn lane. I see another Harley pull up to my right in the turn lane and see a guy in an open face half-helmet wearing a half-face facemask. "Nice day for a ride", he says. I chuckle. "It sorts out the men from the boys", I respond.

I do not see a single motorcycle headed the other direction in opposing traffic all the way to work. A few weeks ago, it was a steady diet of bikes. On my way home this afternoon, I passed one Honda Potamus. I guess the fair-weather riders have parked their bikes for the winter. It's a shame. There are a lot of folks living in the North that deal with ice and snow that prohibit them from riding year round. Here in the Atlanta area, we have it pretty good. If you invest in a little gear, you can ride twelve months out of the year.

I wonder how long the BMW rider will ride this winter. Something tells me I'll see his bike back on the 5th row all winter. He'll be seeing my Harley all winter for sure.

-Peace

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stock Cars


That's my charming wife on the left and on the right is a fellow blogger, Glider Rider I beat her to the punch. Some time before the weekend, Glider should get around to posting her report of the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

I thought since Glider didn't have access to the NASCAR garage area or pit road, I should at least post a few pictures of what she didn't get to see during her weekend at the race track :)









I do what I can.

-Peace

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple Run!



Fall is in the air in the biggest city in the South. Temp this morning was 54 degrees F and quite enjoyable. Leaves have begun to turn and display their autumn colors of red and gold. Pumpkins are appearing on neighbors front porches and that spells one thing - Apple Run.

I loaded up the family in the cage and we meandered thru Dawsonville and over to Ellijay (home of the AppleFest). Long before the R&A Orchard sign appeared in our view, I could almost taste one of their fried pies.

Once we arrived, we made a beeline to the snack counter after manuvering through the crowd of folks looking at apple butter, jellies, jams, peanut brittle, boiled peanuts, apple cider, apple juice, and bins and bins of apples.

And there they were in all of their glory, delicious fried pies. R&A Orchard provides you with a multitude of choices (12 total I'm told): apple, sugar-free apple, coconut, peach, chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, and on and on, the choices make me dizzy. But everyone in our family wanted an apple pie and the only thing that improves it is a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



After we had all devoured our fried pies, we actually bought some apples :) Good times.

-Peace

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

definitions


Hondapotimus (Hon-duh-pot-eh-mus)
a large conglomeration of fiberglass and plastic that vaguely resembles a motorcycle.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bikers for Babies





We had an great time Sunday and a good bit of money was raised for the March of Dimes. Thanks to those who contributed by sponsoring us. It was great just to get to hang out with Steven, Paul and Donna, but getting to ride Atlanta Motor Speedway up on the banking was the high point of the day. Donna told Paul "Allen was kidding about riding close enough to touch the Safer Barrier". Paul smiled and replied, "No, he wasn't!" So, Paul and Donna checked out the "Dale Jr lane" (right up against the wall and hauling). I got to enjoy the #3 lane and the Dale Jr. lane. It brought back memories to my days of stock car racing to come off turn 4 and roll in the gas down the front tri-oval. Good times.

(pictures courtesy of Steven Vore)
-Peace

Friday, October 10, 2008

How to be Rich


Here is a really good series by Andy Stanley, Click the link and you can watch all four parts of the message Be Rich

Get involved: HowToBeRich.org

Harley 125

After posting the picture of my Pop’s 1951 Harley-Davidson 125, I have engaged the old man in a few conversations and did a bit of research. First, I was quite caught with the fact I could not locate the top edge of the windshield in the picture although I could make out the lower chrome strips on the windshield. He explained this quite easily. Several weeks prior to the picture he was riding down a gravel street in his hometown to visit his grandmother. After three near misses in the gravel, the bike went down and he stuck his face thru the bike’s windshield, which broke the windshield. Once he got home, he took a hacksaw and cut off the broken jagged windshield flush with the top of the chrome strip. He rode this way while he was saving up the $25 to replace the windshield. Someone mentioned the saddlebags, and he commented that he could not afford the motorcycle saddlebags. So, he purchased bicycle saddlebags, and those are what you see in the picture.

Now a little history of the Harley-Davidson 125. In the 1940’s, Harley was manufacturing a v-twin based motorcycle. As World War II ended, many U.S. soldiers came home with a desire to own a motorcycle and several had spent time during the war riding Harley’sWLA. Harley’s offerings stateside seemed a bit out of reach financially for most. Harley decided a small, inexpensive model would be a good way to boost sales. Part of the reparations from the war, motorcycle manufacturer DKW of Germany relinquished its motorcycle designs to the Allied Forces. Harley-Davidson received a copy of DKW’s designs, as did British motorcycle manufacturer BSA. The design was a smaller motorcycle with a single cylinder two-stroke engine. One can compare the 1948 Harley-Davidson 125 and the BSA Bantam and see almost identical motorcycles. The Yamaha YS-1 was also built from the DKW design.

The Harley 125 was introduced in 1948 with a front suspension that amounted to a series of large rubber bands and a girder fork. There was no rear suspension, but the seat was mounted on a spring. With the exception of the Harley XA, a military only model, Harley’s offerings up to this point were hand shift and foot clutch, but Harley built the 125 with DKW’s design of a left-side 3 speed foot shifter and a hand clutch and many found the lightweight bike was easier to operate. With 3.3 horsepower, the bike struggled to approach 55 mph but could log around 90mpg.

In 1951, the 125 was upgraded to a new front suspension called “Tele-Glide” which utilized telescopic forks and was a copy of the larger Harley’s Hydra-Glide front forks. Pop said that his had the Tele-Glide front forks and it was a huge improvement to the older models. He also admitted to boring the little 125 cylinder out to get a bit more power and “shaving the head a little bit”. In answer to complaints for lack of power, Harley upped the ccs in 1954 to 165.

Many refer to all 125’s as Hummers. This is a misapplication of the name. The bike became known as the 165 in 1954 and then was named the Hummer in 1955. The Hummer was named for Harley-Davidson employee Dean Hummer who helped tweak the bikes design. The Hummer did not have a battery. The bike was reworked with a magneto and was without an electric horn, turn signals or a brake light. The final Hummers were manufactured in 1959. The Harley K-model took the place of the smaller less expensive offering in the company’s lineup and was shortly thereafter renamed the Sportster.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Bikers for Babers


March of Dimes Bikers for Babies...more than 45,000 riders all across America riding to raise money to prevent premature birth and birth defects, educating expecting mothers and supporting families dealing with sick or premature babies.

I'm registered and riding at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, October 12th. If you'd like to sponsor me (by contributing to the March of Dimes), you can do so by going to my fundraiser site

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Generations of Harleys



That is my Pop and his dog Jiggs. Jiggs used to ride Pop's motorcycle lying on the tank with his front feet over the handlebars. The year is 1954. He is showing off his trophy that he had just won on an easter egg hunt (yes motorcycle games). The bike is a Harley-Davidson 125.

So, yes, we've had Harleys in our families for years. It's no wonder I think that is what a motorcycle is supposed to look like.

-Peace