Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I knew it wouldn't be long. For the last three years, everytime I have talked to my Dad he has told me about looking at motorcycles. And the few times he has been thru the Atlanta Metro area, he has walked circles around my motorcycle. His eyes seemed to glisten when I let him ride the Sportster a few years ago. And, I've heard countless stories of the rides and adventures he had on his Harley 250 back in the day.
I received an excited call last night that he had been to a local dealer and had discussed a deal on a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S40. You know, Suzuki's I-wanna-build-a-bike-that-looks-like-a-Harley-Sportster single cylinder. I ponder a bit why but then it came back to me. His original motorcycle in the 1950s was a single cylinder, and I have to admit the S40 is 650cc versus the under powered 250cc he had way back when that struggled to do 50 mph. So, it seems like it would be a good choice fo a fella 70 years old who wants to ride to the post office and grocery store. At 352 lbs, it should be light enough for him to re-adjust to riding and be suitable for in town manuevering. And, he will have to be happy with electric start since he was kicking the old 250 :) I've always been amazed that the S40 still has drum brakes on the rear. His old 250 had drum brakes front and rear, so there's a little more familiarity for him.
When I was 16, my mom had a 50cc Yamaha Champ scooter. He from time to time tooled around town on it wearing a half helmet and smoking a cigar. The S40 is at least a bit more dignified than a Yamaha Champ.
I called this morning, and he had been to the dealer and completed the purchase. So, look out Florida, the old man is back on two wheels. Here's hoping he enjoys his new bike.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
23 degrees F is just enough to make your fingers red and stinging even inside of thick lined leather gloves riding 50 mph. But I did not experience that unpleasentness this morning as I was protected with my Tourmaster electric gloves which kept my hands comfortable for the 40 minute commute to work.
Yes, you guess it. Mine is the only bike sitting in the parking lot at the office despite the fact there is now chance of rain, ice, snow, and they skies are clear.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A simple thank you to the men and women who have chosen to server in harm's way to protect the lives, freedom, and interest of the United States. To the soldiers who have never heard it, Welcome Home.
The two medals included in this post are the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States of America to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Military. The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States not justifying a higher award. It may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S Armed Forces, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism involving one of the following actions: In action against an enemy of the United States, While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
I was fortunate and am proud to have had two grandfathers that served our country in World War II. My mother's father was awarded the Purple Heart and two Silver Stars.
Today I salute all Veterans and thank you for your service.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
The Second Annual Ride for Will was Saturday. Steven Vore rode with me this year which means, you got it, photographer in tow! :) We elected to start the ride properly, with breakfast at Waffle House.
Waffle House is personally endorsed by Steven and myself as the official proper way to start a great day of motorcycle riding.
A large number of bikes arrived, and we saw all kinds. A Harley Sportster 883 trike with the back looking somewhat reminiscent of the original Harley three wheelers of the 1950's that the Police and Ice Cream vendors used. The big long three wheelers powered by VW engines, Harleys, BMWs (none had to be towed at this event to my knowledge), crotch rockets, and even a high dollar chopper.
Of course my Buffalo helmet was a huge hit, so I granted the numerous photo requests. Who knows where my smiling mug will show up in the next few days. Forsyth County Harley mounted Deputies gave us awesome escort and traffic control, and we made our way to Helen.
Steven got us a great shot of the parking lot in Helen, and then we all got our grub on. Live music was provided and the door prizes and raffle prizes were once again off the hook.
The weather warmed to around 60 degrees F around noon with a brisk wind and it was clear and sunny after the rains the night before, which spells a great day to be riding in the mountains. So, after we finished our sandwiches, we slipped out of the festivities and headed for the Richard Russell Scenic Parkway and Wolf Pen Gap. The leaves were in their full autumn wardrobe of color and there were several riders and cagers out enjoying the day. Once across GA 180, we picked up GA 60 and wound our way down to GA 9 following a BMW cager that needed to give her car away because she simply could not drive it, running off the edge of the road numerous times tossing up gravel and crossing the double yellow numerous times with oncoming traffic. Guessing the winding roads were overloading her driving skills.
We made it home intact and had a very enjoyable days riding the twisties of North Georgia. And, we were glad to have taken part in the Ride for Will helping raise money for the Scholarship Fund.
All photos used in this post were taken by Steven Vore. Hire him for your professional photo shoots.