Month: January 2015
Yesterday I completed the process of getting the license plate and registration sticker for Raven. She’s now legal, and man, the plates look good. Kentucky is not really known to be very creative when it comes to license plate design. Neither for cars/trucks/vans or motorcycles. This one, however, is an exception. Besides, it is for a good cause. On my car, I have the plates for the “Fallen Officer’s Fund.”
More of an observation post than anything else, but in the last few times I have commuted, both on Raven and in my car, I have seen more and more people looking like phone-zombies while trying to drive through the traffic. Everyone knows it is unsafe, even deadly, to be looking at a phone screen while driving. It is beyond common sense now, but common knowledge.
These are some of the add ons I have either ordered or put on the bike. Each one has its own purpose. From the iPhone holder to the saddlebags. I am getting her geared for longer travels, which will require a few add ons, but not too many. Below is the list of items I feel are needed in order for me to make longer weekend and week+ trips. For an overnight, I have a nice backpack and dry bag already. Read the rest of this entry »
Yes, I already have a blog site, and yes there are plenty of posts there regarding my motorcycle and experiences on it, but I wanted a clean slate to start with for my Ride Reports. While it is not quite motorcycle season yet, I wanted to get everything in order so I would be able to easily create reports while on the go. Read the rest of this entry »
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Well, last ride for a couple weeks at least. It has been in the mid 50s here for 6 days in a row. In January. Now, it goes back to the 20s and 30s, more normal for this time of year. Was a nice ride in and out from work and good times with the guys from Louisville Vintage Motor Works.
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So, it started Saturday with a meetup for fresh doughnuts and coffee at 502 Moto (great new shop in Louisville for repairs and builds) with a bunch of friends, including Davidc83! Nice meeting ya, nice to know another NC rider close! The main group was from the Louisville Vintage Moto Works, with a showing of 5 of the 6 of us. It was good times. As it was my first longer distance ride, and first group ride, I was set in the middle, so all I had to do was watch the guys in front. Our route was pretty simple; Louisville to Bardstown with lunch in Kentucky’s oldest tavern, Talbott’s Tavern. Then we left our of Bardstown back to Louisville via Jim Beam Distillery and then back into Louisville. It was a great ride.
Ok, so to first lay all worries, I was not in an accident.
Today looked great for a commute. Sure, it was cold this morning (24 deg f) but this afternoon was clear skies, mid 40’s and near perfect. I got downtown without issue, got parked and got into work quite early. So, coffee to warm up before sitting at the desk. Whole thing about this morning, leaving when it was dark and cold was I finally knew it wasn’t gonna be an issue. Went from my house up via surface streets to River road and straight into downtown. Probably could leave earlier, but for the first time, I wanted a little more time and a little less traffic to deal with. I got both.
This is gonna be a quick post on some of the Winter Gear I currently have for my motorcycle. One thing I benefited from is having time and some extra X-Mas money to get some extra stuff for the cold weather. Do I have everything? By no means, no. I would love to have a full heated setup including heated grips. Won’t happen this season, however. I do have enough, however, to make it possible to ride in weather in the 20’s (Fahrenheit).
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So, with Saturday being very bright and clear out, I wanted to check out how the GoPro worked out on the windscreen. Works ok, but there is some vibration. Gonna look at getting a lower profile camera and mounting it on the helmet, or getting a chest mount. It was frackin’ cold out, something like 22 degrees. I was about an hour before I called it a day. It was COLD!