Month: February 2015
So it is coming down to the last bits and bobs needed for riding season. Most are less than $50 each. Not bad, and they will come with time. However, there has been one piece of gear that has been hanging over my head for a while now: Riding Pants. The issue is they are quite expensive to purchase and they really are needed. The hips, knees, shins will have armor, the fabric itself will be extremely durable and the seat will have extra for when you have to take to using the tarmac as a slide. While we don’t want to do this, it is possible. The other thing they provide is some waterproofing and wicking to help keep you dry. The thick fabric will also help against things that hit or brush again your legs while riding.
No other way to put it. This case is massive. I tried the LifeProof Fre case, however it had nothing to protect the screen. Yes, it was water proof, but that screen hanging out alone while the phone is strapped onto a motorcycle just didn’t have me feeling good. I needed something else. I looked for a while, and then, via a spam post on FaceBook, I found what I wanted, but was not willing to pay full price for. Lunatik Taktik Extreme. This thing is massive. Great shock protection and it is water resistant (good for rain, not meant to be submerged.) And it has Gorilla Glass screen protector built into the case. With an original price of $125, it is an expensive case. Even on their website, marked down to $75, it is still expensive. However, I got it for $16 +$5 for shipping from a website of overstock and such. Please contact me for the site.
So, one of my goals for taking trips on the bike is to do so in a self-sufficient manor. Along the lines of the cowboys riding with their herds taking only what they needed to survive and camping out under the stars when they are too tired to ride any longer. There are a few ways to do this, and lots of people stay in cabins or hotels/motels along the way, but I wanted to camp. Full on tent and fire and dehydrated camp food at the end of the day.
Yep, it seems the mild winter has gone the way of the dodo. After a record snowfall on Monday, we are now in the single and negative digits. Have been, and will be through tomorrow. Then, lower 40s and rain for Saturday. But wait, back down to lower 20s and beyond after Sunday afternoon. What? Do you want us to catch pneumonia and die, Gia? So, in the mean time, Raven has been laid up in the garage on the tender for life support. Poor girl. All she wants to do is hit the road and fly.
Well, here are a few photos from this week. It has been crazy.
I have finally pulled the trigger on some rain gear. Been saving up for it, as I figured the odds of being caught in the rain around here are fairly good, no matter what the forecast is calling for. I opted to move out of the full black and go with some hi-viz gear instead. There is still some black to it, but also highly reflective neon yellow. It’s for rain, so I want to stand out as much as I could. After searching around for some affordable, but good gear, I happened upon the Olympia Horizon Jacket and Pants. They also make a one piece suit, but I figured that, in order to get one large enough, the inseam would be dragging on the ground. I am a big, and tall, guy. 6′ tall, but only a 30″ inseam. I also went with some boot covers as well, just in case. Hit the “Continue reading” link to see photos and get links to the items.
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This is a short exerpt from a video I am working on for the ride from Louisville to Eminence to Madison and back to Louisville via Jeffersonville. It shows us coming over the Milton-Madison Bridge into Madison.
On February 7, 2015 the morning started in the low 40s (f) but by the afternoon hit up in the lower 60s (f). 62, I believe. Had planned on meeting up with a couple guys at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, on the east end of Louisville at 11:00 AM. Turns out, due to unforeseen circumstances, only 2 of us would be making the ride up to Eminence, KY and then on to Madison, IN. Read the rest of this entry »
Just a quick note today. Saturday I took Raven into the dealership for its 600 mile first service. While I tried to do so last week, they didn’t have all the filters required for the service. This week, they had it. Also, I was able to pick up a new modular helmet, Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer. It is nice, quieter than my first, and has a flip down smoked screen – built-in sunglasses. My motorcycle is growing up, albeit slowly. Soon, however, that will change!