What The Latest NHTSA Motorcycle Data Reveals


To carry on the helmet discussion here are some stats that are alarming…

November 18, 2013

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motorcycle-accident

For the third consecutive year, the number of U.S. motorcycle fatalities has risen again with 4,957 riders having been killed on the roads in 2012 according the latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Continue reading “What The Latest NHTSA Motorcycle Data Reveals”

If you like Military History, you will like this Post!


SOURCE: Bike Bandit

history of military motorcycles

>> Aaron Cortez

November 4, 2013 – San Diego, CA

Most of us are familiar with tanks, Hum-vees, APCs, and other common vehicles used in the military. Big, heavily-armored, and slow, the typical vehicle used in combat operations prioritizes protective armor and firepower over speed and agility. It makes sense; when bullets and explosive frag are flying every direction, the sound of rounds bouncing off a few inches of steel is pretty reassuring. Continue reading “If you like Military History, you will like this Post!”

Very Neat Camping Stove


This seems like a great idea…practical for bringing along on a bike?  I think so…take a look at this smart gadget.  What do you think?

Stove

You can add a kettle and grill too.  Small enough and light enough for bike travel?

BioLite Camp Stove click here

Smoother gear Changing, gear shifting on your motorcycle.


Cheryl and I practice this technique as much as we can….do you agree this is a proper way to change gears without using the clutch or is it bad practice?

Forgive me if this sounds a little remedial, but I see a lot of guys out on the road who don’t know how to do this. Works on any bike, be it crotch rocket, assless chaps mobile or two-wheeled Hummer H2.

The benefit is smoother, faster shifts and slightly lower clutch wear. It’s just easier and will better enable you to work shifting into the rest of your riding.

Super easy to do. As you accelerate and are approaching the point where you want to shift up, sneak your toe under the lever and apply a little upwards pressure. Now, quickly close the throttle a little while keeping that upward pressure on the shift liver, feel the gear slip home, and open it back up. Continue reading “Smoother gear Changing, gear shifting on your motorcycle.”

Avoid Monkey BUTT & Stay DRY


While I agree with the whole base layer idea…this list is just touching the beginning of options out there.  We have been using LDComfort years as well as other brands but we find LD to actually work if you follow their care instructions and usage.  I also do not believe the use of compression shorts, pants and shirts work best on bikes.  Why?  We are not moving.  Compression gear works best when active and in reality while we might ride off-road, we are not really being active in the way compression under gear should be worn…just my 2 cents.

A great under gear set up also can help you avoid Monkey Butt…Google it..you DO NOT want to get Monkey butt while riding EVER. 😉  Keeping your skin dry with wicking undergarments will work but not single layer gear, look for double layered gear where the inside layer helps you to stay dry where it counts.

Continue reading “Avoid Monkey BUTT & Stay DRY”

Wicked Machine


OK this is really taking a motorcycle to the extreme as a cross over vehicle…it’s probably one of the coolest, weirdest concepts I have seen….in a good way.

Caterham Brutus 750

Caterham Brutus 750 740x468 Caterham Brutus 750

If this is the first time you’ve seen the new Caterham Brutus 750, it’s probably safe to say that your lower jaw is now resting on your keyboard. Whilst you gather your wits I’ll hit you with all the important numbers, just so we have it all out of the way. Continue reading “Wicked Machine”

“Aren’t you afraid to die?”


Best quote: “People say to me ‘Aren’t you afraid to die?’, and I say ‘Well, are you afraid to live?'”

I Love videos like this…so articulate and those of us who ride will totally relate to this video….I know I am obsessed with bikes but when I watched this I know I am not alone.  He talks about 2-3 weeks to ride….we are fortunate to have had many weeks on board or our bikes…making us want to stretch out each trip to months. 

ENJOY! Continue reading ““Aren’t you afraid to die?””

How to Install AltRider Crash Bars on the BMW R 1200 GS W


Hmmmm…I would just take my 1200 to AltRider and have them install them ;-)….good instructional video though.

If you love Bald Eagles….


You need to watch this if you love Bald Eagles like I do.  The weekend of November 23rd, Cheryl and I will be heading out only about an hour east of where we live to check out the annual eagles feast.  Thousands of eagles all ages arrive to feed on the spawning salmon around Harrison Mills, BC.  I go every year but this year Cheryl is coming with her high-powered new work camera.  We don’t have a lens like Christian used in this video, a local photographer but I am certain we will get some great shots.

Enjoy!  We are truly lucky to live so close to this annual phenomenon. 

How big is British Columbia?


SOURCE: BCRobyn

How big is British Columbia?

It’s big.

Vast.

Bigger than most US states, bigger than most countries.

This Canadian province is so huge that most people who live there rarely see it all. It’s so vast that you’d need well over a month to properly explore it all.

Technically BC is 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi), but this means nothing if you have no basis for comparison.

Even comparing BC’s area to the area of somewhere else means very little, until you visualize it… so I figured, what the heck! Let’s visualize these comparisons using MAPfrappe*.

Here’s British Columbia, outlined by yours truly.

BCMap Continue reading “How big is British Columbia?”

Yet Another Helmet Regulatory Article – Where do you stand?


Federal Government Weighs National Helmet Law

Federal helmet laws are coming

Cheryl and I are all for ATGATT….where so you stand?  This topic always is a HOT one and pushes so many buttons…

In a controversial move, a federal task force is set to recommend a sweeping, nationwide mandatory helmet law for all motorcyclists, according to a spokesman for the AMA. The legislation for a national helmet law would be aimed at reducing injuries and deaths, and their concurrent economic impact.

Presently, states set their own helmet laws. In recent years, the trend has been to lift mandatory helmet laws or restrict enforcement to minors. Mandatory helmet use is required by all motorcyclists in 19 states; 27 states have an age requirement; two states have age and insurance requirements, and two states have no restrictions, according to the lobby group, BikersRights.com. Continue reading “Yet Another Helmet Regulatory Article – Where do you stand?”

BrideGroom-Proud to LOVE


BrideGroom

“I was on my way to the funeral with my mom,” Bitney told HuffPost Live in the above clip, “and I received a phone call from one of his relatives letting me know that if I tried to show up his father and uncle were going to attack me… I know that grief can cause people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. But I never imagined that [his mother] would try to erase me from existence.”

Continue reading “BrideGroom-Proud to LOVE”

Thank you country #206 Somalia Population: 10,251,568


It’s been a really long time since a new country has visited our blog but I am psyched to say # 206th country Somalia has stopped by…that is 206 countries….all I can say is WOW…

 Background
Britain withdrew from British Somaliland in 1960 to allow its protectorate to join with Italian Somaliland and form the new nation of Somalia. In 1969, a coup headed by Mohamed SIAD Barre ushered in an authoritarian socialist rule characterized by the persecution, jailing, and torture of political opponents and dissidents. After the regime’s collapse early in 1991, Continue reading “Thank you country #206 Somalia Population: 10,251,568”
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