I find that it's usually pretty hard to write about
stuff that you're not really that concerned with when you have
a bunch of other things on your mind. Well, I'm hoping all that
stuff has cleared now and I can give you poor folks with no life something
new to read about.
Just to let you know what all the crap has
been, Kevin, my middle son, who crashed his bike about 2 1/2 years
ago, has had multiple surgeries trying to save his leg. Last
week, he had the leg amputated so he can be fitted with
a prosthesis and get on with his life. Brian, my youngest, has
finally given up on the teaching profession and is now probably the
most highly educated dispatcher at a concrete company, and having
to fight a lot less bureaucracy for a lot more money.
lot of that load lifted from my mind, as well as that delicious cold
front moving through on the weekend, I've put about 450 miles on the
scoot in the last 4 days. Since I've started wearing a helmet
again a couple of weeks ago, I've been over in Alabama more than ever.
If you want a nice, twisty, ride go west on US90 to Elsanor, Alabama
and then north on Baldwin County 87. When you get to Baldwin
County 112, go east and it will take you back to Muscogee Road and
Cantonment. I wouldn't try it near sundown though, 'cause it
looks like a real critter-laden area. I have a hunch all the
deer stands I saw would bear that out
Start making your weekend
plans now, as there is all kind of runs and stuff going on this weekend,
as well as the ABATE meeting on Sunday. Y'all take care and
I'll probably see you on the road.
think the time has finally come for me to quit complaining about the
heat. ; Saturday morning, we rode over to Gulf Shores for the Shrimp
Fest and hung around until the crowds got too thick, and then rode
over to P'cola Beach to the bike show at the Paradise. Nice
turnout there, and great riding all day! Of course, with the
Lowe's race on Saturday night, I packed it in for the evening.
Sunday morning, it was almost cool enough for long sleeves...but not
quite...and we knew it would warm up. After the ABATE meeting,
a bunch of us rode up US29 to get our picture taken under the motorcycle
safety billboard in Molino. I understand there's another one
on I-10, but I really don't think that one would have been conducive
to picture-taking. After that, about half split off to ride
south to Fat Boys and the rest of us rode north to Crow's bar in Flomaton.
It's been years since I'd been there, so I was glad Doc Fish was leading
us in. It isn't the easiest place to find!
After a while,
I figured it was too nice a day to hang around inside, so I split
and just back-roaded it home. You know...one of those "I wonder
where this road goes?" days, and just watch the gas (and tractors).
By the time I did get home, I just crashed in my recliner to
relish a really good day. I just wish I hadn't fallen asleep
Enough for now; I just got through mowing the lawn,
and it's time to ride! Y'all ride safe and I'll catch you on
Okay, I'm done complaining about the heat, at
least 'til it gets hot again! This past weekend was some of
the best riding weather this year. On Saturday, we took a ride
into the north end of Escambia County, mainly trying to stay on back
roads, away from traffic. I don't have a local map with all
the county roads, so I'm not quite sure where we were at all times,
but it got really strange around Walnut Hill.
We were on Atmore
Highway, headed north, and took a left through lots of cotton fields.
I wasn't paying much attention to time or miles and, since the sun
was directly overhead, direction as well. It seemed like quite
a long time of back-country riding and, all of a sudden< we were
back at Atmore Highway...only a half mile from where we left it.
I still don't know how we made a big loop!
Sunday was another
great day, but I didn't get going until late in the afternoon since
NASCAR was holding my attention until then. Even so, it was
still quite pleasant, even after the sun went down. I didn't
even need to drag the sweatshirt of of my bag. This morning,
however, was an entirely different situation. Leather-time is
back! Even though the leather made the riding comfortable, the
unrelenting wind is what drove me back home in only about 20 miles.
It's just too much work to keep it in my own lane.
for now. y'all stay safe and I'll seeya on the road.
I've been on-line, looking at all kinds
of map sites, and I still couldn't tell you what route we followed
on Saturday. I guess they just don't have the detailed scale
to get down to some of the roads we traveled. On the plus side,
yesterday wasn't nearly as windy as it was Monday, so I spent more
If any of you have been travelling Mobile Highway,
at The Circle, you may have noticed a lot of remodelling and paving
at the old Martine's site. Guess what, folks...it's another
motorcycle dealership in town! It's the "other" American big
twin in town, Stokes Victory/Polaris. They'll be handling 2
and 4-wheelers and I'm sure there's a bunch of folks who'll be glad
the won't have to go all the way to Freeport or Tally for service
I spoke with Mr. Stokes and, IF all their permits come
through... finally, they're going to try to have a soft opening on
Tuesday, 11/1. If you're out and about though, stop in and welcome
them to town.
...and a happy Halloween to you all! I've
just spent hours rebuilding this page and I'm getting a little cross-eyed.
There were a bunch of glitches on the old page and I was making it
worse trying to correct, so I just started over. I think also
that I'm going to drop the "Links" and "Biker Friendly" pages, for
lack of interest...both on my part and, apparently, your's as well.
in on Stokes' Victory this weekend, it looks like they might not be
ready before Saturday, 11/5...at least officially. I didn't
get a chance to drop by today, but I didn't see any vehicles there
the couple of times I did pass, so maybe they took today off.
not much going on here but, at least, it's been great riding weather.
Now, watch it rain!
If I can just keep my nerve together one
more day, you'll be seeing the Ol' Coyote on new wheels right
soonly..like next week, sometime. It should last me for the
rest of my two-wheel riding days and does away with some of my pet
peeves: chain maintenance, multiple carbs and air-cooling in this
climate in the Summer. Maybe I'll just let you figure out what
it is...besides a Honda.
The next thing would be what to do with
"Old Faithful"? She's only got about 12K miles on a totally
rebuilt, over-bored engine. Besides the original Honda Line
bags and Vetter Windjammer fairing, I've got a spare fairing and bunches
of other spare parts. I'm checking with my eldest son first,
but any ideas?
The verdict is in; Sean doesn't want the scoot,
so she's going to be up for adoption. I say that because I love
that ol' bike too much to let her go to someone who'd just trash her.
Also, it's gonna be a package deal, with a bunch of the maintenance
and repair stuff that goes with her.. Since some things, like master
cylinder rebuild kits, ignition switches and other stuff is getting
harder and harder to find for that 1980 model, when I DID find it,
I'd stockpile it. I'm not even really certain what all I do
have. I know I have 2 cases of oil and at least 4 oil filters that
will go. I've just got to inventory what I have before I even
set a price.
Yup, as of Friday afternoon, the bags and windshield
hadn't come in and PMS is closed on Mondays, so it'll be at least
Tuesday or, probably, Wednesday before I pick up the new scoot.
That's okay, though; I'm putting enough miles on the old CB to make
up for it. Saturday, I was running around dropping off ride
fliers for the ABATE Toy Run in December and put a few miles in.
One of the stops was the new Victory dealership on Mobile highway,
and I ran into a bunch of you there. They tried to get me to
take a test ride but I declined. I'm not sure whether it was
really because I didn't want to any advertising for them, or weather
I'd have wanted to save up for a while longer instead of getting the
Enough for now; Carl Edwards won at Texas and Victory
Lane will be on Speedvision in a little bit. Y'all take care
and I'll keep you updated.
If I haven't been here...it's
because I've been there! Riding the new scoot, that is. I picked
it up about 49 hours ago and I've got around 250 miles on it.
I know, that's not much for me, but I'm taking some time getting used
to the heel-toe shifter and just where to shift..up AND down...on
a v-twin. It ain't no in-line 4...fer sure.
Did my first
reserve test today, too; ran out at 156 miles and when I filled up
3 miles later, it took 3.8 gallons, just like the owner's manual said
it would. Cool! I don't really think I'm gonna get
a whole gallon once I'm on reserve, though. Heck though, the
41 mpg I got on this tank is still better than the ol' CB750, and
this isn't even broken in, yet.
I'll be heading out to Fat Boys
in a while but, right now, I think I'm going to see what I can do
about holes in my old vest. Catch y'all later. Ride safe
to 416 miles and I lost my first game of rain-tag on the new
bike today. The heel-toe shifting and judging engine speed is
getting better, though, and I'm getting a lot more comfortable.
This morning, I adjusted the bars slightly higher so the levers don't
hit me in the leg on a full-lock turn. The turning radius on
this scoot is a little wider than the 750, so I need all the help
I can get.
The highway bars should be in sometime this week,
and I just ordered the Priority Lite to convert the rear turn signals
to running/brake lights, as well. I'll feel much better with
the additional rear lighting. That's it for now. Take
care and I'll seeya on the road.
Tuesday morning, I got up and
noticed they were forcasting nasty weather later in the day, so I
took the scoot on a 200-mile run to finish the initial 600 mile break-in,
and dropped it off at the dealership for service, Heck, if the
weather was going to be too nasty to ride, I might as well accomplish
SOMETHING with the time!
While I was waiting for them to finish,
my freeway bars arrived via FedEx from San Diego. Funny, you'd
think with a FedEx office right here in town, they'd be delivered
from here but, noooooo...they were delivered from Crestview!
At 7:04PM, to be exact. I also got in my Priority Lite system,
too, but I'm waiting for my shop manual (with wiring diagram) to
arrive before I start cutting and splicing wires on a new motorcycle.
I sure as hell don't want to screw up something under warranty.
really should have cleaned up the area around my lift, over in my
son's garage, but I got impatient and put the bars on right here.
Geez, I'm getting too old for some of those contortions, working on
the ground. If it isn't too awfully cold tomorrow evening, you
can see my work at Fat Boys. 'Til then, ride safe.
Okay, he's back to his old tricks of over a
week (slightly) between entries. Of course, the excuse is I
now have over 1050 miles on the new scoot. The shop manual came
in and when I opened her up to install the Priority Lite box...there
wasn't room for it under the seat. This thing is CRAMMED, so
I now have a brand-new one for sale... I went to Doc's and picked
up a Kuryakyn similar system which cost more but is a lot smaller; once
I got that one installed, I found out it was faulty. Of course,
it took a day and a half of e-mailing back and forth with Kuryakyn
tech support for him to agree I knew what I was doing and agree to
an exchange. Cheeez!
Anywho, I've been riding a bunch and
enjoying the hell out of it. If I don't get off the road and remind
you again before then, don't forget the ABATE Toy Run next Sunday
at Hadji Temple. Maybe it won't rain like it did last year.
Ciao, y'all; I'm going riding!
Man, there couldn't have been
a nicer day for the Toy Run than Sunday... particularly compared with
last year's cold, wet one. Today, though, looks like it's gonna
ber a cold'n. Sunny, fer sure...but cold.
It took a whole
week for the new Kuryakyn unit to come in so I was pretty anxious
to get it installed. Of course it didn't take nearly as long
as the first one (since we'd already trouble-shot the old one and
knew my wiring was right) just plug it in and...THE SAME DAMNED THING!
Whatcha want to bet the whole production run has the same defect?
I'm tired of messing with it at this point and at least it DOES give
me running lights, which is all I was looking for in the first place.
well, don't freeze riding in this glorious sunshine. I'll catch
ya on the road.
chilly, but otherwise, great riding weather! I've finally
found the right luggage rack and tourpack I want, but it's going to
be nearly Christmas before they get here. I guess FedEx and
UPS are a little jammed right now. If you want to look at some
nice, affordable, hard bags, they're at http://stores.ebay.com/Gadgets-to-go_W0QQsspagenameZL2QQtZkm (or
something like that).
I don't think I'm gonna be at Fat Boys
tomorrow night, if the Weather Channel is anywhere right. At
least though, I think the weekend will be good to ride. Not
much happening...except the riding...so I'm gonna close this thing
for now. Y'all take care, because the Christmas shoppers are
in Kamikazi mode. If I don't back on before, remember the ABATE
meeting is next Sunday, the 18th.
we'll change that timetable a little bit; I just found out that the
luggage rack is back-ordered until the 23d so, just maybe, I'll get
it this year...if I'm lucky. I've also about figured out how
I'm mounting the auxilliary lights, but I'm not sure where I'm putting
the switch. You may have also noticed a certain lack of
commentary on tunes for this bike, lately. I really don't think
I'm going to put any on it. One, I haven't found any that I
really like, and two, I really like the sound of the bike alone.
looks like it's going to be a nasty weekend, rain-wise, and I feel
bad for Doc Fish. He's having his customer appreciation day
on Saturday and I think it's gonna be a frog-choker. You can
voluntarily ride in the rain if you want to but since I have both
two and four-wheeled conveyances, I'll stay dry! Maybe it will
be dry Friday night and I'll see you out and about.
Christmas week and it's appropriately chilly
although it is suposed to warm up little for the weekend with the
possibility of showers. Since that's four days out, it
could (and probably will) change several times before it happens.
tourpack arrived on Monday, just before I got home from tracking down
some 1/4 inch heat-shrink tubing for the wiring of the auxilliary
lights. There were only a few glitches in that process,
but I did learn more than I set out to about MR-16 bases. First,
if you do happen to pull the wire out of the base(which is quite easy
to do), there ARE no replacement bases for sale around here!
Second, though, you don't have to replace it; they use a spring-clamp,
and you just push the wire back in. I wish I had figured that
out a lot sooner and used less gas running all over town looking
Happy New Year, everyone. As some of you undoubtably
know, I'm a tad out of synch with the rest of the world, but today
is the changing of the year for me. At 12:35, local time, the
days start getting longer, so I celebrate the Solstice as the true
beginning of the year. Calendars are just handy politico-commercial
devices, anyway. Blessings upon you...and ride safe.
Thought you might like to know how the
ride yesterday went with this from Ray Fagan, one of the organizers:
IX sets new records
With a beautiful blue sky and seventy degree weather,
this year's Stagecoach Ride-In set a new attendance record of
580 hungry riders.
Doug Graves rode his Goldwing 1500 an arduous 3,050
miles from Camas, Washington to nab his third Stagecoach Long
The First Annual Corky Reed Memorial Stagecoach 500
was a hit. Fifty-four riders qualified by riding more than 500
miles in the thirty-six hours before the event. We would
like to especially recognize the nineteen Northwest Florida HOG
riders who rode the 500+ miles as a group. It's quite a
challenge to get that many riders in and out of gas stations and bathrooms.
Our helmets are off to Larry Nelson and his crew for managing the
logistics to make this ride happen. Impressive effort, gang.
year young, Hank Hayes of Pensacola, FL won the "Oldest Rider" award.
Steve Pearce of Foley, AL thundered away with the "Oldest Bike" award aboard
his 1980 Harley FLH."
...and yes, folks, it was a gorgeous riding day.
I wish you all a happy and safe new year and be careful tonight if
you're gonna party.