My favored local shop got finished installing all the new parts today, and there was a break in the rain for a few hours so I rode around town for a bit. As the work/parts total came to a bit less than I had anticipated, I was able to both set back a little for the soon-coming initial servicing*, as well as pick up a new pair of riding gloves and a nice little tank bag for Ruby as well.
I was also able to get a shiny new plate today, as the paperwork (and the regular TN plate that I had told the dealer to not buy/charge me for, sigh) came in last evening. The nice lady at the tag office informed me it would be about as cheap to buy a brand new Veteran plate as it would be to renew the one I had since it was…
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A Little Past:
Lets go back to the mid 1980’s for a minute. In 1984 I was 11 years old, and had been riding motorcycles for a few years. I’d started out on a 50cc mini-dirtbike (a Honda Z50, I think), and moved “up” to a Honda Passport 70cc scooter after that, but I was wanting a real dirt bike. My Pops bought a slightly used 1984 Honda XL100 for me, and I not only loved that little bike, I rode it everywhere there were trails, dirt roads, and railroad tracks leading somewhere. A year later, I would be riding and racing a shiny new Yamaha YZ125 both in moto and Hare and Hounds/woods races, but I loved the Honda XL/XR line, and would own a ’78 XL125, and a nearly new ’86 XR200R amongst the YZ’s I would ride and race as I grew older/bigger while living under Pop’s…
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Iron Horses enhancing the views
Despite low cloud and a little drizzle, Iron Horse picked out the perfect route for these adventure riders.
Gentle green lanes, single track mountain passes, fish and chips at the beach and a fast sweeping (practically traffic free) run back to base was the perfect combination for these adventurous bikers.
The chaps were so pleased that they did not have to spend time stopping and looking at maps, or relying on sat nav, they just rode the best roads for over 6 hours.
They are keen to return and try out other routes, they just need to sweeten up their wives and get passes stamped. Come on lads flowers, wine and chocolates should do the trick 😉
Honda is setting to unleash the Monkey and Super Cub on America in 2019.* (see how I did that LOL, I kill me sometimes)
These bikes are based on iconic motorcycles from Honda’s past like the Mini Trail (Z series) and Trail 90. Both appear to be powered by the same 125cc engine.
“Beginning with a Japanese amusement-park ride, Honda’s 58-year history with the “Monkey” has seen the Z series capture the hearts of generations the world over, offering enjoyable, accessible mobility through a likable design, tiny dimensions, and low weight.”
The monkey will be available in Banana Yellow and Peral Nebula Red. The standard version will cost $3999 and with ABS $4199.
The Super Cub ABS
“A social phenomenon, the Super Cub even inspired a Beach Boys song, its worldwide popularity carrying it to a production milestone of 100 million units in 2017, making it the highest-selling…
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Whether you’re just replacing one helmet due to age or degradation, or if you’ve found a stack of old helmets in your Dad’s garage, figuring out what to do with them after they’ve outlived their usefulness can be tricky. Motorcycle helmets can’t be resold or given away for future use as their safety can’t be guaranteed. So what can you do? Here are a few possibilities for dealing with old helmets.
Donate to Emergency Services
Perhaps the best way to dispose of an old motorcycle helmet is to find an emergency services department that might be interested in using intact helmets for training. They can use them to teach first responders how to safely remove a helmet from an accident victim who may be injured. Removing a helmet from a patient who might have a head, neck, or back injury can be difficult, as helmets are heavy and unwieldy. Emergency…
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After being off the air for a few years the American Choppers motorcycle TV show is back on the air. Discovery Channel has brought the Teutul’s back for another run Monday’s at 10PM EST.
If you liked it in the past I think you will like it now. If you did not like it in the past, then I don’t think you will change your mind. This time around, in addition to the shop hijinks, there is a focus on Senior and Junior trying to rebuild their relationship. Scripted or not your call.
As far as the motorcycle builds go, not much has changed…which is a bit disappointing, hardtail and pro stock bikes. The closest they come to something out of the norm was an ethanol (E85) bike. But, Paul Jr. used a standard engine just tuning it to be able to use the fuel. With all the angst out…
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