What’s Your Longest Ride?

We headed up to Lakeland FL and here’s what we found:



Triumph T214 Bonneville Review Walkaround AND an update on my Triumph Bonneville T120, still in the shop

I posted a quick review and walkaround of the 2015 Triumph Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition, a 865 cc twin, four-stroke 68 HP fuel injected commemorative model. My thoughts after borrowing this bike for 4 weeks.

I also give an update on my bike, still in the shop, still waiting on parts.

And if you’re interested, I talk about some cool bike mod videos coming soon.



Busted Flat in Bato… I mean, Orlando

Last weekend the AmenMoto crew enjoyed an uneventful 4-hour ride up to Orlando and the Ace Cafe, which is super cool. Everybody needs to see this place, it’s motorcycle heaven.

On the ride back home, one guy, Doug, split off to go west to Zephyrhills (near Tampa) to visit relatives. The other two, myself and Allan my Harley bud, headed south, and stopped at the first rest area on the Turnpike to get gas.

Then the Triumph wouldn’t start.

The antitheft engine immobilizer was indicating that the key wasn’t present so the bike wouldn’t start. (There’s a chip in the key like on most cars).

I called dealership, but they need the bike in person to clear it. But I was 4 hours away.

Fortunately I have amazing friends who believe in “no man left behind” and Doug abandoned his trip in Tampa and Allan headed south, and they both met up at Doug’s house to get his trailer, then turned around and came the 4 hours back north again and we trailered the bike back south for 4 hours. We got home around 6 am.

Bike went to the shop on Tuesday, the antitheft key sensor is bad and are just waiting on the part from Triumph USA to replace it (under warranty).

Always an adventure!


Key West and Back in One Day

Kinda nuts, it was a long ride.

Left at 9:30 am and got to Gilbert’s in Key Largo for lunchtime … and decided to power on, despite looming thunderstorms, all the way to Key West and back in the same day.
Got to Key West around 4 pm. Hung around at Mallory Square for about a half hour and then blazed back home again, getting back to the house around 10:30 pm.



The spikes in the elevation chart are just the bridges along the way down there.

To Sebring and Back!

The AmenMoto Motorcycle Adventures Club took a nice long ride on Saturday, up to Sebring International Racetrack and back. We had some nice unexpected adventures on the way.

You can watch the full video for this adventure at http://amenmoto.com

Setting off from 4-points in Boynton Beach at 7:30, we rode up to Lake Okeechobee and stopped at Port Mayaca, which is a beautiful dam & lock that is used to outflow water from the lake. Just a really nice view.


I was absolutely freezing on the ride there. Fortunately my pal Doug lent me his jumper for the ride up to Okeechobee (the town, not the lake) where we visited County Airport and the Landing Strip Cafe for breakfast. I had a delicious “Eggsadilla” and sausage & toast. Really great, and we watched the planes take off for a while.

There we also met a local MC full of Army & Air Force vets, who told us that a huge bike rally was going on in Sebring. Since we were headed that way anyway, this sounded great to us.

The ride from Okeechobee to Sebring was very nice, and we found the racetrack deserted. Doug showed us around the track and showed us some of the more famous turns on the track including Turn 1 and the Hairpin.

The ride from there to Clewiston for lunch was interrupted when we saw skydivers jumping from a plane, so we diverted over to the Airglades Airport and hung out at their jump camp for a while. Really neat folks! They are funny, they jump out of perfectly good airplanes and think riding motorcycles is dangerous!!


Then we continued on to Clewiston for a very late lunch at Roland Martin’s Tiki Bar, followed by an uneventful ride down US27 and across I-75 back home.

Again, you can watch the video for this adventure at http://amenmoto.com