Riding Miami

November 19th, 2016, 6:56 pm

Absolutely gorgeous weather today

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=7cmUFZsHzwk

This is on my friends channel, he was with me today and got some good footage.

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Moto Guzzi

November 3rd, 2016, 3:11 pm

I really think I could learn to love something like the V7 II Stone.

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ABS, traction control, a 750cc 90° transverse V-twin engine, shaft-drive, six-speed transmission, 44 ft-lbs of torque?

For $8,990 MSRP?

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And it’s Ewan-approved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiFQjW1DltU

Feel free to try to talk me down off the ledge, but I don’t think I’m coming down

The main problem is dealer support … or lack of. The nearest dealer is 30 miles south, in Miami. And they have one mechanic on staff and repair wait times could be annoying.
Beautiful bikes, though. No question.

Rolling Up On Another 250

October 2016

Rolled up on a 1985 Honda Rebel 250. Guy didn’t speak much English but cool bike. Antique plates.

He didn’t really know what year his bike was. I’m always curious about these guys who know almost nothing about the details of what they’re sitting on. It seems to happen all the time. Don’t know the year, don’t know the engine size, can’t remember if it’s a Kawi or a Honda … I mean, did you steal it today or what?

This guy was nice though. His lane discipline was atrocious, but you get that a lot here.

https://youtu.be/H8u4HVekkig

Added a Shoulder Bag

October 17th, 2016, 9:41 am

There were some threads going around on Reddit showing people adding a shoulder bag to their bike. I really liked the look so I picked one up; they’re not expensive at all.

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The bag is attached under the seat with heavy duty zip-ties. It sits right in front of the left-hand side cover.

I had thought from the pics on Reddit that the bag would get in your leg’s way, but it doesn’t. You never feel it at all.

I put a pair of rain pants in there, and put my gloves in when I get off the bike.

The straps on the bag are held down with magnets; you don’t really have to unbuckle them every time.

Here are the Reddit threads about it, with pics on a Triumph or something:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … to_saddle/
http://i.imgur.com/LEslUd5.png

https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … cover_bag/
https://i.redd.it/prujr8xj0pmx.jpg

Here’s the bag:
https://www.amazon.com/Shoulder-Militar … RY6HKJWV8A

Trust Your Instincts

August 5th, 2016, 12:44 pm

Lesson learned: trust your instincts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3aFXo93A8Y

I had started feeling surrounded by cars and saw a squeeze coming up ahead so I downshifted and slowed down a bit, and an impatient guy in a white car pulled out right in front of us, going around the guy he should have been waiting behind. He was hidden from me by a turning SUV, but trusting my gut feeling (moto spidey senses?) had me slower already and had my covering the brake, so that when I needed to slow aggressively it was not too much of a challenge by then.

I was actually surprised that I had been right, that some insanity was coming up soon.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!

Okeechobee Ride #1

June 1st, 2016, 1:48 pm

Took a long ride with about 9 friends from work last Saturday, we went up to Lake Okeechobee and back. Good times.

My little bike is the orange one, 2nd from the right.
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The Ducati Monster 821 got a lot of attention at all the rest stops.
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Patriot 9/11 Memorial, Wellington FL.
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Homebrew GPS Route Mapping

Howto:

1. Create route in Google Maps “My Maps” section. You can create waypoints, notes, alternate routes, etc.

2. Share the map and copy the URL link to your clipboard.
3. Convert that URL to a GPX file at GPS Visualizer:
http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/convert_input
3.A) – click the download link there, it saves a GPX file on your computer.
4. Email that GPX file to yourself.
5. Install OsmAndMaps on your iPhone or Android phone.
6. Check email on your phone. Open the email, tap the attached GPX File.
7. Choose “Open with OsmAndMaps application”

Enjoy. Once the map is loaded into OsmAndMaps, you can follow it even with no cell signal, anywhere.

Hat tip to the pace podcast, and their listener Chris Duffey, for this method.