Lane Markings – Part 1

rideIconThose mysterious lane markings.  After a discussion with a co-worker non-rider who was convinced I did something illegal until I showed them the vehicle code on my phone (seriously, how did we ever settle arguments before smart phones?), I began to wonder if people really know what the lane markings on the ground mean.  I mean, don’t they teach this shit in Driver’s Ed anymore?

No, they’re not just pretty pictures and patterns; the colors, location, and style of line tells you what you can and can’t do, and even tells you what’s happening with the lane or road you’re on.  I started to work this post out in my head and it turned into a huge post, so I’ll break it down a little at a time so I don’t split your skull with knowledge.

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GMR GRR St Patrick’s Day 2015

rideIconAs hesitant as I was to ride GMR after all the shenanigans going on up there lately, I wanted to get a shorter ride in before I met the wife for lunch on St Patrick’s Day.  We’ve made it a small tradition to have lunch, just the two of us, at our local.  She always gets corned beef and cabbage, and I always get a corned beef sandwich.  I took off soon as the kids were off to school and hit the hill early before most people were out of school or bed. Continue reading

DIY Moto Phone Mount

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With all the changes I’ve made to my Bonnevillle, I finally got around to solving the need for a cheap phone mount. I’d been planning on using the integrated mount system my iPhone case includes. It’s a Rokform case, but the mount is an adhesive type and I wanted it right on my handlebar beneath my dash/gage. They make a couple different moto mounts, but they’re kinda pricey. Continue reading

Angeles Crest Highway Feb 15

rideIconACH in February?  Why not?  I’d been invited on a group ride to Julian, but it had to be postponed a couple weeks. I already had the time blocked out and the wife was expecting me to be gone so I took advantage and tried to exorcise my ACH demons.  Such a beautiful day.  Temp was great, not much traffic, but man Newcomb’s was pretty busy.  Not like summer-time busy, but pretty busy for February (although I’m usually there on week days so my perspective is a little off).   Continue reading

The World Is Calling, Your Bike Can Answer

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Any bike can take you there if you want to go. Don’t let excuses or nay-sayers stop you. My girlfriend and I took my Bonneville from Los Angeles to Vancouver this summer for three weeks. Every bike is different, but as riders, we need the same things; comfort, protection, range, reliability and fun. My 2009 Bonneville SE had a few of those checked off, but it still needed a few things to make it into a bonafide tourer. Here is a write up of the parts I needed, how they performed and a few pictures that I hope you enjoy. Continue reading