Tips for new riders

rideIconNew riders face a lot of challenges.  Sure, riding courses like MSF BRC teach you how to operate the motorcycle, and equip you with the basic skills to be on the road, but it (by design I think) can’t teach new riders everything they need to know to stay alive.  The road is a scary place, and there are a lot of lessons you can learn from experience.  Some of those experiential lessons are painful, however, and new riders can at least think about what’s happening before they’re in the situation, to recognize hazards in their neighborhood or daily commute that were previously invisible.  If not invisible, they were so innocuous they may not even recognize they are hazards. Continue reading

July 12 – Cars and Coffee

rideIconIt’s summertime and people come out of the woodwork for Cars and Coffee.  Every Saturday over in Irvine CA all the exotic, rare, restored, and just down right funky cars from the area congregate for a show-and-shine.  It’s a good time, usually, especially on a bike because we get to park inside the show area.  Forever Two Wheels!  Lots of pics below. Continue reading

June 21 Saturday Fun Day

rideIconHad a great moto-day today.  Wife and kids are out of town so I’m pretending to be a bachelor all weekend.  So fun.  No pressure, no commitments, just riding.  Arranged with my buddy Dan to ride GMR and Crystal Lake, then go to a dealer event.  Ended up cruising the beach, getting BBQ and beers at my local with a good friend.  Tough to complain about this life.

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Cars and Coffee May 31

Holy crap there were a lot of cars and Cars and Coffee today.  I got there pretty early and the lot was practically full already.  Met Dan, Randy, and Eddie.  Saw a couple other folks I recognized but didn’t remember their names.  Always a fun time.  Lots of McClarens today, more than I’ve ever seen in one spot at least.  Lots of cars I’ve never even heard of.  Not that I’m a ‘car guy’ by any stretch but I’ve at least heard of most of the manufacturers.  Some eye opening sleds today. Continue reading