Oh, GMR how I missed you, but with a bike I wasn’t confident in, I didn’t want to get up in the hills and break down. Nick at Valley Desmo got it working right a couple weeks ago. Now with it fixed it was time for a GMR run, and to take Robert up there for his first time. Luckily East Fork Supply Co was having a donuts and cold brew coffee event that day, so we strung the two together, got lunch after, and made most of a day out of it. The people at East Fork are genuine and have a nicely curated collection of their own stuff as well as from other moto-shops. They like to hike too, so if you’re into motos or hiking, they’ve got cool stuff. Give them a follow on FB or IG if you’re inclined; they’re good dudes.
Confidence is the fulcrum that turns a sketchy situation to a great, enjoyable one. I’m not speaking about having confidence in ourselves, but having confidence in our equipment. It’s why we do shakedown rides before bike trips. It’s why we do preventive maintenance, or have a mechanic do a ‘once over’ on our bikes. Confidence in our equipment – hitting the starter and it starts; knowing our battery is going to charge; knowing our bike is going to run correctly – lets us forget our gear and focus on the experience, our friends, and the memories we create. Lacking confidence in our bike turns any trip, long or short, into an exercise of walking on eggs shells of constant doubt.
As bikers, sooner or later, we’re going to get stuck with a tire puncture. When you have the privilege of lane sharing, it can be even more common because cars aren’t keeping that part of the road free from debris. I’ve used the mushroom style plugs and the sticky-rope-glue style plugs, and I find the sticky rope style last longer. The mushroom style plugs seem to come loose after a day or two, so while I still have a kit for it, I only use it for temporary fixes when I’m out on the road. So let’s talk about plugging a tire.
I got screwed
Revival has a new album. It’s pretty badass.
Yeah, I know. It’s been a crazy summer with way less riding than I planned, and way less posting than I planned. Been having bike trouble so I haven’t done any weekend riding to avoid getting stranded with a break down.
So anyway, hopefully things will turn soon. Nothing bad going on, just a full calendar.
In the meantime, Happy Labor Day – remember why it’s on the calendar.
Motorcycles can save America. I know- it sounds crazy. Every day it feels like the country is falling apart: inequality, racism, sexism, hate, anger, fear, war and conflict… and those are some big problems. We can do our part to chip away at the insurmountable problems of our generation and effect positive change in our communities. Motorcycles can solve congestion, decrease electrical loads and costs, and reduce carbon emissions. We can’t do it alone, we need a little help from industry and the government, but together we can accomplish small goals with large impacts. Continue reading
Since I haven’t gotten off my ass and written that helmet review I promised myself I’d write, here’s your Sunday Morning Metal.
My trusty Icon Variant helmet was getting a little long in the tooth. Holy crap, last week I realized it is almost six years old. I determined my head shape leans towards the long-oval which limits the helmets I can wear. There are a few intermediate-ovals on the long’ish side I can wear but most int-ovals, including the Variant, give me too much forehead pressure.
After taking my buddy up to Azusa Canyon, we hit up the Southern California Motorcycles Open House. Lots of bikes, a few friends I haven’t seen in a long time, tried on some helmets. I thought they’d have food, but just ice cream and a food truck, so we didn’t stay too long. But, I mean, I did take time to get a picture with the pretty girl….