Monday, May 30, 2011

Almost time...................

It's so close I can taste it!! On June 1st my wife and I are heading out for our 1st vacation ever! We've taken extended weekends and such, but we never really had a real vacation in 24 years! So on June 1st we're loading up on the Drifter and hittin' the road for 20 days! The route is planned, the maps are ready(paper maps, no GPS here, lol!) the Drifter is ready and we are ready to go!! 11 states, just over 2500 miles, the Cherohala Skyway, the Dragon, meeting up with some old friends along the way, and spending some time with our youngest son who's stationed in Gulfport, Ms, with the Navy. No laptop on this trip, however we will have our cell phones, just in case. I'll update occasionally with my Android, but don't expect a good trip report till the end of the month!

An addition to the stable...and one less.....

After putting some 2 up miles on my '06 sporty, my wife and I decided it was time to get something geared more for touring, so the next some haggling was done, a deal was struck, and I brought home a very nice '02 Kawasaki Drifter! Now most are aware, the Drifter is Maw Kaw's copy/tribute, whatever you want to call it, of an Indian Chief. I call it one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever ridden!
1500cc's, more than enough power, air shocks, Vance and Hines Longshots, and the most comfortable seat I've ever ridden in, the Corbin Dual Tourer. This baby was built for putting on miles and that's what we intend to do! I don't have pics of my latest additions to it yet, but they'll be coming. I added a 22" SlipStream shield, a luggage rack and some more luggage. I can't wait to get some serious seat time on this!!

Now for the one less............

After some haggling, a deal was struck, and my oldest son, James, rode his 1st Harley home yesterday! Yup, he bought my '76 HD XLH1000!

Enjoy the wind Jimmy!

Now with it being a holiday weekend we didn't work today, so yesterday me, my wife, Jimmy, and one of my best friends for the last 18 years, Bill, rode to Jimmy's apartment and hung out there for the night. One of the most memorable rides for as it was Jimmy's first road trip on his 1st Harley and Bill's 1st road trip on his 1st Harley and the 1st time the 3 of had a chance to put on some good miles together, couldn't have asked for a better weekend! Of course we had to break in Jimmy's newly rented garage properly, lol!

The Drifter nestled amongst the Harley's-

Good looking garage Jimmy!

Bill's a little camera shy so I snuck this of him on his new to him '88 FXRS_

Other than the 30mph Kansas wind, it was a great weekend of riding!!!

Catching up!

It's been a while since I've updated so here ya go, lol!

A couple weeks ago my good friend Frosty and I hooked up and went to Marquette Kansas for the Thunder on the Smoky rally. It's main purpose is to help raise money for the  Kansas Motorcycle Museum in Marquette. There was a great turn out for the rally and the bike show in the park brought in some very cool scoots!

A very good turnout for the rally.

A couple shots of the ride home.

Another cool thing they had going on at the rally was a trials bike demonstration. The balance these guys have is unreal!

Friday, May 13, 2011


This isn't a rant about pros and cons of helmets. I live in a state that has chosen to give us the freedom to choose (as it should be) and even though I choose not to more often than not (hey, I never said I was a genius, lol!), I have a small collection of helmets. I don't collect them, I've just gotten a few over the last couple years and I can't throw them away as I do travel to helmet mandatory states.

After going back and forth between full face, modular, and half helmets, I was looking for something different. Today I stopped by a local indy shop, California Phil's , and I found one I wanted and ended up bringing it home. It a Bell Custom 500, 3/4 orange flake helmet.

In case of rain I had to get a shield too!

The weather is looking decent for a ride tomorrow, we'll see how I like it.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's about time!!

I haven't been much for words recently, but I've been getting some miles on here and this year. The weather in Kansas is a fickle thing and the nice riding days have been few and far between.  Other than the wind, yesterday was one of the best days yet, sunny and 80*, time for some miles!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


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