Sunday, September 11, 2011
I'm usually not one to go on huge group rides or even poker runs for that matter. I generally prefer to ride the roads less traveled with a small group(2-5 bikes) of friends.Today was different. I participated in a local 9/11 Ride to Remember put on by a local ALR chapter. 290 bikes and quite a few cages gathered in the heartland of America to remember 9/11 and pay tribute to our heroes. The route was right at about 88 miles and traveled though 6 small towns. There was a stop in each town and each town rolled out the red carpet for the bikers, streets lined with American flags, refreshments for the riders, and eager citizens, from infants to the elderly out showing their patriotism. The ALR did a great job coordinating with local law enforcement so that all crossroads were blocked and the huge group never got separated. I've to be honest though, it was also the longest 88 miles of my life taking almost 6 hours as speeds rarely exceeded 40 mph, mainly due the fact that probably 50 of the lead bikes were flying 3'x5' flags with the rest of us flying smaller ones. It was an awesome sight. The one image that is etched in my mind is that of an older gentlemen standing along the street as we came into the last town, hand over his heart in honor of all the American flags passing in front of him and tears flowing down his face. He wasn't the only one, a lot of tears flowed today as 9/11 was honored, our heroes were honored, and our pride as Americans was reaffirmed.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Finally! Some of the best riding weather is upon us, a cold front rolled through leaving morning temps in the mid 50's and daytime highs in the mid 70's, perfect!!! My wife and I saddled up on our Drifter and headed for the Cassoday Biker Breakfast in Cassoday, Kansas. A monthly event held the 1st Sunday of each month from March through November turns a sleepy Kansas town of 80 people into a town full of bikers, vendors, dyno shootouts, great food, and some of the coolest scoots around. At almost a 300 mile round trip for us it makes for a great Sunday ride. Onto the pics!
The south end of town is filling up
The north end is pretty packed too!
Probably my favorite of the day, I love sporty bobbers!
Love the timing cover!
I'm digging the pipes on this BT bobber!
This guy is at Cassoday quite a bit and his scoot never disappoints!
Yes, it runs and rides! A local got this out and was puttin' around town on it!
Very clean! "drool"!
I love a modded Buell!
Pretty cool fender
I still like modern chops
WTF!! Come on now, I love my Drifter too, but let's not call it an Indian. Kawi did a great job copying the Indian styling, but to put the Indian badge on the tank is wrong.
This is a real Indian.
The Fatbob...one of my favorite factory bikes...but a spring seat on a bike with suspension is f'n retarded and looks stupid as fuck.
One of my favorite factory metrics..the '07 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600SE
On our way home we stopped by Mike and Bev's and had some beer and BBQ with friends, great way to finish out the day!