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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Times are a-changin'

I believe it's time to consider other blogging options. I'll be blunt. I completely oppose censorship in any way, shape, or form. Blogger's choice to censor what we are able to read, view, and publish goes against some of my core beliefs. While it's their right to run their business as they see fit, it's my right to not help them generate income when they choose to become a "nanny".

It is an individuals responsibility to censor themselves or their children, not a business or governments job. If you don't want to see it, don't look, if you don't want to hear it, don't listen, if you don't want to read, then don't read it. It's pretty simple but more and more some believe they have the right to regulate what we see, hear, and read. I still believe in the freedom of choice and the freedom of expression and if Blogger doesn't support those basic freedoms, then I will withdraw all support from Blogger.

I am currently in the process of exporting my blog to another service. It still needs a little work, but it's live. I want to thank those that have taken the time to read my ramblings over the past couple years and hopefully you will visit me in my new "home" at-
Blue Collar Rides

Monday, October 27, 2014

Viking Cycle Angel Fire Jacket Review

The first thing I'm going to review is the Viking Cycle Angel Fire leather jacket from Motorcycle House .

With it's classic biker jacket styling this was a hit for me from the start. The leather, even new, is pretty supple and high quality. After having spent the last 3 weeks with it the leather is starting to break in and become even more comfortable. The heavy duty YKK zippers work very smooth with no hang ups, although I do plan on waxing them, as I do all my gear with metal YKK zippers, to aid in longevity.

  One thing that has always been a pet peeve of mine is the "cigarette" pocket on the front. Over the years, that pocket has gotten smaller and smaller to the point where it is only there for looks. I like functionality, if it's there, it needs to serve a purpose and that's exactly what you get with the Angel Fire. While I don't smoke anymore, the pocket would easily fit a pack of smokes. For me it's the perfect size for my I-pod Classic or my I-phone. The side pockets, while having a very large opening could stand to be a little deeper.

  The front zipper is another high point for me. On some "other" jackets, when zipped all the way up the zipper will either pull at an odd angle at the top or start unzipping as you're riding. This one does neither. It zips up to a very comfortable angle and stays put.

  With only a sewn in liner this jacket is more suited to spring and fall riding. With our riding season here heading into fall, this is the perfect jacket for the cooler temps. So far I can say it works very well from 50*f to 70*f. Another gem on the inside is not one, but 2 inside pockets. I tend to use these alot for various items and having 2 is great!

  One thing to keep in mind when ordering this jacket is that the sizes run a little small. Normally, I wear an XL, I ordered this in XXL and the fit is almost perfect, with enough room the wear a sweat shirt if I want. The price point is hard to beat. Coming in at $79.95, it's my opinion that this jacket is the absolute best "bang for your buck" and I look forward to many years of use.

Stay tuned for a video review coming in the next week or 2!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New page!

If you look at the top of the right sidebar you'll see I added a new page, Gear Reviews! My hope is to have a more organized blog and make it easier for you to find what you like. I hope to improve this as I learn more about Blogger!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Motorcycle House Gear Reviews!!

Everyone I know that rides loves gear, myself included! I spend way too much time perusing the internet looking at gear and like everyone I know, searching for the best deals, stretching our hard earned money as far as we can.

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Dewayne Jasper from Motorcycle House and was offered the opportunity to try out and honestly review gear. After looking over the websites of Motorcycle House and Viking Bags, I agreed as the prices and apparent quality matched most anything I have looked at. One thing I know my fellow riders do is pass on info on gear, good and bad. Be sure to keep an eye on this blog as reviews will begin shortly! Also be sure to check out the Motorcycle House and Viking Bags websites for great deals on gear!

See ya in the wind!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time Flies!!!!!

Where the hell has this summer gone!?! This entire summer has been a whirlwind, it seems as if just yesterday I was wound and ready for another riding season and now we're hurtling headlong into fall. Due to lots of family and work commitments I haven't been able to get near the miles on that I would normally. Not to worry! Fall has some amazing riding as the fall colors start taking shape making way for winter.

Now things are starting to calm down, I might actually get some riding in! I've had a complete turn-over in bikes. The Kawasaki Drifter 1500 is gone, she served me well for many miles, but after a good offer was made, she was off to a new home. Her replacement? The scoot my wife and I had wanted for a long time, an '07 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. I bought it locally from a retired couple who had taken extremely good care of her, with service records to prove it. With a low 12,000 original miles she was begging for some wind therapy.

With every option you could want, plus Rinehart true duals and more chrome than you can shake a stick at, she is an absolute beast on the road. The 96 cubes with a 6 speed tranny make any situation easy and comfortable. While we haven't had the opportunity to put a lot of miles on what we have been able to do have been awesome!

I've got a couple more projects in the works but more on those later!