Saturday, September 26, 2015

Why?! why?! why!?

Why is it whenever I want to check the air pressure on a tire, the valve stem is always positioned in the hardest to reach place?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Motorcycle Tires

Originally posted, April 23, 2011.

I’m one with the motorcycle. On the road it’s an extension of me. I don’t think of it as something that just accepts my commands, but more like an appendage. It’s me with wheels.

This is the first motorcycle I’ve owned, though I rode a few before I bought this one. That is, if you could count what I knew then as riding. I’ve been feeling for some time that the front tire seems to skid out easily. I just accepted that it was because the tire was skinny and not big like what you commonly see on a Harley-Davidson bike.

The June 2011 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser had an interesting article about tires. It contained much more than I really needed to know, but a fascinating tidbit was how to read a tires date code. Decoding my codes says my tires will soon be six years old. I haven’t owned the bike that long. I bought it used.

I then remembered from reading “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles” that you should occasionally inspect your tires. So with a pin light, that’s just what I did. My front tire was loaded with micro cracks. The rear one has them also but not as bad.

I immediately took my bike it to the local dealer for their opinion. Their observation was the tire rubber is old, turning hard and cracking. Soooo, I’ve saving my pennies for new tires as soon as possible. I think I can have them put on in the next few weeks. Moral of the story, it’s good to read sometimes AND inspect the tires.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Born to Ride (2010)

A friend convinced me I needed to see this biker movie Born to Ride. I feel compelled to write this review and warn you against this movie. This is 90 minutes of my life I will never get back. I really believe now my friend just wanted to share the pain.

A father's son (Mike) makes a surprise discovery about his dad. Something you think will be followed up on later in the movie, but never is. The deceased fathers classic bike is refurbished for a trek to the famous Sturgis motorcycle rally. Of course, there is derailments along the way.

Mike and his partner end up in a weave of political blackmail and a stolen tape recording of the evidence. They are chased on their road trip by the bad guys. Just when it starts to get interesting the movie just sorta drops off, summarizes everything and ends. It is horribly acted. A trip into the unimaginative. Two stars on Amazon is a crime. One is barely deserved.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories

I completed another book by Ralph Sonny Barger, Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories. This book is a collection of brief stories. The stories themselves are an eclectic mix.

The start of the book stated that there’s reasons to believe these stories are true, and reasons they aren’t. It feels like many could be from throughout his life with certain people. Most of them center on a person that’s quite an entertaining character. I suspect he’s blurred some details for personal reasons.

The stories cover everything from spiritual experiences to bare-knuckled brawlers to topics “not safe for work.” I don’t desire to live the life of a rebellious biker, or an extreme rebel period. I don't want the pay cut.

This book isn’t for everyone. If you want to explore a different genre of book, this one shouldn’t disappoint. I also wouldn’t leave it laying around our modern politically correct workplaces. Did I mention some stories are not safe for work?