Sunday, February 28, 2016

Motorcycle Tire Pressure EZ Air Gauge for Cruiser

Link to the EZ air gauge.

Issaquah, Washington

From the Triumph America days...

Last weekend I took a bike trip up to Issaquah, Washington. A lot of places in Washington feel special. This one especially. After rampant housing growth and all the trees being lawn mower’d, A lot of places are just not the same.

Issaquah is an old town; old for Washington that is. Like many Northwest names, Issaquah pulls from a Native American heritage. It was once the 2nd fastest growing suburb in the state, and the 89th fastest growing in the U.S. While the town obviously has a traffic issue now, for some reason the growth hasn’t completely spoiled the spirit of the area, at least for me.

On the way to Issaquah is the most fascinating house. If someone lives there, I hope the owners can forgive my rude camera intrusion. See the picture below.

I stopped and visited Boehm’s Candy store. It was opened by Julius Boehm. My mother used to ski with him back in the day. I think the connecting tie was shared Austrian heritage.

Julius Boehm
Boehm's Candies
A beautiful house on the way to Issaquah.

Monday, February 15, 2016

A bee got me

I’ve always heard stories about this. Now I’m one of the stories. Here’s the little stinker that got in my motorcycle jacket. It’s a big Bumble Bee. He zinged me real good while riding to North Bend in Washington.

Of course, I’m traveling 45 mph through curves, a cars on my tail and there’s no shoulder to pull over. So I swated as best I could at my back with my clutch hand while maintaining control of my bike. I finally was able to pull over and dump him out.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Mountain Loop Highway ride

Triumph America packed up for camping.
There’s a very nice road to travel in Washington, well…used to be nice, called the Mountain Loop Highway. It’s outside Seattle. I spent some time there growing up. Now this place attracts visitors year round. There’s hiking, ghost towns, ice caves, camping, you name it. The place has been discovered. It was ominous to find the old trailer where I once lived.

Years later, I have returned to charge up and down that highway on a motorcycle. I spent the night in small tent in a barley open campground. It was cold and I couldn't get a fire going. What’s ironic about the bike thing is, my mother used to pick up a guy who lived on the highway, somewhere. He hitchhiked because he couldn’t drive/ride anymore. He had received a horrible head injury due to a motorcycle crash!

Mountain Loop Highway
Staying on the Mountain Loop at a young age, my morning television companions before school were JP Patches, Captain Kangaroo, Marine Boy, etc. My mother used to buy ice cream at the Ike’s Drive In. It’s now gone. I learned to ski at the Mount Pilchuck Ski lodge. It’s now closed and dismantled. I’ve heard there’s a hiking trail up to where the old ski lodge used to stand. I'll have to check it out one day when I'm better prepared.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Open House Time: Honda

Each major company often has an advertising catch line. Victory Motorcycles has been “ride one, and you’ll own one.” Triumph’s has been “Go Your Own Way.” I attended a Honda open house and theirs is “I Wanna Ride.”

Ironically, they didn’t have many bikes to test ride. I did make off with some loot. A pen, a wrist key chain and a shirt. While I like Honda’s catch line, somehow being who they are it feels like it should be something more…powerful. All in all, a good day!