Monday, April 30, 2012

BMW introduces Hard Glide model to motorcycle lineup.

From news reports:

Commercials for erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis end with a warning that an individual should contact their doctor if they have an erection that lasts for more than four hours.
After 20 months, Henry Wolf decided to contact a lawyer instead, claiming that the seat on his BMW motorcycle gave him an erection lasting nearly two years. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wolf filed a lawsuit against BMW North American and Corbin-Pacific claiming that the "ridged seat" on his 1993 motorcycle left him with mental and emotional anguish after allegedly causing an extreme case of priapism, also known as a long-lasting erection.
Wolf "has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride," attorney Vernon Bradley of Sausalito wrote in the lawsuit, which was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco last Thursday. "He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish."
Bradley said the alleged case of priapism began after Wolf took a four-hour ride on his motorcycle.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Why I ride, part 2...

Motorcycling makes me a better person. It makes me a more patient parent, a better husband and a better journalist.

Linda has called motorcycling a waste of time. Albert Einstein said, "Creativity is the residue of wasted time." I have come up with some of my best story ideas while riding. Sometime it has been an idea that came from the ether; other times it was from literally taking the road less travelled.

It's also a way of spending time with friends I may only see a couple time a year, but the friendship always picks up right where it left off.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Why I ride, Part 1....

Why I Like Riding Motorcycles, by Christian Aasland

I've never really thought about why I like riding motorcycles. I just do. Thus, to help understand why, I have identified three aspects.

The first is traveling, which is more enjoyable by motorcycle, as it minimizes what I bring to the equation so that, by contrast, the place I am in occupies more of my consciousness. It is minimalist; it requires exposure the elements, with the freedom of movement and of smell, from roadkill to blossoms, cool ocean spray to the dry heat of ponderosa pines. A core aspect of travel is exploration, which starts with planning, poring over maps and possibilities. Then we explore in person, immersed in the environment. Often a destination is merely an excuse to explore the topography leading up to it.

The second aspect is stress relief. Whether it is relaxing on a gently winding country road or getting into "The Zone" on a challenging backroad, the worries of work are shed away and I feel more invigorated. Even anticipating a future ride or reminiscing about a past one is calming and refreshing.

Finally, there's the social aspect. Even when we can't ride, our shared interest in all things with two wheels and a motor creates a common bond which spans our differences. The results are shared pints of beer around a campfire, watching mediocre movies and great races on cold dark winter nights, and steaming hot coffee on crisp mornings. Social Media can't touch this.

These are not the only aspects which makes motorcycling interesting, but they are the main ones and they are not mutually exclusive. Here's to another great riding season!

So, where's the pirate outfit????

Saw this on Craiglist.....And thought that either there is a pirate costume that goes with it or someone needs to learn how to spell.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ahoy, it's the flood run this Saturday......

The billionth annual flood run is this Saturday, April 21. Well, damn the pirates, I say we hoist the black flag of anarchy and ride amongst Blackbeard, Bluebeard, Blueballs and the rest of his seafaring homies. 'Course we shall be taking the back roads where nary a pirate will be as they fear to tread on upon the twisty moors. Arrghh. Legend has it there's a ghost bike out there waiting to bring a curse to any Milwaukee made product that dare turn at an angle other than straight. Our destination shall be Pepin, where a sanctuary shall be found providing caffeinated shelter to all who seek her bosom.(The coffee joint is open). There, we shall make mirth at the individualistic-freedom-loving-pirate-costumed-clones, take of our manhood and spew dirty, rotten lies and other half truths. And when the ride is done and we pull into the safe harbor that is the Port 'O Red Wing, libations shall pour fourth at Bill's house afterward. Bring what you will, Cletus; I'll have the fires stoked.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Too good to pass up here

An oldie, but a goodie.....

Our good friends at MIT....

are predicting a global economic collapse in 2030. Sounds like a good reason to go on a motorcycle ride this weekend. Well, whadduya know: a ride is on the books for Saturday down the the Lanesboro area. So, go riding with us or go party with these guys in 18 years.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Anyone up for a flood run party on April 21st?

Oridinarily, we laugh at these guys and there macho big ride around da lake. As in, "Man, I rode 120 miles today around the lake. It was epic. I got street cred now as a real biker, yo. Hey does this leatherette doo rag make my arms look fat? Or is that phat?" Anyway you slice it or dice it, the back roads will be empty except to the true believers like us. Kinda thinking if the weather's nice, a little gathering that evening may be nice, no?

From The Dept. of Stuff To Do

This afternoon at 5 p.m. be at the Red Wing ELC (Environmental Learning Center) to hear about Doug’s motorcycle trip to Vietnam last summer....