Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Git Yer Bearded Freak On, yo

It's the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak show, and I am going. Hows about you? July 21 in Nordeast, Minneapolis. Go here for the details, and my friend, there ain't many there yet. You been warned.

The countdown is on

14 days until Walt Ride 2012: the Black Hills and Who is Ben Ash? It's on, people.

Mark yer damn calendars.....

for next year: Very  Boring Rally 3 is set for Aug. 23-25, 2013 at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. Sponsored by Aereostich/RidersWearhouse, the VBR marks the 30th anniversary of Aerostich, the makers of the fine Aerostich motorsickle riding suit, a  garment that is the very staple of any true sport touring rider. Sure to be a dazzling event, the rally will feature discussions with reknowned motorcycle adventurers, rides, a trials competition and all around motorcycle sheenanigans. For more information, go here:
 Also, there will be a rolling concourse event this July 28 in Duluth. Fun starts at 10 a.m., at Sir Benedict's Tavern, Superior Street.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Yeah, we could have gone to the Isle of Man TT this year....

But we decided it would be way more fun to stay in Red Wing. I mean, really, why go all that way to hang with leather clad Euro-biker trash? Seriously. But in case you're interested, here is the IOM TT schedule for 2012. The craziness starts today.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Vintage Rally at National Motorcycle Museum

Our good friends at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa are hosting a vintage motorcycle rally, swap meet and bike show June 1,2,3. The museum alone is worth the trip as it is packed with an awesome cross section of historic bikes from both the road and track.  For more information, go here:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Routes and such for Walt Ride South Dakota


June 14 - RW to Winthrop, MN via. Hwy .19.
At Winthrop, Hwy. 15 north to Hwy. 212 west to Gettysburg, SD.

June 15 - Gettysburg, SD, Hwy. 212 west to Newell, SD (Sheep capital of the World….)
Hwy 79 South to Sturgis.
Hwy. 14A to Deadwood
Hwy 385 to Custer

June 16 - Black Hills riding

June 17 - Devils Tower route or more Black Hills riding

June 18 - Black Hills and to Sioux Falls (I-90)

June 19 - Sioux Falls to RW (doesn’t matter the route at this point, long boring straight, so who cares.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

OK, we got about a month to go for Walt Ride....

Here, again, is the official ride agenda:

Thursday, June 14 - Depart RW. Rally point for departure Caribou Coffee - Hwy. 61 @ 0630.For those of you who are traveling from out-of-town locations, you'll need to be here on June 13. I can provide a bed, and secure motorcycle parking with 24-hour security (my dogs will sleep in the garage.)
Destination: Gettysburg, SD.

Friday, June 15 - Gettysburg, SD to Custer, SD (Blackhills) via Hwy. 212 to see the Ben Ash Monument. (I did my homework and know who he is and why there's a memorial to him in the middle of fooking nowhere.)

Saturday, June 16 - Custer, SD. Ride roads around the Black Hills area.

Sunday, June 17 - Custer, SD - Ride big loop out to Devils Tower. Watch for UFOs and Richard Dreyfuss lookalikes.

Monday, June 18 - Head back east; stay somewhere in Souix Falls (High school lawn will do)

Tuesday, June 19 -Souix Falls to home.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Why I Ride, Part 3.....

I’ve always been a fan of two wheels. I all started when I got my new yellow Schwinn Stingray for my birthday. I rode that thing everywhere. I remember getting the speedometer installed, with help from my Dad, and breaking the “20” mph limit for the first time. I started to venture out with my new bike and eventually rode it to school, the YMCA, and the local swimming pool. I was free! Well some thug ended up stealing my prized Schwinn from the YMCA. I immediately went to the police and reported it stolen. I had memorized the serial number – crazy!
Soon after, I started riding mini bikes (throttle rigged full open), dirt bikes (mostly my brother’s 100 Indian), and racing BMX. When I was 16, I bought an 82 Honda CB750F Super Sport for $1200. That was the end of my BMX days!
Between 1989 and 2002 was the “Dark Era” when I didn’t have a motorcycle. I don’t like to talk about it.
Spring of 2002 I decided to get another bike. I called my insurance agent and ask him to give me a quote for a ZX6R. I was waiting for a call at work and it never came. I got home, walked in the door and heard, “ You ain’t getting it!” Getting what? I asked. “The motorcycle” Michelle said. After some civilized discussion I went down to Plainview and picked out my new “Green” ZX6R!
I guess, for the same reasons I loved my Stingray, I like riding motorcycles for these main reasons:
Speed and agility – it’s fun being a little scared.
The adventure and freedom it offers – just driving around was never this fun!
The exposure to the elements – temperature changes, the smells, etc.
The fun we have together as a group – thanks to you all!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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....