Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Wasn’t it the Temptations who made a tune with the title “I’ve Got Sunshine On A Cloudy Day” popular back in the ’60s? I know the tune was about “my girl,” but I will take the title to how I was feeling on a motorcycle ride that I led for my club on Sunday.

Storm threat in the afternoon and cloudy skies were concerning, but sunshine of a different sort was calling…
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Update on the Motorcycle Commute

Regular readers of this blog are aware that I had a crash last May whilst commuting on my Harley to work. I had become accustomed to arriving at my office by 0530, sometimes earlier. And my commute to work was almost always in the dark. That was among the reasons of the cause of my crash — cage drivers can’t see motorcycles in broad daylight, so why would I expect a cage driver to see me in the dark? (Even though my bike is extremely well-lit!)

My Spouse asked me …
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Preparing to Ride in the Desert

As I am planning for a Crazy-Awesome adventure with my buddy “S”, riding Harleys through the The Mighty 5 Great National Parks of Southern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion), and also being quite the preparedness planner, I have thought through our plans, including the riding gear and boots. Wanna know what “S” and I are planning?
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Riding Skills Save

I have been riding a motorcycle for 35 years now. During that time, I have probably ridden over 100,000 miles on six machines. That may sound like a lot of riding, but an average of 2,850 miles/year really is not that much, at least compared with some of the more avid riders with whom I ride.

Also during my riding career and in my much younger, carefree single days, I was a motorcycle riding instructor. I became an instructor because I liked to teach, but also doing that would make me keep my riding skills current and at peak of performance.

Due to increased demands on my time due to travel for work, I stopped teaching motorcycle riding classes. I slowly dwindled into complacency, thinking that…
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Motorcycle Shoes: Bad News

I went on a motorcycle ride early yesterday morning before the weather got real hot as forecast to be. Actually, riding at 0600 (just after dawn) with three early-bird biker buddies is fun and gets the ride in before the intense heat and humidity of the day sets in and makes riding an air-cooled heat producer — a Harley Big Twin engine — miserable.

One of my buddies showed up at our staging area wearing what he called “motorcycle shoes.” Knowing how I balk about wearing sneakers on a bike, he showed them to me and said…
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