Remember Turn Signals?

They used to be standard issue on most motor vehicles.

Each corner was equipped with a lamp that could blink slowly. It was rumored these “blinkers” were intended to indicate a vehicle’s impending change of direction. Some older drivers can still recall these being used occasionally- though I’m told they never met wide acceptance. Continue reading Remember Turn Signals?

Ride Safe Oklahoma

Earlier this year Oklahoma Today did a nice section on motorcycling in the Sooner State. Obviously this was of interest to me.

But leafing through the magazine I was a little surprised by all the bare skin pictured. Tank tops, shorts and many bare heads. I was prompted to write a letter.

Dress Code Fail
Dress Code Fail

Surprisingly they printed it in the latest issue!

Seeing motorcyclists riding without helmets in popular media is akin to drivers without seat belts or doctors smoking cigarettes on TV. Unless it’s on Mad Men it just really doesn’t seem right. I can remember when bicycle helmets were considered dorky- yet today they are a fashion statement.

Call me politically correct or whatever you like- but people do what people see. Like it or not.

 

 

 

Vintage Bike Show

Trail 70 RowLast weekend was the annual motorcycle show down at Brookside Motorcycle Company.

As usual Paul and the gang put out a great spread and the attendance was excellent. The lingering clouds finally coughed up some rain- but it was late in the day and everybody seemed to have a great time.

Lots of photos were snapped and we’ve shared a few here…

Photo Gallery: Brookside Motorcycle Company 2012 Spring Bike Show

Mana in the Springtime

File this one under: Cool Motorcycles Americans Won’t Buy

A couple of years ago I took a spin on a motorcycle called an Aprilia Mana. It’s an 850cc V-twin that looks like a spiffy sort of bike- no fairings or leather tassels. Just a sit-upright standard with tons of storage and a comfortable seat.

I enjoyed the heck out of it. Brad even wrote a very favorable ride review of the Aprilia Mana. But– there’s a very big but…

It doesn’t have a shifter.

Omigod! That’s right. The Mana uses a constantly variable transmission (CVT) which in layman’s terms means “automatic.” And there’s no quicker way to emasculate the average motorcycle riding dude than to suggest he ride a motorcycle with an automatic. So this perfectly capable bike, dare I say versatile, sits in dealer showrooms across this country unwanted.

So the Mana will join the ranks of fine motorcycles, like the Honda Transalp and the Yamaha TDM 850, that have landed on our shores and promptly flopped.

But the good news is if you’re looking for a deal on a brand new motorcycle with a full warranty, you’re in luck.  Aprilia is offering 2009 Manas for damn near half the original sticker. For details visit our local Aprilia dealer: Brookside Motorcycle Company.

 

Buy a brand new motorcycle for nearly half price.

Ducati Changing Hands Again

As often as their ownership changes it amazes me that these guys produce anything worth a crap. Let alone stuff very much worth a crap.

Originally published March 17, 2012 The Blog at Places 2 Ride.

Wanna’ Buy a Ducati?

Or maybe a Ducati factory?

Ducati 1199 PanigaleFor about the umpteenth time in recent memory the Italian flagship of motorcycling may be up for sale. In 2005 a private equity group known as Investindustrial  purchased Ducati from a group of doctors in Texas. Now it appears they intend to sell. Investindustrial had Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs sound out a public listing for Ducati in Hong Kong last year.

Investindustrial’s chairman, Andrea Bonomi, said a handful of groups in Asia, Europe and the United States are interested in the sale. Rumors abound and possible suitors like BMW, Volkswagen and even Mahindra have been mentioned as possible buyers.

Kickin’ the KLR

Last month the folks at BMW Owners News magazine asked a simple question for their Kickin’ Tires column.

What was your least desirable motorcycle?

I thought about it for a few minutes and decided to share my experience with the Kawsaki KLR 650. To my surprise they published my comments and a fairly large photo in the October issue! Apologies in advance to all my KLR-riding friends.

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So what was your least favorite motorcycle?

You Can Take It With You

WD-40 that is.

WD40 .26oz Lubricant Pen - 12-PackHank Hill carries his WD-40 on a keychain. Now you can be even cooler than Hank! Not possible? Check out this handy dose of WD-40 in a pen!

That’s right gadget freaks- you get a full 1/4 ounce of everybody’s favorite home remedy in a handy no-mess pen. Changing lives since 1953.

Directions:

  • Before first use, point pen downward and press tip against surface until saturated
  • Apply, pressing the tip to release more WD-40 as needed
  • Pen will not dry out, re-activate by saturating tip

Why’s it called WD-40?

 

Harley Rider Checklist

More from the Best of Craigslist…
Here are a few excerpts from the Harley-Davidson Rider Checklist. This is especially timely and helpful as I prepare to ride off on the Tulsa Toy Ride.

Harley Rider Pre-Ride Check Off List

Date: 2009-09-01, 9:06AM PDT

Harley rider pre-ride check off list:
1. Comb baseball player goatee and mustache
2. Spend 6- hours polishing gaudy chrome pieces. Be sure people can read the “Live to ride- ride to live” statement on gas tank lid.
3. Assure suspension can handle at least 560 pounds of rider
4. Pack cell phone and have tow service numbers programmed.
5. Look in mirror and perfect the “I’m a bad ass motherfucker” harley riding scowl.
6. Affix tassels from daughters bicycle to handle bars for added gay appearance.
7. Test flashers for when bike breaks down (99% probability)
8. Put on your wrist brace to help carpal tunnel from all of the unnecessary revving

For the full list go here:
http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/1353199509.html