Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finally...

Finally I got to get on the bike and ride a little. The back felt up to it, weather has been great, work on the house has ceased for a week to give me a break, and I got a text from a couple of friends that said, "let's ride"! 
So off to Orange County Harley Davidson for a little day of eye candy, food and shopping we went.   

I had time for a sefie at the meet up. (Of course). 
Nighty has new plates:
4 My Boo Tee  *smile*
Here comes the duo of the day. 
Mr. K looks happy...
Ms. L look happy...
I noticed that Ms. L's hair is getting longer.  Luv!
Raffles were happening...
So was the music. 
Ms. L was smiley while standing next the new Deluxe. 

Eye Candy was all over the place...

More eye candy. 
People selling swap meet style, and... 
Mr. M & Ms. K were taking a last look at their bike.
Ms. K was a bit sad, BUT... 
Their new ride makes them smile too, except that there is no zipper thingy
in front of Ms. K's seat for her doodads.  Must rig something up for her...
It was a good day for me.  A resurgence of sorts getting back on the Nightster. My patch worked and I am ready for my next day with great peeps.  I really like this group of riding friends and am looking forward to another one soon with them.

Happy Ride Trailzzz,

Friday, April 04, 2014

A Little Diddy On The "DO"

Over at my other blog,  Life's Ride In Between, I am in the A-Z Challenge.  Without this word I would have done absolutely nothing about seeking out my dream of riding. ...  Read More Here>>> 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Motorcycle Wisdoms

I have my own "motorcycle wisdoms".  They come in handy on the road, driving a car or riding.  They may not be for you, but remembering at least these few things help a ride go smoothly.

Ride Your Own Ride
1.   Skills.  Knowing how far to take my comfort zone in certain road situations and really understanding that fact.  How far is too far to reach to expand the skills?  My answer is simple:  What is comfortable. Remembering when I first started riding...ughghghghg.

Diversity


2.  Fellow Riders.  Everyone is different.  I try to keep in mind how far is that person's comfort zone? Do they know what type of ride it is, i.e., practice ride, distance, or even a break-in ride.  I mention the later, because there is a difference in a motorcycle break-in ride as opposed to others. Downshifting and various speeds may confuse the person you are riding with. The fellow rider may feel unsafe if that rider doesn't know what a "break-in" actually is. Yes, I have had experience in that department: The rider told me they knew what it was all about. At the end of the day they did not and actually felt unsafe. Even though it was explained before the ride, it wasn't understood.  800 miles of feeling unsafe...not good for either rider.  I felt like going off on my own and leaving.  So I need to know my fellow rider, and know that they really know what I am talking about. Their comfort zones do matter for a good ride for both.

3.  Clear Thinking.  If I don't have it... I don't ride.  Period.

4.  No ego.  Every rider has a good load of confidence.  It is needed.  Turning that confidence into ego doesn't work.   Most people I ride with don't have that problem, and I say "problem" because it can be deadly.  Its nerve racking and I prefer to ride alone if it rears its ugly head around me.

5.  Diversity.  Having to change plans on a ride is nearly impossible to avoid.  I remember Tina and I going through a bit of changes being chased by bad weather in Yosemite a couple of years ago.  We had our routes all planned and then the last big day of ride we had to compensate because of weather.  We rode well together and each of us made executive decisions along the way and were good with each others choices.  We hit a 600+ mile day and loved it.  Tired, but loved it. My bike also broke down and we compensated to do other things which we both enjoyed.  This road trip will always stand out to be one of my favorites.

Tina & I Posing With Big Smiles
Having plenty of "motorcycle wisdom" out there to rely on is basically whatever works for you, the rider.  One or none of the above may apply.  That is where the comfort zone comes into play individually.  As riders, we are all different in our thinking, just as the bikes we ride.

In any case, the upsets and downfalls of a ride have taught me plenty of what not to do again and who to ride with again.  However the fun and enjoyment received on a great ride is the one thing that really keeps me going and using my own personal motorcycle wisdom helps decide the quality of my ride.

What are your "wisdoms"?

Wisdom Trailzzz,






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