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After stopping for a break and lunch at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park we were back on the motorcycle.  An hour or so later we make it to the southern terminus of the Highland Scenic Highway. 

About 43 miles later we came out on the other end of the highway near the Snowshoe Resort Area. I am going to do a separate post on the Highland Scenic Highway.

 

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The view from the top of Snowshoe Mountain.

In the mid-Atlantic area of the US Snowshoe is one of the premier snow skiing areas, and in the summer is renowned for mountain biking. For us, today, it was the end of a day of riding and touring on the motorcycle.  We rolled up to the Snowshoe Inn, got a great meal at a nearby restaurant and turned in early. 

The folks at Snowshoe Inn were very motorcycle friendly. The allowed us and three others to park our bikes under their covered entrance, somewhat out of the elements.  

ijustwant2rideThe next morning, we awoke to dense fog in the valleys that climbed quite away up the mountain sides.  We rode at a slower pace due to visibility issues and not wanting to run into any deer, literately.   

The ride out of the Snowshoe area could have been great fun.  If we could have seen more then a couple dozen yards ahead!  Oh well, maybe next time. 

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There were a LOT of hairpin turns!

 

By the time the fog had burned off we were back at Yokum’s Store in Seneca Rocks.  A sausage, egg and cheese sandwich with a Dr. Pepper hit the spot and now both the motorcycle and its passengers were full and ready to roll. 

Roll we did, through the rolling hills of the Greenbrier and Canaan Valleys, up and over a couple ridges we were soon at the last stop of our long weekend, Blackwater Falls State Park outside Davis, WV. ijustwant2ride

Blackwater Falls gets it name from the color of the water that flows over the waterfall.  A very dark brown to black flow, picked up from the rocks over which it flows.  400 steps round trip for some wonderful pictures and a good time with the wife. 

The last major road we traveled was Corridor H (US Route 48) or as many call it, the “Road to No Where”.  It starts north of Davis, WV and ends near the VA boarder running for about 100 miles.  I am going to do a separate post on this road as it is a real beauty.  

Our weekend covered 3 days and 610 miles of awesome Twisty, Technical, Tight, Scenic roads.

 

signs Below is a description of our long weekend motorcycle ride.  I cannot put into each of the descriptions of where we stopped during our ride how astounding the roads are for riding a motorcycle.  Curvy, twisty, technical, rolling, tight, flowing, and scenic are just a few of the adverbs I could use to describe the roads in this amazing area.  The roads here can be dangerous as well; road conditions, weather, wildlife and bad drivers, of course, can make any road dangerous but these roads can pull you into over riding your abilities.  Decreasing radius turns abound and can catch you unaware. Ride safe.

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Creating a long weekend, the wife and I took a 610-mile motorcycle ride through eastern West ijustwant2rideVirginia.  We left our home Thursday morning with neither true routes set nor lodging planned. 

I knew that there are cabins for rent at the Smoke Hole Caverns Resort, so I set the GPS on the bike to take us there via the scenic route.  I can truly say that it the route the GPS lady took us was nowhere close to the route that I would have picked by looking at the map.  However, we did enjoy the path it laid out.  Twisty in the mountains, rolling valleys and great views.  We were not disappointed with what the HD GPS programs had provided (this time LOL).

ijustwant2ride.comWe arrived at the Resort about 4PM and we got the last cabin (or room) available.  It was a happy coincidence that we got the “Honeymoon Cabin” on the day our 32nd wedding anniversary.  The heart shaped whirlpool tub was just the ticket for rest and relaxation after a day of motorcycle touring.

The next morning, we rolled out with the idea we were going to ride the Highland Scenic Highway.  The ride across the Highland Scenic Highway was AWESOME ,but that will be another post!  ijustwant2ride

Our first stop of the day was for breakfast at Yokum’s Store in Seneca Rocks WV. This store and its next-door neighbor, are throw backs to the era of the “General Store”.  The food was good (good enough we would stop again the next day), and folks friendly.  

Back on the bike, we headed to Marlinton, WV (GPS still on scenic) which is the southern end of the Highland Scenic Highway.  The route took us near the Green Bank Radio Observatory, so we decided to defy the GPS lady and ride off her route and check out the Observatory.  We “recalculated” her route LOL. ijustwant2ride

The visit to the Observatory was a lot more fun they one would think.  While you do not get to peer through a telescope it is still quite interesting.  A nice visitor center, a guided tour of the grounds and some cool stories (like how a short circuit in an electric toothbrush 8 miles away was picked up by the telescopes) made for a great 2 hour stop. Make sure you add this as a stop on your motorcycle tour of West Virginia.

Back on the motorcycle and again following the GPS ladies’ (what would you think of a GPS that used Ozzy Osborn’s voice? LOL) directions we soon came to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.   ijustewant2ride

This state park is located at a stop on the old steam engine rail line.  They still use several of the original steam engines to take riders up to the top of “Bald Knob” mountain (4.5 hours) and other locations.  Both the wife and I have ridden the steam train to the top of the mountains as kids so we passed on this trip.  I do recommend if you are in the area to take the trip to the top or one of the other rides if you are in the area!

That is enough for this blog post.  Check out Part 2. 

 

 

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Not many motorcycle safety recalls this month.  But if you own a late model Suzuki you might be eligible for $100 (US only sorry).

 

Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

SUMMARY: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE (ZXT02BJ) motorcycles. The pin for the center stand spring may have been improperly welded, and, as a result, the pin may shift or fall off resulting in the spring detaching and the center stand dropping to the ground unexpectedly and dragging while riding.

CONSEQUENCE: The dragging center stand can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left center stand bracket, free of charge. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC18-05.

Manufacturer: Fuel Helmets

SUMMARY: Fuel Helmets (Fuel) is recalling certain Open Face helmets, part number SH-OF0016 in size Large and SH-OF0017 in size Extra Large manufactured June 2015-April 2017. The affected helmets may not adequately protect the wearer’s head in the event of an impact, and an object may penetrate the helmet. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”

CONSEQUENCE: A helmet that fails to meet the safety requirements can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY: Fuel Helmets will notify owners and replace the helmet, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Fuel customer service at 1-855-355-3835.

Manufacturer: Suzuki  

This is an older recall but I guess Suzuki has not gotten enough response to the recall.

SUZUKI WANTS TO PAY YOU $100 (US ONLY SORRY) TO GET YOUR RECALL COMPLETED!

If you own a 2004-2013 GSX-R600/750 or a 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 you may have a faulty front brake master cylinder.

Get the recall completed between September 1st, 2018 and November 30th, 2018 and Suzuki will pay you $100 (but only in the US).

You have to register your motorcycle at this website and when the recall is verified by the dealership that performs the work, you will get a $100 prepaid VISA card.

Sweat deal IMHO.

 

 

 

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Maybe blue is an unlucky color for me. This is the second tow with this bike.

If you are out and about having a nice motorcycle ride on one of the few nice days we have had this summer your motorcycle refuses to start.  We were topping off the tank, after having made multiple stops about town, when the bike would not restart.

Not restarting sounds a bit too nice to describe what happened.  When I hit the starter button we got one grunt and then nothing.  My troubleshooting thoughts went right to the charging system.  Did we drain the battery because the bike was not charging the battery as we rode?

After getting the bike towed to the dealership turns out that the battery had a dead cell and could not be charged.  Something about how the newer batteries worked of which I am not knowledgeable.  Anyway…. Got the motorcycle back after a few days and dollars everything seems to work again.  Luckily the towing was covered by the Harley Owners Group membership.

Now the weather forecast states rain for the next 10 days…. Sigh!

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The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio…The #1 Motorcycle Show in the US

World Superbike in Portimao.  Rea does it again and again.

Yamaha has a lot of changes going and it is not all good. Dropping double digits in sales, dropping supersport road  racing in America, our take on what is going on.

Supercross 2019 schedule is out and there are 3 new stops!

Tom Sykes where is he going at the end of the year.

Click HERE to go the page and listen to the show.

OEM Applications 2 different approaches ….  Ducati v. Yamaha (RevZilla). 

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Passed by a station wagon… at 300KPH / 186 MPH

 

A “drunk” Yamaha motorcycle sets land speed record! HEY, hold by vodka and watch this!

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An Art-Deco Masterpiece of motorcycle design.  Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show the Majestic was a sells flop.  Would it be a flop today?

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First Yamaha now BMW!  Do we need self-driving motorcycles? I mean REALLY GUYS…All Hail SKYNET!!!!  I really hope these self-driving motorcycles are just thought experiments.  Would you “ride” a self-driving motorcycle?  If you could not do it yourself why not take the self-driving car?  At least you would not get wet.

 

 

 

 

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The Sons Of Anarchy spinoff The Mayans debuts tonight! We watch it and give our first thoughts!!

Is Phil a Watergate burglar?

Silly Season News.

Flat Track crowns a Champion.

Lots of racing coming up!

 

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In August by buddy Phil and I, representing the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, attended the MotoAmerica race at Pittsburgh International Race (PittRace) complex. This was our second MotoAmerica race for the year, we attended the race at Virginia International Raceway a few months earlier.

ijustwant2ride.comWe parked about as far away from the action as possible, just the luck of the draw. But during the long walk we did see a lot of vehicles from out of state (Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Minnesota to name a few). When we did make it to the gathering we found that MotoAmerica had again set up events and activities for folks to enjoy between races. A globe of death, and stunt shows among other things were ready to go. The State of Pennsylvania even had their Motorcycle Safety team out giving away stickers and yard sign promoting motorcycle safety.

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Watching the race while watching the race!

The racing facility was very nice, well laid out and easy to get from point A to point B.
Food truck were located near the viewing area and were serving some good eats. The only issue with we had with the Pittsburgh Race Complex was that there was only one place from which to watch the race, Spectator Hill.

From Spectator Hill it is possible to view about 40% of track as well as a jumbotron. You could walk and see bits and parts of the track from a few other locations but really nothing more then flashes. As far as attendance our best guess is that there were 2500-3000 people there that day. Spectator Hill was not crowded but if you doubled the number of the folks there, it would be quite well packed.

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Josh Herrin crossing the finish line

The racing, just like VIR, was great! We watch the Liquid Molly race as well as the Super Stock and Superbike races. We watched the Super Stock race from Spectator Hill and the Superbike race from the pits, the starting grid and the media center. I am not going to detail the races, that you can get from multiple sites as well as MotoAmerica.

The week leading up to the race we were not sure if were going to be issued media credentials. Phil and I (primarily Phil) got into an argument with some of the folks associated with MotoAmerica including one of the owners. Our “discussion” was about the “coverage” of the sport. Long story short, we believe that MotoAmerica is not getting the product out to enough eyeballs. We have said, on multiple occasions, that the product (racing) is very good now, that the on-site activities are good, but beIN is killing them on viewership.

We had a great time at Pittsburgh Race Complex and look forward to attending next year’s race as well!

 

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Hey guys, below is the list of recalls that I have gathered from the 1st of August. In additions to motorcycle recalls a couple helmets are on the list as well.

Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

Manufacturer: MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RC, F3 800RC, F3 800 DO NOT RIDE Summary:  MV Agusta is recalling certain 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RC, F3 800RC, F3800 motorcycles. The motorcycles are equipped with a fork axle carrier that may have damaged threads which can cause excessive play of the wheel clamping screw. CONSEQUENCE: Excessive play in the front wheel could case loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Riders are advised not to ride their motorcycles until the repair has been performed. MV Agusta will notify owners and dealers will inspect the threaded holes in the fork axle carriers, and if necessary replace the fork leg free of charge. Owners may contact MV Agusta customer service at 1-215-781-1770.

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc. SLINGSHOT
SUMMARY:  Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Polaris Slingshot S, Slingshot SL, Slingshot GT LE, and Slingshot SLR motorcycles. In the event of a crash, the seatbelt retractor on the side opposite of the impact may separate, preventing the seatbelt from locking.
CONSEQUENCE: In the event of a crash, if the seat belt does not lock, the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY: Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will install a kit that prevents the retractor from separating in the event of a crash, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 28, 2018. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is T-18-03.

Manufacturer: Akoury HELMETS
SUMMARY:
Akoury is recalling certain AK AK88S motorcycle helmets, sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL. These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcycle crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not adequately protect the wearer from an impact can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
Akoury will notify owners, and will provide a replacement helmet or provide a refund, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 1, 2018. Owners may contact Akoury customer service at 1-514-824-0666. Akoury’s number for this recall is REC2015.

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) AFRICA TWINS
SUMMARY:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain Honda Genuine Accessory Centerstand Kits, part number 08M70-MJP-G50, sold for possible installation on 2016-2018 Africa Twin motorcycles. The circlip can break allowing the centerstand to detach.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the centerstand detaches while moving, it can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. If the centerstand detaches while the motorcycle is parked on the centerstand, the motorcycle can fall over, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Honda will notify all registered owners of 2016-2018 Honda Africa Twins advising them that if they purchased the affected centerstand kit, not to use it and to take the motorcycle to a dealer. Dealers will replace the circlip and washer, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KJ5.

Manufacturer: H&H Sports Protection HELMETS
SUMMARY:
H&H Sports Protection (H&H Sports) is recalling certain VCAN V531 motorcycle helmets in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL. The helmet straps may not be properly sewn and, as a result, the helmets may not stay secured to the rider’s head in the event of a crash. Additionally, the labels have an incorrect manufacturer’s name. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not remain secured to the rider’s head will not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
The affected helmets were sold through Amazon. H&H Sports will notify the owners, and instruct them to return the helmets to Amazon. A complete refund of the purchase price and shipping costs will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Amazon customer service at 1-888-280-4331 or H&H Sports customer service at 1-626-444-0107 or by email at V531Recall@HHsportsprotection.com. .

Manufacturer: Alta Motors REDSHIFT EXR REDSHIFT MXR
SUMMARY:
Alta Motors (Alta) is recalling certain 2019 Alta Redshift EXR and 2018-2019 Alta Redshift MXR motorcycles. The software for the throttle control may fault if the throttle is rolled forward past the closed position, possibly resulting in a motorcycle stall.
CONSEQUENCE:
A motorcycle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Alta will notify owners, and dealers will install an update for the throttle software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Alta customer service at 1-415-230-0755. Alta’s number for this recall is SVC-ESB-18-004.

Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA MT-07J MT07JC XSR700J XSR700JC
SUMMARY:
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2018 Yamaha MT-07J, MT-07JC, XSR700J, and XSR700JC motorcycles. The bolts that connect the drive chain guard to the swingarm may loosen, possibly causing the chain guard to contact the drive chain and break.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the chain guard breaks, it may fall onto the road, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace both chain guard mounting bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990120.

Manufacturer: Ducati North America PANIGALE V4, PANIGALE 959, PANIGALE 1299FE, HYPERMOTARDS
SUMMARY:
Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018 Ducati Panigale V4, Panigale 959, Panigale 1299 FE, and Hypermotard motorcycles. The friction material on the rear brake pads may detach from the backing plate.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the rear brake pad friction material detaches, it may lengthen the distance needed to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear brake pads. Brake pads from the affected batch will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 15, 2018. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

Manufacturer: Brembo S.p.A. MOTORCYCLE BRAKES
SUMMARY:
If the rear brake pad friction material detaches, it may lengthen the distance needed to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the brake pad friction material detaches it can, inhibit braking ability, increasing the risk of injury and crash.
REMEDY:
Brembo will work with the affected vehicle manufacturers and distributors, and replace the defective brake pads, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Manufacturer: Badass Helmet Company      HELMETS
SUMMARY:
Badass Helmet Company (Badass) is recalling certain Trooper motorcycle helmets, model TR001.6, in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcycle crash and they may not stay secured to the rider’s head. Additionally, the label inside the helmet may be incorrect in that it does not list the actual helmet manufacturer and does not list the model of the helmet. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not adequately protect the wearer from an impact can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Badass customer service at 1-866-334-3563.