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The first really great motorcycle riding weekend of the year and we got to take advantage of it!   It was a bit cool when we started, something just under 50F.  But, Saturday, a little before noon, the sun was out, the temperature was rising, the sky was blue and the motorcycle was calling.  

I threw on my chaps, Debbie put on her electric jacket liner and we were ready for a motorcycle ride to the US Marine Corp Museum.  We had not been there before but had seen its structure many, many time.  Anyone who travels north or south on Interstate 95 in the Washington, DC metro area has seen the spire of the museum rising above the tree line.  

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Iwo Jima flag rising… in Legos!

We rode out, going the long way to avoid the DC highway system, and a couple hours later we were pulling the motorcycle into the parking lot of the museum.  The building itself is quite imposing, it was built to give an artistic representation to the Marines rising the flag on Iwo Jima.  

It is quite amazing when you walk into the atrium of the building. Hanging from the ceiling are multiple Marine Corp aircraft from WWII as well as a Harrier jump jet.  The museum itself is well laid out walking you through the founding of the Corp at Tun Tavern through their current deployments in the Middle East.

If you are in the area of Quantico, VA riding your motorcycle or in your car, you should stop a check out this free museum.  It would be worth your time to learn a little more about one part of the American armed services.  

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As like the previous years, Debbie and I attended the Timonium Motorcycle Show.  As always it was held at the Maryland State Fair grounds.  

We enjoyed walking around the facilities looking at the 2017 motorcycles from all

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Yes, that is a TV, why? Why not?

the big makers.  There was one in particular missing though and that was Victory.  With the news that Polaris was pulling the plug, now 17 months away, guess there is no real reason to be at the motorcycle show. 

But all the other usual suspects were on site.  Harley Davidson of Baltimore had the largest display of all the manufacturers, in terms of footprint it was not even close.  If I had to guess I would think that the Honda display would have been next largest in terms of bikes.  Pete’s Cycles had, what looked like, at least one of every Honda made.   

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Lois Pryce discussing her recent trip to Iran

One of the busiest sections was the motorcycle travel/adventure area of the show.  Lisa and Simone Thomas (2 Ride the World) and Lois Pryce were just a couple of the folks on hand to discuss their global adventures.  Other speakers were on had discussed travel techniques and opportunities guided and otherwise.  

Several regional motorcycle rallies (Ocean City Bike Week, Mountain Fest, and Thunder in the Valley for example) were on site to remind riders that there were many places to ride to that did not require anything more than a long weekend.  

And of course all the custom and vintage motorcycles your heart could desire.  Debbie and I really enjoyed looking at all the great bikes, from stock/restored bikes from the bygone years to mild customs to full blown, over the top motorcycles!   

As for the crowds, my guess is that in the nearly 5 hours we spent at the event the crowd was at least even with 2016.

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As I cruise around on my bike to events and cruise around the inter-webs on my keyboard I come across interesting motorcycle themed posters/prints.  Here are the nine 2016 winners from the 32 motorcycle posters that I “collected”.  Hope you like them as much as I did.

If you see some cool motorcycle posters while you are cruising about, send me a link and they might make next years list!  Not that the winners get any thing other then a mention here but HEY, that is only a little better then nothing.

BTW here is a link to the 2015 winners.

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As a product of the 1970s I loved CHiPs as the best motorcycle TV show of its time (LOL it might have been the only one)!  Ponch and Jon riding their motorcycles to “protect and serve”, it was a lot of fun.  Now we have a CHiPs move coming out in March of 2017.

I am looking forward to the CHiPs The Movie but I am aghast at what has to be a horrible, terrible, awful plot hole that, in the end, may ruin the movie for me.  It is not the fact that are riding BMWs not Kawasaki. In this motorcycle themed movie based on iconic, beloved characters …..

“Ponch does not exist!!!!!”

In the movie trailer “Ponch” is the undercover name of an FBI agent tasked with finding the bad cops in the highway patrol.  “Jon” still exists; he is a rookie cop on this first assignment teamed with the fake Ponch.  But I don’t know how there can be a ChiPs movie without a “real” ponch!

Check the movie trailer below and let me know if I a wrong!!!

I will go see the movie but this is almost too much to take!  🙂

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If you follow custom motorcycles you have seen Mr. Fairless’s work!  His work has been in multiple motorcycle magazines and he has appeared on TV shows such as Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off.

His shop, Strokers Dallas, sells custom motorcycles and also includes a bar and grill.  If you are interested you can also get a tattoo while you are waiting on your burger as Strokers has its own tattoo and piercing parlor.

Rick also has his own Vlog called the DUM ASS Club, check it out when you can.

1) What is the craziest thing you have done on or to a motorcycle?

Rick: In my younger days, back when it was legal, I used to drink beer while I would ride my Super Glide.  Seems kind of crazy now but back in the day it was legal and not that unusual in Texas. In my younger days back when it was legal I used to drink beer while I would ride my super glide. Seems kind of crazy now but back in the day it was legal and not that unusual in Texas.

2) What is the third most important thing in your life?

Rick: My 69 Chevy pickup.

3) What “Guinness” type world record would like to break?

Rick: Most consecutive days in a row of play golf.

4) What is the longest trip, by motorcycle, that you have taken?

Rick: Dallas to San Francisco and back.  We kind of made a big loop. It was awesome!

5) Where/what is the number one place you want to vast or ride on a motorcycle?

Rick: Europe!

6) In the movie of your life, who would play you?

Rick: A young Clint Eastwood.

6 1/2) If you could ask yourself and informative, direct, motorcycle related question what would you ask and how would you answer?

Rick: I would ask myself “How did you get started in this business, my answer would be passion.”  I would also ask myself “How have I survived this long in business, my answer would be “get up early, work hard all day and good things will happen!””

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The view of the show from up high

Debbie and I went to the Washington DC International Motorcycle Show on the 8th of January.  But before I tell you about the show I have to tell you about the adventure we had just getting to the show. 

On a Sunday morning, barring accidents, it can take about 45 minutes to get to the Washington DC convention center from our home by car.  The problem is that parking in DC is very bad on the very best day, so we elected to take the metro/subway instead.  That was a big mistake! 

First and foremost we forgot that system was undergoing major overalls on the rail lines.  Second the trains are less frequent on weekends and third it was 12F and windy.  Sooooo, we quickly learned that we should have just driven in by car.

 The long story short is that we changed trains 5 times had to leave the subway to take a bus for 3 stops and walked several blocks to wait in stations for the next train to arrive.  At one point I think we were within a mile of convention center but at 12F the remaining 30 minute train ride was a better deal.  All in all just over 2 hours after boarding the first train we arrived at the convention center where we then had to walk to blocks, in doors, to get to the exhibit center. 

Well once there we had a great time.  This here the show was a bit smaller than those of the past.  Honda and KTM were not present thus the number of makes were down by at least two.  Last time we were there on a Saturday so I do not know if the crowd was smaller but it felt well attended to me.   

We wondered around the exhibits looking at the new bikes, checked out the JP Cycle motorcycle show contestants (I should enter my Army bike) and talked with the representatives. I had a nice conversation with the CEO of Southeastern Virginia Indian out of Newport News about what he and Indian are doing.   

I also had a good conversation with the marketing director of Royal Enfield USA.  She knew about the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show and stated that if any of us got to Milwaukee we had an invitation to ride the new Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike.  It is not yet available in the US but of course the HQ of Royal Enfield has a few on hand! 

After about 2 hours we knew we had to pack it in, even if we were not ready because we had a 2 hour train/bus/walking trek ahead of us.  So we packed our swag and headed out. 2 hours later we were in our car warming up and head to the house. 

All in all this year’s IMS Washington DC event was worth the 4 hour travel!

Last year I posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles for 2015 and there were some real strange ones on that list.   This year there is just as many wild ones.  I just stumble upon these as I fool around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit.

A few days ago I posted that I have found so many weird motorcycle candidates this past year that I need to post some of the runners up.  Even with the 3 runners up and the 9 “winners” there were another 10-15 that did not make the cut.  It is likely that those will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWAN2RIDE Facebook page.

So without further ado I present the 9 Weird Motorcycles for 2016!  Which one is your favorite?

Last year I posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles for 2015 and there were some real strange ones on that list.   This year there is just as many wild ones.

I just saved the pictures of the weirdest, custom motorcycles though out the year from Facebook, Twitter and where ever else I ran across them.  The list of candidates for 2016 weird motorcycles was very large so I decided to post about the top “runners-up” in this category.  I will post the weird winners in a few days.

If you have any candidates you would like to submit for the 2017 list of weird motorcycles, just let me know!

 

This is a solicited product review.  For more reasons then I care to explain, I should have had this product review completed a couple months ago but just now getting it posted.  A video review is at the bottom.

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Viking Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket by MotorcycleHouse.com

I have been using the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket from MotorcycleHouse.com  for about 2, 3, 4 months.  I have used the jacket in temperatures from 56F to 98F, but I have not been caught in a rain storm as of yet. That last note is a bit of a surprise, with the number of rainy days we have had lately and my propensity for getting caught in the rain.

My unboxing and initial thoughts video on this jacket is available here. You can watch the video below for my full thoughts and comments but here are the major pros and cons for the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket:

Pro

– Comfortable, the armor has not created any “hot spots” during any ride.

– Lots of pockets.

– Good ventilation below 90F.

– Well made, stitching looks like it will hold for years.

Cons

– The built in phone pocket will not hold most phones.

– Ventilation over 90F was poor with jacket zipped up.*

The (*) asterisk regarding the ventilation may be due to the type of motorcycle you ride while wearing this jacket.  In my case I wore the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket primarily while riding my Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.  It may be that the large faring, even with fairing vents open, just could not push enough wind into the vents of the jacket.

When I rode my Harley Davison Heritage Softail on hot days I did notice that there seemed to be more airflow through the jacket, when zipped up.  I am not saying that full fairing riders should avoid the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket; I am saying take into account what you ride when buying any motorcycle jacket.  Also, unzipping the jacket by 50% on those hot days pretty much solved the problem anyway.

As far as the phone pocket on this motorcycle jacket, there are enough other pockets to put your phone that there is no real concern, just that they labeled one for your phone that will not hold a phone.   I had no issues running ear buds from a different interior pocket or an external chest pocket.

All in all the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket is a well-made and functional jacket. I debated myself on the number of stars to award this product with the ventilation concern being the difference between 4 and 5 stars.  But, with that said, the vast majority of people do not ride behind a faring as large as the Ultra Classic.  In the end I decided to go with 5 stars due to the overall build quality of the jacket. If you are looking for a jacket of this type I can recommend you consider the Viking Cycle Enforcer Motorcycle Jacket.

I think this will be my primary motorcycle riding jacket for quite a while.

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Check out he following links!

 

Hilariously Confused Dad Is Overwhelmed By Daughter’s Gift Of A New Bike

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Pule Jets and Motorcycles?  Why not?  We also talked about this on the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show #393.

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Bosch wins a CES 2017 innovation award for their motorcycle technology.

 

The 2017 Honda Rebel is a rad reboot!

 

Rambo the Motorcycle Riding Alligator!

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