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Yamaha motorcycles R&D has been working overtime by the looks of what they have been showing off lately.  I have been pretty impressed and though I would share their efforts. 

First up is the NIKEN (which is “2 Swords” in Japanese) a three wheel leaning motorcycle/trike/sport bike/something or another. It is defiantly not a scooter with a large 874cc three cylinder engine.  Watch the video and you will see that it is a very interesting motorcycle/trike/sport bike/thing. OH, and it comes out in the USA next year.

 

Next is pickup truck where a passenger gets to ride behind the driver, like you are riding ay hub motorcycle. Seating four the other two passengers ride to the right and left of the driver who sets along the centerline of the truck.  

Called the “Cross Hub” this small pickup is a concept vehicle that they showed off at the Tokyo Motor Show.  There are a lot of interesting features including “suicide doors” and the ability to fit a motorcycle, diagonally, in the bed of the truck. Read more about the Cross Hub here.  

Also appearing at the Tokyo Motor Show was the Yamaha MOTOROiD, their concept of the y droidSport Bike of the future.  With on-board AI Yamaha states that the MOTOROiD will be “capable of recognizing and interacting with its owner”.  Or, in this case who owns who?  The MOTOROiD is an electric motorcycle with some form of rear hub engine and a large battery bank where the motor would normally set.   Oh and do not confuse the MOTOROiD with the MOTOBOT which is Yamaha’s attempt to replace Valentino Rossi.  

Now on a more conventional path, do you like 3D jigsaw puzzles? Well Yamaha will let you, for free, download a paper craft version of many of its motorcycles.  But to me this looks EXTREMLY complicated and tedious.  I am not into jigsaw puzzles but if you are this might be up your ally.  The site is in Japanese so you may need to run it through a translator.  Check out this completed MT-10.

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This is made of paper!!

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Designing a motorcycle garage is an important task for an avid bike owner, but it’s not something that you can accomplish easily on your own. There are many considerations to make, and it’s best to talk with an experienced garage contractor that can help walk you through the different decisions to be made. Give the process some consideration and consult with a professional to help you think of all the different decisions that must be made.

Get a Heated Space

One of the best investments that you can make for a productive motorcycle garage is on heat and cooling. Wrenching occurs in the cold winter months as well as the heat of summer, and it’s nice to have permanent heating and cooling systems in place to make working on your bikes more enjoyable overall.

Focus on Plenty of Lighting

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When hiring a contractor to take on your lighting tasks for your garage, make sure there are plenty of overhead lights, as well as some switch outlets that you can use to put in even more lighting. The lighter the better when it comes to working on some specific areas of bikes, so spending a bit more money here is essential and a good solid investment.

Invest in a Capable Ventilation System

Whether you want to paint up that new ride to give it a more attractive look, you’re stripping away old paint with a strong solvent, your sanding down your bike and creating lots of dust and debris, or you’re just building a new tool rack out of wood, ventilation is important. Invest in a powerful ventilation system that’s going to remove the particles from the air and keep your space nice and fresh, and you can enjoy tackling more jobs in the comfort of your bike garage, and avoid taking them outdoors.

Get the Proper Amount of Space

bike garageMotorcycles are small, so many people don’t make a spacious enough bike garage. Those people only think about the bikes themselves, not all the tools and machinery necessary to work on them. That could be a mistake, because there is a lot of equipment that’s nice to have. Lifts, parts cleaners, air compressors, work benches and a whole bunch of other tools will probably find their way into your space. It’s best to make sure you have the space to accommodate them all. That’s why you should add on extra space that you don’t believe you will use when coming up with the details of your space with the contractor. You will use the space, trust us.

Building the ideal motorcycle garage takes time, but with help from a contractor you can get just the right space for your needs that you’ll be happy to call your own. Take the time to consider everything that you’ll want inside, and then make sure everything is included at the time of building for best results.

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Motorcycle Riding in Paradise; Costa Rica

Ijustwant2ride.comToday we started the second leg of our 2017 motorcycle vacation. If you missed the first day’s wrap up you can check out our ride across US Route 50 here. 

Yes, todays 2nd leg of the vacation is subtitled correctly we rode in the rain…quite a bit.  We delayed our start time leaving Debbie’s dad’s home for more than an hour waiting for the rain to end.  That worked, to some level, as the morning rain ended but there was a lot of road spray. Wearing rain gear was mandatory all day. 

ijustwant2ride.comAbout three damp, dreary hours later we arrived at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. After spending about 2 hours walking thorough the very cool exhibits and videos we began getting weather alerts on our phones.  Based on the projections we decided we had time to grab lunch at the hall before hitting the road.  The hall has a small café (the entire facility is smaller then what I expected) that has three separate food preparation stations each with a menu from a famous chief, although I did not know any of them.  Debbie ordered a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato sandwich)…check out what she received LOL. 

ijustwant2ride.comOne thing of surprising interest to me was that there were 2 motorcycles on display plus pictures of rock stars on bikes were scattered throughout the hall. One of the motorcycles is a custom trike from the Elvis Presley collection and one owned by John Mellencamp.    

Not forgetting the pending thunderstorm we quickly finished the lunch and got to the motorcycle. We made it just in time for the storm’s leading edge to make itself known.  By the time we got the rain suits on, the bike mounted and on the road the thunder boomer was at full power.  I attempted to find a place to pull off but when I did I noticed that every window in the homes and businesses were fully barred.  That and some other noticeable clues told me to move on, which we did.  This was some tricky riding, there was at least ½ inch of rain on the highway, big trucks and merging cars everywhere! 

After about 30 minutes the rain let up and we picked up our pace.  The plan was to make it to Erie, PA for the night.  Tomorrow we are going to ride the coast of Lake Erie up to Niagara Falls.  I hope that the forecasted rain is not as bad as it was today!

 

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I found this, new to me, motorcycle TV show on NetFlix.  It is a British TV show staring Henry Cole on their ITV network. Apparently there are at least 6 seasons of “The Motorbike Show” available but NetFlix only has one. 

This is my first exposure to the start of the show Henry Cole but, he has quite the motorcycle TV resume.  With multiple TV shows and DVDs on riding from around the world he has been quite busy in the creation of motorcycle entertainment.  With his history of work I am surprised I have not seen his shows before now.  By the way, he is also a motorcycle land speed record holder. 

All in all I have enjoyed all the episodes of “The Motorbike Show” currently available on Netflix.  Mr. Cole’s mannerisms, while very British, come across quite well to an American.   

The shows themselves are quite varied. From restoring classic motorcycles, Isle of Mann TT, wives of British Superbike racers, to building custom bikes this motorcycle TV show gives you an insight to the British biking world you will not get anywhere else.

 I am giving the motorcycle TV show “The Motorbike Show” 4 out of 5 stars.  

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This year Debbie and I chose not to ride into the city to partake of the Rolling Thunder main event.  We had went for several years so there was no great interest in doing it again this year.  BUT I did attend a pre-Roling Thunder event and assisted our local HOG (Harley Owners Group) chapter with the marshalling of motorcycles for the police escorted ride from Frederick to the Pentagon. 

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Saturday was the pre-Rolling Thunder event at Washington Harley Davidson.  Not only is it a collection of vendors of all types (t-shirts, food, parts and accessories) it is the site of the official Harley Davidson Owners Group Pin Stop.  Harley Davidson Pin Stops are a half dozen or so events in which Harley Davidson gives out commemorative pins to the HOG members.  Each one is different for each event.  If you follow my FaceBook page each week I post one or two dealer or other pins and several of the pin stop pins are pictured.   

While this is only a SWAG I think there were more motorcycles at this year’s v. last year’s pin stop. The parking lots were mostly full when I arrived and, unlike last year, still full when I left.  The ride to the event was a Frederick Harley Davidson HOG club ride. 

STORM CHASER POWERS ACTIVATE!  About 15 bikes left that morning from

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the dealership under misty, overcast conditions, within 15 minutes the mist turned to full rain and stayed on us for more than half of the ride.  Guess what!  On the ride back we left a partial cloudy site and again got wet, although for a much shorter frame. Some days, when I ride my motorcycle, I just seem to attract bad weather.  

Sunday morning I rolled out of my warm bed, shared by my wife, our dog and myself, and was out the door before 5:30AM.  The HOG chapter was assisting the Frederick Harley Davidson dealership with the staging and marshaling of motorcycle going to Rolling Thunder. 

ijustwant2ride.comThere are two groups of motorcycle riders who participate in Rolling Thunder.  Those that go to the Pentagon (the starting point for the parade) and those that do not go to the Pentagon.  That second group seems to always be nearly identical in size to those that go to the Pentagon.  This group typically rides into the city and then parks along the parade route to watch the motorcycle pass by. 

By ten minutes after 8:00AM all the bikes were out and on their way to the either the Pentagon or somewhere else.  There were just at 300 bikes assembled at the dealership.  Nearly every bike brand was represented, I saw Triumph, BMW, Indian, Victory, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, there may have been others but those are the ones I recall. 

It took just a bit over 5 minutes to get all those bikes on the road (see video below).  A short while later we have all the signs, coffee, doughnuts and other stuff gathered and put away.  The parking lot looked like nothing had ever happened.  365 days until the next Rolling Thunder.

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Debbie and I attended the 2017 British & European Classic Motorcycle Day held in Clarksburg, Md.  While this event has occurred for many years it was the first one we have could make. 

We did not make it to the motorcycle affair until mid-afternoon, shortly before the awards were presented.  I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of Harley Davidson in the parking lo many more then I would expected for a European bike show.  But, this is one of those events that if you love motorcycles you should make time to attend. 

I must say from the start that I have never seen so many vintage European motorcycles in one place!  There were bikes of all types on display.  From concours level restorations to choppers made from BSA or Triumph engines and frames.  There were even a few Frankenstein motorcycles like…a Ducati engine in BSA frame with a Honda CB front end.  

ijustwant2rideThere was a couple motorcycle there that I had not seen or heard of before as well. A 1937 single cylinder AJS and an old Douglass (don’t recall the year).  Both are vintage British bikes that I need to learn a little more about. 

We had a good time walking around the event, which was also a swap meet.  It was fun looking at the old motorcycles, pieces and parts.  People were traveling from as far as New York, Ohio and North Carolina to attend, at least by the licenses plates of the bikes in the parking lot and those in the show.  If you are every near this event, you should make the time to check it out.

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Recently the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company stated that they were going to introduce 50 new models in 5 years. From my perspective there are now 49 models still on the delivery line now that the “Street Rod” has hit the road. 

Ijustwant2 ride.comOver the last few years Harley Davidson has put out a lot of new stuff that appears to have been setting the stage for this 50 models in 5 years effort.  The electric motorcycle prototype “Live Wire” (which I got to test ride), the Street 500/750, the water cooled 104 and Milwaukee 8 engines are what I think are the underpinnings of this 50 models in 5 years push. 

So with 49 motorcycle models still to go what can we expect? Harley Davidson has already stated that there is going to be a production electric motorcycle by 2020.  In my mind that would be two additional models, one a variant of the Street line and one a cruiser (maybe based on the Dyna?).  Which gets the 50 models in 5 years down to 47 unknown bikes.   

NOW for question.  Just WHAT would you like to see in that list of 50 models in 5 years?  We spoke on that during the show #401 of the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show a while back.  One of my ideas would be a true sport touring motorcycle.  Something that would push back on the BMW and Triumph sport touring motorcycles.  Harley Davidson did have a sport touring motorcycle in the past, the FXRT which, seemed to have good reviews.  I just never remember seeing one. 

If you were charged to creating one of the 50 models in 5 years what would it be?

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Going to a motorcycle stunt show?  As a warning watch this!

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How girls ride motorcycles 2up? 

How boys ride motorcycles 2up?

A short skirt, a thong and a sport bike motorcycle!

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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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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.