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By now most, if not all, motorcycle enthusiasts know about the new Harley Davidson Pan American adventure bike.  I am not going to go over specs or stuff like that. 

Most of the “big time” motorcycle sites have stated that this Harley is going to give the BMW GS a run for the money.  That maybe true as on paper it seems the Pan American has a slight edge, according to those “big time” sites. 

If you want to see for yourself then now is the time.  Harley is taking the Pan American for an on/off road demo tour across the United States. Here is the link for you to SIGN UP for the demo if you interested.

Here are all the sites that the demo tour will stop.

4/16/21 – 4/18/21 – Dallas TX

The Bartonville Store, 96 McMakin Rd., Bartonville, TX, 76226

4/23/21 – 4/25/21 – Albuquerque, NM

Thunderbird Harley-Davidson, 5000 Alameda Blvd NE, 5000 Alameda Blvd NE, NM, 87113

4/30/21 – 5/2/21 – Phoenix, AZ

Westgate Entertainment District, Lot 9, next to Aloft Hotel, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, AZ, 85305

5/14/21 – 5/16/21 San Jose, CA

Metcalf Motorcycle County Park, 300 Metcalf Rd. , San Jose, CA, 95138

5/21/21 – 5/23/21 – Lake Elsinore, CA

Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, 20700 Cereal St., Lake Elsinore, CA, 92530

5/28/21 – 5/30/21 – Sacramento, CA

Harley-Davidson of Sacramento, 1000 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA, 95815

5/7/21 – 5/9/21 – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Harley-Davidson, 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89119

7/30/21 – 8/1/21 – Madison, IL

World Wide Technology Raceway, 700 Raceway Blvd, Madison, IL, 62060

7/9/21 – 7/11/21 – Idaho Falls, ID

Grand Teton Harley-Davidson, 848 Houston St , Idaho Falls, ID, 83402

8/13/21 – 8/15/21 – Pittsfield, MA

Ioka Valley Farm, 3475 MA-43, Hancock, MA, 01237

8/6 – 8/8 – Coal Township, PA

Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, 4100 PA-125, Coal Township, PA, 17866

9/10/21 – 9/12/21 – Brighton, UT

Brighton Ski Resort, 8302 S Brighton Loop Rd, Brighton, UT, 84121

October 22nd – 24th, 2021 – Southern NY/NJ/CT

Check back soon for more information

October 29th – 31st, 2021 – Loudon, NH

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 NH-106, Loudon, NH, 03307

Ride On, Ride Safe

OK….. I am a motorcyclist and I was an Army Paratrooper, but this is not something I would ever do! Sorry guys I don’t need to by that Twitter Famous!

I am not going to jump a motorcycle off a cliff!

James Madison’s Montpelier

As noted in in Part 1 of this Quarantine Motorcycle Ride series on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway, had to occur over three seasons.  Part 2 Leesburg to Montpelier occurred last summer.

This leg of the ride started on a cool summer morning.  Blue skies, white puffy clouds, and the local weatherman, promised a comfortable day to ride the motorcycle.

Our eyes and the weatherman were right! Our ride on the Harley Davidson Ultra Limited motorcycle was smooth and sweet.  Great tunes and light traffic made this leg of the Hallowed Ground Byway nothing short of great.

This part of the Byway is packed full of sites that just beg to be stopped and explored as this part of Virginia is packed with history and historical sites.

Getting to Montpelier took us past the following historical sites, and these are the major sites. There are many, many smaller sites in each of the towns you pass through.  This leg of the Hallowed Ground Byway can, by itself, could take a week to work your way though.

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park | Nova Parks

George C. Marshall’s Home

President’s Monroe’s Oak Hill

Bull Run Battlefield (1st and 2nd Battle for Manassas)

This section also passes though the Northern Virginia wine and brewery corridor.  For example, there are over a dozen breweries and 30 vineyards in Loudon county alone! Just do not drink and ride, of course!

Of course, the destination of this motorcycle ride was the home of President James Madison’s home Montpelier.  Montpelier was the plantation home of the Madison family, including the fourth President of the United States James Madison and his wife Dolly.

Montpelier is both a National Historic Landmark and part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Completed in 2008 a major restoration (by the National Trust), in part to return the mansion to its original size of 22 rooms.

Archeological investigations provided information on African-American life at the plantation. Philanthropist David Rubenstein funded and enabled the National Trust to restore the slave quarters in the South Yard and open a slavery exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour, in 2017.

Getting to Montpelier is a wonderful ride through historic lands.  If you are in the area, on the Journey Thorough Hallowed Ground Byway or not, take the time to stop.

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Down ShiftDucati Motorcycles have a parking problem. By now it would difficult not to know that a HUGE ship tried to parallel park in the Suez Canal.  Intentional or not that parking incident has caused a huge backlog in the world of international shipping.

Ducati is one of the many companies caught in the hold up at the canal. A Ducati spokesperson reported “We have goods in transit that probably will not respect the estimated delivery time due to the Suez accident, but to date, we have no news of an impact on the production lines”.

Parking issues

Ducati is one of the many companies caught in the hold up at the canal. A Ducati spokesperson reported “We have goods in transit that probably will not respect the estimated delivery time due to the Suez accident, but to date, we have no news of an impact on the production lines”.

My Take – Looks like Ducati folks maybe waiting for parts and bikes a little bit longer. It is not Covid it is something else missing with our riding!  I hoped 2021 would be better!

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Hitting Neutral20 Year Old FEMALE Influencer is A 50 Year Old Man!  If you have been following 20-year-old motorcycle influencer (@azusagakuyuki) because she is knowledgeable and pretty.  SURPRISE she is a 50-year-old man named Zonggu.

Zonggu has been using editing tools to “morph” his appearance into that of a younger woman, because “nobody would be interested in what an old uncle had to say online”.  The Japanese man was outed due to his lack of detail in editing.  While he worked on his face, people started noticing hairy arms and other small details.

My Take – Well he is not wrong! The “influencer” gig is dominated by young, pretty women, even in motorcycling.  While I do not condone what he did, I applaud the fact that he was able to get over 18K followers.

Full disclosure —- I am not a young, female influencer!  😊

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Up ShiftBMW wants to be spotted on Radar!  Every new car model year more and more drivers become even more reliant on “safety” systems.  One of the driving technologies driving those systems is radar.

Car use radar to spot the traffic around them and then perform tasks like maintaining lane position.  However, motorcycles are often not seen or even misinterpreted by the computer running the safety system, either of which could cause issues in traffic.

BMW is attempting to patent reflectors to increase the radar reflection capacity of motorcycles in an attempt to make the bike more visible to the computer.  Their solution mounts the reflectors on the end of the handlebars or on the axles to get maximum reflection.

My Take – Suzuki is also doing something similar to improve radar reflection of motorcycles.  This is something that must come from the motorcycle industry as the automotive guys just don’t think of motorcycles and the Vision Zero folks want to get rid of us.  Let us hope that something comes of this effort that will save lives.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

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

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Summary

KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2020 1290 Super Duke R motorcycles. The wiring harness located in the rear of the motorcycle may be routed incorrectly, which could result in wiring damage and an electrical short-circuit.

Remedy

KTM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear wiring harness, and repair as necessary. In addition, dealers will modify a piece of the bodywork called the “tail end lower part” to correct the routing of the wiring harness and add wiring protection and cable ties. Repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2021. KTM’s number for this recall is TB2104.

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motorcycle fail

OK folks…. just FYI….. If you ride a typical cruiser or touring motorcycle the geometry of the motorcycle requires a much flatter load angle. The bottom of the frame will hit if the angle is to high. This video shows it very very well!

Use this fail video as a “WHAT NOT TO DO” when it comes to loading your bike. Find a location to get a flatter angle, it will just work out better in the end!

Few commerical enterprises can say they have been in business for 100 years or more.  Even fewer motorcycles companies reach that mark.  This month Moto Guzzi reaches that mark.

Moto Guzzi started after the first World War by veterans who had decided to go into the motorcycle business as soon as the war ended.  The motorcycle company they created would go on to have a big impact on the industry.

A short list of Moto Guzzi’s achievements include:

  • 14 World Championship Titles
  • 15 World Speed Records
  • The first use of wind tunnels for testing design

Moto Guzzi was also one of the first motorcycles to reach the artic circle when, in 1928, a GT500 Norge, ridden by a brother of the founder, made the journey.

They also tried out an eight cylinder 500cc race bike out in 1955.  It could reach over 170 MPH!  While they had a technically advanced engine, the rest of the motorcycle was not able to keep up with the engine technology and it was shelved.  It would be decades before racers would again be hitting 170 MPH on the track.

The unique and “quirky” Moto Guzzi has fans all over the world and those fans will have a chance to own a special “Centennial” edition of the following motorcycles.

  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 100th Anniversary: MSRP $9,190 / late March
  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber 100th Anniversary: MSRP $10,690 / July
  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure 100th Anniversary: MSRP $13,190 / late April

Congratulations to Moto Guzzi and here is to the next 100 years!

The motorcycle riding Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and friends are back on TV for season 5.  The show is on AMC (check local listings) and streaming AMC.COM.

I just finished watching episode one, in which Norman and Josh Brolin (Avengers/Deadpool) ride New Zealand’s North island. In addition to the normal tourist “stuff” like the Lord of the Rings Hobbit village and glow worms the show really discusses the impact of the Māori on New Zealand and Māori  culture.

I have reviewed previous seasons of the show and found them mostly enjoyable with the exception of the sound quality when talking between bikes.  This season sound is better but at times still difficult to understand.  Is the technology not there or is a style choice?

A running joke during the show was how people would recognize Norman but not Josh/Thanos.  That was funny, guess the makeup and special affects worked because no one recognized Josh.

I will watch the rest of the season.

Women have been riding motorcycles from the start.  While men my dominate the motorbike culture, women have always been there having fun and enjoying the two wheel life.

I am not here to give you a play by play of the women who have sent motorcycle records, but I thought you might enjoy some pics from times past and the women who were there…. On their motorcycles.

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Up Shift – The State of Montana is now the third state to have legal motorcycle lane-filtering. 

Motorcyclists in the Big Sky State can overtake slow or stopped traffic by filtering between the lanes of traffic. But they have to stay at 20 MPH or below while doing so.

My Take – While I tremendously applaud the efforts of the motorcycle community in Montana for making this happen, was there much need for it? There are so few people in Montana how often will conditions allow lane-filtering?

ON THE PLUS SIDE…Other, vastly more populated, states (Oregon and Virginia for example) are also looking at legalization of motorcycle lane-filtering. Maybe the momentum is building for more states to pass the law.

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Up Shift – Harley Davidson my soon offer a bolt on supercharger for its V-Twin motorcycles. Cycle World is reporting that the Motor Company is working on the supercharger as part of it’s Screamin’ Eagle performance line. If you are not familiar with the Screamin’ Eagle line it is their in-house performance division that develops products (cams, exhausts, engines, etc.) to “hop-up” your motorcycle horsepower and torque. 

My Take – With the retraction going on at Harley Davidson I am a bit surprised with this development.  Harley has killed many new bikes designs, dropped out of racing and closed production lines so this new part is more the exception along the lines of the Pan American adventure motorcycle.

It will be interesting to see if it makes it into the parts catalog.

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Up Shift – Over the last few years American Flat Track racing has made quite a comeback, at least until Covid.  With the racing season to start soon Royal Enfield is joining the series with a factory sponsored team.

Johnny Lewis will be riding for Royal Enfield and the company is expecting good things to come from their involvement with American Flat Track.

My Take – This is great for the sport! More factory team involved means a greater chance for success.  But with American Flat Track on NBC and tape delayed how many fans are going to get to see Johnny and the other racers.

I don’t think that I am to different from the other fans in that if I know the outcome I am not going to watch the event.

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