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Location – Ferry Hill Plantation

Mile Mark – 72 (as it is not on the tow path it does not seem to have an actual mile marker)

Historical Comment – A 19th Century Plantation Ferry Hill overlooks the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Prior to the civil war the slaves of this plantation were some of those that John Brown hoped to inspire to revolt when he attacked the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. This was the home of an officer in Stonewall Jackson’s army and was used during the Civil war by both sides to secure the river. The plantation is only a short distance from Antietam, the bloodiest battle in American History. Currently operating as a Visitor’s Center and as a Headquarters for the C&O Canal National Park Service.

Ride to the Site – Very easy. Directly of the main road.

Amenities – Restrooms and picnic area.

Road Conditions (from main road) – Paved

Railway Situation – no railroad tracks or crossing.

Parking Lot Condition – Mix of paved and gravel with about 20 parking spots.

Main Attraction – The visitor’s center and the view of the river, and Shepherdstown, WV.

My Thoughts – Interesting stop when you put it into historical context. Hundreds of slaves were used to farm the 700+ acre farm, who were targets of John Browns raid and the Civil War.

 

 

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Is Craigslist safe to buy motorcycles anymore?  Writing this post pains me a little bit, because I literally grew up on Craigslist when it came to motorcycles.  My first bike came from Craigslist – a non-running Kawasaki KZ440 that I pushed home about 2 miles.

After that, I had a litany of buys and sells through Craigslist resulting in dozens of motorcycles over the years.  I lived in San Francisco during this early period, which was really the birthplace of Craigslist itself.  Hence, I knew Craigslist when it was just an innocent kid living in the peaceful loving San Francisco Bay Area.

Then Craigslist grew up (or grew creepy), I am not sure which.

I think part of the downward spiral began when the site truly went national with a specific Craigslist page for every state and city in the country.  In some ways, this probably attracted a criminal element, recognizing that the site could be used for interstate activity.

Another aspect of the downward spiral came with the expanded offerings.  Craigslist began to have personal ads and “for sale” subcategories covering things that really shouldn’t be sold freelance on the internet (weapons, fireworks, etc.).  In other words, Craigslist became the wild west attracting every lunatic trying to make a buck.

craigslistI sold a car a few years back and had a very interesting experience as a result.  It was a holiday weekend, so all banks were closed.  The buyer showed up and only had about 2/3rds of the asking price, although he was dead set on buying the car.  If that was the case, you think he would have come prepared.  Anyways, he said he would go to the Walmart and get the rest.  Unclear what that meant, I followed him to the Walmart where he proceeded to buy 20 or so packs of gum, doing the maximum cash back on each purchase until he had the remainder of the car purchase price.  Relatively innocuous, but strange nonetheless (and a big waste of my time).

At this point in history, there have been dozens if not hundreds of reported incidents related to Craigslist – robberies, kidnaps, and murders.  Local police departments even encourage buyers and sellers to do transactions in their lobbies instead of meeting at a personal residence.  For a while there, I continued to be willing to meet people at a public place like the supermarket or a local bank.  I am a 6 foot tall guy, so I figured what was really going to happen? 

According to some research, the website is linked to over 300 crimes a year.  That isn’t a lot compared to the millions of transactions that occur as a result of Craigslist, but do you really want to be the one person who gets murdered over a $50 motorcycle part?  If you Google, the stories of the crimes are heinous.

Then I heard about a local guy and his son selling a $1,500 dirt bike that were murdered when they showed up to the sale.  That was it for me – the end of my willingness to use Craigslist.  I sell small, shippable parts on eBay now.  I have no intention to sell “Cal” ever, but I guess if I have a bike I want to sell down the line I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

Alternatives to Craigslist

·    eBay – Obviously an excellent alternative to Craigslist for small parts and if you plan to ship stuff (no local pickup).  eBay takes a percentage cut of the sale so kind of a downside, but necessary for all the added buyer protection and overhead they have running the site.

·    Amazon – It isn’t just for buying stuff, there are seller subscriptions services that you can pay for and become an Amazon seller.  Not bad if you plan to sell over and over again.

·    Facebook Marketplace – similar to Craigslist, but the universe of people you are selling to are just friends or neighbors.  This still has some risk, but less than every creeper using Craigslist.

·    Letgo – The well-advertised site is similar in terms of security to the Facebook alternative.  Users must have a verified profile – although true creepers will always find a way around that.

Most other alternatives that I am aware of have zero security or safety measures, so I wouldn’t consider them good alternatives.

Conclusion

Is Craigslist safe to buy motorcycles anymore?  Honestly, 99/100 times it is probably fine, but the possibility that it is that 1 time out of 100 means it isn’t worth the risk to me.  I want to be around a long time, wrenching on bikes until my heart is content.  I will find other means to buy and sell parts and bikes.

Author Bio

Chris is a DIY Motorcycle Repair nut (pun intended).  He advocates getting to know your motorcycle and experiencing the rewarding thrill of success that can only come through picking up a wrench and working on your machine.  He is an active blogger on his website HappyWrench.com and an active member of many social media websites.  He began wrenching out of necessity at a young age and has continued to teach himself and others through his research and writing.   He believes anything is possible with a little ambition and patience.

 

 

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Location – Dam #5

Mile Mark – 106.6

Historical Comment – Originally constructed of timber in 1835, Dam No. 5 was an important source of hydro power for millworks on the river. As soon as the dam was built, Edward Colston paid $100 a year for water rights and began the area’s long history of milling and hydro-electricity.

Unfortunately, the dam’s timber construction was no match for the many floods that swelled the Potomac River. The canal company decided a masonry dam would be stronger, but completion of the new 700-foot “high rock” dam was delayed by more floods and the Civil War. In fact, the dam was a target for destruction on several occasions but was successfully defended by local Union militia each time. [Taken from the C&O Trust website.]

Ride to the Site – Very easy. Not far off of I-70 access to Dam #5 is an easy ride.

Amenities – There is a picnic area but no rest rooms.

Road Conditions (from main road) – This lock is directly off the main road.

Railway Situation – no railroad tracks or crossing.

Parking Lot Condition – Gravel with about 10 parking spots. Pick your spot as a few have a drainage slope.

Main Attraction – The Dam, fishing and the view.

My Thoughts – As you exit the road you go down a shot but somewhat steep hill (gravel).

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Flat track racing from the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis!

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HOLY KRAP….. One time it pays to be thankful for a slow poke.

Whether your next cross-country ride is a laid-back road trip or a high-stakes poker run, you will definitely need to find accommodations along the way. Bikers, however, haveijustwant2ride specific needs that some regular establishments just don’t have. Knowing this, you need to plan your itinerary in advance so that you can find the best biker friendly accommodation for your next motorcycle travel.

Here are five resources that you can use to find the best biker-friendly establishments and lodging en route to your destination.

Trip review websites

There are websites that list hotels, inns, and bed and breakfast places. TripAdvisor, Agoda, and Gumtree are good examples of these. There are establishments on these sites that proudly advertise that they are ‘biker-friendly.’ And the best thing about these websites is that you get to read reviews from fellow bikers who have used the accommodations before. With these sites, you already get an idea of what to expect from each place before actually booking.

Mobile apps

Aside from TripAdivsor and Agoda (which also have mobile apps), there are also mobile apps that allow you to check accommodation reviews, reserve a room, and pay for your stay. AirBnb is an example of an excellent app that lets you do this. And like the aforementioned websites, there are lots of listed establishments that are proud to be ‘biker-friendly – with testimonials from previous motorcyclists as proof. The best part – you can do all of these through your smart phone.

The ever-reliable Google search

A Google search can also give you listings of biker-friendly places that can be found along your trip. Of course, when you use Google search, the keywords that you use matter. Try doing a search using the “biker friendly accommodations” and add the place where you’re headed to the keywords. You’ll be surprised that there are quite a number of biker-friendly establishments en route to your destination (and around your country too).

Blogs by other bikers

Of course, what other best way to find the best biker-friendly accommodations out there than to get advice from someone with first-hand experience. There are fellow bikers who write blogs on their adventures around the country. Aside from learning a thing or two from them about riding, you can also keep track of recommended routes and their favorite places to stay. To add, there are also specific blogs that specifically discuss biker-friendly accommodations. BikersAreWelcome and Beds4Bikers are good examples of blogs listing establishments that are biker-friendly.

Ask the hosts

Compared to most travelers, bikers have needs that are quite specific – and this is mostly

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attributed to the motorcycle and the gear. You can directly ask the hosts either through phone or email (or chat) if they have the facilities bikers require.

One of the most important – if not the most important – thing to ask is if the place has overnight motorcycle parking. Ideally, an establishment should have covered parking that will protect your bike from the elements. If there’s none, a private parking area would also do – as long as you’re not parked on the main road. You can also ask if they offer bike covers and tarpaulins.

Another must-have are laundry facilities. If you’re on a week-long cross-country road trip with only panniers for luggage containers, then you definitely need a wash of clothes. You also need access to at least a bucket, some water, and motorcycle cleaning detergent to clean your bike. If you’re lucky, some places even have pressure cleaners.

Some Final Thoughts

Planning is always the key to a successful and safe motorcycle trip. And with a week’s-long road trip ahead, it’s always best to check what biker-friendly accommodations are available to you during the trip.  Always remember to do your research (and in this case – use technology), so you can find – not only the best deals – but also the best biker-friendly establishments around.  

Sarah Kearns is a hard working mother of three daughters. She is a Senior Communications Manager for BizDb and Populationof an online resources with information about businesses and demographic statistics of world population. She loves cooking, reading history books and writing about green living. Her dad was a motorcyclist and he passed that passion on to her. Sarah loves to travel the world on her motorcycle and she hopes that one of her daughters will become her partner in the near future.

 

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BAM! Harley Davison updates on 4 new motorcycles!

Harley Davidson just dropped information on 4 new motorcycles. This is part of their 50 in 5 program of introducing completely new products to their lineup. Well I am nothing like a “real” motorcycle journalist but here is my take. Make sure you watch the video at the top of the page introducing the new motorcycles.

New Engine???? Visually the powerplant on these new bikes do not look like the current motorcycle motors. I get the vibe that they maybe another, updated, versions of the V-Rod Revolution Engine. The adds state that he engines pictured are 1250cc engines which would fit into the range of the older Revolution. Also, they appear to be water cooled like the Revolution. Of course, they just might be cosmetic changes to the Revolution X from the “Street” line of motorcycles.ijustwant2ride

Now a few comments on the motorcycles themselves. Or at least my take on the photos.

The Pan America – The BIGGEST surprise is the group…. A Harley Davidson ADVENTURE bike! With a mono shock rear, 2 into 1 exhaust and what appears to be a good bit of front fork travel they are moving back into a market segment that they abandoned when Buell was dropped. This could be interesting. Coming in 2020.

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The Live Wire – Looks a lot like the prototype Live Wire I got to ride a few years ago. Visually not a lot to go on here, maybe if I had more electric motorcycle knowledge I could see something but nope!

The Street Fighter – Coming in 2020 another new motorcycle market segment for Harley. By appearances and name this is going to compete with the “naked” and “street fighters” like the KTM Duke and Triumph Speed Triple. This is going to be a tough market for Harley to crack, I hope the bikes have the spec’s to run bar to bar with the competition.

The Custom – Looks a lot like a modern café racer motorcycle. That is about all I have for this one.

Back to the engine for a moment. Harley’s Street/Revolution X engine has not been able to compete with the Indian Scout motor on the Flat Track racing series. If you listen to DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know we lament the lack of competition from the Harley motorcycles. Could this be their answer to Indian’s dominance?

Now that we are past the glamor items….Harley has also stated the following items.

“Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements,”

“Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia.”

“LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.” More then one electric motorcycle!

“New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.”

A lot of big news in a small website from Harley Davidson today!

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St. Michael is the patron of paratroopers. Bikers have a bit in common with people who jump from planes, so maybe another candidate?

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The Patron Saint of Motorcycle Riders?

 Who should be the patron saint of motorcyclists?There are a lot of saints in the race for this honor!

 We can start with Elijah the Prophet who was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. Although a friend of mine says Elijah was taken up in Triumph! (Maybe a Triumph Trident!) Regardless, they didn’t have Harleys in those days so he had to settle for something else. But I can still picture the dude doing this! Can you? Now imagine him on a CVO Harley Road King screaming with locomotive type clout in top gear.

Another candidate is Saint Frances of Rome who was declared the patron saint of automobile drivers by Pius XI.  There was a legend that an angel used to light her way with a lantern when she traveled, keeping her safe from hazards like deer and pagans. I’m pretty…

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I have decided to do something a bit different ….. towards the end of each month I will scan the recalls and post the new ones to the blog.  Will that be helpful?

 

Manufacturer BMW Motorrad / TVS Motor Company

Summary: Prolonged use of the kickstand the section of the frame that houses the kickstand bushing could sustain damage or possibly break. Consequently, the rider and/or pillion could face injuries

Consequence: If the kickstand bushing should fail the rider and/or pillion could be injured.

Remedy: Owners of the affected models will either be contacted directly by BMW, or may voluntarily bring their rides back to the dealership for inspection. The defect involves the kickstand’s section of the chassis, on the current G 310 platform.

Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM motorcycles. During assembly the resin that fills the rear brake stop lamp switch may have adhered to the internal contacts, which can prevent the brake lamp from illuminating.

CONSEQUENCE: If the brake lights do not illuminate, it can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will install a new stop lamp switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on July 16, 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki’s number for this recall is 2A84.

Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Indian Scout, Scout Sixty, and Scout Bobber motorcycles. The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may have air left in the system after the assembly process.

CONSEQUENCE: Air in the brake system can reduce brake effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the front and rear anti-lock brake system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-18-07.

Manufacturer Ducati North America

Summary:  Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Ducati Supersport, and Supersport S motorcycles. The Airbox blow-by and fuel tank overfill hoses may be routed too close to the exhaust manifold, which may cause the hoses to melt.

Remedy: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the hose routing and correct as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 11, 2018. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

The other day I mentioned that West Virginia does not do enough to promote motorcycle tourism in the state.  On a trip (via car … sigh) to visit family we stopped at the West Virginia boarder rest stop. 

At the rest stop I walked around and looked for motorcycle related pamphlets. There were more then I expected but less then I hoped.

Some of these are new to me. The “Devils Den”, for example, was a first and one that I need to check out!  The pamphlet entitled “Southern West Virginia Motorcycle Ride Guide” includes many of the areas I have rode.

Looks like things are improving, slowly, but there is a lot more that can be done.  WV could be a motorcycling Mecca, like east Tennessee, with some dedicated effort.  If I hit the lottery maybe I will be the guy to do it… LOL!

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