Maryland Moto

This past September, I took a trip I’d been looking forward to since deciding to get a motorcycle. I was determined to ride the length of Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP), the Cherohala Skyway, and US 129, a.k.a. the Dragon. I was familiar with a good part of the route, as the prior year (with only five months riding under my belt) I rode Skyline Drive and the BRP to Asheville, NC and back after spending the weekend enjoying some truly excellent beers and good times in AVL with my family. On that trip I spent one night in Roanoke on the way down and back, crashing on a friend’s couch and the weekend at a hotel. This year I planned to camp four of the six nights, on the way down and back and stay in a hotel for two nights in Cherokee, NC. Because of the…

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On this show!!!!

1st EVER Supercross Triple Crown Event – 6 Main Events!!! In the 450s Eli Tomac is back, Ken Roczen may or may not be back.  The 250s saw rookie Chase Sexton do well with an 8th overall but the regulars clean up overall.

The 2018 X-Games WINTER has 3 motorcycle related events.  Ever heard of a “Snowbike”?

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A lot of memes are just terrible, in fact, I think that the vast majority are horrible.  But, there are those select few motorcycle memes that make me smile!

I collected those motorcycle memes that I really liked though out the year, which turned out to be only 14 in total.  From those 14 memes I worked them down to the best 9.  Why 9?  Because everyone does 10 and 11 is to much work.

 

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I enjoyed Tim Notier’s motorcycle book “Maiden Voyage, The Prequel to The Adventure of a Lifetime.” This book chronicles his and his girlfriend’s (Marisa) first long motorcycle tour/adventure.  A ride that would that would change their lives.

Tim and Marisa started their motorcycle much like many of us with weekend trips around their home.  Of course the travel bug bites and they then expand their scope, this book chronicles their trip to the Rockies where things start to evolve.  By evolve I mean get married, sell everything they own and start a multi-year ride to where ever they are today!

You can tell Tim is very passionate about his story (as well as for Marisa).  His stories are quite relatable as they travel though the deferent National Parks and camp grounds.  If you put a lot of miles down while motorcycle touring you will see yourself in the rain and heat of their story.

There is only one nit to pick with this book and it is not a big one.  I think that, while I really enjoyed the book (enough to pass it on to my wife), a strong editor would only make this a tighter/better book.

I am giving the book 4 out of 5 stars.  You can follow their continuing journey (as of this date they are in Belize) at their website, www.notiersfrontiers.com.

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Well I opened up the old email a few days ago and low and behold I had an email from FEEDSPOT.COM.   Turns out that IJustWant2Ride.com is #105 out of the top 200 FEEDSPOT Motorcycle Blogs!

So what is FEEDSPOT?  It is a “Modern RSS Reader. If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple web sites, you’re faced with the never ending task of visiting those sites to check for new content. Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one location.”   In other words you can use FEEDSPOT to bring all your blog reading into a single “feed” so you don’t have to jump from site to site.

As I have said before I blog about motorcycles because I enjoy it…. but the recognition is nice!

Thanks guys for making this happen!!!

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On this week’s show ……  Supercross kicked off the 2018 season with some great racing.

We open the show talking about the how we like the new format of the race night, and we talk about the new metal girds at the starting line.  Looks like Supercross might be on to something good here!

Moving on to the 250s we talk about the heat races and the final.  The winner, Shane McElrath, look strong all evening and is going to be in the running all season.  Cianciarulo and Plessinger completed the podium.  Phil made an augment that Cianciaurlo is in the west to prepare him to move up to the 450s next season.

The Supercross 450s saw a lot of action with one of the big names, Eli Tomac, not finishing the night due to a crash and saggy pants.  Ken Roczen started is comeback season in decent fashion and Justin Barcia becomes the happiest man in Supercross.

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poster 800 xCutting down the field from 33 to the 9 best motorcycle posters was harder this year than last.  I was able to get to the final 17 pretty easy but getting to 9 was anything but easy. 

So how do I get to the best 9 posters?  It is all subjective.  Do I like this one or that one more?  Do I like the use of color better?  “How does it make me feel?”  LOL…not the last one for sure.   

In the end the 9 best motorcycle posters came down to the ones I just like the best.  Nothing more complicated then that, but that did not make it any easier. 

If you are interested you can click here to look at the 2015 Best Motorcycle Posters and here for the 2016 Best Motorcycle Posters.  If you want to see a few of runners up for 2017 check this post.

 

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On this week’s show…

Ken is here for today only!

Phil wants to you to know about new Department of Transportation rules regarding towing trailers.  If you pull a motorcycle or car to the racetrack you might be subject to the new rules.  If you have sponsor stickers on your race bike and your trailer is 10,000 pounds you are a commercial tow and subject to the same rules as commercial haulers. If you get pulled over you might be stuck on the side of the rode until you can hire a commercial driver.

Ken is gloating about how right he was on the return of Ken Roczen to Supercross.  Phil and Warren are still not sure he will make it to race day.

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If you follow me on Twitter (@IJustWant2Ride) or FaceBook  or Instagram you know that I post, what I think, are some pretty cool motorcycle pictures.  I post those photos up as “motorcycle porn”.

This year I started with 26 candidates for the “Best Off” but got it down to the Top 9.  Why 9?  Because everyone does 10 and 11 is to much work.

 

 

9 movies

If you are anything like me, if you can’t ride you still want to be hooked into the motorcycle life.  I took a look at all the motorcycle movies, or TV mini-series, that I am aware of and put together a list of those that I would like to watch for a first time or even a second or more time.

I know these films include some of the “tried and true” movies, not unlike a lot of other lists.  For next year I will be on the lookout for some of the not so usual suspects.

The title is linked to the film’s IMDB page.

On Any Given Sunday the Next Chapter – The film is an exploration into the pursuit of excitement, passion and life in the world of motorcycle riding. If this doesn’t scratch that two-wheeled itch over Christmas, I don’t know what will.

Easy Rider – needs no introduction. With a top-notch cast – Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson – and a moral message for us all to absorb, very few films can change your perception on life. However, this is one of them.

World’s Fastest Indian – While not 100% historically accurate it is based on the true story of Burt Munro. Burt restored a 1920s Indian and used it to set a land speed record.

The Wild One – The 1953 classic, a story of two rival motorcycle gangs in a small town. This is the movie that help create the bad biker image that can still haunt riders today. Oh and Marlon Brando on a Triumph

Being Evel – “A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel–watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.” You can read my review of the film here.

21 Days Under the SkyFour friends riding old school Harley Davidson choppers across America and the fun, trouble and adventure they find.  By old school I mean vintage Sportsters, Shovel and Knucklehead motorcycles. Their bikes have small tanks and more than a few break downs during their cross-country trip. You can read my review of the film here.

Wild HogsJohn Travolta, Tim Allen, William Macey and Martin Lawrence… do I need to say more. Campy fun about friends riding cross country!

Long Way Round – This is a 7 show TV mini-series so either spread it out over multiple days or binge it all at one time. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s around the world adventure trek

Harley and the Davidsons – Based on the true story of how the Harley Davidson Motor Company came to be. Of course there are the literary licenses moments but the film is a fun watch.

There are hundreds of other motorcycle themed or linked movies out there.  These films are the ones that I would want to watch on a cold, snowy winter afternoon. Are you aware of any, beyond the standards, that we should watch?  If so put them in the comments below.