Posts Tagged ‘Café Racer’


p1 (4)I see a lot of motorcycle posters (or prints) on line and while I am out and about.  From a group of 24 I came up with these 9 as my fav’s for 2015.  Why 9? Because everyone does top 10 lists and 11 is just to much work!


Much like what I did with “9 Weird Motorcycles for 2015” I watched Facebook and Twitter for wild motorcycle helmet pictures.

I started with 12 entries (I copied the pictures to a special folder all year long) and here are the top nine wild motorcycles helmet pictures that made me go “that’s cool”.

OH, and while the “Turbo Visor” is not a helmet… I included it because I liked it! HA



OK…. So your motorcycle man cave needs a bathroom…. here are a few ideas!   LOL 🙂



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We hope all of you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving day!

Warren and Debbie



Motorcycle lands on roof of building after accident.

Buy a URAL Dark Force motorcycle w/sidecar get your own LIGHTSABER!

I fought the HOG and the HOG won! or DAMNNNN!!!

Motorcycle Trivia Quiz from our friend at Motorbike Writer

HOLY KRAP!!! Rider & Passenger survive being RUN OVER BY 18 WHEELER!

The wife and I have had the Nolan N104 Evo motorcycle helmets for about half a year now. We have worn them in a large variety of conditions including 100+ degree (F) days, monsoon rains and cool but not yet frigid temperatures (I am sure we will get that soon here in North America).

OK…so what did we like about the helmet.

1) Fit was good. Tight but not uncomfortable. As we wear it more, the padding is conforming to our heads well.

2) Easy to use “controls” (sun shield, buckle system)

3) Ventilation was good, up to a point (see below).

4) Communications, the speakers could be of better quality but they work. The microphone is good, people could not tell I was on the bike when I made a phone call.

5) Not too heavy on our heads…at the end of a long ride we were not unduly tired.


Now what did we not like.

1) Ventilation, when the temps hit the upper 90s(F) and above the vents were not enough. Even locking the chin bar up (creating a ¾ helmet) it was not enough as the tight padding would not allow air to flow around our heads. Up to those temps the vents worked well and I had no issues. During one of our trips the temps were over 100 for many days… we had to get new half-helmets to compensate.

2) Fogging was an occasional minor issue. I am not a big fan of the pinlock system in general and I know this would fix my problem.

3) There is an occasional wind induced rattle that I cannot find or recreate…it just happens for no apparent reason at weird random times. The wife has not had this issue. UGH!!


Overall we like the helmet. Other than during high temps it is comfortable and works as advertised. At this point I would recommend the Nolan Helmet to friends with the caveat about the ventilation. I give the Nolan N104 four stars.

4 out 5 stars



BY: Ania Todua

After helmets, biker jackets are the essential accessories for the motorcyclists’ safety. Thankfully, while protecting you, these armors accentuate your style quotient as well. Of course, like most other niches, the biker jackets market is also swarming with immense styles and designs. Making a buying decision is often very confusing. Here are some basic things you should ensure about your jacket:

  • Material: This is the first thing you need to check in a jacket. Leather – genuine or synthetic – is the most common material used to make these jackets. Cowhide leather is the most popular choice and lasts long. Your region of travel is the decisive factor here. In a hot climate, a leather jacket can be quite uncomfortable. Breathable fabrics like synthetic (Tri-Tex Fabric, polyester mesh, etc.) have nearly all the qualities of leather.
  • Protection: Do not compromise quality for cost. Your biker jackets should provide weather and injury protection to you. Apart from insulating you from the weather, a good biker jacket prevents you from getting the scratches, drags, and any other injury in case of an accident while riding. The jacket should have a detachable quilted lining and elbow & shoulder padding. Though they add to the weight of the jacket, but are greater protections for your very important joints. And, anyway, they are removable.
  • Size: Try to pick a size bigger. This helps facilitate the body movement comfortably and covers your upper body properly. You can even wear more clothes inside you plan to drive through a cold zone. Make sure the cuffs of your jacket end at your wrist and your palms are free from any hindrance.
  • Comfort Feel: It is essential that you are comfortable in your jacket. It should impart a soft, cushiony feel, while freely allowing your hands movement. The biker jackets should not be heavy, as they tire the biker. Removable armors, lining, sleeves, etc. are a great relief when not needed. Also, see that the fabric has good absorption. Basically, do not compromise on comfort and safety.
  • Waist Band: It should be adjustable. The Velcro or the belted ones work out the best here.
  • Style: Look for a style and color of your biker jackets complementing your personality. Whatever you choose make sure you are visible to the other drivers at night when you wear your biker jackets.

Some of Ania’s other works:


 Honda recall 14,500 CB500R and CB500F Motorcycles


Ducati Cruiser…. If the picture is right, I don’t think Harley has anything to worry about.


Café Racers in Russia


It’s time to register for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015


A bike built for chasing dinosaurs sells at auction

The view of the Shanghai skyline.

I have always been interested in going to Shanghai but a trip to China is not in my future. So a motorcycle ride to Shanghai West Virginia would have to do.

Leaving the house the early cool air hid the fact that it was going to be hot, the mid 90sF according to the weatherman. I headed west toward Martinsburg, WV where I stopped for a quick breakfast.

SOMEWHERE between getting off the bike and getting back on the bike I lost a glove. I back tracked into the restaurant and searched all the places I had walked and sat and then back out to the bike but, NO GLOVE…what the heck?!?! There was only so many place the glove could be and it was nowhere to be found. Dang. This made no sense, how do I lose one glove!

Giving up on ever finding my glove in the Bermuda Parking Lot of missing gloves, I rode out of Martinsburg on US Route 9 looking for WV Route 7. Somehow I missed the turn onto Route 7, maybe it was the awesome rolling road and wonderful scenic vistas. But no worries…….it is the journey not the destination, right?

Route 9 took me into Berkley Springs, WV were I turned onto several different roads ending up on WV 13 which was also Shanghai Road. Shanghai Road climbs up the and over the steep mountainside with a lotof switchbacks.

If the pavement had been in better condition this would have been an INCREABLE ride. Shanghai Road has MULTIPLE 150-170 degree turns with serious elevation changes, both up and down the mountain, and almost no traffic! The tarmac on Shanghai Road was so poor that that a good bit of fun was sucked out of the ride, some but not all.  A better conditioned road and this would be a sport bike heaven.

Dropping down the other side of the mountain you end up at the cross roads of Black Creek Valley Road and Tuscarora Pike which is also SHANGHAI, WV. Not too much in Shanghai other than a small scrap yard, a Mom and Pop country store and farms. I stopped at the store for some water and a snack. Back on the road I rolled back through Martinsburg and on to home.

A couple notes of interest. First is, part of this ride was on the George Washington Heritage Trail (an American Byway) and second I went past the Morgan County Observatory. The Observatory was closed but it looked very cool way out in the middle of nowhere.

There is not a lot of pictures from this ride as my wife/photographer was out of town. After this 175 mile ride I can now claim I have been to Shanghai….. Shanghai, West Virginia.



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