At first, I thought this Honda Valkyrie had some giant NOS tanks on it made to look like rocket-ship engines. I later realized they were actually propane tanks. Knowing how my grill always runs out of gas at the worst possible moment when cooking dinner, I don't know how I'd feel about relying on that stuff to power my motorcycle.
Looks like a big gold heatsink on this Yamaha:
Nice lineup of Ducatis:
Crazy hill climber:
Old Triumph chop with flaking paint.
I thought this little Kawasaki was cool. Check out the Minnesota kickstand.
Sweet Tooth Leather (the air cleaner is particularly awesome):
Another Sporty with no mufflers:
Brett's "The Gypsy":
...and the honorary Sportster of the night was Dan's Royal Enfield. He's been modifying it a lot lately and just put a Sportster tank on it. I like it.
Speaking of Dan, he recently pointed out that most photos on my blog don't have people in them. It's true. I typically go out of my way to put the focus completely on the motorcycles featured in each photograph. I try to limit distractions in each photo and will occasionally go so far as to edit out people and things that happen get caught in the frame such as a random handlebar from a neighboring bike or a stray arm or leg of someone who was standing or walking nearby. Besides, would you really keep coming back to my blog if it was only filled with photos like this?
It's at this point that I can imagine Dan pointing out that featuring more photos such as the one above might drastically improve my female readership. He might be right, but I remain skeptical.
Sunday night, I posted this photo on Instagram and tagged Biltwell in it because I was wearing their helmet and bubble shield (if you look closely, their handlebars are gloves are in the bubble shield reflection too). It's not the first time I have tagged them in a photo, but nothing has ever happened.
Well, Monday morning Biltwell re-posted my photo on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and my Instagram feed proceeded to blow up with new likes, comments, and new followers, which was awesome. It was simply incredible to watch the "Like" count rise on their pages to over 2,500 combined. It certainly helps that Biltwell has about 45,000 followers on Instagram.
I have been a fan of Biltwell and their products for years. I have had their Clubman bars on my Sportster since 2010 and have been wearing their Moto Gloves nearly as long (I actually have a backup pair new in the package, just in case). I put their Sanderson pegs on my bike in 2012, bought their goggles in 2013 (which performed great in Arizona), and I picked up a Gringo helmet and a pair of bubble shields earlier this year that I have been thoroughly enjoying.
Now I'm just waiting patiently for my Super Selfie Award to arrive in the mail.
I took my first ride with the GoPro last night around sunset. Half the time I had it strapped to my chest and half the time it was mounted to my bars facing me. I'm really impressed with the camera. The free app and free editing software they offer are quite good too. However, my computer is showing its age as editing (even viewing) 1080p, 60fps video is quite challenging for it. Regardless, I dealt with it and made it work.
While my aging computer might struggle to play the video full screen and in high quality, I watched the YouTube clips on my television via my Apple TV and the video looked fantastic - smooth playback in high-definition.
Here are some sunset photos (from my iPhone, not the GoPro):
Here are two group photos posted to Instagram (@warizard and @wolvesnwhiskey). I'm sure there are more floating around.
The property was really cool. Apparently, they're in the process of fixing it up and they rent it out for weddings.
There was a clearing near the water where people could camp and there were a few rounds of slow races.
The place was a nice backdrop for photos and I wish I had my good camera with me. The iPhone camera is good but not great.
Here's Jordan's panhead "Frost Buzzard". He had a lot of trouble starting it and it usually had to be bump started which probably wasn't fun for Jordan, but it was entertaining to watch since he was quite good at it.
Since I can't pack much gear on my Sportster (the downside of no back seat and no sissy bar), I opted not to camp and headed home just as it was getting dark. I had a lot of fun. Big thanks to Jordan, Jesse, and Larry for a great day.
From there, we stopped at Hollywood Roadhouse for lunch. I had something called the German Cuban, which consisted of pulled pork, bacon, sauerkraut, cheese, mustard, and pickles on grilled sourdough. It was really good.
Kickstands are for sissies and add unnecessary weight:
The next stop was a place called Olde Town Creamery, so I assumed we were stopping for ice cream. It turns out that it's an amazing antique store with all sorts of cool stuff inside.
This thing looked super-fun:
Once again, Reinhart's Triumph looked great just leaning against the wall.
Charlie took a nap outside and is one of the most sound sleepers I have ever seen. He didn't flinch as all these rocks were placed on him and only woke up when kicked awake.
After one last gas stop for those with small tanks, we headed to Jesse's farm.
Here is an approximate map of the route. Google is showing the fastest way between each stop but I have no idea which roads we were actually on.