Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shopping for a touring bike

Soon the icy clutches of winter will have a grasp on the Midwest and I will be bundled up inside the warm house trying to decide what motorcycle I should add to the stable.  

I thoroughly enjoyed commuting on the Suzuki this year, but really missed having a long distance tourer like my old BMW RT. So, I have made the decision to find one.

Exactly which touring motorcycle I will purchase is unclear, but I plan to give it lots of thought this winter.

Here's what bikes have made the list so far... Harley Davidson Road King, Street Glide, Kawasaki Concourse, and the BMW RT.

I will keep you up to date as this motorcycle shopping journey continues.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Ride to Indian Lake

Kim and I spent our Labor Day doing some household chores before riding to lunch at Cranberry Resort at Indian Lake.

Weather forecasters were predicting some high winds and rain, but we had great weather all day. After lunch we stopped in the small town of West Liberty for a little treat at the Ice Cream Parlor.

While enjoying our ice cream I noticed this guy filling up his Farmall. You get to see some really cool things when spending some time on a motorcycle.

Although there are some great riding days ahead, it was great to be on the road today.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2015 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup

The following is an industry press release...
MILWAUKEE (August 25, 2014) – Propelled by Project RUSHMORE, the global launch of the Street750 and Street500 motorcycles and the electric buzz of Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson® (NYSE:HOG) stays hard on the throttle with the introduction of its 2015 model lineup. Combining world-class aerodynamics, exhilarating audio performance and dialed-in ergonomic fit, Harley-Davidson expands its diverse offering of motorcycles and gives riders more ways than ever before to lead their own pack to the open road.

“The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model lineup demonstrates our commitment to delivering amazing products to our customers through world-class, customer-led product design,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We are one with our riders around the world, and everything we do is about delivering what they expect and deserve from Harley-Davidson.”

Customer-led innovations for 2015 include:

After a one-year hiatus, the original alternative bagger is back with a new triple vented, frame-mounted fairing that minimizes head buffeting, Dual Reflector Daymaker™ LED headlamps and a new handlebar with reduced reach and a new wrist angle for improved ergonomics.

The fully-loaded Road Glide Special is factory-equipped with premium Boom! ™ Box infotainment, upgraded suspension, and Reflex™ linked brakes with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

America’s hot-rod swagger rolls even wider with H-D’s expansion and dominance in the three wheel category.  From its mini ape-hanger handlebar to its bobtail fenders, the Freewheeler trike fuses custom style and easy-handling performance. The all-new rear body shape gives the Freewheeler a low, lean profile.

New Braking System for Softail® Models
A new braking system for Softail models delivers improved modulation and responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40 percent. ABS is now standard on all Softail models and optional on the Slim. New front brake components include a rigid four-piston fixed front brake caliper with 34 and 32mm pistons coated to minimize initial displacement, brake pads with high-output friction material, a new master cylinder with a higher mechanical ratio, and a new 300mm front brake rotor. The caliper and master cylinder have been restyled to enhance the looks of each model.

Harley-Davidson takes fit further with a package of ergonomic enhancements that offer the lowest seat height and highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike, combined with a full complement of Project RUSHMORE features and classic Harley-Davidson style.

Boasting a new Boom! Audio system backed by 600 watts of power streaming through four bi-amped front and rear three-way speakers, this limited-production bagger is a rolling concert venue that delivers shocking volume and outstanding sonic quality. Top it off with an intricate paint scheme and the added exclusivity of four color options.

Drenched in chrome and custom paint, this super-premium touring motorcycle offers world-class aerodynamics, luxury touring essentials and the unrelenting performance of a Screamin’® Eagle Twin-Cooled™ Twin Cam 110 engine.

Across its 2015 model lineup, Harley-Davidson offers fresh style with eight new paint colors, including new Custom colors Black Magic and Radioactive Green and new Hard Candy Custom™ metal flake colors Cancun Blue Flake and Quicksilver Flake.

When it comes to customization, Harley’s philosophy is the more the better – and it is pushing the limits even farther. This year, Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories and making its digital Bike Builder tool even more massive. There are also new Genuine MotorClothes® jackets, boots, helmets, shirts and more to add to the shopping cart.

The new 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and accessories start rolling into Harley-Davidson dealerships Aug. 26, 2014. Visit H-D.com to see all of the 2015 Harley-Davidson models and to find a local authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rick's Motorcycle Quotes

"Let's not reinvent the wheel, let's wear it out!"

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ever Not Want To Ride?

So, it's a beautiful sunny morning.

The birds are chirping and the coffee is perfect.

I turn on some tunes while getting ready for work.

All is well.

I grab my bag and head for the door...  "Motorcycle or Car" I think to myself.

"Car! Just not feeling the bike this morning!"

Ever feel like that?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rick's Motorcycle Quotes

"I can always beat the paramedics to my crash by at least 10 minutes."