Archive for April, 2012

First-Time Victory for Casey Stoner On Jerez Circuit

Apr 30, 2012 View Comments by

The second round of the 2012 MotoGP in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, got quite a bit more interesting as the weather remained inconsistent with rain impacting both the QP on Saturday and the race on Sunday. About 30 minutes into the qualification practice, dark clouds threaten to cut the window of dry and rain-free […]

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Meet the Team – John Flores, Contributing Editor

Apr 30, 2012 View Comments by

You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, John Flores, thirty-plus years ago. There was something about two-wheeled travel that always fascinated me, and for years I channeled that fascination into bicycling.

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Camping in Morro Bay

Apr 29, 2012 View Comments by

In December my riding buddy Peter proposed that the BMW Club of Southern California set-up a three-day camping trip to Morro Bay State Park. A number of the club members were enthusiastic about the idea, but since the trip was planned for the middle of January, we were a little concerned about the weather. As […]

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A Heavy Monday

Apr 28, 2012 No Comments

Monday mornings always rank low on the spectrum of life. Unfortunately, this past workweek began with a heavy slap of tragedy. I found out that we lost a fellow motorcyclist. I didn’t know Danny; he was a friend of a friend. I’d seen him around and we often exchanged “How’s it goings”. I wasn’t even […]

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What is a Warranty?

Apr 27, 2012 No Comments

According to Webster’s: “a deed warranting that the grantor has a good title free and clear of all liens and encumbrances and will defend the grantee against all claims”. Much if you will like a promise, also according to Webster: “a declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect […]

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Dirty Brown Roads and Rooms

Apr 26, 2012 No Comments

It was raining when we got up–and it rained most of the “very long” day. The road was very muddy in some places, with huge potholes filled with thick, gloopy, ginger-brown mud, making it impossible to gauge just how deep they were. A few heavy thumps into a couple shook us awake! However, I think […]

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The Highest Pass

Apr 25, 2012 No Comments

A team of seven courageous riders join Adam Schomer and guru Anand Mehrotra on an amazing journey through Northern India, where they traverse some of the most perilous roads and highest passes of the Himalayas. This 21-day expedition takes them along serpentine pass roads to an elevation of 18,000 feet – and not even flooded […]

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Long May You Run

Apr 24, 2012 No Comments

The title is from a Neil Young song, a favorite of mine which begins: “We’ve been through some things together with trunks of memories still to come, we found things to do in stormy weather, long may you run”. The song was the title track of the Stills-Young Band album of the same name from […]

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Deliverance II

Apr 23, 2012 No Comments

I’m assuming that most of you remember the movie “Deliverance”. You know, the one starring Burt Reynolds on a wild river run through the Georgia Mountains with three of his friends. My wife Sharon and myself had our own “Deliverance II” experience here in southern Ohio a couple of years ago, although it was thankfully […]

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Meet the Team – Ken Freund, Contributing Editor

Apr 22, 2012 No Comments

I was always fascinated by self-propelled vehicles of all sorts, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, power boats, and even trains. After several years of begging, when I was nine my father finally gave in and let me drive his car. I had learned how to clutch and shift by watching drivers and knew how to […]

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It’s a Spring Thing

Apr 21, 2012 No Comments

I think it’s safe to say that winter has officially thrown in the towel here in central North Carolina. The trees are green, flowers are blooming, and last year’s shredded Dunlops have officially been retired… get it, retired? All of the moving parts on the Bandit have been checked out, dialed in, oiled down, and […]

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Why Cats Don’t Ride

Apr 19, 2012 No Comments

Ok, all right, before you blog me to death – I do know there are “some cats” that ride motorcycles. I googled “Cats on motorcycles” and got a few, not many mind you, just a few. While “Dogs on motorcycles” turned up a ton of the quadrupeds! The reason is simple; dog’s want to ride, […]

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It’s Now Called “Dücati”

Apr 18, 2012 No Comments

Audi will buy Italian motorcycle maker Ducati for €860 million ($1.1 billion) as they expand their portfolio to include the much sought-after two-wheelers. Today the Volkswagen and Audi supervisory boards approved the purchase and are also hoping for a quick regulatory approval. The deal will aid Germany-based Audi to better compete with the BMW AG, […]

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Paying It Forward

Apr 18, 2012 No Comments

When I was 25 I worked as a Land Surveyor. I started out in the field as an apprentice and eventually worked my way up to party chief; which meant I had client contact. I would show up to do the work and quite often the clients were home. I’d let them know what we’d […]

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Suburbs to Sublime

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

With no problems whatsoever getting our bikes out of Indonesian customs in Belawan, we took a deep breath and decided to take to the road straight away. The suburbs of Medan seem to go on for miles and it took us a little while to negotiate the smaller roads leading out of this bustling city. […]

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