Archive for February, 2009

24
Feb
09

Have you heard the silent motorcycle?

     I am so intrigued by this new concept in motorcycles that I cant help but read everything possible and gobble up any and all information.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share the news with all of you. Now, I know my heart is all about my gasoline powered, noisy, burly, actual motorcycle. But, I watch my grandchildren use all this “green” information as though it were a matter of life and death.  I am constantly very lovingly corrected about everything from how to brush my teeth to disposing of light bulbs. I know that I need to be open minded enough to see whats new. I managed to find just that when I found electric motorcycles. My grandkids would be proud. 
     In my quest to find “green” cleaning products for my websites “green” section, I found an article at treehugger.com about an electric motorcycle that is amazingly nice looking in design.  It is called the Enertia Electric Motorcycle and its manufactured by Brammo Motosports(http://www.enertiabike.com) in Ashland, Oregon, about four hours from my hometown. I couldn’t wait to interview the owner, take some pics for the website, take it for a spin, and hear…or not hear it run!! The darn thing doesn’t make a sound.
     Now, the stats on this bike makes it a great commuter bike with a top speed of 50 mph and a range of about 45 miles.  The Valence Lithium Ion Phosphate battery takes only three hours to recharge fully. The motor type is a High Output Permanent Magnet DC and upon completion the entire bike weighs only 280 lbs.
     I couldn’t wait to see this bike which resembles one of our current enduro-type bikes, and looks rather sleek with clean, sexy lines.  I sent out emails to the company and waited for a response. I made several phone calls which resulted in the leaving of several messages with no return response. I wanted to see this bike so much so that I finally made the four hour trip to find out if these guys were even in business!
     Upon arrival I found out that they were in business. I didn’t get to see the bike because they weren’t starting production until they completed their move to a new building and, although I left them my card and sent them information on my company through the mail, I haven’t heard from them at all.  I guess the idea of free exposure for fifteen minutes of conversation didn’t appeal to them! hmmmm.
     So, after considerable grumbling and a little Internet surfing, I found a new electric bike to get excited about.  Its bigger, better, and faster. More to follow………

Smite me will ya……………………

                                   Lady Godiva on wheels!!!!!!
   

24
Feb
09

Where did my Valkyrie go?

     I have a love for the Honda Valkyries.  They are burly as hell which is why I love them. One of my friends called them a “car on two wheels”. I think that’s fair.
     The Valkyrie was manufactured by Honda, in the United States at the Honda motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio.  It consisted of a 1520cc horizontally opposed six cylinder liquid cooled boxer engine that was a transplant from the Honda’s Goldwing model.  The norm for the ‘cruiser’ style bikes were consistently based on a V-twin engine and, so the Valkyrie was quite unusual. The transplant from the Goldwing brought changes to the camshaft and six individual 28mm carburetors, one for each cylinder. The changes were made to increase power and torque. And they sounded bad-ass as a result.
     The introduction of the Valkyrie in 1997 brought two models, the Standard and the Tourer.  The latter included a windshield and lockable hard saddlebags. In 1999, the Interstate model was added, which included a fork-mounted fairing and a trunk. (I love a trunk).
     As sales dwindled, the Tourer model was dropped in 2000 and the Interstate was dropped in 2001.  In 2003 the Standard was the only model left but could only be purchased in the color black.  That lasted one year and was the end of the original Valkyrie.
     In 2003, Honda introduced a limited edition motorcycle called the Valkyrie Rune. It sported an 1800cc engine. It looked nothing like the original Valkyrie, being all waspy-esq and it was definitely a screamer.
     And with the decline of interest came the demise of the Valkyrie. But, fear not, there is a used one out there, somewhere, with my name on it! Black….can have rear end damage because I intend to have my trike!!!  Just so you know.

                                  Lady Godiva on wheels……three wheels!!!

22
Feb
09

I want you to remember this one!!

     I have a best friend and business partner that gets the most amazing emails from her family and friends but, this one topped them all.  I want the whole world to see this short but powerful video, especially with all the struggles of the world today breathing down our throats and beating us up. We watch our economy declining by the day and our young men and women fighting a war amongst strangers that hate them, not knowing if they will be killing or be killed, people are loosing their jobs, their homes, and all hope. When you think the struggles are too much, watch this video again and remember that if we are like the example we see, we wont stop until the job is done, we will do it against all odds with no thought of our own safety, and helping someone else makes all the hard work worth it. It may be the difference between our success or our demise.  One last thing…..I have to warn you that I was so moved that I was fighting the lump in my throat for several minutes. You will be amazed by the courage of a little dog! If he can do it, so can we!! a9a4e4d2_0.txt, Hero_Dog_Tries_To_Help_Wounded_Dog.wmv  or  http://ow.ly/1QFm It takes a minute but be patient and you will be in awe.

                                    Lady Godiva (sniffle) on wheels

21
Feb
09

Just another burly biker? No, its super “Chopperguy”!

     I love the idea of blogging. It gives me that awesome opportunity to just talk about whatever I want! I might want to talk about that bike or this lock or that event. But, not this time. This time its something serious and its definitely not about my thoughts. And, so I hand the spotlight over.

     I would like to take advantage of this space to tell someones story. Its about a little boy named Blake Howard Wayland. This is what his stepfather had to say about him: http://www.chopperTNT.com

      

In 2004, Blake was what we thought was a normal healthy kid, playing roller Hockey in Ashland for the Vipers and football for the Kanawha Redskins. He also played basketball for a Glen Allen summer team and in July, participated in the JMU Summer Basketball Camp.

He enjoyed Trick Bike riding, Skate Boarding, Riding his Dirt Bike, shooting, hunting, fishing and most outside activities. He was also a pretty darn good golfer (Thanks to his mom and dad).

The week of August 23, 2004, Blake got a fever for a few evenings, but was active and unaffected during the day. After a trip to the pediatrician for what we thought was strep throat, we were told we had to get to MCV hospital as soon as we could because he could possibly have Leukemia. That week he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He had no signs of the disease, and within 4 days of entering the hospital, he was in the pediatric ICU on a respirator, clinging to life.

After a hard fight, on March 1, 2005, Blake lost his courageous battle with Leukemia.————————————————————————————                                                  
     Now, you might wonder where I heard this story as I searched for motorcycle information on the Internet.  It was on twitter.com  while I was surfing around, trying to find people to make my friends. Of course, I was looking for other motorcycle enthusiasts which was why I found someone named “Chopperguy”. Imagine my surprise when the link for this guy is to a sight that is all about running for Leukemia and raising money to stop it in its tracks, all in the name of his little stepson, Blake. There was no leather, no chrome, just the cause. Just this man that has the name to make you think of the big, burly, bad-ass biker. A man that must have a heart that is so broken, and is willing to take on the pain of training for a run that is over 13 miles long to support a boy that is gone but never forgotten. Makes me tear up, I can’t lie.
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     Here is the challenge that “Chopperguy” has for us all…..

Why are YOU here? To help me make a difference. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS’s mission. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to LLS and are recorded in my account! Corporate and company matching donation are also welcomed!

Although you can donate any amount you choose, my goal is to raise at least $4.00 per mile from each of my donors. That’s $52. Anyone contributing $100.00 or more will have their name and/or company name on a shirt that I will wear at the start of the race! Also, your donation is tax-deductible!

If you would like to donate, you can do so online by using the tool in the left menu. If you don’t want to do so online, a check can be made out to “LLS” and sent to the following address:

LLS

Attn: Chopperguy

P.O. Box 8432

Richmond, VA 23226

You can also help by sending the following web address to everyone on your mailing list: http://www.chopperTNT.com

I am completing this event in honor of Blake and all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!

I hope you will visit my web site often.

Thanks for your support!

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” == Frank Loyd Wright

“Pain is Temporary, Quitting lasts Forever” == Lance Armstrong

Chopper Guy
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According to the information, every ten minutes someone in the US dies of a type of blood cancer.  This is about the man that lost his stepson but,  next time it could be a lot closer to home, our home!!. Lets see if we can help this sweet man out and work towards eliminating this disease.
     And, to infuse a little humor, cant you just imagine this burly biker running in the crowd in his leather jacket, gym shorts, and motorcycle boots!?  Listen, “Chopperguy”, we love you for this, man!!  Rock on, in Blake’s name…….. we run with you!!

                                               Lady Godiva on wheels

16
Feb
09

The “garage sale” of motorcycles.

     Are you like me? When you see a garage sale do you just have to take a peek as you drive by..in case there is something you need?  Do you just love the smell of a deal and does a steal make you shiver, just a little? Me, too!! Let me tell you how I discovered the “garage sale” of motorcycles.

     Well, I was surfing the web as well as checking out some of my motorcycle brethren on “twitter.com” when I decided to check out my friend “Harleypig”. His blog http://blog.harleypig.com/consists of a little bit of this and a little bit of that and after reading about the sparrow (not seagull, SPARROW) on “are you unhappy?”, somewhere in the clicking and reading, I managed to find a site that consists of salvage motorcycles bought from insurance companies.  Wow, there were all kinds of bikes! Whole bikes!! Every brand and model. Also, every level of disrepair and damage.  They weren’t just parts!  That provoked a thought in my head….wouldn’t it be wise to get one of these bikes and turn it into the trike I want so badly.  Well, aren’t I smart?

     Off to the web and surfing feverishly, I found a few local places in or near Portland, Oregon, my home town.  Who knew these wonderful places existed! A place where you could buy a whole damaged bike and put it back together the way you wanted it.  Apparently my husband did!!  I couldn’t wait to tell him about my terrific find, share a brilliant idea, let him in the loop. I wanted to share the wonder of these bikes that needed love like the stray little puppies I used to bring home.  I wanted to tell him about the unbelievable prices that were promised on the websites. As I went on and on about everything I had seen he simply nodded and smiled. Something made me stop talking and inquire about the sheepish grin on his face. After he told me of his many trips with the “boys” from the Wrecking Crew, (that’s his posse) and the sights that he saw, I smacked him on his bald head. How rude!!

    Guess where he’s taking me this week? A trip to the salvage yard and a great steak dinner, his treat!!……………………….Lady Godiva on wheels. FYI, if I find the remnants of that Valkyrie I’ve been dying for, Im bringin that puppy home!

Do yourselves a favor and check out any of the many motorcycle bloggers. These people are incredibly talented and also have the skinny on all the great ideas and the where-abouts of anything you could dream of. They are a plethora of information! Trust me. Look on Twitter.com and click on “find people”. Then enter “motorcycle”. Also, check out my buds at http://twittgroups.com/group/motorcyclefans. They are the best!! They also have a great bunch in their group.  Also,http://beth-aroundtheloop.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-did-it-again.html.. This girl has an absolutely beautiful blogsite with lots of outstanding photography. She rocks!! (And she rides!!)

13
Feb
09

Slightly hasty, tired, and cranky!

     I might have been a little out of sorts last nite when I indicated that no one wanted to “speak” to me.  Boy was I wrong.  Today I had a plethora of talkative people telling me about some wonderful websites, lots of insights, and just plain passing along well wishes and support.  Thanx to all my “friends”.  Now I know what kind of friends they are.  They are great!

     There are lots of people waiting for the weather to change. Those bikes are calling our names and saying, “ride me!!”.  Its time to dust them off and get the fine tuning done so they will vroom you to new places and old.  Time to check the fluids, tune ’em up, check the tires, and, if need be, replace that tired ‘ol battery. Its always a good idea to start the season with a nice little wax and chrome polish.  Besides, it gives you something to do until old man winter takes a long summers nap.  Praise God for that day!!

     With that said, get on the ball. There are bushes to prune, yards to clean up, and winter to peel off so we can get on the road.  Lets go!!

                            Off to the garage…………Lady Godiva on wheels

12
Feb
09

“Speak!” I said, “Speak!”. Why wont you speak??

     I have been a busy little girl!  With the days ticking by, I want as much information as possible on my website http://motorcycletravelamerica.com .  I have been putting this question out there: When you go on the web to look for motorcycle related things, what things are they and where do you go to find them?  Seems like a simple question, right? 

     I have become quite the twitterer on twitter.com.  I have been linked in again, and again on LinkedIn.com. I have even got a facebook page….like I dont know what my face looks like!  But, after putting my face out there, twittering everyone available, and linking like crazy and I cant get anyone to answer the question.  I did, however, get lots of ‘friends’!!  But, none of my so-called friends would help me either.  What kind of friends are these?

     Ok, I admit I am a little tired and just playin around.  Not that I’m happy about no one talking to me.  There are a bazillion people on these sites and I cant find anybody that can speak.  So, I looked at my three sweet puppies…one German Sheppard, one Rottie, and a little mini long haired Doxie with one blue eye and one brown….and I said, “speak!”.  And they did!!

           Time for this busy little girl to go to bed….a tired Lady Godiva on wheels.




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