Posts Tagged ‘motorcycle road trip


Did someone say Spring…..

According to the internet: Spring began with the vernal equinox at 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere. However, someone forgot to send Old Man Winter the memo. I saw a post on Facebook that said, “I think its time for Old Man Winter to get Mother Nature drunk and have some fun making Spring”. I promise to provide the alcohol!! Anything they want!
But, smile… it is coming so get that bike in shape and get ready to ride!!

Lady Godiva on wheels… loosing patience with that darn Old Man Winter!!


aches pains and adventure – Beyond Bucharest book review, by Christina Shook…

My dear, sweet friend, Christina Shook, photographer and author of “Chicks on Bikes”, emailed me about a book she had been reading, “Beyond Bucharest” by Bob Goddard. Not only is this a great read but, all the proceeds go to a wonderful charity called “EveryChild”. Christina did a fabulous review and, not being able to say it better, go to her blog and read about the book. I hope you consider a purchase for your own reading pleasure, knowing that it will help a child in need.



Lady Godiva on wheels, ready to read the adventure…for a child.


A groundbreaking new motorcycle, driven from a wheelchair, made a debut in Colorado.

I happen to be surfin the web for the different motorcycles on the market that cater to riders with limitation, i.e. older riders, and I ran across a Colorado news publication that had a fantastic story that I had to share:


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A Colorado company called Adaptive Automobility  specializing in wheelchair accessible vans, is marketing an incredible motorcycle that is completely wheelchair accessible. “It opens the road in a way that wheelchairs haven’t had open to them in the past,” said Adaptive Automobility owner Kevin Durban.  This motorcycle trike, called the Mobility Conquest, gives the controller complete independence to ride in a trike that has been road and track tested and comes equipped with a motorized back entry ramp and a safety lock to keep the wheelchair secure allowing the wheelchair bound owner to use the trike without assistance. It is adaptable to either manual or electric wheelchairs. The six hand controls takes care of operating the trike with complete ease.
“The Conquest wheelchair motorcycle has an 1170 CC engine that can keep up with — and probably outrun — quite a bit of the competition. This three-wheel motorcycle trike can hit 60 mph within 7.6 seconds of leaving the line. The top speed is a blazing 105 mph, too fast for the highways, but certainly enough to guarantee that you will never run short of power when it’s needed. The wheelchair motorcycle’s stylish design makes it something unique on the road.” Now, that’s freedom!
This is one of the coolest things I have seen, giving the handicapped the ability to ride and giving them back the independence that they may feel they have lost. The incredible feeling of power can be just what someone you know needs, or maybe what you need. This is one giant step towards it.  
Kudos to owner Kevin Durbin, for making these trikes available to the folks in Colorado. Take a look at this awesome trike at Adaptive Automobility  and get all the information, pictures, and video. Check for other dealerships here if you live in another part of the country.
You can also follow Mark Allan Roberts on Twitter and I’m sure he would be happy to answer your questions for you.
Also, read about Mike Donahue from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and the plans he made to ride cross country on his trike. The story doesnt have a follow up that I could find. If anyone finds a story about how his trip went, please let me know….

Lady Godiva on wheels…. lovin this story!


Riding and the bad back…

Because I am of the upper 50’s age bracket, I know how important it is to be in good health so that it remains fun to ride. I will be adding some medical information in my posts, from time to time, just to help make sure we all have the best info for maximum success and blissful riding experiences.
I understand back pain! Although mine is minimal and age related, it’s still a pain. My son is at the doctor as I post, hoping for an answer to his back pain and, he is only 32! I hope I can pass along a bit of wisdom and information that will help someone. I would love to hear from my readers, as well. I want to know what you know so that I can pass it along.
Especially for we older riders but, certainly not exclusive to, back pain can be a pain in the… well, you know where. I read a tweet from @loosingmybehind( Cheryl Sweeney) about compression shorts while bicycling. That made me ponder and, ya know what happens when I ponder!! Could this be of value to we long distance riders?
I did a little reading about these “compression shorts” and found the name Saunders coming up over and over. I also found a website called Isokinetics,Inc, that carried the Saunders brand items (just type sauders in the search bar).  Some of it resembles torture chamber items… hmmmm… but, others look quite promising. You will also find books and videos.
Now, I havent tried any of the items and do not advocate any however, I will be looking into this further. So, lets talk back pain and cures. What have you found that works? What have you tried that didn’t?  

Lady Godiva… pondering, again!


A young man from Motorcycle Memoir,with a lot to say….

I am always intrigued by people who have found a way to turn their love of something into a vehicle for giving. It seems to prevail in the motorcycle community, from toy runs that helps to make a sick child smile to poker runs that use the proceeds for researching the cure for one of countless diseases and everything in between. I believe it works well with we motorcycle riders because our community is so endless. Motorcycle riding transcends age, religion, economics, race, location, gender and on and on. Even the manufacturer of the bike you ride becomes immaterial if you are in need. You don’t even have to be a member of the community to benefit from the efforts that so many have made to be of service. I don’t know too many non-church communities that can make that claim. And, that is the foundation for so many opportunities to help others.
Here is an example of one young man who has done just that, to the extreme:

“Follow the journey: six continents, two-hundred countries and twenty-four time zones, as I ride my motorcycle around the globe to raise funds and awareness for the number one cause of death in the world: Hunger. ~ O. Christopher Sorbi”

I am spotlighting one particular blog post, not because I want to advocate his political views or that I agree or disagree with them, but because he delivers them with such incredible passion. I hope everyone can find that “something” to be passionate about!
Enjoy reading all his postings but, start with this one;

Lady Godiva on wheels, feelin the passion..


Summer heat and motorcycle riding…

I didnt think the summer here in Oregon would ever come. We were lucky to get temperatures in the 70s. That was Monday… Today, we are in the triple digits and HOT, REALLY HOT. In fact, when I took the bike out for a ride and meet a friend for coffee, I found out that my spring riding gear was too dang hot. I could feel the sweat dripping down my back bone! Phew… That made me think about the fact that coffee/caffeine wasnt such a good idea and I should have had water with a pinch of salt! With that said, I thought it was time to re-post my blog about summer heat.  So, here is the re-post about the summer heat that hadn’t crossed my mind until today…

On my website I have “beat the heat suggestions” and what to do in the event of sunstroke ( ) and was planning to put motorcycle specific advice in as well.  There are actually quite a few that don’t always pop into your mind until you’re out there and in trouble. The sun can be a nasty fellow if you’re not careful! Hope these tips help!

1) Always remember to re-hydrate! Caffeine drinks are diuretics and you need at least two non- caffeinated drinks to make up for one caffeinated one. Salt helps you absorb and retain water so put a pinch in your water bottle or eat a salty snack. A camelback water backpack

CamelBak Hydration Backpack

( here at webBike World) is a great way to carry water and sip as you go. If you fill it half full of ice, it lasts a bit longer while being  more soothing when thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrating! A headache wont be far behind, so drink up. As gross as it sounds, be aware of the color of your urine! Pale yellow is perfect. Anything darker is a sure sign that you are headed for dehydration. Also, and this one is gunna hurt….lay off the alcohol! 
2) Consider clothing that allows you to sweat and your body to breathe.  My buddies at Motosport ( ) have a great selection of hot weather riding gear but you can even consider some of the better work-out clothing to achieve the same results. Long sleeves keep you from sunburn. I always take any opportunities to drench myself, my clothing and, even the inside of my helmet on very hot days.  Wetting your head is one quick way to cool off after your helmet has trapped the heat in. Also, consider one of the neck bandannas that have the absorbing crystals inside (here’s instructions to make your own called “Cool Ties”. ). “Cool Ties work on the  principal of evaporative cooling.  Once the polymer is hydrated, the fabric surface of the Cool Tie draws the moisture from the polymer to the fabric surface, which evaporates resulting in an effective body cooler”.
3) Remember that your air and oil cooled bikes are going to get hot! You may want to ride forever but the bike is going to need breaks to cool off.  Its better on the open road but, pay attention to the bikes temperature just to be safe. Along with the heat comes soft asphalt!  When you park your bike, go for the shade of course but, when you can’t find any, remember to take something along to put under your kick stand. I have seen them get pretty buried in that soft black mess and be plenty tough to wiggle free. Left long enough in asphalt

Whitehorse Gear Kickstand Foot

that is soft enough and the asphalt actually wraps around the kickstand like the “blob”! My friends at Whitehorse Gear have these trick little things called “kickstand feet” ( ). They are very reasonable so if you get stuck leaving it, you wont be TOO unhappy although, I have never had to.  If you get in a pinch, crush a soda can and use that. I used to laugh about it every time I would find one in a parking lot, buried in the asphalt.  It’s what the motorcycle boot was designed for….drink the soda and crush it with the boot, viola’!
Always remember to carry your medical and emergency information with you. Bring something for a headache and wear a hat, sunscreen, and good sunglasses. Take your time and have fun! 
If there is anything I am forgetting, please let me know. I would love to hear suggestions so that I can include all your fabulous ideas when I update the website.  Experience is the key and passing the good ideas along to our motorcycling brethren is what we do at Motorcycle Travel America ( ). 

Lady Godiva on wheels wishing everyone good, safe and healthy summer riding!!  You know where to keep that shiny side, my friends. 
P.S. Will say a prayer so that everyone gets a little motorcycle angel ridin with them…….


Guess what I did 4th of July weekend… Part 1; Author Christina Shook.

This weekend was one of those weekends that happen every now and again and you have to keep pinching yourself to believe that its real. Then you look at all the pictures and realize that you don’t even have to embellish to make this weekend look good….
First thing to happen was that I was fortunate enough to host a four-day stay in my home for my friend, Christina Shook, and her two darling little girls.  Christina was on her “West Coast Book Tour” for her photo expose book of female bikers called “Chicks on Bikes”. That meant that where she went, I got to follow!! And, follow I did…

Christina spoke and signed books at several locations. Her first stop was Cascade Moto Classics here in my hometown of Beaverton, where she was welcomed by patrons and invited to the monthly breakfast meeting of the local Triumph riding club, Triumph Riders Association of Portland, and the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club of Oregon, both sponsored by Cascade. The next morning, we joined the group for a great breakfast and more QandA. The group was such a nice bunch of people and we both enjoyed them all.

Next up was MotoCorsa in North West Portland .  This event was a bit of a surprise Click to enlarge [Motorcycle-Themed Wine from CorsaVino - pic 1]to Christina, especially when she was presented with a bottle of “Corsa Vino”, MotoCorsa owner Arun Sharma’s signature wine .  The love of motorcycles and the taste for enjoying a fine wine, made the atmosphere at MotoCorsa a real pleasure for Christina as it is for everyone that visits the shop.

And, last but hardly least… the 2nd Annual Latus Harley Davidson “Wall of Death” event for 2010 in Gladstone, Oregon . Christina was awesome with some slide shows and QandA complete with some wonderful stories told by Cookie Crum, the “Queen of the Hell Drivers” and eight year veteran on the “Wall of Death” in the late 40’s and 50’s. I will have much more to say about the day we spent with some wonderful and incredibly interesting people in my next couple of posts.  
The evening of the 4th brought LOTS of fireworks. The locals near my home do fireworks in a BIG way. It gave us a fabulous display to enjoy. We sat out by the fire pit and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows while the sky lit up all around us. My poor puppy, Turbo, a 150lb Rottie/Ridgeback mix, was less than excited about all the loud noises. He is pictured here being comforted by his new friend, Christina’s daughter, Marlena. She called the fireworks “booms” and when she wasnt taking care of Turbo, she was curled up in her mommys lap, enjoying the show. Christina’s older daughter, the very bright and lovely Ella, enjoyed the show as well.  

 The next day gave me enough time to make good on my promise to let Christina ride my Brammo Enertia electric bike. She took a spin around the town but, would have loved to have made it a day ride and get a real feel for the bike. It surprised her in many ways and she was amazed by a few others.
A few more pictures and a couple more laughs and that made it time for my friends to hit the road and make their way up to Seattle for the next book signing opportunity. I sent them off down the Columbia Gorge to enjoy the sites of the Multnomah Falls and the wind surfing mecca of Hood River then across the “Bridge of the Gods” to Washington state. We had such a wonderful few days and are looking forward to getting together again in the future. Look for Christina’s wonderful photo journalistic book, “Chicks on Bikes” at   

 So, that is just part of what I did this 4th of July weekend! Next up… the “Wall of Death”.           

 Lady Godiva on wheels…. savoring the unreal weekend!!