Finally – Spring 2010 is here!

It is officially spring and it couldn’t have been a nicer day. Frankly, I’m a little disappointed winter is gone. I usually take a lot of ribbing for putting my bike up for two or three months. This year I was prepared to ride all winter. The dang snow made it impossible to ride all of February. I invested in heated gloves for both me and Diana. Diana’s cost me an arm and a leg and she only got to wear them two times. Our new sponsor Riders Discount sent me a Tour Master Synergy heated jacket liner. I only got to wear it two or three times. Not enough for a good write up; it will have to wait til Fall.

Tour Master Synergy Heated Jacket Liner

You can probably tell from the name of this blog that I am heavily involved with group riding. Riding with my HOG Chapter offers unparalleled camaraderie. Riding with First State HOG opened my eyes to what riding is all about. However I have recently made serious changes to my diet and given up caffeine so even though we had two chapter rides today, I went on neither. I wanted to go riding on my schedule. Unfortunately my schedule is in slow motion compared to everyone else (fortunately my wife is on the same schedule). I think getting out of bed at 8:00 or 9:00am on a Saturday is getting up early. I like 10:00 or 11:00am much better. My eyes opened at 8:00 am and I just laid in bed for an extra hour. Too awake to sleep but not awake enough to get out of bed. I woke Diana at 9:00am and then I took a shower. Diana prepared breakfast and we ate. Got the bikes out, geared up and hit the gas station for a fill up. We were on the road by 11:00am.  Most of our friends left before we even got out of bed! I’m glad they had a great time. I thought of them often througout the day.

I have got to be the luckiest guy in the world! Diana can take me on some great rides through Maryland which she knows very well. We took a two hour jaunt to Reisterstown to check on the townhouse we have up for sale. My wife took me on some really great roads through horse farm country with great twists, turns and single lane bridges that crossed babling brooks. Then we visted with Diana’s son, nephew and sister. The sun was shining and it was a fantastic ride. The ride back was even better.

Well, even though I’m a tad disappointed about not getting enough cold riding in… I’m still glad it’s spring!

As a goodbye to winter here is a video I made with my new FlipVideo HD that I fondly call: The Chilly Willy Interviews.

March 2010 East Coast Biker Online

March 2010 East Coast Biker Online

The March 2010 East Coast Biker Online has been online. It features a hot pictorial by Michael Mancini featuring killer custom sport bikes by Sparkling Image Custom Cycle here in Newark, DE. The model, Jesse Layne, is pretty hot too. My Febraury product review of Harley heated gloves is in this issue but it’s too hot to even talk about heated gloves now. Diana’s poetry is on page 20 and Joker’s New England Update is on page 64. Click here to see this issue.

I Wanna Be A Wanna Be

It rubs me the wrong way to read about motorcyclists referring to others as Wanna Be’s. Who is born with a motorcycle? We all had to have that Wanna Be desire at some point before we made the leap. And then when someone makes the leap and buys a motorcycle they have to be ridiculed and mocked as a wanna be… unless of course it is someone you know. In that case they are more politely referred to as a Newbie. Eventually they get enough miles under their belt to become a full fledged biker and then they probably follow suit and start mocking others who they don’t consider real bikers. Personally, I miss the desire and passion I had before my dream of owning a Harley became a reality. I also miss the excitement that came with being a new rider once my dream was realized. Now I’m just another jaded Harley owner.

There was a period in my life when I was obsessed with muscle cars. At one point I had several hundred dollars invested in a 1/10th scale radio control ’69 Mustang GT350. Even as an accomplished Harley rider I was a Wanna Be. I never thought I would realize the dream of owning an American icon on four wheels. I told myself “cars are for transportation and a muscle car is not practical.” I tried to settle my desire by convincing myself “my motorcycle is my passion.” My wife Diana is much like me and we decided to decorate our kitchen in homage to the Shelby Mustang GT350. So we have this kitchen that is a Mustang shrine and I think that alone officially made us under cover secret Mustang Wanna Be’s who happened to own Harleys. Knowing that Diana’s car was on it’s last legs I asked her in January wether we should be practical and buy a mini SUV or if we should buy our dream car. She voted practical and said she wanted a Saturn Vue. Sadly, Saturn is no more and a good Vue is hard to find.

Another cherry has been popped! Diana had a change of heart. As of this morning Diana and I took another leap of faith and purchased the dream car of our budget. Now a cherry 2005 Mustang GT Convertable sits in the driveway. Actually Diana took it to a Pink Garage Party… so it’s not really in the driveway; my Toyota Corolla is. Now that we have two Harleys, a Mustang, a house and each other… what is left to yearn for? I know! An all inclusive dream vaction package to a Caribbean Island! Yeah! I’m a Wanna Be again! Dream’n bout rum punch drinks from the poolside swim up bar.

You only live once so “Go for the Gusto!”

Mustang from worm’s view on rainy day