Ride Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

Reporting from Delaware… a state of emergency has been called due to the approaching Hurricane Sandy. All rides, work and other activities are canceled due to high winds and ominous amounts of rain and flooding. If you live on the West Coast, please go out and ride for those of us who are trapped indoors waiting for the electricity to go out and our basements to become swimming pools.

East Coast Biker October 2012

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Nothing from us this month but that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the October 2012 East Coast Biker Online edition at http://www.eastcoastbiker.net/imag/issue046/pageflip.htm

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Twenty Idiots on Motorcycles

This video is aptly named Twenty Idiots on Motorcycles. I’m embarrased that a member of a HOG chapter is prominently on this video and possibly the worst offender. I would much rather be poked fun at as the overly anal retentive safety police who chug along backroads in parade formation at five miles under the speed limit. That would be better than having any relation to this display of stupidity.

Wrench’n On Cars & Motorcycles

Now that we own a compact car, a muscle car, a pick up truck and two Harleys I have to pick up some of the maintenance or I’ll be in the poor house. How’s that for motivation?

I’m not a gear head or schooled in the fine art of automotive or motorcycle repair. However the need has arisen to pick up the wrenches. First out of responsibility to know what was done and how it was done. Secondly to save money!

Through my HOG mentor, service manuals, informative books, training DVD’s, online forums and YouTube I have gleaned enough info to perform maintenance on our vehicles. Yesterday I changed the rear brake pads and rotors on our Mustang GT and I’m damn proud of myself!

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I would like to plug Advance Auto Parts. They rock! I order stuff online and pick up at store sometimes saving 20% and receiving a $50 coupon on purchases of $100 or more to be used the following month. It’s a great deal! The service has been great! I have been able to return things for full credit that didn’t work for me. I have purchase parts that have a lifetime warranty and get replacements at no charge. I mistakenly forgot to put a 20% coupon code in during an online checkout at midnight. I e-mailed customer service and it was taken care of before I even woke up the next morning. And to top it off those parts were ready for pick up before lunchtime! The staff at the Newark, DE store are always helpful and full of information.

I would also like to plug YouTube! I have watched a number of video’s on YouTube showing me how to do a number of repairs on the Dakota and Mustang.

Doing my own automotive maintenance… saving hundreds of dollars… another benefit from our involvement with the motorcycle community.

Life, Death & Bikers

A week ago tonight a friend, a fellow Road Captain in our HOG Chapter, lost a horrible battle with cancer that lasted a few short months. We attended his viewing on Tuesday. Some of my friends, and sometimes their friends, meet death on the road in a flash of flesh, steel and asphalt. Unfortunately I have witnessed it. Sometimes my biker friends, and even my wife, lose a parent to old age. During my five years in the biker community I have been to the viewings of two friends lost to the road, four parents of fellow riders, my father in law and now a friend who died of lung cancer.

Before joining our HOG Chapter I wasn’t part of a community. Members from different riding clubs get to know each other. We see each other at rallies, bike nights and charity runs. It’s great being part of something! It’s like I finally joined the human race! But I see death and experience loss far more than before.

The members of this extended family support each other in grief. All feel the loss and share the family’s heartache. I can’t tell you if our community is more supportive than others. I don’t belong to a church group, a softball team or even a fantasy football league. I can tell you that leather clad bikers come out in droves to support their friends and pay their respects. At these viewings it’s hard to find a parking space. The line usually extends out the door and down the walk. Members of the biker community come to support the immediate family of the deceased. All members share the loss, lean on each other and embrace the family.

If I wasn’t part of this community, I wouldn’t know as much about life. I wouldn’t be as familiar with death. And I definitely wouldn’t know how people, who would otherwise be strangers, put aside their differences to comfort each other when faced with the loss of a friend, lover or family member.

RIP Bob aka Senior. You are missed.

Free $50 at Jafrum International

You have a very high chance of winning $50 from Jafrum International. There are hundreds of great motorcycle helmets and accessories to choose from at this online motorcycle retailer. I have the opportunity to give away a $50 gift coupon to one lucky reader of RC USA. I’ll give the $50 coupon code to the reader who leaves the best comment here on what they would purchase with the $50 coupon at Jafrum and why. This time of year I would be looking to purchase heated gear for Diana to keep her warm and toasty. What would you choose and why? I’ll pick the winner on November 1st.