Old Friends Meet For First Time

East meets West

Diana and I went to California for our spring break vacation the first week in April. We played the part of caged tourists in San Francisco for a full week and had many adventures. One of our adventures was a day trip to Salinas to meet old friends for the first time!

We started this blog in 2008. At the same time Dave Mickelson started his biker blog: Road Grits Cafe. And John Ciampa started My Harley Mystique. Together, the three of us explored this great creative outlet and picked up more and more blogging friends along the way. Our women even got in on the online action! My wife Diana started contributing to Road Captain USA as Mrs Road Captain. And Dave met Rebekah who started BB’s Road Trip.

There were hundreds if not thousands of miles separating us from Massachusetts to Delaware to California. Dave, who goes by FLHX Dave or VD, has the most magnetism. His blog post rants draw the most comments, the most followers and even the most real life visits. If you follow his blog you know that he has met up with several online personalities… some even made out of paper like Flat Willy! Well Diana and I had to join the esteemed biker bloggers who have actually met the Viking and BB!

What is it like to meet people you have been freinds with online through blogging for five years but have never met? It was just like meeting up with old friends you have met before! After the first greetings were exchanged we all felt like we knew each other forever and this was a normal lunch with close freinds. Except for the part where Dave poked me with his finger to see if I was real. Besides the finger poking it felt very natural and we all got along great. We had a fantastic lunch together. We could have chatted all afternoon about motorcycles, blogging and normal stuff too. It was a little hard to say good bye knowing this might be the only time or one of very few times that we would be able to hang out together in the same real space but none of us wanted to show it… after all that would be silly seeing how we are practically strangers. We said our good byes and drove back to my uncle’s house in Pleasanton repeating over and over again all the way back “they were so cool!”

We hope to see them again in person on another vacation, hopefully one that involves motorcycles.

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.

New Improved Look at www.RoadCaptainUSA.com

orange rod

On January 5th 2008 I started this blog. Ten months later I launched an online store at www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com which is doing very well. I have found some unique motorcycle accessories that I don’t think you can find just anywhere. These are items I feel have true value. The Ride Like A Pro products can make you a better rider! The Fix My Hog products can save you hundreds of dollars by teaching you to do your own maintenance and performance upgrades! The Moto-Maps products can help you find scenic roads to ride! I have recently added some new products, more about that later. For now I would like to announce that I have totally redesigned the online store! I was so excited about the new store design I also remodeled the blog to match the store. Please check out the new online store and let me know what you think of both the new blog and online store. Click here to check out the store!

Bikes and Buddies – New Blog

Here is a great new blog by Kevin Moore. So far there are only two stories posted; but these two stories are brilliantly written. If you just read one of these it would be worth your time. Click here.

Biker Bathing Suit Needs Push To Win Contest

We need to help a biker chick (my wife) win this FaceBook contest. This is the last 24 hours of voting so if you have a FaceBook account we are asking you to click this link and sign up to vote for Diana’s Tropical Escape bathing suit design: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/cyberswim?v=app_184712868248864&app_data=vote_entry_id%3D212588

Your Favorite Ride Contest at Competition Accessories

The people at Competition Accessories love riding just as much as you do and would love to hear about those great motorcycling memories! It doesn’t matter if it was an epic ‘round the world adventure, or just an awesome daytrip. Send CA a write-up about your most memorable ride (bonus point for pictures and videos!), and you will eligible to win a $25, $15, or $10 gift card! Please submit your entries to this link, compcontest@gmail.com. The stories can be short or as long as you want. Submission will be featured on their Facebook page and blog, and the staff at CA will be voting on their favorite in the office. The contest runs from Tuesday, August 9, 2011 until Noon (EST) on Friday, August 19, 2011. Winners will be announced on Friday August 19, 2011 around 3pm (EST) via Facebook, Blog and e-mail.