Caption Contest at RC USA

More than a mouthful

I took this picture at Rommel Harley-Davidson’s Full Throttle Weekend. No prize for this contest but I was wondering what all you creative riders and writers out there would come up with for a caption. Please share.

Arlen Ness – An Unexpected Bonus

Outside Arlen Ness

When Diana and I vacationed in California in early April it was a very well thought out trip. Diana had been planning it for five years. We had day trips scheduled Monday thru Friday and things went according to plan. Even our lunch with motorcycle bloggers FLHX Dave and BB. But there was one special unexpected bonus trip!

Inside Arlen Ness

My uncle had mentioned that there were a few motorcylce dealerships in the area if we wanted to visit them. Diana and I have seen our fair share of Harley dealerships and shops and weren’t too excited about the idea. We don’t collect dealership t-shirts from every single place we go like some people do. Just some of them.

My uncle is not a motorcyclist and mentioned a shop called Arlen Ness. We were like “The Arlen Ness?!” And he was like “is there only one?”

So of course we had to take a side trip to see the Arlen Ness shop in Dublin, CA. It was big! The first floor was like a really cool Victory dealership featuring of course Arlen Ness edition motorcycles. There was also an area on the first floor dedicated to Arlen Ness parts and accesories. The second floor had one big room that was like a storage room for all Arlen’s extra customs. It’s not like they were on display each with their own spot. No these one of kind Arlen Ness creations were crammed handlebar to handlebar in this one room that had lots of trophys, articles, signs and other cool stuff around the walls. It was strange seeing Top Bannana, a motorcycle that we saw built on television, among this crowded room of motorcycles with no special fan fare. The showroom was like a time capsule or shine to Arlen’s work. Check out these way cool pictures dude! Gnarly huh!

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Talk about time capsule, check out this picture from 2005 of Diana with Arlen Ness, Matt Hotch and Eddy Trotta.

Diana and her famous friends

Change Your Own Motorcycle Oil

My wife is the proud owner of a 2008 Harley-Davidson Super Glide and teaches algebra. It’s not like she is Joe mechanic. She is a math teacher. But she can change the oil on her motorcycle. So if there are any guys (or gals) out there who are timid about changing their own fluids, know this… my wife can do it. Most any intelligent person can do this task.

You can save big bucks! The oil and filter are going to cost you about $60. Now if you compare that to the dealer prices or even a private shop you are going to save huge! Lets just say the dealer is going to charge you about $200. Yes, they will do a lot more than just change the fluids… or at least they are supposed to. But do the math! It’s not algebra. You can save well over a $100 each time you do it yourself.

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Yes, you do need to invest in a little training if you don’t have someone to show you the ropes. Fortunately we benefited from both a friend showing us the way and a great training DVD called Fix My Hog.

Yes, you need to invest in a few tools and the model and year specific service manual if you don’t already have them. The satisfaction of doing it yourself and knowing it was done right is priceless!

The training you need is in the Fix My Hog DVD set. Very easy to follow demonstrations in the comfort of your own living room that will save you money. You can do this and more! 

Click here now for more info on the DVD’s that can save you big money.

Spring Activity

After a long winter break from motorcycling there is finally some activity in the Green’s garage. We put our motorcycle lives and a lot of other things on hold while looking forward to and saving up for our spring break vacation to San Francisco. Now that we’re back, and received our tax refund, it is time to do some maintenance.

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Diana’s Super Glide ended last season with a dead battery and a well worn rear tire. She wanted to start the season by changing the fluids, putting in a new battery and getting a new tire before going on any rides. She did 90% of the battery and fluid change on her own. She even went to the dealership and picked up all the supplies on her own.

We dropped her motorcycle off at Rt 301 Cycle in Middletown, DE a few minutes ago for the tire. That was our first ride of the season. I got to use my CB radio and on the ride back we used the passenger to rider intercom system. Everything seems to work, except a few aches in my shoulders.

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.

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