Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport.

Keeping with the Italian Theme for a bit longer..

Moorhead, MN, and North Dakota floods 2009 slideshow

Click on the title below to watch the YouTube slideshow.

"If it keeps on raining,snowing the levee's going to break."


Reader Ride! Bimota V Due!

Submitted by Antonio Dicoste for the excellent reparto corse numero 6 blog

"Hi here's my V2 before indicators mirrors light removing and front fair racing shift .
ciao Anthony."


What a fantastic ride!




Impressive street rididng... until...

Until around the 8 minute mark.. Found this ove on the excellent Reparto Corse Numero 6 Blog

More Ducks..

I'm in an Italian frame of mind lately.. hope you don't mind.


Guzzi Lineup!

$7.50 per gallon and worth every penny. 112 Octane Race gas!

The Race pump from the Daytona pits. Lord I'd love a steady supply of this stuff.

A Kickass Thruxton (esque) Cafe Racer!

I just drool over those pipes!


Holy Toledo Batman! A car picture in a bike blog?! But WHAT A CAR!!

This was in the parking lot at a local spring festival last weekend. It'ssuch a masterful recreation that I'm dropping it in here. Sorry I just couldn't help myself :)


Rusty Old Norton Commando.

Most folks see a bike like this and visualize the "end product" of a restoration after hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars spent. I tend to lean the other way. I think a bike like this makes for a great rider. No fussing over every bug splatter. Just ride the damm thing and enjoy yourself. As long as it's a mechanically safe and sound bike, then you should just revel in it's patina. Let the vacuum sealed 100 point restoration fanatics stay at home or on the showgrounds.

Remember, "rust never sleeps" but chrome sure does..


Fargo, ND flood

I must apologize to those of you whose blogs I regularly read and comment on, and apologize for lack of posting. I've been swamped with work as of late, and been working 12-13 hour days away from home. For those of you who don't know, I am an insurance adjuster. I've been away at Fargo, ND, and outlying suburbs handling claims for flooding. The Red River is Fargo's main concern right now, although other rivers, ditches, and just about anything that could flood here has. The Red River is now being estimated to crest at 43 feet. If this happens, and they don't get the dikes built high enough, fast enough, the whole city of Fargo will potentially flood. The dikes were only going to be able to handle 41 feet. Thank God for the fact that Fargo has three colleges around, and almost all of the students pitched in to lend a hand for several days sand bagging, and building up the dikes. There has been help from all over the country helping sand bagging. It is truly amazing what people will do for each other. Regarding sand bags, some trivia for you...From what I'm told, it takes approximately 70 sand bags to raise the dike one foot, and that is only for one foot of width. This is due to the pyramid effect of the sand bag dike construction. That my friends is a lot of friggin sand bags. Right now, I'm dealing with flooded basements, failing sump pumps, and sewage back up claims, not whole flooded houses. Hopefully I won't have to deal with whole flooded houses. I hope it doesn't go there. The flood waters are right up to the road sides in many areas, and fields look like the great lakes. Furthermore to insult to injury, we just had a blizzard two days ago, and it has snowed almost continually since then. Only the main roads are getting any plow service, as they have the city crews concentrating on building and maintaining dikes, not plowing streets. This makes for some awfully slow going, and the roads are slippery with compacted snow turned into ice. If you slide off the road, in many areas, you're going to go right into cold flood waters. I saw a truck in a flooded ditch yesterday. I've seen flooded tractors, and all kinds of things like it here. Then to top it all off, there are closed roads that are under water all over. The detouring you have to do to get around here, on top of the poor road conditions, is making the claims handling process go very slow. There are some areas with claims that we can't even get to until the water recedes. Oh yeah, don't forget about the fact that more snow, means more melt off to help feed the river. It's been really cold, so hopes are it stays this way until the river recedes a bit, and then melts SLOWLY. One problem they are having with the cold though is that frozen sand is not as water tight as wet soft sand. They dikes are leaking in some areas due to this. There was also an ice flow that damaged part of one of the dikes that needed repair. All in all this is just plain NOT GOOD!

I'm getting excited that I get to go home this weekend to see my family. But I am behind on home life in general, so no chance to get caught up on the internet.

I miss all of you, my internet buddies. I look forward to getting caught up, "someday". I'm on call to go back up to Fargo, and handle claims again depending on volume. I pray for the folks here that I don't have to come back to handle a total city flood.

When I get a chance, I'll try to post some pictures. I've got some really cool ones.

TTFN

Yamaha R1 Crossplane racebike test video.

What a sound! Turn it up LOUD!!

Kawasaki 1000R ELR (ish) Racebike

Ducati Scrambler Rendering!! WOW!!! What a great idea!

My friend Brian's bike!

Boy i really hope that Ducati is paying attention to this gentlemen! What a fantastic concept!


1966 (ish) Honda 160 Scrambler


Confederate B120 Wraith....

Industrial art you can ride!

Ducati Dirtbike!

I've posted about this bike before and the company that builds them. Link to earlier post HERE. I never get tired of looking at it though. Talk about and ADVENTURE bike.


Daytona pits on a Monday... Ho Hum... Wait a minute...!



Check that out being unloaded...



What the hell is THAT!??? Seriously anyone know anything about this bike. I just caught a glimpse of it and I wish I'd had a better lense.

Help out a Future "Captain of Industry!"

I've recently received a request from a Mr Ben Cheney to help out with his thesis and fill out a simple survey. As a former Marketing major I thought it might be a good idea to give him a hand and put it to my readers.

Ben is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University doing his thesis on Cobra Engineering. He is trying to get some expert opinions on motorcycles and aftermarket exhaust systems. It would really help him out if you filled out his survey. It is short, shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Thanks Everyone!

Link:

A pair of perfect Kawasaki Z1R beauties.

Vincent.

Breathtakingly dangerous. Lap of Isle of Man TT

2 Laps of Daytona on a CBR600RR

Ninja 650R Tracker in the works...

From the essential Sidburn Magazine. Be sure to check the out regularly. With spring in the air they've been blogging up a storm lately and it's all great stuff!

CB360's and tall Serbians!

My good friend Alex "The maaaaaad Serbian" and his nice matched set of CB360's in the Daytona infield!

New picture of an older Triunmp Street Tracker post.

I saw this Triumph Street tracker at Daytona again this year and couldn't resist snapping a few more pics of it.

AN IRISH BLONDE IN A CASINO

Sorry this one is so late on St. Patty's day, but just had my first chance to sit at the computer today at 8:30 P.M. Central.

Anyway, I just got this emailed joke, and thought I would share.

Enjoy!


An attractive blonde from Cork , Ireland arrived at the casino.. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty-thousand Euros on a single roll of the dice.
She said, I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude.

With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed...YES! YES! I WON, I WON!

She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.

The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded.
Finally, one of them asked, 'What did she roll?
The other answered,
'I don't know - I thought you were watching.

MORAL OF THE STORY -

Not all Irish are drunks,
not all blondes are dumb,
but all men...are men.

Tough little old school Honda cafe racer.

Found this over on adventure rider. Those wheels are trick!



Motorcyclist Retro Update!

This just showed up in my inbox! Do the North American continent a favor and support this (motorcycleretro.com) and other fine vintage/classic bike magazines such as (http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/).


March 17, 2009
The Retro Report
Edition 2
Dear Retro Army,
I hope you’re doing well as the riding season fires up!
Although things at Motorcycle Retro are way busy, I wanted to let you know what’s been happening on our end. Finalizing the design of the full
motorcycleretro.com website has sucked up most of the last month or so. We’d hoped to have the full site up and running by March 1, but we’re probably a couple weeks away from going fully live. Look for the site to launch by the end of March, with tons of information and credit-card/PayPal subscription payment options. We’ll also offer single-copy sales, dealer wholesale packages and cool retro news on a daily or bi-weekly basis to keep you up-to-date on the vintage/retro scene. Thanks for your patience here!
While we’re a bit behind on the website, we’re definitely on track for a May/June release of Issue One of Motorcycle Retro. We’ve got a great slate of bikes and people to feature, which we’ll list on the website in a few weeks’ time. Since we’ll be bi-monthly for 2009 and 2010, we’ll do two issues this year (we’re starting late in the wake of Motorcyclist Retro’s demise) and four next year. So for those who’ve already subscribed (big-time thanks!), you’ll get two issues this year (our May/June and Sept/Oct releases) and two more in the first half of 2010.
For those who haven’t yet subscribed, I’d like you to take a minute and please consider it. And here’s why: Unlike traditional bike magazines (most magazines, really), Motorcycle Retro is primarily reader-supported, meaning it gets the majority of its operating revenue from you, not from advertisers. Yes, we’re accepting ads from some great companies, but much less than traditional bike magazines. Which means you not only get more to read in each issue, but you play a vital part in the magazine’s future. With Motorcycle Retro, it’s not “the economy” or “ad sales” that’ll determine if we get over the hump this year and thrive going forward. It’s you! If we get enough subscribers this year – the break-even point is only a couple thousand subscriptions in 2009 – the future looks very, very good, including the very real possibility of us going bi-monthly (6x/year) in 2011.
You folks – the Retro Army! – can also help keep the magazine strong another way… by spreading the word about Retro to every vintage-oriented enthusiast you know. Whether by word-of-mouth, email, Internet forums or through your local riding club, every single recommendation helps. As I’ve said, selling our unique retro concept is easy; as soon as folks see the cool, '60s/'70s/'80s stuff we're covering, they immediately get it – and want the magazine. So the key for us is to let as many folks as possible know about us. Once they see what we're doing, they're in. And that sort of exposure is what'll keep us going strong.
Also, if you have a favorite bike shop, especially one run by folks who dig the retro hardware we all love, ask if they’d like to carry Motorcycle Retro in their store. If so, they can contact me the same way you can – at
mitch@motorcycleretro.com. Our goal is to have 100 outstanding bike shops carrying Retro nationally by the end of the year, and with your help we’ll make that happen.
As always, feel free to email me at the above address with comments, criticisms, ideas, photos and, above all, back-in-the-day stories and pix of you when you were young (and had hair)! We’re going to feature more of these BITD bits in Motorcycle Retro than before, so we’ll need plenty of material. Be sure the photos are relatively hi-rez (the more kilo- or megabytes the better) as you scan them.
Once again, thanks for the support you’ve shown the magazine. It helps more than you can imagine. And please continue to spread the word. I’ll be back in touch when the website launches in a couple weeks.
Best regards,Mitch
Mitch BoehmEditor/PublisherMotorcycle RetroPO Box 202Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
www.motorcycleretro.commitch@motorcycleretro.com

A different kind of Versys. Kawasaki Ninja 650 into a REAL dirtbike!

A tricked out thread over on Adventire Rider about one great build!

How to build one of these...
...from one of these. It's easier than you think and someone should tell Kawasaki about this bike!


Cystic Fibrosis Run

If you are in the Upper East portion of Kansas, or Lower East portion of Nebraska, or Upper West Missouri, then this is the run for you.

Please click on image below to enlarge if you are interested.

Finally after all this time, the puzzle is complete!

Back on April 29th, 2008, I did a post called Motorcycle Puzzle has whole family puzzled.

Motorcycle Scramble Squares not in order


My 13 year old daughter had a friend over this last weekend for a sleep over, and one of the things they accomplished was completing this puzzle that no one has done until now. We've had it for over two years.
I just had to post it for the record.

Motorcycle Scramble Squares in order!