Breaking into a formation

I recently was asked my opinion on what I thought about breaking into the line of a biker formation with a car. Meaning when a group of motorcyclists is riding in staggered formation, clearly riding together as a group, has a car merge into the formation. The person who asked me used to ride, so he does have a clue, and does respect bikers. He said he was following about 15 bikers riding staggered formation, on a long winding hilly road. The group of riders was going about 5 M.P.H. under the speed limit for a very long time, and were holding up quite a line of traffic behind them. It was a difficult road to pass, with little opportunities to do so. He said there were four other cars in front of him, and the opportunity came to pass, and as a group of 5 cars, they all went to pass the biker group. He said just as the other four cars made it, a vehicle was coming around the next curve, and he realized he was not going to make it. He said he could not merge back into traffic behind the group, because he was so close to the front already, and would hit the oncoming car head on if he waited that long to fall back. He said he had no choice but to turn on his right turn signal, and pray that the group of bikers would let him merge into their formation. They did, and he did. He said not so much by either of their choice, but it had to be done. He felt they would understand, and give him a break, and as first opportunity would come, he would let them resume without him in their line up. The lead biker (Lets say Road Captain) Freaked the Fuck out. (He could not confirm if this was a HOG organization, or MC, or just casual group of friends riding together. He said he thought the latter, as no one had on any colors. Anyway, the leader would not let him pass. Would not let him do anything. Every time he went to get out of there the biker sped up, and got in front of him and slowed way down to like 30 in a 55 M.P.H, zone, furthering the traffic delay they were creating in the first place. He said this went on for about 15 miles or so, before he finally turned off. I said etiquette wise, probably not wise to break biker formation. Consider it one unit, like a really long truck. Watch as most times at an intersection if a group is riding in formation, they will proceed through an intersection as if they were one vehicle. I did mention that the lead biker sounds like he had his undies in a bunch though. I would have given the guy a break.

What do you think?

Triumph Vintage Racebike Porn!

A very droolworthy build...




Popular Cafe...

Out of all my posts this xv750 Cafe racer has generated a lot of E-mail traffic looking for more info. In the interest of keeping people in the loop please check the comments for more information on the build. I hope this helps all the interested people who have contacted me about this bike.

LINK TO ORIGINAL POST HERE

I Just Remembered! It's Isle of Man TT week!!

Here's a few in honor of this crazy race. Also check out the previous video link HERE!




Motorcycle Engine Cutaways
















Suzuki Bandit Streetfighter Porn...

Damm that's well done..


Beautiful Guzzi V7

More at Ottonero.


Beautiful BMW R100GS

I had a chance to buy one of these as dealer overstock "back in the day" as the newer generation oilheads were entering the the market. I still kick myself for passing on it. These are still my favorite Beemers.

Amazing Kawasaki H1 Restoration.

I know I've got another board for 2-stroke posts but every once in a while something special comes up. And this resto is one of them. Here is a link to the restoration thread over on the Kawasaki Triples Board Enjoy!


Really Cool Custom "modern" Board Tracker

Modern V-twin customs aren't usually my thing but these guys really hit a home run with this one. USCHOPPER




More bikes not sold in the US. Honda VTR250

Wow.... this would make for an awsome entry level race class.


Almost perfect 1979 Suzuki RM125

You don't see many in this condition anymore. An it's for sale for a very reasonable price. And NO I do not know the owner.



Flawless Honda CB450 Cafe Racer.

This little cafe hit's all the right notes. What a cool scoot.


Biker joke - The crusty old biker

A crusty old biker out on a long summer ride in the country pulls up to a tavern in the middle of nowhere,
parks his bike and walks inside.



As he passes through the swinging doors, he sees a sign hanging over the bar that reads:



COLD BEER: $2.00



HAMBURGER: $2.25



CHEESEBURGER: $2.50



CHICKEN SANDWICH: $3.50



HAND JOB: $50.00



Checking his wallet to be sure he has the necessary payment, the ole' biker walks up to the bar and beckons to the exceptionally attractive female bartender who is serving drinks to a couple of
sun-wrinkled farmers.



She glides down behind the bar to the ole biker.



"Yes?" she inquires with a wide, knowing smile, "may I help you?"



The ole biker leans over the bar, "I was wondering young lady," he whispers, "are you the one who gives the hand-jobs?"



She looks into his eyes with that wide smile and purrs "Why yes, yes, I sure am".



The ole' biker leans closer and into her left ear whispers softly, "Well, wash your hands real good,





‘cause I want a cheeseburger".




More "Kickstart Only" Club Pictures

More great shots from regular contributor Eric Stofer!

Eric Writes:

"A few shots from the annual bike swap meet in Tsawassen BC. About a dozen or so of us from the island, roaring down the highway to catch the 7am ferry to the show. Great day! Great swap meet and hundreds of bikes of all makes, original and customs. No breakdowns either! Kickstart bikes rule!"

YES they do!




































Custom paint repairs


Another recent project that I worked on was a repair to a gas tank, and a cracked fender weld. Blending into existing custom paint.

Click on the image below to watch YouTube Video with step by step photos.



Yamaha MT 01

More bikes we won't get in the US




2009 Spring Flood Run

Couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. It was an awesome ride with some beautiful scenery.

Here's a few Pics.

Warming up my bike in the morning getting ready to roll.

The starting point at the Beach Bar, The Bikes rolling in.

Retired St. Paul, MN Police Chief Finny's Indian Chief Motorcycle.





A nice Old Skool




A Gene Simmons KISS Bike!




A dog or a log?? Maybe a log dog.



Beautiful Lake Pepin.