Growing and Growing and Growing!

I continue to be amazed at how this casual little hobby of mine has grown.

More than ever I want to thank all of you for stopping by and more importantly for all your help in making this place grow. I haven't checked the numbers but I'm pretty sure that my single biggest source of material is now coming from reader submittals! So in a very real sense, this site is as much (or more) yours than mine. And for those of you that have asked I'm still having a ball. Sure there are days I get distracted with work and family and such but I'm a long way from burnt out. So please keep sending them in and Thanks!.

Two Good Sons And A Speechless Dad

Some brothers surprise their dad with a special Christmas present. They sneak his basket case 69 Norton out of his basement and get it fully restored for a Christmas present all without him knowing it. A WIN all around!

Riding with Spyders on the Blue Ridge

For this ride, I contacted a guy I had befriended on FaceBook;  Kurt Bihler.  I had been following his posts with continuing interest.  He is from IL., rides a Spyder, and is not afraid of high mileage rides.  Kurt is riding the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I've wanted to ride with him for a while now. Last year he rode the Natchez Trace and posted the photos.  The Trace is one of my dream rides

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After a few back and forth emails, we figured out where and when to meet.  Kurt was staying in Boone NC for the night.  He said he wouldn't mind waiting on me to get to his hotel.  I arrived about 9:30 AM on Saturday morning.  Kurt and I sat in the breakfast room, he had a bite to eat while I drank some coffee.  Then we were off and running to the bikes.  Kurt rides a Spyder Sport model.  I admire those bikes.  They appear like the way to go especially when I become more aged.  If my balance or my strength subside, these Spyders would be great way for me to continue to travel.

Kurt and I rode down and got on the Blue Ridge Parkway an exit south of Boone.  From there Kurt and I enjoyed the sights and the roads of the Parkway proper. Kurt and I rolled from here all the way south to the end of the Parkway and found ourselves in Cherokee NC.  The following is simply a photo play of our little adventure! Enjoy!


Kurt's Spyder and my Lil Girl
Kurt's Spyder and my Lil Girl

The ride was pretty much uneventful during the 1st 2/3rds of the ride.  BUT as we moved closer to Cherokee, the clouds came closer to the ground.  We were starting to feel the specks of moisture spit at us and I kept watching the sky.  I knew I would have to put my camera away at some point, but for now...I was gonna grab what I could!

Rain Clouds of the Blue Ridge.


We stopped here at Glassmine Falls, hoping to catch a glimpse of the tallest water fall east of the Mississippi River.  Unfortunately, the water source for these falls frequently dry up, as was the case during our visit.  The water wasn't flowing, but the view is magnificent all the same. I've read, at the base of the falls was an old mine where the mineral "Mica" was brought to the surface.  The mine is gone now, but because of the Mica's use in glass making, this is how the falls received it's name.  Access to the falls is restricted to a viewing platform at mile marker 361.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, because the falls is part of the watershed for the City of Asheville, NC.

View from Glassmine Falls overlook.

my Lil Girl and the Spyder...enjoying the view.

Linn Cove Viaduct, Milepost 304.4: This masterpiece of engineering was constructed to preserve Grandfather Mountain, as the viaduct curves with the contours of the mountain. Drive across it and turn around to do it again. Stop at the Visitor Center and walk under this marvel.

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Soon we were heading down mountain into Asheville. Good thing too. Don't forget, I have a 2 gallon tank. By the time we stopped for gas at exit 305 in Asheville: I had 100 miles on my tank.  I filled up with 1.98 gallons.  FUMES....That's all I had left was fumes!  After fueling, Kurt and I stopped for lunch at a very nice establishment whose Greek Cuisine was very good. I lived a couple of years in Greece, this was better than any street vendors food. OH SO GOOD!  Thank you Kurt for the meal!

Souvlaki and Greek Salad YUMMY

Because of the monstrous rain Kurt and I encountered coming over Pisgah Mountain...I had to put my camera away.  I'm telling you, we had lighting strikes to the right of us, not more than a few hundred feet away. No where to go, but to continue on. It was an excellent ride. I believe I might go north next time, up into VA. I haven't been that way because they had so much of the Blue Ridge Closed north of Boone for so long. I understand it's all open now.

Reader Ride From Spain! A Honda CM400T Street Tracker.

This may be the nicest CM400T on the planet. Damm that is cool.

I've said it here many many times. You do NOT need big money or big engines to build fantastic bikes. And here we have another excellent example of that. This beauty was built by Mario Trigo Salorino wo writes in:

Hello, my name is Mario and I write from Spain. I'm a fan of your blog for a long time. Always show the style of bikes that I like. It is a daily appointment required.

I want to show a personal project I recently completed. It is a Honda CM400T, base uncommon, has been done by me and some friends. I do not define his style, bobber, track, brat ... is a modest project but I'm very happy with the result. Major changes are, handlebars, handlebar switch, repositioning of the electrical components and battery box, exhaust, rear set, clocks, modified original seat and paint job. Appear on your blog would be a reward for my work. I hope you like.

A greeting and continued with this great blog. Muchas gracias.

PS. Sorry for my English.

Your English is fine Mario It's an excellent build. I am labeling at a Street Tracker but you're right it has elements of other styles in it as well.  ! Thank you very much for sending in these great picture!

We here at MPOTD do NOT condone this...

...but holy crap it's mesmerizing. The second half of this video is just hair raising.

Damm... Onboard porn..

Would have been so much better WITHOUT the music but still WAY cool. BMW SS1000 I think...

Cool Suzuki 750 2 Stroke Replica Build Pics. WithBonus Video!

You can see more here.  All in french though. 

Saw this today on a popular message board. Classic!

For Those of you who spend time on motorcycle message boards you'll get a kick out of this.

How many motorcycle forum members does it take to change a light bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs

6 to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb” …

another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is “lamp”

15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that “light bulb” is perfectly correct

19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb forum

11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum

36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty

5 People to post pics of their own light bulbs

15 People to post “I can’t see S$%^!” and their own light bulbs

7 to post URL’s where one can see examples of different light bulbs

4 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s

13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add “Me too”

5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy

4 to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”

13 to say “do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”

1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that George W. isn’t the brightest bulb.

4 more to get into personal attacks over their political views.

1 moderator to lock the light bulb thread.

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.

Seeley Triumph Racer Oozing With Cool...

The Cooley Crosby Suzuki endurance Racer.

Old school racing cool. This is a bit of a repeat. I have an old post on this bike but it was only one side shot. These are much nicer.

The line up


Thanks to Craig NOS in the comments and a link to a French message board.
Racer made by Sebastien in the south of France (Var) then sold. More details in the forum link. I am looking for more information.Craig NOS from Ze Craignos

And one more bonus pic lifted from over there: Stunner!

I really want to know more bout this bike but I found it in a really obscure place. Can anyone enlighten me a bit on what must be a fairly well known ride in BMW circles?

Reader Ride. A nicely done Scrambler.

Thanks Ian! Well done. I like the Norman Hyde pipes.

MotoGuzzi El Dorado 850

What was the bike that "Lawerence of Arabia" owned?

A Brough Superior of course.

Thanks to an alert reader!

Hi there! Thanks for a brilliant site.

I was walking around the Imperial War Museum in London yesterday and came across Lawrence of Arabia's SS100 Brough Superior. I'm not sure that it's suitable for the site, but I thought you'd like it. Lawrence owned eight of these beauties and they were all called George!

Thanks again

Reader Ride Carry Over From The 2- Stroke Blog. Outrageous RZ350 Custom

Jeff Strom Sends in Some pics of his buddies bike (that I think I've seen before). And What a beauty it is.  Those pipes are pure porn..

He Writes in:

Love your blog, thought I would suggest a bike. I rode with
Mark (who built and owns this buzz bomb), with some triples,
about a month ago. This bike runs as sweet as it looks ...
Also found right here ...
... keep your bitch'n blog going, it's a regular stop for me!
Jeff Storm
(aka: K_trip - with that green '74 H2)

No Problem Jeff.  Thanks Much for the great shots!

More Beech Mountain


I know, we've already visited The Mast General Store in the last installment, but there are some photos you haven't seen yet, and I do want to share...

Where porcelain bath tubs come when they are un-loved...un-used.

I forgot where this is...exactly...Somewhere on NC-88...I think. Wonderful place...

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How do ya like these bathroom sinks?

Hay drying...fields and mountains.

This field is such a cool look.  I saw this and pulled the bike over right away. What a shot!

Look for the cats in the photo below

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