1936 HD EL KNUCKLEHEAD 61CI YES, IT YOURS!

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You want this beautiful Knucklehead? YOU can be the new owner and all you have to do is buy a single ticket (or more)for a raffle which supports WHEELS THROUGH TIME MUSEUM in Maggie Valley N.C.

I'm gonna post the link to the page that will take your money and send you your ticket! Good Luck...and PLEASE VISIT THE MUSEUM! It's worth the time and the efforts to see these wonderful American motorcycles Antique and Classic....

http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=40

Beach Bikes



Funny how a simple thing like putting your bike on the beach has because a near impossible task.

Purple Faded Flames on a Helmet

This is a start to finish demonstration of custom painting flames.

New Online Ducati Hangout!


A new Ducati Forum has opened up and I was asked to share this with my readers so here is a copy of the press release:

Desmodrome launches the FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK for Ducati enthusiasts

By Desmodrome
Dated: Feb 17, 2011

A new social media destination is being launched specializing in bringing together motorbike riders who
are fans of the Italian brand, Ducati. Founded by Daniel Rongo, Desmodrome is an international
community for the Italian two-wheeler fans.

It’s a Ducati, Signore!

 Where the Pneumatici da Moto Hits the Social Media Road

 LONDON, UK – February 17, 2011 – A new social media destination is being launched specializing in
bringing together motorbike riders who are fans of the Italian brand, Ducati.

 Pneumatici da moto is Italian for motorcycle tyre, incidentally.  www.desmodrome.com is the FIRST
SOCIAL NETWORK for Ducati enthusiasts, Ducati motorbike owners or simply people who are
passionate about the Italian two-wheeler.

 Founded by Daniel Rongo, Desmodrome is an international online community where you sign-up for free,
speak with like-minded people who are all about Ducati’s.

 “There are already a few online forums dedicated to Ducatisti but no one had ever thought to build a social
network around them,” says Rongo.

“Desmodrome is special because it completely revolves around members and it has been conceived to give users the same engaging experience of Social Networks like Facebook.  And it embeds an online forum too!”

 Described as, “Completely committed to and excited by new technological possibilities” by Computer
World UK, Rongo is no stranger to building successful social networks to satisfy specific societal needs.

  “Ducati is an Italian pride worldwide and it is more than a motorbike manufacturer.  We felt the need to
create something that would have been much more than an online forum for Ducatisti.  We wanted to
combine the latest internet technologies with an Italian fantastic tradition.”

 Of course, one of the key assets of Desdmodrome is the integrated online forum where users have several
participation options.  They can share feelings, stories about their motorbike, ask for technical help or
discuss accessories, parts and clothing – or just discuss the Ducati brand in general or organize meetings
and rideouts.

 But the most innovative categories include: Wishlist (What would you like to see or not to see on a new
Ducati?), Riding School (Tips and tricks on how to ride your Ducati, both on a track and on the road),
Internet Retailers (Good and bad experiences with online parts retailers), Product Reviews (Here you can
review bikes, parts, accessories and clothing. You are the judge) and the Best Price Competition (Ready to
buy? Ask the forum where you can get the BEST price for it).  There is a classified section where members
can buy and sell motorbike, parts, accessories and technical clothing. Users can even upload videos on how
to perform specific technical tasks, as well as the movies of their trips filmed with an on-board camera!

 The website includes also real-time chat, a photo section, and news from Ducati.  Regarding the photo
section, the most beautiful members’ photo of the week will automatically be published in the Desmodrome
home page.

 Desmodrome is NOT affiliated in any way with Ducati.com or Ducati Motor Holding S.p.a.  and arose
from the passion of the founder towards Ducati and with the mission to connect Ducatisti worldwide.

 www.desmodrome.com


 For more information contact: marketing@desmodrome.com

Ride on,
Torch

Someone's got wood.

Wytheville VA.: BACK ROADS RIDING

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I had been reminded recently of how long it's been since I took time to ride in VA.
Oh, I know, I've been riding in VA. quite a bit lately, but I mean up into Appalachia portion of VA. In order to make this part of VA. a day ride with loads of new roads, I have to ride on Interstate for 2 hours. Yes, I know, but as the roads I've ridden become more numerous, I have to move further and further out of the circle. Meaning: I must do some Interstate riding if I'm to have enough time in the day to enjoy the back roads I so love!

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Image Caption: Main Street, Wytheville, VA.

Wytheville VA. is a cool little town off I-81 and I-77. It has it's own Harley Shop, so I made the HD shop my kick off point. Stopping in and 1st asking the girl who does the greeting at the door about a "nice little loop ride"...I get a blank look. She tells me she's not from around here. "I just know how to get on the interstate get here and get back home." Good God...I won't say what I'm thinking. But I believe y'all have an idea of what it could be. The greeting gal takes me back to see the service manager. She says he should know where to go for a ride at around here.



Once again, I'm at a loss to understand how come people don't "get it" when riders come into the HD shop asking for a great loop ride in the area to visit. JC tells me about Walker Mountain Lookout. Once he talked about it, I realized I'd been there before. It's on US-52. I found it on my way home from West Virgina a couple of years ago. I decided not to ride up there this day...been there did that not into it today. I wanted a hot dog, and JC tells me of Skeeter's World Famous Hot Dogs down on Main Street in Wytheville. I take the road into old downtown and find Skeeter's. It's really cool. I loved it! Best advice all day!

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Image caption: Skeeter's Famous Hot Dogs: Main Street

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When you walk into Skeeter's, you're immediately taken back to a simpler time. The store reminded me of a place I would visit for ice cream and shakes when I was a kid. It had a long counter with stools facing the isle where the waitress would make your hot dog after you ordered. On the wall above shelving and counter space were dozens of photos taken over the years of people enjoying the dogs! The menu is small. Hot dogs and a few simple sandwiches (bologna and cheese!) During the right season, you can also have a bowl of Chili Beans. It was the right season and I got a nice big bowl of em. Yummy. I also ordered the "Everything" chili dog, a glass of unsweet tea and a bag of corn chips to put on my chili! Oh- I was in heaven.

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Image caption: Cheap Date and heaven for a simple gal like me!

I paid for my meal after devouring it, and headed out the door for US-52 west. I thought I would find Black Lick Road and follow it to a town called Rural Retreat. That's a back road I haven't been on before, and I was told it's picturesque. It was. This part of VA. is hilly. Not mountainous, but hilly. Here is where you find beef cattle and trout farms. I was thrilled with the views, with the farm lands, the hills and the buildings. Let's have a look shall we? I was amazed at the amount of snow still lying on the ground in shaded areas and depressions. This particular bit of snow reminded me of glaciers...

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Image Caption: Puts me in mind of glacial ice

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Image Caption: Rolling hills and cattle land Wytheville County off Black Lick Road

The ride was beautiful. After so much snow and cold, it was amazing to be riding once again. Not much could have marred this outing. If I was to let anything mess with it, I'd be a fool! My momma didn't raise no fool!

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Image Caption: Modern home overlooking a simple log home.

The town of Rural Retreat is a simple and small town. Just as the name implies. I almost passed by this old rail station.

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Image Caption: Rail Station in Rural Retreat VA.

I passed through Rural Retreat, the road now becomes VA-74. If I stay on it, it will take me all the way over to US-21 and Speedwell VA. I knew I didn't have the time to continue on this path, though I wish I did. I'll have to save this ride for a nice warm Spring day in the future, because the map shows this to be an inviting route.

Instead, I turned off onto Cedar Springs Road, heading south.

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Image caption: Derelict store on Cedar Springs Road. VA.

At VA-16 I went north and headed for I-81. It was time to head home. I didn't jump on I-81 right away, I took US-11 south through Abbingdon VA. before giving up the back roads.

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Image Caption: Abandoned homes like this are common throughout the ride

It was a wonderful ride of over 250 miles. Next sunny day will see me back up here. I found some really good roads that called my name and needed my front wheel and my camera to explore them!

California Accessories? Yes she is.


I love this and it's a theme I've seen many times over the years in both the car and motorcycle world. The California Accessories. All the cool kids want them. Irony is all the bolt on Coney Island parade accessories are now sought out by the Cali crowd.

Two Wheeled Riding Withdrawals


Two Wheeled Riding Withdrawals

Anyone who has been addicted for any length of time to riding on two wheels, specifically motorcycles, and has been denied access to that mount, may come down with Midlife Motorcycle Madness. (Click the link to go to the definition.) With Mistress down for repairs I have been acutely aware of the symptoms and peculiarities of this disease.

Riding on two wheels is akin to an alcoholic or drug high. You just can’t seem to get enough of it. Several things start to happen when not being able to ride, mostly just substitution. One is that you be spending a lot of time working on your bike performing upgrades, maintenance or repairs. You will probably spend every other free moment reading everything you can find about motorcycles in hard or electronic copy. You may also be spending a lot of time on forums & social media discussing everything two wheeled related.

When not doing these things you may develop some other peculiar symptoms of the disease. You will find yourself being a lot more sensitive to the sound of a v-twin or sport bike revving, even in the distance and it will draw your attention directly to it. Your right hand occasionally will twist like it is time to accelerate, usually right after a left foot shift twitch. You might find yourself driving along the far left lane of the freeway hugging the left stripe to see around the traffic in front of you. You may also find yourself wandering around the house leaning yourself around the corners.  Don't ask me how I know.

Truthfully there is only one cure and that is riding a motorcycle on the open road and the open road is optional! The acceleration, adrenalin, twisties and wind take away all the bad side effects. See you on the road soon.

Ride on,
Torch

Gettin ready to do some air brushing

For those of you who have checked out my paint blog, I'm sure you've seen these pictures; but for those who have not, this is a tank I painted. This is what a flame job lay out looks like in the masked off stage as it gets ready for some airbrushed color.



Remember the Titan Sidewinder frame I posted a while back? More of that bike to come soon. Hopefully will have another post of some of that work in a couple of weeks.

Riding the Roads of Cumberland Gap

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Image Caption: Infinity view of snow and tracks

This winter has been "weird" according to the old timers who've lived here longer than me. They say "it's not been this white of a winter since the 50's". They said that last winter too. Seems memories of mild winters will be the norm, while we sit by our fires, under our electric blankets, looking at the heat bills, crying for relief from the icy grip of winter.

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Image Caption: Winter Blues

Last weekend, I got that relief. I called a twitter friend I'd never met face to face, and asked if he'd like to go riding. He affirmed he would not be on the road that weekend and he indeed would enjoy a bit of throttle therapy! @SGTJohnD and I met up at Bean Station, in Tennessee. That's about a 90 minute ride from my house, and about 20 minutes from where John calls home in Kentucky.

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Image Caption: Country Boy Gift Shop and Bait Store

I stopped at a gas stations in Bean Station, and called John to tell him where I was. The phone went to voice mail so I guessed he was still on the road. He called me a few minutes later, he had stopped at the gas station up the road to see where I was. Great minds think alike. This is what I found next door to my fuel station: A BAIT STORE/SOUVENIR SHOP! I found this amusing...

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Image Caption: John and his Buell

John rides a nimble little Buell. It's seen some road time, and John is an expert rider who kept the Buell right beside me as we moved along side by side on the roads around Cumberland Gap. That little motorcycle was a pleasure to ride beside with John guiding her front wheel. Not to mention that John was an excellent guide to the area. He grew up around there, and was able to show me some great sights, fun roads, and cool historic and photogenic places! I plan to ride in the summer with John, he has some great roads planned for the rides! Life is good.

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Image Caption: John leading the way to Cumberland Gap

Our first stop of the day was in the little town of Cumberland Gap. It's here you will find a small but beautiful park/picnic area, an old mill house, and what's left of an old iron foundry.

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Image Caption: The Old Mill House in Cumberland Gap

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Image Caption: Side view of the mill house in Cumberland Gap

A few hundred feet up the hill is the remains of the Iron Furnace.
Although all that remains is the lower portion of the original 1819 30-foot-high blast furnace, it is actually a very small part of what was originally an entire complex known as the Newlee Iron Furnace.

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Image Caption: Stream that runs beside the Furnace

The outside of the furnace was built of sandstone with a liner of firebrick. Furnaces were usually built with an incline just behind to ease charging and loading. The trestle leading to the charging point was usually built of heavy planks with a track on it. Men, often slaves, would roll wheelbarrows of raw materials over this trestle and dump them into the top of the furnace.

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The daily product of the Newlee Iron Furnace was 3¼ tons, at a cost of $19.40 per ton in 1877 figures. The iron made at Cumberland Gap was shipped down Powell River to Chattanooga. This furnace was the only furnace in the Dyestone belt still using charcoal in 1877.

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Image caption: A view into VA. at the Pinnacle Overlook

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Image caption: A view of 3 states...somewhere in that valley

John and I left the Iron Furnace and he led me into Kentucky, where we visited Pinnacle Park. A state park in Kentucky that has a beautiful pinnicule overlooking the area of three states and where they converge. (Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky)

The road to the Pinnacle Overlook is a nice little twisty road, ya can't do fast road riding on this...don't forget it's a state park, thus loaded with looky-loos and lumbering mini vans, laboring to find their way to the top...loaded with babies, toddlers, pre-teens, grandma, grandpa and don't forget the fact Mom and Dad dragged all these folks into the vans...kicking and screaming...only to ohhh and ahhh when they get to the out look. Yes, it's beautiful.

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We left the park, and headed into the lovely little town of Middleboro, KY. It's pretty nice. Every time I've ridden into this area, I avoided riding into the town. I'm not gonna make that mistake again. When I come to Middleboro next time, I will be stopping to photograph the architecture of old downtown. Stopping at the local air field I snagged these photos of a WWII era tank and jet fighter.

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Image Caption: WWII Era tank

Also in the town of Middleboro, is a structure built of coal! It presently houses the Chamber of Commerce.

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Image Caption: House made of Coal

This is John, sitting astride his Buell at the Coal House Museum.

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Image Caption: John, sitting astride his Buell

Later John invited me for lunch. We stopped at Arby's and by the time we were finished, the day for me was about over as well. I still have to get home and prepare dinner for Mom and the MR. I was 2.5 hours from home, so I bid farewell to my new riding buddy and headed home. I still was able to stop at a few places on the way home to capture some images of yesterday in this historic area of Tennessee and Virginia.

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Image Caption: Old train depot in Duffield VA.


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Image Caption: Old train depot in Duffield VA.

So, that's my day...it was what winter daydreams are made of.

Riding weather comming soon? Nope........I don't think so.

We've had so much snow this year!

Unlike winters passed, we haven't really seen the deer in our back yard.

I think the snow was so deep the deer must have actually been burried in it........
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I think summer is finally on it's way, because we can now see the deer moving about again.



Yep, Won't be long now!

Coming soon to a neighborhood near me: Riding weather! NOT!