My blog post was featured on The Dawghouse

•July 11, 2014 • 3 Comments

Hi everyone,

One of the followers of my blog from the USA, Warren from Ijustwant2ride.com is one of the hosts of The Dawghouse on NTNradio in Virginia, and he featured my “Things You Didn’t do before owning a motorcycle” post on this weeks show. The link to this weeks episode is here

I was listening to it in the car and the kids heard my name…..”were they just talking about you?” Was the question…..”yes they were, all the way from the USA!”

I emailed them to say thanks and that I’d love to get on the show or call in when they air live when I’m over there, and got a reply from Ken saying they would love to have me on the show!!

So that was my brush with fame this week….

On a non-bike related note…..
Sharon Anyos (who’s children I care for, is 5 time Women’s World Boxing Champion and after a 7 year break, she is heading back into the ring, and relocating her family to Las Vegas. Her motivation for this is to show that anyone can be the best, then after raising kids they can shed excess weight and return to being fit and strong and win more world titles, and motivate the world to move and bring an end to diseases associated with excess weight…..so to do this she is asking the public to help support her journey, and you can show your support by donating to her journey via her campaign on indiegogo. Check it out and be inspired by this truly amazing woman.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Cheers,

Anthony

Street Glide Test ride

•July 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hey everyone,

I love my Softail, but some day I would love to have a Street Glide joining it in the garage.

While checking out my Birthday messages on Facebook yesterday, (yes Mr Incredible turned 41) I saw a post from Harley Davidson Australia about a competition they are running which allows you to test ride a 2014 Project Rushmore touring model and go in the draw to win a 5 day trip touring the Glasshouse Mountains region of QLD…..

I’ve been wanting to ride a street glide for a while, so why not do that and then try to win a chance to explore an amazing part of this state on one!!

For those of you who ride Street Glides, is there anything that I should be aware of or any tips that you can give…..I realise it’s a bigger bike than the Softail, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Woohoo, bring it on next Wednesday at midday!!

Cheers,

Anthony

Things you didn’t do before owning a motorcycle….

•July 2, 2014 • 10 Comments

Do any if these sound familiar?

1) Nodding at other motorcycle riders……while driving the car!

2) Spend about 10 extra minutes getting dressed, (helmet, gloves, boots, jacket, goggles, sunnies, headphones, comms system…..)

3) Search for places to eat, roads to ride where other bike riders hang out.

4) Take hundreds of photos of your bike in hundreds of locations…

5) Become obsessed with bike related tv, websites, magazines, podcasts, blogs…..

6) Find reasons to go to the garage……..just to stare at your bike!

7) Find yourself wanting to travel roads like the Trollstigen in Northern Norway

8) Being so damn proud of the fact that you ride a bike that is one of only 150 (#94) in the world that have the same paint scheme….

9) Meeting and developing friendships with amazing people from across the globe, because you share the same passion for motorcycles.

10) Understanding why a dog sticks it’s head out the window of a moving car!!

Have an awesome week everyone,

Cheers,

Anthony

Saturday afternoon ride….in search of corners!!

•June 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi everyone,

Over the weekend I had the chance to get out for a ride with my Ducati-riding neighbour Ron.  He’s recently taken a job in WA so he is only home for a week every fortnight, so any chance for a ride is always good.

For me there is always something exciting about riding, and Saturday was no different. The anticipation and buildup to climbing on onto the Harley is always there, and when the time came to go, things at home kinda went nuts…..which is also normal.   Knowing that I’m about to leave the house for a couple of hours seems to trigger a series of events that delay my departure…..but eventually I headed out the driveway to Ron’s place.

To start off, here is a shot of the softail sitting next to Ron’s Diavel..image

 

Have you you ever ridden a Diavel?  It’s a beast of a bike, but so easy to ride, and it sounds amazing.

The route we chose went from Maudsland out to Canungra, then out to the Bearded Dragon  for some lunch, then continued on to Mt Tambourine…..

As usual there were heaps of bikes out there, particularly a lot of sport bikes….I was the only Harley rider out at the pub, with the rest of the rides being litre sport bikes and Ron’s red diavel and a black one.  The power ranger crowd were everywhere.

Here’s the view from our table

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There are times when I love stopping to take photos while out riding, and I will have to devote some time to a ride that involves more photography, but heres a shot of one of the views up there….

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After Mt Tambourine, we headed down the “goat track”, which is always good fun, then left on to the road back to Maudsland before taking a detour up Henri Robert Drive then right out to Guanaba then back to Tuxedo Junction.

It was a great few hours with some great roads, good food and some good time spent riding with Ron. Watching that Diavel hug corners like its on rails is always a great sight.  I still have fond memories of riding it, terrified that the front wheel was going to come up, but grinning like an idiot each time I twisted the throttle…..”sex on wheels” is the best way to describe riding that bike.

Have an awesome week, stay safe and happy riding,

Anthony

Route 66 Update #11

•June 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi everyone,

This Route 66 update is to say that there won’t be a Route 66 ride this July as previously planned. The originally planned time to leave for the US was the second week of July, however I will still be travelling over there soon.

Many of you may know that I’m a former accountant, and now I’m an In-Home Educator (Manny!) and I have been blessed beyond imagining to not only work for an amazing family but they have also asked me to join them on their upcoming relocation to the USA.

We will be based in Las Vegas, so I’m sure there will be time to hire a Street Glide………….and ride to Mexico!

Eagle Rider, (the hire company I was using for Route 66) has an office in Vegas, so I’ll be paying them a visit as often as I can.

I also researched the possibility of shipping my Softail over if the move was to be for an extended time. One quote was just a few dollars under $3000 for the trip over, and I would be without the bike for about 28 days. I didn’t even bother with looking at the price for the return trip. Hiring a bike seems like a much better idea. Additionally the shipping company’s customer service was rubbish so I didn’t want to deal with them any more anyway.

So if there is any readers out there with suggestions for rides in the Nevada area, or neighbouring states, it would be great to find out more.

Catch you out there,

Cheers,

Anthony.

Route 66 update #10

•April 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hey there everyone,

You may have realised that the Route 66 updates have slowed up a bit….due to some changes with work and some other exciting things coming up, the trip probably won’t be happening as planned for July, but if not this year, it will definitely be happening next year.

Having said that , I will definitely be in the US this year, but for how long I’m not sure at this point.

I have until the end of May to have everything booked but the planning is still happening…….and so this post is aimed at me trying to decide on some new gear that I was planning on getting for the trip and also for riding here…..

New Jacket….

I’m a big fan of two manufacturers from the US who make (in my option) awesome gear. They are Roland Sands Design, and Icon. One is a custom bike builder, parts supplier and now manufacturer of apparel, while the other is an Apparel supplier, that also builds custom bikes for use in their marketing and advertising campaigns. Both are American companies that make American-styled apparel.

So firstly I’ll start with Icon…..they have recently released (as part of their Icon 1000 range) the Oildale jacket. It comes in brown (which I like) and black. And what makes it different from other jackets is the material that it is constructed from. As per the Icon 1000 website, it is constructed from a “Waxed Heritage™ coated canvas” which is designed to “evolve” over time.

And so it looks like this….

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The reason I love it is that it’s different. I’m not the typical Harley rider who wears only Harley branded gear. And I’ve done the “Johnny Cash man in black” thing and decided that brown was a classy option. I have brown boots, so thought a brown jacket would be cool too. It comes with a full D3O® impact protector package and the Oildale retails for $250 USD.

It is available from a number of major online retailers from the US, as well as on eBay, so getting one here won’t be difficult….the only downside is the ridiculous shipping charges that start at around $59.

And so next up is the Roland Sands Design “Ronin”. Again I’m looking at this in brown (actually the colour is Tobacco) and it is one sexy and stylish looking piece of gear. Like all of Roland’s products, they are designed to look good both on and off the bike.

The Ronin not only looks good on the outside, but the level of detail and style continues with the awesome satin lining inside. And so it looks like this….

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The Ronin retails for $620 USD, and is thankfully available here in Australia from Motorcycle Accessories Supermarket for $679.95.

Armour is extra for the RSD products, but is available.

Despite that, at this stage I’m leaning more towards the Ronin, not because it costs more, but because I love the style and the cut and I’m a massive fan of everything Roland does and makes…. So to wear one of his jackets would be awesome.

So there you go…..and what would be better than touring the mother road wearing a stylish piece of American gear….

Until next time, have an awesome week, ride safe and have fun!

Cheers,
Anthony :>

How will you Gopro????

•December 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

Those of you who are Gopro users probably know about the How Will You Gopro competition that’s been running the last two months and finishes this week. For those that don’t know, the major prize is up to $30,000 USD to make your ultimate Gopro adventure a reality, additionally you get a Gopro film crew to come along and film your adventure, plus $15,000 USD spending money and the collection of Everything Gopro makes!!

For my entry I have created a motorcycle trip that will take me from Denmark into Norway, crossing the Arctic circle, seeing the midnight sun, experiencing the majesty and wonder of this land, and the highlight, riding the famous Trollstigen curves!!

So if you want to checkout my entry, go to http://gopro.com/iwillgopro/5196.

Even if I don’t win, this ride will be going on the list to be ridden sometime after I do Route 66.

Have a great week everyone,

Cheers,

Anthony

 
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