All posts tagged: motorcycle

Harley Survives. Will the Honda Lawnmower?

When we last saw the Harley Davidson in August 2012, it was being loaded onto the back of a truck. Bent and broken like it’s owner, the bike was no longer The Car Guy’s concern. The Harley’s destiny was in the hands of the insurance company. Then – we got a phone call from our Son-in-law a few months ago. “I’ve found your Harley,” he said. “Not only that, it is repaired, and is being sold by the same guy here in Alberta that I bought my Harley from. If that isn’t coincidence enough, the guy who is selling the bike is the guy who repaired the bike, and he did the work this past winter in Phoenix Arizona!” Phoenix – that meant the Harley had spent the winter in the same general area where The Car Guy had spent the winter recovering from his damages. But there is even more to the story. The guy who repaired the bike has a son who lives right next door to The Car Guy’s dad. It really …

Remembering the Harley Motorcycle

Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence. – Unknown- It is with great sadness that we announce the demise of an inhabitant of The Car Guys garage, Harley Davidson. 2011 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic CVO – October 21, 2010  to October 19, 2012 Harley went for a short ride on the morning of Friday, July 13, 2012. Apparently neither the rider nor bike thought about the consequences of venturing out on such an unlucky day. A Perfect Storm of events resulted in both of them being in the ditch. Harley had many broken and bent bits and it was eventually decided by the Insurance Doctor that Harley was not a candidate for restorative surgery. This was because the cost to repair Harley was likely going to be more than it was worth on the resale market.  Harley will, however, probably become an ‘organ’ donor, and it is our hope that many of Harley’s parts will breath new life into bikes that are in need of a transplant. The Car …

Comforts Zones and Risk Tolerance

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read. – Winston Churchill – I’ll keep this story short, then, with a few photos -not risqué, just risky. Risk Tolerance and Comfort Zone – two concepts to think about now and then. At our house, The Car Guy is working hard to get back into his Comfort Zone, which for him is freedom from pain, and getting his neck brace off. (See A Perfect Storm.) Once that is achieved, he can start to think again about what his Risk Tolerance will be when the motorcycle is repaired! And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anais Nin – We live in an area of the country called Hail Alley.  These white lilies have been in my garden for ten years or more, and without fail they get hit by hail either just before they bloom, or just after.  That doesn’t stop them from blooming …

LEGO Surgeon Says, This is What is Wrong!

The Car Guy was still in the hospital after his Motorcycle Accident when our daughter, The Nurse, gave her dad this Lego Surgeon. If you look very carefully at the x-ray in the Surgeon’s hand, you might see what is wrong with the patient. We decided the x-ray showed a rib fracture, though if you turn the x-ray upside down, it might be a break in the clavicle. Since The Car Guy had both – rib fractures and a broken clavicle – the x-ray was fairly accurate!

A Perfect Storm – The Motorcycle Accident

A “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. – Wikipedia – The Car Guy remembers getting on his motorcycle on a Friday morning and heading east for a short ride on a quiet country highway. He doesn’t remember the ambulance trip, nor much about the day he spent in Emergency. His next 4 days in Trauma were also a bit of a blur, but that was to be expected with a brain injury. There were lots of other injuries too – the  human body isn’t designed for unexpected flight off a motorcycle. It was the Perfect Storm. In a split second, everything that could go wrong  that morning – did. And, after that, everything that could go right – did too. Someday, our family will say, “We wish this had never happened. We hope it never happens again. But – we are a stronger family for it.”  Each member of the family will take a different lesson away from the experience. It …

Getting Ready for a Motorcycle Ride

The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. – Author Unknown – Rough and ready motorcycle riders get up at the crack of dawn to make sure everything is ready to roll. The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau – And that is the challenge. When a group rides together, no one goes anywhere until the last person is ready! That means every boot is done up, every chap is buckled, every jacket is zipped, every helmet is cinched and every glove is slipped on. If the weather is cold, it takes extra time to add another layer or two. If the weather is hot, it means no one wants to be ready first because they don’t want to overheat while they wait. Multiply this by the number of stops per day, which can sometimes be five or six, and it is actually quite amazing how far we get in a day!

Our Harley Motorcycle’s First Adventure

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. – William Shedd – There came a day when The Car Guy asked me to be his Biker Chick (perhaps as a way to justify the handsome touring bike he coveted), and I just couldn’t turn down a chance to ride behind this dashing man dressed in black leather… It was time for me to leave my safe harbor. Two Up Riding – I sit on the back of a two wheel machine that can accelerate to infinity and beyond before I’ve even noticed the light turned green. I trust The Car Guy and his knowledge of this machine to keep me safe… well, as safe as one can be on the back of a motorcycle, which isn’t the same thing as the safety of my recliner in the living room, or even the seat of my PT Cruiser, for that matter. This past week-end we pointed the Harley west. After climbing through the Rogers Pass, we descended into Revelstoke BC where …

Well of Lost Thoughts – 2011

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you. For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts. Stuart McLean I just finished reading “Extreme Vinyl Cafe” by Stuart McLean. I love these stories about Dave and Morley – you’ll want to read the one about how Dave got to know the inside of the trunk of his car while looking for an escaped pet rat… Robert Fulghum Robert Fulghum is one of my very favourite authors. (Not a Canadian, unfortunately, but no one is perfect…) One of his essays last  month discusses Fulghum’s Tool Rule:  “Unpredictable complexity that replaces reliable simplicity is not progress.” He gives the following examples of simplicity that would be hard to improve on: A Wheelbarrow A pencil made of wood and graphite, with an eraser on the end. A paper clip. …

Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic CVO – 2011

My Spousal Unit, The Car Guy, has ridden motorcycles for many years. He started with a Honda 50 Cub in about 1963. When he outgrew that, he graduated to cars, owning a string of them through the early years of our marriage. In about 1982 he decided to ride again, and purchased a 1979 Yamaha 750 Triple. This was sold, and then replaced with a new 1984 Honda V65 Magna. Road trips with his buddies were replaced with road trips with his wife, when in 2005 he purchased his first touring bike – a BMW K1200 LT. The BMW, still in pristine condition, was put up for sale in order to make room in the garage for the new bike, a 2011 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic CVO. As the kids say, we are spending their inheritance… The BMW and the Harley are both, of course, top of the line touring bikes. And though the Harley is brand new, the BMW is technologically as modern. So why replace the BMW with a Harley? A number of things, really. One …

Montana – A Highway Motorcycle Ride

“I’m so far behind I think I’m first.” My spousal unit used to say this when he got home from work,  in response to my query, “How did your day go?” On our group motorcycle trips, my husband usually is the drag bike. On long stretches of  open highway, he sets his speed control and eventually ends up well back of the pack. He’s okay with that – he’s far enough behind to feel like he’s first… but still close enough to keep watch over the family.

Montona – Motorcycles on Going-to-the-Sun Road

Our family gets together several times a year for epic motorcycle adventures. Maybe epic is a bit too strong a description. More like three or four days of riding and then not riding. Eating, some shopping. Lots of photos. One of our favourite destinations is Glacier Park. It is located in the U.S. State of Montana, and the highlight for us is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Fifty two miles of narrow, twisty road crosses the Continental Divide. The road is punctuated with frequent places to stop and take photos of the mountains and the wildlife. This road is great fun on a motorcycle, and a nail biter in a big car. It is a narrow road, and can be heavily congested during tourist season! We usually drive it from east to west, then stay in Whitefish for a few days. Sometimes we return to that road the next day and go west to east, turn around at the summit, then go back to Whitefish! People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer …