IMS Show not coming to Washington, D.C!

IMS_home_logoThat’s right, you read that correctly. The Progressive International Motorcycle Show is not making a stop in our nation’s capital this year. The closest shows will be in New York City, N.Y. and Cleveland, Ohio. There will be only 10 shows this year for the “world’s largest motorcycle tour show”.  Other cities dropped this year were San Mateo, CA and Seattle, WA. Portland, OR. takes the place of Seattle, all other cities are the same as last year. It seems like a trimming down of the schedule the past few years. In 2013-14 there were 12 shows, 2014-15 there were 11 shows, and this year just 10 shows.

This comes as a shock to me. This is the first time in my motorcycle memory that the IMS has not made a stop in, or close to, D.C. Needless to say I’m very bummed out by this news. I look forward to going to the show, getting to see the new bikes, and usually hanging out with a few friends for the day. Not this year.

I know that NY and Ohio are certainly close enough that I could make the trip, but I’m sure it’s not as cheap as a Metro ride. I will now need to find some other mid-winter distraction for my motorcycle fantasies.

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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Motorcycling, Rallies and Events


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October, 15, 2015

 Sena Technologies, Inc., a Bluetooth innovator in the motorcycle and outdoor actives market, debuted today the world’s first Intelligent Noise-Control (INC™) helmet EXCLUSIVELY to the media, dealers and trade members at the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando.

AIMExpo has grown substantially since its inception in 2013, establishing itself as one of the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. and the largest powersports trade show in North America. Likewise, Sena has shown impressive growth and innovation throughout the past three years, solidifying its position as the global leader in Motorcycle Bluetooth technology.

“We’re thrilled to have Sena unveil its latest innovation here at AIMExpo,” said Cinnamon Kernes, AIMExpo Show Director. “They have been an exhibitor and partner since our launch. Choosing AIMExpo as the place to debut their new helmet and taking advantage of the media and dealer presence exemplifies exactly how the AIMExpo platform was intended to be utilized.”

The Sena Helmet will be equipped with innovative smart technology with a premium comfort, ergonomics and finish. The ultra light-weight and durable carbon fiber material provides a high quality and comfortable experience, with ground breaking Intelligent Noise-Control (INC™) technology to actively control the loud and damaging noises associated with riding. “We are ecstatic to yet again be pushing innovation with the world’s first true quiet helmet, with our focus as always on creating the safest and best riding experience possible for our customers. It only seemed logical that we unveil this game-changing device at AIMExpo, a place where the entire motorcycle industry has gathered to see the latest innovations to hit the market,” says Sena CEO, Tae Kim. With all of the key features such as optional Bluetooth 4.1 Communication module, ultra light carbon fiber material, Plug & Play (PNP) installation feature for the INC™ and the patented Sena Bluetooth Technology, users can enjoy their ride like never before.

Additional new products being showcased at AIMExpo include the 10S, 10R, 10U, Wristband, Handlebar Remote Controls, and Prism Tube.

AIMExpo opens its doors to the general public this Saturday, October 17 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Sunday, October 19 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) where enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see all-new products from more than 500 unique exhibitors and demo a wide variety of two- and four-wheel, on- and off-road models at AIMExpo Outdoors!Tickets are available online at or on-site at the Orange County Convention Center.

About Sena Technologies Inc.
Sena Technologies, Inc. is the global leader in Bluetooth Innovation for the motorsports, action sports and outdoor sports lifestyles – enabling real-time communication and optimal performance in the thick of the action. Since its first and flagship product, the SMH10 Bluetooth intercom/headset for Motorcycle helmets, the most cutting-edge technological designs have allowed riders across powersports and motocross to change the way they communicate while charging tracks and courses worldwide. With cyclists, action sports and outdoor sports enthusiasts taking advantage of its impressive communications and onboard technologies – coupled with its sheer innovation in creating new perspectives with Bluetooth audio action camera technology – Sena is enhancing the lives of speed demons and action-seekers for the better. Sena currently offers its products worldwide through its global network of distributors, retailers and OEM partners.

For more information on Sena Technologies Inc. and its products, please visit or contact (951) 719-1040 or

Twitter: @senabluetooth
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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Gear Reviews, Motorcycling


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Tips: Finding Time to Ride

IMG_1498I have two daughters, two fish, three dogs, a house, a yard and all the commitments and upkeep that everything on this list require. Not to mention a full time job, soccer, dance classes, summer camps, vacations, birthdays, school, etc. So, with all this going on how do I find time to ride?  Most of the time it takes a little creative thinking.

Riding to work instead of only riding on the weekend. This one is a no brainer for me. I have to go to work, I have to use a vehicle to get there, why not take the bike. While it’s not carving up curvy mountain roads, it is riding. I use commuting to hone my defensive riding skills. I get to practice situational awareness, lane position, anger management, creative sign language, and other essential commuting skills. I think of it this way, most of the trips I take I’m trying to get somewhere and I have to ride to get there. Commuting is just practice for those days when I have to slog it out on the highway to get to that sweet mountain pass tucked into a state park where the rangers haven’t found a place for the speed trap yet. It also beats the heck out of not riding.

Early morning can also be a way to sneak in a ride. This falls outside the normal times most people usually ride, but I can get up on a Saturday at dawn (5:30 am) get in a 3 1/2 – 4 hr ride and pull in the driveway at 9:00 – 9:30 am, just as my family is getting ready for breakfast. I get a nice ride in and still have the rest of the day to take care of the yard and shuttle the kids around to their swim meets, soccer games, or other obligations. This one takes a little more planning. I have to look for loops that are pretty specific in their time and milage. These are not the lazy all day Saturday rides where I can take new and interesting roads on a whim just to see where they go. I have to be pretty sure of where I’m going and how long the ride will take. Who doesn’t like planning new routes though? The trade off here is that I have to be willing to sacrifice some sleep, but for me it’s worth it.

IMG_0036Another option is to run errands on my bike. It’s not always the most exciting riding but it’s better than sitting in my garage staring at my bike and wishing I was riding. With panniers and a top box I have a lot of room to haul pretty good sized loads. Even for the not so big stuff like running out to grab a RedBox DVD can be a chance to ride. I once rigged up a cooler to fit on the back of my Ninja 1000 so I could run out and get ice cream for my wife and I. Worked great and I got a little dusk-time, after dinner riding in. I call that a win-win.

Trading time-off with my wife is also a way to get a longer ride in and still make it fair to for everyone.  This is a negotiation and planning process (in terms of the ride planning, not the negotiation planning). My wife and I sit down with our schedules and take a look at what week or weekend I want versus what time she wants or her own hobbies. We barter and trade so we both get some personal time and space to do our own thing. I find this the most equitable way for us to get time to do things we love and still feel like we are partners.

Even with all the obligations of a family, house, yard, and everything else, there are a lot of ways to still get riding time in. I manage to get in about 7,000 – 10,000 miles a year using the tips I’ve talked about. There are many who ride more, but at least I’m riding. We always find time for the things we love.


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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Motorcycling


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IMS and Other Thoughts After a Long Time Away

It’s been a long time since my last post. In July I took on a new role at my company and just haven’t been able to get back into a rhythm with writing and riding since then. Most of my riding in the second half of the year was commuting so nothing exciting there.

Part of my reason for not posting was also that I like to write really finished article style posts. I figure if people are going to read posts on this site the content should be worth their time. I’m slowly coming to the realization that not every post has to take weeks to pull together and edit. It is a blog after all. And it’s free. And it’s mine. So, it really can be whatever I want it to be. I was recently reminded that good content along with consistency is really the key here. I’m going to try harder to do both this year.

The most recent motorcycle related event that’s happened in the past few months was attending the IMS in Washington DC. I always try and make this show every year in January. It’s the perfect way to get a dose of motorcycle excitement in the middle of winter.

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There were two bikes that stood out to me at the show.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000LT.


I am finding myself drawn to the 1000 cc range of bikes that are coming out in the market. They are powerful, agile, and comfortable. The Versys, was all of those things. At least from what I could glean from marketing materials and sitting on the bike for longer than was probably appropriate by the looks I was getting from the booth reps. The bags are a little smaller (28 liter) than those on my Connie 14, but they are large enough to be useful. There’s also an aftermarket top case, so no worries on storage. It has all the technology that I’m looking for in a bike: ABS, traction control, multiple riding modes. All the fun stuff. I also really love the orange color. The Versys is sized well for me too. The reach to the bars from the seat is perfect. No lean over at all (for me). I’m going to try and find an enterprising dealer this summer and see if I can get a ride on one.

For more information on the Versys visit


2015 Yamaha Super Tenere ES


The other motorcycle the continues to catch my attention is the Super Tenere.  Everytime I sit on this bike it just seems to fit. It pushes all my buttons too. Electronic suspension, ABS, traction control, multiple fuel maps. Being an “Adventure” bike it has an upright sitting position and easy ergonomics. I know that both of these bikes fit the adventure/off road style of bike that’s become very popular, but that’s not what really draws me. I also think that the reason these style of bikes have “become” popular is that there are no standard bikes anymore. If you want neutral handling, comfortable all day riding bike you have to buy one of these adventure style bikes. I’m fine with that. I’m more interested in comfort for long rides, flexibility, and utility.

For more information on the Super Tenere go to Yamaha’s website.


Here are pictures of a few other bikes that were honorable mentions or at least caught my eye.

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Motorcycling, Uncategorized


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What To Do While Not Riding.

IMG_1165I had knee surgery recently to repair two tears in the meniscus in my left knee. The injury was not motorcycle related but it means I’ll be off the bike for a while. So, what to do while I can’t ride?  Well, I took advantage of the down time to get through a few projects I’ve wanted to do.

The first was to get my bike ready for the spring riding season, even though I can’t ride it for several weeks. I changed the oil, oil filter, air filter, rear tire, and gave it good once over. I tightened all the nuts and bolts and lubricated everything. All pretty straight forward except for changing the Air Filter. I have to hand it to the folks at Kawasaki, 12 bolts, 3 plastic rivets, 3 body pieces, and several connectors to unplug just to get to the air filter. Total time to do everything except the air filter was a few hours. The air filter was another solid hour. It kept me busy at least and even though I couldn’t ride my bike I still got to play with it.

Up to this point I’ve been a little shy about doing the service work on my Concours. It’s a very complicated machine and not like anything I’ve worked on before. Being able to take the time to work through the service knowing that I wasn’t riding took a lot of the pressure off. If I didn’t finish the work I wasn’t missing anything and could get back to it when I had more time. Of course it turned out it was easier than I thought and once I got into it everything was very much the same just in different places. I didn’t take on changing the spark plugs, that’s a task for another long weekend. Something about having to remove the gas tank … not sure I’m ready for that yet.

IMG_1169Next I organized my gear by building custom shelves, a rack, hanging cabinets, and generally putting things in their place. It’s so nice have all my gear in one place. There’s also a practical reason for organizing and hanging up my gear. We moved to a new house last summer and I had a similar setup in my old house. Having a place to hang sweaty or wet clothes is great for letting them air out and dry. They tend to last longer when they have good airflow. It also helps them smell better next time I use them. The other reason is for convenience. Like most people, I don’t like to search for something. If it’s not in reach when I need it I’ll find an alternate solution. Having my riding gear all in one place means when I get ready to ride everything I need to grab is right there. I’ll have options instead of only using the jacket I can find, and I will use the gear that’s appropriate to the ride I’m going on.

I realized as I was putting my bike back together and organizing my gear that they had a similar purpose. Having my gear all together makes it easier to know what I have and what condition it’s in. Organizing my tools and other bike related cleaning and maintenance materials also helps me know what I have, how much I have, and where it’s at. Working on my bike regularly helps me understand it. The more parts I look at, work on, and examine the more familiar I am with my machine and how it works. The more familiar I am the more apt I am to know if somethings wrong and I might even have an idea of how to fix it. My gear collection grows as I understand what different conditions require in terms of protection and comfort. The more comfortable I am the longer I can ride and longer my riding season is. My tool collection grows as I work and maintain my bike. The right tool for the job is always the best tool to use. So too does my understanding of my bike grow as I ride it and work on it. The more I know the better I can care for my bike and extend my riding.

This train of thought brought me back to my knee surgery. I’ve tried for several years to “get in shape”. I know intuitively that it’s important. Looking down the barrel at 40 my body isn’t going to bounce back on its own. So, while I work on my bike getting it into shape for the summer I came to the conclusion that I need to do that same thing to me. I’m really just another tool to being able to be comfortable on a ride, to being able to ride better, and to being able to extend the years I’ll be able to ride. Just like a bike that’s out of tune, it might run for a while but eventually it’s going to need some work to get it going again. The amount of work really depends on how well it is maintained. My body is very much the same. I’ve missed a few regular service intervals at this point. So, as I get my bike in order I’ll also be working on getting me in better shape this summer too.  Let’s see if I can tune this body up before it’s too late and I get put out in the shed with a tarp over me.

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Concours 14, Motorcycling


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Bruce Brown’s 1971 classic documentary, On Any Sunday, exposed legions of folks to the wonderful world of motorcycling. Now, Bruce’s son, Dana Brown, a filmmaker who made Step into Liquid and Dust to Glory, is creating a modern take on the original, capturing on film those who ride motorcycles today and what the sport means to them.

The beautifully shot movie, scheduled for release this fall, features Travis Pastrana, Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, James Stewart, Carlin Dunne, Dani Pedrosa, and others. If this new version of On Any Sundayhas half the impact of the 1971 original, it will be a huge success. Enjoy the trailer!

May 12, 2014 By  Cycle World Magazine

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Motorcycling


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