Riding Season is Back!

The last time I had a good opportunity to ride my V-Strom it was back around Thanksgiving time frame…almost three months ago.

But today, all of that changed. How did it feel to be back on the bike? Watch and see!

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Motorcycle Collection at The Lyon Air Museum

Last summer I had the opportunity to take a business trip to Santa Anna, California (Orange County) for a week. During that time, I took one evening to visit the Lyon Aviation Museum. Even though this is a very small museum, the experience I had in talking with the docents and really reading up on each exhibit was well worth it.

The museum also features some beautiful vintage motorcycles, and I thought some of you might enjoy seeing part of their collection. If you’re in the Santa Anna area, it’s well a few hours of your time to go visit!

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Why We Ride – AWESOME Documentary

I know that most every motorcycle rider under the sun has already blogged about this, but here is my take on the documentary “Why We Ride”:

IT WAS AWESOME!

My wife and I watched the movie together this evening and we both really enjoyed it. It was well filmed and assembled a great picture of the motorcycling community as a whole.

So how good was it? The best compliment I can give is that it made me thankful that I have a motorcycle…and it made me want to get on and ride right now!

Cortech Super 2.0 8-Liter Magnetic Tank Bag

REASON FOR PURCHASE: Convenience/Storage
I already had two side cases and a top case, but I wanted a tank bag to easily keep small odds and ends handy. I also wanted a place to keep my camera handy on certain rides. I wanted quick access instead of having to get off the bike, unlock a case, and then dig for what I wanted. This Cortech tank bag fits the bill perfectly!

COMPANY EXPERIENCE: Good
I purchased this at a local motorcycle shop. Their price was competitive ($89.08 w/tax), and while I feel their customer service could be better, I do enjoy supporting local businesses when possible.

INSTALLATION: Easy
Simple – put it on!

MY THOUGHTS:
When I first bought it, my Dad and brother-in-law weren’t 100% convinced that the magnets would hold the bag to my Bee. I wasn’t positive either, but I was hopeful because I liked the bag. I’m not a fast rider, but we do get some vicious winds here in Colorado!

I am happy to tell you that I’ve now ridden with this bag for over 6 months and it has performed flawlessly, even in a huge rainstorm! As a bonus, the bag comes even with a stowaway rain cover that is easy to put on and works perfectly.

My camera fits perfectly in the bag for when I want quick access to that, otherwise, I keep my wallet, snacks, sunglasses, garage door opener, chapstick, etc in the bag and still have room to spare!

The only negative I have encountered is that the zipper doesn’t always open smoothly on the right side, and my guess is it’s because of the curve of the bag. It hasn’t been a major issue, and it only acts up every now and then. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to purchase this bag!

The size is a perfect fit for what I wanted, and for my motorcycle
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It’s pretty good looking and well made – the magnets hold it in place very well!
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Rider’s view looking straight down in to the bag
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It was a great choice for what I wanted – recommended!
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