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!

Skyline Drive, Canyons, and Mountains – Colorado Has It All!

On Saturday, August 17th, I had originally planned to ride with folks from Compassion International up to Estes Park. However, with family coming in to visit that afternoon, all I could do was a half day ride which was not enough time to head to Estes. That half day ride turned about to be absolutely incredible!

I ended up riding with my brother-in-law, and three of his co-workers. We started in started in Colorado Springs at 7:30am and headed down Highway 115 to Canon City. We ate breakfast, then went down through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, up Highway 11 towards Florissant, through Divide into Woodland park, and then back to the Springs. Even with all of that, I was still home at 1:55pm!

We had amazing weather for all of the journey and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. The trip took us up along the somewhat intimidating Skyline Drive then down into the amazing Bighorn Sheep Canyon which follows the Arkansas River. Once we headed up towards Divide, we were back in the mountains and driving through amazing areas with super lush and green ranch lands. This is another highly recommended ride!

Fun facts from the ride:

  • 5 = motorcycles…2 Beemers, 2 Hondas and 1 Suzi
    (further classified as 3 touring bikes, 1 cruiser, and 1 dual sport)
  • 203 = total miles ridden door-to-door
  • 46 = pictures taken
  • 15 = GoPro videos captured
  • 1 = very tasty breakfast at Good Thyme Cafe eaten

Map highlights – click for a larger version!
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Historic Canon City
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This place was pretty tasty!
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The amazing drop off view from Skyline Drive
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I caught Dana by surprise getting this image!
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Doug and his beautiful 1600GTL
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Greetings earthling!
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Jack and his very shiny Goldwing
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This is the view on the other side of the road – the drop off is on BOTH sides!
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Al kept us laughing!
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After riding Bighorn Sheep Canyon, we turned around here
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Wouldn’t want to fall in here!
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Just BEAUTIFUL!
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Doug and The Bee Tamer
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When is the last time you saw one of THESE!?
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That’s all for now – thanks for riding with me!

“The Challenge” – A Group Ride Through The Diverse Lands of Colorado

On Saturday, July 24th, I had the opportunity to ride with a great group of folks from Compassion International. The journey started in Colorado Springs and then we headed up to Golden, Idaho Springs, Echo Lake, Evergreen, Conifer, Deckers, Woodland Park, and then back to the Springs.

We had good weather for 90% of the trip, but we did get a pretty good rain storm towards the end of the day. Honestly, I thought the rain brought out a different kind of beauty as you would see pockets of fog in low areas and ground steam in others. It really was a beautiful journey.

The trip took us from the interstate to canyon roads to mountain passes to wide open spaces. There are LOTS of twisty roads on this ride, and the Colorado Rider Map lists the journey as difficult. In fact, there were a couple of signs that read, “Motorcycles use extreme caution!” I would just recommend taking your time and paying attention on the curves.

Fun facts from the ride:

  • 7 = motorcycles (4 Beemers, 1 Honda, 1 Aprilia, and 1 Suzi)
  • 9 = riders (two wives riding with husbands)
  • 250.4 = total miles ridden door-to-door
  • 56.74 = mpg
  • 35 = pictures taken
  • 2 = GoPro videos captured
  • 1 = bag of beef jerky consumed

What a fun day for a grand total of $15.48 in gas!

Here is a fun map with the highlights of our journey – click for a larger version!
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Coffee – the other type of fuel
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Leaving for Highway 6 – Clear Creek Canyon Road
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Echo Lake is beautiful!
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I wish we would have had time to walk the trail
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The Bee fits right in to the wild!
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Yours truly
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Waiting for the flagger to give us the go ahead on Squaw Pass Road
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And still waiting…
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After getting shut out at Evergreen (no place to park!), we headed on to Conifer for lunch
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The last stop – donuts and ice cream for those who chose to indulge!
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Time for some helmet camera pictures!
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Off road time
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What do you do when waiting? Take more pictures!
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Back on the road again – literally. The scenery ranged from forests….
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To wide open land!
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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the ride…I’m already looking forward to the next one!