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!


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!

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.

Simple – put it on!

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

GPS Mount for Garmin Nuvi 350

I had an older Garmin Nuvi 350 laying around the house and decided it would be much more useful if I put it on my Bee. However, I needed a ball mount to put the GPS unit on. So, I searched for “Garmin Nuvi 350 Mount” on Amazon and the Arkon GN032 came up. It was inexpensive and looked like it would do the trick!

Amazon is fast and competitive as always – I paid $10.02 (the price is currently only $7.20!) with no shipping charge and a two day delivery thanks to Amazon Prime.

Installation was very simple and done in 3 minutes! Just unscrew the two screws leaving the two halves separated, then place them around your bar and re-insert the screws – that’s it!

I know that the Nuvi 350 is not weather proof or rugged like the Zumo series. However, what I have works great and was already paid for! So, after a quick installation, I setup my 350 and it works great! I can easily see the screen and the readout, and it’s nice having a GPS available to use. So if you have an old GPS laying around the house, why not use it on your bike!?

The mount
Showing where it will be mounted (on the bar, just below where you see the ignition)
View from the side
Rider’s view – looks great!

Take Time To Enjoy The Routine

Most every day I take the same route to work. Even though the journey is only 15 miles from door-to-door, there is quite a variety of scenery in a short period of time.

I start in at the high plains, ride through the Black Forest, and then end up close to the mountains. All in 15 miles. Even though the scenery is amazing, I rarely take time to slow down and enjoy it.

It is my every day routine, but what a privilege it is to ride these roads! How about you? Do you take time to enjoy your “routine” rides?

Ride In-3

Ride In-1

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