It's been a while since I last wrote something and that's because it's been a very busy Summer ! This past Friday I was with my counterpart from WNCD The Wolf Fast Freddie Woak as we did our huge Biketoberfest promotion at New Castle Harley Davidson! We had 93 qualifiers from WNCD 93.3 and the 2 Wheel power hour attending the Beach Party. Food, beverages and prizes were given out throughout the evening. This year's Biketoberfest winner was Wayne Dawson who hails from Beaver, Pennsylvania! Wayne is a HOG member at New castle Harley Davidson, rides a Harley and is looking forward to attending Biketoberfest. Special thanks to Su Kilar Account Manager for Clear Channel and to my co host Roy Dyckman for pitching in throughout the evening. We also want to thank our sponsor New castle Harley Davidson for making this trip possible and to Monica Quarto with LaPlaya Resorts and Suites for making the resort our home away from home whenever we are in Daytona.
This year's Biketoberfest will be the same in some respects but different in others. I will be riding the smallest motorcycle I've ever taken to Daytona Beach, a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250. I've taken this bike to Indianapolis and to Watkins Glen , New York for the Fingerlakes Rally but now it's going to rack up at least 2,000 miles down and back going to Daytona! I had thought about flying but I'd have to get a bike or something down there then I'd have to have someone take me to the airport and back…such a hassle who needs it and I like to ride anyways so Little Biggie as I call it will be my mode of transportation for the 2012 Biketoberfest.
There are many things to do in Daytona and some say Biketoberfest is actually better in many respects than Bike Week. Less crowded, nicer weather and more family oriented. Oh sure there is the rumble of big twins always present just not at 3 in the morning :) This year I'm heading over to Daytona Speedway to check out to amateur racing. Looking forward to hanging on the wall and having some fun in the sun.
About 2 weeks ago I thought I'd combine fishing and boating and did an overnight Kayak trip with (now retired from Clear Channel) Carl Vath . It was a blast with some of the most awesome scenery. I was looking to hook up a Northern Pike but that didn't happen but I did see a kid haul out a 3 foot carp! The Tuscarawas River was our choice and it averaged about 2 to 4 feet the entire 14 1/2 mile trip. We used NTR canoe Livery to transport our kayaks and gear to Navarre for the trip down the Tuscarawas River! If you're looking for something a little different in the next couple of weekends this might be the ticket for you!
Finally October is what many consider the best riding month. The Fall Foliage is spectacular! Plan a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Deals Gap or the Fingerlakes Region of New York or even to the Wayne National Forest in Southern Ohio. As we say each and every week swing your leg over your bike , thumb that starter and a great adventure awaits you.
Hang in There.. Larry
August is here!
Man they said June was the hottest in 53 years and July's heat never made the top 10 in temps! Crazy I seemed to sweat just as much in July as I did in June! Plenty of motorcycling stuff going on this month.
Coming up the weekend of August 10th through the 12th is the BSA Owners of America Motorcycle Club Vintage Trials and Reliability Run! This is an awesome three day event with bikes and parts sales, a Reliability Run and a Vintage Trials meet. I ran the Reliability Run a couple of years ago and decided to take the hardest section and to this day I still haven't forgotten how rough it was. This year I am hoping to take my XR 100 and refit different wheels and knobbies and do this run. Plenty of hills..going down is a lot harder than going up!
The Vintage Trials is always a blast. You'll see some old two strokes with twin shocks making the rounds with some very good local riders on them. I hear there's a band and for first time vendors the fee is free!
Coming up the following week is the Holy Grail of upper level motorcycling the Indy Moto GP and the Indy Mile. We'll be staying at our Super 8 in Greenfield just east of Indianapolis and looking to meet up with some old friends.
Coming up this month is an interview with current ISDE participant Jimmy Jarrett as well as the sights and sounds from Indianapolis.
I have some pictures from the Larry's Moped Ride as well as the Wauseon Swap Meet and Vintage Motorcycle Days. Hope you enjoy the best summer we've had in years and I look forward to seeing you down the road.
Click Here for the Two Wheel Power Hour Summer Photo Gallery.
Hi everybody! It's been a while since we've dabbled in the blog stuff because May and June have been very busy. After seeing Dr. Raymond Boniface my Orthopedic Surgeon (he races BMW cars too!) he gave me the okay to go out and do some things so I decided since I put all this work in my XR 100 why not race it. So with a grand total of one-half hours of seat time I ventured to Circleville Raceway Park on US 23 just south of Columbus. There I joined a couple dozen racers from the Ohio Mini Road Racing League for my first race. At 61 I know I was the oldest guy there but at about 260 I also know I was the heaviest and with the Rotator Cuff still torn I know I had my work cut out if I just wanted to navigate the twisty course without being embarrassed or coming off the bike. I traveled with Ken Sampson who is no stranger to the hardships of putting two wheels where it sometimes doesn't want to go completing the Lake Erie loop in sub 18 hours on a Honda Mb5 and also completing the 4 corners of the USA and to Alaska and back so with Ken as a team mate all things are a GO!
If you Click Here you'll be able to see a couple pictures which show the race team set up, my blazing a path down the straight away, me at the mad start and of course the celebratory Captain Morgan at the finish with Ken Sampson.
Friday night we ran smack dab into the worst storm I've been in , in a long time. Winds gusting to 80 mph, trees and telephone poles down everywhere. No electricity, no cable in my room ugh! So, Ken and I headed out to dinner walking down the street to a small Mexican bar/Restaurant and they just happened to have Margareta's frozen on tap. Well one of those along with a steak Fajita filled me up and we wobbled our way back to the room and with the air on sleep comfortable… So comfortable that I was an hour late getting to the track :(
We got everything unloaded and set up..we looked professional but could we race the same way..stay tuned! I want to mention what a great group of people the racers and staff of the Ohio Mini Road Racing League are. I no sooner got out of the truck and Kent Klawon greeted me. Soon after I met Matt and Conrad and a bunch of other racers.
This is how the day went for my first race. Drivers meeting where I filled out a Tech sheet and had my bike teched to make sure it complied with the safety rules. After tech they called stock XR 100 and stock YSR 50 practice. I went out and did about 6 laps just enough to know that I don't know how to do this well and it will be trial by fire so to speak. After practice they started calling the races. I was the third group to go out but had to corner marshal in the second race. I could see this would be a problem trying to get my gear on, bike warmed up etc so Ken Sampson filled in for me as a Corner Marshall allowing me to relax and get geared up at my pace.
My First Race…I gridded in the last row and stalled the bike at the start. Needless to say since the bikes were supposed to be even I never really had a chance to make up any ground and managed to keep out of everyone's way. The bike was stuttering on top end and my free play on the throttle was way loose. I finished dead last and was lapped by the leaders..maybe more than once I dunno…:(
During the time between races Ken and I moved the needle in the carb up so we'd get more gas and that made a big difference on how the bike ran. It was a lot easier to drive and my lap times went from 1:15 to 1:04a huge difference and I gave it all I had. These were 10 lap races which for me meant about 10 minutes in duration. In 93 degree heat, completely geared up I must tell you half way through the race I was getting heat sickness. When the race finished I was glad and peeled the gear off as quickly as I could. My shoulders hurt from pushing on the bars (countersteering remember we talked about this?) and I felt dehydrated. I pounded a quart of Gatorade which made my electrolytes levels better . A Subway sandwich and a bottle of water got my energy reserves back .
As I loaded up the trailer a smile came across my face and I felt like the skinny kid circa 1969 who strapped on a helmet donned some leathers and went to a track to learn how to race a motorcycle. Funny how some things never change!
Hang in There..Larry