Sunday, December 15, 2013

Biker Music.....Oh Yeah!

If I love this, so will you! Jump Guys!

Here is it, straight from the man himself, close friend of mine and avid supporter of MTAF:

My new Cd "Savage Steel" is an unplugged back porch Harley BBQ album with an acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica & mandolin. We've been jamming the tunes & the sound makes my hair stand on end!
Your having a great backyard BBQ with some biker pals when in rides Pat Savage with his acoustic guitar on his back. He grabs a whiskey and sits down on the porch to play for all of your guests! Soon one of his pals rolls in with his fiddle and joins him on the porch! Soon another brother rolls in joining the duo with his harmonicas!
You get 4 of my award winning Harley themed albums right now by direct download plus my new "Savage Steel" Cd for just $24.99!
No waiting on the mailman as you get them right now, load them directly to your office/home computer, burn discs for bike, car truck or HOG clubhouse! Load them to your I Phone or Android.
I'll throw in some posters too if you want to blow me up on your wall
Pat "Doc" Savage
Take a listen & buy directly at the website or inbox your email address here

A little taste of the awesomeness:

I Gotta Ride!!

Check this out as well guys.....yeah, guess who made it? Heck yeah!

Biker Babes!!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Glorius Day To Ride

It's a gorgeous day here to ride, no wind, no clouds, no rain.

However, I'm kind of stuck. Woke up sick this morning, great start to the day, as if.

I know riding would make everything better, clear my head, allow me to think, be free and hear my heart speak to me.

But not to be, I hate those days when you really need to get out, but your body just won't cooperate, stomach is funky, chills, headache, and all kinds of other stuff.

Plus I'm stuck at the dealership having my car serviced and checked out. I have a bit of business to do as well, all while attempting not to fall asleep.

The thoughts of the open road, either riding alone or behind someone, are what keeping me motivated today. However, I know it's home, to bed, SOA, and lots of blankets for me tonight.

Tomorrow possibly? 

Everyone go check out and like the Motorcycle Travel America Facebook page, as well as The Motorcycle Travel America Foundation page. Biker's supporting bikers. Join up, it's free!

Here's a little copy and paste from the Motorcycle Travel America Foundation page:

"You might only be "thinking" about motorcycle riding and ownership.  We have pictures and stories to make you drool.  You might be contemplating the purchase of a motorcycle.  We have all the information you need to show you how to pick the bike that's right for you and where to buy it, once you decide.  Now that you have your ride, you can find information and links to buy accessories, trailers, locks, insurance, and anything else you can imagine needing to go with that motorcycle you love.

     Once you have everything you want, you are going to want to keep it all safe. We can help you learn the tricks that the veterans know. Then we can show you clubs to join, events to see, how to find people to travel with, and all the best routes to travel. We can show you all that and more. 

     The world of motorcycling is a world of adventure.  We commit to our subscribers that we will constantly be looking for new information, updating old information, and be available to hear what you want to see on this website because its "your" website to utilize and we want it to truly be a one stop, everything you need, experience.  If you don't find what you need here, simply contact us and let us know."

Ride free brothers and sisters, and think of me stuck in bed, cold as hell....
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter Riding

From the Motorcycle Travel America site:

How to Keep Riding in the Winter

For some bikers, winter riding is simply not an option. For them, the bike goes into hibernation in the garage, protected by a thick layer of grease and covered by a tarp until the spring shoots appear.
But it doesn't have to be that way. With the right kit, a little common sense, and some minor changes in your riding style, you can carry on riding safely through all but the worst of the winter weather.
Riding anytime of the year demands caution, however winter in particular can be treacherous. Whether you’re a winter riding newbie or a frost-hardened veteran, there’s always new bits of gear coming out to make life easier, and as riders, we’re always learning new tricks – so we’ve put together this short guide to help you enjoy riding in the cold months ahead.
Wrap up against the winter
It may sound obvious, but investing in specialist winter riding gear can make a massive difference to your winter warmth and comfort. One-piece leathers are clearly the best as they offer less opportunity for the icy wind to find a way in. If you can't afford these, make sure your layers overlap well.
Keeping your hands and head warm is crucial - most body heat escapes there. If you can only invest in one piece of winter gear, then make it a quality pair of gloves. Modern technology has created a range of waterproof, thermally efficient gloves that will keep your hands warm and dry as you ride. To seal the gap between jacket and gloves, invest in gauntlet-style gloves. Failing that, make sure you keep a spare pair of inner gloves in your pocket so you can change them if they get wet. The wet pair can then dry in your pocket from your body heat ready to be changed again. In addition, invest in a neck warmer or balaclava to prevent cold air from entering your helmet.
Riding in the correct gear is not just a comfort issue either. If you're wet and cold, you will tire more easily and will not respond as sharply to events around you. This is particularly true of cold fingers. Combine these slower reactions with the more hazardous roads of winter, and you've got more potential problems.
Layering will keep you insulated and warm. Start with a light base layer that's breathable - microfiber is a good choice. Your base layer should trap warm air next to your skin and wick away sweat. Make sure your top layer is made of tough, windproof material, such as leather or nylon. Be sure layering clothing hasn't restricted the movement you need to ride safely.
Central Heating
Longer trips often require additional protection, such as electric vests and gloves. These accessories use your bike's electrical system to provide heat. A vest, electric or regular, is essential to keeping the torso warm. A warm torso prevents frostbite by allowing the heart to focus on pumping blood to the hands and feet. Or, spring for the heated grip option available on many touring bikes. Heated grips will make a big difference to the amount of fun you have on your bike in winter! Cold hands are useless when you’re trying to manipulate your brakes or other controls – so applying some heat through the grips will make things much easier when the weather turns grim.
Be sure your alternator can handle the addition of electric accessories, such as heated vests and gloves. Check your owner's manual to find out how much wattage your alternator generates and how much of that wattage is used to run lights and other electrical components. Then, subtract the wattage the electric gear needs to be sure you have the power necessary, and some to spare, when running the accessories. 
Respect the winter roads
From the autumn storms, when rain falls on roads which have accumulated grease and oil all summer, to the treacherous black ice of winter frosts, the riding conditions in winter demand your utmost respect.
The simple advice is to take it easy. Save your carefree open-road riding for those glorious summer mornings. In winter the conditions need as much care as you can muster. Not only will there be much less grip on wet and icy roads, you will also be challenged by the wind and the rain as you ride along. So use your lane, and give yourself space to adapt, adjust, and slow down. And if you have a long ride ahead, plan to stop and warm up along the way.
Before you hit the open road, check the weather forecast and road condition reports so you can prepare accordingly. Be aware of changing conditions such as rain, snow, ice, freezing rain and black-ice are very dangerous on a motorcycle. If there is a chance of any type of freezing conditions, it is best to leave the motorcycle at home and take the car.
Stop, revive, and survive
It's worth remembering that poor conditions affect everyone else around you too. Motorists, who struggle to see bikes at the best of times, are even less likely to see you when their windows are misted up. Even pedestrians become a real hazard, as they bow their heads to the rain or hunch up against the cold, leaving them prone to walk out in front of you without looking properly.
Wet Roads
Increase the breaking distance between you and other vehicles to account for wet and greasy road conditions. By increasing your distance you will get minimal spray of other vehicles and will be able to judge and anticipate other road users driving much easier. Watch out for wet leaves on the road. These can make the surface slippery and could make you lose control.
There is an illusion created by pot holes. Appearing like puddles, they conceal their depth...that is until you ride over them. Never assume a puddle is just a puddle.
Bad weather such as fog or even low winter sun can restrict your view. Be aware of the hazards; ride to suit the road conditions.
Check your lights regularly to make sure they are working. Also ensure your lights are visible and clear of dirt.
Rider Visibility
Bikers need to be as visible as possible to other road users. By wearing reflective clothing it helps other road users to see you, especially on dark mornings and early evenings. By making contact with drivers using their mirrors, this also makes you visible to the driver.
Signal earlier to give as much notice as possible to other road users of your intentions.
Check your tire pressure to ensure it's suitable for winter riding. Let your tires warm-up. Rubber gets harder as it gets cold. As this happens, the tires are able to provide less traction than they can in warmer temperatures. Friction with the ground will cause the rubber to warm as you ride. Until the tires are warm, it is a good idea to limit high-traction situations as much as possible.
In winter months, use anti-misting spray on your visor and mirrors. Visor fogging can cause hazardous visibility problems during cold weather. Wear a half-mask inside your helmet over a wind-proof balaclava. This combo allows your breath to escape without causing condensation inside the visor.
Strong winds
Try to avoid riding in strong winds, however if it is absolutely necessary then be aware of hazardous objects being swept onto the roads such as bags, boxes, branches of trees, cones etc. Consider installing a windshield. Motorcycle windshields can be very effective for diverting the wind away from the rider. Other types of wind deflectors divert wind around the hands and legs.
Direct chilly air away from your body by adding a functional, not just cosmetic, fairing. Your height and torso length will dictate the proper height of the fairing - if a stock product doesn't dispel the airflow correctly, have a fairing custom cut.
Maintain your bike
Make sure to have a qualified mechanic inspect your bike before winter riding. Check your bike frequently yourself. Changing winter temperatures may cause tires to lose pressure, and light bulbs to burn out. Corrosion during winter can be avoided by washing off the salt and road dirt causing oxidisation. Wax your alloy rims with a nice hard wax to prevent the outboard motor effect. Try putting a little grease or Vaseline in areas you think should stay dry. Frequent checks ensure a safer ride. 
Using the proper oil for your motorcycle is also top priority. The 10w - 40w oil is sufficient enough. Using thinner oil during the cold months will improve your bike's performance, especially during start-up, but check your owner's manual for recommendations. Some manufacturers recommend only one weight of oil, no matter what the temperature. For those with liquid-cooled bikes, make sure that the reading on the anti-freeze is sufficient for the temperatures you'll be expecting.
Your winter riding can be a great adventure. Just make sure that while you're having fun, you and your motorcycle are also safe and sound. If you do have to go out this winter on your bike, stay alert and ride well within your limit.
But For all the problems of winter riding, it still beats standing at a bus stop in the rain, or struggling to de-ice your frozen car every morning. With a little planning and a little care, you'll be enjoying the sunshine of spring before you know it.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

So What Really Sparked SUV vs Biker Attack?

Everyone's heard of it, many have seen the videos, but what really started the melee on September 29th, 2013, between the "thug bikers," and the "innocent" driver of the Range Rover? What led up to the biker with the camera turning it on?

What you don't see in many news articles is that the "victim" of the incident allegedly threw a water bottle out of his opened sun roof at the bikers, CBS news reported on October 10th.

It's also not widely known that the driver of the Range Rover ran over and injured riders, one severely, and tried to flee the scene. Video shows it was then that the bikers surrounded the Range Rover, apparently in the attempt to keep him from taking off.

In the biker group there were at least three NYPD police officers as well. How many people know that? Not many. Public consensus seems to be that a thug gang of bikers attacked and beat an innocent man.

Alexian Lien, the man in the Range Rover, allegedly started what led to being covered in the national news portraying him as the victim. While millions of people have seen what happened to Alexian Lien, very few seem to have seen what happened to the severely injured biker Lien ran over and left on the road. Family members say the injured biker suffered two broken legs, spinal injuries and is perhaps paralyzed,

 "Lien's injuries included two black eyes, multiple cuts to his face that required stitches, and injuries to his hands, back and right shoulder, according to criminal complaint."  Lien was treated and released immediately, while his crime may have left a biker permanently debilitated.

While, in my opinion, some of the bikers, including at least one police officer were clearly out of control and engaged in criminal behavior, so did Alexian Lien. Yet what we mostly hear is that Lien was the only victim, it's simply not true.

Not all bikers engage in road rage, or criminal behavior, just as not all drivers of cars do. but, guys, look at all the facts before jumping to conclusions. Do your own research, don't be fed by what you hear and your ignorance, not only of this incident, but of all situations.

Not all bikers are "gang" members, not all drivers engage in hit and run.

We, as a society, need to stop stereotyping. Usually, we don't know the entire truth. 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

To A Rider, It's Natural

Today I was on the highway, in my car, on the way to meet up with a friend. 

A guy in the lane over was on a bike, he looked over his left shoulder, turned on his signal, signaled with his arm, and moved in front of me.

Being a rider I backed off, until I noticed there were cars all around him not paying an ounce of attention. So, as bikers do, I moved up a bit to "protect" his space.

On a bike, riders know to protect the space between them and other bikes, so careless drivers don't  move over into the middle of us, plus, the more bikes, the easier it is to be seen.

Cars were attempting to get between his bike and my car, and I guess I went into rider mode and moved up so they wouldn't zoom through without a notion as to what the danger would be to either of them.

I could have backed off and let them through, but, there was no place for them to go. They would have been inches from the rear of his bike, not so good. Should he have had to make a sudden stop for debris, or whatever, those cars would have been literally on top of him. 

I just thought it was strange that, being a rider, you notice things like that. No one else would even give it a thought, they certainly didn't today.

Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for everyone. Before you attempt to squeeze in between a bike and a car, look, see if there's room, or if there's a place for you to go, or if you're only going be the one that kills a rider or yourself because of some unforeseen event.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Harley Girl Not Happy!

It was amazingly beautiful here in Oregon today. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, it was warm and no wind, a perfect day to ride.

However, this girl couldn't ride and was pretty bummed all day. I fell down the stairs a couple of days ago and was pretty badly injured. There was no way I could have held my bike up, and with pain meds and all, was not even going to chance it. So my Harley Heritage Softail sat alone in the garage, I SO know she wanted to go out too, I could hear her whining a bit.

We don't get a lot of great days like today in October up here in the Pacific Northwest, so I did what I do best when I can't ride, I pouted. Then looked at my Harley and pouted some more.

Hopefully the weather will hold, I will mend and be out there again before weather here gets ugly.

Until then, I'll look at my bike and work on my "to do " list for the awesome Foundation that had the, courage maybe, to ask me to be their Social Media Coordinator, Motorcycle Travel America Foundation.

You guys should all join! Help us get out membership up so we can get the attention of sponsors, and sponsors love numbers! So many people can be helped through this Foundation. Click here, go to the join link and use the referral code Biker Babe or Diva. Easy!

I don't get money or anything, just big smiles, and chances to walk around in my stuff, ya know?
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Help Us Get A Grant!

Look what Motorcycle Travel America achieved! 

We have the opportunity to receive a grant to get us started on our way to helping riders in crisis. 

Click on and vote for the MTAF and spread the word. 

We can make a difference but only with the support of the people of the riding community and opportunities like this. Help us support, educate and inform. Pass it along and lets get this!

Please VOTE here 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Pouting Biker Babe? Totally!

I'm sitting in Starbucks pouting, yes, and pretty envious.

This is the first year I've missed Street Vibrations in Reno. Sucks. Totally.

I love the ride down and back. I love the rides around there. I love the energy, the vendors, the other bikers, the music, beer (ok, maybe, for me, not so much), and the bikes!

I scroll through Facebook and see all of my friends posting pics, and NOT liking it!

Most of all, I miss being on my bike.

A few pics from years past are keeping me occupied.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Motorcycle Awareness, Respect, and Education

It never fails. A biker goes down and people begin to tell stories. Most certainly embellished, of accidents they've heard of, you know, "friends of friends." They speak of the danger of riding a Harley, or other bike, shake their heads, and give us "the look." Yet, many times, these are the same people that water ski, snow ski, play hockey, ride quads, have their kids in football, and drive cars.

I had a friend that, a couple of days ago, was speaking of the danger of motorcycles and the stupidity of riders, only to go on and tell the tale of a horrendous car accident he had been in several years ago. It's funny, I saw his car in the parking lot, he seems to be continuing to drive. I'm willing to bet no one told him to stay out of a car, to sell his car, or of the risks of driving.

My dad was a pilot, he saw accidents through the years. He had friends killed, yet he still flew, and people board airplanes everyday. 

There's a shopping strip I frequent where I daily watch as cars, not only fail to stop, they don't even look to see if anyone, any thing, may be coming. Their heads never turn, they're lost in their own world.

Another friend of mine was hurt badly by a horse, yet no one spoke of her stupidity of having horses.

Many of my friends that are doctors, and trauma nurses ride, they know the risk, they see everything. There are dangers everywhere, in whatever you do.

I'm in no way saying there are no riders that make stupid mistakes, there are, just as in everything in life. Fact is each day you get out of bed you're taking a risk.

There is a stigma attached to bikers and motorcycles that needs to be broken. There's education that needs to take place. My kids that have taken driver's ed classes were never taught awareness of motorcycles, deer, kids playing, etc.

Accidents are going to happen in every area of life. Most of the riders I know are very aware of what's around them, when they're riding or driving. We tend to watch more because so many others don't. We see as people are distracted as they drive. We see when cars change lanes in an instant, without notice.

Riders are aware of the dangers, we watch.  We know there may be gravel, or wet leaves, on the road, we're watching for brake lights many cars ahead of us, we scan the road, and our area, we watch for distracted drivers, we watch for animals, rocks and road debris. Most riders are very aware.

Give motorcycles room, don't cut them off, and give them the respect you want given to you, give them the awareness you want given to your children. Be aware, and before you tell a biker all the reasons they shouldn't ride, think of the risks you take each day of your life.

Watch what's around you. It may just be your own life you save, or that of a child you failed to see running after a ball.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Uncharted Roads

Ok, guys I'm up and running on here! This should be fun....ya know....the biker world and all...LOVE!

I have some awesome things planned for future posts, thinking of some pretty cool people to do some rockin' guest posts, and looking forward to meeting TONS of new people.

When I entered the world of motorcycles, I had no idea how close the community is. In my opinion, bikers, in general, are some of the most wonderful, caring, genuine people I've ever met.

I can't say I've ever met a biker that wouldn't be at my door at 3AM if I needed help, that's just how they roll.

Anyway, be patient with me. I'm still working on adding some things to the layout, but PLEASE share this page with your friends! Followers, I want followers, yes, I AM begging now!

And ideas, posts, anything you want to me, leave ideas in a message. I'll get on it as quickly as I can.

Check out the tabs at the top. They will take you to the Motorcycle Travel America Foundation page, The Twitter Page and the Facebook page

ALSO, there's this really cool link to The Hell And Back Favorite Finalists Photo Contest! Check it out here and VOTE!!

So let's start shall we? Bikers, bikes........maybe sneak in a tattoo from time to time......and a little rock and roll?

Come on guys, join me and lets follow those curves together!
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