Archive | February 2013

Take A Back Road

The BMW has finally returned to my garage. With its new sprocket and chain it runs like a dream. The biggest change is the new knobby tires and it’s my parents’ last line of defense to keep me from riding. (Besides the inconsistency of Cincy’s weather)

The Bike had slicks on it until the swap so the new tires off less on road grip. The tires also require 50 miles of ride time to be fully broken in. That is what is keeping me inside of Terrace Park right now and off the real roads. After the 50 mile mark is reached my parents will have no more defense to hide behind.

The new tires will actually be an asset. With them I will be able to fly down country roads all over Ohio. I can have the same fun I would dirt biking on a much faster street legal bike.

Being able to ride the bike full time in spring will be a blessing because as time goes by the gas price goes up. The nice thing about motorcycles is their MPG is exponentially better than cars such as an old FJ60 LandCruiser. Hopefully the money I save on gas I will be able to use to bribe my Dad into letting me take the bike on a real trip. The struggle continues.

The new rubber

The new rubber

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All at Once

Spring is whipping into full gear. The weather has taken a change for the warmer and it seems like it is only getting better. This means it is almost the perfect time to ride.

My BMW has been in the hands of my trusted mechanic friend Wells, who has been enjoying riding it while my shoulder is mending. We have taken it to the mechanic and diagnosed and addressed the engine issue. We also got an engine tune up and new rear sprocket so it is running like a dream.

This is coming quite fast for my parents. They can’t handle the idea of me on the open road not in a car. This is about to be the biggest challenge I will overcome as a rider. I care too much about motorcycles to let my parents suppress that passion. It will all come down to my ability to balance my freedom with my parents happiness.

I dont want to make any major sacrifices so let the battle begin. Time to start adding blue face paint and charge. “FREEEEEEEEDOMMMM”