Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Riders Hitting the Road Soon

Yesterday I finally found a bike that would be great little cruiser for Slick and Jordan to practice with. It is a very nice 2002 Honda Shadow 600cc Deluxe. I found it in Thomasville. Slick and I did take a look at another bike a couple of days ago that was nice but not like the one I found yesterday. The new bike has just a little over 2400 miles on it and looks practically brand new. The guy was selling it because he wanted a bigger bike and the bike wasn’t getting ridden enough and he really didn’t need it. He wanted more power. That was perfect for Slick and Jordan. They get a great bike out of the deal.

Slick and Jordan plan to practice with the new bike for about a month and then take the basic motorcycle course together. I thought that was very cool. I mean, think about it; how many mothers and sons take a motorcycle course together? The plan is for me to work with Slick and Jordan in the same GTCC parking lot that I use to practice at for a few weeks in the afternoon and weekends. They will take the course and then eventually have them venture out on the back roads and highways to get use to the traffic.

So be looking out for a couple of new cool Honda riders soon. It should be fun!

Oh yeah, pictures are coming soon.

Until next time and enjoy the ride!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lost and Stepping Back in Time

Yesterday Slick and I took a little 4 hour trip on Big Red. The original plan was to head up toward VA that then hit some of the back roads through the country. Will we did that but we got a little off course and realized the best part of riding a motorcycle is not the planned trip and the route; it is the fun of getting lost and finding our way back. The original trip was to take only about 2.5 hours. But we ended up off course and it was nice. It was nice to see some of the old towns that we have never heard about. In some of those towns in was like going back in time 30 years. Actually, we stopped a gas station to fill up (luckily that was before we got lost), and I stepped into an old store and I felt like I stepped back in time 30 years. Even the floors had the old wooden planks and I noticed a lot of old products you hardly ever see anymore.

After we filled up we hit the road and quickly we realized we took the wrong turn. So we continued for a few miles and ran into Hanging Rock State Park. That was nice for us because we had heard of the park before but we were not sure how to get there. Once we found the entrance to the park we rode through it. It was a nice park but it was pretty empty due to the summer season ending. I did notice they had a lot of camping sites there and some nice hiking trails. I may be going camping and hiking there next year. It also looked like a nice place to go and see the fall foliage this year.

All-in-all we had a great time. It was nice to ride the bike through the country and we will probably be taking that route again. If not, there is a good possibility that we will get lost again and find some even nicer roads and old towns. There is nothing like riding in the country. It is Slick and my favorite way to relax and forget the stress of home and work. I just wished everyone could experience it. They don't realize what they are missing.

Until next time and enjoy the ride!


Monday, September 17, 2007

Riding with my Son

I had a great time this weekend with my son, Jordan. He and I went to the Asheboro Cycle Center and took a look at some bikes. We orginally went there to check out the small Honda crusiers, but Jordan fell in love with the Honda VTX 1300cc bikes. So it looks like he will be getting his own early next year.

I got a chance to take Jordan on a ride on Big Red. Of course, that made him want a bike even more. We took a ride for a couple of hours and had a great time.

Jordan will be coming back to NC to stay in early October. That will be great. Our plan is to find him and Slick a nice small bike to practice with before they take the basic motorcycle course at GTCC. That will be nice to see him at the course. He is looking forward to that and so am I.

Until next time and enjoy the ride!