May 30, 2007
The 2007 Thundering Hearts ride was pretty much exactly like last year’s- nice weather, big turnout and a great ride! However, was an additional feature this time- a skydive show at Camp Joyful Hearts. The jumps were spectacular, especially, the skydiver with the huge American flag, Gene Newsom. Unfortunately, as he was trying to land, the flag got snagged in the the trees and he fell the about 40 feet to the ground. Gene survived, but broke his back in several places and faces a long road to recovery after surgery.
(If you would like to wish Gene well, you can contact him at gnewsom @ teamfastrax dot org or Gene Newsom, c/o Start Skydiving, LLC, Warren County Airport, 2460 Greentree Rd., Lebanon, Ohio 45036 Donations can be made at US Bank to help with Gene’s medical expenses. Checks should be made payable to “Jump Foundation”. One hundred percent of everything will go directly to the Newsom Family. The account is set up in the name of David Hart, DBA Jump Foundation.)
May 17, 2007
On Saturday, May 19, 2007, bikers will rev their engines for the Third Annual Thundering Hearts Motorcycle Ride. More than 600 bikers will enjoy an 80-mile scenic drive through Eastern Cincinnati with an opportunity to meet the patients and families at Camp Joyful Hearts in Clarksville, Ohio. After the ride, the bikers will participate in the after party featuring vendors, food and a band.
Registration is from 9:30 – 11:30 am and cost is $20 per rider and an additional $5 per passenger. The Ride starts at noon. Bikers will be back to American Legion Post at around 3 pm.
Click here for more information and registration forms.
Click here for pictures from last year’s ride!
May 13, 2007
Couple of pictures from my ride on Saturday.
May 8, 2007
On Friday, I was at a get together at my friend Rajeev’s place and got to test ride his Ducati Monster 750ie around the block. It was fun. I also had one of those “its a small world” moments when another guest at the party turned out to be Eric, the creator of the Open Road Journey website! We stayed late, talking bikes and sharing our trip experiences.
Sunday was a perfect day to spend outdoors. After a bicycle ride in a nearby state park, Angie and I took the ferry across to Kentucky with John, Aimee and Greg to ride on some back roads. We stopped at Rabbit Hash and our favorite destination in Kentucky, Jane’s Saddlebag. Rabbit Hash was teeming with bikers and the Woolly Mammoth burgers were excellent as usual, at Jane’s Saddlebag. It was a great ride.
About the new gear: I really like the Tour Master Transition jacket and the Venture pants. They are very comfortable and I like the idea of having all that armor on while riding. The jacket has plenty of vents to keep the air flowing on warm days. The Nolan N102 Com helmet took some getting used to. The helmet itself is very comfortable but has this new strap attachment system (not the tried and tested D-ring mechanism) that I find mildly uncomfortable. I am also on the fence about the Vision Protection System, the tinted half-visor. When all the way down, the visor edge is in my line of sight, so I have to leave it slightly raised. But thats no good if the sun is low in the horizon. I might remove it and stick to wearing sunglasses under the helmet. I do like the flip-up feature.
On Monday, Angie and I visited Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati for our scheduled test ride. (HD sent out invitations to potential customers as part of the HD Motorvation event). I rode a FLHTC Electra Glide Classic and Angie rode a Sportster ( I forget exactly which kind). Both of us were very impressed with the bikes. My bike was unbelievably comfortable and effortlessly soaked up all the bumps on the road. And there was plenty of power from the twin cam 96 cu in ( 1573cc) engine- much more that I was used to. And the power delivery was extremely smooth, with Harley’s latest generation fuel injection and the six speed Cruise Drive transmission. Even though I didn’t get beyond 3rd gear in the rush hour traffic, I enjoyed the ride. A Harley-Davidson is not on my shopping list for the immediate future, I would definitely like to own one someday.
May 4, 2007
Got my new Nolan N102 Com helmet. Its a flip-up helmet, has a sun visor, and has inbuilt bluetooth capability. Its awesome! Haven’t tried it out while riding yet. Hopefully, the noise levels will be lower than my current cheapie helmet that I got from ebay.
April 26, 2007
The weekend weather was great for riding and Angie and I made a little trip to Bardstown, KY on Saturday. Bardstown is about 150 miles south of Cincinnati and we took US127 to get there. It didn’t seem like there was much going on when we got there at about 5 pm. After setting up camp at the My Old Kentucky Home state park, which is also a golf course, we headed into town to find dinner. The obvious choice was the Old Talbot Tavern, which has been in business since 1797. We were expecting a tasty southern meal but were disappointed. The fried green tomatoes were a bit too salty, the pork chops were just ok and the salmon was bland. For the price we paid ( $50 for two ), it was not quite worth it. The evening was spent by the campfire drinking beer.
I had planned to do a couple of hundred miles of riding around Bardstown before heading back home, but we ended up doing only a small, 50 mile loop, stopping at Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in Knob Creek, 5 miles south of New Haven and the Heaven Hill Distillery Bourbon Heritage Center. (By the way, they don’t do bourbon tasting tours on Sunday). We were back in Bardstown for lunch and chose an artsy little cafe called Java Joint on N. Third St (highly recommended!). After an excellent and inexpensive meal from the brunch menu there, we rode back to Cincinnati on route 127.
The cruise control device worked well on those long stretches when we were cruising at 70mph on the Blue Grass parkway. But bike needs a new turn signal bulb and the gear-shifter is getting sticky again. I plan to install a Zerk fitting at the shifter pivot, so that I can lube it without taking it apart every time this happens.
April 18, 2007
I installed the Universal Vista throttle lock yesterday and got a chance to test it out. While its not a true cruise control that holds the speed constant, this is a clever device that could prove to be very effective in relieving wrist cramps on long rides. There were more expensive options available, including electronic cruise control systems, but I wanted something simple and cheap. I’m not a big fan of interstate cruising anyway, so I would be using the device only on those flat, long stretches of interstate when I need to get somewhere fast. When set, the device holds the throttle at its position, but it can be easily overridden manually in case of an emergency. I’ll get a chance to test it out on the interstate this weekend on the trip to Bardstown, KY.