Category Archives: Motorcycle Musings

Another nice day:  The road awaits

Another nice day: The road awaits

Celebrated quality time on Presidents Day Monday on on two different motorcycles — my Harley Switchback and Amy’s Can-Am Spyder. Different bikes, different styles, different ways to ride. The Switchback is a classic cruiser, based on Harley-Davidson’s tried and true Dyna chassis.  Dynas have been upgraded and improved over the years and the Switchback  —… Continue Reading

Live to ride and ride to live

Live to ride and ride to live

The thermometer is already 58 degrees at 6:30 this morning and is expected to hit 65 by 2 p.m. I’m heading north towards Roanoke shortly to join members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for breakfast and a possible ride down where the high is expected to top 70 degrees.

Live to ride and ride to live are mottos of those of us who enjoy time on two-wheels.

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More riding time

More riding time

After some rain in parts of the county and Southwestern Virginia overnight, the outlook for Friday is cloudy with a slight chance of moisture and then clearing for the evening, bringing a pleasant time for music on the street in Floyd and bull riding at Chantilly Farm. After the wet, wet August, September has —… Continue Reading

Rain? Maybe so, maybe not

Rain? Maybe so, maybe not

Heading out this morning for a ride on the Switchback over to Black Bear Harley Davidson for a belated 22,500 mile service and tires. With luck, I may find a way to miss the “scattered thunderstorms” scheduled to start around noon on the way back. Dodging the rain hasn’t been that hard on most outings… Continue Reading

On the road of less pain

On the road of less pain

Had a meeting in Roanoke late Tuesday afternoon and the weather forecast kept changing so I took a chance and rode one of my Harleys down with the hope of not getting soaked in one of the forecast “occasional thunderstorms.” For a change, Mother Nature was on my side and there was clear sailing to… Continue Reading

‘No particular place to go’

‘No particular place to go’

Fired up my Harley Davidson Switchback early Sunday and hit the road at 7 a.m. to ride down Virginia Rte. 8 from Floyd down Woolwine Mountain to U.S. 57 for the hop over to Bassett and then U.S. 220 past Martinsville to Ridgeway to meet members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (RVHOG) for… Continue Reading

Time to hit the open roads: Let’s ride

Time to hit the open roads: Let’s ride

Assuming forecasts from the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg might be anything close to accurate — and that is always a big assumption — we could be in for a dry and mostly sunny week. A local pollen alert posted Monday, a sure sign of dryness, after the thunderstorms that struck the area moved… Continue Reading

Politics does not ride on my road

Politics does not ride on my road

As a motorcyclist, I understand the diversity of those who love two-wheeled enthusiasm on the open road. Oops, let’s not forget those on three-wheels.  My wife has a Can Am and I admit enjoy taking it out once in a while. While I don’t share some of the extreme views that appear to dominate some… Continue Reading

One day at a time

One day at a time

A time existed when I would climb on a motorcycle in any kind of weather, at any temperatures, and ride off into the hills and dales day and night. That was then, this is now. Enough of the cliches.  The thermometer on the back porch reads 19 degrees.  Thanks to still air, there isn’t a… Continue Reading

Don’t mind.  Don’t matter

Don’t mind. Don’t matter

Some 40 years ago, in 1976, I was a bachelor enjoying the “swinging 70s,” which meant I had an active, and fun, social life.One of the ladies I dated in those days wanted to celebrate her birthday “in style,” so we went to fancy dinner at a private club in St. Louis, with a fair… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas on the open road

Merry Christmas on the open road

If I am fortunate this weekend, the rain will let up by Sunday and with temperatures slated for the 70s, I will be enjoying Christmas on one of my Harleys. I get asked more and more if I should still be riding at age 68.  Why not?  I have a riding friend down on the… Continue Reading

Day tripping

Day tripping

The thermometer rose to near record-highs Friday throughout the area Friday, topping 80 in Roanoke, hitting 79 in Blackburg and hardly seeming like November in Southwestern Virginia. In my case it meant abandoning working on any of a long list of projects and, instead, climbing on the Harley and heading out to cruise the roads… Continue Reading

We ride to honor those we lose

We ride to honor those we lose

Began the weekend Friday with a motorcycle ride from Pilot to Jacksonville Cemetery to remember and honor Bobby and Pam Clark of Floyd County.  They died in a tragic accident coming home from a church service in Henry County on August 21. Finished the weekend Sunday with a ride down to Roanoke for a Roanoke… Continue Reading

Out for a Sunday ride

Out for a Sunday ride

Sunday, weather permitting, is a day for motorcycle mania. Rains from Saturday night streaked the roads early Sunday morning as I backed my Harley Davidson Switchback out of the garage shortly after 7 a.m.  After a busy Spring and Summer of assignments, the Second Sunday of August beckoned for a a stretch of wandering asphalt… Continue Reading

As you bike it at the Blue Ridge Bike Fest

As you bike it at the Blue Ridge Bike Fest

Motorcyclists gathered in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas this weekend for the annual Blue Ridge Bike Fest and many riders showed their support for wounded veterans and their families with the Freedom Ride on Saturday. The ride, a motorcycle poker run, began at Roanoke Valley Harley Davidson Saturday morning as bikes overflowed the dealer’s… Continue Reading

A Harley kind-of-day

A Harley kind-of-day

Put close to 200 miles on my Harley Switchback Thursdya, observing the approaching Spring and knowing that two days of rain are coming before Sunday brings a stretch of sunny and warmer weather for the upcoming week. Technicians gave the electrical system a once-over after last week’s glitch that put the newer bike in the… Continue Reading

The dependable Dyna Super Glide

The dependable Dyna Super Glide

An electrical glitch sidelined my Harley-Davidson Switchback Sunday shortly after I headed out for a long-overdue ride in beautiful weather. Thankfully, Amy ventured out with a pair of jumper cables and I was able to get the machine started again and limped home from downtown Floyd. The Switchback will sit in the garage until I… Continue Reading

On the road again

On the road again

Next month will be the second anniversary of the great cow encounter on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on Nov. 9, 2012 — an accident that kept me off a motorcycle and in rehab for extensive physical therapy for 21 months. Before the crash, I often rode 200-300 miles a day, and… Continue Reading