Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I Made it Back in One Piece (Barely)
I'm back from Skullbone 3. It was a fabulous trip. A brief write-up is in the works, but work has been really crazy lately and that's been keeping me from posting. Pictures from the rally are promised at the official Skullbone Music Park site and should also be forthcoming on the aptly named Tits-R-Us Inspectors site (Adult content may be featured; don't say I didn't warn you).

Friday, April 25, 2003

Outta Here
I'm off to Skullbone 3. You guys stay safe, I'll report Monday-ish.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Honda to Begin Production of Rune
Honda begins production of the awe inspiring Valkyrie Rune.
Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. is beginning production of the Valkyrie Rune cruiser motorcycle at its Marysville motorcycle plant.

The 8.5-foot bike is the largest ever built at the plant, and was unveiled at Honda's annual dealer show in Chicago six months ago.
Just to refresh your memory, here's Motorcycle City's article on the Rune, with specs and pics.

Group Riding Tips
It's spring time again, and that means poker runs, road trips, and club outings. Here are some handy tips courtesy of the AMA on playing it safe while you're out riding with your buddies.

Pay special attention to the hand signals link. Nothing is more confusing that riding in a group and not knowing if the lead rider is signaling for a lane change or just pointing to the hot chick in the car next to him.

NOTE: Hand signals vary slightly from group to group. Make sure you know what your group's hand signals are so that you don't end up in a "Saving Silverman" moment at 75mph.
Wayne: "Use the Navy SEAL signals, man!"
J.D.: "I don't know the SEAL signals, I only know the Air Force ones."

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

SkullBone 3
Skullbone 3 will be held this weekend in Skullbone, TN. Check out the official website for more info. I'll be there all three days. You won't be able to miss me in my High-Viz.

Back From the Dead
I know I've been severely delinquent lately, but I'm back. I don't know if I plan on posting daily, weekly, or some combination of both yet, but I'm back for sure. Motorcycles are my passion, and blogging is such an effective way to share information and discuss current events that I figured I'd try and combine the two. Let's see how it goes.

On that note, I've always envisioned this blog as a collective effort. Who's game? If you'd like to contribute to 1down4up, shoot me an e-mail. We'll talk.

2004 Yamaha FJR1300
MD says that the 2004 FJR is even better than the 2003.
Yamaha loaned us one of a handful of 2004 FJR1300s now here in the United States (indeed, all of the bikes here are pre-production units, with production units to follow) for a very brief, one-day ride. Since we have already tested the 2003 FJR1300 extensively (see our report here), we focused our attention on the changes to the 2004 model. Those changes were summarized in our article dated February 5, 2003.

Okay, so this bike is still a rocket with saddlebags. That much hasn't changed. What has changed are a number of significant components that add up to a much improved machine, overall.

The Very Boring Rally
Aerostitch is hosting the Very Boring Rally on August 16th in Duluth, MN. Sounds boring.
There will probably be entertainment. There will also be free Boring Rally cloisonné pins for everyone. A new aerostich suit will be awarded to the person who shows up with the oldest and most worn out Roadcrafter. There is no rally site other than the city of Duluth, and hotel and camping spaces need to be reserved in advance at this time of the year.
(Emphasis mine) The rally doesn't sound too exciting, but I want one of those pins in the worst way.

How to Build a Chopper
"It's just a formula--nothing magical. If you get the geometry right--the rake and the offset on the triple tree, then add the right front tire--it makes the bike pleasant to ride."
Or so says Denny Berg of Cobra. Sure.

Check out the CB750 he turned into the C3. Whoa.

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