Top 10 Gift Guide: For the biker in your life

If you’re anything like me, you’re struggling a little bit around Christmas with gift ideas, money and time. If you need a little help in the low cost, motorcycle themed gift department I’m your girl!

Here is a list I’ve put together of some of my favorite gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

  1. Gremlin Bell

These little bells, known in the motorcycling world as Gremlin Bells, Guardian Bells, or Spirit Bells, are a kind of good luck charm for motorcycle riders. The bell is said to protect them during their travels, similar to how a pendant or image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is often carried in vehicles to protect their occupants while on the road. (the link above is to the same exact one I received from my dad)

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2. RickRack Gas Kap Keeper

No more dropped caps, lost caps, tank dings or gas on your seat. This little magnet can hold your gas cap to your tank! If you’re like me and don’t like to get off your bike to fuel up this is great. No more searching blindly on the top of the pump for my cap I placed there!

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3. Stanley 16 oz Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug Classic Series

16 oz Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug

Lid disassembles for deep cleaning
Push button lid lets you open, drink, close with one hand
Vacuum insulated body + thermal lid keep drinks hot or cold 7 hours, or iced 30 hours
18/8 stainless steel won’t rust; naturally BPA-free
Leak proof and fully packable
Dishwasher safe

Product Features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Leak proof
  • Open one handed
  • Hot 7 hours
  • Cold 7 hours
  • Iced 30 hours
  • Material – Stainless steel
  • Insulation – Double wall vacuum
  • Timeless + durable
  • BPA free

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4. Gift card to favorite stores

Here are a few of my favorite brands!

Harley Davidson , Dixxon Flannel Co. , Rusty Butcher , Lowbrow Customs , Thrashin Supply , Biltwell, Inc. , Carhartt

5. Face Masks

Keep the dust, dirt and bugs out of your mouth while either protecting you from the sun or keeping you warm in the chill wind. These handy masks come in a multitude of different styles. I wear one almost every time I go out on the bike!

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6. MSR Fuel Bottle

I always carry at least 1 Liter with me. I have a peanut tank on my 883 sporty.

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  • Connects to the threaded pump of your MSR stove for use as a fuel tank
  • Airtight seal allows fuel to be stored longer by preventing air from entering and degrading fuel
  • Child-resistant packaging (CRP) cap makes it difficult for kids to open the bottle
  • Made from single-piece, impact-extruded aluminum to prevent leaks and cracks
  • Bolstered shoulder and base resist bulging when pressurized
  • Bottles are manufactured in the United States and China; specific country of origin is noted on each bottle

Made in USA.

Technical specs

Best Use
Backpacking
Liquid Capacity (L)
0.89 liter
Liquid Capacity (fl. oz.)
30 fluid ounces
Material(s)
Aluminum
Dimensions
3 x 11 inches
Weight
7.3 ounces

7. West Chester Men’s Grain Deerskin Thinsulate Gloves

We’ve all seen the leather gloves that have become so popular lately in the motorcycle scene. We’ve also all cringed at the price tag. Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I get those same gloves at Tractor Supply for less than $20.

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8. Leatherman

A multi-tool is always handy in a pinch. The best part is they fit right in your pocket!

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9. Gift basket

All the good stuff! Zip-ties, bungee cords, bungee cargo net, chrome polisher, bug degreaser, etc.. You can never go wrong getting the things we pick up on the daily!

10. Custom Head Plates

A piece of chrome plated billet aluminum, which covers the flat surface of the cylinder heads and goes around the head bolts and sparkplug.

CUSTOM SET

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

J.

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Winterize your bike

I woke up to a 2-hour school delay and the snow plows running the roads this morning. To say I’m a little behind on winterizing my bike is an understatement. Guess we all know what I’m doing after work today….

While waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, I trolled YouTube and came across a really informative video on how to winterize your bike properly by John Maxwell , a mechanic from Chattahoochee Harley Davidson .  I thought it would be nice to share the knowledge so here you go!

Below you will find the 7 steps you should follow:

Step 1: Top your tank off with gas and the correct amount of Sta-Bil. (Ethanol eats up your fuel pump.) Why do we top off? The moisture that’s in the air between the fuel and the top of the tank will rust your tank. Take Sta-Bil  to the gas station with you, top off the tank and put the Sta-Bil in. Run the bike for the five minutes it takes to get home which is exactly how long it should run through the system to keep the bike in working order.

Step 2: Change your Oil. When you get back to the house drop the oil. It’s best to do that when the engine is warm. One less thing to do when spring comes!

Step 3: Add air to your tires. You should also store your bike upright or on a dolly to avoid flat spots. If you can’t, make sure to move your bike periodically.

Step 4: Prepare your battery for storage. Remove the battery. Do not start your bike up every now and then! This causes more problems than you think. Bring your battery in the house or keep it in a warm garage and put a tender on it.

Step 5: Wash your bike. Make sure to get all the water off your bike.

Step 6: Cover your exhaust and air cleaner. I use plastic bags.

Step 7: Cover your bike.

BONUS STEP: If you have coolant, check it. If you don’t have a tester, change it! Don’t crack a cylinder head!

Hope this post was helpful!

J.

Rock Bottom BBQ 1st Annual Fall Haul Poker Run 2017

 

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Not quite 100 miles, Day Trip, Group Ride

Card-draw stops:

Green Shingles Inn

394 US-15, Lindley, NY 14858

Landons Pub & Pizza

110 W 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Lost & Found Inn

3561 Mill St, Tyrone, NY 14887

Jrs Log Cabin

8818 NY-415, Campbell, NY 14821

Rock Bottom BBQ

361 Baker Street Extension, Corning, NY 14830
Fall rides in New York are something you just can’t pass up. When a friend PM’d me about Rock Bottom’s 1st Annual Fall Haul I jumped on it. For $20 and gas you get a live band, BBQ and a scenic ride full of vibrant color and winding back roads. Do I need to say more? 

 

Poag’s Hole Hill Climb 2017

88+ miles round-trip, day trip

Motorcycles 10 feet long fueled by nitromethane flying up a 700’ straight up monster hill !!!  The best and most talented riders in the world try to conquer the gnarliest hill in the country ~ then when you think you’ve seen it all – two racers, two bikes side-by-side battle to the top – digging, kicking, jumping – anything goes … which one will get there first?!?!?!

A group of us made plan’s this Sunday to ride up to Poag’s from Jr’s Log Cabin in Campbell this past Sunday. If you’ve never been to Jr’s it’s a small log cabin on Victory Highway just outside of Painted Post, NY.wp-image-1372011542

We took 86 the whole way. On a short trip like this we typically don’t stop till we hit our destination. By the time we made it the place was overflowing with a variety of bikes. I missed half the climb’s because I was too busy checking the bikes out! This is a yearly thing always held at the end of August. If you get a chance to attend I highly recommend it.

J

 

Laconia Bike Week 2017

I​n June of 1916, a few hundred motorcyclists gathered at Weirs Beach.  From its humble beginnings with just a few hundred bikers, the event grew to a week long in 1935 and Laconia Bike Week was born. The rally remains the worlds oldest, and is one of the largest rallies in the country with attendance over 300,000. 

I started my journey on a Wednesday morning at 8 A.M. and drove over 400 miles to reach Laconia, NH. If you are headed there from NY I’m going to warn you to make sure your tires are good and  your packs are strapped securely. The whole way to Vermont I was calling the trip my Gorgeous Views and Shitty Roads Tour. 

As soon as I hit Vermont I was loving it though. The roads smoothed out and started winding through little lake towns separated by state parks and farm land. I even raced a few horses along a white fence reminiscent of the ones you’d see in Kentucky. 

The only hiccup in my trip was when I hit Styles Bridge Highway. A truck carrying large PVC pipes had to slam on his brakes when he hit a rise due to a school bus he couldnt see. Luckily, i was behind him as his pipes went flying over the front of his truck to spill all over the highway. All i could think was Final Destination. 

I have to say I’m a little disappointed with people in that area. I was the only person to stop and help the poor man collect his pipes and put them back on his truck. I’m 5’6″ and 115 lb.s.

I got lucky and was able to reach my hotel without going through Weirs Beach. I made it to Belknap Point around 5, that’s when everything switches from family oriented to the party crowd. I was tired so I didn’t feel like navigating the packed area at that point. I don’t have a windshield so I battled the wind this trip. All I wanted was a hot shower and food! 

After unpacking, calling home to let them know I made it and fighting with my bank because I forgot to let them know I had left the state (they are now in my contacts under MOM #2) I got ahold of my friend Dana Cooley, a fellow Iron Lily. If you aren’t following her on IG, you should! She uses the handle @7_deadly_spins.  

I posted a vlog below for your viewing pleasure! I can’t thank @laconiaharleydavidson and @laconiabikeweek enough for their hospitality!

Plain Viking Cycle Swing Arm Bag

I have been looking for a way to add storage to my sportster for a while now without sacrificing the look of my bike. After pouring through countless luggage options I settled on a swing arm bag. It isn’t too bulky and doesn’t look out of place on a smaller bike. Then came the frustrating part.

kemimoto.jpgMy original hunt brought me to the KEMIMOTO swing arm bag. I bought it off eBay for $15. That should’ve told me something right there… When ordering the bag you can put your bike’s specifications in to make sure you get the right bag. In my opinion they did this only to dress up their item online because it did not fit. The straps were not long enough and the placement was all wrong. There was no way my battery cover would’ve stayed on if I had mounted it the way it was meant to be mounted. I didn’t want to cut more holes in the bag because that would have defeated the purpose of the bag for my needs:  A safe, dry place to store items so that I wouldn’t lose them or destroy them on the road. Needless to say I sent the bag back!

41dCVNwxTEL._SY300_On my second foray into the luggage world for motorcycles I hit pay dirt. Meet the Plain Sportster Swing Arm Bag. Seeing as I like a stripped down bike and am not one for frills this suited me just fine. No straps, buckles or bling. This bag let’s my bike speak for itself! Part of a swing arm series of single-sided bags, the Viking Sportster Swing Arm Bag is designed to keep your pockets, as well as your bike, light. It is spacious enough to carry all your essential daily belongings while maintaining the clean look of your bike.

Specifications:

  • This bag is single side(left)
  • Made from durable Viking leather
  • Hard mounted(hardware included for free)
  • Plastic reinforced body to prevent sagging
  • Heavy-duty ABS plastic back
  • Internal pocket for convenient storage
  • Weather resistant
  • Heavy-duty Velcro along front flap and inner flaps

You can find this bag here at vikingbags.com.  In order to get the directions you must go to Viking Cycle’s website and print them out there but I have found a video on YouTube that will walk you through the steps. I really can’t say enough about this bag. I finally have a place on my bike to keep my registration cards, wallet and phone without having to worry about them falling out of my pockets. I can also fit essential tools in it so that if I don’t want to carry a backpack I don’t have to. It’s been 5 years since I’ve ridden without a backpack!

I’m very excited for my upcoming trips. I will keep you all updated as I put more miles on this bag!

Ride to Garrett Chapel

129 miles, 1/2 Day Trip (map above does not accurately show my route, yeah it pisses me off too)

Being Memorial Day weekend I had my choice of group rides to take but I felt like i needed this day to decompress and reflect. I also had a birthday party to hit up by 2 pm so I couldn’t take all day. So I decided to go Han Solo and took a ride to one of my favorite places, Garrett Memorial Chapel. It’s located on Keuka Lake’s Bluff.20170528_125440

I took the old 415 highway to Bath, NY then NY-54 N to Penn Yan, NY. Keep on NY-54 till you hit Assembly Avenue and take a left. When you hit Skyline Drive take a right and follow it till you hit a green metal fence to your left. If you go a little past that you will find a little pull off big enough for maybe 2-3 bikes if you’re creative. It’s flat enough, trust me. Also, your bikes are safe to leave there! I always leave a note in my helmet strap letting people know I’m at the chapel so they aren’t sending out search parties.20170528_131421

Don’t be afraid to cross the chain at the end of the dirt road. They allow visitors after hours they just use that as a deterrent for ATV’s and vehicles.  Over the years they’ve had vandals and careless people who in my estimation have no respect for the place.20170528_123716

The Garrett Chapel, also known as the “Little Chapel on the Mount” was constructed by Paul and Evelyn Garrett. They managed Garrett and Company, one of the largest wine producers in the US from 1867 to 1962. While there were operations all over the US, the Garretts called the vineyards on Bluff Point home each summer from 1917 to 1940.

The Chapel was built in memory of their only son, Charles, who died of tuberculosis in 1929. On his deathbed, Charles asked to be returned to the place he loved best – Bluff Point. Today, the Chapel serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of family and the significance of our region to the history of American wine making.The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last significant remnant of Garrett and Company, its use of a number of novel building materials and techniques, and for the extensive collection of unique stained glass windows, including the last windows ever made by the distinguished artist Frederick Wilson. In Paul Garrett’s words, he and Evelyn chose to expand beyond a memorial, and instead “cast a sermon in stone”, and share much of their progressive views on religion and spirituality, building a seasonal chapel for the community. Since inception, the “Little Chapel on the Mount” has served as a seasonal chapel from July 4 to Labor Day each year. In addition, over 500 weddings have been conducted.

Nature’s elements have conspired to threaten the Chapel’s future. Seasonal use, steep hillside construction, use of unique materials have combined for a difficult preservation challenge.

While the Garrett Chapel Trust has received recognition from the New York State Landmark Society for its care of this historic gem, funding remains the primary constraint in ongoing care and restoration efforts.

Community support has been the primary vehicle for restoration projects. care, and maintenance. –

If you feel moved to help please follow this link Garrett Memorial Chapel

Also, here is a small slide show of more photos for your enjoyment Garrett Chapel Gallery

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