Fears and Thrills

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “Do one thing everyday that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt.” I was on the back of our motorcycle when I read that quote. Be assured, riding a motorcycle scares me to death, but at the same time thrills me.
The scary part arrives out of fear. While riding I fear automobiles whose drivers run red lights, stop signs, and move toward our side of the road. I fear those drivers who are talking on their cell phones and are not paying attention to what is going on around them. Watching other cyclist pass by driving to fast and worst of all without helmets scares me.

What ifs also scare me. What if a deer runs out in front of us or that car behind us doesn’t stop and it hits us. What if the motorcycle’s tire blows out or what if my husband has a heart attack while riding the motorcycle like my friend was telling me her friend did. What if I am riding behind him when he has that heart attack?

Although all of those things scare me, the thrill of riding triumphs over all my fears. I am addicted to traveling our local countryside by motorcycle. I’ve never had the desire to ride solo. I love riding on the back of the cycle with my husband and I’m happy he is the one in control of the motorcycle. This affords me the opportunity to daydream, think, and a lot of time for sightseeing.
I love the courteous jester of the low wave cyclist give each other with their gloved hand held down to their sides. When we pass them, we know to look for the wave and offer one of our own to them. I enjoy watching the curiosity of the children whom we pass. I always offer a special wave to them and love to see their excitement. They make me feel like a celebrity.

Traveling through the Central Kentucky region has led to many discoveries. Most Central Kentuckians know about all of the more popular places such as Boonsboro, Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, and the Horse Park. But, do they know about other areas rich in woodlands, creeks, streams, flowers, and waterfalls? Perched on my throne on my two-wheel chariot, I have glimpsed many glorious sights such as these.

Most people do not have the opportunity to smell, feel and hear Kentucky. Oh how I love the fresh air blowing gently through my helmet slapping my face with melodious sounds and glorious odors. The smell of just mown grass, blooming flowers, and even the foul smells rising from farms with a variety of animals all help bring a peaceful contentment to me. Memories of my life growing up on the farm tenderly attack me.

Some of the Madison County scenery we have been fortunate enough to view is things such as the creek off Barnes Mill Road with its gorgeous waterfall, the Reservoir at Red Lick, The Pinnacle in Berea and the mountain scene enfolding before us while traveling Big Hill as well as the beautiful lake at Owsley Fork surrounded by mountain peaks. We enjoy riding to the Valley View area and watching the ferry crossing the Kentucky River.

We also have discovered many beautiful places in other areas surrounding Madison County. In Bourbon County, there is a wall built of stone laid by hand many years ago. The wall extends for miles, surrounding beautiful farmland. The wildflowers growing on the countryside of Montgomery County were breathtaking. In Garrard County, we saw an endless field of buttercups growing wild.
Recently while riding through Lincoln County, we discovered the Cedar Creek Recreational Area. Sitting on a bench, I watched as the water slapped against the sand covered beach. Four geese honked as they floated on the lake. Several boats skimmed across the waves. All along, I could hear the roar of automobiles in the distance and an airplane as it flew overhead.
The noise did nothing to break the peaceful contentment lingering over the area. This was a beautiful place to come to sit and contemplate.

Evidence of previous visitor’s was strewn across the beach. Cigarette butts, broken bottles, plastic soft drink tops, and various sorts of garbage littered my getaway.
I tried hard to ignore the ugliness and focused my attention on the beauty surrounding me. Massive Oaks, remarkable maple and gangling locust trees stood tall around the lake, not to mention the many spiky cedars.
Goldenrods, daisies and many other wildflowers that I could not identify danced in the wake of the breeze. This place was a nice find.

If you are looking for something to do locally, hop in your automobile and ride around the countryside. You never know what you might discover. If you are brave enough, try riding a motorcycle. Discovering your world on a motorcycle is very exciting, besides, with the price of gasoline rising daily, you might be surprised how far a tank of gas will take you. A word or two of caution though, stay on your side of the road, watch what you are doing, be careful. Don’t forget to wave.

Motorbike Product Review: Running Your Way Through a Punctured Rubber and Seeing What Is Behind

The moment I laid eyes on this product, I whispered, “I would have come up with that.” Definitely, I didn’t. I definitely dream I did so because I’d be riding on a gold-plated 30-inch rim Harley Davidson by myself in a tropical island with a little chilled beer and hot Barbecue.

Here’s the situation: say you get yourself a punctured wheel a long way from your home. The culprit is actually a roof nail, drywall bolt, or any other thing left behind on the streets. Once the puncture is situated on the tire you take the Cargol Turn & Go package and mark the hole area together with the provided chalk marker. Then you definitely get hold of the long-nose pliers from the kit and tug away the cursed object. Then you simply twist the bundled magic”key” in the hole and snap it off the moment it’s embedded deeply inside the tire’s carcass. The final touch is to make use of the available CO2 cartridge and fill up the wheel up and in no time you are back touring without any additional tools, a goopy slimy mess, or telephone calls to tow your motorcycle.

The package is sufficiently little to snugly fit in a jacket pocket and this works on trucks, cars, All terrain vehicles, and practically some other rubber that holds air. In other words, not a soul should drive his bike without this little innovation.

I am definitely not going to lie to you, 99 percent of all the bike side mirrors are butt-ass ugly. They dangle over the bars much like antlers and extremely screw up the looks of a decent motorcycle. I completely understand that for a mirror to function, it has to be of a large enough specifications so objects behind you could be viewed and that’s why most of them are definitely kill joys.

That’s been it generally was until eventually Joker Machine moved into the scene along with its Viewtech CNC-machined billet convex mirrors. These varied kind of side mirrors are costed right and also comes in numerous forms of head and stem units, so regardless of model your bike is, there is a decent match.

Undoubtedly, the special looks of these side mirrors is all great, but what exactly is the sense in even keeping them if you can not see what’s at the backside you. That’s where the convex mirror comes into play. Joker Machine uses proprietary glass which includes the broadest clear view of any side mirror 3 to 4 times its dimension.

While using a pair of Joker Machine’s mirrors on my bike not only could I view over and above both sides of my shoulders without the need of moving my head, I can view 80 % of the stuff behind me. Soon after a number of hours of use as soon as my eyes were used for the smaller footprint of the mirror, I became impressed by just how much I could see behind me instantly.

It just required a single trip to find out these particular Joker Machine side mirrors would be the part that I am most likely to exchange out on all of my present and future motorbikes.

Motorcycle Riders – Say GOOD-BYE To Black/Scuff Shoe Marks Caused By Gear ‘Up-Shifting’

Although the first motorcycle was invented over a hundred years ago and has seen many major changes since its first inception, one item which seems to have been forgotten and left out of the technology advancement is the motorcycle gear shifter lever.

And, it’s this motorcycle gear shifter lever that, after all these years, has never failed in ruining every motorcyclists’ boots and shoes by leaving those tale-tale ugly black shifter marks on them.

Amazing as it sounds, up until now no one has done anything as far as changing or upgrading the gear shifter lever to prevent this irritating problem – which occurs during gear ‘up-shifting’ actions.

The other problem with the current hard rubber that comes standard on all motorcycle gear shifters is that many motorcycle riders also may experience discomfort to the upper left foot during long rides having numerous ‘up shifting’ actions.

While there are a couple of products out on the market today which do sell slip on boot/shoe protectors, the drawback with these is that they have to be placed on and removed from the riders shoes each time the rider starts or finishes riding. These products also don’t offer the rider any type of cushion or comfort while riding.

However, motorcycle riders are in luck now because all of this is about to change. Shiftcush, the revolutionary company which invented the product bearing the same name, designed their Motorcycle Gear Shifter Cushion exactly to prevent all of the above from occurring.

The best part about Shiftcush is that their new easy-to-install gear shifter cushion not only prevents shoes from being ruined but also offers unrivaled shifting comfort by providing an air cushioned padding between the riders foot and gear shifter lever.

This revolutionary air cushion is made by the same technology as used in the Nike Air-Max tennis shoes.

Thanks to Shiftcush, now motorcycle riders can say good-bye to black/ugly shoe marks and any shifter discomfort caused by gear ‘up-shifting!’

Anyone wanting more information on the Shiftcush can find can it by visiting their web site at; http://www.shiftcush.com/