Archive for August, 2009

A new reality show on Fox called “Househusbands of Hollywood” premiered recently. The show highlights stay at home dads and what it’s like to be married to a famous woman. The show airs on Saturdays at 9/8c

One of the men on the show, Grant Reynolds, is also an avid motorcyclist. Reynolds is married to Jillian Barber of FOX NFL Sunday and Good Day L.A.

In a recent interview Reynolds explained that his love of all things motorcycle came when he was in his early teens thanks largely to living a few doors down from a rider for Honda at the time. After graduating high school he was rooming with other famous riders and was hooked.

He got his first bike, a Kawasaki EX 500, when he was 15 and rode it “so hard and fast, it was scary”. He admits now looking back that his riding style was ‘stupid’ and dangerous.

Reynolds currently owns 6 different motorcycles: a 1973 FLH HD, 1959 BSA A7 Cafe, 2007 West Coast CFL, 1952 Moto Guzzi, 1967 BSA A65, 1952 BSA Bantam which he is currently restoring.

In 2007 Grant purchased a West Coast Chopper, it has a 113ci S&S, Baker 6 speed, 21″ drag bars. He says this is his ‘go to bike’ which he rides daily. He said working with Jesse James on his bike was a great experience because James “gets it” when it comes to designing the bike of your dreams. Reynolds bike was in the 2009 WCC calendar. He says he wants to get another one!

His daughter Ruby is getting the motorcycle bug but his wife Jillian Barber has lost a little interest since the baby was born.

Like all bikers, Reynolds is always on the lookout for another bike, a few new bikes actually.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the spot to be on August 28-30 for the 2nd annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP. This year also marks the 100 year anniversary for the IMS.

The last weekend of August will be like a dream come true for any racing fan. This event offers something for everyone. Three action packed races, a pit walkabout, question and answer session with the greatest riders in the world, a marketplace, and even a concert by Crash the band fronted by MotoGP racer James Toselands.

Defending champion Valentino Rossi along with other superstars such as: Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards will all be there for you to see.

Friday and Saturday is ‘Motorcycles on Meridian’ During this event the street will be closed off to regular traffic. You can cruise your bike or just park it and admire all the other bikes.

Friday there is a pitwalk and motorcycle stunt riding competition in downtown Indianapolis between Pennsylvania and Meridian streets.

There will also be a live question and answer session with the riders on the 6th Street stage. Every rider will have their own time slot for answering fan’s questions. The event is scheduled from 9:45-12:30 on Friday.

On Saturday from 2-4:40p.m. there will be a Moto2 demonstration on the 2.621 mile road course. The 600cc engines of Moto2 will take the place of the 250cc final class to MotoGP beginning in 2010.

A rider gear check will be available at multiple locations during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP where visitors can safely store their gear in plastic bags and pick it up when they leave the event.

On Sunday Kevin Schwantz will take his race winning Suzuki RGV 500 on demonstration laps. The demonstration will start at 2:15pm, before the MotoGP race. This is the restored bike that Schwantz used to win the 1993 500cc World Championship. Schwanz has amassed 25 victories during his Grand Prix career.

And last, but not least, the main event: the 28 lap Moto GP race will start at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Whether you’re a motorcycle fan, a racing fan, or both, Indianapolis is the place to be the weekend of August 28-30!

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Unfortunately, for many, when they think of riding their motorcycle they are thinking of being free and looking sexy and not about their own safety, which is why so many motorcyclists end up severely injured every year.
You can’t control what the other drivers on the road will do, but you can take some simple precautions to make sure you have a good shot at walking away if you are in an accident. 

Motorcyclists rarely come out on top when in a collision with a automobile so it’s essential that you protect yourself by using motorcycle protective gear whenever you ride.
Just stop and think for a minute what it would feel like to slide across a roadway at 55 MPH without adequate protection for your head and body. Not good.

Whether you’re riding across town or across the county always wear protective gear, that’s the best way to insure you will be riding for many more years to come.
Here is a brief list of some of the absolute essentials in motorcycle protective gear , and don’t worry, a lot of it looks cool too:

Motorcycle Helmet – When buying a helmet you have a lot of choices in style and price, just make sure the helmet you choose has DOT certification. This means your helmet has passed strict safety tests. You also want to make sure you have the right fit. You want your helmet to be snug on your head, it shouldn’t slide back and forth. You also don’t want it to be too tight or have uncomfortable pressure points.

Motorcycle Jacket and Long Pants
– We all love long hot summer days but riding a motorcycle is not the time for shorts and tank tops. Cover up. Keep your skin where it belongs, not on the pavement.
A thick, well made jacket (textile motorcycle jacket/ leather motorcycle
jacket) can help protect you from abrasions and ‘road rash’. And don’t forget about your legs, always wear long pants, preferably leather, to protect yourself from head to toe.

Motorcycle Boots – Always wear heavy, over the ankle, boots or shoes. Do not even think about wearing open toed sandals or flip flops.

– Bugs, dirt, dust, road debris – this is just a short list of some of the things that can cause severe eye damage when riding your motorcycle. Don’t risk your eyesight. Buy and wear full coverage, impact resistant eye protection whenever you ride.

Motorcycle Gloves – Again leather is the preferred choice. But anything is better than leaving your skin exposed.

High Visibility Indicators – It doesn’t matter if you wear a neon vest or a brightly colored helmet do everything you can to make sure other motorists can see you. This is the time you want to draw attention to yourself.

For anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle on the open road you know what a fantastic feeling of freedom it can bring, but you also know that since we are sharing the roadway with other much larger and heavier vehicles it can also be dangerous.
There is no reason to take unnecessary risks. Enjoy the freedom of biking but protect yourself at the same time. Use motorcycle protective gear every single time you ride. Don’t take foolish chances with your safety. Protect yourself. And hey, leather pants can be pretty hot, too!

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Sturgis South Dakota was the stage of the 69th annual Sturgis rally
August 3 through August 9. This years rally had an estimated 400,000 in attendance (actual numbers won’t be available until mid-September) despite some wild weather.

Severe thunderstorms and golf ball sized hail made for a tough time and caused many to leave the rally early.

Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, fell from the stage during a concert at Buffalo Chip Campground injuring his neck, shoulder and head. The injuries weren’t serious but were bad enough to cancel the rest of the dates scheduled.

Accident rates went up 20% from 2008 and there were 5 deaths associated with the event, though none actually happened directly in Sturgis. One of those killed, motorcycle entrepreneur Bruce Rossmeyer, died in Wyoming on his way to the rally. Rossmeyer, a Harley-Davidson dealer had 15 dealerships.

Terry Anderson who has provided a place to stay for those attending the rally for the last 15 years said this is the last year. The 80 year old women will be moving to an assisted living facility and won’t be able to be a home away from home for bikers visiting Sturgis.

Injury accidents, non-injury accidents, citations, DUI’s, and drug arrests were all up over 2008 levels.

The 2009 Sturgis rally was wild as usual and this year even the weather got in on the act!

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Some practical tips from Bill a real biker who blogs in atlas rider. The mental tips for those long trips are great!

Atlas Rider

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