Tuesday, September 29, 2009
After 5 years and 38,000 miles my SUV, The Road Queen as she is known around here unfortunately must go. As you know if your a reguler at the ZON I've ridden this bike all over the united states. She has been to the West coast two times, to Sturgis 4 times and everywhere else in between including Wyoming, Utah and the UP. I've taken ultra-good care of her and she still purr's like a baby.
Mods include; beach bars, lowered suspension, aux road lamps (for cutting through the blacker than black northern Michigan nights) and a Jardine adjustable-quick release backrest/luggage rack. Major services documented and all oil changes done religiously by me. She has no vices.
Bought new in 2004, I love this bike and you could too. I'm asking 10K which as far as I can see on the web and craigslist is about as cheap as you can find one. Post a comment if your interested.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Testing out the capsule.
A new skate park opened just down the road from the zen den. I spent a couple hours there last night with kids a third of my age. "Your as old as my dad!" Talking to friends afterward I was reminded how far we would have traveled (anything within a 4 hour drive was considered a normal day trip) to skate a place as nice as this new one (and it's free!). Now most kids have one just like it in their own backyard. Parks like this will bread some very good skaters, ones possibly with some style due in part to the popularity of deep bowls (this one has a friggin' capsule!), they require loads of flow and a lot of the kids last night understood that. I'm looking forward to skating this one some more.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The "new" bike.
Brothers Bock do the pre-ride stuff. Note Bill's killer late 60's 8-speed(!) collegiate. Little did anyone know how strong an entry Bill and his green machine would prove to be pushing our wrecking crew to a first place finish. Did I mention it was not a race.
The look of determination, anger and strength. Joe and Bill put on their race face. Note Grand Central Station rotting away in the background.
The ride eventually wound through the Heidelberg project. The entire procession of 2000 riders stop to take a peek at the art. I can't believe people actually lobbied to have the place bulldozed.
Tyree Guyton himself was there to answer any questions. It was great watching the puzzled suburbanites take in Tyree's creation. When was the last time you were able to ride through a work of art?
Mid-day break near Belle Isle. 2000 riders wait in line for the chance to use one of the four Porto pots. Other than that the event ran like a well oiled bike.
The first place team awaiting the final 10 mile charge to the finish. Little did they know what we had in store for them. The girl with wicker basket proved to be a tough cookie but we were eventually able to break her.
1700 riders, 30 miles of downtown road, a rider who has not ridden in nearly 10 years and one 60 year old bike. We started near the end of the pack, worked as team (not really), laughed out loud at some of those uptight pedal people and managed to roll the Wasp across the "finish" first! Yes, it was not a race but let me tell you the last 13 miles were intense (in a casual way). I was elbowed, pushed and bumped in the last 5 miles; people definitely wanted that first spot why I have no idea? But once I got it I could not give it up until the end which for us was a quick bail out past the police escort and a b-line to Slows.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Suzi's killer "little" event is this weekend in Stockbridge, Mi . Saturday night there is a ride and some biker movies in the town square. Sunday is the main event with a huge vintage show and ride in happening from 10-6 with the main hours being 12-4. You WILL NOT find better roads anywhere in southeastern Michigan so fuel up the sled and light the wick! Info here http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php?topic=29189.0 .
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Two Days until the flag drops and I'm almost done with my Motor City road burner. Found some great diamond tread vintage tires and two seats. Still can't decide which one to go with; the black mega expensive uncomfortable job or the brown super affordable and comfortable compromise .
I have black in mind for the seat color and the nice cheap one is brown. What do ya think?