Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We hope to see you there!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Dateline: Las Vegas
My son, and 5 friends, fresh off a one year deployment in Afghanistan, decided to spend a long weekend in LV. He invited me…quite an honor…to join them for a few dinners and a show.
I flew most of the day from upstate NY to LV. The flights were easy and on time. From Dulles to LV, I sat next to a solider stationed at Nellis AFB near LV. She was involved in the Predator Drone program. Bought her lunch..it was the least I could do for a soldier.
When we landed, McCarren airport was mobbed. It was a very long wait for luggage. They have a new system for rental cars which took way too long. Unless you are planning on doing a lot of driving, cabs are the way to go.
We are staying at the Wynn on the Strip. Unless you need to stay on the Strip, stay elsewhere. It’s first class..but the only thing that’s reasonably priced is air…unless, of course, you stop by an oxygen bar for a fillup.
I walked about 25 minutes south to the Harley Davidson Café. The woman who cuts my hair (question…why doesn’t the price go down when there’s less and less to cut???) recommended it, so I went there for dinner. Had very quick service and some very good chili and chips. They also had Newcastle Ale on tap..my favorite..so it was a great place to eat.
There are a number of bikes there, including the obligatory Peter Fonda copy bike from “Easy Rider” (don’t sit on it without permission of the photog). There’s a bike you can sit on if you are getting married and a lot of photos of celebs on Harleys (I think the closest Aretha Franklin has ever got to a Harley is the trophy tank held in front of her for the photo). There was one of Hulk Hogan (clearly before he “understood what O.J. did”) on a bike with a flame job. I know Dave did a bike for Hulk, but didn’t know if was the same one.
Walking on the Strip is a trip…including the gauntlet you have to walk through of shills snapping cards hawking “Girls to you in 20 minutes”. The trick is to wear sunglasses and not turn your head and they won’t bother you.
On my way back to the Wynn, I stopped in their Rolex store. Currently, I wear my son Mickey’s field watch (Casio) while he’s deployed to Iraq, so the people behind the counter quickly dismissed me as Rolex wannabe. Nice to look, tho…
Friday, April 17, 2009
What modulators are: they are a plug a play unit that makes your headlight appear that it’s flashing on and off. Installation takes a few minutes, unless you install it backwards and you have to factor in the time you saved not reading the instructions offset by the time it takes to order a new one. The instructions actually make installation fool-proof.
What they do: They make distracted cagers more likely to stop whatever nonsense they are doing and notice you. Since “I never saw him” is a typical excuse for hitting a biker, a modulator improves your chances.
Flashing gets attention…as most men at Bike rallies will attest…so why not put the “flashing principle” to work to reduce your chance of being hit?
Cost: about $100
They have a light sensor so they don’t modulate at night.
They are legal. They don’t actually flash on and off…but shine from 100% to 20% to 100% so they look like they are flashing.
As far as I can tell, they don’t shorten bulb life. I use something like a 100w/55w H4 European bulb so it’s easily seen in the daylight. The pulsing seems to reduce the current draw, so I’ve never smoked a wire using the higher wattage bulb. YMMV.
Some can be wired to the low or high beam circuit. I use the high beam so I can turn it on using my hi-low beam switch and leave it off when I don’t want to use it. Others come with standard connectors so it automatically runs on the high beam circuit.
The P’witz crew have installed modulators on all my V-twin bikes. I installed the one on my BMW K1200LT.
Caution: watch our for A.C. electrical systems (like some scooters) where you need to specify A.C.
I’ll see you down the road.
Check out some local music, this is a band out of Boston, the guitar tracks are killer, you can listen to them here, http://www.myspace.com/hyburnia
The guitar player rides dirt bikes and has a sick 100" XL, he pulls wheelies in any gear! Anyway it's nice to support the local musicians, check em out!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So I know I said I would post this sooner but I was really bogged down with stuff and couldn't figure out my video camera to be honest... But here it is.
The car has already left to be dialed in at Factory Five, then it will make it's way to California for the Power Tour. Hopefully it will be back before the end of the summer so we can have it here on display and attend a Bike Night!
Kory gave me a ride in it! Wow is it different. You are so enclosed in it and you can't even see the front end. It's wicked fast too! Absolutely a bad car.
Great job guys!! You should all be proud, I am!
PS- Don't mind the little part at the end. Dirti was trying to scare Jeff, It worked but I missed it! So much for being a camera man! Oh and the sides are missing from the front of the car...