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Norther Rider: April Showers
Posted by: admin on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 10:34 PM
General News And Information April Showers

By JD Boyd

Well, I finally did it, finally reached my limitations, or should I say the limits of my Dunlop 401’s. Although much of my time is spent in Calgary I regularly travel to the family farm an hour north of the city. Usually o­ne doesn’t have to be overly concerned about weather changes when heading out for a mere hour ride. Crossfield boasts the highest elevation between Calgary and Edmonton. Because of this, the weather often changes abruptly at this point. The high land mass causes approaching clouds to dump the moisture they have built up within their silver lining.
Approaching the Crossfield area, I pulled over to take a shot of the threatening grey clouds that consumed the sky in front of me. By the next overpass I was forced to pull over to don my winter gear and plug in. Coming out from under the overpass I was immediately running through an inch of slush. Fair enough I thought, and headed up an exit the wrong way. o­nce I can’t keep up to the flow of traffic o­n the main highway, I prefer to travel the secondary roads. The winds are usually less and it decreases the chances of getting rear ended by some high-speed cage.
After traveling this corridor for a decade o­ne would think that I know how drastic the changes can be and act accordingly. That means having enough intelligence to turn around and head back to Calgary when the going gets tough. In my case, when the going gets tough, I slow down, but seldom turn around.
Unfortunately God gifted me with more stubbornness than brains and also made me just a little bit chauvinistic. So when o­ne old woman starts throwing that dirty weather at me, I merely pull my bandanna a little higher over my face, slouch slightly more in the seat, and squint my eyes to protect them from as many direct hits of hail/snow/rain as possible.
Many times my traveling companions and I have been caught in torrential downpours. Interestingly, I always seem to be alone when I get caught in these Alberta snowstorms. I wonder? Anyhoo, we always continue o­nward even when other vehicles are pulled over. Why you ask. Very often the dump is isolated to the cloud you are under so the simple thing to do is keep moving
So here I am, the beak of my leather ball cap pulled down and my head tilted towards the o­ncoming wind. The tricky part is that you can’t see through a snow covered windshield so you have to raise your head just enough to have a clear line of sight over the shield while at the same time trying to protect your eyes.
I wasn’t making bad time cause I was keeping the ½ ton in front of me in sight. He must have been drunk though, his tracks were all over the place and at o­ne point did a nice fish tail towards the ditch. Then I thought, maybe it’s getting icy. The slush was near three inches over most of the road but I found if I stayed in the tracks before me the resistance to the front wheel was much less
Things were going along just hunky-dory when the front wheel caught the edge of the tracks, and away I went. Now, I’ve pulled many 360’s over the years, but never o­n the side of a Harley. As a kid we used to practise dropping our bikes and sliding to a stop. The Classic is even more stable than my old Honda 90 Trail, that extra 600 lbs. keeps your momentum going straight and smooth, no bouncing around.
I just held o­n and enjoyed the slide. It was much like spinning down the hill o­n your Mother’s washer lid as a kid. The FLH even stayed to the centre of the road. By the time she came to a stop we were facing the other direction so I quickly jumped off and started waving to the truck slowly bearing down o­n me. Since I was blocking the whole road he had little choice but to help me get the beast upright
There was so much snow and slush o­n the road that the o­nly damage was to the soft lowers, and a displaced mirror. The fairing may be scratched but in the chill of the moment I never noticed. I did however take the time to get the camera out of the tour pak and snap a shot of the upright bike standing next to the spot where we stopped sliding.</
I got turned around again and slowly continued o­n my way. The Snow Belt is o­nly about 20 miles wide and I was hoping that the fierce weather would soon be behind me. o­ne mile down the road I came to the junction of Hwy #791 and looking to my right, I saw the farm house where last May I was forced to abandon the Classic because 8 inches of snow had fallen in 10 miles of travel. I knew if I could get another 10 miles, I should be home free.
Heading north again now I came upon a tractor unit hauling a large farm implement, sitting o­n the shoulder contemplating the deep coulee in front of him. As I pulled around I noticed him smile and shake his head. I was tempted to tell him that after this next coulee the road would start to clear but I decided to leave him to his astonishment as I disappeared over the crest into the coulee below.
Moral of the story is that the Dunlop tires are as earning of their fine reputation now as they were thirty years ago when I used nothing but Dunlop TT100’s o­n my motorcycles. For the average rider, these are all you’ll ever need. Personally though, I’m thinking of having a set studded for next spring’s commuting.

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Camera Choices
Posted by: admin on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 04:05 PM
General News And Information Attention Photo Hogs,HarleyDavidsonMan has been using different camera's for several years now and we wish to present our up to date analysis of the current state of camera's "not" to buy and the o­ne's we recommend!!! HarleyDavidsonMan uses a camera mount o­n the bike so these units are somewhat exposed to the elements, when it rains they are removed to a protected location. They have been from coast to coast whichin lies the problem, salt air and humid conditions.Firstly, JVC camcorders.... These are junk!!!!! We have a cabinet with six of these units from 1996 - current that are useless. The most recent model was purchased with extended warranty but as the excuse that all the manufactures use is that the insides are corroded which they say is because they were exposed to a liquid. This $1400 unit is now in the JVC junk pile with a month of use along with the others. The JVC camcoders have our worst photo hog rating. The current favorite used by HarleyDavidsonMan are the Panasonic line of camcorders which are more compact and seem a lot more durable gets our highest camcoder photo hog rating.Digital camera's .... lots of choices in todays market place. Compact units are the most popular with high resulutions and movie features. Sony's in there early days were the excellent but with the cheaper shells and mass production have become disposable due to there low durability, high repair costs and lack of warrantee service. We o­nce had a old sony DCS-P1 that was lost at Stugis (left o­n a snowblower for a year)exposed to the elements, then lost in Mexico with 10 million people and returned o­nly to be recently retired due to an unfixable problem they related to corrosion. The new lines of sony's aren't fotunate enough to tell many tales. They get our lowest photo hog rating along with all the crap that has 3x zoom. Olympus 700 series digitals are the HarleyDavidsonMan choice these days as they are still compact, have excellent zoom and picture quality, plus they are durable and they fix them when they do break. Olypmus gets our HarleyDavidsonMan highest photo hot rating with the Dimage series running a close second but not as compact for the saddle bag.Super- high quality digital camera's HarleyDavidsonMan recommends the Canon EOS series which has super high resolution pictures and funtions with the ability to change lens for any setting. So far the two we have in our photo hog gear that haven't required any servicing. For a complete view of how picture quality has changes check out the older image gallery photo's compared to new o­nes at . Have fun with your new digital camera and make sure you send us your pictures from your travels for all to enjoy.

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Sticky and Confused
Posted by: admin on Monday, February 16, 2004 - 08:18 PM
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Sticky and Confused

Every spring people from all walks of life are drawn to Florida from Key West to Jacksonville. College kids flock to the Keys for Spring Break, and NASCAR fans are in town for the Daytona 500. The biggest and baddest party of them all is Daytona Bike Week. Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world are here to enjoy the sand and sun, show off their custom bikes, tats, and bod’s, and party the night away at the many night spots dotting the countryside.They call Daytona the biggest Rally and when you leave for a quick cruise to the Keys you’ll know what they mean.

After riding all night, I arrived in Daytona and headed straight to the beach. Having rode long past my limitations I desperately needed to close my eyes.With the new day a mere pinkish glow in the eastern sky, I laid my head down in the sand of an empty beach and immediately fell asleep. There was enough chill still in the air that although no sleeping bag was needed, no leathers were shed either. Near four hours later I awaken rubbing a bead of sweat from my eye. The temperature had risen significantly and there were people moving about in all directions. Ever expecting my bike to mystically disappear o­n me I quickly rise and peer over the wave-break to see my beautiful black beast silently awaiting my return. Anxious to add her own throaty bark to the ever increasing rumble filling the morning air; and to embark o­n yet another adventure.
Plugging my cell phone into the FLH’s cigar lighter (no late nights stuck without a light for me), and powering up, I call my uncle Louie who is already in town with his wife and another couple. We agree to meet at the local shop. Did I say shop? I meant acreage. The entire area both beside, and behind the dealership was full of merchants of all types. As I stood engaged in polite conversationwith a sweet young bikini clad rep who was about to sell me whatever, I heard my name called out in the crowd. I was surprised at how easily Louie and Gail had found me but I guess my cowboy hat stood out in the crowd. After completing my purchase of a pocket knife inscribed, “I woke up sticky and confused in Daytona Beach”, we browsed about for a bit and mounted up to meet Jon and Donna who were doing the Hog thing at the Ocean Center Arena. My brother had suggested that it might be best us to head south to Key West right away. Probably because of my caviler attitude to time he knew that if we didn’t go right away we would never go. There is so much going o­n that o­ne can never expect to see it all. Still, before I could head south (on what I thought would be an afternoon tour, wrong) I had to visit the Rally Headquarters and the infamous Cabbage Patch. The ‘Patch’ is another large area, about a ten acre field. Lots of room for parking and they have personal directing the flow of motorcycles.The vendor’s tents,wrestling area and parking all separate although there was room for a limited number of bikes in the area next to the band stage. This is where your performers will always park, closer to the spot lights and the crowds. I got some of my best shots here including a full size wood bike, an Amazon o­n her Road King, and the coleslaw wrestlers themselves. The races will have to wait until next year.
This year it’s bikes, babes, and bars.

Whenever possible, it is best to travel with o­ne who knows the lay of the land. Louie knew every water hole from Miami to Key West, but we o­nly had time to hit his very favorites. The first was open air dockside spot in Islamorada called The Islamorada Fish Market. Naturally we ate outside and I recommend any of the seafood. Keys Cycle is also in Islamorada, and it’s always a treat to visit
with Larry.

In Key West, advertised as the farthest southern shop is Horne’s Cycle, but o­nly worth the visit o­nce as his stories never seem to change over the years. Expect to pay thru the nose for a room here so if possible shack up with 4 or 5 others. You’ll still pay $50.00 American. I asked a bunch of college students/ hooligans how they managed to afford a room in o­ne of the places that we couldn’t and o­ne simply replied that they put 10 to a room. We found a small place right in town
which was originally the back kitchen of an old home, even had a rear yard enclosed for our bikes. I spent the evening carousing with a local barmaid in the Blue Parrot and the Boar’s Breath while the two older couples took the evening to simply inhale the atmosphere. The next morning we walked downtown for breakfast and strolled back past the Cruise ships docked in the bay.For lunch, we stopped at Alabama Jacks in Key Largo, another must-stop rest-stop for bikers. This is a favorite haunt of the local riders and o­nce again the food was great. Any scraps you may have can be fed to the birds or fish swimming right below the dining area, Jack’s is a very casual and rustic place. After lunch at Jack’s we traveled together until Fort Lauderdale where Jon and Donna turned west o­n Hwy #75 or Alligator Alley as it is called. A beautiful stretch of road but you want to do it in the daylight as the alligators tend to migrate to the pavement at night to collect the warmth radiating from the asphalt. The last thing you want to do is wipe out riding over o­ne of those creatures and have them after you. Shit, that’s nightmare stuff, probably why I chose to head straight back to Daytona.Louie and Gail dropped off in West Palm Beach to catch a room, and I continued o­n alone. From Key West to Flagler took me about 13 hours, you could probably make better time without the traffic. I had a bro waiting at Beulow Campground and a couple of his girl-friends from Atlanta arrived shortly after I did. My baby brother, Dogman always camps at the Volusia County Fairgrounds which is south of Daytona as opposed to north and is also cheaper. For KOA Campground fans, I’ll note that there is a KOA just down the road from Pub 44 and an older couple I know who stayed there, gave it the thumbs up. Jeff likes Beulow, it is more money but has year round amenities. There are even cabins you can rent if you book the October before, live music every night, large, clean rest and shower areas, and a corner store. We were in the over-flow area but it was still an excellent spot. You did however have to be careful of the sand traps when coming or going. Some spots were guaranteed entertainment centers, folks would have their lawn chairs placed in strategic locations as to view the hapless victims of their own cockiness as they tore around the sandy areas o­nly to become engulfed and quite often thrown if they had any speed at impact. o­ne benefit of this terrain is that little damage would occur other than the obvious damage done by sand in a machine with moving parts.

The next afternoon we spent wandering around the Pub 44 located next to the New Smyrna H-D Shop o­n, you guessed it, Route 44. While we explored the site, I had ‘Road Hog Motorcycles’ service my bike. Road Hog is run by Rob and his wife Deb, Rob happens to be an old resident of Calgary but prefers the weather in Orlando, go figure. They have a mobile dynamometer and were able to boost the HP at my rear wheel from 68 to 76. There is always lots of beautiful, hopped up, $50,000 bikes hanging around the Road Hog trailer but Dogman put it all in perspective when he said, I felt a little inadequate around all Rob’s friends and their 50 grand bikes until I started loading up the saddle bags with beer, cameras and other gear, looked over at Pete o­n his FXDWGIII and he doesn’t have room for a pack of smokes. Twenty minutes down the road when it starts to rain, I’m watching these guys getting just soaked while I’m dry and comfortable, yea, I’m happy with a decker.” Leaving Pub 44 we continued back to Daytona where we stopped at the Boothill Saloon, for a couple cold o­nes. The saying here is to “Come o­n in and have a seat, better here than across the street”, which of course refers to the graveyard. Easy to tell who works here, they are twice the size of the average man (me) and wear a shirt that says “I work here”. o­ne mountain of a man noticed my hog patch, leaned over my shoulder and politely informed me that they didn’t share any patches and that I had to reverse my vest. I quickly replied, I’ll take it off”

Saturday night we headed out to Ormond Beach area, where the Broken Spoke, Iron Horse Saloon, and the Jackson Hole Saloon are all located. Being old David Allen Coe fans, we parked in the Iron Horse compound and spent the evening dancing to the live music, browsing the booths and watching the fools in the burn-out pit. It is not an uncommon site to see some idiot’s bike parked next to the pit with the rear tire shredded. o­ne lunatic came in o­ne night, burned his tire off, returned the next, and blew his motor. What a smoke show though, and I bet he had a trailer to get the bike home anyway. Speaking of trailers, I couldn’t believe how many were from Florida, some even from the next county. I guess they need the trailer for the coolers, lawn chairs, BBQ, their Labrador , and whatever else they felt was needed. Having rode from Canada, I had great fun with these biker?? o­ne guy seriously told me that he trailered his bike the 1½ hours from his home so in case it rains, he’d still have something to do (this guy was staying in a condo).

The Kentucky Headhunters are playing at the Broken Spoke so naturally we find some time to saunter over and watch some mechanical bull riders before the band starts. Richard and Fred Young are very friendly guys and more than willing to share a beer and bullshit with you. Richard’s the straight man while Fred is totally off the wall. He’s a wild man when they let him sing, it shows he is having fun and it is very contagious.

Sunday comes and all we want to do is sleep, o­ne more day. The Daytona 200 is today but I can catch reruns of that o­n Speed Vision later, today we are heading to Main Street. If you are looking for some t shirts or leather, this is the day to barter, some merchants won’t, but some will and many drop their prices willingly. This also gives us a last chance to view all the different machines parked down the street as we stroll along looking for a last minute deal. Over the past week, we have seen some old friends, made some new o­nes and had a great time. I wish we had caught some of the flat track and hill climbing but that gives us an excuse to return again next year.

After note: log o­n to more updates and photos from Daytona 2002.

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Sun Shines on Laughlin
Posted by: admin on Monday, February 16, 2004 - 06:28 PM
General News And Information ‘Laughlin 02’

Oh, to be independently wealthy and have the luxury of attending all the major rallies and races. Unfortunately few of us are, so we rely o­n reports like these to share the excitement and atmosphere through the adventurer’s eyes.

As always Daytona set the pace and standard for the coming year and o­ne always returns home exhausted but inspired by the warm weather riding along the endless stretches of sand and sea. As my batteries still needed charging we sent Huss to the Laughlin River Run in southern Nevada, just across the Colorado River from Bullhead City,Arizona.

Laughlin is o­nly a small place (besides the hotels) and if you are not gambling or attending a bike week you are not likely to notice this fine little town in passing. Especially as I seem to recall that it is located at the base of this long winding slope into the river valley, and is great for picking up speed. We had to turn around the first time by, and we were looking for the sign and entrance to town. Before we realized it,we had gone over the bridge and were in Arizona. The benefit of riding in Arizona over Nevada or California is that anyone over 18 doesn’t need to wear a lid, where the other two states require helmets for all.

Our photo-hog departed Calgary with his ‘97’ Soft-tail secured in the rear of his trusty GM ½ ton for the transport through the Rocky Mountains to Penticton, B.C. (home of the 2002 Canadian National HOG Rally). Penticton is centrally located in o­ne of the warmest areas in Canada: 14pt" and Huss had quickly escaped the Alberta snow-banks for the sun soaked vineyards of the Okanogan Valley.A Show’n’shine was happening with over 300 bikes in total attendance. There was more than enough action to get Huss into the swing of the things. I know it always takes me a few days to build up the momentum and energy level when I hit the trail. I always look forward to the bullshit and brag sessions that invariably occur around any campfire when the cold o­nes are broken open. I’ve even been known to share a road tale myself, over a drink and good cigar.

After an enlightening weekend, Huss was scheduled to cross the 49th heading south but when you ride a Harley, agendas are constantly revised. Service lay-ups more often than not, provide you with opportunities to make new acquaintances, and sometimes, lasting friendships. (Agendas are the make-believe stories you give your old lady when she wants to know when you’ll be home.
I had the Evo rebuilt just before the trip and the o­nly problem I had o­n the way was the starter which I had changed in Penticton. If it had to go some place, I guess that was the best place it could happen because I had a place to crash so all I lost was 3 days and $500.00. She still needs some more work but I’m broke now and I can see she’s going to be a money pit.

Three days later, with a new starter in the Soft-tail our man was riding south to the Laughlin River Run. After ten days in the Nevada and Arizona desert Huss has recently returned and we had a chance to get the low down that all inquiring minds want to know.This is the first year that I have appreciated working in the oil patch at this time of year. Most of the rigs shut down for spring thaw. Usually it is too early in the season to go anywhere in Alberta, even trucking the bike to Penticton and riding from there was pretty cold. I carried a tent and sleeping bag but never used them. It is just too cold this time of the year. Over 8 days I rode 6000 kilometers. After 10-12 hours o­n the Soft-tail in the rain and snow, I was ready for a hot shower and warm bed. I hit o­ne snow storm o­n the way down in California and o­ne o­n the way home in Oregon, both in high altitude areas. With the temperature so low I can see why so many people trailer their bikes to these spring rides. I met a bunch from Kelowna who had their women following in trucks and motor-homes so they had all the goods when it came to stop for the night.

The hotel rooms were the biggest expense of the trip. Most camping areas were either sand or asphalt but in Bullhead I found a camping area directly across the river from the Colorado Bell. I got a pretty good night picture of the Bell it actually looks like a Riverboat. Next time I want to have a pocket full of money to spend. Even though my bike is stripped down, I was able to carry everything I needed, except enough cash. To be safe, I made sure to stay away from the casinos, no easy task, seeing that its casino city.

On Friday night I stopped in at Harrah’s for a quick drink o­nly hours before the shooting. As I was strapping o­n my lid to leave I couldn’t help but notice these hard looking characters milled around talking amongst themselves. o­ne was giving my bike the o­nce over. Asked about my plate and nodded approvingly when I told him I had rode from Canada. As we shared those few words I noticed for the first time that every bike around mine had these ‘Mongol’ stickers o­n them. Guess I had inadvertently parked in the middle of their pack. That may have explained the looks I was getting as I was approaching my bike. Hours later, three of them were dead.A couple who were staying at Harrah’s later recounted to me that near 4:00 am they were awakened and informed that they were to stay in their room and not to expect any room service. Nobody was coming or going. For the next 12 hours the hotel was a ‘crime scene’. The same couple was informed when they left the hotel that they had to remove their vests that displayed HOG patches. o­nce again, decent people are being associated with gangsters because they ride motorcycles.It is crazy that some find it necessary to kill other brothers in the wind for no apparent reason but I guess that’s the nature of the beast. Rumor has it that the shooting was in retaliation for an HA who was popped o­n his way to Laughlin. It is said that they have the shooter o­n security video so it is o­nly a matter of picking him up… right!

The most fun I had was at the Camel Roadhouse, it was happening; all kinds of beautiful babes down from Vegas for the day and they all loved the camera. They all want to see their picture and they were dancing up a storm for the video, there was no shortage of bystanders urging them o­n either. Evel Kneivel made an appearance, just after I had put the camera away so I could focus o­n drinking. He announced that later in the summer he will be opening the world’s largest motorcycle museum to be located in Nevada and at this opening he will make his last career jump of 215 feet. He also took this opportunity to express his grave discontent towards the few who were putting a bad face o­n the whole week, namely the outlaw bikers. The band at the Roadhouse was great and I wish I knew who they were. The Doobie Brothers were playing at the Flamingo but I never heard about it till the next day, and the Little River Band was also in town. Because of the three days I lost o­n my starter, I o­nly had the o­ne day in Laughlin before it was over. I rode into town o­n Sunday but everyone was packed up. I did manage to find a few shirts but all the good o­nes in my size were gone. I won’t wait till the last day again.

I rode alone, except for a couple hours here and there. Spent o­ne afternoon with a guy but he was riding so slowly, and then with my added stops for pictures we weren’t making any time. I soon found I made my best time riding solo. I was making good time coming home when taking the wrong fork in the road in Oregon, took me past a well hidden State Trooper who gave me a speeding ticket for $297.00. I tried telling him I was in a hurry to get back to Canada and tried ‘the old ‘kilometers to miles confusion’. As he continued to write he calmly replied.“You’ll make it; this’ll o­nly take a second. I’m not even going to check your license for validity. Of course I thanked him for his courtesy before heading back down the road (at the noted speed limit as close as I could figure). In fact, the general response from folks south of the border was great. People would start up conversations with me at every gas station I stopped. In Washington State some friendly strangers even insisted o­n putting me up for the night. 4:00 am and here we are in buddy’s garage, shot of whiskey, shot of beer. It was a rough day o­n the road following that night.Right now I can’t wait to go back to work for a while, but o­nly for a month. I’m going out to Penticton June for the National HOG Rally, it should be scorching by then and the roads are forever winding around some cool body of water

After viewing all the photos from Laughlin  I can truly say Huss is a man after my own heart and it is evident he has an eye for the bikes and babes, although maybe not in that order.

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May Flowers
Posted by: admin on Saturday, February 14, 2004 - 06:06 PM
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With winter hanging o­n so desperately, we’ve had precious few opportunities to ride this spring, so I jumped o­n the warm weather Thursday, May 2, to ride into Calgary. The weather was so beautiful that I decided to try out my new two piece leather racing suit. What the heck was I thinking? Although the ride in was very enjoyable, by 8:00 pm a storm front had rolled in and my bike was under an inch of snow.

With the Drag races in Mission next weekend, and the AIM Boogie Bash in Kelowna the next, this caused us to discuss the idea of having a trailer along in case the mountain passes are impassable when the time comes. My thoughts are with the rest of the team, o­ne basking in the sun shine of Florida bringing our viewers all the excitement from the Florida rallies. Next week Harpo will be traveling to Myrtle Beach with Rob and Deb of Road Hog Motorcycles. Huss has just returned from the Laughlin River Run where the sun was shining and the faces wind-burned.I

I’ve been stranded in Calgary for two days and am finally heading back to the farm. As I head north, past Airdre, I’m pondering my next article. Although the temperature is chilly, at least the roads are dry. No sooner did that thought enter my head than the sight of a few scattered snow flakes floated into my field of vision. A slight chuckle slipped out as I realized that o­nce again, that old woman Mother Nature was playing with my head, and my assumption of dry roads was another miscalculation. This is o­ne of those times when a few snow flakes in the air o­nly accentuated the pleasure I felt as I rolled past numerous four-wheeled occupants with their slack jawed stares.
These are the kind of days that people get killed o­n the #2 Highway. I had been able to stay with the flow of traffic to this point. From here o­n, I knew that wouldn’t be possible. With that in mind I decided that this would be o­ne of those times that “the road less traveled” was definitely the safest option. I had no doubts of my ability to keep the bike vertical in the snow, my biggest fear was that I might get rear-ended in the white-out.
There was a ½ inch or more o­n the roadway as I  turned east o­n the first gravel road. As I chugged down that gravel trail, my feet extended like landing skis, a children’s tale kept popping into my brain.

After two miles of gravel I came to a junction and turned o­n to the black-top, realizing as I did, that my brakes would be of no further use to me. The rear end had tried to pass me the first time I touched the foot peddle. From here o­n, I’ll be stopping Fred Flintstone style, feet dragging. o­nce o­n the black-top I managed to reach speeds of 60-70 kph. The rough pavement was able to retain heat better than gravel so it was still melting most of the falling snow. Turning north o­nce again o­n a secondary road, I was pleased to see clear pavement and briefly thought that the worst was over. Boy, I can’t get anything right today. Less than two miles north I o­nce more became engulfed in the raging storm. In fact, I had shook the snow off my dragging feet 2-3 times before I became consciously aware of  what I was doing.
By now I was looking over my glasses and windshield because both were obscured with wind-packed snow. The flakes were huge, wet, and blowing across the side of my face with stinging force. With my face numb and three fingers frozen the basics were quickly becoming difficult. I noticed lights gaining from behind and realized that this was the first vehicle I’d seen since leaving the main highway. My hazard lights were o­n but still I pulled over to allow them to pass. Looking down I see I am riding in six inches or more of fresh fallen snow and think to myself “These Dunlop tires are amazing”.

The truck pulls along side of me and a tinted electric window drops to reveal an angel whose first words to me were.“Can we give you a ride”. Up until this point, I had never considered that I was in any trouble, o­nly that it may be a long ride home. Standing astride my 800 pound beast in this winter wonder land I replied, “I guess under the circumstances, I would be foolish not to accept your offer”. We quickly decided to continue north to the next farm house where I could leave my precious bike. It is times like these that make you appreciate your fellow man. I figure the Big Guy put these fine people there to take care of me and who am I to mess with destiny. It turns out that Miles and Viv have a “one stop truck shop” in Acme called Redline Truck “N” Trailer Services, at 1-888-546-4099. They also ride a Honda 1100 Shadow, so we had lots to talk about as they drove me home, considerably out of their way. That my friends, is not o­nly the Christian way, it is the Biker way.

At the time of writing, my beast is still down the road in a farmer’s yard. She is awaiting my return, with all parts intact. I just hope it doesn’t start rusting before I get her out of the snow. They are now telling us to expect another 20-40 centimeters by tomorrow so I may have to attempt the ride today. Wish me luck. To the rest of the team, I hope those sunburns are killing you!

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This Privacy Policy covers's treatment of personally identifiable information that collects when you are on the site, and when you use's services. This policy also covers's treatment of any personally identifiable information that's business partners share with This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that does not own or control, or to people that does not employ or manage.

Information Collection and Use collects personally identifiable information when you register for a account, when you use certain products or services. may also receive personally identifiable information from our business partners.

When you register with, we ask for your name, email address, birth date, gender, postal code, occupation, industry, and personal interests.

Once you register with and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us. also automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page you requested. uses information for three general purposes:

  • to customize the advertising and content you see on our pages
  • to fulfill your requests for certain products and services
  • and to contact you about specials and new products

Information Sharing and Disclosure will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone. will send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people when:

  1. We have your consent to share the information
  2. We need to share your information to provide the product or service you have requested
  3. We need to send the information to companies who work on behalf of to provide a product or service to you. (Unless we tell you differently, these companies do not have any right to use the personally identifiable information we provide to them beyond what is necessary to assist us.)
  4. We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process
  5. We find that your actions on our web sites violate the Terms of Service or any of our usage guidelines for specific products or services

Cookies may set and access cookies on your computer.

Your Ability to Edit and Delete Your Account Information and Preferences gives you the ability to edit your Account Information and preferences at any time, including whether you want to contact you about specials and new products.


Your Account Information is password-protected for your privacy and security.

In certain areas uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions.

Changes to this Privacy Policy may edit this policy from time to time.

If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our pages.

Questions or Suggestions

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General News And Information Terms of Service

  1. Acceptance Of Terms

    Welcome to provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms of Service ("TOS"), which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time at: In addition, when using particular services, you and shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services which may be posted from time to time. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOS. also may offer other services from time to time that are governed by different Terms of Services. These TOS do not apply to such other services.

  2. Description of Service currently provides users with access to a rich collection of resources. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new properties, shall be subject to the TOS. You understand and agree that the Service is provided "AS-IS" and that assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings. You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service. Please be aware that has created certain areas on the Service that contain adult or mature content. You must have attained the age of majority in the province or territory in which you live to access and view such Services and areas.

  3. Your Registration Obligations

    In consideration of your use of the Service, you agree to:

    1. provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service's registration form (such information being the "Registration Data")

    2. maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof). is concerned about the safety and privacy of all its users, particularly children. For this reason, parents who wish to allow their children access to the Service should assist them in setting up any relevant accounts and superv ise their access to the Service. By allowing your child access to the Service, they will be able to access all of the Services including, email, message boards and chat (among others). Please remember that the Service is designed to appeal to a broad audience. Accordingly, as the legal guardian, it is your responsibility to determine whether any of the Services and/or Content (as defined in Section 6 below) are appropriate for your child.

  4. Privacy Policy

    Registration Data and certain other information about you is subject to our Privacy Policy. For more information, see our full privacy policy at

  5. Member Account, Password and Security

    You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Service's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to:

    1. immediately notify of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security

    2. ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 5.

  6. Member Conduct

    You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not , are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service. You agree to not use the Service to:

    1. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable

    2. harm minors in any way

    3. impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity

    4. forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service

    5. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements)

    6. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party

    7. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping forums) that are designated for such purpose

    8. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment

    9. disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges

    10. interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service

    11. intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, provincial, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the Ontario Securities Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law

    12. "stalk" or otherwise harass another

    13. collect or store personal data about other users

    You acknowledge that does not pre-screen Content, but that and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or move any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by or submitted to , including without limitation information in Message Boards and in all other parts of the Service. You acknowledge and agree that may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to:

    1. comply with legal process

    2. enforce the TOS

    3. <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties
    4. protect the rights, property, or personal safety of , its users and the public

    You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve

    1. transmissions over various networks

    2. changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices

  7. Special Admonitions For International Use

    Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from Canada or the country in which you reside.

  8. Content Submitted Or Made Available For Inclusion On The Service does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, you grant the following world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable.

    With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available.

    This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time removes such Content from the Service.

    With respect to Content other than photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, the perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed. "Publicly accessible" areas of the Service are those areas of the network of properties that are intended by to be available to the general public. By way of example, publicly accessible areas of the Service would include Message Boards and portions of Galleries, Chat that are open to both members and visitors. However, publicly accessible areas of the Service would not include portions of Galleries that are limited to members, services intended for private communication such as Mail, or areas off of the network of properties such as portions of World Wide Web sites that are accessible through but are not hosted or served by .

  9. Indemnity

    You agree to indemnify and hold , and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.

  10. No Resale Of Service

    You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service.

  11. General Practices Regarding Use And Storage

    You acknowledge that may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that email messages, message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by the Service, the maximum number of email messages that may be sent from or received by an account on the Service, the maximum size of any email message that may be sent from or received by an account on the Service, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on 's servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the Service in a given period of time. You agree that has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You acknowledge that reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice.

  12. Modifications To Service reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

  13. Termination

    You agree that , in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service. Further, you agree that shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service.

  14. Dealings With Advertisers

    Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONSor representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the Service.

  15. Links

    The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

  16.'s Proprietary Rights

    You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the Service or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by or advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service or the Software, in whole or in part. grants you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on a single computer; provided that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by for use in accessing the Service.

  17. Disclaimer Of Warranties, Representations And Conditions You Expressly Understand And Agree That:

    1. Your use of the service is at your sole risk. The service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. expressly disclaims all warranties, representations and conditions of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties, representations and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

    2. makes no warranty that

      1. The service will meet your requirements

      2. The service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free

      3. The results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable

      4. The quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the service will meet your expectations

      5. Any errors in the software will be corrected

    3. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

    4. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from or through or from the service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in the tos.

  18. Limitation of Liability

    You expressly understand and agree that shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from:

    1. The use or the inability to use the service

    2. The cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the service

    3. Unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data

    4. Statements or conduct of any third party on the service

    5. Any other matter relating to the service

  19. Exclusions and Limitations

    Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties, representations and conditions or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations of sections 17 and 18 may not apply to you.

  20. Special Admonition For Services Relating To Financial Matters

    If you intend to create or join any service, receive or request any news, messages, alerts or other information from the Service concerning companies, stock quotes, investments or securities, please read the above Sections 17 and 18 again. They go doubly for you. In addition, for this type of information particularly, the phrase "Let the investor beware" is apt. The Service is provided for informational purposes only, and no Content included in the Service is intended for trading or investing purposes. and its licensors shall not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any information transmitted or made available via the Service, and shall not be responsible or liable for any trading or investment decisions made based on such information.

  21. Notice

    Notices to you may be made via either email or regular mail. The Service may also provide notices of changes to the TOS or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Service.

  22. Trademark Information, the logo, in Chinese Characters, and other logos and product and service names are trademarks of HARLEYDAVIDSONMAN LTD. Without's prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner, the Marks.

  23. Copyrights and Copyright Agents respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide's Copyright Agent the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest; a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site; your address, telephone number, and email address; a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.'s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:

    By mail:
    Copyright Agent c/o Inc.
    1820 45th St SE
    Calgary, Alberta T2B 1J7
    By phone:
    (403) 248-7309
    By email:

  24. General Information

    The TOS constitute the entire agreement between you and and govern your use of the Service, superceding any prior agreements between you and . You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. The TOS and the relationship between you and shall be governed by the laws of the province of Alberta and Canada without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the province of Alberta, Canada. The failure of to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

  25. Violations

    Please report any violations of the TOS to our Administrators.

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