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August 28, 2020 - Motorcycle Fishing?

Yup, you read the headline right. "Motorcycle Fishing," but please notice the question mark. For some time now I've wanted to know if it was possible to load up everything I'd need to go fishing, head to a lake or river a motorcycle, and catch some fish. My thinking is the challenge of packing a pole and all the needed bits (along with a chair, food, drinks, etc.) would be interesting and definitely video worthy. Looks like it's going to happen. I've got a friend who owns a ranch less than an hour away. Now there are lots of ranches in Texas, but not ones with 92-acre lakes on them, teaming with hungry largemouth bass. I want to take it one step further and make it a bit more challenging. I

August 27, 2020 - Big Day, Bigger Day

Big day. Spent some time at TOTW Intergalactic HQ today. It was hot, but not scorching hot, thank goodness. Met up with Spencer, a subscriber and Patreon supporter to give him a tour of the sweat lodge and two-wheeled stable, along with the world famous Tripp On Two Wheels livestream broadcast studio. When the weather cools down a bit, Spencer may lend a hand holding a camera for a video or two or assist with a little wrenching on upcoming projects. Following, we made our way down the street to a little Thai place I used to frequent pre-Covid. I hadn't eaten there in five months and it was the first time I'd sat down to eat at a sit-down restaurant in that same time. It felt a bit strange,

August 26, 2020 - All Systems Go & Patreon Prize Giveaway!

At last. All of the bugs (I hope) have finally been worked out of the TrippOnTwoWheels.com website! Everything is in place and seems to be working fine. Please let me know in the comment section below if you find something amiss or any typos lurking about. The big news of the day is that yesterday (I guess that makes it yesterday's news) the Patreon page was finally completed and activated. Much to my amazement we already have five Patreon members of the channel. To those of you who have made the plunge - thank you! Your support will help keep this channel, and website, afloat, hopefully for years to come. After all the hubbub, it looks as if the record-setting twin hurricane's are going to

August 25, 2020 - The Fat Bob Conundrum

Before Mr. Covid came to town I had accumulated a few duds for Mr. Fat Bob (thank you Mr. eBay). The first of which is an HD swing arm bag because I need more "luggage" capacity than my windshield bag provides, and I'm too cheap to score some saddlebags for the old fellow. The second is an HD sissybar/backrest/luggage rack I picked up to do some occasional two-up riding, and the luggage rack could of course provide additional luggage space. As I don't plan on much long-distance riding with Bob, I don't need THAT much carrying capacity - just enough room for a cell-phone, keys, some GoPro junk, a handful of tools and gadgets, and a water bottle or two. Enter the conundrum. To mount the swing

August 24, 2020 - Swimming Upstream

Swimming in the deep end the first time evokes both bravery and fear in any kid. My first YouTube livestreaming attempt last night did the same. It started out a bit rocky. Really rocky. I had the stream scheduled for 7:30PM and thought I knew what I was doing after consulting with a fellow YouTuber, watching a few videos and even reading up (do people still read?) on the subject. Problem was I had learned how to initiate ad-hoc, or immediate livestreams, not pre-scheduled ones. Apparently the latter require the download of some third-party software, a password, and some sort of encryption key, whatever the hell that is. My big moment was upon me. The iPhone hotspot was activated, the lapto

August 23, 2020 - Facebook and Motorcycling

Like it or hate it, Facebook has probably done more to promote motorcycling, at least organized motorcycling, than any other entity I can imagine. Whether you own a moped, mini-bike, cafe' racer or bagger, and no matter the brand, you can find a social group, a technical advice group and a parts for sale/trade group based on it. There's nary a question that can't be answered, a part that can't be found on a Facebook group. Looking to make friends who own your same two-wheeler or to find a group ride? Facebook is the answer. In my opinion, Facebook has done more for the motorcycling community than a Harley dealership two-for-one sale. Own a 70 year old Harley? Facebook group. 1976 Honda CB35

August 22, 2020 - Changing Coolant and Other Things

For some reason Piaggio products (Vespa/Aprilia/Piaggio) come from the factory with a coolant that is known to break down into a corrosive within 4-5 years. Left to its own devices, this aging elixir will corrode the drain plug (which aren't sold separately) and do very bad things to your two-wheeler. So, it's time to change the coolant in the both the BV350 and the GTS300. I've got everything I need for both bikes except water-pump o-rings which I'll need to order from either ScooterWest or AF1Racing, and I'll get that sorted out on Tuesday. Wondering whether or not to make videos of the change/flush on both bikes. There seems to be enough coverage on the Vespa, but not a BV 350 dedicated v

August 21, 2020 - Three for the Price of None

Whenever I spend time at Cowboy's Alamo City Harley Davidson it's good time spent, and yesterday was no exception. Got to chew the fat with my friends Nigel, Steve, Miles, Hank and Callen, I saw some amazingly beautiful bikes, and learned a thing or two (which you really can't help). Nigel Ruiz had lined up three identical 114 Milwaukee 8 equipped Harley Heritage Classics, all sporting different exhausts, and I was there to do exhaust comparison videos - a match made in Heaven! What should only take 30 minutes can take hours at a Harley showroom. Too many things to see, do and eat, and too many friends to talk to (not to mention the idling diesel truck and the dude "sweeping" the parking lot

August 20, 2020 - Planning the Big Ride

Spent a little time fine tuning plans for my Kansas trip. Not sure yet when I'll be leaving (within the month for sure), but I've got a loose agenda worked out. The entire trip should last nine to ten days. I plan on leaving San Antonio and being on the road three days en route to Wichita, KS with probably overnights in Stephenville, TX and Chickasha, OK. Will then spend two days in Wichita, visiting a couple dealerships and a few attractions. Then a day to Tulsa with a two day stopover and another two to three days home with probably overnights in Athens or Corsicana, TX. Talked with Corbin on re-packing my seat (want just a bit more padding as my butt doesn't have much), and they indicate

August 19, 2020 - Harley Time

Heading to my local Harley Davidson dealership in a few minutes where hopefully I'll get a couple exhaust comparison videos shot. I've also come up with a couple ideas for videos that feature interviews with some of the dealership's top salesmen. Going to try to sit with 3 or 4 guys and grill 'em good. :) Any suggestions for questions you'd like asked? Weighed in this morning and I'm still 32 lbs. down and stuck at 212. Gotta kick it into high gear. That's all for now. Be big folks!

August 18, 2020 - Planning the Big Ride

Spending a bit of time taking stock on what I need to get and/or get accomplished before I head off to parts unknown on my potential 8-day road trip. Here's the plan so far: Looks like I'm headed to Wichita, KS 2-3 days up (200 miles per day), 2 days there, 2-3 days back. May route myself back through Tulsa as there's no sense seeing (and videoing) the same scenery twice. Ride a route west of I-35 up, and an eastern route back (will be avoiding interstates the entire way as I'm not fan). Taking the Vulcan S as it's best equipped for long distance riding. Vlog the whole way, while there, and back. Livestreams when stopped if feasible. Finish each day before the oppressive heat melts my brain.

August 17, 2020 - Bikes and Beards?

Often when people see my picture for the first time, they'll say: "You've got a beard. You're a biker, of course you have a beard." Well, I'm not sure how much of a "biker" I am, more of a motorcyclist if you ask me, but I digress. The beard has nothing to do with motorcycles or being a biker at all. I'm a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts. Some years ago, the meeting before Thanksgiving, some of the boys suggested I grow a beard. I replied, "Let's put it up for a vote!" As luck would have it, the troop voted unanimously that I should stop shaving and what do you know, a beard magically appeared on my face (not instantly, but you get the picture). Each year before Thanksgiving, the boys vote on

August 16, 2020 - Not Lookin' Good

I'm a big train fan. Particularly passenger trains. I've taken a number of long-distance trips on Amtrak over the years and really love this sort of travel. Living not far from a busy train track, if I'm lucky I get to see two Amtrak trains go by each day. Normally the train headed east each morning has ten cars: Two locomotives, a baggage car, two sleeper cars, a dining car, a lounge car, and three coach cars. This morning the train only had seven. One less sleeper, one less coach car, and one less locomotive for the lighter load. Whether it's a function of Covid or the continued decline of passenger train travel in the US (probably both), it's just plain sad. I highly recommend an overn

August 15, 2020 - Two Tired

A truck driver stopped at a roadside diner for lunch and ordered a cheeseburger, coffee and a slice of apple pie. As he was about to eat, three bikers walked in. One grabbed the trucker's cheeseburger and took a huge bite from it. The second one drank the trucker's coffee, and the third wolfed down his apple pie. The truck driver didn't say a word as he paid the waitress and left. As the waitress walked up, one of the motorcyclists growled, "He ain't much of a man, is he?" "He's not much of a driver, either," the waitress replied. "He just backed his 18-wheeler over three motorcycles." Good Doctor A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted

August 14, 2020 - On the Road Again?

Last night I had an idea. Actually, it was my friend Sam who had the idea. Hit the road. When the going gets tough, "punt" I always would say in jest. However, this time it's 99.44% jest free. I think I'm going to do it. Only problem is I've got a number of things to do to prepare, and a seat to be repacked by Corbin which could take 3-4 weeks. The tentative plan is to take 2-3 days to ride to Wichita, KS, stay a couple days touring some aircraft factories and facilities and take a different route home, possibly through Tulsa. Up to 8 days on the road. It's been quite a while since I've taken a road trip longer than 300 miles so I'm looking forward to the possibility. Very forward. Thirteen

August 13, 2020 - 5 Must-Have Mods under $10

"Mods" is a word than conjures up visions of in-depth and expensive alterations to one's bike. However, mods can be simple add-ons or carry-withs that can be quite inexpensive, yet make a major impact on your riding experience. Five of my favorites (in no particular order) are: 1) Motorcycle Cruise Assist by Crampbuster - A small, durable plastic paddle that clips to your throttle hand grip. Instead of having to exert constant tension (muscle exertion) on the throttle, the Cruise Assist allows you to achieve the same with just the weight of your palm. Not necessary for bar-hoppers and bobber riders who can't stay on a bike longer than fifteen minutes, but a lifesaver for those of us who comm

August 13, 2020 - Your Turn - Water or Air-Cooled?

I own both water and air-cooled bikes. Both have their ups and downs and before I go spouting off on them, I'd love to hear your take. Please take a moment to find the little button in the upper right-hand corner of this page, register, and leave me your thoughts. Thanks.

August 12, 2020 - Drip Trail Tale?

Road position. For those of you who understand this term, good on ya. For those who don't, it simply refers to which third of the road lane you are riding in. Typically, a lane is divided into three smaller lanes (or positions): 1) The first or left position (the left third of the lane), 2) The second or middle position (the middle third of the lane), and 3) The third or right position (the right third of the lane). Over the years I've heard many opinions on road position, and recently I heard one rather resoundly. I posted a link to one of my videos on a forum (a non-motorcycling forum at that), and a "gentleman" who noticed I was continually riding in the second position (middle) went

August 11, 2020 - I'm Not Joking

A woman, cranky because her husband was late coming home again, decided to leave him a note which said: "I've had enough and have left you... don't bother coming after me" Then she hid under the bed to see his reaction. After a short while the husband came home and she could hear him in the kitchen before he entered the bedroom. She could see him walk toward the dresser and pick up the note... After a few minutes he wrote something on it before picking up the phone and calling someone... "She's finally gone... yeah I know, about time, I'm coming to see you, put on that sexy outfit we bought. I love you... can't wait to see you... we'll do all the things you like." He hung up, grabbed his key

August 10, 2020 - Is It Just Me?

I've often been the odd one out, but that's nothing new - particularly to those who know me in the flesh. I've never been one to follow the herd, never felt weird doing my own thing, and never thought twice about airing my opinions even if they're 180-degrees from the norm. I don't try to be different. I don't purposely try to think or act contrarian. I just do what I do, and the chips tend to fall where they may. Lately, I've realized this also applies with my attitude toward motorcycles - the latest example being my thoughts on my Fat Bob 96 Twin Cam. Less than a year ago I bought the bike from a friend. It had just about 6,000 miles on it, and aside from a detachable windshield, the bike

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