Tag: South Dakota

Past Motorcycle Road Trips: Mount Rushmore

Past Motorcycle Road Trips: Mount Rushmore

In 2005, Kenny and I headed west to visit Mount Rushmore. He on his 3 week old Triumph Speed Triple and me on my 98′ Kawasaki ZX6R. We pointed our headlights west to see the monument that had fascinated me for ages.

As we rode along route 244 towards the entrance of the monument, I got my first glimpse of the 4 faces looking out of the mountainside through a break in the trees. It was stunning. It was what could only be described as a true “wow” moment. What you see in photos and movies cannot compare to the magnitude of what you are looking at in person.

Fuzzygalore & Crudmop at Mount Rushmore

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Motorcycle Photos: Pioneer Auto-Murdo, South Dakota

Motorcycle Photos: Pioneer Auto-Murdo, South Dakota

Pioneer Auto in Murdo, South Dakota is like an oasis on the prairie. Kenny and I stopped in on our way to Yellowstone in 2005. It is a curious collection of motorcycles, cars and assorted vehicles.  If you just happen to be on your way to Wall Drug or the Badlands, do stop in.

Apologies for the quality of the photos. The narrow walkways that snake through the buildings did not allow for good vantage points.

Honda CB 175 Yamaha 200 Scrambler Pioneer Auto in Murdo South Dakota
Neval Sidecar - Stugis Taxi - Pioneer Auto Murdo South Dakota Wells Fargo Motorcycle Pioneer Auto in Murdo South Dakota 1926 Harley Davidson - Pioneer Auto - Murdo South Dakota
Pioneer Auto in Murdo South Dakota Elvis' Harley Davidson 1914 Indian Motorcycle
Pioneer Auto in Murdo South Dakota Honda Dream? HArley Davidson - Pioneer Auto Murdo South Dakota
On the Road: California to Montana on an Aprilia RSV

On the Road: California to Montana on an Aprilia RSV

Back in July, Novos took the time to share his plans for a week long trip from Southern California to Montana on his Aprilia RSV. Now that the trip is in the books, he is sharing his ride as a series of posts as a guest blogger on my partner site Watermelon18.com. The photos are just awesome!

Day 1 is up and ready to roll:

Novos RSV outside of Bodie, California
Novos' RSV outside of Bodie, California

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Memory Lane: Remembering Badlands National Park

Memory Lane: Remembering Badlands National Park

Inspired by reading a post on hellforleathermagazine.com, I dug out some photographs from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. In May of 2005, Kenny and I rode from New York with the intention of visiting Mount Rushmore. One of the stops that we simply had to make on the way was Badlands National Park. Kenny was piloting his 3 week old Triumph Speed Triple and I rode out on my old 98’ ZX6R.

I was totally unprepared for that revelation called the Dakota Bad Lands. What I saw gave me an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere.‘ – Frank Lloyd Wright

Even if you view photographs prior to visiting Badlands Park, you will be unprepared for the sights that unfold in front of you. Some things just require your physical presence to understand the magnitude of them. The landscape is so unlike anything I’d ever seen before or since. Though these mountain formations have stood for thousands of years, they give the appearance of being as fragile as dollops of meringue. I got the distinct sensation that if you touched them they would crumble into a mound like a sandcastle. The park is nothing short of beautifully fascinating.

Welcome to Badlands Nation Park sign - South Dakota Badlands National Park - South Dakota ZX6R and Triumph Speed Triple at Badlands National Park South Dakota
Badlands National Park South Dakota Helmets at Badlands National PArk South dakota Badlands National Park South Dakota
Badlands National Park South Dakota Kenny on his Triumph in Badlands National Park South Dakota

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Eat Here and Get Gas

Eat Here and Get Gas

I was poking through my pictures from the last few weeks and found that I’ve got a couple related to gas pumps. I guess the folks at the pump below in Virginia were just makin’ it up as they went along

It isn’t news to anyone who hasn’t been dwelling in a cave for the last 6 months that we’re feeling the sting of high gas prices. Many folks are championing riding to work more often to offset the cost. You’re probably getting well over 35mpg if you travel for a stint on the freeway to get to the office. If you’re one of those behemoth SUV drivers, surely you’d feel the benefit of those extra miles per gallon.

But do you really save that much more? What about the accelerated wear and tear that seems to occur on a bike when you compare it to your car? In my case on the Triumph with my choice of tires, I see less than 7,500 miles on a set of tires, more frequent oil changes, brake pads, chains, sprockets, etc.

If you rode to work every day for a solid year as compared to driving your car every day for a solid year how significant do you think the difference in cost of transportation would be? Surely there must be someone who has undertaken this study out there… post a link if you’ve come across anything!

Heh.. Eat here, then get gas… it’s still funny 3 years later.

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