Category: Muffler Men

I Finally Replaced My Stank-Ass Street Helmet

I Finally Replaced My Stank-Ass Street Helmet

I finally broke down and replaced my manky street helmet. After riding in the outer bands of a hurricane during the Void Rally last October, it never smelled quite right again. As a matter of fact, the clearcoat was destroyed and the graphics peeled away. I’ve never seen that before. The poor thing desperately needed to be retired.

This time around I opted to give a modular helmet a try.

Being able to flip up the chin bar to have a drink, get a little air or communicate effectively without having to subject the public at large to my hellacious helmet head seemed like a novel idea. So, I went for it.

My first new-lid test ride took me past the Riverhead Raceway muffler man Chief Running Fair. He’s still looking good after falling victim to Hurricane Sandy and having to be reassembled.

Have you tried a modular helmet?

KTM 990 Adventure on a Summer Saturday Ride

KTM 990 Adventure on a Summer Saturday Ride

Some days motorcycle photos are good for what ails ya, aren’t they? They’ll put a smile on your face when the turkeys getcha down.

These pics were taken over the summer when my hubs Kenny sent me off to run some gas through his KTM 990 Adventure. Even with a few years under her belt, I think the 990 Baja is super-foxy.

The Saville Dam on Barkhamsted, Connecticut:

What’s this now?!

The Big White Guy Texaco Big Friend who used to stand in Chicopee, Ma. has a new home in Agawam. These big fellas get around, don’t they?

Pal’s Sudden Service with Bonus Mufflerman

Pal’s Sudden Service with Bonus Mufflerman

The facade of the Pal’s Sudden Service chain has to be one of the best around. Normally I wouldn’t say such things in polite company but, look at that huge wiener!

Back in 2012, when Kenny and I were heading towards the Shady Valley Country Store on TN 421 (The Snake) we happened to zip past a Pal’s. As you might imagine, I couldn’t resist stopping.

At the time, I had no idea that it was a chain. In fact, there are 29 different Pal’s locations. There’s a Pal’s in Johnson City, Tennessee. That joke writes itself.

The Pal’s in Kingsport, Tennessee does not have a huge wiener but we won’t hold that against them. What is does have is a hamburger-holding mufflerman on the roof. I’d say that makes up for it. He’s a bit on the pale side, don’t you think? Even so, he was good company as I enjoyed my burger and “frenchie fries” outside on the patio.

Believe In The Power of Daydreams

Believe In The Power of Daydreams

Then turn those daydreams into reality!

These days, our lives are filled with information. Maybe too much of it. Every second of the day we open up wide and words and images are shoveled in. This information tsunami fills up a lot of space set aside for daydreams.

What we do then, I suspect, is a massive amount of filtering. Every meme, article, news clip and sound bite goes down a giant conveyor belt inside your head where the sorting team goes through the whole lot, cataloging what will be thought about immediately, and what will get filed away to wake you up at 3 am on a Tuesday six months from now.

And the rest? Well, a large majority of it probably goes out through the ear-hole garbage chute. Space is the ultimate commodity in Brainville.

daydreams become reality if you work at it - the gemini giant

Go after what you really want

Don’t ask why? Ask why not?

Knowing that we’re on full-tilt information overload, it is interesting to see what ideas stick over time.

Which of the farfetched daydreams will come to fruition? What unconscious machinations will you employ to keep something simmering until it can reach full boil?

Time and memory are at work and often we don’t even know it. The answers reveal themselves at a later date.

One of the great things about keeping a blog is that you get to re-read what you were thinking in the past and perhaps pinpoint the spark that ultimately ignited. I love that.

daydreams come true - visiting the gemini giant muffler man

In 2015, I fulfilled a daydream when I visited the Gemini Giant muffler man in Wilmington, Illinois. I don’t have any superpowers or special ability. The only thing I ever do is recognize that the happiness I will feel is worth the effort.

Now, to some people, this particular daydream might be dumb. You rode your motorcycle more than 900 miles to see THAT? But each day we’re all on a personal journey that reaches far beyond what the 3-dimensional clings to. Shiny green fiberglass was much more than just shiny green fiberglass.

Keep dreaming, keep doing, keep adventuring. Your life depends on it.

What are you daydreaming about?

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