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Muffler Man of Mentone, California

Muffler Man of Mentone, California

The muffler man of Mentone, California stands watch over the desert valley from behind a fence in someone’s front yard. The plaque on his middle, like an ersatz giant belt buckle says “Outboard Inn, Mentone Beach.”

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With his baseball bat at the ready it seems like he’s ready to rough any wayward trespassers up. Doesn’t he look like the type of guy that might tell someone they’re “cruisin’ for a bruisin’“?

bunyan muffler man of mentone california

Look at him! You just know he tells dad jokes. Or maybe lights his own farts on fire with a lighter. You can totally see that, right? It’s the stifled, sly smile.

No?

Moving on…

muffler man of mentone california - close up

The hot desert sun has bleached this poor fellas irises to a rusty orange tone. Either that or he’s really seen some stuff. It was 2020 when I visited, after all.

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The Buyan spends his time amongst other interesting Mentone Beach-dwellers like a soldier in the Giant Chicken Army on the roof (naturally) and a Statue of Liberty head. Not to mention a bevy of outboard motors, antique car wheels, and a mountain of other yard junk.

If you take a look at the Google Maps streetview, you can get an idea of what’s doin’ in that yard. It’s quite something!

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Though it was very tempting to try to get a peek over the fence, I heard dogs on the property so I opted to keep my distance. I’m sure they get plenty of visitors stopping for a look, but I wasn’t interested in being mauled. And when visiting these types of private home stops, even though they are a spectacle, I feel it’s important to respect their space.

Muffler Man and Yamaha FZ07 - Mentone California

Thank heaven for the weirdos. They keep life colorful.

Visit the Muffler Man of Mentone, California

10098 Garnet St, Mentone, CA 92359
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Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Burgerology – My Favorite Degree!

On Tuesday nights, I try to meet up with friends to get out and get some air on the bikes. This usually involves a little riding, a little eating, lots of laughing and shit-talking. Burgerology in Huntington was a perfect fit.

yamaha fz07 in huntington new york

Here on Long Island, we have tons of places that now offer outside dining. It’s unfortunate that it took a pandemic to push us in this direction, but I’m happy we’re here. We’ve been sorely lacking a thriving outdoor cafe culture for far too long.

Burgerology now offers sidewalk seating!

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Now, I’m not usually one for posting food photos (donuts don’t count) but this mac & cheese bacon burger on a pretzel bun with truffle fries was really good and I thought you should know about it 🙂

burgerology mac and cheese burger huntington new york

The burger was so good in fact, that when I spotted it on the menu and said so out loud, someone immediately copied me and ordered the same thing.

As is my right by the ancient laws of restaurant dining, I made sure to tell the waiter that I saw it first and that I was indeed being copied. The waiter, caring deeply with every fiber in his soul, looked at me sympathetically. Or, it might have been the look of who gives a shit? It was dark out.

baby yoda mural in huntington new york

As if the Mac & Cheese burger weren’t enough of a reason to hit this place up ~ on the back-side of the Burgerology building, there is a knockout mural painted by Andaluz the Artist, featuring Baby Yoda holding a cheeseburger. Does it get any better than this?

Amazing food, great artwork and a ride on your motorcycle? A win all the way around!

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Not only did my order get copied, but this guy cockblocked my photo opportunity! Man, with friends like this… 😀

PHOTO: Sightseeing on my Yamaha FZ07 in DUMBO

PHOTO: Sightseeing on my Yamaha FZ07 in DUMBO

Yamaha FZ07 with the Manhattan bridge in the Background

On Sunday morning I set off on the bike early for a little expedition around Brooklyn. You know, just a little sightseeing. While I am not much of a “city person” there are aspects of it that I find visually stimulating. The challenge for me is that I don’t like being around lots of people. For a place as bustling as New York City? That can be problematic.

Getting up and getting out while most of the world is still asleep on a Sunday morning gives you the perfect opportunity to linger in typically crowded spaces, unbothered.

Having a motorcycle to navigate a still-sleeping city can make quick work of things.

But, as great as a motorcycle is around NYC, there are moments when I’ve wished I was on a bicycle instead of a motorcycle. A bike has even more of a small go-everywhere-with-me footprint. As a result of living in Queens years ago and having my car stolen, I’m on the paranoid side of leaving my motorcycle unattended and out of my sight. I never stray far or long from where I’ve left it.

I am a cliche

On of the places I stopped on my early morning rideabout was probably one of the most instagrammed spots in Brooklyn – the corner of Water and Washington streets in DUMBO. Even at the early hour I was there, I had to shoot around other people taking photos of the Manhattan Bridge.

In that moment that I stood there taking everything in, I felt both wholly unoriginal and at the same time, a little in love with the view of the bridge framed by the brick buildings. It really was a lovely sight in the cool morning glow.

See it for yourself

If you want to take in the view for yourself:

Dumbo – Manhattan Bridge View
39-21 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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I’ve Been Training for This My Whole Life!

I’ve Been Training for This My Whole Life!

In many ways, I’ve always viewed motorcycling as something that is done alone, together. Or just alone. Either way, it has always been an activity in which I exist inside my own little bubble for even when in the company of other riders.

Yamaha FZ07 in Port Jefferson, New York - Long Island

Perhaps that’s why the idea of social distancing hasn’t entirely cramped my ability to get outside and do stuff. I can still ride around and look at things, maybe snaps some pics the way that I normally would.

The nature of my movements has generally been socially distant for many years now. I don’t like people in my personal space, or having them touch me, I don’t like crowds, and I feel best with a helmet on. It isn’t hard for me to keep people 6-feet away at all. Finally, my years of training with social anxiety pay off! 😀

While I do get out on day rides, I’m not really interested in traveling and staying in hotels and whatnot, right now. So, that is a little bit of a change for me this year. I don’t foresee wanting to head off on a rideabout this fall or getting on a plane to ride somewhere else. While I’m not happy with the world’s circumstances in general, I’m happy with my choice.

Luckily, I did squeeze in a trip to California to ride around and do SoCal Supermoto School riiiiiight before the pandemic broke loose. That was a great trip. I’m grateful to at least have gotten a little bit of a travel-fix.

While the world is seemingly imploding, I’m still able to find happiness and enjoyment when I’m riding my motorcycle.

Motorcycles – they’re good for you.

How’s things goin’ with you?

Incredible Pokemon Mural – Huntington, New York

Incredible Pokemon Mural – Huntington, New York

Pokemon mural in huntington new york by Andaluz the artist

Where on Long Island is the Pokemon Wall?

You can find the Pokemon Wall painted by Andaluz the Artist in the town of Huntington at: 231 Broadway, Huntington, NY 11743

On Wednesday night, the weather was absolutely perfect for riding. I met up with Brian and we rode our fraternal twinsie FZ07’s out to the town of Huntington, here on Long Island. I wanted to finally see the Pokemon wall mural that is painted on the side of a building in the Greenlawn area.

A pair of Yamaha FZ07s in front of the Pokemon Mural in Huntington, New York

Unfortunately, we didn’t make it before the sun went down so we weren’t able to see everything in its vibrant, full-color glory. It was also a challenge to snap photos of the whole piece in the dark with the floodlight on the side of the building shining so brightly.

But, making lemonade out of lemons ~ the dark of night provided its own sense of drama.

And now that I know where the Pokemon wall mural is, swinging by in the daylight will be easy-peasy. I’m definitely going to do that!

Yamaha FZ07s and Pokemon Mural

The mural is so packed with characters to look at! It provided a wonderfully dramatic photo backdrop for our wee FZs.

The Pokemon Wall

The wall mural was painted in 2016 at the height of the Pokemon Go craze by local artist Andaluz the Artist. You can see his work all over the island, and especially around the town of Huntington.

Yamaha FZ07 at Pokemon Mural in Huntington

Pretty cool, right?!

I think this piece is definitely one of Long Island’s great roadside attractions.

Want to See the Pokemon Mural For Yourself?

Andaluz the Artist
#pokemonwall
231 Broadway, Huntington, NY 11743
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