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Day 7: Freedom Tower Rising on New Years Day – #29in29

Day 7: Freedom Tower Rising on New Years Day – #29in29

On New Years Day, we took a ride around Manhattan Island. As I came down the West Side Highway, I got a glimpse at the Freedom Tower going up.
Freedom Tower Rising - January 1 2012

They’re really making some progress now. It will be good to have something to fill that empty space in New York City’s heart.
Freedom Tower Rising - January 1 2012

2011 International Motorcycle Show – New York City

2011 International Motorcycle Show – New York City

The 2011 International Motorcycle Show comes rolling in to New York City’s Jacob Javits Center on January 21. I will definitely be attending.

Though I am not in the market for a new bike and I almost never buy anything at the show, I just like to go and look at everything. Observing the many facets of the motorcycle community all in one place is a people watcher’s dream. Love it.

Kenny and I will be hooking up with Soth from Steady on the Humble at the show. What day are you going?

What’s Happening at the HUB?

The HUB offers informational seminars and instruction on a diverse range of topics. I’m particularly interested in seeing:

  • Lee Parks – Advanced Riding Techniques
  • Cristina Shook -Who Are Women Riders Today: A Visual Presentation
  • Jeremy LaBreton – Offroad Adventure Riding
  • Sue Slate – Dual Sport Riding
  • John Colandrea – First Responder: Accident Scene Management

See the full weekend schedule.

Women Ride

The women-specific area is returning to the 2011 show. Need some information on riding gear, learning to ride, or skill building? Feel more comfortable getting guidance from a lady who has been where you are now? This is the place for you.

Read about Women Ride

Friends Strutting Their Stuff on the Floor

The lines at opening time are always long. Buy your tickets online – it makes life easier. The show website has a $4 off coupon.

Chicks On Bikes – IMS After Party 6PM Sunday 1/23

After the close of the show on Sunday night, there is a little motorcycle chick get together happening. Take a peek at Christina Shook’s blog for details. Fear not, well-behaved XY’s are welcome too.

Will I see you there?

I Spy: Biodiesel Powered Chopper in New York City

I Spy: Biodiesel Powered Chopper in New York City

Where are my tree huggers at?

When I pulled up to park in front of the Sidewalk Cafe for the Isle of Man(hattan) ride, the first bike I saw was a flamey, low slung chopper that bore what appeared to be a fan and a diesel logo on the side. As it turns out, diesel wasn’t just about a penchant for European sneakers and too-tight jeans it was something altogether different. Biodiesel.

Pretty nifty, huh?

Biodiesel Chopper Spotted in New York City Wingnut Cycles

The guy riding it, Bear – was a super nice guy. In hindsight I’m quite surprised that I didn’t hear him make any small talk about his deep fat fryer. I guess I should have asked.

When he started the bike and pulled away from the curb, I smelled french fries.

If you’re interested in how the bike evolved, check out WingnutCycles.com.

Ringing in the New Year – The Isle of Man(hattan) Ride 2011

Ringing in the New Year – The Isle of Man(hattan) Ride 2011

What is the Isle of Man(hattan)?

Isle of Manhattan LoopIt is a New Years Day motorcycle ride starting from the Side Walk Cafe on Avenue A. The ride’s course circles the island of Manhattan heading north along the East River topping out in the north around the George Washington Bridge. It then heads south along the West Side Highway and heads underground through the S Street viaduct and back to the Side Walk. The ride runs in snow, rain or shine.

The history of the ride, as it is told started with a man named “Skull,” over 15 years ago now.

New Year’s Day 2011 marked my first time participating in it.

I’m a morning person. Which is annoying to just about, well… everyone.

I was up bright and early around 6:30 on New Years day, despite having gone to bed at 1am. When the little hand swept over the 8, I heard Kenny beginning to stir. I said to him from the next room, “Are you excited?!” His response to my enthusiasm was… dead silence.

Now, I knew he heard me. But there are certain truths you learn while living with another person. I had committed a grievous sin by addressing him within the first few moments since he rolled out of bed. Knowing this, I didn’t press him further. Instead I went on about my task of getting ready for our ride.

A few minutes later I heard the sound of sleepy feet shuffling down the hall. In his deadpan, gravelly morning voice he managed to say, “its too early for that.”

For…? Music? Singing? Interpretive dance? It was too early for what? Seeing as how I’d already done a myriad of things (including those three mentioned) in the time between I’d asked him if he was excited and the time the response came, that enigmatic phrase could have applied to just about anything. Including going riding in Manhattan on New Years Day. I figured someone was second guessing their decision to come along with me.

New York City and it’s boroughs were hammered by a blizzard the day after Christmas. City agencies responsible for the snow removal turned the process into a complete clusterfuck. A week following the snow, side streets, walkways and even major through streets were still a snowy mess. Because of this, the correct weapons in our bike arsenal seemed to be the DRZs. The only downside – we actually had to ride them to NYC.

My DRZ Equation of Enjoyment:

Side Streets + Back Roads / Trails = Good.
Superslab + Indicated 70mph * 1 hour = Not So Good.

Ride into Manhattan on DRZ = Not So Good.

Heading to the Isle of Manhattan Ride 2011

We were meeting up with Dave about at about the halfway point of our trek into the city. As we pulled into the rest stop where we would be meeting him, we heard the familiar braaaaaap of his KTM coming up behind us. With his typical flare, he came to a riotous, skidding stop and wished us a happy New Year. I could already tell this was going to be a great morning.

With little fanfare, we motored our way along the slushy streets of New York to Avenue A. As the bikes started to trickle in there was a happy vibe as people began shaking hands and introducing themselves.

Isle of Manhattan Ride 2011

It was good to see some familiar faces, too. We hadn’t see Soth since last January. To finally get a chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee together was really nice. When he pulled up I pretty much smothered him like I was a mauling circus bear. He didn’t have any choice but to be hugged by me. Poor bugger.

The start of the ride was like an organic happening. People were milling around the sidewalks and the next thing you know, we were all pulling away from the snowy curbs heading out on our way. What followed was  25 or so miles of silly fun. We were a swarm of motorcycles taking over the roadways. What a great time! I’m so glad I went.

Kenny was riding with his GoPro on, so I made this little video of our ride. Enjoy!

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