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Unexplained Sighting on the Road – Your Theories Needed!

Unexplained Sighting on the Road – Your Theories Needed!

A few years back, while coming home one night on the bike I saw something that haunts me to this day.

It was about 11pm when Kenny and I pulled up to the last traffic light on our route home. Under the hum of the street lamp the two of us sat there at the red light with no other cars around. What we saw could not be immediately explained away. I’d never seen anything like it before or since.

We both looked at each other with a “what the hell…?” expression, unable to make heads or tails of what we saw. Strewn through the 3-way intersection, were hundreds and hundreds of golden brown pancakes. There were no cartons or wrappers or containers, just… pancakes. It was the damnedest thing!

  • How did they get there?
  • Who was carrying them and why?
  • Is the truth out there or will I be left to wonder for all eternity?!

Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog - Triumph Speed Triple at night

Do you have any theories on the pancakes? Have you ever spotted anything strangely unexplainable on the road?

A Mid-March Sunday Ride on the East End of Long Island

A Mid-March Sunday Ride on the East End of Long Island

On Sunday morning I rolled out of the driveway heading out to meet up with some of the gang from ADVrider for a  street ride. This was the first time in many weeks that I took the Speed Triple out. I’d been riding the DRZ for the last few weeks.

I love my Speed Triple immensely and actually missed riding her quite a bit. I was looking forward to getting it out for a shakedown. The first thing that I noticed was how heavy the bike felt to roll around in the driveway. For the first time, the always nimble Triple felt a little porky.  As I saddled up and got ready to head out, the seat felt so wide and comfortable! Helllllooo, old friend! It is really quite amazing how quickly your perception of  the size and weight of a motorcycle can change.

After meeting up with the last of the guys at 10:30 and a few minutes of tire kicking, we set off. We were a motley crew: 1 Triumph, 1 Ducati, 1 Husqvarna, 2 Kawasakis, 1 KTM and 1 Harley Davidson. Quite a mixed bag of marques but they all played nice together as we snaked our way through sandy lanes. We weaved our way around the east end of Long Island and finally stopped for lunch at the fabulously olde tymey Cornonet Cafe in Greenport. Friends, food and motorcycles. Does it get any better?

Coronet Cafe Greenport New York

We hopped the ferry to Shelter Island and took in some of the sights. As I cruised along I saw about 100 places I would like to stop and take photos of one day. The sculptor John Chamberlain had a studio on Shelter Island. I’d love to find out that he’s still creating work there. One more thing to add to the To-Do List: Go back to explore.

Shelter Island Ferry Bikes

Shelter Island Ferry Greenport - F'n Hal! Greenport Motorcycle Parking by Claudios Greenport New York Fishing Boat

I really like riding with everyone I’ve met on ADV. There is a really cool, laid back vibe that I appreciate. Each person brings unique and interesting knowledge to the table. Love that. Looking forward to the next time…

Motorcycle Photo: Triumph Speed Triple – I’m Lost

Motorcycle Photo: Triumph Speed Triple – I’m Lost

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be the blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”  -J.R.R Tolkien

Triumph Speed Triple with I'm Lost Graffiti

Now that the winter is muscling in on my territory, I am left to dream about getting lost in the mountains of places like West Virginia and Tennessee. Sometimes you stumble across really terrific roads when you are just out exploring, with little to no plan.

  • Have you ever gotten really lost on a motorcycle?
Cold Weather Motorcycle Gear: Handlebar Muffs

Cold Weather Motorcycle Gear: Handlebar Muffs

My first introduction to using handlebar muffs was back when I did the Crotona Midnight Run in 2007. My dear friend Bill lent me his muffs to use that night. He has again imparted them on me for this winter.

Speed Triple with Handlebar Muffs
Muff Mama

Because I don’t have heated gloves, I’m left to monkey around with winter gloves and heated grips on the Speed Triple. When I wear my winter gloves, I can’t feel the heated grips very well. I also find that my feel on the bars and levers is a bit more vague. Using the muffs allows me to use my heated grips and wear my regular leather riding gloves.

The Parts Unlimited muffs I am using do a good job of providing an extra layer of wind protection even at highway speeds. And they remind me of giant ovenmitts which ups the silly factor 🙂

Caveat:

  • Depending on the material used to construct your muffs, while moving – the wind can collapse the body of the muff. This can make it difficult to get your hand back into the opening if you took it out.

I have brushguards on the triple that help to keep the muff a little more rigid upfront. In my previous go-round with the muffs, I used them with the brushguards on the outside. I think the guards make it easier to get my hands back in while in motion. Your mileage may vary depending on how rigid your muffs  happens to be.

So, until I spring for some Gerbing gloves, muffs it is.

Triple Muffy
Triple Muffy

[edit – 12/21/09]
A few people have asked – The model I am using are Parts Unlimited Snow Paws from their ATV catalog.

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