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About Time . . .

July 4, 2014

. . .for a new post, that is. I can hardly believe I have not written anything on this blog for six months, and the last post was the annual recap put together by WordPress. Considering that I now have a bike, this is somewhat astonishing, although these fingers have not been idle in the interim. But more on that later.

A recent meeting with RJ, who rides — drum roll, please — a 1995 ZX6e, exactly like my former bike, encouraged me to get back blogging. I believe he enjoys reading tales from fellow motorcyclists.

Without further ado, here is a photo of my new-to-me motorcycle (and it’s another green bike… teehee…. albeit slightly darker and shinier—and more nekkid, than was Big Green), a 1993 Yamaha Seca II:

Lil Red's Yamaha Seca II

Did you know that in the UK, this bike is nicknamed the Diversion? I quite love that — to be diverted from the sameness of everyday life to life on two wheels! (Although, of course, there are those for whom the diversion happens everyday.)

Needless to say, my life has more contentment and joy simply knowing I can hop on two wheels again. The year without a motorcycle was a dark time for my soul, and I confess to not being a happy gal. it was a tough time, and I am grateful to have found my peaceful heart again through riding and also now back to a yoga practice. Riding is such a passion for me, and not having that option for a full year made my life feel withered and shrunk – I was not my best self during that time.

REVIEWING THE NEW RIDE

It took several rides to find my groove for the road again. If I’m honest, the Seca is a much easier bike in the corners. Tony says this is due to a more balanced center of gravity on this bike (he will correct me if I’m wrong on this point). Physics notwithstanding, I am appreciating the effortless handling. I don’t have to push on the handlebars to go around a corner; this really is a “lean and go” machine. That’s a wonderful feeling.

At 60hp, I have lost 48 hp from the Ninja, but I’m not missing it. On the ZX6, I sometimes felt nervous that I might accidentally use too much throttle and hurtle right off the road in a corner. No worries on that with the lower horsepower, and it does have astonishing grab and pull from around 7,000 rpm on up to redline at 10,500, which I have achieved. Never did that on the 6e; it was a scary proposition for me.

The Seca’s riding position is like that of a sport tourer; I can take my hands off the bars and my body position does not shift at all. This does offer a problem for my lower back. The sportier position on Big Green actually was more comfortable for my back, and I find myself crouching forward on longer rides on the Seca, to relieve the bit of lower back pressure.

The smallish negatives of this bike are that the seat is slightly uncomfortable, so I will be modifying this the next couple of weeks for an upcoming road trip with Tony and daughter, Eden. The mod may also help with the lower back pressure. And the Seca runs a little rougher than I’m accustomed to, with accompanying rattling loudness. Earplugs and a Quiet Rider are managing that issue.

While this may not be my be-all, end-all, keep-it-forever motorcycle, I am TREMENDOUSLY happy and incredibly grateful to be riding again. The weather is cooperating, I have two wheels, and I am stoked!

Here is one of the few pictures of me on the bike thus far, courtesy of Tony. Many more images will follow, as we hit the road in a short few weeks. This was taken in a restaurant parking lot on the way home from picking up the bike.

Liz riding her new Yamaha Seca IIDISCLAIMER: Do not follow my example and ride without gloves or adequate footwear, as you see the woman doing in this photo. Ensure that your motorcycle is adequately registered and insured. (We were, at least, insured.)

IN CONCLUSION

It’s good to be back among my fellow riders and the community of friends I have made on this journey of being a motorcyclist.

Watch for more posts as I am able to set aside personal time, given the workload I have in my business, RevUp Creative Media. I am now doing marketing for both Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and our local Mendocino Coast District Hospital, both of which encourage me to stretch the linguistic synapses in my brain in addition to my photographic eye (from interior and exterior portraits to floral and outdoor photography) and digital camera knowledge.

Cheers to all. I will see you on the road.

2013 in review

December 31, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Of course, I was not very active at writing, not having a motorcycle to ride all year :(, but that is going to change within in the next couple of months, and then I will be back… count on it! I also have a couple of guest posts upcoming, as I’ve been approached by a few people lately who’d like to participate! That, to me, means I’m doing a good thing with my blog.

See you all in 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Fundraising for Summer

May 7, 2013

Eden's GoFundMe pictureI’ve just set up a GoFundMe page for my daughter, Eden, who wants to attend a summer teen art and language institute in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where her grandparents (my folks) now live full time.

I’m thinking I should set up a GoFundMe page for a new motorcycle. . . hmmmm. . . dreaming!

Cheers!
Liz

(Anyone who is interested in helping us get Eden to art camp this summer can find the link to donate on my Facebook page. The GoFundMe button is not active on the image at right.)

Where in the World…? A Photo Challenge

April 12, 2013

I love how interconnected our motorcycling community is. Via Princess Scooterpie comes this challenge from rider/author Gary France, to post and share a photo of your motorcycle in the most interesting place you have parked your bike. I was going to write, “the coolest place you can think of”, but if I had a photo like that, my photo would definitely be featuring an exotic, foreign locale. Like this. (Thanks, Matthew, for your adventures and posting such great pix!)

Alas, my adventures have only taken me through the western U.S. to date. The good news is that I have many, many fond memories of awesomely cool rides in cool places, and a couple of photos to share.

I can’t resist sharing my favorite picture of me riding in an interesting place. (Gary, does this count? If not, scroll down for my “parked” favorite.)

My #1: Riding along the Abert Rim in Southern Oregon. On the right is Lake Abert, an alkali lake that only supports a colony of brine shrimp, and the birds that feed on them.

Abert Rim, Oregon

Really, I still love that photo, taken by my love, Tony Reed.

But I have clearly digressed.

Here is my number one choice for “parked motorcycle photo”. This is along the Salmon River Scenic Byway in Idaho (Hwy 93) and the monolith is Tower Rock, also known as early explorer William Clark’s “The Clift”. Lewis and Clark passed this way in 1805, and this outcrop contains some of the oldest rock in Idaho (pre-cambrian quartzite). That’s Lil Red, on the viewer’s right.

The Clift in Idaho

Thanks, Gary, for a fun chance to relive some of my favorite road trips! I am eagerly looking forward to seeing other rider submissions, and your favorite picks.

End of the Line

March 7, 2013

I said goodbye to Big Green this morning. I ran out of steam for trying to get it running right – again. It never liked being parked for the winter, and our humid coastal climate didn’t help matters much.

There is a space in my garage, awaiting whatever bike will come next… now I get to dream (and start checking bike specs all over again); fun!

Farewell, Big Green. You took me many happy miles, and I know you will bring more than a few thrills, lots of grins, and big giggles to your next riders. Thanks for the memories…

Konocti View

Here I am at an overlook on Hwy 175, Mount Knocti in the backgrouund.

MotoCorsa Messes with Your Mind…

December 19, 2012

This is giving me tremendous giggles today. Click the link to take a look (I didn’t want to spoil it for you…) then come back and tell me what you think.

Spot the Difference calendar featuring Ducatis… and a surprise.

While I would personally rather see the gents in butt-clinging leather pants and a tight tee or a sexy leather jacket, I really appreciate that MotoCorsa (only the most awesome motorcycle shop in Portland, and probably the whole northwest) included the men, so that both genders of any persuasion can have some eye candy—or a giggle—all year long. That alone is reason enough to buy one of these calendars for the garage wall! Thank you, MotoCorsa.

Get yours in time for the new year at MotoCorsa’s online store.

Cheers!

Shopping for Your Next GPS?

December 17, 2012

Garmin eTrex Venture HC
My friend and colleague, Rich Owings, has become quite the GPS guru during the past few years. He has just posted his “GPS Predictions for 2013” and they make for a pretty fascinating read.

Rich’s Website is loaded with information, reviews, and technical specs about nearly every conceivable GPS model. If you are in the market for a hand-held, automotive, marine or other GPS unit, this is the site to go to.

My GPS prediction for 2013? You may find me reviewing one of the top motorcycle GPS units at GPSTracklog.com. Stay tuned!

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