Riding Missouri 2009 Edition

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A Nice Day

Posted by Deadly on May 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather was nice today so I removed the hard boxes from my bike and hitched up the trailer.  I have not used this trailer in a while but with the economy being what it is I may try to use it more. I can travel a lot less expensive with the trailer because I can carry all the food and supplies I need with out having to purchase anything while on the road.







Unfortunately I didn't design the trailer hitch to be used at the same time as my hard boxes.  It only takes about 15 minutes to change between the two so I guess thats the way I will leave this setup.  I also added a new cooler to the front of the trailer since the old one was not keeping ice for very long. The new cooler seals much better and should work well.






Last weekend I rode out to the Fence Stile Vineyards in Excelsior Springs, MO.   Its early in the season so not much is going on there right now but here is a link to their website:




I will have to make a return visit to the vineyards next month since it looks like a very interesting place to visit.






Kansas City BBQ

Posted by Deadly on March 22, 2009 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (0)

I rode down to Kansas City, Kansas this afternoon and had lunch with a few of the Kansas Adventure Riders.  They are all great people and the food at Famous Dave's BBQ was awesome!




It was really windy today but was still a nice ride to KCK.  My Garmin C340 GPS took me right to the front door of Famous dave's.  The C340 has proven to be a good addition to the bike and Im not sure I would be able to get along without it now... LOL





Posted by Deadly on March 20, 2009 at 11:11 PM Comments comments (0)

It was windy and in the 40's this morning but was still a great day for riding.  I also found a few new roads to explore while I was out this morning ....... well, sort of anyway.  



Roads?, we dont need no stinking roads!   









Exploring A 60,000 Year Old Volcano!

Posted by Deadly on March 17, 2009 at 9:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Its not everyday that I get to explore an extinct volcano but during a ride through the Ratan-Clayton Volcanic Field in Northeast Mew Mexico I got to do just that!



Check it out in the "My Travels" area of this website.

Where the trails meet

Posted by Deadly on March 16, 2009 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)

I did some riding today in the Missouri River bottoms. I can ride this area many times and find something new every time, like this old building.  This rual area is littered with old structures like this which always make a good photo stop.









I also rode into Lexington, MO which is just loaded with history like this "Madonna of the Trail" monument.  Its a memorial to the pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days.  This area is also interesting because its where the Sante Fe, California, and Oregon Trails all merged together.









Posted by Deadly on March 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I added an iM2075 Storm Case to the bike today for use as a top storage box.  The iM2075 is small (about lunchbox size) but will store all of my rain gear with no problems.











 Im not sure I like the looks of the iM2075 box addition but, I will leave it on for a while to test it out.  Who knows it might grow on me.  :)






Black and White Photography

Posted by Deadly on March 7, 2009 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Photography has been a hobby of mine on and off for the past decade or so.  One of my favorite cameras is a Canon Digital EOS that I have had for several years now.  The weather was nice today so I went outside with my EOS in Black and White mode and started shooting.


Black and White images take on a life of their own and sometimes even look much better than color photos do.  I particularly like the sharp texture detail that really stands out and almost has a 3D quality.









Using a polarizing filter this photo takes on a cold and eerie mood even though  the temps were in the 70's outside this afternoon.









I even tried a little Diorama Photography today which is the art of making small things look large and life like.  I used a Macro Lens for this photo and the only editing I did was to crop and resize the image for the web.  I think it turned out really well.








For the above photo I picked up a 1970 Pontiac GTO Hot Wheels car at Wal-Mart for 99 cents today.  I placed the car on a landscape brick with a scenic photo from one of my photography books as the background.





This year Im going to spend more time shooting Black and White photos while on my motorcycle trips. 





After The Snow

Posted by Deadly on March 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Last weekend we got 5 inches of snow but today with 80 degree temps its all gone.  My daughter and I took advantage of the warm weather and rode down to the Missouri River this afternoon.










This section of the Missouri River is not the most scenic but there are lots of historical landmarks all around this area. 










At one time this was all part of "New France" untill the French Goverment sold it to the US Government as part of the Louisiana Purchase.












A Nice Day

Posted by Deadly on February 25, 2009 at 7:24 PM Comments comments (0)

It was almost 70 degrees today so my daughter and I went for a ride on the Nighthawk. We headed over to Cooley Lake (northern Missouri) and onto some gravel roads.






There was supposed to be an Historic Marker in the area but we never found it. 















Even though we didnt find the marker we were looking for we still had a good time.







FX Temperature Stickers

Posted by Deadly on February 15, 2009 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (0)

I ordered a set of FX Temperature Stickers back in December but just got around to installing the product today.








I installed one of the stickers in front of the oil fill area then started the bike and let it warm up.







Im not sure what the normal operating temperature will be since I didnt get a chance to do a road test.  Just from what I have seen so far though this looks like it will be a very handy product for those of us riding air cooled bikes.


The FX Temperature Stickers are sold as a three pack and can be found at DennisKirk.com for $14.99.







I also have a Storm iM2306 box that I have been thinking about mounting as a top box, but I'm not sure I like the way the setup looks.

Here is a photo of the iM2306 sitting accross the luggage rack where it would be installed.






This morning I ordered a Rotory Table and a Boreing Head for my Milling Machine.  This will allow me to make parts I could'nt make before by adding some new machining capabilities.