Archive for March, 2007

Why Isn’t Mount Evans On The Site?

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

That’s the question I got from M Rockey. With all the motorcycle roads I have posted info about on the website, where is the road up Mount Evans. Actually, I’ll let him speak for himself:

Nice site, very enjoyable…but where is MT Evans? :) It’s the best ride of them all in my opinion….I couldn’t find it if it is there..:)

But thanks..this gets me all worked up for this summer’s CO trip!

He’s right, you know, and I had realized that last fall. I’ve spent so much time putting up info on routes that get you from A to B that I forgot about rides where you just go and come back. So I’ve had it on my list of things to do soon to add Mount Evans. The thing is, I can’t do it now because that road is closed for the winter, and is probably under six feet of snow at the moment. But check back in June or so and you’ll see Mount Evans. Thanks for the prodding.

Peter Boyles To Host a Weekly Motorcycling Show

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

This just in:

The Rocky Mountain News reported yesterday that long-time local radio personality Peter Boyles, in conjunction with Jones Radio Network, will be launching a two-hour weekly radio program on motorcycling. The show will be called USA Biker Nation, and apparently the intent is to start locally here in Colorado and then expand nationally.

Presumably Boyles rides. I hadn’t heard that he does, but that’s no shocker. I haven’t spoken to him in many years, and haven’t heard him on the air in quite a few years.

So anyway, the show is to debut on KKZN-AM radio at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. Heck, I didn’t even know there was a KKZN radio. That’s AM 760 on your dial. So I hope it’s good and he and the network succeed with this. I’ll be tuning in, and I’ll report back about what I hear.

A Summer Day In March

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Today has got to be earliest in the year that I’ve ever ridden to work. I went in today on my Kawasaki Concours and even with daylight savings time started early it was a warm ride in. On March 13!

Speaking of riding to work, Ride to Work Day is set for July 18 this year. In case you’ve never heard of it, it’s a day for us all to ride our motorcycles to work to show our strength and make people aware that we’re on the road–so don’t run us down!

I saw someone today who needs to learn that lesson. I was leaving work and another guy came along on his bike and passed me in the left lane. Then he moved over to the right lane and right after that, in an area where traffic entering the highway was merging, some idiot streaked over two lanes to the left, almost clipping the guy on the bike in front of me. I was cursing at the asshole and I can imagine what the other rider was saying. Let’s face it, if we didn’t ride defensively we wouldn’t ride at all–we’d be dead!

But hey. It was a great riding day in March, and a lot of us took advantage of it. How sweet.

Two Colorado Legislators Fighting to Maintain Our Rights

Monday, March 5th, 2007

I keep saying this but it’s important for it to be clear up front: I am not and have never been a Republican. I used to be Democrat, but I’m not any more.

That said, I want to say a couple words on behalf of a couple Republican Colorado legislators, Don Marostica of Loveland and Greg Brophy of Wray.

Last week Marostica wore a helmet to the debate on requiring motorcycle riders under 18 to wear helmets. Asked to remove the helmet, he said, as quoted in the Rocky Mountain News:

That’s why I wore my helmet down here. I didn’t want to trip. I’m going to wear it on the way back to my desk.

His point was that people have a greater risk of dying or suffering a brain injury from tripping and falling than they do from motorcycle accidents.

As for Brophy, he is one of the leaders in the fight against allowing police to stop a driver solely for not wearing a seat belt. Right now, you can only be cited if the police stop you for another reason and you’re not wearing your belt.

Said Brophy, once again as quoted in the Rocky Mountain News:

I don’t believe you should be able to pull over someone in this country basically at will. It is another way government will be able to harass citizens.

Kudos, too, to Ron Tupa, Democratic senator from Boulder, who was the lone Democrat voting against the measure.