Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet Little Missouri Mule

     I first saw Mark Richman's very cool 2003 Honda XR400R at The Horse Bike Show.  The details were amazing.  Everywhere you look on this bike there is something interesting.  Mark calls his bike Missouri Mule partly because the seat is attached with a mule shoe.  He said he used a mule shoe because they are longer than a horse shoe and fit the seat better.  Mark is also from Missouri so the name was a natural fit.
     I learned that Mark was staying near my place in Nemo, so I hit him up for some photos.  The XR 400 R was introduced by Honda in 1996 and Mark's was made in 2003 the last year of production. Mark's bike would never be mistaken for the red plastic XR that Honda built.

     The original XR had a 2.5 gallon plastic gas tank, Mark's metal tank holds 3.2 gallons and has a cool patina.  This XR needs some extra fuel because it gets ridden.  

     Some bikes with lots of detail look over done but Mark's bike has made the leap from motorcycle to art work.

     I think that artistic detail combined with the obvious fact that this bike gets the heck ridden out of it, convinced Matt Olsen, one of The Horse Bike Show judges, to give this little XR the throphy.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Deadwood Rain Storm

     We took a ride to Deadwood.  The weather was nice and we left the rain gear behind.  I thought that if a thundershower came through, we would just wait till it passed.

     We enjoyed the warm sun on Deadwood's brick sidewalks.  We people watched and be bike watched.  We went to Saloon No. 10, where Wild Bill Hickok was shot while playing cards.

Then some weather blew in.

     The rainfall set records and it didn't blow over.  It rained for hours.  We holed up and I kept an eye on the Weather Channel Radar Map.  It has a unique feature that projects what the weather will be in the near future.  The map showed that there would a small break at 8:00 PM.      

     At 8:00 PM we were ready.  We scored a couple of large black trash bags from the kitchen staff at a hotel, poked our heads and arms through and we were ready.  Sure enough at the appointed time, the rain quit and we took off.  We made it back to Nemo and didn't get wet.
     We asked someone in the parking lot if they would snap a photo,
the photo came out a little blurry, but you get the idea.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Famous Road Signs, Novak, South Dakota

     Novak is a ghost town now. It was a mining town. The mining began in Novak around 1903 and by 1907 the mine began to turn a profit. The mining company built some houses and a school. The Black Hills & Fort Pierre Railroad built a spur to the town.
     Unlike Deadwood the town of Novak had no saloons or dance halls. When the mine petered out people left Novak. Novak is about 3 miles northwest of Nemo on the way to Deadwood.

     Novak is only one of many ghost towns in Lawrence County, South Dakota. Some of the other abandoned towns are Blacktail, Carbonate, Crook City, Flatiron, Greenwood, Maitland, Ragged Top, Tinton and Trojan are all there. Maybe next year when I go to Sturgis I'll ride out and have a look at a them. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sturgis, The Horse Magazine Bike Show

     My favorite event at Sturgis is The Horse, Backstreet Choppers magazine bike show, at The Full Throttle Saloon.

     My favorite part of the bike show is checking out the details.  I love to see things re purposed as bike parts. These builders are so sharp and subtle that I'm sure I missed most of the really great stuff.


     Some Stampeders came to Sturgis for the show. (left to right) Mr. Miyagi (Steff Brooks), Stampeder and owner of 86 Customs, Grampaw (David Gooden), senior Stampeder and Gary "Smoke" Forberg who started his first Stampede this year.
     Charlie Davis, El Nomad, writes for The Horse magazine (left) was a judge at the show. Grampaw brought his family who scored some swag at the show's raffle. It was really nice to see everyone there.

     But bike shows are all about bikes...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The New Indian Scout

     I went by the Indian display area in downtown Sturgis and saw the new Indian Scout. My first impression is that I like it. I don't know anything about it so that impression could change, but for now, I like it.
     It was also a good chance to get a photo with the new bike.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Marie's Iron Butt, 1000 miles in 24 hours

     Marie had been thinking about doing an Iron Butt ride for about two years. She told me that she was ready and that when we leave for Sturgis, she wanted to do the Iron Butt Association's Saddle Sore 1000.  

     She got her first gas receipt at about 2:00 AM and was off. The route she chose was from home in wine country to Rawlins, Wyoming via Highway 80.  The variety of terrain, rain, hot and cold temperatures and fatigue was a real challenge. 
     The route started by heading east over the Sierra Mountains and across the Nevada Desert to Salt Lake City. Then up into the Rocky Mountains and over the Continental Divide, finishing at Rawlins, Wyoming.  Total distance according to Google Maps 1024 miles.

     Just east of Reno, taking a short break, that Sportster 
looks good in the morning light.

     After leaving Wendover and the rain at the Nevada/Utah state line, she passed Bonneville and headed across the salt flats at about the 600 mile mark.

     Tired and happy with a feeling of accomplishment, she got her final gas receipt in Rawlins Wyoming. Marie did a little over 1000 miles in 20 hours.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Smoke Out 15

     That cool southern vibe, great bikes, beautiful girls, drag racing, mini-bike racing, the pigs in the ground and a taste of that rye moonshine, what a party! That's the Smoke Out.

Last year the Stampede riders were left out in the rain. This year Paul Corey and his crew from Coreyco, stepped up and brought a shelter that was a great place to hang out, especially during the afternoon thundershowers. 

     Paul's Coreyco boys also roasted the pig. Probably the only thing, man or beast, that wasn't having a good time, although he did get the apple.

     The Horse, Backstreet Choppers magazine, organizers of The Smoke Out, brought their lovely models, who graciously posed for photos.

     Rockingham is a raceway after all, and what would a raceway be without a dragstrip. Run watcha brung! 

The competition at the mini-bike races was intense, but a few of the competitors seemed less than serious.

     There were plenty of cool bikes...etc.

     A few people showed up for the awards. Chris Schreiber finished The Stampede in first place and took home the trophy for Stampede 9.
Stampede 9 was history and Smoke Out 15 was winding down, 
a few Stampeders posed for this photo.