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Friday, August 26, 2011

New Camera--I don't think so

a few friedns are telling me that my old Canon 20d needs to be replaced...saying I need to upgrade for newer technology...i don't think so....these pics were done with it and i think they look great....

but hey, what do i know....?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Star Wars--truth

can't help it--i think this is motorcycles, but who cares.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Los Angeles Times refused this as an Op-Ed....

Dear Fellow Vehicle Operators,

I left California for six years to ride my motorcycle and drive my car

in the Midwest. Upon my return I was greeted by such irresponsible

vehicle operations, I am scared to be on the freeway with you. First

to the motorcycle riders.

1- loud pipes will not make you safer or more visible. The sound from

your exhaust is going behind you, cars in front of you--at highway

speeds have no clue you are there. If you want to be more visible,

trade in the black leather and black t-shirt for something a little

brighter, like say yellow or orange. That will get you noticed when

someone checks their mirror.

2 - it is a car pool lane, not a drag strip. When I had a discussion

with a very nice CHP officer on the side of the 5 Freeway some years

ago, he said, lane splitting, or lane sharing, is not illegal, but

also not really legal. The guidelines he offered me to prevent a

discussion on the side of the road again was, "split lanes at no more

than 10 mph greater than the flow of traffic and never exceed 45 mph".

Thus, if the traffic is going 65-70, there is no reason for you to

blast past me on my bike at 80 in the car pool lane. Not only is it

stupid, it's illegal, the speed limit is 65.

3 - about lane splitting. Don't be an ass when you do it. The worse

of an image you create getting through traffic, the more bitter those

car drivers are when someone else needs to lane split.

I am not only targeting motorcycle riders in this commentary, Southern

California car drivers are not innocent by any means.

1 - you are not really fooling anyone by holding your cell phone three

inches from your face and using the speaker. In fact I think it makes

you more distracted.

2 - if your kids are blasting Barney or Lord of the Rings so loud in

the backseat entertainments system that you are getting annoyed, have

them shut it off. As an annoyed driver you are much more dangerous to

me on my motorcycle. Think back to the time when kids sat in the back

of the car and listened to whatever their parents wanted on the radio

and got yelled at for acting up. It's ok, they don't need to be that


3 - turn signals come standard on your car for a reason. If, between

the cell phone and coffee cup you can't manage to reach the lever,

stay in your lane until you can.

4 - I recognize that traffic is bad in SoCal, but if you miss your

exit, turn, driveway, etc. Go around the block and get to it on your

second pass. Slamming on your brakes and waiting for the lane to

clear so you can get into the store is not only dangerous, it's plain


I am sure my credentials need to be brought out to support this

commentary. Start with 41 years of motorcycle riding experience in

total with 33 on the street. I spent almost five years as a

California Motorcycle Safety Program instructors and 12 years working

on nationally published motorcycle magazines as a test rider/editor.

By no means am I a perfect rider/driver, but I practice what I preach

and am always complimented on my smooth riding and very relaxed

driving attitude. I want to enjoy riding my motorcycle to work each

day, not go at it with a fear for my life. If you see a 2009 Kawasaki

Concours piloted by a guy in a full riding suit with a tie showing

through the top of the jacket, please give me the courtesy of the road

that I will give you. Then, if you give it to everyone else,

driving/riding in SoCal may become fun again.

Howard Kelly

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday ride

So, in the three months we have been back, Marcia has not been on a ride. With the new house in laguna Niguel, we decided to ride to pacific coast highway and see how close it is. Less than 7 miles...way cool! So we head north on PCH with nowhere special in mind. I encounter a bunch of people on bikes....some that really scared me. There was the couple on the gsxr 600, both in shorts, her with flip slips, him with racing gloves and a tshirt........a full face, gloves and shorts...oh man. Next there was a little guy on a bright yellow Honda shadow who kept blipping his throttle at the lights...I like the sound of bikes and it was annoying me...imagine what the car drivers thought...then there was a group of three Harleys, who if I really thing about it, tried to race me away from a light...I never broke the speed limit...but I got there so fast in first gear, I wasn't sure if they were really racing because I couldn't see them anymore.
But then there was the guy on the yamaha f1 going through Huntington beach. It's Sunday and it's the middle of the afternoon..lof course there is going to be traffic in surf city, so lane splitting was mandatory. But this idiot kept blipping his throttle and then racing his engine when cars wouldn't move over for him. God, I was on the concours, two up with saddlebags and I wasn't having a problem...but this idiot had to piss off all the cars wonder people hate motorcycles
I know I am just being cranky...but as motorcycle riders, we need to create a positive image for each other so cars respect us more...not try to kill us more