Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time for the Big Adventure

It’s been a few weeks since I had a chance to catch up. There is SO much going on. In addition to helping with my friend’s start-up company, his upcoming TV show and my own start-up company it’s been a busy time. I’ve been enjoying every minute of it too. That is not to say we haven’t had time for a few adventures. We are still chasing waterfalls; some of them have been in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. This is an absolutely beautiful part of the country and if you go, be sure to visit Watkins Glen. Here you will climb 800 stairs and see more beautiful waterfalls in one area than you can imagine. While Watkins Glen is certainly a must see, it’s not the only great waterfall in the area.

Andy and I also had a chance to skip over the border into Canada and visit my Grandmother’s childhood home. I walked around the old farm house, spied through the windows as the current owners were away. (Although I was ready to introduce myself and they have met other family members) and even have my photo taken on the porch in a reenactment of a photo I have of my Grandmother in that very spot. The visit affected me more than I expected, and I can feel her presence with me even today even though she’s been gone from this earth for many years.

I’m off for another adventure soon to Kentucky. We are planning a ride through the Daniel Boone National Forest, which includes stops at the Red River Gorge, the Natural Bridge, and Cumberland Falls to name a few spots. Our history buff sides will also visit some historical place and I will be sure to have an update on our adventure so come back and check from time to time. You can also visit my new company website; Sojourn Publications. You can use the contact form at the new website to let me know what you think.

For now, instead of a lot of words describing the last month or so, enjoy the photos below.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Best Motorcycles for Women

by Guest Blogger Kiara Wilson

When it first came about, motorcycling was a typically male-dominated pursuit. Though far from being an accurate statement by today’s standards, I like to think this fact about the conception of our much loved passion is more akin to a comment on the times, rather than on the nature of motorcycling itself. Our collective world history is one that has greatly favored male dominance and superiority, so it was only natural that something as macho-enabling as motorcycling would be kept for some time before being made available to females.

While the majority of the archaic and borderline superstitious reservations that men have had in relation to women motorcyclists over the years are ridiculous, it can in some cases be true that certain bikes- and in turn the riding jackets and biker vests required in order to ride them are unsuitable for women. This opinion is based entirely on the subject of dimensions and science as opposed to capability! Here are some of the bikes best suited for the modern day she-biker.

Kawasaki ER-6n
The original run of this extremely voracious and capable bike was issued with seats at a height of just 785mm, though an even lower ‘factory-fit’ option is available which measures in 30mm lower and 10mm slimmer. As suitable for a hardened road veteran as it is a shaky beginner, the ER-6n is in no way a bike designed solely for women- merely one overly accessible to them.

The market for accessories in relation to this bike is huge, making it a prominent choice for the most hard-to-cater-for female riders.

A single cylinder model for many years until German manufacturing giants BMW decided to revamp it in 2008- adding a second, the F65OGS is a bike with a particularly low chassis suitable for the frame of riders both little and large.

An extremely efficient bike (it is German after all), you’re unlikely to have many problems with the function of this bike, or for that matter- its dimensions.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Padded riding jackets at the ready, it’s time to see if we can find any truth in the Ninja’s now legendary reputation as one of the most dangerous road bikes available today.

Though the Ninja is by and large a massively powerful sports-bike, the 250r is a little tamer underneath. Suitable for beginners and those who rank cruise comfort (slightly) above speed and power, the Ninja 250r certainly provides that unmistakable image.

Suzuki Marauder GZ125
A beautifully versatile 125, the marauder is as equally suited for the ranks of the sports riding jackets faithful as it is for the leather clad, biker vest toting outlaw biker wannabes.

With a seat height of 680mm and a weight of 140kg, this bike is overly suitable for female riders.

Victory Hammer S

For the ladies out there who crave the full on ‘road hog’ experience, the Victory Hammer S supplies you with all you could ever need, but with (slightly) less in the way of height (673mm seat) and weight (still a rather hefty 319kg).

Dig out those leather biker vests of yours.