Friday, February 27, 2015

Vintage Bike Display

As a continuation of my post from last week I am posting up the other pictures I took of Bob Lanphere's Vintage Motorcycle Collection.

He has them displayed throughout his motorcycle showroom on both the first and second floor. According to the website he has been collecting over 40 years and the collection includes 150 motorcycles. 

Some of the bikes were back lit by the sun so I didn't take pictures of them at all, but here are the few I did take.

(1987 Wood-Rotax Flat Tracker)

(1975 Yamaha Flat Tracker and a 1965 CZ 250)

(1980 Honda CR125 R Elsinore)

(1971 Griuph "Greeves Frame/500 cc Triumph" and a 1970 Greeves Griffon MX)

(Unknown Honda on the left and a 1995 Honda Cub on the right)

(1976 Yamaha IT 400)

(1958 BSA Spitfire Scrambler and a 1956 BSA Road Rocker A10)
The BSAs were on an elevated platform on the showroom floor so one could actually get a good look at them.  The others are all up quite high.  He also has a two old Honda cars, Civics perhaps. Bob Lanphere also owns a pretty large Honda automotive dealership in Beaverton.

(Look at all the little Hondas in front of the cars)
That is it.  We wandered around for the better part of an hour.  Sitting on this new bike and that new bike.  All in all it was a pretty good day out, if you don't count traffic and people.

Oh, and have I mentioned our daffodils and crocuses (croci) are blooming?  Even the trees have decided it is time to bloom.

(Daffodils in the front yard)

(And the crocuses are blooming too)
Spring is just around the corner.

- Au Revoir

" Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." - Ranier Maria Rilke

Friday, February 20, 2015

The One Motorcycle Show - 2015

Last Saturday Troubadour and I woke up early and managed to get out of the house prior to 9 am headed to Portland to attend The One Motorcycle Show.

The last time we attended the show was two years ago.  We were going to attend last year, but over half a foot of snow put a stop to that idea.

The day started out foggy, but soon the sun was shining high.  Finding the show was a little tricky as the interweb listed two different locations.  We tried the first.  Not it. Luckily the other location was just a few blocks southwest of the first try.

The show runs Friday evening, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday.  It opened at 11 am on Saturday and we hoped that by being there shortly after opening we might beat the crowd.  Not even close.

Luckily we drove the Fiat so parking wasn't too hard to find a few blocks away.  As we walked towards the warehouse we saw a line-up out the door and all the way down the block.  Doh! Bikes were lining the streets even as we approached. I cheated and took this photo after we left the show so it doesn't show the line up.

(Site of the 2015 One Motorcycle Show)
We thought about leaving and trying later, but chose to stay since we were there, already found parking, and figured it wouldn't be any less busy later.  We also thought we'd have to deal with the drunks later on as beer is served.

We lined up in the queue and made our way inside.  The show was in an old warehouse and the bikes lined the perimeter and were also displayed randomly in the center.  Moto-inspired artwork hung on the walls and were for sale.

(Cool Scooter artwork)
We tried to get close enough to the show bikes to 'ooh' and 'aah' and get a few pictures, but it wasn't easy.

Here are a few of the pictures I was able to take. Normally they have a listing of bikes on their websites so I could share a little info about each bike.  Not this year, and I wasn't able to get close enough to see any of the identifying tags.  Luckily the interweb is a good source of information. I didn't identify all of them so you'll need to use your imagination on a few.   

(Super Rat's 2004 Yamaha WR450F)

(Super Rat's 2007 "Jigsaw" 998)

(Aaron Egging's 1923 Triumph T140)

(Lossa Engineering's 1977 Honda CB550)

(Front view of the CB550)

(Kick Start Garage's 1974 Honda CL 350 with skateboard)

(Huge metal press still in the warehouse)
We made one loop around, getting frustrated more and more by the minute.  We went outside into a fenced area and looked at the booths set up.  That is where we saw this cool bike and also this humongous rig.  Don't they look like they'd be fun?

(The Mercedes-Benz Unimog)

We decided to go back inside and make another loop to see if the crowd has dispersed a bit.  It seemed pretty much the same.  But with a little elbowing we managed to take a few more pics.

(Lance Forney's 1976 Yamaha RD400 named "The Belmont")

(Honda CB160)
All in all the show didn't seem as cool as it was two years ago.  To me the show seemed more crowded and the bikes were mostly raked out choppers rather than the inventive Icon Tiger 800 named  Dromedarii, the Ducati 998 named Menta, and other creative bikes from 2013.  Visit my post on the 2013 show HERE.

They did have custom painted helmets again this year.  One stood out to me among the others.

(Timebomb Kustoms' "Intergalactic" Helmet) 

Not sure if we will return next year.  I'm thinking not.

Back outside we decided to wander down the street a bit and check out the bikes ridden to the show.  

A few stood out.

From the show we headed to Back to Eden Bakery, an all vegan/gluten-free eatery. We don't normally eat gluten-free on a regular basis, but they have good treats and actual vegan soft-serve ice cream.  We purchased a few treats to go and a small ice cream cone each to hold us over until lunch.

In heavy early afternoon traffic, we made our way to the west side of Portland to Bob Lanphere's Beaverton Motorcycles and to Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro for lunch.  Beaverton motorcycles sells several different makes of new bikes as well as used.  The upper portion of the walls on both floors are lined with Bob Lanphere's personal collection of restored vintage bikes.  More fun than the show and the bikes were cooler too. Did I mention it was less crowded?  Here is a sample....

(1984 Yamaha RZ350 - Kenny Roberts replica)

(1968 Honda Z-50 Mini Trail Roadster - Big Bore Engine)
Stay tuned, the rest of the vintage collection pics to come in a follow-up post next week.

- Au Revoir

" Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses." - Proverb

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Moto-Blogger Welcome

Everyone, please give a warm moto-blogger welcome to Don and Karla.  

They have started a new moto-blog titled Two Vegans on Two Wheels and reside in sunny Bend, Oregon (site of the IMBC 2010).

Please take a few minutes and stop by their blog and say hello.  Click ---> LINK to visit their blog. 

(Don and Karla - Two Vegans on Two Wheels)

- Au Revoir

"  Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." - quotes in PS I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dirty Pictures.....

......of the two-wheeled variety.  Yes, actual motorcycle content.

Last Sunday, Polar Bear stopped by our house promptly at 7:30 am while the valley was slumbering under a blanket of thick fog.  It was a balmy 44˚F (6.66˚C), but it wasn't raining. We were off to Browns Camp Off Highway Vehicle Area.  For a trail map click ---> LINK.

We, and by we I mean Troubadour and Polar Bear, loaded up the bikes onto the trailer and we were on the road by 8 am. 

(Corvallis to Brown's Camp, 117 miles or 188 km)

Two hours later we arrived at Browns Camp to clear skies and a drop in temperature to 38˚F (3.33˚C).  The gate to the main staging area was closed so people were parking where they could. As Polar Bear was backing into a spot he started laughing almost maniacally.  Apparently he caught sight of my TW in his side view mirror.

Did I mention the roads were muddy once we left the highway?

This is my bike before I'd even had a chance to sling a leg over, just as it was when it rolled off the trailer.

(One muddy Yamaha)

As we all put our gear on and checked the trail maps we decided it would be best to stay on some gravel roads and a power line road for a while since I hadn't been on the TW since we were at Huckleberry Flats last year.  This was also my first ride with the new Fox mx boots.  Luckily Troubadour had adjusted the shifter so I could get my toe under it.

We tootled around on gravel roads, up this way and down that way.  Over a little loose gravel, packed mud, and rock strewn roads.  I was having fun, but was quite nervous on the steeper downhill rocky areas.  On the way up I could just roll on the throttle and the TW would climb up like a goat scenting blackberry bushes at the top.  But what goes up must come back down.

After about 2 hours we headed back towards the truck to take a break for lunch.  Polar Bear took off on one of the trails to give his Fantic trials bike a little work out.  We managed to beat him back to the truck and trailer by 10-15 minutes.  Note to self - don't get separated from the guy with the keys to the rig.

It was 1 pm and there was still a chill in the air.  There was never a time when we couldn't see our breath.  How does one dress for riding in those temps?  Well for someone who doesn't like to layer clothes I had a surprising amount of layers on.  For the bottom:  32˚Heat long underwear, yoga pants, knee high motocross socks, knee pads, mx pants, and mx boots.  For the top:  32˚Heat long sleeved thermal shirt, short sleeved active shirt, heavy cotton sweat shirt, RXR inflated chest/back protector, elbow pads, and my mx jersey.  I also had a buff around the neck and my winter riding gloves.  Luckily Troubadour has installed heated grips on the TW, but I only used them for the first 20 minutes or so.  I can't say I was ever cold until we stopped for lunch.

I felt bad that the guys hadn't really been out on any trails yet, but figured with all the mud they might be a little above my skill level.  I volunteered to stay back at the trailer and drink hot tea while the guys headed out to play.  Polar Bear's Fantic was giving him some electrical issued so he took off on the TW to really give it a work out.

About an hour later they returned with big smiles on their faces.  It was after 3 pm and time to think of loading the trailer once again.  I was stuffing gear into the gear bag in the truck when I looked out and saw Polar Bear contemplating how he wanted to load the bikes for the drive home. I couldn't resist one last picture. (Since I didn't have a pocket to take it with me on the actual ride)

(A contemplating Polar Bear - that is his Fantic hiding behind the tree)
We arrived home at 6:30 pm. Knackered but spirits were high.  

I haven't had a chance to take the bikes out into the sunshine this last week for pictures. Damn job gets in the way.  But, I did manage a few pictures in the garage this morning just to show how the bikes looked after riding in the mud.

(Right side of the TW200)

(Left side of the TW200 - got muddy on the way down the mountain too)

(Troubadour's XT250)

(Not as muddy since it was on the passenger side of the trailer)

(Finally got my new boots dirty - looks like I needed to hit more puddles though)
It has taken me a week to finally write-up this post.  Work has been super busy and the last thing I've wanted to do in the evening was stare at another computer.

Troubadour is teaching his first Team Oregon class of the year this weekend so I have a bit of time on my hands.  He had a dry day yesterday, but of course it is raining today.  

But then.... it is Oregon.

And before I forget, thank you for driving Andy!!

- Au Revoir

" There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

To The Beach!

Last Friday Troubadour and I both had the day off so we decided to take the little Fiat for a drive to the beach.  While we woke to below freezing temperatures in the valley, the coast was forecast to see a higher daytime high temperature than the valley.

We headed west through Philomath, then turned south onto Highway 34 to Waldport.  Our preferred route since Highway 20 to the north is a lot busier with truck and RV traffic.

Parts of the road had yet to see the sun and were covered in frost.  We saw 3 cars in the ditch, two of which were upside down on their roofs.  Change in color change in texture people. We slowed to lend assistance but were waived by.  Hopefully no one was hurt.

At Waldport we turned south on Highway 101 to Yachats.  The private Investigator we use for work recommended a vegan friendly cafe in Yachats called The Green Salmon.  We were intrigued.  It is usually hard to find anything but seafood or fast food when at the coast.

The cafe was super busy but the line was moving quickly.  We ordered a Tempeh Reuben Sandwich and a Gardein 'Chicken' Sesame Wrap and shared half of each.  Service was quick, but the place was loud.  We would have sat outside if we didn't think the cigarette smokers would bother us.  In Oregon we have a Smokefree Workplace Law, which means no smoking inside a restaurant, pub, mall, any store really, so smokers tend to move outside to the patio seating.

Sufficiently stuffed we headed further south on Hwy 101 to the Ocean Beach Picnic area.  A nice beach access spot to soak up some sunshine and maybe fly a kite. It is a lesser known beach access that most tourists miss unless they are looking for it.

(View from the parking area on arrival)
The sun was shining brightly and the temperature had risen to 50˚F (10˚C). One thing we noticed upon arrival was the large fog bank moving in from the west.  We wouldn't have long before it blocked out the sun.  Quick, to the beach.

We walked down a short paved path and then a few flights of concrete stairs before arriving on the beach.  South of the beach access path we noticed someone had been creative with drift wood and other found goodies on the beach.

(Driftwood art, photo taken looking north)

(Looking northwest)

(Troubadour on the beach)

(Looking southwest)

(A crab's eye view of the beach - a blue heron on the rock in the distance)
The tide was on its way out which makes for good beach walking and tide pool gazing. One of the things I like about this picnic area are the tide pools around the rocks.  You can usually find multi-colored anemones, mussels and other crustaceans, as well as the occasional baby crab or fish.

(Troubadour looking for anemones)
Link to the Oregon tide pool species guide:  LINK


(more Anemones)

(As the tide goes out they can fill with sand)

(Giant Green Amemones - some as big as your hand)
As we walked further south we got closer to the Great Blue Heron.

(Great Blue Heron)

We eventually got too close and he flew off into towards the sun looking like a mini pterodactyl.

(A quick look North to see how the fog bank was doing in that direction.)
When viewing tide pools, even as the tide is going out, one must watch the rogue waves that sneak back upon the beach sometimes closer than the last.

(Troubadour looking at the tide pools)

(Glad he had his waterproof boots on)

("I thought these rocks were higher")

(California Mussels exposed to the sun by the receding tide)

(Gooseneck Barnacles)

(The fog slowly creeping in)

(Getting more overcast to the north as well)
(Wait for it...... almost gone now)



(Gone....... you can see the mist being pulled in off the ocean)

When the sun went behind the cloud bank the wind whipped up and the temperature dropped. It was a quick walk back to the car.

(Ahhh, nice and warm in the car)
Due to landslide clean-up on Highway 101 to the south, we decided to backtrack North and drive home via Highway 20 at Newport.

On the way, we stopped at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. For all the years we've driven by we had never stopped in until last Friday.  There were many hiking trails starting at the visitor center as well as an indoor whale watching viewpoint.  They grey whales are migrating south right now and we were able to see one pod.  Visible to the naked eye, but not a lot of detail and our binoculars were in the car.  We didn't have time to do any hikes, but I am sure we'll be back.

We did manage to acquire a few maps of the area that included trails and off road vehicle areas. We also took home a booklet that lists the parks and trail heads our Northwest Forest Pass is valid for parking in.  Without the pass we would have had to pay $5 to park at the picnic area and $5 at the visitor center.  The pass, at $30 per year seems to be a good deal so far.

By this time we were looking for something hot to drink, but the Green Salmon Cafe in Yachats was closed on the way by.  We drove further north to Newport where we stopped at Starbucks for soy chai tea lattes and then headed home via Highway 20.

We arrived home about 6 pm with temperatures once again hovering about freezing.  We had a good day out even if the sunshine didn't last as long as we'd like.

- Au Revoir

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Years resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since." - Dave Beard