Thursday, August 9, 2012

Motorcycle Ride Saturday August 18th

The garage is done.  We got the word to move out a few weeks ago from the landlord so we're out the 31st of August.  We're currently in the process of finding a new spot near the city with a little more room.  If you happen to own an approximately 2000 square foot dilapidated building (with electricity) that you want to rent us for cheap, we'd love to hear about it.

Otherwise, to commemorate the last 2 and a half years in this building we're gonna do a little motorcycle ride.  Everyone is invited - unless you suck, and then you're not invited.  We'd love to see some the of Norfolk, NC and DS/PCG dudes come up for the day.  I think the tentative plan is to grab some breakfast (either on your own or with us, either way is cool) and then head to the garage at about 11 to meet up and let anybody that hasnt been there before check it out before we start moving out.  Then the ride leaves at noon from the garage and I think the plan is to head west and jump off some big rocks into some water.  Then roll around some back roads and maybe hit the Blue Ridge Parkway for a minute and then head back to Richmond and grab some dinner somewhere and hang.  If you want to stay in Richmond for the night either Friday or Saturday night just let us know and we can get you and your bike a spot to stay.

We originally planned to do a party at the garage but relations with the landlady are not so good right now. To avoid more talk of lawyers and cops we opted for the motorcycle ride, which makes more sense because motorcycles are the entire reason we're all here anyway. If you're interested in coming  and you don't have my email or phone number just leave a comment here and I'll give you the details.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Swap Meet Saturday

Saw this on CL today and I think a few of us are going to go.  You should too.

SWAP MEET June 30th (Rocketts Landing - Richmond)

Date: 2012-06-26, 11:35AM EDT
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Show up on Saturday morning (June 30th) at 8am until 11am with your truck and sell some of those old parts you've had lying around your garage! We will be near the intersection of Wharf Street and Main Street (next to the warehouse over wharf street - type it into google if you don't know where that is) selling some used old Harley parts and other bike parts. Show up and sell/buy some stuff. This is not an organized event and there is nobody to call or email about getting a space so just show up and the worst that can happen is you spend a nice morning hanging out beside the river. This is just some guys hanging around trying to buy/sell/trade stuff for their bikes. Mostly Harley parts but some other stuff will be there, too.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

602 Miles this Weekend

Richmond to Oregon Inlet, NC to Corolla, NC to Crewe, VA back to Richmond.  Only 30 miles on interstates.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Saw them in Silver Spring, Maryland last night.  They were awesome.

Friday, May 4, 2012

It was trying to come home

...and it almost made it.

Motorcycle Washed Up In B.C. May Be Japanese Tsunami Debris 

 A beachcomber on British Columbia's Haida Gwaii islands has discovered what may be the first piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to arrive in Canada.

Peter Mark was riding his ATV, exploring an isolated beach on Graham Island on April 18, when he made a spectacular find.

"You just never know what you're going to stumble upon when you go for a drive, and lo and behold you just come across something that's out of this world," he said.

Mark found a large white cube, like the back part of a moving truck, just below the high tide mark.

"The door was ripped off it and I could see a motorcycle tire sticking out," he said. "So I went closer and looked inside and saw a Harley-Davidson motorcycle."

The bike was rusty, particularly on the wheels and handlebars, but the logo on the fuel tank was unmistakable.

"First I thought, this has got to be the craziest thing anyone has ever found," he said.

"Then I looked a little closer and the licence had Japanese writing on it. The wall of the trailer had Japanese print on the tags. And the first thing that popped into my head was this is likely from the Tsunami in Japan."

The motorcycle's licence plate shows it was registered in Miyagi Prefecture, and writing on the container matches photos of a commonly used Japanese moving van.

Mark also found a few golf clubs, tools and camping equipment in the container.

"It defies all logic," he said. "I cannot for the life of me figure out how that stuff stayed in there. The motorcycle was not strapped down. Everything was just laying loose on the bottom of the floor."

'Quite an eerie feeling'

Miyagi Prefecture was the worst hit part of Japan, with more than 11,000 people dead and missing. Video taken at the time of the tsunami shows numerous white trucks, similar to the cube that washed up on Haida Gwaii, getting washed away.

The Kuroshio ocean current runs in an almost direct path from Japan's east coast over to North America, passing right by the islands of Haida Gwaii.

Mark said seeing someone's possessions wash up on a beach 5,000 kilometres away was incredibly sobering.

"I gotta say, the first thing that popped into my mind when I was looking at the scene [was] I really wonder what happened to this person. I really hope this person is OK," he said. "It's quite a shock to actually see it and to actually walk into it … [It's] quite an eerie feeling, knowing what happened to Japan and to those people. It kind of hits home quite a bit."

The beach where the motorcycle washed up is remote — getting there requires an off-road vehicle and crossing several rivers — which is partly why Mark left everything where he found it.

"I think the most important thing is that people treat the things they find with respect," he said. "These are parts of people's lives. Some people lost everything in the disaster, and I think people have to keep that in mind when they make a find like this."

The Japanese consulate in Vancouver has the licence plate number and is trying to determine who owned the items — and whether that person is still alive.

"In many cases, I believe the original owners will welcome reuniting with their lost objects," said Hideki Ito, Japan's consul general in Vancouver.

Ito expects discoveries of personal items in the debris will be extremely rare, as most larger items will sink.

More than 1.5 million tonnes of tsunami debris is drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward Canada's West Coast, but until now only bottles, buoys and other small items have washed ashore