My Harley has been replaced

I'm done with Harley. No more!

Today I bought a brand new Yamaha Road Star Warrior.

This thing is twice the bike my Sportster ever was, and it cost less. I'm over my "Harley" period. This bike is absolutely everything a Harley should be and isn't. Superior handling, braking and power; classic V-twin, push-rod, air-cooled motor with just a touch of contemporary technology (in the form of fuel injection). Race bike (R1) inspired brakes and suspension, aluminum frame, and modified version of the standard Road Star motor. This is one hell of a bike.

It cruises Main Street at 2000 RPMS with a menacing growel. On the highway, you can ride it in 5th gear at almost any RPM and still rely on plenty of power. The clutch is very forgiving; the brakes will do emergency stops with a single finger (note Sportster owners: no brake pumping required).

Harleys are basically 1950's technology with a 2010 price tag.

This is the bike Harley would have created hadn't they locked themselves and their technology into the 1950's.

If you are considering anything in the Harley line-up, you would be wise to ride this inexpensive bike first. Save your money and smoke your local Harleys. Get yourself a Yamaha Road Star Warrior.

I've been here for ...

From: Wednesday, January 3, 1968 06:20:00
to: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 21:25:59

It is 13110 days, 15 hours, 5 minutes and 59 seconds between those dates

Or 1132758359 seconds or 18879305 minutes or 314655 hours

Damn, I wonder what that is in dog years?


I'm Alive

Just a note to indicate I'm still alive :)

The fire came heavy through our community, but the houses on our block and several others were saved by three men (Richard and Chad Cummings and Paul Pearse) who stayed through the fire to protect homes, draining pools to fill a small water truck they used to prevent the fire from crossing the dirt road that separates many homes from the small park which the fire came directly through.

My Favorite Album

This has been my favorite album for about 20 years. If I could only listen to one album the rest of my life, this would be the one.

I think the primary reasons this album holds this prestigious spot is the bass and the guitar work. Adrian Belew is indescribable in his work on this album. I swear every note he plays is one I've never heard before. His style on this album has never been reproduced.

The bass on this album is everything bass is supposed to be. It's not buried in the mix as in most albums. It stands right up. It thumps and gets into your gut.

There's the strange sounds mixed into various tracks that make the album more than 4 musicians. There is the famous singer and his amazing song writing.

But the more I think about it, this album is really all about guitar that did not exist before this album and has not been heard since.

David Bowie's Scary Monsters

And I don't want to begin to go in to the "Ashes to Ashes" track. It is the conclusion to one of the most incredible songs ever released, back in '69. You have to listen to both tracks in sequence, and pay attention to lyrics to appreciate this one. Ok, I'll tell you: the original track I'm talking about is "Space Oddity" off David Bowie's very first album and present on all of his "collective" albums.

My Harley Experience

This is a post I made to a the Harley Sportster maillist. I'm putting it here for reference and possibly to help others who are about to make the same mistake I did in purchasing a Harley Davidson. This post does not constitute the full extent of the trouble I've had since being talked into buying a Harley Davidson back in 2000. 3 of the 5 dealers I've dealt with were incompetent. You can make that 4 of 5 if I determine that recent service resulted in my blown bottom end.

In any case, most folks will want to ignore this post. But if you are considering buying a Harley for the first time, please read on...

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