Paul and I wrapped up a little project on my motorcycle recently. We added an auxiliary battery and some safety lights.
The project writeup is here: BMW 1200GS Auxiliary Battery and Lighting.
I just returned from a week-long motorcycle trip with my friend Paul. It was an awesome ride, my only complaint that it wasn’t a few days longer. In all, we covered over 1,800 miles through all of the New England states via a detour through Montreal and southern Quebec.
This is going to be a long post, so I’ll put the important stuff up front: The pictures are here.
If you are interested in a quick recap and lessons learned, keep reading.
I was searching through old email, and came across a long forgotten exchange with Hubert. It’s been almost seven years since I last checked in on his 10 year road trip. At the time, he was making his way trough South America on his BMW with Ural sidecar. Now, he’s recuperating from some recent health issues in France; he’ll be back on the road soon.
In the meantime, there are eight years worth of stories and pictures to browse through on Hubert’s site: Ten Years on the Road.
By the way, If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for your own trip, maybe you can draw some from the conversation that prompted Hubert’s trip:
By the time we ate a creme brulée, it was clear to me that I had 2 choices
1 – I keep working for the next 10 years and I will be poor after that !
2 – I sell everything I have, I go travel for 10 years on my sidecar and I will be poor after that !
Photo from Ten Years on the Road
There is some confusion among New York City motorcyclists and scooterists about how to legally park (e.g. avoid parking tickets) at a muni-meter. Some think that motorcyclists should pay and attach the receipt to the bike, others hold that one should pay at the muni-meter and hold on to the receipt in case a parking ticket is issued, while others claim there is no need to pay at all.
According to the DOT, motorcyclists must pay at muni-meters AND display the receipt on on the motorcyclists:
Like other motorists, motorcyclists using Pay and Display Muni-Meters, must display their receipt on their vehicle. To prevent theft or damage to the receipt, DOT recommends using clear plastic holders attached to the motorcycle with a lock or other mechanism. Devices made especially for this purpose can be found in specialty stores.
The locking mechanism pictured above seems a little ridiculous. But, if you really want one, you can purchase a locking parking permit holder from Login Parking.
I’m pretty sure this sort of behavior will garner a ticket in most places. Sure, its dangerous, but it looks so cool.