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A Good Day for a Drive   Leave a comment

Since it was going to be a little wet out today, I decided to take a little ride up to the Layton General Store via the Flatbrook. It turned out to be closed, but I got a few pictures.

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Posted August 15, 2010 by jeffkeith in Photography, Travel

SC – NOT a nanny state   Leave a comment

It’s been a little boring today with the rain. Looking around for any motorcycling news I came across the info below.

Dont worry, you wont need one in Myrtle Beach

Proof that you can’t regulate stupidity:

  • “The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Myrtle Beach’s law requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet is invalid on a few levels. Noting that implementing such a law not only contradicts with state requirements but also impedes on a right held near and dear to all Americans, freedom by ‘unduly limiting’ a citizen’s freedom of movement throughout the state.”

And while they’re at it: Let the kids have some fun too!

The SC state supreme court also invalidated a curfew that required everyone 17 and under to be inside from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. Interesting. So now minors can run wild all night too – excellent.

I didn’t find anything that changes this little gem for MB taxes tho, so at least the roads will be smooth and there will be lots of tourist shops to visit:

– Mixed liquor drinks  11.5% to 16.5%
(5% State Sales Tax + 1% State Tax Relief + 1% Horry County Road Sales Tax + 2.5% Hospitality Fee* + 1% Local Education Capital Improvements Sales Tax + 1% Tourism Development Fee = 11.5% minimum.  However, some establishments choose to pass part or all of the 5% State Liquor Excise Tax directly to the customer, rather than including it in the price of the drink, for a total of up to 16.5%) (LINK)

Posted June 14, 2010 by jeffkeith in Motorcycles, Travel

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A Trip Worth Following   Leave a comment

Oisin Hughes' Map for his BackToBroke Trip around the world

Here’s a great story to check out.

Oisin Hughes of Dublin is journaling his trip around the world (from “Dublin, Ireland, to New York…via Siberia”) on his latest blog: and on his thread “What goes around comes around… Dublin to New York

It’s an incredible story so far. Never having ridden a motorcycle before 2005, Oisin was inspired by the Long Way Round trips made by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in 2004 to learn to ride and to take a 34,000 mile journey through the Americas. His 2008 trip is documented in his free book “That I May Die Roaming“.

“The Big Fella” is a talented storyteller and has a lot to talk about. Here’s wishing him well on his way to Magadan!

Brutale 1090RR Pictures   Leave a comment

I went for a short ride on the Brutale tonight. Down through High Bridge, Rt. 31 to 22 and over to Round Valley for a break.

Picture of MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR at Round Valley Reservoir

Taking a break at Round Valley Reservoir

Then back out to Rt. 22 east and over to Whitehouse Station, up 517 through Oldwick and back to Long Valley for some close-to-sunset pictures of the Brutale at the park on the side of Rt. 513/24.

View of the valley - Long Valley, NJ

View of the Valley

Picture of the Brutale 1090RR - low angle from rear

MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR

You can see my gallery of 2010 Motorcycle pictures on my smugmug album.

Saturday Ride on the Bonneville   Leave a comment

the bonneville at breakfast

Bonneville at breakfast

I went for a little ride on the bonnie yesterday around the area. The ride started at the Schooley’s Mountain General Store for a Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich. mmmm, Bacon.

I gave the Flip video camera a tryout by just capturing a few minutes of footage while I was eating. The image above is taken from a snapshot of the video, which, in my estimation, turned out to be the most boring motorcycle video in history. The Flip is great for taking with me on the bike. It’s small and inexpensive and I don’t worry about it getting destroyed. The quality of the video it takes is pretty good too.  The audio is also good from the built-in mic.

The latest mod on the Bonnie is the addition of the Triumph-branded Arrow 2-into-1 stainless exhaust and an FI remap. The exhaust sounds great and the remap makes a difference in how responsive the throttle is. It was a little expensive for the pipe, but I think it was worth it. I have a set of saddlebags that I ordered with the racks that you can see on the bike in the picture, but I have to take some time away from riding the bike to put them on 🙂

It was pretty warm out yesterday, about 89*F by the time I wrapped it up. I’m glad I took the Bonnie and not the Tiger. I think the wind on the Bonnie was the only thing that kept the weather in the “pleasant” category.

The bike ran flawlessly, as always, and I did about 60 miles on mostly back roads. I didn’t stop to take any other pics. The ride was roughly the following:

Map of Ride

Map of ride

If you would like a copy of the GDB or GPX files of the route, just shoot me an email or leave a comment.

Posted May 2, 2010 by jeffkeith in Bonneville, General, Motorcycles, Photography, Travel, Triumph

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