WRR68: Vintage Aircraft Association Fly In

This week I took a ride down to Camden, SC – a former Army Air Base from World War II, for a Vintage Airplane Fly In.  Of course I took the scenic route and reflect back on things that once were, and where things may end up in the future.  Sometimes it’s easy to miss how much time is passing by day to day, until we look back and realize just how far we have come.  At any rate, I’ll let the pictures and the video do the talking for this one.  This was a great ride down some beautiful roads to see some great planes.  Hope you enjoy!

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WRR67: The Kawasaki H2R, How Much Power is Too Much?

This was an exciting week to be a motorcycle enthusiast. Dozens of new motorcycle designs were unveiled at INTERMOT, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair in Cologne, Italy. Perhaps the most anticipated though, was the new Kawasaki H2. Kawasaki had been teasing this bike for the entire month of September, allowing only small glimpses of what seemed to be a radical departure from the sportbike status quo.


These teaser videos sparked much debate over what the new bike would be. What was it? A 750cc triple? A ZX-14 killer? After over a month of waiting, yesterday Kawasaki finally pulled the cover off their new H2R, a track only not-street-legal superbike for lunatics. The supercharged 998cc engine puts out 296 horsepower, and while we don’t have full specs on the bike yet, it certainly appears to be not much bigger than a ZX-10R. Everything about this bike is new. A steel trellis frame, a single sided swingarm, and carbon bodywork that looks like it was designed by guys who work in the death star, complete with the Kawasaki River Emblem from the 1870’s.


This thing is so radical, it has naturally been rather polarizing. Some love it, some hate it, others just aren’t sure what to make of it. But one of the big questions I have seen posted lately is what is one to do with THAT much power? I mean come on, 3 HUNDRED HORSEPOWER?! Obviously on the street that’s just pure crazy talk, but even on a track, those straightaways are going to be oh so much shorter, breaking points much, much earlier, and corner exit will be a tricky dance to say the least. And Kawasaki is making us wait a whole month more before we find out details about the street version. Speculation is the road going H2 will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-220 horsepower. That’s ZX-14R territory, but in a package that is much more compact and (I’m assuming) lighter and more nimble – where do I sign up?!

Even though that is certainly a ton of power, and surely capable of obliterating any speed limit in mere seconds, I want to ride this thing – bad. Maybe it will be featured in an upcoming episode?


​The bottom line is this: Just about any sportbike you can buy these days is capable of go-directly-to-jail speeds. Worse yet, I guarantee someone will launch themselves off the side of the road, into a building, or into another vehicle on this thing. They already do it on today’s bikes. Sure, having that kind of power on tap may encourage some wild riding behavior, but ultimately it comes down to the individual rider. You have to ask yourself: am I responsible enough to handle this bike? Remember the old saying, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

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WRR66: Be Prepared for Fall Riding

Kawasaki Ninja 636It’s official: summer is over, and right on cue we got a cold front and rainy weather. As if someone upstairs flipped a switch and turned on fall riding weather. Yesterday it actually caught me by surprise, since it’s been pleasant and warm for the past week or two. On my way home from work it was misty and a bit chilly – mesh gloves were not the right choice – good thing I have a relatively short commute.

So what does one need to do in order to prepare for fall riding? Number one should be check your tire pressures regularly. As temperatures drop, so do your cold tire pressures. Check your motorcycle manufacturers recommendations for what pressure you should be running, but you can count on needing to add some air as things get colder.

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Days also get shorter, so make sure you bring along a clear face shield for your helmet, or a spare pair of riding goggles or glasses that you can wear if it gets dark on you.

Last but not least is the riding gear you wear. During the summer it’s easy to just throw on your kevlar riding jeans, a mesh jacket, and some light weight gloves. Get caught out after a cold front in that gear and you’re going to freeze – remember wind chill is oh so much worse when you are wet. Spring and Fall present times of the year when the early mornings and evenings can be pretty chilly, but the middle of the afternoon can be very pleasant or even warm. I find waterproof gear is best for this time of year, as it blocks wind and keeps you dry if it does rain. If it’s cold, you can wear the liners or layer underneath, when the day warms up, open the vents and stay comfortable. A good motorcycle rain suit can go a long way as well, and not just for when it’s raining. Wear it over lighter weight gear in cold weather and it will block the wind and keep you much warmer. Obviously it can also help keep you dry if it does start to rain, also.

The fall is one of my favorite times to ride. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooler, and the fog and mist can really change the look of the landscapes around us. Of course it provides an entirely new set of challenges, so check out the video below and make sure you subscribe, Weekly Rides with Reuben are uploaded every Wednesday.

Customer Review Spotlight – Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 Jackets

See what our customers have to say as we spotlight product reviews.

Today’s customer review on the Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 Jackets

Display Name: foothills
Cons: None
Date Submitted: July 18th, 2014
Pros:  Versatile for various weather conds, Comfortable, well made
Fantastic jacket. I have the high viz yellow. Have used it from 37 degrees with all three layers and up to 98 degrees with just the mesh. When it’s time to clean the mesh jacket, just take out the back protector and throw it in the machine.

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WRR65: Riding the Honda Magna

20140917_121820Meet the 1985 Honda Magna.  30 years old, and still running strong as ever.  Back in those days, the Honda Magna was one of the kings of the street.  With its V4 engine configuration, the Magna has the heritage of Honda’s racing efforts at the heart of the bike, but it’s wrapped in a cruiser package.  What you get is a unique combination of smooth, sporty power, a sit-up-and-beg riding position, and classic muscle bike styling.  The white letter Dunlop Qualifier tires are just the cherry on top.  Dual disc brakes up front, a tachometer, and a sporty stance also hint at the Magna’s intentions, which are far from a casual putt putt around town.  The Magna is one of those bikes that flat out surprises people – especially the uninitiated.  To many – especially in the cruiser world, hearing that the bike “only” has 700 or 750 cc’s means it must be slow.  Line up with them on a straight stretch of road and they will surely have an incredulous look on their face when they catch back up to you.  The Magna is no slouch in a straight line.20140917_121842

Of course get it on a tight twisty road and it’s not quite a sport bike, but it’s still a whole lot of fun to squirt out of each corner with authority.  The seating position has you just in front of the rear tire, while the front stretches out in front of you.  I found the “point and shoot” method of riding this bike quite appropriate.  Meaning, get it slowed down, get it turned, and then hammer down.  Lack of ground clearance at the footpegs and 30 year old suspension meant I wasn’t going to go railing the corners, but that doesn’t at all mean it wasn’t fun.

20140917_122051The Honda Magna is one of those bikes that is just a great all around motorcycle.  Light enough to not be a ton of work around town, plenty of power for the highway, and comfort for those long days in the saddle, the Magna is just great everywhere.  The seat is very plush and comfortable, and has a nice little hump for yourself and a backrest for your passenger so neither of you go sliding off the back.
Of course it’s that V4 that really makes this bike special.  I have to admit, it’s pretty fun having a cruiser that can rev to 10,500 rpm, deliver plenty of power all along the way, and is comfortable, to boot.  Shaft drive means there is no chain to maintain, but there is a center stand if you need to clean the wheels or fix a flat, hey, it happens.20140917_114922

At 30 years old the Honda Magna was still a blast to ride, and that’s when you know you have a great motorcycle underneath you.  Someone could have bought one of these brand new in 1985, and all these years later still enjoy it every time you take it out for a ride.  Honda has a reputation of building top quality bikes, and this is yet another example as to why they have that reputation.

Check out the video below to see what it’s like to actually take the Honda Magna for a ride!