"I pulled you over for Speeding. Do you have any idea how fast you were going?"

Regardless of what you ride, even if you don't ride at all, EVERYONE is welcome here.

Mr. Motorcycle

I am

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I live at 1 Frozen place in, Minnesota, United States
My real name is Mark. For many years now my wife has called me Mr. Motorcycle. When I started my Blog I was looking for a catchy blog name, so I went with it. I'm happily married and I'm also a father of 6 children. I have two human offspring, one dog, two cats and one custom Harley. I believe that makes 6 children. When I'm not doing my real full time job, or going for a ride, I like to do art, custom paint jobs, and of course BLOG. If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is phonetically spelled for avoiding spammers. (I actually do use the number 1 in the beginning.) 1mrmotorcycleATgmailDOTcom

*****This is my Bliss*****

*****This is my Bliss*****
Depending on your settings, Click, or Double Click on the image for full size photo.
The photo above is my ride :
"Kenny" started life as a stock '97, 883 Sportster. It's been a work in progress since the day I bought it many years ago. Its mostly custom with a built, "slightly juiced up" 1200 motor.
The Metal Fabrication, bodywork and custom paint was done by me.

How the Hell did I come up with a name like Kenny for my bike you ask?...... Most people who name their rides, go with chick names. I of course had to be different. I think bikes look tough, cool and masculine; not feminine. Plus, my father "Ken" has helped make me who I am today. Therefore with a little twist on the name, my bike was named "Kenny".

KUSTUM PAINT

KUSTUM PAINT
Come check out my custom paint! Click on the logo above to go to my custom paint blog.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sven & Olie

Since my last post was about the change of seasons, hot and cold, and since Joker made the comment that we all talk funny here in the Midwest, this joke could not be more fitting.

Sven and Ole join an outlaw motorcycle club, and get drunker than skunks. They die in a motorcycle accident and go to Hell.


The Devil observes that they are really enjoying themselves.

He says to them 'Doesn't the heat and smoke bother you?'


Ole replies, 'Vell, ya know, ve're from nordern Minnesooota, da land of

snow an ice, an ve're yust happy fer a chance ta varm up a little bit, ya

know.'


The devil decides that these two aren't miserable enough and turns up the

heat even more. When he returns to the room of the two guys from Minnesota ,

the devil finds them in light jackets and hats, grilling Walleye and

drinking beer. The devil is astonished and exclaims, 'Everyone down here is

in misery, and you two seem to be enjoying yourselves?'


Sven replies, 'Vell, ya know, ve don't git too much varm veather up dere

at da Falls, so ve've yust got ta haff a fish fry vhen da veather's dis

nice.'


The devil is absolutely furious. He can hardly see straight. Finally he

comes up with the answer. The two guys love the heat because they have been

cold all their lives. The devil decides to turn all the heat off in Hell.

The next morning, the temperature is 60 below zero, icicles are hanging

everywhere, and people are shivering so bad that they are unable to wail,

moan or gnash their teeth. The devil smiles and heads for the room with Ole

and Sven. He gets there and finds them back in their parkas, bomber hats,

and mittens. They are jumping up and down, cheering, yelling and screaming

like mad men.

The devil is dumbfounded, 'I don't understand, when I turn up the heat

you're happy. Now its freezing cold and you're still happy. What is wrong

with you two?'


They both look at the devil in surprise and say, 'Vell, don't ya know, if

hell iss froze over, dat must mean da Vikings von da Super Bowl!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Season's of change, and a place I call my home



As I was out riding yesterday, I felt as though I was once again where I belonged. That place I call my home is Minnesota on two wheels.With the cool crispness of the late September fall air rushing at me, I noted the fall colors starting to fire. After many years here, I know that this is only the beginning of the colorful splendor fall will bring. I belong on two wheels, as much as the sun belongs in the sky. I belong in Minnesota, as much as the fish belong in the water. I need to feel the season's of change. I need to bear witness on the beauty these season's of change bring with it each and every year. There is such beauty in all of the four seasons. Spring brings lush green colors as far as the eye can see. Summer brings warmer riding, and good times I'll never forget with friends and family out at the cabin. But Autumn brings mixed feeling for me. It is to me the most beautiful time of the year. It brings an awesome color show with the turning of the leaves. It is to me the most spectacular time to ride and enjoy the views Mother Nature paints for us. It brings milder riding temperatures, but also brings the end of my riding season. Granted, winter is the one season out of the year we cannot ride motorcycles, but I figure it to be a trade off for the one summer season in warmer climates that it is too hot to bear riding comfortably. The upside is that the white snow brings such a clean beauty that I could not live without. It brings Christmas into the right light for me as well. I grew up in Minnesota, and could not imagine life without this wonderful place I call my home.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Grab-it Pack version 1.5 review


Due to feedback and reviews customers have been providing, including myself, the GRAB-IT PACK has been upgraded. There is now a more durable version called the Grab-it Pack 1.5 Which features: Heavier material than before, better stitching, a metal zipper on the top pocket vs. the old plastic one, and I think the buckles are even more heavy gauge than on the old version. The newer version also has a longer waist and leg strap option (currently on RIGHT SIDE MODEL ONLY).

The newer version 1.5 has definitely changed for the better, and has lived up to what I expected. It looks and feels like the old version, and still holds the same amount of stuff, and unless you load it up with heavy things, you don't even realize it's on. It is lightweight, easily adjustable, and comfortable to wear (all day long). I took it out for a spin the other day on a long motorcycle ride. I forgot it was even there. The back side that touches you isn't like leather or vinyl, it is a soft material so you won't get sweat soaked, or chaffed. Oh, and guys, it also looks like a black gun holster so when you wear it you don't look like a complete dork with a man purse.

I own both the old and new versions of the Grab-it Pack myself, and have used both for comparison purposes. I must say, I'm even more thrilled with the newer version than I was with the original. I'd recommend it to everyone.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Son's of Anarchy Episode 4 review



The show is starting to get a pretty good base line. Each week we learn a bit more about the MC, their members, and loved ones, or not so loved ones.

The more I know, the more I like the show. I liked it from the get go though. I know some did not. If you are not into it by now, you likely will never be.

My wife has been watching since the first episode with me. She hates them all. She can't see why I like them. I guess I can't say I really like them as person's, they are kind of thug like, cold and heartless, but you get glimpses of good. Especially in Jax. I guess this is part of the draw... Hoping for the good to come out-- a hopeful hero if you will. Anyway, weather I like the people or not, I do like the show. It's good entertainment.

I won't go into any details of the show as usual, as to not ruin it for anyone who has not seen it yet.

In my family, My wife and I have always been extremely open about sex & sex talk with our kids 13 & 16. And I've been letting them watch the show with my wife and me.
Last night's episode might have left them with an eyefull or earfull, had I let them finish watching.

My kids had been watching it with me up until about 2/3rds of the way through last night, when I had to pause the T.V., and ask them to leave. I said if it was O.K. after I watched it, they could finish with the recorded version. I'm undecided as to if I should let them finish it.

I did get an education as to how some different MC's interact. I never knew about one of the things that two might do together.

I'll leave you with that.

Mr. Motorcycle

Monday, September 22, 2008

2008 Fall Flood Run Pictures

The 2008 Fall Flood Run benefiting the Gillette Children's Hospital was a huge success. The beautiful weather brought out a gazillion bikes.
The early fall weather was absolutely gorgeous. It was in the mid to high seventies by afternoon, and that's all the hotter it got. We biker's couldn't have asked for a better day for riding. As you can see the fall colors are just starting. It made for some spectacular scenery. You should see these areas in about a month or so when all the fall colors are in complete bloom. It is amazing!
Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking as for how great of a day this was.





























Friday, September 19, 2008

For any local Minnesotans and Cheeseheads alike, the 43rd annual fall Flood Run is tomorrow!

I have been so busy at work, doing overtime as the weather has been perfect for the overtime. Unfortunately, this leaves little time for me to go for rides. I get out about 4 days a week, if not only for a short half hour or so, but I at least get to scratch the itch as they say. I got out for a bit longer yesterday, and thought about the ride coming up tomorrow. Tomorrow's ride is the 43rd annual Fall Flood Run. This ride benefits the Gillette's Children's Hospital.

I'll be partaking in this ride, and can't wait. It's been a while since I've been on a "real" ride. Unfortunately, I had prior commitments for the later half of the day, so my ride will have to be cut short. I'll make the most of it though.

This ride follows the Mississippi River. It has two runs. One on the Minnesota side, and simultaneously runs on the Wisconsin side of the river. More to come later. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Son's of Anarchy Episode 3 review



It just keeps gettin better as the plot thickens.

It's like a good home made soup. The more you put in, the better it gets. Sometimes even better the next day after it sits a while. All the flavors start to meld.

The clown was a sicko! But I'm not sure if I could have stomached the kind of vigilante justice put forth.

'Nough said. I don't want to give away the show for those who might have missed it!

Friday, September 12, 2008

One Liner Biker Wit


Rule of thumb........ When you are working on your motorcycle, and your hands are all full of grease, it is then that your nose will itch, and you'll have to pee.


TECH TIP #8... REPAIRING SCRATCHED PLASTIC LENSES

It's been a while since I did a tech tip, so her's one for ya.

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Did you know that if you get a scratch in a plastic lense, even if deep that it can usually be wet sanded out and then buffed back to a shine?.




Plastic buffs like butter. That means that it is really easy to buff out.




If you have a scratched lense, sand it out. Don't sand any area you won't be able to access with the buffer, or you'll have permanent sanding marks there.




Start with a coarse paper, and work your way down to a really fine grit. Then simply buff it up to a nice shine. a fine grit, to polish compound is all you need. If you have no rubbing compound, and don't want to buy any, toothpaste with baking soda will work in a pinch because plastic is so soft, that is all it will take! Oh yeah, and if you don't have rubbing compound, I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and assume you have no buffer either. Elbo grease will work here just fine.




This works, I promise. Over the years back in the body shop days, and even currently, I've saved thousands of dollars doing this on really expensive plastic headlamp lenses etc.




If you have a scratched lense, don't be afraid to try this.

You have nothing to loose!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Son's of Anarchy episode 2 review

So what did you think of episode #2?





I thought it was better than the first. Sure there may have been a few cheesy parts, but I don't think all outlaw bikers are outlaw, bad ass all the time, so in reality, there might be a little cheese in their lives.



I think the show is picking up pace, and offered a bit more action, and violence than the first episode. I think that is what some of you might have been looking for, correct?



Stay tuned. Keep watching and let's see where this thing is rolling!

WIRED

On 9-09-08, I visited Helmet Hair MotorcycleBlog and looked at this amazing wire sculpture of a motorcycle. It was made by the artist Jin Dian Shi. His work is absolutely amazing. Just in case you don't read Helmet Hair, I just had to share it.




The information below was copied from the Andrew Bae Gallery website.
This marvelous sculpture by a Chinese artist, Jin Dian Shi, from Chengdu, China, depicts a life-size 1940’s vintage BMW motorcycle using woven stainless steel wires. This is his third motorcycle ever built, each one using different method and only one in North America. The artist’s technique here is a basic crochet-like approach using extremely simple custom made hand tools working in excruciating details. The shock spring is clearly visible as well as the tread patterns on its tires. Mr. Alan Artner, senior art critic at Chicago Tribune once says, “ This phenomenal workmanship is largely missing from contemporary art created in the west…” When asked how long his sculpture takes to build, Mr. Shi responds simply “I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.”
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Andrew Bae at 312.335.8601 or info@andrewbaegallery.com 300 West Superior Street Chicago Illinois 60610



The pictures on this post were borrowed from from Helmet Hair, and from the Andrew Bae Gallery.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

biker joke

God and the Biker
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A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said, 'Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.
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'The biker pulled over and said, 'Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.'
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The Lord said, 'Your request is materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. I want you to take a little more time and see if you can think of something that could possibly help all mankind instead.'
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The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, 'Lord, I wish that I and all men could understand women; I want to know what she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, why she snaps and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy.'
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The Lord replied, 'You want two lanes or four on that bridge?
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Thanks to my behind the scenes Blogger buddies

I try to be as original as possible and try not to re-post as much as possible.
I do take credit for most information on my blog, and if not mine, I try to credit the source I found it at. But sometimes a good joke that is posted here was shared to me by one of my good buddies who read my blog, but don't blog themselves. Thus, they are friends which I like to refer to as behind the scenes Blogger buddies. Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to them. Any time they think of something that they feel would be motoblogable, they are always good for sharing a great biker joke, story, or Youtube video, etc.

Thanks,
Daren, Randy, Jeff, and anyone else who sends me random stuff.
I hope I did not forget anyone important.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Motorcyclist dies in Utah speed record attempt

Passing on some sad news that I read at Keep the Rubber Side Down.

Last Thursday, Cliff Gullett was trying to set a new two stroke motorcycle land speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville. He was going 237 MPH (385 kilometers per hour) when he crashed and died.

2008 Minnesota State Fair

This year's Minnesota State Fair was no let down. There was an enormous sea of people. This is like this each and every day the fair is open, and like this each and every year. There was good eatin, baby animals (chicks) and such, very large vegetables, nice melons, and generally a good time was had by the Mr. Motorcycle clan, Oh yeah, and don't forget, ther was some spectacular people watchin as usual.

I promised I'd post some pics, but took so many, I put together a little slide show.
There is sound, so If you are at work, or if you can't stand the song Svefn G Englar by Sigur Ros, then turn the sound off before clicking on the show.


Friday, September 5, 2008

God really does care. Here is an inspirational photo as proof of God's love for us all.

This almost put a lump in my throat...
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I seldom pass along inspirational or spiritual stuff, but this one really got to me.
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I believe, in these difficult and mean-spirited times in which we live, there needs to be a message of hope.
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We can all use a single image that speaks to us of love, harmony, peace, and joy.

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I have been sent that image, and I want to share it with all of you.
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All I ask is that you take a moment to reflect on it...
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See,
He really does care!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Son's of Anarchy review

I watched the season premier of Son's of Anarchy last night, and boy oh boy was it good, I mean really good. I'm hooked for sure. I can only hope the rest of the show will be as good as the season premier.

I'm not going into any details about the show, just in case you missed it. If so, hopefully you'll find a way to see it if someone recorded it, or maybe they'll replay the premier and you can watch it for yourselves. If you need details, let me know via e-mail and I'll be happy to fill you in.

The show was just as good as they had built it up to be.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2008 Minnesota Renaissance Festival

This year Just before going to the Minnesota State Fair, I took my wife and kids to the 2008 Renaissance Festival.

I went once as a child, and went again once as a teenager, and waited untill this year to go again.

My wife and kids had never been. My wife and 13 year old daughter had fun. (Lots of shopping). Even my 16 yr old Son had a good time.
There was lots to do and see.
See for yourself.

You know how at a Star Trek Convention, the Trekies dress up like Characters form the show?
Well, It's can be like that here too. This Gal did not work here, but got in on the spirit of renaissace. Many more folks dressed the part as well.



Comedian jugglers and knife throwers


A comedian and magician all rolled up into one.
"A pirate goes into a bar and the bartender says to the pirate... Excuse me mate, but did you know you have a steerin wheel in yer trousers? Yes, I did, and it's been drivin me nuts all day!"


Great shops




A bit of archery for the young lad Mr. Motorcycle Jr.


Awesome weapons, all hand crafted. These are REAL!






Not only are all of these weapons real, hand crafted, originals, and duplicates of originals,
they will sell them to the general public, and will let any old Mr. Motorcycle Joe handle them.


Great costumes. These remind me of Mardi Gras!


Jousting took place.

Look at the dents in this guys armor. These guys really whack the sh*t out of each other!


Cool artwork, fitting for the Renaissance, and for motorcycle blog, and motorcycle lovers.

The artist who had done the painting started freaking out on me while I was trying to take this picture. Artist: "Excuse me, what the Hell do you think you're doing taking a picture of my artwork?" Me: kinda dumbfounded say... "Um, I'm not going to try to duplicate it or sell it or anything. I just thought it was really cool., I have a motorcycle blog, and thought I'd share it." Artist: "Cool. go right ahead. " Whew! Me: "Thanks!"

See what I go through for you folks!


A guy with a twisted sense of humor like me.
Water bottle shoved up a stuffed animals Ass.


My son and daughter (Micky Mouse looking characters) having a sword fight duel.
First one to pop the others two ballons wins.

It was a close battle but the victor was the boy.
My daughter did an excellent job bleeding and twitching for the crowd though!


Finally, on the way out, I spotted this t-shirt. Way funny!