Tour of Honor

April 1st kicked off the start of the Tour of Honor. This is going to be my first year doing the tour and I’m excited to be apart in a great event. As I looked over the list of 14 stops between Oregon and Washington I’m excited. There are a few that will be a challenge like the one in Gold Beach and the other in Anacortes. These will take a bit more effort but I’m confident I’ll get them all. My goal for this Tour of Honor is to get all 7 each in both Oregon and Washington. If I’m able to get any others then that will be a bonus. I also want to complete a SS1K with the TOH. This involves visiting 5 Memorials while sticking to the Iron Butt rules for a SS. This also will be tough but I have a fair idea of how I’m going to do that. I hope that this is a great riding season and that these fun rides will be a nice compliment to the daily commuting. 

Ride safe,
Brady 

Out HWY 14

I took a great ride out to the gorge today. It was so fun getting to head up to one of my favorite places. This was the first time riding in the Gorge since the fires this summer. Hwy 14 was busy but I was still able to have a brisk ride. #aerostich

Combat Commuter

Yesterday I rode to work for the first time. I recently changed jobs and am now working in the NW region of downtown Portland.  I5 is notorious for how awful the traffic can be however they have an HOV lane that motorcycles can use. The ride down was easy. No issues at all it took me about 25 minutes to 18 miles. I parked in the very nicely provided covered  motorcycle parking located in the front entrance.
 The ride home was a bit more adventurous. I check my maps via my phone and it said 55 minutes to go the 14 miles I need to go in order to meet my wife for dinner. I left work and got on HWY 405 E. It quickly backed up into a parking lot with the gridlock of a sunny Friday afternoon.  I very slowly made my way to I5 N. The HOV lane is about 1mile after the interchange and this short distance seemed to take an eternity. After about 15 minutes of very slow moving I finally made it to the HOV lane and it was a very slow go. That said it was much faster then not haveing the HOV lane. I look forward to many more combat commuting adventures. 

A Ride in the rain

I was able to get out for a little bit today. The weather was decent and he rains stayed away. My gear worked flawlessly! Aerostich has done a masterful job of profecting riding gear. Wether it’s the R3 Suit or the amazing fleece base layers. It all works excellent. I was also able to use the new pair of Olympia cold weather gloves ( review in the future). 

I headed out from my home towards I-205 N from there I connected to I-5 and away I went. The roads were dry and there was only slight traffic. I exited at Woodburn and headed East towards Cougar. The road to Cougar was empty which was a pleasant treat. Typically these roads are busy with vacationers visiting all the local lakes in the area or heading to see Mt St Helens.  After about 25 miles the weather stared turning worse so I turned around and headed home. It was a great time to get out and enjoy the amazingly beautiful natural beauty of the region. 

Commuting

I recently switched jobs and now work in downtown Portland. Tomorrow I’m going to try commuting via my bike. I’m hopeful that it’s going to be a good experience. 

A Ride in the Woods

I was able to get out for a brief ride today. The weather cooperated, it was cloudy and cool but the rain stayed away and this time of year that is a blessing. My gear world perfectly. Aerostich has done an amazing job perfecting top quality riding gear. Whether its their R3 suit or there warm and toasty fleece base layers. I was warm the entire ride. I was also able too test out the new pair of Olympia WeatherKing gloves I picked up.

I headed out Padden Pkwy to I-205 and then continued north to connect with I-5. The roads were dry and traffic was light. I exited at Woodland and headed East towards Cougar. The roads were empty and it was such a treat. Typically these roads are busy with sightseers and vacationers enjoying the many lakes in the area as well at Mt St Helen’s. After about 20 miles heading out the weather started turning worse so I turned around and headed home. In all it was about a 70 mile trek and it was great to get out and get some miles on the new bike. 

MRA Windshield Addition

Recently I bought a MRA windscreen from Twisted Throttle. I had read quite a bit about this and decided to pull the trigger. Well let me say that the hype is deserved. I have ridden for almost the last 20 years and I’ve never had an air pocket on a bike like what this delivers. I still need to put a lot more miles on it to really shake is out but so far I am very impressed. One of the things I’m interested to test out is how it preforms in rain and other types of inclement weather. Here are a few pictures of it on the FJR. 

As the sun continues this week will unfortunately contain little riding. My wife is away with work and I’m on kiddo duty. I haven’t found a way to successfully transport 2 kids to school on my FJR yet. Lol

Hopefully the weather forcast is wrong and the sun will continue into the weekend.

 My kids will be in California with their mother for the next week so that could mean some additional riding time. 
I also wanted to share my thoughts on my new FJR. I only have a few hundred miles on it so far but wow!! It’s is a joy to ride and the smoothness is incredible. The fly by wire throttle is touchy and takes some getting used to but boy is it smooth. I am also really liking the dash set up. It also took some getting used to but I love having the different displays. I need to take some time and adjust the heated grips as #2 needs some additional heat and #3 is too hot to be comfortable for me. I added the MRA X-Screen. It has been one of the best additions I have made to any bike I have owned. The pocket it create and the smoothness of the air is prefect for me. My only regret is I hadent bought one sooner.  

Sunny day

Today was a sunny amazing day. It was chilly. a balmy 39 when I left. I didn’t take any pictures today but it was fun getting out on the new bike. I was also able to tryout the new auxiliary  windscreen I picked up from the folks at @twistedthrottle . It worked incredibly well and created a air pocket that was clear without buffering.