Archive for April, 2013

Spring Ride to Red Hook

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2013 by Pat Regan

It’s been a prolonged chilly Spring in New York City. I took a ride around town with Jillian on Saturday. We headed into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and over to Red Hook. The tunnel was fun. It’s the longest of the exiting arteries leaving Manhattan and there was no one ahead of me. It’s darker than most tunnels giving it a trippy, telescopic, batcave¬†effect as we zipped through to Brooklyn.

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The effects from Hurricane Sandy are still noticeable here in Red Hook.

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The rust is not from storm damage. These old trolleys looked pretty much as they did before the storm. The difference being that you can’t get close to them.

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There is a big Fairway grocery store in the warehouse behind the trolleys, but the path along the water has been fenced off since the storm.

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The shops and studios perpendicular to the Fairway now have a guarded entrance. I hear these studios were flooded and many artists lost their artwork. But it still makes a nice backdrop for my biker girl.

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This sculpture of trees made of recycled bits stand at the end of the row of studios.

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Though I have never taken it, the New York Water Taxi is a convenient way to travel between the boroughs and New Jersey.

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Here you see the new Liberty tower as it nears completion with the Empire State Building dwarfed in the background next to the warehouse.

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We had to pull over and snap a few shots when we saw this mint Ford Galaxie.

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The facade of this building in the Caroll Gardens section of Brooklyn is speckled with a mosaic celebrating life.

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We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and headed to Chinatown to pick up some seafood. We did not purchase the monster above.

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Another classic Ford caused us to stop in our tracks as we weaved through Little Italy.

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This 1964 Ford Falcon was magnificent. And as someone who collects dice, I appreciated the accoutrements.

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Then Bonnie finally brought us back home to taste our Chinatown purchase. Shrimp and fish tacos. Yummy!

5 Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 17, 2013 by Pat Regan

This week marked the 5th anniversary riding the Triumph Bonneville. Now the winter has passed and a new season of great riding weather begins. That’s me below with my second Bonnie on the anniversary date last week. The first one (’07) was stolen on Memorial Day in 2009. It was quickly replaced with this ’09 model in June. She is still riding great with over 52,000 miles on her. When the ’07 was stolen it had just under 18,000 miles on it. Do the math. 5 years…70,000 glorious miles.

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Recently however not a whole lot of miles have been tipping over on that odometer. It’s been cold and I’ve been busy. First a trip with my girl to Paris kept me busy. Paris is awesome. We saw a few fine machines around town.

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This mean looking BMW was parked on the sidewalk.

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This BMW was one of many motorcycles and scooters parked on the streets of Monmartre. You have to give credit to those who ride in Paris. Rush hour is wild. Cutting lanes in Cali is kids play compared to the moves you will see in this city.

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I’m not sure what bike this is. It’s got Bonnie style.

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The Eiffel Tower adds an orange glow to the headlight of this old Vespa.

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We saw this Thruxton on the way to the D’Orsay Museum. It had some nice extras. I was really eyeballing those side mirrors, but after some recent tight spots in NYC I think I’ll keep my mirrors between the bars.

When we returned from Paris we had an opportunity for a ride about town.

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We rode over to one of the few undeveloped spots along the East River. It won’t be undeveloped for long. What a view!

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Calvary Cemetery in Queens is a serene spot with an unusual view of the city.

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On to Brooklyn we had a look at some vintage bikes.

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Then to Williamsburg for some fish tacos and delicious drinks at the Surf Bar.

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Ended the ride with a sunset in Manhattan.

Then Bonnie sat idle again as we went to Florida. In Florida the only riding I did was on this baby below at the local Goodwill.

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Instead of a bike we opted for this little Smartcar.

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That little sucker is fun to drive. It’s like sitting in an 80MPH amusement park ride.

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Back in NYC! The weather is showing signs of warming up. It’s time to get Bonnie inspected and registered. Jillian and I rode up to Cycle Therapy for an inspection. While waiting we checked out some of their bikes upstairs.

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Bonnie passed inspection. We rode back downtown during rush hour. I pushed it. It got a little crazy at times. On my back was my girl. Cool, without worry. She said if it gets too scary, she’ll just close her eyes and hold on tight. Nice.

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I sign out with some random shots from around town.

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I don’t usually include scooters here, but this Vespa with a sidecar is hardcore.

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