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Here’s the story…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2017 by Pat Regan

I haven’t posted a thing for quite some time. A guy I met at Tail of the Dragon many years ago left a comment today asking if I was OK. Yes I’m OK. Thanks for asking Terry.

Sometimes life gets the better of you and you neglect to take the time to spend on things you enjoy. That has been true of my riding this season. I’ve been out and about in the city now and then, but the truth is Bonnie is getting old. She is 10 miles from 82,000 on the odometer.

This Spring I took the bike to a shop in Brooklyn that I had never been to before. Brooklyn Moto is a small shop in Williamsburg that specializes in newer Triumphs and Ducati’s.

The guy who manages the place, Mark was a straight shooter. I appreciate this. Unfortunately what he had to share with me wasn’t great news. They opened Bonnie up and what they saw was not good. The piston rings are grinding up the cylinders and the cams were once over torqued causing the lobes to tear things up inside. He said basically that engine is only worth saving until the next breakdown. And that’s not far off. He told me he wouldn’t recommend riding places where I didn’t want to be stranded. Not promising. Even when I talked about keeping it as a hobby bike, he nodded his head and said, it just isn’t worth putting money into. It’s too worn out. It will suck your wallet to keep her going. So I’ll keep riding her until I can’t.

Keeping things local, I have visited a few spots in Queens to check out some street art. Above is Robots Will Kill’s new mural at Welling Court.  I posted something about Welling Court last year, but the murals change annually.

CRASH and DAZE

A building on the corner of 43rd Avenue and 21st Street has been covered recently by street artists. It is reminiscent of 5 Pointz which used to be located about a half mile away. 5 Pointz was a mecca for artists from around the world.

This new location is completely covered on 3 sides.

Aside from a few rides now and again and riding to work occasionally I just haven’t been on the bike much. But I usually keep a camera in my pocket and snap a shot when I see something interesting. The dude on the right has that fire extinguisher handy.

I went to Florida in April for a week. Saw a few cool things.

They have an area in Miami called Wynwood Walls. It is covered for blocks with awesome art and graffiti.

A gallery in Wynwood Walls had a bike painted by CRASH.

Besides the art and bikes there was a cool car show in Deerfield Beach.

Seeing these vintage beauties with a backdrop of palm trees and the ocean was a real treat.

The guy who owns this station wagon also has a cool bar in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s called the 4:30 Boardroom Bar. They don’t have a website, but you can witness some of the antics that go on there if you click the link. They have car shows every Saturday and monthly bike shows in the parking lot outside. It’s a fun place! I recommend it!

After a quick week in Florida, it was back to work.

My favorite band from Sturgis came to NYC. Mothership rocks!!!

I’ve seen these guys numerous times at Sturgis. Mothership is a Texas-based rock n roll band with a solid sound like Sabbath. These two below are brothers, Kelley and Kyle. Along with their drummer Judge, they blast out the heavy sound.

It was a tough work year and this year it would be followed by teaching summer school as well. In fact, I will probably be teaching summer school for the next three years. That is a difficult thing to accept considering the many epic adventures I will have to postpone for another day. A couple Sturgis buddies got in touch recently. One before the rally to see if I was coming and another called after the rally to see how I was cause he didn’t see me there. Gonna miss that place.

When summer school was over I was able to take a trip overseas. I went to Paris and London.

I thought I would rent a bike while I was over there, but I was visiting my dad and ended up spending a lot of time with him.

I often get strange looks while I am crouching over a puddle taking this type of picture. A homeless guy grunted, growled and yelled at me in French as I took the picture above. And after taking the photo below, I was briskly escorted beyond the gates of Parliament by cops armed with machine guns. They were calm but curious about what I was up to. After taking my camera and having a look, the head cop smiled and said, “Well that’s clever, isn’t it. Carry on.”

This spot below is the location for Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues video.

After a weekend in London, it was back to Paris.

And after Paris, it was back to work.

With my bike nearing retirement, I am seriously considering getting the new Bonneville T120. Or maybe something vintage since I won’t have time for extended journeys for a while.

Hmmm. Just a thought.