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80,000 Mile Patch – HOG Miles

Posted in American Flag, Arizona, Biker, Harley Owners Group, Harley-Davidson, HOG, In Memory of, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Accessories, Motorcycle Clothing, Motorcycle Collectibles, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle Milestones, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycle Vest, Motorcycles, sturgis, Sturgis SD, Ultra Limited, USA, USAF, VET, Veteran on January 19, 2019 by DRF

I’ve received my 80,000 mile patch from the Harley Owners group. This is the number of miles I’ve ridden the Harley-Davidson motorcycles I’ve owned over the years. Next patch is for 100,000 miles. It may take a couple years, but I’ll get it!

Here’s a couple pictures of my vest will all the patches. I’ve added and removed several over the years.


I Bought Another Motorcycle!

Posted in American Biker, Arizona, Biker, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Dealers, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, U.S.A., Washington on December 7, 2018 by DRF

I’ve been looking for a 2nd motorcycle now for a few months.

I want a second (backup) motorcycle so when my brother, my son or best friend comes to visit (without their motorcycles) we can take a ride together. This way they won’t need to rent one at about $120 per day.  Crazy prices huh?  Or is it Just an excuse for another motorcycle?

I wasn’t in a hurry since I already had a bike.

I had three requirements.

– First it needs to be a Harley-Davidson. I’ve had Harley’s for so long now, I don’t want to change. It’s what I like!

– Second, It must be a 2007 or newer. That’s the year Harley changed from 5 speed to 6. It’s easier on the motor and makes a noticeable difference on long rides at highway speeds.

– Third, my price limit is $7,000. I don’t want to spend too much on a second motorcycle.

After searching off and on for a few months, I found one 1,500 miles away, in Washington, the same town as my brother. How nice is that? Not very convenient for me since it’s so far away, but at least I have a place to keep it until I can get out there and ride it home. And the price had just been reduced to $6,999. I don’t think their selling many bikes right now due to the weather, and the new models are arriving.

So I bought it over the phone! I had enough air miles saved up for a round trip ticket, so I flew out to take care of the paperwork last weekend.

My new, used 2007 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.

Now I just need to find time to go back and get it. Winter is settling in and with the possibility of ice on the roads in the northwest USA, it may not be the best time of year to ride it back to Arizona.

So I’ll try and be patient and wait!

Route 66 To Seligman, in Arizona

Posted in American, Arizona, Biker, Classic Car, General Store, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Route 66, Seligman AZ, USA on October 16, 2018 by DRF

Here’s some photos I took along Route 66 on the way to Seligman, Arizona.

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I’ll need to back here on a weekend when there will be more motorcycles and old classic cars on the road.  Not many people here on a Friday afternoon in October. It was still nice to take a ride through here though.

Charity Ride for a Veteran – March 2018

Posted in Arizona, Cave Creek AZ, Charity Ride, Harley-Davidson, Hideaway Grill, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Scottsdale AZ on March 13, 2018 by DRF

I participated in a ride to help support a veteran who lost 2 legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan.  All proceeds were going to the Veteran.  There was a great turnout for this ride.  I didn’t try to make an actual count, buy by my estimates there were over 1,000 motorcycles on the ride.  At $20 per rider and $10 per passenger, I’d say they raised quite a bit of money for him.

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Lot’s of bikes showing up for the ride.

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More and more bikes showing up!

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Getting ready for the ride.

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We arrived at the destination in Cave Creek, AZ.

 

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A good show of support as more and more bikes arrived.

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This ride, only about 15-20 miles.  From Scottsdale, AZ to Cave Creek, AZ.  A short ride, but for a worthwhile cause.

Hoover – Dam Arizona/Nevada

Posted in Arizona, Colorado River, Dam, Harley-Davidson, Hoover Dam, Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Nevada, Water on December 5, 2017 by DRF

Here’s a few photos of my ride to the Hoover Dam.  Located along the Colorado River on the border between Arizona and Nevada.

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The two photos below of a painting on the side of a building North of Kingman, AZ along highway 93.

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When I saw this painting, I just had to stop and take a couple photos!

Misc Photos Somewhere Between Washington and Arizona

Posted in Antiques, Arizona, Betty Boop, Cabin, Camping, Clouds, Fish, Fish Hatchery, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Dealer Poker Chips, Harley-Davidson Dealers, Motorcycle, Motorcycles, National Parks, Poker Chips, Rain, Thunder Storm, Trout, Washington, Water, Yellowstone National Park on October 21, 2017 by DRF

Heres a random sampling of photos taken on my way back home from WA to AZ.  A trout fish hatchery, a motel in a small town, lake photos, motorcycle parking at a cabin in WA, fire pit, fishing dock, bike wash, a small geyser in Yellowstone, Betty Boop in the middle of nowhere!, an antique/junk store, a rain storm ahead I decided to wait on and Harley-Davidson dealer poker chips I picked up along the way.DSC03080

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New Motorcycle Tires

Posted in Arizona, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Maintenance, Motorcycle Tires, Motorcycles, Phoenix, Phoenix AZ on July 18, 2017 by DRF

In preparation for my upcoming 4000+ mile trip, I decided to have a new set of tires installed.  My old tires probably would have lasted another 2,000 miles or so, but I don’t want to have to stop somewhere along the trip and have it done.  My father told me a long time ago, he always made sure he kept good tires on his car since they’re so important.  Motorcycles even more so with only 2 wheels!

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For anyone in the Phoenix, AZ area, I recommend this place, “Mototire“.  This is the second time I’ve used them.  Fast and friendly service.

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I had an appointment at 9:00 am, and the tires were installed in about 45 minutes.  I had the original tires put back on, Dunlap.  Same tires I would have got at the dealer, except about $50 cheaper.  Plus as a bonus, Dunlap has a $50 rebate going on right now on the purchase and install of a set.

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A whole lot of tread going on here!

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This was parked out front!

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Here’s the business card for Mototire.  This is NOT a paid endorsement or anything like that, I’m just sharing the information for the business that in my opinion provides a good service at a fair price.

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