Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shrinky Dink Open House #4

   We can't believe this is our 4th one. To everyone that came out; THANK YOU. You are the reason we do it. The food was good, the conversations better, but the people are what make it great.

      Most people arrive in cars when it's in the 20's, but to the half-dozen people that came on bikes! You win! Great to see the helmets and gear walking in the door. Make sure to log your rides in the Shrinky Dink IV; it isn't over yet. We are logging rides until midnight on March 20th.

     We had  a few new faces at the shop. It's always great to see friends learning to ride and goofing of out back with the new bikes. We had the new Genuine buddy eclipse and the new Genuine buddy kick on the floor for folks to check out and sit on. The new  Lance Cabo 200i was even out, prepped and available for demo rides. One of our customers even took a ride on our vintage mailbox:


Most of the action was inside, and many of us needed a break from the winter blahs. There was talk of motorcycles, scooters, new models and vintage classics.

We had a plethora of food offerings: chili, and hot dogs, Swedish meatballs, chips, delicious cheesy dip, and more.  Some of our favorite people brought us treats too, yummy cinabun cake and cherry chocolate chip cookies.  We also had a range of drinks, both hot and cold.

Even the boss was keeping an eye on things:

She doesn't miss a single thing, and takes her Lab duties very seriously. There was not a single piece of spilled food gone to waste or trod upon with her watchful gaze. 

The dog whisperer was even present training the new recruit.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by, and we even had a delivery of some awesome vintage shirts (thanks Roland).
We even had future scooterists in the making.

We brought out an old pocket bike from storage, got it running, and had some fun and shenanigans in the back yard.  We even talked a new rider into trying the freshly running (badly) pocket-bike. After that, everything else will be easy. We intend to have her safely on a scooter by summer.

Remember, keep riding and summer is coming. We will be here when you need us. Be sure to join us for our next event on March 24th when the new C.H.I.P.S. movie premieres.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Do you need a Get Away Adventure with roots?

    Just a little post about a resort conservancy  a few of my friends run out west. They found a place in need of some love and have really turned it into something special. There is food, music, places to stay, and as much  adventure to be had as you would like.


   There are some Fb pages as well. Kiltman adventures offers rides on two wheels, four wheels,or in the air.

The Tecopa hot springs and campground is the place to park your RV, your tent, or even reserve one of their cabins.

You can arrange a trip to ride dirt bikes for days, or just relax, listen to good music at night after spending the afternoon at the hot springs. It is one of the most relaxing places you will find. There is always music on the weekends, and you never know who will be there and what the stage will be.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

One piece riding suits

It is time for a brief post about that miracle of the two-wheeled world. That extra hide we often use for many different situations. They have made them as over-suits for businessmen who need to wear a suit to work. They are made for road racing and high speed protection. However, the type we would like to talk about today concerns riding through the chilly stuff.

Did you know we sell this First Gear thermosuit for just $199? You can put on your regular warm clothes, and step into the wide leg panels, zip this baby up and ride in comfort down into the 20-30's easily. If you add electric heated gear underneath you can easily add another 20 degrees to what is comfortable.

We have been riding 12 miles to work almost every day on our trusty Lance Cabo by wearing a warm layer and adding this suit. The electric gear was still in the closet until this weeks morning rides. We don't expect all our customers to ride in this kind of weather, but by saying that some of us do. It should be EASY to get the right gear and ride on 40 degree days in the dry. We can't go all winter without a ride.

There are far more complex suits for more money (and we sell those too), but we just wanted to show what can be done with just an extra $200 for the right gear. You can easily extend your riding season a month or more on each end with just a few pieces of gear. Those days that always happen in the winter? When it hits 56 degrees in January and it feels GREAT? Grab a Thermosuit, zip it on, and go for a ride!

Monday, January 2, 2017

To a two-wheeled New Year

      Here is to the start of a wonderful new year. We just wanted to take a moment and thank all of our customers for a wonderful 2016. We will be here for 2017 to help with your two-wheeled needs.

      We will be planning riding events here, and will make sure to include any local riding events to keep you out there. If you are putting on, or know of rides, please send them to us. We want to support your local group of riders, be it off-road, scooters, road-riding, or anything else in between. So, help us help you by sending the links and flyers to YOUR rides. The more we all ride; the more fun we have ( and the more parts we get to sell :)  ).

      Currently (once we get some cold days ) our 4th Annual Shrinky Dink is up and running, and we will have our open house for it February 4th at the shop. Be sure to stop by, see the new models, grab some free food, and hear some bad stories about the rides through the winter.

      We are looking forward to a good year for business, and as much riding as we can squeeze in. If you couldn't tell; we do this because we love it. We have over 70 years combined riding experience at the shop, and we love to share why and how we do it.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Riding two wheels in winter conditions?

   We often discuss winter gear, and staying comfortable in the winter months. How often do we talk about where a normal bike can go? Not a metal studded knobby on a full blown dirt machine, but a regularly driven street machine.
    We would need a proper place to test our machines. Thankfully, nature provided the perfect spot when it decided to cover our driveway in ice. At about 600 feet long and seriously uphill it has become impassable for a few days to everything except 4 wheel drive vehicles. Would a scooter make it up the ice monster?

   Coming down was it's own challenge. We chose our trusty Lance Cabo 150 and a Genuine Roughhouse 50 for our test mules. The two bikes had slightly different tires discussed in an earlier blog here.

   We did manage to make it down, we purposely didn't lower the air pressure or do anything special to the scoots. We wanted to see if we could climb the hill without any special modifications.
                                                   So yes, we did make it, several times. To be fair, both riders are experienced dirt bike guys and willing to throw the bike at the hill with aggression. We don't recommend this for everyone. As you can see from the video, there was quite a bit of slipping and sliding going on, but if you kept your momentum up you could make it. That was just to the first turn on the driveway ( maybe a third of the way), but we did ride up repeatedly without a fall. So, with experience and willingness these bikes continue to impress with the places they will take us.

    We have plans to ride both of these machines through the winter. So, stay tuned for more miles, smiles, and torture testing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Shrinky Dink 4 begins December 21

Welcome to the 4th annual Shrinky Dink Ride. This is just a simple bit of fun to keep the hardy/ foolhardy riders enthused through the cold months of the year, and provide some fun to the others who want to watch the rest of us freeze.
      Challenge:  ride out in the coldest weather you can stand. Then ride as far as you like, and provide proof that you did.   Repeat.   Often.

Post your results on our Facebook page. Make sure to post every ride; no matter how short. The winner last year squeaked out the points in the last few days by riding to work almost every day. A short commute adds up quickly if the temps are low.

The rules are pretty simple and loosely followed at best. 
1) BE SAFE! You all know your limits, but don't risk life and limb, too much, for a good result. This is supposed to be FUN.
2.) The challenge will start on December 21st and run through March 20th.
3.) The ride will have two classes. Motorcycles and Scooters; if you have one of those wierd in between bikes we will make it up as we go. DON'T WORRY! We have this covered; just ride SOMETHING!
4.) This is pretty simple, the coldest temperature wins, sort of. TRY to take a pic in front of a temperature sign somewhere. We realize this isn't always possible, so you CAN use your phone in a pinch. NO CHEATING! We are putting you on your honour to be fair.
5.) The ride has to be 5 miles or longer to count (total length). The longer the ride the more points it gets. We have a formula worked out for this. It's math stuff, don't worry we have that under control. So, if you do 11 miles in -2 and some nut does 80 miles in 3 degrees. He/she MIGHT just beat you. There are extra points for stupidity (just remember rule #1)
6.) This contest is open to residents of the U.S. only.
7.)If you think it is too warm where you live? Do it anyway, remember points are awarded for originality, stupidity, and bravery. This is supposed to be FUN. The first year the Shrinky Dink was won by a southern rider who got lucky on a cold snap in the south.
     That's it for the rules we think. Ride. Post your pics on our Facebook page. We will post a few for fun, but will save the results till the end. There will be a chat about the ride during the event. Also feel free to post comments here.
Yes, there will be prizes. They may or may not be amazing. Ride now. ride often.
   There will be an open house at Carlisle Cycle and Scooter on Saturday February 4th.  It is part of our winter riding contest There will be some snacks and lots of warm beverages to keep you toasty. IF the weather is decent some folks will ride in. If you want to arrive on 4 wheels that is just fine,too. Stop by and enjoy the people riding in. There will be lots of shenanigans, and some short rides around the block as well. The sidecar rig will be out and running no matter what the weather (we have snow tires). The shop will be staying open late; stop by, laugh, ask questions, talk bikes and scooters. There will be movies later in the evening on the projector if you would like to stay.
    The weather hasn't cooperated yet, but it is coming. Remember, BE SAFE out there, and have fun. Remember, you don't have to win for this to be fun. It is all about the ride!
    A little tip: If its over 32 degrees it doesn't count. But you can ride anyway. Be sure to post ALL of your rides below 32. They all add up.

The get together at the shop Mid-event will be February 4th

Monday, December 5, 2016

Lance Cabo 150 long-term test

     We were already SYM dealers when we received our first few Lance scooters arrived in the showroom. When our rep, Mike, informed us of SYM partnering with Lance; we were impressed by the upgrades and price. It looked like a line we might want to carry in our shop.
        One of the first few models we decided to get was a Lance Cabo 150 ( now replaced by the 200i). Our daughter was a new college student in need of a good commuter vehicle.  The cabo150 was a new bike to us, we decided to run it through its paces.
     After a quick 175 miles to break it in and change the oil; we headed on a 700+ mile trip with the Cabo. Operation Malted Falcon was to be the new bikes trial by fire. There were 360 mile days, 90 degree temps and a relentless 260 lb. rider.

The Cabo reached Ocean City, MD. with no worries and no problems. The seat was getting a bit old after 300 miles in a single day, but I have ridden on FAR WORSE on some much larger motorcycles. After 362 miles in one day, that was my only complaint with the 150cc terror.

The next few days were a bit less frantic a pace, but we were still covering 200 miles a day with breakfast stops included. 

Arriving safely back home after 3 hard days of riding. We did another quick oil change at 1,000 miles and then loaned the bike to a good friend for his 900 mile adventure.

He proceeded to ride the bike for several days, laden with gear and covering the miles in upper Pennsylvania and New York. 

So, we finally get the bike to my daughter for her college use with about 2,200 miles on the clock. A well broken in, proven scooter. She rides it to class often. Some days in the rain, and not always the warmest of days either. The Cabo always fires right up and gets her where she is going. She has the right gear to wear and started at an early age, so she isn't afraid of the nasty weather.

So, now the bike lives an easy life in the hands of a young college student? Not so fast, she still has a brother and a dad who swipe her beloved scooter whenever they get the chance.

Is it pampered? only ridden in warm weather? Don't think so.

Well, we do keep it out of the dirt trails and abandoned roads, correct?

Well, at least it stays out of the water?

Okay, it's at least not really ridden hard though, right?


The Cabo is now sitting at 5,000 miles. Those miles have been more grueling than most of our customers would see. We have had ZERO problems with our Lance.

We run top quality Spectro oil, and have done the changes on regular intervals. We did a valve clearance check as scheduled, and have put on new tires. The stock tires did wear rather quickly. We decided to burn the stock rear off at 3,200 miles. However, we may have had something to do with the premature tire wear.

The 12" wheels do handle light off-road work well. This is no dirt bike, but it can easily get you down your favorite little dirt road to the fishing hole. Just as easily as it will take you hundreds of worry free miles down secondary 2 lane roads. 

Overall a very good experience so far. We will be checking in again at 10,000 miles. However, till then, we can pretty much say you will be happy with your purchase of a Lance scooter, and should have some worry free miles. The fun is up to you, but the Cabo will do its part.