Tuesday, October 18, 2016


   Yes, that was us in the sidecar. One of our favorite local clubs the  Three Mile Island Scooter Club often gets together for rides in local parades. Combine a bunch of scooters, a few crazy people willing to dress in costume for the theme of the event, and you have a great excuse for an evening on the town.

     We just completed the Carlisle Halloween Parade and will also be in the Harrisburg Holiday Parade on November 19th. We all meet together to decorate our bikes and don our costumes before the parade. There are often warm drinks, lots of laughs, and a fun atmosphere waiting for the parade to start. Even when it gets cold at the Christmas parade.

     If the joy of seeing all those kids smiling faces during the parades doesn't give you a great feeling, nothing will. We even get some smiles from the adults as well.

Then, after the parade, there is usually a meet-up for food and more laughs. Really a great group to pal around with. Who doesn't like to smile? If you ever want to ride out with us; keep an eye on our Facebook page or the one for TMISC. We always have the events posted there. If you see us in the parades, make sure and wave or say hello. We LOVE hearing familiar voices.

                                                     And remember, duck and cover:


* Photo credits to Denny and Johanne. Thanks for taking the pics!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A little october fun

There were chores to do at home, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. The course dead ends, so you have to do a 180 at the end and come back around.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October Specials

It's October, All Hallows Eve, Halloween, Hall-o-weeny, Samhain, All Saints eve. A month of warm drinks, excuses to dress in costume and have fun. Have fun you say? Motorcycles and scooters are at the very center of FUN.

So, for the entire month of October at Carlisle Cycle & Scooter. If you come in dressed in costume. You can get 10% off of ANY one item in the store. We can't give you 10% off a scooter or motorcycle; so we will make it $100.

That's right! Show up in costume and get $100 off any new bike or 10% off any item in the store. If you have been saving up for that new helmet or eyeing that new jacket on the wall. Now is the time, but you have to show up in costume!

                Be original, have fun, make us laugh and you will earn  money.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two- wheeled long ride.

   We had a beautiful Sunday. Why there were only seven bikes in our lot for a ride at 11:00 AM is strange to comprehend. However, the seven of us had a GREAT ride.

     The weather was perfect. The temperatures were just right for wearing your gear and having a comfortable ride. "Leather weather" was what we used to call those days. We set out on back roads with a destination in mind.

     On the way an apple tree became an impromptu stop and a nice spot for a break. The sidecar rig rolls pretty well down the mountain. That Stella was doing a great job of keeping up. The apples weren't bad either.
    If you notice, the buddy 170i is parked out front. He got to the top of the mountain first....THIS time.

After a beautiful ride off the top of the mountain. We stopped to look at an iron furnace and take a few pics.

I think Cody was enjoying the cafe racer Yamaha.

After remounting the bikes, it was time for a place more fun than a puppy!

         Mr. Eds Elephant Museum. A great little roadside attraction for candy, unusual soda, and a collection of elephant trinkets you just have to see.

After an infusion of sugar and sweets. We needed some real food before the sugar coma kicked in. A few miles down the road to the Lincoln Diner for lunch.

A few of our riders had to head home after lunch. So, the rest of us did a mini-tour of the Gettysburg battlefield for our out-of-town visitor. 
We checked out a few of the battlefield's little known secrets; dinosaur bridge, the castle, and even a rock you aren't allowed to walk upon. These were just some of our stops.

If you missed it; shame on you. The weather was PERFECT. The ride was nice, and the stops were fun. See you on the next one!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Buzz in the Valley #5

     I look forward to this ride and rally every year. It's a great time and I have made every one. A friend with a sidecar contacted me (as I have one too) about riding out together. " Do you realize how slow we will climb the long mountains? "... "Yes, I do" was his simple reply. I could detect the grin from 100 miles away. So, a simple plan was hatched. Oil was changed, tires were checked, and extra Spectro 2T oil was packed. It was going to be a long, slow WONDERFUL ride.
      We met up in Shades Gap outside of the famous Orbisonia (ask us sometime) at the only gas station in town. Fueled, a new gas can packed; we were ready to go. We took a slight detour on a little side road with a nice covered bridge to avoid the "Shadow of Death". Why take chances at the beginning of the ride?
    There is a cool church across the road, so we needed a picture of that as well with the bikes. As you can see, a SYM Symba decided to join us for the ride. Possibly the only time a Symba had to slow down and wait for a pair of Stellas.

    We decided to get back on the road and put a few miles on the bikes before needing fuel again. We hadn't gotten to the steep climbs yet, but we were anticipating the sidecar rigs to get horrible fuel milage climbing at WOT.
    We made sure to take a break here and there; sometimes just to stop and look at the scenery. The best part of this ride out is that we were not on any sort of schedule or in a hurry at all. Something the riders in this group enjoy quite a bit. We were looking forward to the rally, but half the fun is the ride there.
      We began the mountain climbs after filling up on the other side of Raystown lake. The sidecars did not disappoint as we both averaged about 40 MPG or less climbing the mountains. Keep in mind these are both two-stroke machines modified with big bore kits for the sidecars, but we were climbing at FULL THROTTLE the whole time. Speeds you ask? We aren't going to talk about that, but that kid on the bicycle could really go.
    Upon reaching the top of the mountains, we decided to give the engines a rest at our usual secret paved windmill parking spot. If you ever get a chance to listen to those big windmills in the mist; make sure you take the time to stop. We were close to the rally and ready for some food so it was soon time to head out.
     We arrived at the site to smiles and warm welcomes. They had waited for us to arrive to do a food run to the famous Coney Island in Johnstown, PA.

 If you want to try the local fare; the sundowner can't be beat. I had a young man hoppin' in place to ride in the sidecar. I think I almost had as much fun as he did seeing how much he enjoyed the ride.
    We were headed to ride the famous Incline Plane but the police had part of the city locked down and that was out for the night. So, following our host and keeping an eye out for pterodactyls (inside story) we headed back for a warm fire and some adult drinks.Cards against humanity waged on way into the night. It's a great way to learn how your friend's minds work...It's always the quiet ones..There are no pictures from around the fire; you just had to be there.

      Saturday started with a warm breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee by our hosts. I made sure to get my share of all the choices. The weather looked a bit iffy, so we all made sure our rain gear was packed...Well, those of us that brought rain gear :). I had another person ask to ride along in the sidecar this time.
    Let's just say Denny doesn't always get the pretty girls. The sidecar did it's job and I had a great passenger for the day.
     We did catch a spot of rain. We stopped,many riders donned their rain gear, and one even pulled up the full canopy on her sidecar rig to stay dry.

We rode on through the rain and decided to stop early for lunch. A brilliant idea, as the rain passed over us during our meal and we had smooth sailing the rest of the day.

     We went by the Flight 93 memorial. A somber, but honourable field to visit. The new visitor's center is a place to see  if you ever wanted the full story on what happened that day to flight 93. We spent our time, paid our respects, and headed back to rally central for an evening meal and a warm fire.
     What an evening our host had planned. FRESH corn shells from Punkys for homemade taco's. There were several people that had brought home made canned salsa, chipotle, peppers, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. I was in food heaven.
     The same two usual fire-bugs were at it again and got a warm fire started. We all settled in for a few drinks and....The Whiskey River Panhandlers decide to give us a show from the back deck. You had to be there, the warm fire, a talented group of musicians playing just for us while we sat enjoying our drinks. It REALLY doesn't get much better as far as I am concerned.
       A few hours later, and the rain decided to make its presence known again. Luckily, the tents were set up, the bed was made, and it was time to snuggle in for some much needed rest for the night (I love the sound of rain on a dry tent).
     In the morning we were greeted with a dry day and a warm breakfast. THANK YOU to our hosts for good warm food and drinks in the morning. I know it is work, but we truly appreciate it. This rally does feel like coming home and hanging out with friends.
     Finally, it was getting time to pack up and get ready for the ride home. There was one surprise left.  If anyone would like (and 6 people did); Brody had arranged for a tattoo session at Matthew's Party Tattoo for anyone that wanted a permanent rally patch. I didn't get one, but went along with the folks who did. Michael's work was top-notch and he took his time with each client and placed their ink just where they wanted. There was even one of the smallest detailed tattoos I had ever seen inked.

      As we headed home, the Stellas had one more trick up their sleeves and we suffered a breakdown on the way up one of the mountains. However, being prepared, we also had the part and the skill to fix it roadside. Expedient field repair. If you own a vintage bike or a 2T Stella. It IS something you should be good at.

  Miles and smiles on the ride home. Time for one last picture before we had to part ways. The Symba was still putting up with our pace and I may have detected a smile from the rider.

   We had one last stop for gas as the rain finally caught up to us.

    He will never say it, but I feel the same. It's almost over....this time. We filled the tanks, said a quick "see ya soon" and headed off into the rain and the dark. Only another hour to home. Take it easy, watch for deer, and put them away when we get there. Another great ride and rally in the books. Thanks to everyone for a grand time.

   If you would like a view of the ride from another angle. Try A scooter in the wild

  For a fun video montage of the weekend, be sure to check out this masterpiece as well. Created by our very own Stiltz. His poetry in the Anglo-Saxon style was not to be missed, but you had to be there.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to keep cool when the heat is on

    With summers heat in full swing; we wanted to plan a fun ride with a special treat. We planned a 2 digit, small displacement and moped ride to retrieve some much needed ice cream from the Twirly Top.
      We had a first time passenger along, and she was ready to go...if looking perhaps a wee bit nervous about the driver. She loved her ride and will be back for more!

The sky had a few clouds, so we checked the weather and headed out to dodge the rain clouds.   

 Other than a tiny sprinkle when we first left; it was dry riding all the way out and back. Besides, who lets a little rain get in the way of fun?
   We had nine riders and eight bikes who braved the heat and the possible rain to join us for an enjoyable afternoon.

The heat was brutal at near triple digits, so what better day to ride for something cool.
                                    A rather appropriate fresh peach sunday for a TMISC rider.

 This was a short local ride, 12 miles out and the long-way back for 23 miles. It was planned as a moped friendly ride ( we do one a year), but sadly we had no peddles along. So, we took the long way back. Which meant someone ran out of fuel. A little carb drain hose, a two-stroke pre-mix bottle and some patience got us enough gas to get him to the next gas station.
    As someone along for the ride said, " It wouldn't be an adventure if something unexpected didn't happen". For those that didn't make this ride. Maybe we will see you on our next one September 25th.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TMISC Meltdown 2016

    The Three Mile Island Scooter Club (TMISC) put on their 13th meltdown scooter event for 2016 on August 5-7. It was a good time as always. They had over 100 riders registered for the event.

Friday night was a meet and greet with pizza and subs being delivered by local shop Thatz'a Pizza, a fantastic local live band Finks Constant. You should really take the time to check out their FB page and go listen to these guys.

Afterward, it was time for a late night movie showing (complete with hot popcorn) by Carlisle Cycle and Scooter.

Saturday morning brought a warm shower and on-site breakfast provided by Bountiful Feast.

After a good breakfast, it was ride time. This year, it was very clear what time which rides left. GOOD JOB on the signs!

The long ride had a great time with many smiles!

There was food at the lunch stop, good times and a beautiful day for a ride. Then it was back to Fred's campground for the field games.
                                      The flaming wall of death is always a fearsome sight.

Many riders took the field games, there was a slow race, the gymkhana, a "drag" race

  The banana bite event; you should have been there!

If you noticed, in the background at the field games. We have an ice cream truck. Thank you to Miller Brothers ice cream for helping to keep us cool.

Time for a nice BBQ pork dinner with all the fixings, courtesy of Fred's campground. There were some great bikes in the field to check out as well as some glammed out campsites.

When was the last time you saw three Stella side car rigs together on one ride?

And after dinner, it was raffle time. The D-list crowd on the hill was raking in the prizes.

There were flags on bikes, and a flag flying at the campsite all weekend. It was a nice sight to see.

Even Suzy and Rafa from Cheeky Seats were in attendance with some of their wonderful creations

Saturday night went late into the night with a slip-n-slide set-up around midnight. 

Sunday morning was met with a ride to the AACA museum in Hershey, Pa.. The admission to the museum was covered with your registration to the Meltdown.

Overall, a great weekend. The were good friends, new friends, and lots of laughs. If a rally like this sounds good to you; be sure to watch our calendar of events for the next one. See you there!!!

A special THANK YOU to Kevin Jiannotti and Denny Magdule for some of the pics!