Friday, March 24, 2017

It's SPRING!!!

  The winters get kind of long in the motorcycle business. So...on that note. The song came on, things happened.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shrinky Dink 4

    Spring is officially here. It is time to ride. We sure hope you spent THE WINTER getting your projects done, your bikes fixed and purchased your riding gear.

    This means the Shrinky Dink IV has officially ended.  We had a few more active riders than last year, but could always use more. We know there are more of you out there riding in the cold. Look for the 5th annual and join in for the fun next year.

   Now to the results. Tony won this year, because he was just a machine. Long rides two up early on in the contest racked up almost an insurmountable lead. Tony and his riding partner Yvonne were riding 10 miles to go workout, and then 100+ to go see the inner Harbor in Baltimore. He was really putting the miles on.

There is a rumor he takes Yvonne so she gets chilly; just so he gets to warm her up at home. In all honesty; they make use of good heated gear, properly set-up bikes to put in the miles. Does the electric gear cost him a few points on the tally. YES (everyone asks), but he puts down so many miles it doesn't matter.

Second places goes to Michael (Stiltz) for taking the time and effort to make the cold rides in Baltimore, even in the slush a few times, sometimes....without the best of gear (you may have seen the video).

Stiltz received 2nd place thru gentlemanly determination and a wee bit of madness.

We believe third place needs to log more of his entrees. We see him on two wheels all the time, but he fails to record them with us.. Tim was beaten out of 1st place and relegated to third this year.
   Tim's technique for winter riding is much like mine, just get on the bike and ride. Wear enough gear until it doesn't hurt. 

    Good job to all three winners. We had other entrees, but these three riders put in the miles. It was an odd winter for the contest as there were no truly awful days with negative temperatures to go for the honorable mention worst ride of the year.

Prizes? Oh yes, there are. Did we forget to mention? This isn't just for fun, but we give away prizes to the winners as well.

1st Place. Since Yvonne rides with you. You get 2 free tee shirts from Carlisle Cycle and Scooter AND (drum roll). Two free bike inspections for 2017. Bring your rides by the shop and we will do your PA state inspections on us.

2nd Place gets a free tee shirt. The size and colour are your choice.

3rd place gets a free tee as well, but we get to pick the colour. ( It has to be less than 2nd somehow).

    Thank you for taking the time to enter. We think this is quite a good time. We WILL be doing it again next year! Remember to watch for the start at the beginning of the Winter Solstice. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Counteract balancing beads

     Something new in the shop. We have been hearing about Counteract balancing beads for a few years. We have friends using them and they have seen positive results. When I realized the trucking industry has been using them for years we decided to make the investment. These guys spend millions a year on tires, and they use balancing beads. That says it all. We also read up on the SAE tests on these, and they do work!


    We have kits in stock to sell if you prefer to install them yourself, AND we offer them as an upgrade when you have us install your tires. We are seeing better tire life and far less uneven wear with these. We have them in our own tires. Lower tire temperatures, and longer tire life is very important on motorcycle and especially small scooter tires.
   We have a professional installation tool here at the shop, but this home method works almost as well. If you buy the beads from us, we will install them for free when we change your tires .

Stop by our shop. Increase your tire life, and smooth out your ride. The coffee is always on.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Get out and RIDE

    Anyone that knows us has seen that we ALWAYS support riding. Be it in the dirt, the road or anywhere between. We love to ride and do it as much as possible.

We rode to work this morning. So? How do we do it? GEAR. That is the most important part. Everyone was out just 9 days ago riding when the temps were in the 70's. There is no reason to put them back away. IF you have the right gear you can ride comfortably into the summer days.

 I am often referred to as some sort of Viking for riding in the cold. I have a little secret to share. I had a very serious fight with Lymes disease a few years back that put me in the hospital. The important part of this? It also stripped my ability to withstand the cold like I always had. What to do? Buy more and better gear to ride, hunt and hike in.  I go out as often as I always did. I just own better gear than I used to. So, if  you are thin, from the south, not used to the cold. WE CAN keep you riding.

Okay, okay, some of us are nuts and ride when its REALLY cold. We even compete in the annual Shrinky Dink. What I am talking about here is NOW, spring is right around the corner. You woke your ride from its slumber. Don't put it back away. We all know that March "comes in like a lion". Dial up your game and be a lion tamer. Get out the gear and keep riding. If you just said " I don't have the gear". We think you know where to come. It's almost summer; so we have discounted the electric gear, balaclavas, and winter gloves still in stock. Come take advantage and RIDE. Did we mention it is time to RIDE? 


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.