Saturday, November 17, 2012

Scrambler Ride

I had an appointment Today at the Triumph dealer to get my oil changed.  Sure I could do the work myself but I don't mind having the shop do it.  For one thing if I ever have a major mechanical problem with the bike I know I can trust the guys to fix me up.  I can build up a bicycle from the frame up but when it comes to internal combustion I'd just as well leave it to the pros.  Besides a trip to the shop ensures a nice 100 mile round trip ride through the Ohio countryside.
When I left the house at 8:30 am it was pretty chilly around 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  Couple that with 50-60 mph wind chill and it can get a little uncomfortable.  Fortunately after the work was done it had warmed up into the upper forties.  Geared up properly I can ride all day when it's in the 40's or 50's.  Actually I prefer these temperatures for riding motorbikes.  Air cooled engines run great in the crisp air and I don't have to worry about sweating under my jacket and full face helmet.
On the ride home I toured through Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.  This was the first time I've been in this area and it is beautiful.
I've ridden my Triumph Scrambler for a year now and have just over 2000 miles on the clock.  This bike has more than met my expectations allowing me to explore out of the way places handling with ease anything I put in its path.  A few miles east of the wildlife area the road really got rural so I took some video.  My camera does not handle wind noise at all so I had to dub in some tunes:
I'm asking Santa for a Go Pro video camera because I've had fun playing around with my Canon point and shoot and it does take decent video but I think I need something more dedicated to video and a way to fix it to my helmet.  It's tough to ride a motorcycle one handed twisting the throttle, shifting, clutching and film at the same time.


  1. Enjoyed the video and soundtrack.....
    Thanks for posting...


  2. Enjoyed the video also. It looks like great fun riding like that. Reminds me of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" ?? Great book!!

  3. I hear you! I have a lot on my hands filming and handling the Amsterdam, and there's no motor involved!

    What makes the GoPro better than the rest?

    1. I don't know if it is any better than the rest or not. I just like that it is designed for rugged use with the clear plastic case and all. And the accessories should be rugged also. I'm not going after the top level one but the second one down. More than enough camera for me.

    2. I'm looking at a Sony catalog that came in the mail. They have one called the Action Cam. $270.00 but has a Carl Zeiss lens -nice. It probably shoots great video. Has a waterproof headband mount available too.

      Lots of choices out there.