SparkPeople Spark Motorcycle Club Team Messageboard Do you like to ride or ride with a partner? Love cruisers, sport bikes, off-roads, adventure bikes and everything in between? Want to get and stay fit with fellow riders? This is the place for you! SparkPeople Spark Motorcycle Club Team Messageboard New Bike? Maybe? I'm thinking of trading in the old, reliable 2005 Honda Shadow Aero 750. It's been a great bike but I need something a little bigger as I'm planning on some very long tours. <BR> <BR> I'm looking towards a Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 as I love this bike for some weird reason. Fri, 12 May 2017 14:34:08 EST Victory Motorcycles No More? What are your thoughts on the Victory Motorcycle line being shut down by Polaris? Are you a Victory rider? What does this mean for you? (I figure it's time to reboot this group, so here's a topic we all can probably discuss) Wed, 10 May 2017 21:32:28 EST August 2016 Challenge - Week 1 Let's figure out what's going on in our lives. Are we getting enough exercise? Eating the right foods? Riding our motorcycles enough? Most points in August will get a SparkGoodie!! Post at the END of the week. I will update the challenge each week. We will have a weekly winner and overall winner. <BR> <BR> Limit on exercise per day is 60 minutes. <BR> Limit on fruits and veggies per day is 8. <BR> Limit on motorcycle riding per day is 360 minutes (6 hours) <BR> <BR> <BR> Posting will look ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:16:38 EST 2016 - What are your goals? What goals do you have for 2016? <BR> <BR> Lose weight? <BR> Ride a certain number of miles? <BR> Find a new job? <BR> <BR> And do you create SMART goals? (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time- bound) Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:29:48 EST Riding on Holiday weekends I live at the beach in Delaware and I don't like going for a Ride on Holiday weekends the traffic is terrible and people are always in a hurry. I'm planning to move back to Pa. the first of the year, ridding in the mountains is a lot safer. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:43:56 EST Say Hello again Stop by and say hello again. What kind of bike do you ride and where are you from? Sun, 31 May 2015 11:04:27 EST 2015 Motorcycle Events Feel free to post events for 2015. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:40:46 EST Naming your Motorcycle I hear about many people naming their bikes. I have not named mine. Have you named yours? If so, what is it and how did it get its name? Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:39:49 EST 2015 - Rides Where are you headed this year? I'm hoping to do Hell's Canyon again, maybe ride up the Oregon Coast, and I would like to check out Crater Lake. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:35:44 EST 2015 The Ride of a lifetime... What does 2015 hold for you? For Me and my Hubby, we plan to ride the East Coast this early Fall on our Harleys. Pennsylvania , New Hampshire and Maine are the highlights with a possible side trip into Canada. Now to some this may not sound all that exciting but for this Texas Born and Raised Gal, it is... a ride of a lifetime. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:32:32 EST What fun to find this team! I've been on and off Sparkpeople since 2007. In that time I've met and married a motorcycle enthusiast and am a passionate passenger! We try to ride at least once a week. Luckily we live in SoCal so weather isn't much of a problem. Hubby is a Honda kind of a guy and the bike we usually ride is a 2001 Honda Sabre Shadow. I'm known to write poetry and snap iPhone shots from the back of the motorcyle... <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to find you! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:51:50 EST Motorcycle Miles 2014? To date I have put on more than 16,500 miles. Lots of long road trips and lots of fun times. Winter in Oregon slows my riding down...a lot. Rain, wind, traffic do not mix well in Winter. However today I see the Sun so will sign-off and get a ride in today. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:59:14 EST November Challenge The holidays are coming up and that can be a difficult time with all parties and baked goods. So here is a November challenge for you: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least eight - 6 oz. glasses of water a day <BR> 2. Pass on one temptation a day (more if you can!) <BR> 3. Exercise at least 20 minutes each day. This can be all at once or split up throughout the day. <BR> 4. Eat at least 6-8 fruits and vegetables a day. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:02:16 EST Summer 2014 Riding So where have you been riding lately? <BR> <BR> For me, I haven't ridden too much and no long rides. Been busy with other things and when it is too hot, I don't like to ride as I ride with all my gear. <BR> <BR> So tell me how your summer has been! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:30:20 EST My apologies Just wanted to say sorry that I haven't been active in awhile. Between being gone for conferences and then in California for my family as my dad passed away, it's been a little crazy. I am trying to ramp it back up and get back on track. Let me know what you are looking for in this group! Hopefully you are getting some riding in. Tue, 27 May 2014 16:10:42 EST New to group Hi all! New to this group. I'm an avid rider, currently with 3 bikes in the stable: my street bike, a 2013 GSXR1000 Commemorative Edition, and 2 track/race bikes, a 2007 Triumph 675 and a 2002 Yamaha R6. <BR> <BR> I ride pretty much every day, my bike is my commuter, plus I ride for fun on the weekends. I picked up the GSXR in October 2013, and have put nearly 8,000 miles on it since then! <BR> <BR> Relatively new to the track and race scene, started doing trackdays 2 years ago, got bit HAR... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:18:02 EST Honestly, just looking for support... .somewhere Back in May, I was riding with a friend on his motorcycle for the first time and the unexpected happened. We t-boned a truck going 40, and in the blink of an eye my life changed. I suffered a broken eye socket, punctured lung, pelvis broken in two places, and a broken hip. My friend was hurt even worse than me, and we are honestly lucky to be alive. What I am hoping for is someone I can talk to for emotional support, as there is no one locally to talk to. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:01:35 EST Love seeing all you lady riders... I love seeing all you lady riders. It makes my day. Ride safe my friends. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:23:43 EST Elio Motor car/motorcycle. 84 MPG Hwy. This is the coolest car/motorcycle I have ever seen. I now own three motorcycles and they are all for sale. They will be replaced with this Elio Motors car/motorcycle. My wife is even excited about getting it. It gets almost twice the MPG my motorcycles get. It has tandem seating and everything I've read has said front and back seats are very comfortable. It also will come with air conditioning and a heater. It won't be for sale to the general public until first quarter 2015. In time ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:12:02 EST Why We Ride Documentary This is getting rave reviews. I haven't had a chance to see it yet. Here is the synopsis: <BR> <BR> Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. Seeking a life outside our daily confinements and sharing those moments together. It’s a story about the journey, not the destination. Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:41:48 EST Faacebook Motorcycle Group Pages Motorcycle Classifieds:<BR>07508/ <BR> Oregon Willamette Valley Classifieds: <BR> <BR> General Groups: <BR><BR>egon/ <BR><BR>events/ <BR> <BR> If you know of others, please feel free to add to this forum. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:39:56 EST 2014 - Where do you plan to ride? What are some trips or rides you have planned for 2014? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:14:02 EST Winter - PMS? Are you suffering from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome?) If so, what do you do instead of riding? Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:56:02 EST Good Gear for All the Curves Wondering if any of the other ladies out there are having better luck with finding gear that fits? I ride a sport bike and really need to invest in some good gear. So far I've gotten away with a Bilt textile jacket, Bilt gloves, and my Doc Martens. (And my Shoei full-face helmet, of course.) <BR> <BR> I've got another friend who has been on the search, like me, for good boots for street riding with good shin protection and ankle support. The main problem: We're both a size 10 (wide) and ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:39:21 EST August Challenge It's time to start a new challenge. We will start Sunday, August 4 and go through the 31st. Sunday through Saturday. This challenge will last 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> Week 1 - Walk/exercise 10 minutes a day, Drink 48 ounces of water, Eat any combination of 3 fruits and/or vegetables a day. <BR> <BR> Week 2 - Walk/exercise 15 minutes a day, Drink 56 ounces of water, Eat any combination of 4 fruits and/or vegetables a day. <BR> <BR> Week 3 - Walk/exercise 20 minutes a day, Drink 64 ounces of wa... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:29:38 EST World Ride Relay Ride If you are on Facebook, there is a group call the World Ride Relay Riders.<BR>elayRiders/ <BR> <BR> Charlie Bear will be transported from state to state and donations for a cause. Here is more info. Here are some details about WWRR. Charlie Bear will be driven around the world, maybe on the back of YOUR bike. We will be collecting donations to get Charlie Bear around the world and for Make A Wish International and Make A Wish America. There are tw... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:57:43 EST One goal accomplished! I finally got the motorcycle endorsement on my license! I had to do a weekend safety course and I passed it! Now, I just need my own bike! <BR> <BR> And on to my other goal of losing 30 lbs by April... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:52:13 EST New Biker TV Show I thought some of you might be interested in this. These guys created their own TV Show to show the world what being a Biker is REALLY like, and they're pursuing funding through Kickstarter. Check them out: <BR> <BR><BR>t/the-worlds-best-biker-bars-rallies-a<BR>nd-roadtrips <BR> <BR> Cheers Tue, 14 May 2013 12:23:22 EST Biker Humor Couldn't find a thread for biker jokes . . . so I'll start one here. <BR> <BR> A tough old biker told his son that the secret to a long life was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his cereal every morning. The boy did that religiously until he was 96 years old. When he died, he left six kids and a 15 foot hole in the ground where the crematorium used to be! <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 10:45:00 EST Travel Suggestions CATINCJ had a great idea. If someone were to visit in your area, where would you tell them they should ride? So tell us, what is your favorite local ride (or rides.) Mon, 13 May 2013 01:30:10 EST Broken Bike Stories It has finally gotten warm enough in WV to ride. I got my 1999 Suzuki Intruder trike out for my first ride of the year. My husband and I wash it, I towel dry it to a beautiful shine. It won't start, the battery is down, even though it was on the trickle charget all Winter. My husband has to coast start it. WV hills are good for some things. LOL. He brings it back and says the brakes are not working well. He asks me to ride and se what I think. Not working well? Non existent is mor... Mon, 6 May 2013 01:07:20 EST 2011 Road Glide Hi, first of all I hope this is the way to do this, if not, someone please tell me how I am supposed to answer these forums. Enough of that. Back in 1969 - 1971 I had a Honda 350. I rode it back and forth to college on weekends. I also rode it from the Texas Panhandle to Banff, Alberta, Canada. Since I had never ridden anything bigger than a 90 cc, I thought I had a Road Bike. The bike got thrown out of the back of a pickup and this ended my riding util I bought a 2011 Road Glide in Dec... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:00:43 EST CanAm Spyder ryder in So Oregon Just joined this group yesterday.. . . and glad to find it. <BR> <BR> Love Sparking and love riding. . . so it's a perfect fit. <BR> Hope to get to know y'all better. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter what you ride, as long as you ride! <BR> <BR> Cathy Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:44:26 EST April Challenge Instructions Let's get in shape!! <BR> Week runs Sunday – Saturday <BR> First week we start on Monday, but still end on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Part I: <BR> Exercise 30 minutes five days a week. Each day you exercise for 30 minutes you get 5 points. Maximum points earned = 25 points <BR> <BR> Part II: <BR> Drink 8 – 8oz glasses a water a day. Each day you drink the full amount you get 5 points. No points earned for less than the 64 ounces per day. Maximum points earned = 35 points <BR> <BR> Part III: <BR... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:34:40 EST April Challenge - Post Results Here Be sure to list the following: <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> Part I - XX points <BR> Part II - XX points <BR> Part III - XX points <BR> Total Daily Points = XX points <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Part I - XX points <BR> Part II - XX points <BR> Part III - XX points <BR> Total Daily Points = XX points <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Part I - XX points <BR> Part II - XX points <BR> Part III - XX points <BR> Total Daily Points = XX points <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Part I - XX points <BR> Part II - XX points ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:33:26 EST February Challenge I'm issuing a challenge for February, It's time to be your own Valentine! Love yourself! Here is the challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Add more activity. Each week add an additional 30 minutes of activity. <BR> 2. Hydrate - Drink more water. Add an additional 28 ounces a week. <BR> <BR> We'll check each week to see how we've done. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:46:36 EST 2013 Goals What are your goals for 2013? <BR> <BR> Health Goals - <BR> <BR> Riding Goals - <BR> <BR> Other Personal Goals - Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:52:50 EST Do you belong to a club? I belong to 5 motorcycle groups: <BR> Rose City MC, <link> </link> 6 major events/yr <BR> ABATE of Oregon <link> </link> 3 major events/yr <BR> Star Touring & Riding <link> </link> 1 major event/yr <BR> Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) <link><BR>efault.aspx </link> PGR rides are depending on where the funeral of a soldier may be. Most years I average 7000+ miles that are an acc... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:45:35 EST What is your favorite type of riding? There are a few types of rides I enjoy: <BR> I like long rides with a destination in mind. (As opposed to just going out for a ride) It could be a day-ride, an overnight or a 3 week road-trip. <BR> I enjoy group rides, to a point, with a mission involved such as, Run For The Wall (Los Angeles to Wash. DC) <BR> Some of the clubs I belong put on several Runs each year for various charities. Run For The Wall is the longest rides but only one time each year. From Portland OR, to Los Angeles to W... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:30:19 EST New Guy from Las Vegas Hello All, <BR> My name is Carl and I am from Las Vegas, NV. New to sparkpeople and learning all about the site. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:25:06 EST Demonic Squirrel Riding Story by Daniel Meyer Demonic Squirrel Riding Story by Daniel Meyer <BR> <BR> "Neighborhood Hazard <BR> (or: Why the Cops Won’t Patrol Brice Street) <BR> <BR> I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! <BR> <BR> Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reaction... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:38:51 EST Who Maintains /Wrenches on your Ride? Bear posted where he is working on his own bike. I do all the regular maintenance, such as oil changes, rear differential, brakes, and other fluid changes, clutch, spark plugs...etc. But once it goes internal I take it to the experts. Don't trust my shade-tree mechanics on my main ride. A puddle jumper I would consider overhauling, and dirt-bikes are fairly simple. <BR> On my street bike the intricate works goes to the mechanic. (Not the Dealer) If the repair goes wrong I have someone else to... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:01:11 EST VALVE TRAIN BLUES OK, new heads installed. Electronic fuel control massaged and tuned. Cold idle and hot idle speeds set. Bike runs great, for about 10 minutes, then starts pumping fuel out the induction module (forward cylinder). Intake valve not opening on forward cylinder. Investigation leads to destroyed lifter, pushrod rattling around loose. Replaced lifter and pushrod. Runs fine for about 10 minutes, then rod comes loose, fuel out the manifold, etc. Pulled head, inspected valve to piston clearance (fine)... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:38:42 EST Winter Riding.... .Sometimes Not Smart Idea!! I put this in a Blog but thought I would post here as well. Some people are just not Blog readers. This Blog is about the 29th annual Polar Bear Run here in Portland Oregon. <BR> <BR> A group of us from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) did the Polar Bear Run yesterday in Portland, Oregon. This is attended by bikers from all over Oregon and Washington. This is an annual event, 29th annual. Some people jump into icy waters, we ride motorcycles. I will have to say I forgot to take my "smart-pills... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:36:36 EST 2013 GOALS - Health & Riding What are your health goals for 2013 and what are your riding goals for 2013? <BR> <BR> My health goals are to lose 5 pounds a month until I get to my goal weight, exercise 4-5 times a week, and eat healthier. <BR> <BR> My riding goals are to ride as much as I can. There are things I want to do, but until I make some changes, I am not sure if I will be able to do them. I would like to still do Bronze Biker Rally in August and maybe Hell's Canyon in July. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:41:37 EST NEW HEADS! Just ordered a set of Screamin' Eagle heads for my baby! They are getting pretty hard to find for an Evo motor, but I found a set at House of Harley in Milwaukee. They are supposed to add 25 horsepower due to redesigned ports and larger valves. Now I have to wait on UPS, already feels like forever, even though I only ordered them an hour ago! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:34:35 EST New gear today I've been working a lot of overtime lately, and really putting most of the cash into savings, but had to go out and spend today (it's a moral imperative). Got a new Bilt helmet with the internal flip down sunshade, and a complete thermal undersuit, from top to toes. It has been a pretty mild winter so far, but I'm a pessimist who likes to stay warm! Tomorrow morning, I get the extreme pleasure of changing out a set of lifters. At least I have adjustable pushrods, so I don't have to pull my he... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 03:26:03 EST Follow Up Post hi everyone! <BR> <BR> joined this team a long time back but haven't been really active ~ i did an introduction and also made a post with a LOT of questions because of being a beginning rider. <BR> <BR> as an update ~ i finally took the MSF Basic Riders Course while dH & I were up in Oregon this summer and *barely* passed. i'm pretty sure the main instructor passed me only because i gave him my word that i would practice the skills i learned in empty parking lots. <BR> <BR> i had no bike ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:39:10 EST Winterize or Ride your Motorcycle? The older I get the more I am becoming a fair-weather rider. I live in the Northwest where it rains more often. I don't mind to much if I get caught in a sporadic rain situation because it will not last for long periods. I used to ride a lot no matter the weather but I have seen so many accidents weather related. Safety factor goes down by 70%, in my mind, where sudden braking becomes a big issue. Anyone who rides a bike knows from time-to-time grabbing a handful of brakes becomes necessary. ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:38:59 EST Sunday's ride Took a ride up Mt. Lemmon, north of Tucson in the Catalina Mountains, with my little brother today. There was an early "Oktoberfest" up there that was pretty much a ripoff with $5 beers, but the scenery was beautiful, and the weather was perfect! Posted a bunch of pics on my SparkPage, check it out! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 00:03:44 EST Eating On The Road I am curious to see what kind of snacks you carry in your saddlebags and what type of food you eat while rout riding and stopping for meals. I know I do not always make the most health conscious choices. But I am working on it! <BR> <BR> In my saddlebags I have almonds and KIND bars and water. <BR> <BR> What do you have? Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:07:24 EST Post your ride. Next week myself and a buddy are planning a 2000+ mile road-trip from Portland Oregon. The ride will take me through several National Parks in Oregon, Nevada and California. Long list but should be filled with scenery; <BR> In Oregon: Umpqua Nat. Forest via Crater Lake Nat. Park <BR> In California: Modoc Nat. Forest, Plumes Nat Forest, Yosemite National Park. Coming out of the park head North to the Calif. gold towns of Sonora, Jamestown, Angels Camp. San Andreas is along the way so hope no e... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:00:08 EST BUSTED FOR SPEED THIS MORNING I recently increased my morning walk to 6.28 miles. The main part of my walk is along a fitness path running parallel to a river. There are several "jogger parks" along the way. With the route I follow, the parks are located at 1.5 miles, 2.5 miles, and 3.14 miles (my turnaround point). I usually dawdle along, stop at the first park for a drink, bypass the second, then another drink and a 5 minute break at the third, before starting back. My door to door time works out right at 2 hours, 540 ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:01:48 EST ANOTHER ARIZONA NEWBIE - TUCSON Hello everyone, my name is Dave and I live just north of Tucson, Az. Have been on SP for 2 months now, and have been riding bikes since I was 15. My present ride is a '95 Electraglide that I ride daily (not much choice, I blew up my van!). Looking forward to meeting you all and spinnin' some tall tales! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:43:30 EST Where are you from? Let us know where you are from and maybe we can get some small groups going for meet and greets or support or ride buddies! <BR> <BR> Area: Examples( Northwest, Southwest, East, etc.) <BR> State/Province: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:10:45 EST Meet and Greets If you'd like to do a meet and greet with other sparkers, list the info here: <BR> <BR> Date: <BR> Time: <BR> Event Place: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:42:50 EST Motorcycle Events Do you know of a motorcyle event coming up? Feel free to list it in this forum. Let us know all the particulars and if you have a link, add that as well! Here is an example of how we might want to do this: <BR> <BR> Region: Northwest <BR> State: Oregon <BR> Event Name: Bronze Bike Motorcycle Rondevous <BR> Dates: August 17-19, 2012 <BR> Event website (or flyer link): Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:36:10 EST Team Leader? According to the "Home Page" of our team it indicates our board has inactive Team Leaders. I am wondering if the team leaders have stopped posting due to a lack of interest? Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:12:52 EST I want to restore an old Goldwing any news or findings on someone selling one that I can tinker with sure would be appreciated. You can leave contact number here no matter the location, I'm interested. Mon, 7 May 2012 12:12:59 EST Please help WMX Pros get to the nationals WMN Racing is helping the WMX Pro racers get to the 2012 Outdoor Nationals and we need your help! We have 5 women pros in this rig ready to go, and we have room for many more. The WMX are racing 8 rounds this year- Hangtown, Freestone, Thunder Valley, Hi-point, Red Bud, Washougal, Moto X 338 (Southwick), and Lake Elsinore. The goal is to provide free bike transportation for them to the 8 rounds, all we are missing is the fuel to get to the 8 rounds. Fuel for the Nationals costs 10 to 13 tho... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:53:36 EST Things have been pretty quiet on the boards Things have been pretty quiet on the boards, how is everyone doing with their goals. Best of wishes to all. <em>213</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:50:25 EST New member from Milwaukee! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team but have had success with sparkpeople before. I lost 60 pounds then put most back on. Planning a trip out west to Yellowstone this summer so want to get back to a better riding weight again. <BR> I ride an Electraglide Classic usually with my daughter because my wife is too scared. Been to New Orleans last year and Niagra Falls the year before. <BR> I ride year round as long as there's no snow on the ground which this year has been pretty much.... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 15:14:22 EST Got the Spark Bug Determined to succeed, what a great tool this site is.. I already feel better and look better. A tan through bikini is in my near future.. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:26:15 EST Hello riders!! Hey not sure if I ever introduced myself! But I have been gone for awhile and I have been trying to do this whole wieght loss/ life change on my own and I have failed!! And I was recently readin a story and they mentioned Spark People and the bell went off in my head and I am back!! Anyways my name is Shauna and I am a mom to 5 kids, one girl and 4 boys! You would think I would be more active but I am not! I am married to a great guy for 8 wonderful and sometimes not so wonderful years! He is... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:41:28 EST Cold Weather Riding There is still snow and ice on the ground here in Winnipeg but I've been looking forward to Spring. It can still be pretty chilly first thing in the morning, even when the snow is gone so I'm wondering what people wear around their necks. My man had a tube that he pulls over his head but I find it very bulky and it doesn't sit smooth. <BR> <BR> Last year I made do with a scarf but I would prefer something that would fit better. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:19:02 EST Hello from the White Mountains, Arizona! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> My name is Beth, and I ride on the back of my hubby's 2010 Triumph Rocket III. We have a blast with it! The scoot is super cool! We have been living in the White Mountains of N.E. Arizona for 13 years. It gets freezing cold up here, and it even snows! <BR> <BR> In 2011 we took a *BIG* motorcycle trip up to Fresno, the Bay area, then down PCH, etc. (I'm from Southern California originally. I cried when we were on PCH, it was emotional). <BR> <BR> I have no... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 01:12:58 EST What do you and your motorcycle to in the winter? Living in the NorthWest I am becoming more of a "fair-weather" rider, for safety reasons. During the winter months I mostly do all my general/preventative maintenance such as: Clean, wax, change all fluids, check every bolt tightened to proper torque, lube all connections. On a sunny day I will take a short ride to keep all the seals and transmission well lubed. <BR> When warm weather comes around (60+ degrees F) I will take longer rides of about 300+ miles. These 300+ mile trips help get me... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:30:40 EST New Member Hello all my name is Britt and I'm from Seattle, WA. I currently ride a 2011 BMW S1000RR. I joined this club because I thought it was really cool other people shared my love of motorcycles that were also seeking to improve their health for one reason or another. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:10:23 EST Warning About Privacy I was going to earn 15 points by making 5 posts on the Message Boards and this is what I found by clicking on the link the person provided. <BR> <BR> Message Boards .... Spark People Cafe .... Topic = Spark People Personal Blogs <BR> <BR> SP_STAFF's Blog Saturday, January 14, 2012 <BR> <BR> New Sharing and Saving Options on Member Blogs <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed over the past month, we've been adding a bar to our articles, quizzes and more that lets yo... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:37:10 EST Riding Plans for 2012? I plan to put on over 15,000+ miles this year. Being retired has its benefits. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> 1. I plan to once again ride the Run For The Wall. Not all the way this year but about 3500 mi. <BR> <BR> 2. Ride from Portland to San Diego (with many side trips) and ride back up the Calif. coast via Hwy 1 and 101 through the Redwood Forest, and Oregon Coast back to Portland. 4600 miles. <BR> <BR> 3. Ride to Laguna Seca motorcycle races. 2000+ miles. <BR> <BR> 4. Ride Rose City MC even... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:40:56 EST Beginning Rider Has Questions Sorry ~ this is a very long post. <BR> <BR> I'm new to riding .... dh just bought me a used Honda Rebel right before Christmas and I've only been on it maybe 1/2 dozen times so I have some questions that maybe y'all can chime in on. My rides have been brief and involve driving down a 3/4 mile road & back several times and also riding to the cul de sac where the mailboxes are. <BR> <BR> I plan on taking an MSF Basic Rider Course but after seeing what the course looks like & the exercises t... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 19:45:30 EST newb here from AZ new to bike riding but not Spark .... also, i spend 4 or 5 months in Oregon (like June ~ Sept/Oct) & the balance here in Buckeye, AZ <BR> <BR> so .... for years (lots of them) I thought I wanted to learn to ride & I still kind of think that. DH was kind enuf to buy me a used Honda Rebel 250 just before Christmas. Since this is an "intro" I'm going to post riding questions in a different spot. <BR> <BR> What I've found here on Spark is that when I follow my program it works for me so my g... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:21:19 EST Hi all, from C-Bus, OH I'm new to this whole SparkPeople thing, but really hoping it, and you can help me in my journey toward health and fitness along with interesting converstions with fellow bikers. I've been riding my own bike for the past 6 years, after telling my DH on a ride from OH to Key West and back,,,somewhere in Arkansas, that I was tired of looking at the back of his head all the time. Well,,,he called me on it and 2 years later I was riding along side him, instead of behind him, on my 2005 Honda 75... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:51:55 EST Ridesin the Northwest I figured if someone in the Northwest wanted to ride I would list some events I know about. I'm sure more will pop up once the weather gets better. <BR> <BR> 2011 <BR> 12-3: 32nd Annual ABATE TOY RUN 10:00 am TriMet Bus Parking Lot-17th & Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR <BR> <BR> 12-4: AMO 23rd annual Toy Run Meet at the K-Mart Parking Lot - Pacific Blvd. Albany, OR @ 10 amFree Donuts, Hot Cocoa & Coffee <BR> Motorcycle Parade starts @ 11:30 am <BR> Bring a gift for a child <BR> Bring canned Foo... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:41:31 EST Run for the Wall, May 2012 Are any of you planning on going on this ride in May? My husband looked into shipping the trike out from Florida and doing the ride, but that proved to be pretty expensive. We did the ride to DC from NY and from FL. I don't think I want to ride overto CA and back, but he is looking for someone to make the ride with. Here's a link to their website. <BR> <BR><BR>es&r=-1&pid=0 <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:08:42 EST Hi I'm new to this team! Hello fellow bikers! My first experience with a motorcycle was my daddy would give me and my brothers a ride around the yard. I fell in love with bikes. One of my brothers would get a dirt bike and he would let me ride. When I was 8, He had a Harley I don't remember much about it, other than my feet barely touched the ground and I loved going fast and jumping the hills on our farm. We were pretty hard on it. Of course my daddy had a fit and made us get rid of it. Well.... now, I met a guy who... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:30:54 EST Motorcycle Videos Has everyone seen this video showing a rider at the Police Motorcycle Rodeo? I couldn't do this without taking out a bunch of cones... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:49:34 EST Let loose here... This is the area to post links to funny stuff on the internet, start threads on login points earned on the spark wheel, game threads, earn spark points for posting. Whatever you want. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 08:11:53 EST Newbie to this health thing in Florida Hello all, I'm Paul and I live in Central Western Florida, I ride an '04 Harley Road King, I'm new to this whole health thing but I can say after about 30 years of smoking, I've quit 7 1/2 months ago and now I'm doing the gym thing with my wife. I would love to join a group that actually posts something online and I can read ideas on how to stay motivated as well as keep me on track with loosing a few inches and pounds. Well, stay safe out there! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:38:28 EST Hello to everyone My name is Mike and i am trying to loose some weight and found this site to be interesting, and maybe helpful. I ride a 2003 Honda Shadow Sabre, 1100. Love riding. Went to Tennessee and rode the Dragon tail in July of this year, it was a blast. Have a great day. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:31:18 EST Is riding a kind of exercise or not? I think a rider does a certain kind of exercise, for example, as he/she resist the wind in a fast long ride in a highway, but what do you think? Sun, 14 Aug 2011 00:14:33 EST Three Wheeler I just put up some pictures of the Harley trike project. As you can see, we are close to putting it on the road. My wife, Mary, is excited. She wants to try out the passenger seat! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:06:03 EST CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?~~~pekin il I had to share my weekend ride with you all.....After 3 weeks of tragedy in our area a fellow biker and crew organized a parade called "can you see me now'... It was to raise awareness of just how many bikes there are and that "cagers" need to get off the phone, pay attention and drive safety...with just 2 weeks of planning, and help from media and Facebook the crowd grew to about 1500 bikes...It was an awesome ride with a great message......sadly we lost 2 riders that night to a Drunk drive... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:34:59 EST Those beautiful curves !!! Have you done anything like this? Tell us about it!!! <BR> <BR><BR>Ug&feature=related Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:59:34 EST 11 Mexican pounds to lose... I'm Martha and I'm from Mexico. My goal is to lose 11 pounds. I 'm ready to make an effort and be consistent with my diet and training program, but I need help because it's always been very hard for me. I'm very happy to be part of Spark Community, and I hope to be around for a long time in order to be helped and to help others as I can. <BR> I like to ride. I have a BMW F 650 GS and I look for curvy highways every weekend. I just love it! <BR> I'll be close and working hard. Happy Saturday t... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:47:06 EST Looking for some help from fellow bike lovers So my husband rode our Suzuki Intruder to work last Thursday and a woman in front of him slammed on her brakes. Instead of slamming into her rear-end, he intentionally laid the bike down going about 30mph...he is ok thank God, just a bit sore. We reported everything to insurance (we have full coverage and no lien on it) there was very little damage to the bike..windshield, floor boards, handlebars and saddle bags all need replaced. However, there is a lot of cosmetic damage to the crash ba... Tue, 17 May 2011 21:52:30 EST Trike riders <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50930 </link> <BR> <BR> I created a team just for trike riders. Please come on over and join my team. <BR> <BR> Walksfar Tue, 10 May 2011 11:21:26 EST New n Need prayers Hello my name is Vickie. See Note below from my best friend(sister) to see why we need prayers from Fellow Bikers. It happened in Illinois. They were out celebrating their anniversary with a ride. They have 2 young children too. <BR> <BR> A Flora man was killed in a motorcycle accident, which occurred Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm, in Effingham County, on U.S. Route 45, at the intersection of Dutch Lane. <BR> <BR> According to Illinois State Police, in Effingham, 32-year-old Charles “Chu... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:18:39 EST Are you ATGATT? ATGATT - All The Gear All The Time! <BR> <BR> Do you subscribe to this philosophy? Do wear a helmet, boots, gloves, and leathers/textiles when you ride? Do you prefer the feeling of the wind in your hair (if you have hair) and the comfort of a shirt and jeans? Are you somewhere in between? <BR> <BR> I personally err on the side of caution and well all my gear all the time. In fact, the one piece I am missing is a spine protector. I have a textile suit with built in armor on the knees... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 12:03:49 EST Motorcyle Story: One Mean Sqirrel! This is long but a great story by Daniel Meyer <BR> <BR> Neighborhood Hazard (or: Why the Cops Won’t Patrol Brice Street) <BR> <BR> I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! <BR> Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reactions of fighte... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:52:03 EST New here Hi all. I'm Debbie. I have reacently beat stage 3B breast cancer. I have not been able to ride for the past 2 years. I am looking forward to getting my bike out brushing the cob webs off of it. Polishing the crome, getting a new battery, draing the old gas out and riding. Once I start who knows when I will get off of it again. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:59:36 EST Favorite ride? I think mine was Road to The Sun. Although I enjoyed riding up the Oregon coast. Being from the Midwest, they were both grand. <BR> Or maybe, when I rode to Jasper. Cold, but fantastic. I had on everything warm I had with me and was buying cloths when I stopped. I got snowed out in August. I saw Plow trucks sitting along the road and knew I had a problem. It melted on the roads and stayed on the Mountains, just how beautiful can it get.... <BR> <BR> I hope to eat right, get back in s... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 04:40:37 EST I am proud of Tim and I. We were invited to a birthday party. Pizza, Ice cream and cake. <BR> <BR> We made a plan before we left home. <BR> <BR> We ate before we went--- past on the pizza, (we used to would have stuffer ourselves) and ate a small peice of cake, and past on the ice cream. I had green tea without sugar and Tim had water. We stayed within our aloted calories for the day. <BR> <BR> This is magor for us. It felt very good. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:37:19 EST Hi, I'm new all worked up and excited.. And I have plenty of places to go. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Annie. <BR> <BR> I started riding in 66. I have a Yamaha Virago. Old but sure. I have been a lot of places on this bike. I just can't seem to part with it. It fits my body.. <BR> <BR> I have around 45 pounds to loose. I was already 15/20 pounds overweight, when I got married. I said, OH no I will not gain weight.. Of course I did. Then, I fell and broke my leg so bad, they had to take me to emergency surgery. NO, I won't gain a... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:20:57 EST Road ID As a motorcyclist I can vouch for Road ID. I have one that is made to stick on the side of my helmet with all pertinent info that is inside a waterproof sleeve. <BR> For other outside exercise, or even in the gym, I have adapted this system and put my information on a lanyard I can put around my neck (almost like military dog-tags) The next time I knock myself out getting spit off the treadmill I am ready!! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:53:51 EST Riding again Hello all. Happy here to be riding again. Not exactly the type of bike I wanted but it will help me save towards the one I want. I baught a '07 GSXR 1000 3 weeks ago and put almost 1000 miles on it already. (It has become my primary means of transportation.) What am I saving for? My Fatboy. One day. Just happy to be riding again. <BR> <BR> Oh, I am Mike, new to the team, working on keeping the weight I lost in Afghanistan off and lose more if I can help it. Happy holidays to you a... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 06:06:09 EST Holiday Overating Well it has officially started. Our Thanksgiving Luncheon was today at work. I thought I did pretty good until I entered it all... if I had just passed up the Sweet Potato Casserole and the German Chocolate Cake; I would have been fine. I feel like the turkey this afternoon. Stuffed!! <BR> <BR> Sure tasted good going down, but as they say "a minute on the lips, forever on the hips"!!! I forsee tight clothes in my future if I keep this up! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:18:02 EST Glad to be here Just wanted to say hi to everyone and looking forward to meeting all of you. Have a great day. MATT Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:20:47 EST PRAYERS PLEASE!!! As fellow riders, I would like to ask us all to pray for the lives lost in the horrible motorcycle accident that happened in California. <BR> I did not personally know anyone involved. But as a fellow rider I want to keep them and all riders lost, in my prayers....I also pray that all my fellow riders are kept safe, and may return home to the family and friends that love us dearly. I pray that the Lord send his angels to watch and protect us. In Jesus name....AMen! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 12:19:36 EST Plastic Surgery for Loose Skin? Has anyone had surgery or researched surgery to tighten loose skin? I have lost 60+ lbs in the last 10 months. Since I am over 60 my skin has lost some elasticity. It may be really vain on my part, but the skin under my jawline is now hanging down with no signs of retracting. <BR> There are several reasons I have lost the weight. First priority is for health reasons and secondly for appearance reasons. If I feel better, I want to look better as well. As it is when I see pictures of myself it... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:05:48 EST Hello from Canadian Biker Been on and off Spark for past 2 years...back on track..going for another ride. I ride a Yamaha V-star 650..classic. Ride to live, live to ride Thu, 16 Sep 2010 21:13:42 EST I make 550 Im Sandra, member 550 hehe.... <BR> Im not new to sparks been in and out for a few years now. But just recently "rejoined" as nursing school packed the weight back on. <BR> <BR> I just bought my first bike a 2005 Honda Shadow. I LOOOOVE IT! Im new to the driver seat. (my bike picture is in my blog) <BR> I ride it to school and to work mostly because well that's my life...I'm in school 5 days a week, getting my BSN-RN and I work every weekend. So it seems the only time I ride there and back... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:21:33 EST Honor Ride for LCpl Vasquez I belong to Leathernecks Motorcycle Club International (LMCI) and we were asked to participate in a final homecoming for this young Marine. Because of the distance, I was unable to participate on Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday, I rode a round trip of 310 miles to take part in the escort for LCpl Vasquez. <BR> <BR> The weather did not cooperate. It rained buckets. But all of that was irrelevant. Besides the weather, everything else went off without a hitch. I can't say enough good thin... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 14:31:55 EST Hi Everyone I'm not very good at this message board stuff, but I'll try. I've tried the Spark program before, and really liked it, but never got involved in the community (and ultimately just let it drop). I think that was a mistake, so I'm giving it another shot. =) <BR> <BR> Hopefully, I'll be talking to you soon... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 14:12:24 EST Love the leathers too Hi All. My husband and I both ride. I have a Suzuki Savage 650, because it is the only bike I fit off the rack... I hem my pants to a 27" inseam. My husband is the President of the Silver Knights Motorcycle Club up here in Ontario, Canada (The Transit workers). We also have the Blue (police), Red (Firefighters) and the White (Ambulance) Knights. I'm hoping to look better in my leathers with weight loss. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 22:56:47 EST RIP Steve Brandt--owner of Brandt's HD Wabash IN Please remember Steve Brandt and his family in your thoughts and prayers. His bike went off the road this past Thursday evening while he was on his way home from work --no one knows what happened. A motorist passing by saw a bike in the ditch and called 911. He was airlifted to the hospital but died en-route. We have lost a not only a fellow rider, but a very kind man that gave alot to the Wabash IN community. Any of you from Indiana might have heard of the free concerts, hog roasts and ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 16:11:58 EST Anyone ride in parades? I had to miss parades this year. I generally ride in 4th of July parade with the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) We get many request from various cities wanting us to ride. We also do parades on Veterans Day and Christmas. <BR> If you have not had a chance to ride in one you should give it a try. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:00:01 EST Motorcycle Calorie Burn Here is a calculator I found that can help with calculating Calorie burn. <link><BR>ge.html </link> <BR> <BR> Since I do a lot of riding I have done a lot of research. The consensus is that an average of 122 calories/hour are burned. It depends on your weight, age and gender. This calculator however does not take into account the riding conditions such as high winds and traffic conditions. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:34:18 EST Road Trips Planned? Wondering who has a road trip planned or finished one? Finished 2 road trips already this year. First one on May 7th, 6200 miles, was the Run For The Wall that started in Los Angeles heading for Washington DC for the Vietnam Wall. After leaving Portland we headed for Redding CA. (for my In-N-Out Burger), cut over to Merced CA. then to Mariposa CA (Yosemite National Park), Bakersfield then to Needles CA found Route 66 via Oatman CA onto Kingman AZ. We then headed for Lake Havasu AZ for 5 days.... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:23:02 EST Hi from Manitoba Hello all. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for awhile but I just started getting into the teams. <BR> <BR> I don't have a bike. Yet. Or my license. I did take the Motorcycle Safety Course this past weekend but I didn't pass the evaluation at the end so I'm not considered road-worthy yet. It was a rough weekend so I'm giving it some time before I try again. But I will try again! <BR> <BR> My man Mark has a Yamaha R1 that I can fit on the back of and I enjoy riding with him but I would like to... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:49:17 EST Hi! New from Daytona Beach Hi everyone, I ride a 1991 custom softail, which has been rebuilt and revamped many times and now is my loving rat bike. I have been riding my own for 30 yrs and have put on the pounds along with the miles. Hoping to get back to my comfortable weight, like where my butt fits my seat again, lol. Mon, 24 May 2010 14:25:25 EST Strength Training and Healthy Eating on the Road My hubby and I are planning a six week motorcycle trip to Alaska in July. I typically workout 5 - 6 days a week strength training. We are going to hit a gym 2 days a week. At the gym we would do whole body workouts. I don't want to lose all the improvements I have made. Any suggestions on what I can do at a campground regarding ST. I have found some things to do, push ups, squats, but any other ideas would be appreciated. Also any suggestions for back packing type of recipes. I have a hy... Mon, 17 May 2010 17:53:17 EST playing hookie today gonna take the afternoon off to spend some time with hunny. Wanted to ride the bikes for a bit, but now we have wind advisories out. May just take the car instead and go see a movie, perhaps get some new walking shoes. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:13:29 EST Any thoughts on Suzuki V-Strom vs. BMW R1150 GS Hey all! <BR> <BR> Just sold my first bike last week and am looking to get into something new. I'm thinking with my next bike I want something that's a bit more versatile and can just as easily handle hidden gravel/dirt roads as it can long highway trips. <BR> <BR> My research has me narrowed down to Suzuki V-Strom (mostly hearing go with 650 vs. 1000) and the BMW GS (or GS Adventure) models. Wondering if anyone has experience or thoughts with either? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:05:11 EST anyone wii? Let me tell you, I hate that little bugger that said I was obese, unbalanced, and 5 yrs older! The challenge is on, I'm gonna show him who is boss! I can unplug his little butt... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:12:33 EST Ready for a change I just started reading the Spark book and joined up here. Looks like a great place for support. I ride a 2005 Kaw Vulcan 800. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 09:29:58 EST New from NE Oklahoma Hi! My name is Kim and I live in northeastern Oklahoma about 40 miles northeast of Tulsa. We have a 2008 Harley Davidson Ultraclassic. I ride behind DH now but would like to have my own some day. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:26:04 EST Personal challenge! Do you have anything that you challenge yourself to do? Daily, weekely, hourly, lol? <BR> <BR> My challenge is to keep my attitude toward myself in a positive mode. I need to quit being so mean to myself! I do it all the time--you failed, you were ugly to that person, you cheated, you are fat, you are lazy, you can't. ENOUGH already! I'm going to work on feeding MYSELF the same positive attitude that I feed others, after all, I do have to live with ME! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:36:24 EST Someday I will... I find myself wanting things that I always wanted to have 'someday'. You know, the things we dream about and can't afford, the things we put off until another day. I've reached the age that I attend more funerals, ugghhhh, and realize that if I don't start doing some of these things now, I may never get to. Kinda like the bucket list, I guess. What's on your 'someday I will' list? I have discovered that the list may have changed, due to my age--umm, maturity--and current place in life. ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 06:59:23 EST The delimma... I told Steve that I was thinking about buying a new bike. That got the ball rolling... We went to the Honda dealer to check out their stock, I'm still undecided about what I want. Just looking. Then the worst happened. We started looking at the jetskis. Salesman has a great deal on a still crated 07 model. I can pick it up cheaper than the bike. Could just polish the bike, buy a few more accessories, and use her another year or two. Of course, having a water toy will take away from bi... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:51:25 EST New from Davis County, Utah Hi. I'm from Northern Utah. I have been riding for 4 years and am hooked! I ride a 2004 H-D Superglide. I love riding with my husband of 20 years. He's the one who encouraged me to get behind the handle bars. It's been a real test of courage and will for me. I'm always learning new things about myself through the experiences of riding. I joined SparkPeople to focus on being more fit and for overall wellness. I am excited that I can "hang out" with other motorcycle enthusiasts at the same time... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:49:45 EST I RODE YESTERDAY<BR>cs/10001/IMGP1806.JPG <BR> <BR><BR>pics/10001/IMGP1807.JPG <BR> <BR><BR>pics/10001/IMGP1808.JPG <BR> <BR><BR>pics/10001/IMGP1809.JPG <BR> <BR> Some pics...Southern Maryland Chapel Point Sat, 20 Mar 2010 06:54:13 EST newbie here Hey guys and girls, I just signed up yesterday. I have been riding for about 10 years now...but longer on dirt. I have had all sorts of bikes from suzuki to honda. Have had about 24 bikes, no I did not wreck any of them. Latly with class's and all I have not had alot of time to ride my baby but plan on getting a great ride in this week sometime with the weather being nice and it being spring break. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:45:52 EST New to this team Although I joined Spark at the end of December, I am just finding this team now... good timing, the weather is really clearing up here in Southern Ontario hopefully we will have a great ride season! I live in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and my husband and I both ride Kawasaki Vulcans, we have had them for two years now but did not get to ride as much as we would have liked to last year because the weather was not good! My mother-in-law rides a Spyder (3 wheels, two on the front one on the back... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:19:18 EST I will Ride again!!! I haven't been able to ride since 2008 due to some health issues. I've been recently diagnosed with probable progressive MS I'm trying to lose weight and get healthy so my husband won't worry about me when I get that bike out this spring. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:06:01 EST A most amazing vegetable The Amazing Cucumber <BR> <BR> This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems. <BR> <BR> 1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. <BR> <BR> 2. Feeling tired in the afternoon,... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:27:53 EST Get in shape for RIDING SEASON Challenge! Let's start a new challenge. Get in shape for riding season. (I know, some of you get to ride all year round. I'm jealous!) <BR> Anyhow, how about we challenge ourselves to stick with our daily exercise and calorie goals. <BR> <BR> Mon/22 <BR> Calorie goal: 1619 Actual: 1619 <BR> Exercise minutes goal: 40 Actual: 75 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:07:03 EST Bikers & Motorcyclists Any thoughts on the article comparing (or really contrasting) Bikers & Motorcyclists in Motorcycle Consumer News March of 2010? Any additions to the list? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:04:04 EST Glenn from Dallas, TX Howdy! <BR> <BR> Firstly, I ride an '07 Suzuki Burgman 400 which the State of Texas classifies as a MOTORCYCLE. :) <BR> <BR> I love my scooter. Initially got a 250cc Jonway to start out with and looking to move up to a motorcycle, but once I got the Burgman(and the CVT twist&go tranny), I think I'm just fine. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking my MPG's will increase once the rider weight decreases. <BR> <BR> Two-wheels are the best therapy ever...Glad to be here and a Spark Guy! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 14:30:53 EST Strugis 2010 Anybody planning to go to Strugis 2010? Let me know. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 10:28:08 EST Calling all Central Texas Bikers/Trikers We are holding a benefit at Smoking Ray's on the Old Dallas Highway on Sunday at 2pm (Jan 31) for one of our members. Amy doesn't have any dental/medical insurance and needs immediate dental surgery. She is a newly wed and her husband doesn't have insurance where he works either. <BR> <BR> Please stop by if you can. Don't know what real food they are having, but I'm bringing cookies and brownies for desert.... <BR> <BR> Hope they taste good, because I'm vowed not to sample them mysel... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:42:56 EST Burning calories while you ride After riding yesterday I tried to add it to my exercise log, but couldn't find it anywhere on the list. When I did Weight Watchers I know that it counted as exercise points, so I did a quick search. This website figures out how many calories that you burn based on your height and weight. For me, I burned 99 calories for riding an hour. Might as well get credit for it! <BR> <BR><BR>ries_burned_Motor_scooter_motor_cycle.<BR>html Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:11:42 EST I think he's crazy! It has been below freezing for days, but yesterday it warmed up to 42 in the afternoon. Steve decided to take the bike for a spin to charge the battery. He was disappointed that I did not want to go. hmmmm....that's why I have it on a battery tender, life support for the winter. I tried to explain to him that putting on 3 layers of clothes, boots, gloves, coats, and helmut is just not worth it for a 10 min ride. I'll ride in the cold, but let's go somewhere, I've got layers! He on the ot... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 08:21:27 EST PMS symptoms... We all have it--Parked Motorcycle Syndrome. What are your symptoms? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 08:02:41 EST I'm new to all this except motorcycles I live in Upstate South Carolina and ride my Harley Street Glide whenever I can. I found myself 64 years old, retired, and 50 lbs heaver than I remember being. I can't make myself younger but I hope to get to a weight that I can see my toes again when I stand up straight. I enjoy riding Blue Ridge Parkway and Smokey Mountains, no better life. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:05:26 EST And my mother thinks I am CRAZY! Mom thinks riding a motorcycle is just NUTS! Scares her to death. Well... look at THIS guy! <BR> <link><BR>://<BR>e-buggy-rollin.mp4&image=<BR><BR>ue&controlbar=over&link=http://www.gam<BR><BR>gyrollin.html&displayclick=link </link> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:01:46 EST Winter Challenge Anybody ready to commit to a long term (3 month)challenge? No quick fix, no instant skinny, just a long term goal to work everyday on losing some weight and improving our health. <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minutes of cardio daily (5 days a week) <BR> 2. one zone of strength training daily (upper, lower, or core) five days a week <BR> 3. stay within calorie range. Alternate days in the week for high, mid and low range. <BR> 4. recognize a weakness in your life or diet and work to eliminate it from yo... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:01:04 EST Introducing Myself Hi, <BR> Im tinah, glad to be here...not sure how i stumbled on this forum and not sure how soon I'll find it again to read any comments on this here mesg... <BR> I live in Gilroy, been a rider since I was 17... kinda grew up with bikes around built a chopper when I was a wee tyke... met and married an awesome guy from my church youth group...we were complete opposites but one thing we had in common was that we liked to ride motorcycles.... we bought several before our Harleys... He... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:46:18 EST Hi I need a buddy I've gained 12! is there anyone out there that would like to be a buddy and help each other make it through the winter so we can look good on our bikes come this season??? <BR> please get in touch with me Sun, 22 Nov 2009 12:38:25 EST Communication Rider 2 Rider (AutoCom vs Scala) Do you use MC communications if so what kind and what do you like about it and what would you change or don't like about your system? <BR> <BR> We are working on getting a system, I like autocom seems to be really good but is a "wire up" unit. Hubby is favoring Scala since it is now "wireless" sysetem....... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 18:06:16 EST I am back I been down and out since Augest with back pain and then back surgery. Put on too much of the weigth i had lost. Now it tiem to get back on track. Doc won't let me ride for another 4 weeks. <BR> Might me too cold my then Oh when is spring <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:11:54 EST Women Riders in Canada... Hi ladies, <BR> I have great news to pass on. August 4-8, 2010 the Women Riders Council, on behalf of MCC, will be hosting a very special event for women riders. <BR> The location of Huntsville Ontario and the date as mentioned above are the only knows at this time. <BR> The Women Riders Council will be spending the winter getting all the details planned. Please mark this event on your calendar as one not to miss. It will be the first Women Riders event in Canada. <BR> As details are known,... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 22:31:12 EST scala-rider® Q2 Multiset Headset Hi, fellow motorcycle lovers! Hubby and I want to be able to communicate with each other during our rides. Since we each ride our own bikes we need a system for bike-to-bike. The scala-rider mentioned in the topic line is $395. I don't want to spend more than that..actually I'd like to spend less. lol But I want a good quality system. Buying helmets with it built in is not what we want. This system looks pretty cool to me but I would really appreciate any input from actual riders that h... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 15:41:05 EST H1N1 Tips I received the post below from one of my leadership teams and wanted to share it with you............... <BR> <BR> I work in the healthcare industry and this was shared recently at a business meeting...thought you may be interested.... <BR> <BR> <BR> In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. <BR> <BR> While you are still healthy and not... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:27:30 EST Halloween Quiz Just for fun! <BR> <link><BR>/halloween_2009/cms/cmsquiz/101/2/q.html </link> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:31:56 EST Storing you ride... For me, riding season has about come to an end. It gets SUPER COLD up here, so proper storage is a good idea... <BR> Although my bike will be inside the garage, and it is insulated, it is NOT heated. <BR> <BR> Here is a link that tells about proper motorcycle storage. Of course some of you LUCKY DUCKS don't have this problem. lol! I'm sooo jealous! <BR> <link><BR>le-winter.html </link> Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:59:02 EST Yahoo!!!! Had a good weigh in on Monday past, just forgot to put it on here!! Hubby has put the bike away for another year, its getting too cold, a few flurries around bleck.. and oh yes the insurance has run out that would be a good plan to take the bike off the road... It was a good season... lots of beautiful hot skies for riding.. no complaints... hope everyone is doing well... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:50:34 EST What to do... What do you guys do when you are not riding? <BR> <BR> I paint bikes and I am also an illustrator. I also help run my husband's contracting business, and raise our five year old. She is in gymnastics, piano and has just joined Sparks. Sparks is the young Girl Guides of Canada (like girl scouts). <BR> My ladies riding group also continues monthly meeting throughout the winter, and they want to start a fitness club, so I guess I will be involved in that in some way. I will know more at the ne... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:09:41 EST End of another season Looks like the end of another riding season here. It's COLD here right now. Really cold. But, there may be a couple of days here and there, although I am not holding my breath. <BR> Anyhow, it's time for me to wheel 'er inside, polish 'er up... maybe give 'er some new paint! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> How much longer will you be able to ride? Fri, 2 Oct 2009 13:49:32 EST Las Vegas Bikefest 2009 Just wondering if anybody out there is going to the Las Vegas Bikefest Oct 2-5 2009? We are going for the second time. First time was in 2005. We're leaving the San Jose area Sunday night. Anybody else going? Fri, 25 Sep 2009 10:31:49 EST Stayed the same which is good, didn't go up !!! Hello everyone, so I stayed the same or as we say at Tops I turtled.. yahoo.. but I'm happy its coming off.. clothes are starting to get sloppy big on me.. yay down a size.. and just for all you biker people near and around Kitimat and Terrace,our 27th annual Toy Run is happening Sept 26/09 Saturday.. we are leaving here Kitimat at 11. heading for Mt. Layton Hotsprings then on to Terrace, with our toys, for the kids for Xmas.. we do a drive around Terrace, ending up at the Northern Motor Inn... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:33:56 EST New to this but have had the lbs for awhile...LOL My name is Erica and I live in SC. My husband and I have always riden bikes and here recently, I have gotten a wild-hair for getting my own. That will take awhile but until then, I can atleast get my body into "Hot Mama" shape so I look that muche better, either on the back of my husbands bike or mine! Need motivation and a buddy close by. I have no will power, if I want to eat something bad, there is nothing stopping me....THATS MY PROBLEM--I'm independent and head strong! LOL Somebody....p... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:25:52 EST Hey Hey I've been here for awhile and just never had the time to introduce myself until now. Please don't take it the wrong way I just was on vacation is all.Im from Milwaukee and I am the proud owner of a 1996 1300 Honda Shadow American Classic Edition. (I'll post a pic soon) Hope everyone Drives safe out there Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:45:32 EST 6000 dollar helicopter ride How many times could you fly from Atlanta to Los Angeles for $6000? At least 10? <BR> <BR> I flew only 40 miles...from Cocoa, Florida to Orlando Regional Medical. It was a day I will never forget. I ran off the road on my Harley FLH and went end-over-end. I totaled my Harley and I almost totaled myself. I was wearing my helmet but still broke three ribs and my back. I had to wear a brace for many months and use a walker to get from place to place, but...I am back! I am able to ride aga... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 12:57:09 EST total body workout After riding last night, I was reminded that riding a motorcycle is a total body exercise (especially for your core section).. <BR> Is it possible to claim some of the time on motorcycle as an exercise??? <BR> Just a thought.. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:25:19 EST What did you do this summer? Tell us what you did this summer (in regards to rides, that is) <BR> I didn't do too much. A lot of riding around town. And two overnighters... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 17:42:13 EST Another new bike... My hubbie and I rode down to Kamloops last weekend together on my bike and picked up another bike for him. A 2000 Harley NightTrain. It has a Stage 2 package and is a real ripper. Anyhow, the weather was great and we each had our own bikes to ride home! <BR> <link><BR>32_1.jpeg </link> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 17:41:10 EST Suggestions to make my Honda sound better? My hubby says my Honda Shadow Spirit 1100 sounds like it is "missing". The dealership said that they all sound like that. Hubby's 1300 has Vance Hines pipes and doesn't sound like that. We talked to a guy at a MC shop and he said there were so many kinds of pipes to choose from and didn't have any suggestions. Any suggestions? Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:24:21 EST Needing repairs DH won't take our trike out much. It is an old VW conversion and the transmission has developed a growl. He will ride it around town a little but we're afraid to take it on any trips for fear we'll get stranded. He wants to build a new trike so he is against fixing up this one. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:29:40 EST Suggestions for 1st cycle? I would love to get my first cycle! Any ideas on what is a good cycle to start with? I am short, I need something low to the ground. What's the difference between the Honda Shadow and Rebel? Fri, 21 Aug 2009 23:29:58 EST hi I'm brad i would like to say hello i'm a member of bikers for christ .I NEED TO LOSE 60 LB I KEEP BACKSLIDING ON MY DIET ANY IDEAS TO HELP ME WITH THIS Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:37:48 EST Unusual & Creative Helmets Just for fun... <BR> <link><BR>/12-unusual-and-creative-helmets/ </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite is SPIDERMAN. I LOVE Spiderman! Fri, 5 Jun 2009 10:29:25 EST Hi from Phoenix Hello everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> I'm Dee. Hubby & I are on our 4th Harley. We've been riding for almost 20 years; hubby closer to 30-but don't tell him I told ya that! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I feel guilty calling myself handicapped after meeting some others here that are so much worse off than me. I have idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in my feet, toes, legs and hands. There was some concern that I wouldn't be able to ride much anymore, due to the vibration of the bike, but so far it ha... Sat, 23 May 2009 11:58:25 EST Hi Guys!! Hi, guys! My name is Michelle, mother of four, grandmother of three from southern Ohio and I love my Harley. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and becoming a part of your family. Feel free to stop by my SparkPage and give me a holler! The door is always open! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 00:03:00 EST Fourth of July Challenge Anybody ready to commit to a long term (8 weeks to the 4th)challenge? No quick fix, no instant skinny, just a long term goal to work everyday on losing some weight and improving our health. <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minutes of cardio daily (5 days a week) <BR> 2. one zone of strength training daily (upper, lower, or core) <BR> 3. stay within calorie range. Alternate days in the week for high, mid and low range. <BR> 4. recognize a weakness in your life or diet and work to eliminate it from your ... Tue, 12 May 2009 07:49:05 EST Hello I just joined SP yesterday! Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a sec to introduce myself to the group. First things first, I ride an 03 VTX 1300. I live with my wife and 3 kids in NH. Here is my story over the last 20 years I have gone from 305lbs to 145 lbs and all points in between. I'm currently at 254. I actually lost 6 lbs in the past month prior to joining 5/9/09 Hopefully this time I can get down and keep it off. I think over my life time I have lost at least 1000 lbs. It's all about attitude! Sun, 10 May 2009 20:43:10 EST sad sad sad <BR> The death of a Lake Zurich motorcyclist, killed when she was struck at a traffic light by a driver painting her fingernails, has been ruled an accident, authorities said Monday. <BR> <BR> The autopsy found Anita Zaffke, 56, died of internal injuries to her chest and abdomen and a fractured spine after the crash Saturday afternoon, Lake County Coroner Richard Keller said. <BR> <BR> Keller also said a toxicology test run on the driver, Lora L. Hunt, 48, of Morris, was negative. Police d... Tue, 5 May 2009 12:31:32 EST Hello From the Garden State Hi All! <BR> <BR> Just found this group and wanted to say hi. Hubby and I love to ride, just wish we could do it a whole lot more. We live in NJ and about the only creatures happy with our weather today are the ducks! <BR> <BR> We have an 04 Sportster and are looking to get something bigger in a couple years. Were hoping to replace it this year but the truck died and that was a bigger priority. <BR> <BR> Any other Jersey bikers around? Any HOG members? We're doing a rally in North Jer... Fri, 1 May 2009 16:35:14 EST Could Use A Little Support Hi everyone just found this group and you are just what I need today for a little support. Here's my story: My husband and I have been planning a motorcycle trip to the southwest (we ride two-up) for almost two years. Our schedule was to leave this Saturday (May 2) and be on the road for three weeks. Well, my husband hurt his hip/back and cannot ride for a while. I know the most important thing is for him to get well so he is no longer in pain and feels better. However, we are both very ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:51:53 EST New team member Hi I'm Yvonne, I haven't been on my bike for 8 years. I've been producing 2 beautiful children and been responsible according to my ex husband. I still have my bike. Don't know if it still works but I like the life / emotions / stuff that happens when I think of getting back on it. Am I being stupid thinking about it? There's two kids to think of. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:16:23 EST Don't forget - International Female Ride Day <BR> WHAT: <BR> International Female Ride Day occurs every year on the first Friday of May. Its a day for women motorcyclists, worldwide, inviting women to join together on their motorcycles, not matter the type, size or style and --JUST RIDE! <BR> <BR> INTERNATIONAL FEMALE RIDE DAY was created by MOTORESS International's Founder and Director, Vicki Gray with the aim to HIGHLIGHT the many numbers of women actively enjoying motorcycling; HEIGHTEN awareness of women riders, and INSPIRE those... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 07:30:14 EST New gear - now or later? I've currently got a Joe Rocket armor mesh jacket for riding. I'm thinking about replacing it because it fits funny. it's like there is too much material in the front, so when I sit on the bike, I've got this huge pouch in front of me. It also makes it rub on my neck. the material is very stiff, so it doesn't fold. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've got my eye on a nice leather jacket with armor in the shoulders and elbows, and it just went on sale. The question is, do I wait until I lose some more... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:47:01 EST Packing a picnic Lunch With warmer weather around the corner, I'm planning on some longer rides. I need some picnic lunch ideas that are healthy and ride pretty well on the bike. I know that I could just stop and eat out but it is so hard trying to figure out what to eat. Also if we are out all day I don't want to eat out for lunch and dinner. Their are three of us so it can get expensive to eat out both times. So I'm trying to save some money. <BR> Thanks Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:58:52 EST What's your opinion on a 2001 Honda VT1100 Shadow I have a 2001 Honda VT1100 Shadow Sabre for sale and was wondering what everyone thought would be a reasonable price. It has a custom paint job; black with phantom flames, Vance pipes, leather bags, Chrome Hypercharger, and windshield. It's not been laid down that I know of. I bought this bike from an older Army guy that had bought it new and had fixed it up with chrome everything. He told me he hadn't had any accident with it and I know I haven't! <BR> <BR> This is my first bike and I... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:39:36 EST Leather vests OK..I need some help on sizing here. I buy alot of my gear online and from eBay. I recently purchased 2 vests of womens medium size and couldn't even fasten them. I am 140 lbs and not big Help me...what size should I get? Wed, 11 Mar 2009 06:36:23 EST I painted my bike I thought I would share... I painted my bike... here is a pic <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bobbed_med.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> I still have to get the tanks and fenders cleared. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:52:57 EST Changing bikes with body shape! Ok, as I am enjoying my new body style, something happened yesterday. My employer recently purchased a new hot rod which took his attn away from his other vehicles. One of which being a VFR built by team Honda. <BR> <BR> As a fat guy, (it was what it was), I still enjoyed my cruiser, but now, thanks to SP, my support groups, and , well hell, my own willpower and diligence, I am 60+ pounds lighter and (drum roll please) majority of belly is gone! My boss let me take that thing for a ride... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 10:35:12 EST hello fellow bikers and passengers My husband and I own a 1997 Honda Gold Wing, and when the weather is nice we are out on it.. last summer we took a great trip thru the Rockies down to Montana, Idaho, Washington and then back up through B.C. Canada.. We live in northern B.C. Canada, I am currently losing weight thru a program here in town, but like to keep track of it here on Sparks I still have a long way to go, but want to lose as much as I can so this summer when we go on our bike trip I will feel that much better.. hope t... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:50:10 EST Choose today to "WALK THE TALK" Hello Team ! Today is a brand new day, one that we have the freedom to choose.... <BR> <BR> How am I going to LIVE it?, <BR> What am I going to say to someone? <BR> How will I handle a situation? <BR> Am I going to remain faithful to my goals? <BR> <BR> Each day we choose..... this little inspiration BLESSED me. <BR> <BR> I share it in hopes that you also will be BLESSED and motivated to "walk the talk"!, <BR> Sincerely, Terry <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:23:58 EST Small Gizmos & Gadgets Well... me & my hubbie are planning to ride across Canada this summer. It's always a challenge to pack those saddle bags with the least amount of STUFF, but still bring everything that you need to have a good time (as well as any fitness gadgets you need to keep up with your weight loss goals!) <BR> I've been looking for small gizmos & gadgets... I've already bought a few. If any of you want to share a link to a great gizmo or gadget, just post here! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the things I'v... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:35:04 EST Motorcycle Events in Western Canada Hi! I am wondering if anyone in the group is from Wetern Canada? If there are any events that they attend? I will post anything I hear about here! <BR> <BR> Classic Bike Swap Meet: Tsawwassen BC - April 19th, 2009 <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> May 24, 2009 <BR> 1st Annual CPL Mike Starker Poker Run <BR> Location: DENIM SUBURAN LOUNGE, Calgary <BR> Time: 11:00 AM <BR> Cost: $15.00 with a non perishable food item <BR> Organization: Veterans MC Cana... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 12:47:12 EST What was your exercise today? Post any exercises you did today, here! Come back every day and post. <BR> We can all motivate each other... so get moving! <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:37:44 EST Looking for help Our team is in need of some new leadership. Kathy and I are not able to be here as often as we should be to keep this team pumped up and going. Is there anyone that is willing to step up and help out? Liz Fri, 13 Feb 2009 07:47:29 EST What was your last breakdown? I broke a chain on my bike last Tuesday night. The new chain has come in, but I have not installed it yet. Two hours waiting for a tow and a week without riding, bummer. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:38:34 EST St Patty's Day Challenge I need something to get me motivated again.... yes, yes as many of you know I have been MIA and slacking. So I NEED to get a new challenge going. <BR> My goal is to loose 5 pounds. If anyone wants to join in this challenge post here and let us know what you goal will be. Good luck to all!! <BR> Kathy Sun, 8 Feb 2009 19:27:41 EST Visit Chessie's Tales, Motorcyles, and Rides.... Hey all, <BR> I write a blog on motorcycles, biker lifestyle, laws pertaining to motorcycle issues, biker art, concept bikes, my rides, bees stings, getting lost, corn fields, and so much more. Come see what's there, see if anything makes you smile, frown, scratch your head, reach for your wallet to make sure it's still there...any type of emotion that lets you know your still breathing this morning...then let me know what your thinking on my blog pages! <BR> Chessie <BR> <link>chessiest... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 21:37:58 EST New B in Sumner, Wa. My name is Dale, been riding motorcycles for years both Trail and Street. <BR> Looking for riders in the Sumner area. <BR> Thanks Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:38:19 EST Name's Chessie Hey y'all. My name is Chessie, and I've been riding my own since 1971. I love riding, and haven't owned a 4 wheeler in somthing like 25 years. Ride year round, and I live in an area that doesn't get much snow...thank you Lord for small favors! <BR> <BR> I maintain a motorcylce blog at and I would find it an honor to have you come visit, read, comment...and check out the links to other bloggers and motorcycle websits! <BR> Sat, 31 Jan 2009 15:55:46 EST Hi from Bobby, Male, 50 years young, San Fran, CA I'm Bobby from San Francisco and I just discovered and joined SP today. I've been riding off and on since 1968. When I passed my M class test in CA on my 16th Bday, my cousin, who rode and had just bought a new 1974 Triumph chopper, sold me his 1966 HD Shovelhead. It took a lot of work to keep her running but it was a labor of love and I was hooked for life. I don't belong to any MC as I spent most of my life moving around for jobs, but I am back home in CA now and I'm not moving anymore. Now... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:32:17 EST Hi - any UK bikers out there! Hi, just found this site with only my weight in mind and stumbled on this forum which is great. Love my bikes, currently have a zephyr 750, which has been lowered due to my short legs. Hoping to pick up a 1200 bandit later in the year - will take alot of work to make it fit but hopefully it will look streamline along with me in about 6 months time! X Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:53:34 EST New Season Shows I am so excited with the new season's show premieres. My favorites are LOST, Grey's Anatomy, Fringe, House, Life on Mars, American Idol. Hubby is getting used to turning tv control over to me each night now. It drives him nuts but he does it. Daughter and I have to get our exercise done immediately after work so we don't lose out on tv time. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 22:58:54 EST New rider..2 cold 2 ride right now though Hey, I'm new 2 the team. I wasn't sure they had any motorcycle teams out there, so I started searching. Anyway, I can't wait til riding seasons come back in. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:19:35 EST Old Friend / New Site A lot of you may remember me. Unfortunately I had to take quite a bit of time off due to a hip injury. It's really hard to exercise and even more difficult to hold up a 1600. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had surgery to correct the hip at the end of November, and I'm finally starting to be able to exercise again. Hopefully by March 1st I'll be able to take my baby out again! <BR> <BR> Since I've been out of it, I've been working on a new project (well, an old project renewed) with a few others. <... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 22:07:39 EST Hi, Just woke up to for jog 5am UK it's snowing Hi, new to this group, used to ride many years ago (when you didn't really need a licence) well i didn't have one then anyway :-). Passed my test (1st time) took my partner 2 times he he - and in November bought a lovely bike (called her Nibbs) Virago 535 - I love her but the weather is awful and really icy. Looking forward to Feb March to get out on some rides. Can't afford to put on any weight at all otherwise won't get into my leather trousers - and as fitness instructor can't afford, i... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 03:31:58 EST Hello Everyone! I was glad to see there is a forum for people who love to ride. My husband and I ride a 99 Dyna Wide Glide out of Springfield MO. I am not riding much these days as my weight make it pretty uncomfortable. But I want to back in full force this spring, so here I go! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great weekend and finds 2009 to be everything you have hoped for! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 13:50:59 EST Happy New Year from South Dakota Hello all and lots of hopes and wishes to all for a successful 2009. With all this support we should all be able to make it! I have been struggeling the weight thing most of my life and the older I get the harder it gets. <BR> I had a goal for myself to learn to ride and buy my own bike by the time I turned 50 and I made that goal now I plan to get at least 50 pounds off before I turn 55 and keep it off. That is harder and more scarey than learning to ride. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:04:52 EST New to all of this Hi,I have been a rider since 1966. I currently ride a Honda VLX that I ride about 16,000 miles a year. I only put about 2,000 miles a year on my Jeep so you can see that I ride year round. I live in the Bay Area so the weather never gets bad enough to stop riding. <BR> I am into boating, riding, scouting, and need to loose about 60 lbs to keep on doing the things that I love to do. <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:53:47 EST Oh my... This might have to be my next commuter vehicle... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3-wheel-motorcycle/8576/ </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:48:28 EST Battery Tenders Hey guys and gals. I am taking a poll. How many of y'all use battery tenders during "non-riding" spells? There was a special today on Motorcycle Superstore for a battery tender. I bought 2 after reading the reviews. Then I wondered if I got suckered. Help please. <em>30</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:14:00 EST Lets say thanks to our military I checked this out on and this is for real.... I know many bikers are ex-military.... Please send guys/gals your best during this holiday season... As always, Best, betty <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear All: <BR> <BR> If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. <BR> <BR> Ho... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:33:12 EST Team Goals? What would the 600 min exercise per month goal be under in your sparkpoints page? When I'm in the Motorcycles team page & go down to the goals, it says, "track goal" as if I have already joined this goal, but when I go into my spark points page & go to "other goals" it isn't there? Sat, 6 Dec 2008 01:02:31 EST HI What a great feeling to find a site that has fellow riders! I am on a mission to lose weight before next summer so I can enjoy my 883 Sportster a lot more when it gets warm enough again. Just had to put it away for the winter <em>46</em> . I look forward to chatting wiht everyone! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 15:21:52 EST any old biker women in commerce,tx area? I have been out here for 10 yrs and have yet to run into any old biker women like myself so I thought well I'll start posting to see if anyone is in my area and I have always been a bit of a maverick but surely Im not the last of my kind... in this area haha. I moved out here from dallas over 10 yrs ago tired of the drama in the big city.I have lost 126 lbs so far (that could vary as Im dreading steppin on that scale as thanksgiving has just passed haha) My ol man is disabled now(on his last ... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 11:47:32 EST What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week? I'm thankful for my kids & my 3 beautiful grandchildren! I'm thankful my son & I "mended fences" yesterday! I'm thankful for Sparkpeople & all the support and encouragement from all of you! I'm thankful I'm trying to live a healthier lifestyle, exercising hard & losing weight! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:16:35 EST Veteran's Day Parade We did the parade in Waco, TX. Did anyone else do a parade? I was impressed that the newspaper included pictures of our group on their website. If you'd like to take a look there are 212 pictures. Ours is #209 -212. But you can page backward so you don't have to look at the other pictures. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12008_vetparade/slideshow/index.jsp?tI<BR>d=130377 </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:02:18 EST What's your favorite part of Thanksgving? I thought maybe we could get to know each other a little better by sharing what your favorite part of Thanksgiving. It can be a special memory, favorite foods, or anything you would like to share. Wed, 12 Nov 2008 10:03:45 EST It's so hard to... Get motivated on only 4 hours of sleep. Any suggestions on getting motivated... i'm hoping i can get a workout in this evening, if i'm not falling out by then.... <BR> <BR> Hows your day going? Wed, 12 Nov 2008 06:09:04 EST THANKS Just want to thank all the veterans today for serving and protecting our country. <BR> <BR> THANKS Tue, 11 Nov 2008 08:07:29 EST Hi, I'm new! I "think" you don't have to have a motorbike to be on this team? I love riding, always have. I actually wanted to get a motorbike this year & my kids talked me out of it, they said I'll kill myself on it. What a way to go! Sat, 8 Nov 2008 13:29:23 EST What are your November Goals (x - posted) What are your November Goals? <BR> Mine are: <BR> Exercise 4 days a week. <BR> Drink more water. <BR> Pick out my Christmas Cards. <BR> Make an appointment for myself to Pray / Meditate / Bible Study for 1 hour a day. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 06:52:50 EST First Major Goal met!!! Today was the day My first major goal was completed. In getting to my goal weight the first step was to loss more then 50lbs and move the big weight on the scale. And today was the day!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> WOW what a felling. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:23:10 EST Cancer POEM "Cancer is so Limited... <BR> It Cannot cripple Love <BR> It Cannot shatter Hope <BR> It Cannot corode Faith <BR> It Cannot destroy Peace <BR> It Cannot suppress Memories <BR> It Cannot silence Courage <BR> It Cannot invade the Soul [...and] <BR> It Cannot conquer the Spirit." <BR> <BR> ~Anonymous Mon, 20 Oct 2008 13:29:44 EST Joe Rocket Jackets? Fellow bikers over the sea I need some help. <BR> I nearly froze to death this week going to work over the moors despite layering to an inch of the seams giving (actully maybe that was the problem). It's pretty exposed ( for England- I don't want people to think I'm trying to brag) on the Pennine Hills. <BR> Anyway I've decided to ditch the textile I took my test in as it gaps at the waist and lets cold draughts in. <BR> <BR> I don't know about what clothing in the US but here it seems to b... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:36:46 EST LAST MAN STANDING GAME This was suggested by SDEBACA, so I thought maybe we could give it a try. <BR> <BR> I have an idea you might be interested in for our group. It's a game I created called "Last Man Standing," and it goes like this: <BR> <BR> This is a game. It's not a challenge. OK, well it is a challenge, but it's also a game. It can be played by any number of people for any particular challenge you chose to use it for. We play the game on another one of the teams I'm on and it's been a fun way of staying ... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:32:43 EST Hi from Las Vegas,NV/Black Canyon City, AZ Hi everyone....its been almost a year I think since I have been on here. I have managed to gain back 20 of the pounds that I have lost last year. I am back to get them off. I want to be at goal by Thanksgiving. We have gotten a new bike this year, 2008 HD Classic and we are piling on the miles. We are working on getting a trailer to pull, so that we can take our dog on the trips we take, thus making it possible to do a lot of overniters. <BR> <BR> My BF works in Vegas and we have a home in ... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 10:52:09 EST Hello from NH Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm still new at this website, so bare with me. I've been tracking my intake for the last week, and I think it's working for me. I have 70 pounds to lose, and I'm so looking forward to trimming my thighs to make riding a whole lot more comfortable. My husband and I have been married just 30 years this past Tuesday, and I'm waiting for him now to take off for a ride on our motorcycles for the weekend. We're going to ride up through Vermont. It should be beautiful with th... Sat, 11 Oct 2008 13:14:17 EST Those dangerous home cooking restaurants As bikers and motorcyclists, we all encounter those small, home cooking restaurants where everything comes smothered and covered. <em>4</em> What do you do when you find yourself at one of these places where everyone says you have to try the chicken fried steak (for those from the north...damn you're missing some good eatin') Oh, sorry, drooling again. <BR> <BR> So what do you do? When you can't take it home and that meal is the size of a platter and tastes sooooooooo good? Tue, 7 Oct 2008 22:12:13 EST Hello from the Dallas TX area Hey all, just found this site and am really enjoying looking around. I have a 2005 Silver/Black Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. She's fast, beautiful, and handles long hauls like a champ. But as many of you may already know, most of are eaters with a motorcycling habit. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting good advice and losing with all of you. Fri, 3 Oct 2008 20:53:23 EST I hate the scale <BR> Today was going to be the BIG day I was going to move the big 50lb block on the scale, some thing I never done before. I was good all week hit the gym 3 times and walked a mile every day at lunch. And watch what I ate. So i was VERY VERY upset when the scale said I went up a pound $%&#@ <BR> <BR> I sure it is all muscle (Ha, Ha, Ha) <BR> Oh well maybe Monday Fri, 3 Oct 2008 11:11:54 EST Random bike-related thoughts... I finally have new tread on my front tire. Cornering is fun again. <BR> <BR> It really irritates me when I wave at another rider and don't get a wave in return. Why do I fret about little stuff like this? <BR> <BR> Y'all feel free to add your own wanderings of the mind! Thu, 2 Oct 2008 15:42:14 EST first stupid question what is a cup in ounces? is 1 cup 8 oz I thought is was 16? If it is only 8 I been miss calculating my intake. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Peter Thu, 2 Oct 2008 14:20:07 EST Hello from Ohio The name's Amy. New to SP and hoping to lose some weight and gain some friends. Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:27:16 EST September Fitness Leaders A big Congrats to JTAYLOR, STORMIE62, LNWOLF72, TEDKF4T, MR5STRING, NZOOM, TMETZNER, LISSAFAITH1959, HAWGWILD1, AND LOEGAIRE for being our top 10 fitness leaders. You all are doing an awesome job and are a great inspiration to us all!! Kathy Wed, 1 Oct 2008 14:27:42 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE WEEK 1 Hi Team!!! <BR> <BR> We are ready to start a new challenge for the month of October. We are going to start slow with one item in our challenge. Each week we are going to add an additional thing to our challenge, but continue to do the previous weeks challenges as well. Got it, or did I confuse you??? <BR> <BR> This first week of October your challenge is to contact a different Team member EVERYDAY ~ You can spark mail them, visit their spark page and leave a comment, comment on their blog... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 14:10:46 EST Hello from CT Hi group <BR> I just joined Spark it is 1 hell of a site I love it. I also ride a 95 Harley Road King. The wife and I love to ride. I also a member of the Shriners Sphinx Cycle unit where I ride the Road King as an escort bike or perform with a 883 sports. I lot of fun. Looking forward to sharing rides and weight lost <BR> <BR> Ride On <BR> <BR> Peter Tue, 23 Sep 2008 13:06:12 EST Cutting back on Spark for a while Hey y'all, real life, including my health, is using up a bunch of my time, so I need to cut back on stuff I'm doing on the web, including Spark. I'm not leaving altogether, but I'm leaving most of the teams I'm on. If some of you think of the comments I've posted in this forum and want to get in touch w/ me, ask for a recipe, etc., please drop me a SparkMail, which I will be reading even though I won't be reading team posts. Thanks! Keep the shiny side up! <BR> <BR> Kelly Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:33:08 EST Congrats August Fitness Leaders!! A special congrats to our August Fitness Leaders. The top 10 are NNZOOM, NERVOUSWRECKIAM, TRDKF4T, WEEZIE30, JTAYLOR, URFORFUN03, LOEGAIRE, LNWOLF72, HONNA53 AND JUDYBS!!! <BR> Keep up the great work!! Wed, 3 Sep 2008 22:12:33 EST Why exersize can help you... especially headaches! Why Exercise can help you! <BR> Here's how exercise makes a difference if you are dealing with headaches. <BR> » Reduced muscle tension all that tension that makes you feel tired out all the time, that makes you not want to exercise in the first place? . <BR> » Reduced anxiety which makes it easier to cope with any kind of pain <BR> » Toned up blood vessels, a place where an important part of the migraine and headache chain-reaction takes place. <BR> » Increased relaxation in general <B... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 22:56:44 EST Scavenger Hunt I was looking for activities for an event and did a web search for scavenger hunt. I was surprised to find out the a lot of motorcycle events have scavenger hunts. Have any of you participated in one? <BR> <BR> I thought this website I found was pretty funny. <link><BR>rcycle-scavenger-hunt-vs-my.html </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 22:05:48 EST Hi from Central CA Hi, my name is Judy. I use to ride with my X when I was a teenager and had so much fun. I just took the class with my daughter and received my motorcycle license. My husband does not ride so I usually do all my riding to and from work. I really started riding on a regular basis about a month ago and love it. I am still in the learning stages but love the feel of riding again. Can't wait to get to know everyone and learn from you all! <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 17:20:52 EST Have to say good bye Sorry to say this, but we have to sale our 2006 Trike. My husband has parkinson's and it is getting just too painful in his joints to ride anymore. So our last trip to Oregon with the Trike was our last. <em>46</em> Please visit my spark page blogs. for more info. I will still be on other sparkteam pages. Wish everyone here a safe and healthy journey. Thanks for all your support and encouragement. Betty from Rocklin, Ca. <em>247</em> <em>253</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:24:46 EST As long as you've got two wheels... I noticed a conversation about cruisers not waving to sport bikes, HDs not waving to metrics, etc. Who cares what you ride as long as you've got two wheels on the ground and the wind in your hair!! I used to ride a Shadow before I got my Deluxe and I must admit, I get more waves now than I did before. But I wave at everybody regardless what their ride is!! So if there are any Harley people or other folks who are discretionary about who they wave some love to your fellow bikers!!... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:13:20 EST Cruzin in AZ Greetings from Phoenix!! Thank goodness there was a biker group or I was going to have to start one!! <BR> <BR> I ride an 08 Softail Deluxe (can see pics on my Sparkpage) and want to get in shape so I can get a pair of chaps this winter. Tired of being too big to get into a "respectable" size and freezing my tushie off in jeans. (Yes, it does get nippy in Phoenix in winter). <BR> <BR> Just joined this week and see everyone battles the "let's ride to the bar" thing. Kills any hope of drop... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:44:05 EST 105th So how many of you are going to come visit me at the 105th here in Milwaukee? Fri, 8 Aug 2008 23:29:16 EST Water weight from tears So, I let a buddy take my bike out for a spin this evening, and yes...he dropped it. Now we have some dents, scrapes, dings and a broken windshield. So, how much weight can you lose from non stop tears!! :) Thu, 7 Aug 2008 01:23:11 EST road trip musings A group of five set off last Saturday morning, a 228 mile trek to Turner Falls, OK. We planned an early ride so that the 100+ temps would not do us in, we should arrive around lunchtime and go sit in the river to cool off. I left my home at 6:15 am. met up with 2 other riders and we pulled out at 7 am--right on time to meet our last 2 riders by 8 am. We get a few miles from home, one guy remembered the shoes he had forgotten to pack. Back track to retreive them. Then we arrive at the ga... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:23:15 EST July Fitness Leaders I would like to personally congratulate everyone that racked up fitness points in July. The Top 10 Fitness Leaders are: NNZOOM, JTYALORM LOEGAIRE, NERVOUSWRECKIAM, WEEZIE30, UPFORFUN03, FABBYFIFTYANNIE, VJTYALOR, LNWOLF72, AND WALKSFAR!! <BR> <BR> If you are curious where you stand go to the leaderboard which is located by the huddle. <BR> <BR> Who will our August leader be??? It could be YOU!!! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 22:34:35 EST Name that Yamaha. Ok. I name stuff. Who doesn't? I need to come up with a good name for the 1999 Yamaha V-Star Classic hubby got me for our anniversary. I don't know how to find out if it is a 650 or 1100. Hubby was told it was a 600..I couldn't find THAT on the internet. THAT Yamaha!!!! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:00:18 EST Hey Ya'll - I'm a Newbie from Texas I'm in Central Texas near Austin. Just started today on SparkPeople. Glad to see that there is a motorcycle rider's team. Looking forward to getting to know ya'll. <BR> <BR> kacee52 <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:19:11 EST Ever been up Mt Washington in NH?! I was this weekend and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The bike did just fine on the way up and the way down, it was a little scary with no guardrails to stop you from falling over the edge, but I would recommend anyone in the area doingh this if they have a motorcycle or even a car I guess. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 10:45:43 EST Upcoming Rally /Event Information I thought we could advertise upcoming events. It would probably be a good idea to put the state first so we know if we'd be interested in the event. <BR> <BR> (TX) Thunder over Texas - Labor Day Weekend <BR> Aug 29-30-31. Grandbury, TX <BR> <BR> The largest Christian motorcycle rally in the nation! <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 22:24:47 EST Just back from Europe Well, our band went on tour in Eastern Europe. I did not get a chance to ride while we were there; I didn't discover that I could have rented a motorscooter in Opatija, Croatia, till the night before we were leaving that city. Motorscooters are hugely popular in those small mountainous countries with narrow twisty roads and very few parking spaces - especially since gas is about a euro and a half per liter, which works out to damn near $10 a gallon. In Croatia, scooter, including some of the ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 21:18:58 EST new from Chicagoland area Hey I'm Jennifer. I live in the Chicagoland area, anyone from around here? I need buddies. I have a Night rod special, and try and take it out as much as possible, but it doesn't shead the lbs. Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:41:09 EST Ride to Work Day Hi Folks! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, July 16th, is the 17th annual Ride to Work day. This was a big deal at the Kennedy Space Center. We used to flood the parking areas with motorcycles on this day. <BR> <BR> The purpose of it is to raise public awareness of motorcycles and make people know how many of us there are. There is even a website: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2008 16:01:35 EST Hi from North Carolina Joined up with Spark yesterday and still scoping things out. I ride a Suzuki boulevard and love it. Ride as often as possible but seems like my BikerChurch group like to eat too much. My blood work is going up so gotta get back to eating better and moving my butt other than just on my scoot. Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:28:23 EST Roar On The Shore? Just wondering if anyone has ever heard of or been to Roar on the Shore? It is in Erie, PA and I believe this year is only the 2nd annual one, being held from 7/17-7/20. <BR> <BR> My hubby and I already had plans to take a weekend get away in that direction (on the motorcycle) so I was thrilled when I heard about the rally going on at the same time! <BR> <BR> If anyone has ever been or knows anyone who has, I'd love to hear what they thought about it! <BR> <BR> Thanks- Amy Wed, 2 Jul 2008 03:34:29 EST Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey The members of the Motorcyclist Advisory Council to the Federal Highway Administration recently created the 2008 Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey. <BR> <BR> The purpose of the survey is to help state and federal highway administrators better understand and plan for the needs of motorcycle riders. <BR> <BR> All riders are encouraged to take the 10-minute survey before August 1, 2008, by going online to <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lnCC9iyOS8X9fngX8hgj9epd7v... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:15:51 EST Too big or not too big? Opinions wanted! Ok I had a little mishap today on my 1200L Sportster. The kickstand didnt fully engage and I was not my usual observant self and started to get off my bike. Well over it went, although I managed to slow it down and semi hold it up til someone was able to help me get her back upright. I ended up with a badly bruised leg and a scratch/ small dent in the bottom of my tank. My husband has now started in on me that the bike is too big for me and that I should sell her. I am 5'2" and have pret... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:00:27 EST Has anyone had this happen lately? We have two motorcycles - a big one 1300cc (in my photo album) and a little Suzuki 450. I tend to drive the small one most of the time. I use it every time I go to the bank, the drug store, Wal Mart, etc. I ride it because it is fun and because it gets 65 mpg. <BR> <BR> 3 times in the last week, people have come up to me and asked "What kind of mileage does that thing get?" People are looking at me in a different light now. I was a biker. Now I am an eco-friendly, green-conscious citiz... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 14:03:58 EST Hello from N.E. Ohio Hello, I'm new to the Sparks site. I ride a 2000 Dyna Superglide, and have a vintage '83 Magna 750 sitting in the garage. Bought the Superglide because I needed the "stretch room" I'm short, at 6'1" tall. lol. Love to ride, mostly from Coffee shop to Coffee shop. Don't do the drink/ride thing. I need my wits about me when riding. But I'll tell ya.. I'm getting ready to give up those grande Cafe Mocha's.... don't even want to know how many calories one of those puppy's packs in <em>40</... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:08:56 EST Letting Go Letting Go <BR> <BR> Today I will let go of: <BR> negativity—BE GONE <BR> anxiety – BE GONE <BR> procrastination –BE GONE <BR> feelings of failure – BE GONE <BR> worry – BE GONE <BR> munchies – BE GONE <BR> <BR> Today I will be: <BR> happy—BRING IT ON <BR> pleasant – BRING IT ON <BR> beautiful – BRING IT ON <BR> eat healthy – BRING IT ON <BR> smiling – BRING IT ON <BR> content – BRING IT ON <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2008 22:55:29 EST Memorial weekend rides Who had a ride over the long weekend? <BR> And did you manage to avoid barbecue joints while doing so? <BR> <BR> We didn't do badly at all - did some riding Saturday, but ate salads when we stopped - the Strawberry Chicken Poppyseed salad is back at Panera Bread for the summer! And there's a Panera Bread right on the edge of our side of Patapsco Valley State Park! <BR> <BR> Monday we had to play a concert, which meant using the cage, 'cause there's no way to carry a tuba or a baritone saxop... Tue, 27 May 2008 01:37:35 EST You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!! You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be! <BR> by: Donna Levine <BR> <BR> There is inside you <BR> All of the potential <BR> To be whatever you want to be; <BR> All of the energy <BR> To do whatever you want to do. <BR> Imagine yourself as you would like to be, <BR> Doing what you want to do, <BR> And each day, take one step <BR> Towards your dream. <BR> And though at times it may seem too <BR> difficult to continue, <BR> Hold on to your dream. <BR> One morning you will awake to find... Mon, 26 May 2008 00:20:20 EST The Danger Zone Anger is just one letter short of danger -- it seems to be as true in English as well as in practice. Dr. Bedford Williams at Duke University has determined that students who score high on a "hostility <BR> test" are in far greater danger of dying young than their peers. In fact, those who are prone to anger are in greater physical danger than those who smoke, have high blood pressure or even high cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Not that we should never be angry. It is a normal part of life. We all g... Wed, 21 May 2008 08:36:43 EST WINNERS WINNERS take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them. <BR> WINNERS don't give up. When life gets rough, they hang in until the going gets better. <BR> WINNERS are flexible. They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others. <BR> WINNERS know they are not perfect. They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths. <BR> WINNERS fall but they don't stay down. They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep th... Mon, 19 May 2008 23:37:53 EST It's Up to You! It's Up To You <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> One song can spark a moment, <BR> One flower can wake the dream. <BR> One tree can start a forest. <BR> One bird can herald spring. <BR> <BR> One smile begins a friendship, <BR> One handclasp lifts a soul. <BR> One star can guide a ship at sea, <BR> One word can frame the goal. <BR> <BR> One vote can change a nation, <BR> One sunbeam lights a room. <BR> One candle wipes out darkness, <BR> One laugh will conquer gloom. <BR> <... Sun, 18 May 2008 21:21:32 EST Hello from Kansas! I found this team & of course had to join in!! My hubby & I both ride Honda VTX 1300's. We take 2 weeks trips on them each July for our wedding anniversary.....started this tradition on our 30th anniversary. Our kids are all grown, so we are FREEEEEEEEEE to ride when our hearts desire. Trip pix & info on our website <BR> RIDE TO LIVE ~ ~ ~ LIVE TO RIDE!!!! <BR> <em>48</em> Sun, 11 May 2008 11:39:34 EST Check it out! Team goals have been posted, please help us by logging in your exercise and positive attitude! Let's see how fast we can ride to the finish line! Thu, 1 May 2008 08:09:08 EST sold the bike.. Can I still be a member Hi all. As you may or may not know, we had to sell our 1987 Harley. It served us well, but we didn't want to put any more money into it. We are looking for another bike to replace it (although it can't really be replaced). I just wanted to know if I can still be a member even if we are no longer riding? <BR> <BR> This weekend was the bike rally in Leesburg, FL and many of our neighbors went (10 bikes) and to hear them take off out of our neighborhood was such a wonderful sound!!! M... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 23:36:06 EST International Female Ride Day Here's an interesting article I found (link below): <BR> <BR> "- Women Worldwide Hit the Road on May 2, 2008 - <BR> <BR> Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (Toronto, Canada) – With the International FEMALE RIDE DAY only weeks away, women everywhere are preparing to hop on their motorcycles and just ride. Introduced in Canada last year, the event takes place annually on the first Friday of May, spotlighting women who ride and celebrating the many numbers who do. This is a day devoted to women motorcy... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 22:25:56 EST ROAD TRIP MY HUSBAND AND ARE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP IN JULY WE WILL BE ON THE ROAD ABOUT A MONTH,LEAVING OHIO HEADED WEST TO CA.WITH MANY STOPS ALONG THE WAY ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO EAT OUT EVERYDAY. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 08:46:17 EST Bike week in Laconia NH Does anyone go to bike week in Laconia NH? I'm going this year with my boyfriend and I'm not sure how much I'm going to like it. I know it's going to be crowded and I hate crowds so we'll see how that goes. :) Can anyone tell me about it? Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:31:27 EST Hello from MA I'm new here and just wanted to say hi and thank you all in advance for helping me get through losing weight and getting healthy. I've been on weight watchers for 3 weeks now and working out 3-4 nights a week and I've lost 10 lbs so far. I have a lot more to go but I'm thankful that I can share my stories with others. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:39:18 EST Selling Grace (See Avatar) Wow, I did not think I would feel this bad. I need to sell my bike, due to eye issues, and so far I have had 2 very interested ladies who want to buy her. While that is are my thoughts. <BR> 1) First woman, has never rode her own so grace would be her first bike. That is fine, but she has plans to name her Angel and paint her all white with green flames. I really should not care, but it kind of hit me hard. <BR> 2) Second woman also has never rode, and will be riding Grace in... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 14:48:21 EST International Fenmale Ride Day! check this out... <BR> <BR><BR>/12/international-female-ride-day-2008<BR>.html <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>8.asp <BR> <BR> <BR> oops, sorry about the typo in the topic line - yipes. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 09:01:41 EST finding my "lifestyle eating habits" I joined sparkpeople in mid Jan. and have always had a rough time losing weight since I take thyroid replacement. This time I stuck it out with help from good people on this site,and have actually lost some. I'm going the low carb route,since I'm carb sensitive it seems, but I've added veggies and some fruit and excersise 3x a wk. for 1 hr. each time, and with the support of sparkpeople, I get through the rough spots when I feel discouraged,and that can make you or break you. Thanks to all fo... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 11:04:48 EST My wish for you..... <BR> May the sun <BR> bring you new energy by day. <BR> May the moon <BR> softly restore you by night. <BR> May the rain <BR> wash away your worries. <BR> May the breeze <BR> blow new strength into your being. <BR> May you walk <BR> gently through the world and know <BR> its beauty all the days of your life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2008 22:19:19 EST April Challenge Let's focus on cardio health this month. Burning calories and fat, strengthening our heart, and moving oxygen throughout of bodies to improve our overall health. We can do this! <BR> <BR> Week 1--40 mins of cardio daily, 5 days a week <BR> <BR> Week 2--60 mins cardio 2 days week, 40 mins 3 days week <BR> <BR> Week 3--60 mins cardio 3 days week, 40 mins 2 days week <BR> <BR> Week 4 and 5--60 mins cardio 5 days week. <BR> <BR> Please continue on with your positive posts and spark article... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 07:06:17 EST getting into working out I've discovered that I don't hate working out at all. I joined the Y a month ago, and at first, I was so sore I could barely move,so I only went 2x a week cause that's all i could manage. I'm now going 3x a week and honestly thinking of doing more. For some crazy reason it's almost like a good high doing it. I don't understand why, but apparently my body must have needed it so bad that it loves it and makes me feel good for doing it in return. Can anyone explain this for me cause as a pretty ... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:49:01 EST One Pound At A Time Hello, do you know me? If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat, and I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. <BR> Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me, I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound! <BR> Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one. So I just stick around and happly keep you fat. Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice it. <BR> That is, until I've grown to ten, twe... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:28:25 EST Motivation Don't Quit! <BR> <BR> When things go wrong as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit. <BR> Rest, if you must, but don't you quit. <BR> Life is queer with its twists and turns <BR> As every one of us sometimes learns. <BR> And many a failure turns about <BR> When he might have won had he stuck it out: <BR> Don... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:50:20 EST New pics on my Sparkpage! You are all invited to check out my new pics on my SparkPage. I added several of the making of our Trike. Hope you enjoy them. Betty from Rocklin, Ca. <em>213</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:06:31 EST Challenge March 23-30 Let's continue on with last week's challenge! <BR> <BR> 45 mins of cardio 2 days a week, 30 mins 3 days (5 days total) <BR> <BR> Strength training 3 days a week, 8 sets <BR> <BR> 100 extra calories less this week, 200 total. If you are already at the 1200 range, please do not go below this level. <BR> <BR> 2 positive posts daily, 5 days (includes huddles) <BR> <BR> At least 1 spark article on health issues daily, 5 days. <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2008 09:52:15 EST What trips do you have planned ...... What trips do you have planned for this riding season? <BR> Where is your favorite place to ride? <BR> Where would your dream trip be? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 02:25:14 EST Easter Basket Calories - yipes *** Copied from another thread. <BR> <BR> FYI Think before you hop on these treats <BR> <BR> Easter Basket Candy: Calories <BR> 25 small jellybeans 140 <BR> 5 Peeps 160 <BR> 5 marshmallow chicks (Circus Peanut type) 136 <BR> 8 robins eggs malted milk candies 170 <BR> 1 small chocolate bunny - 1 ounce 140 <BR> 1 medium hollow chocolate bunny - 1 3/4 ounce 260 <BR> 1 large chocolate bunny - 7 ounces 1050 <BR> 1 chocolate covered marshmallow bunny 60 <BR> 1 chocolate covered marshmallow egg 10... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:18:42 EST First day of Spring! It's going to be 75 here today, light south wind. For all of you who can not ride today, I will try to get a few extra minutes in for you. I did have frost this morning, not picking the bike up until lunch time, lol. <BR> <BR> What do you do to celebrate spring? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 09:04:17 EST Announcement :) Cookies3201, aka Kathy, has offered to be a co leader on this team. Please give her a round of applause with me! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your support, this team has given me tons of reason to keep going when I feel like quitting. That's what we are here for, to share our experiences in health and in biking. Let's roll on! Liz Wed, 19 Mar 2008 20:11:44 EST What's the best rain gear for the money?? Hey all! <BR> <BR> I am planning my first "away from home trip" to Ky this summer and I need to find some rain gear just in case. Anyone got any recommendations? I really don't want to pay a ton of money for it since I won't need it very often...I mainly ride to and from work all spring/summer/fall and usually just wait it out if I get caught. I can't really do that 9 hours from home <em>211</em> . Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:15:25 EST Progress post Brag on yourself, it's like polishing your chrome and going for a ride, it makes you feel good! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 07:15:57 EST Am I the oldest in this team? and fattest? Hey bikers: I've been reading the threads and looking at the weights and pictures and I think I must be the only "old" biker here at 65! I am too short and fat to have my own bike unless I can afford a custom job, but I learned long time ago, I enjoyed sitting on the back of my husband's Harley. I got to see the sights while he has to watch the road. We (three couples) got to go to Sturgis in 1994 and it was the best three weeks I've ever had. Hope to get there again soon. Live to ride,... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:55:42 EST Rolling along... Tell us what's going on in your world. Need support? Got a story to share? Info for group, share with us here. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:59:25 EST Challenge Mar 16-22 Week 2--new habits are starting to set in. Keep going strong! Let's bump it up a bit this week! <BR> <BR> 45 mins of cardio 2 days a week, 30 mins 3 days (5 days total) <BR> <BR> Strength training 3 days a week, 8 sets <BR> <BR> 100 extra calories less this week, 200 total. If you are already at the 1200 range, please do not go below this level. <BR> <BR> 2 positive posts daily (includes huddles) <BR> <BR> At least 1 spark article on health issues daily. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:56:30 EST Fingers crossed - house with a garage! We are making an offer on a house with a garage! It's a single-car garage, but deep enough for both the two bikes and the car. Especially for winter! I hope they accept our offer; I am getting tired of the carport - especially when it gets windy enough to blow the tarps right off the bikes when we put them up for a couple weeks when it goes below freezing. Garage!! <BR> <BR> (We've had 50+ mph winds several times in the past few months - downside of living near the Chesapeake Bay. I try not ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:25:21 EST Family Watchdog <BR> <BR> I knew about this site and had forgotten about it. <BR> <BR> When you visit this site you can enter an address and a map will pop up with your house or business as a small icon of a house. There will be red, blue and green dots surrounding the entire neighborhood. When you click on these dots a picture of a criminal will appear with his or her home address and the description of the crime he or she has committed. <BR> <BR> The best thing is that you ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:08:33 EST I passed the test!!!! I am so excited, I passed the MSF Course and am officially licensed. I highly recommend the course, worth every penny to me for all the valuable information and practice. <BR> I ride a VTX1300, so practicing and running the drills on a Honda Rebel 250 felt a little strange, but it was all good :-) <BR> I am so happy and can't wait to get out and apply what I have learned. <BR> If you have ever wondered about taking the course, please do, you will never regret it! <BR> Just had to share my go... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:32:49 EST Cahllenge March 9-15 OK, let's try this challenge for the first week, then we can bump it up for week two. Working to improve our body, mind, and soul. <BR> <BR> At least 30 mins of cardio exercise 5 days this week. <BR> <BR> At least 3 days of strength training, 6 different sets. <BR> <BR> Reduce calorie intake by 100 per day, unless you are already at the low recommendation of 1200. <BR> <BR> Make 1 positive post daily on any team thread. <BR> <BR> Read 1 Spark Article daily. Sat, 8 Mar 2008 19:59:40 EST Hello from Yorkshire, England Hi everyone. I've been a member of SP for ages - but I've only just looked for a motorbike forum so I was pleased to find you. <BR> <BR> I live in Yorkshire, England and I passed my bike test two years ago - one month later my Husband inconsiderately got acute double pneumonia, multiple Pulmonary embolisms and spent time in intensive care. His mind has not been on the incomplete bike restoration project ever since ( and it's been over two years)! However he's made up for it today by buyin... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 15:49:20 EST Winners Who Lose <BR> I found this article in Remedy Fall 2007. The information is from the National Weight Control Registry which has been tracking 5,000 people since 1994 who have lost at least 30 pounds & kept it off at least a year. The average had lost 60+ pounds and kept it off much longer. Here is how the majority lost the weight. <BR> <BR> 1. They ate breakfast <BR> 2. They ate low-calorie diet with 25% coming from fat. There average calories were 1400. <BR> 3. They used the scale. Recognize the s... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:00:07 EST What have you lost........? borrowed this from another team... I thought it was pretty cool. <BR> <BR> "Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 18:11:16 EST Challenge I sent a request to our Leader to let us open up a challenge. If I don't get a response today (she has been awol from the group for awhile) I will go ahead and post one for the coming week, tomorrow morning. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 06:54:02 EST clothing under your motorcycle gear? Hi - I'm wondering what kind of clothing folks wear under their motorcycle gear. I have a pair of leather pants and a gortex riding jacket, but I'm not very successful at finding stuff to wear under my gear that isn't bulky but still keeps me warm. I have some thermal underwear that's not bulky, but if I get sweaty, I get all clammy and even colder once I'm out in the elements for a while. Any suggestions? Thu, 6 Mar 2008 17:24:24 EST Yes, another, 'Hi, I'm new' message I live in Virginia. I punched in motorcycles just to see what I could find and wow was I surprised! I started riding about two years. I use to ride a little bit a while back. I have a 2006 HD 1200XL Custom Sportster. I enjoy riding but don't get to as often as I would like. I would like to lose a little weight so I don't look too bad on my bike. Yeah, I know, talk about vanity! <em>30</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 14:41:44 EST Yet another 'Hi from Oregon' Hello! I wanted to be a part of this team even though I don't have my endorsement or my bike yet. I'm a super-newbie to motorcycling, and I'm on SparkPeople to help me get to my goal of being lighter and stronger so I can be safe & confident rider. I'm really short, so I'm trying to slim down my thighs so I can tippy-toe with more control. Also want to get stronger for those in case I have to pick up my bike. <em>36</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:35:54 EST Sportbike riders???? Hey all... My name is Cheryl from just outside Orlando and wanted to say hello and see if there are others out there with sportbikes!!! <BR> <BR> I ride a honda cbr 600rr and love every bit of it!! I have been riding for a year and still getting my bearings together on it. <BR> <BR> Bike Week in full effect this week in Daytona and was out there yesterday on a girl ride with about 11 of us. Very fun!! Would love to know if there are any others that have the addiction like I do. Sun, 2 Mar 2008 22:50:32 EST