Along with a few stories about riding to and from the Sturgis rally on Motorcycle.com, here’s a riding video to compliment the ride… My ride? The Victory Hard Ball project bike of course… where I took a stock bar hopper and ramped it up for the interstate journey by adding a batwing fairing, stereo and the Stage 1 exhaust kit. Check it out!
Hardballin’ It: LA to Sturgis in 5 Minutes [Timelapse + Motorcycle] from alfonse palaima on Vimeo.
Welcome Riders to the world biggest biker party!
This is big sky country!
Along the Million Dollar Highway, this corkscrew makes for a fun ride!
Route 66 in California
Four Corners Monument, no motorcycles allowed!
Long days are met with long nights in the saddle.
Into every good ride, a little rain must fall.
I’m not the only one riding a Hard Ball to the rally!
Take a Polynesian naming convention, add in the European dialect and influence of the 1600s, a dash of contemporary-dipped architecture, wildlife one finds in the zoo, some rainforest glaciers and the ease of traveling in English and what do you get? A tour though the last discovered landmass on earth… New Zealand.
Aotearoa to Zeelandia: Oceania’s Finest Specimen
While no clear dates can be given for the island’s first inhabitants, the mythical Polynesian navigator, Kupe, was estimated to have arrived in 925AD. European settlers “discovered” Aotearoa (Maori name for the islands) in 1642, lead by explorer Abel Tasman and later Captain James Cook in 1769.
Modern day natives include stars of the silver screen as well as the racetrack. Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings have put NZ in the worldwide spotlight. And more importantly, the late Christchurch-born John Britten made history for gearheads around the world with his mechanical engineering prowess and two wheels.
Today, the islands are under British rule. Native M?ori chiefs (literally translating to local or original people) and the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, creating a diverse and vibrant concoction for governing the land and it’s culture. A place where you’ll find breathtaking scenery, more sheep than people and 98 octane at the pump, despite the national speed limit being a meager 100/KPH. Borne and bred in the vacuum of the South Pacific, ‘En-Zed’ is a gem in creation.
Here’s my first story on New Zealand, in a three day ride story in Cruiser.
If Gandalf the Grey was a motorcyclist (You know he’s a biker!), you might already be sick of hearing about the backroads and byways of New Zealand, instead, hardly anyone knows of the their greatness. With high mountain passes, glacial rainforests to vast stretches of sandy roadway, New Zealand is ready for every type of motorcycle imaginable – the natives have even invented a few of them. Instead, the roads are empty, the trails are yours and the scenery will knock your socks off – all free of Sauron and the Orcs!
This tour garnered a glorious 7-page spread.
Just getting to New Zealand is a trek by itself. With a 12-hour flight between Los Angeles and Auckland, an international date change and any other transfers you might pile on along the way – in this case, a jumper-flight down to Christchurch – it takes two days to get there no matter what. Technically, its only a day but you’ll cross back over the dateline and get to relive that random day all over again – pick your birthday! Leave the states on Tuesday, get there Thursday, pick up your bike on Friday morning and ride… Your first night would be in Christchurch, your first night of the ride in the super-cool capital city of Wellington, the second night somewhere in the middle of the North Island on and your last would be in Auckland on Sunday. Monday morning you can fly out from Auckland and be back to work on Monday, thanks again to that dateline crossing in reverse. Personally I stayed an extra day to see the city and avoid having to live through two Mondays! In total you would be gone a week and have seen two new worlds!
This tour garnered a glorious 7-page spread.
The circus has come to town and along with it comes a raft of new motorcycles as well as an historic new engine! Watch our social media outlets for up to the minute posts and photos… Star has the new Bolt, Harley released the non-CVO Breakout and Indian dropped the Thunderstroke 110 on us!
American Picker’s Mike Wolfe sparks up the new Indian powerplant for the first time in Daytona Beach
Now I’ve got to get out there and find the Star and the Harley to shoot!
Also sitting on my doorstep last week was the October 2012 issue of RoadBike where my Lake Tahoe tour story published along with both copy and photos by myself. The Victory Boardwalk intro was shot by Brian J Nelson, words are mine.
You’ll fine more back story on the Lake Tahoe event happening right now on my previous post on MotoInsider.
Except from the Boardwalk review:
When the whistle blows at the end of the day, the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than ever. Launching you from your cubicle directly to the clubhouse is your motorcycle. And when you make a break for the beach, it’s not all about sun, sand and surf for you right? Strutting your stuff down Main Street is a bigger part of your weekend. Rolling with the club, cruising along with your favorite gal or carving a solo line down the strand, the newest classic cruiser from Victory Motorcycles is right there under your thumb, from beer bars to sand bars, overnighters to daily commutes, welcome the friendly and easy-to-ride 2013 Victory Boardwalk.
Its a good month for the Fonz indeed. Returning from my Sturgis tour, I come home to two magazines on my desk, each with two stories I’ve shot or written, one each actually!
First we have the October issue of RoadRUNNER where the first part of my Grapes to Gold tour ran, including a Triumph Explorer review that I shot for Ken Freund here in Malibu.