Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
A while back, I was contacted by Motorcycle House to review one of their products. The Icon Pursuit Touchscreen Women's Gloves caught my eye, and I can honestly say they are my new favorite go-to gloves for everyday riding.
|Blogging about blogging. I need to get out more.|
Working on that much desired 'scooterist's physique.' You know, a little extra cushioning in the bum region for those rough roads, a bit more weight to help stabilize an otherwise flyweight bike. You know what I'm talking about. The cornetti of Adesso return, this time with lemon jam.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
My bike is back from the shop! Pete delivered it to Oakland, the only thing left to do was switch out my accessories. After dinner, of course. While sporting some sharp attire. They are Vespas, after all.
With all the work the Vespa SF shop put into her, she practically rides like a new bike again. And remember that meeting with Piaggio corporate a while back? There have been whispers...that they are picking up the tab for Serenity's most recent service, eee! I would be so grateful!!
Picking up where we left off, I'd arrived just in time for the last night of the Las Vegas Bike Fest. My friends, Sash and Steve, already had a room at the Downtown Grand – it was going to be Motorcycle Camp again, but ritzier! They'd been working all week, so it was time to go out. Unable to just sit idly by with the party right downstairs, I rinsed off, recharged, and joined the leather and bandanna-clad fray (or not clad, for some).
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Oh this? This is just how I look every day (insert helmet hair toss). No, really, I kind of don't have other clothes with me, unless they're borrowed.
Thanks, Trader Joe register dude. Would it be disappointing if I walk out to my scooter now...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ahoy, Oakland! I'll be here till Feb 2, chillin' with feline company.
The best kitchens are like living, breathing ecosystems, fluctuating with seasons, locale, and the evolving tastes of their keepers. Lisa and Erik are just the people to keep such a cozy, comfortable kitchen. The last time I was cat-sitting for Lyapa, I was distracted by the plethora of nearby shops and restaurants. This time, I'm planning to take advantage of their lovely kitchen. Objective (rough approximation of): Chicken stew.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Between several changing of households, visitors, relationships, being sick, various jobs, and multiple bikes, I feel like I've been running at a sprint since Christmas. All excellent and fun (except for the sickness), but today is the first in a long while for just...decompression. Not necessarily doing nothing, more like not having to have anything done? If Thai food appears in a box in front of me, I'll happily eat it.
A week of cat-sitting in Oakland couldn't come at a better time.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cotillion birthday party today for pups Madi and Winslow. I'm responsible for getting the party smashed with two pre-mixed cocktails. I sort of wish I could ride across the US with a pop-up bar setup on the back. This Pelican case is already proving awesome.
Also, thank you so much to Pete at Vespa SF and the raffle ticket buyers! He organized a raffle to raise money for some gear and gas for my ride home, and we held the drawing at the group ride to Sea Bowl tonight. Now I'll be decked out in smart-wooly things for the ride to Colorado in March – I'm floored, thank you thank you thank you all! It was a super fun evening ride too, even though I couldn't bowl to save my life.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I followed Pete to a morning motorcycle lesson he was giving today. On the way, we drove along this quiet residential street, punctured by Redwood growth. California has some incredible things just sort of tucked away.
Friday, January 23, 2015
GTS is still in the shop, so more miles are being put on Pete's Super. I've been noticing a distinct smell from the new engine cooling down, I kind of enjoy it. Word is that it's vaporized oil (new fragrance, anyone? No?).
Today marks the last Friday climb and BBQ with Dmitry at Planet Granite Sunnyvale. Hands be raw and hurtin', but it was a good afternoon.
Until further notice, I'll be dividing my remaining time in the Bay Area between San Francisco and Oakland!
Thursday, January 22, 2015
It's been a bit crazy in my world lately, as I begin prepping for the ride back east. I rolled into Vespa SF today to check on my bike (and say hi to Pete), just in time to meet Piaggio corporate in town for a visit. My fingers were absolutely freezing from taking Skyline Blvd from San Jose when I shook the CEO of Piaggio America's hand. Woa. Still reeling a bit.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Remind me never to accumulate stuff again, mm'kay?
While my GTS is in the Vespa SF shop for the week having its epic service (crazy amounts of thanks, Tom and Mark!), Pete let me borrow his 300 to run errands back in SJ and help put on some break in miles. With the Pelican installed now, all that's left is to test it with all my heavy art stuffs and rearrange my riding configuration accordingly. I'm packing and shipping things away for the imminent turn back east. Soon, this will be travel blog again...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Just doing a bit of mod to Pete's bike. The 2015 GTSes have a USB port in the glove compartment. With a bit of drilling, this can power a RAM mounted phone for GPS navigation. Basically, a more elegant version of my homebrew 12v outlet installation (mine also has the turn signal beeper from the linked installation guide). A few process photos behind the cut.
Monday, January 19, 2015
My scoot's been left in the capable hands of the Vespa SF shop for service, so I'm borrowing Pete's Triumph Bonneville again. This time, we took a little joyride to Point Reyes Station. That Bonnie is an absolute thrill, like straddling an airplane flying down the road, but the aggressive riding position really takes it outta ya.
|Dropped bars, woohoo.|
Bonus pic and GPS track behind cut. Just look at that handlebar position.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I don't see myself often when riding, but tonight Pete met me in Mountain View for dinner and some miles to break in his new GTS 300. As we sped along Rt-101 towards San Francisco, I glanced across the lane and couldn't help thinking, Holy shit is that what I look like on the highway?! No wonder people thing I'm crazy.
Also, my speedo cable broke on the ride to the rock gym today (I may have been riding hard to make up time). Odometer will sadly be at least 69 miles off. In a way, it was refreshing to be free of the tyranny of numbers attempting to arbitrarily describe your movement through space.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Somewhere between San Jose, Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Francisco, I managed to misplace my Satechi Bluetooth Remote. I use it to easily control music while riding, and occasionally as a remote camera trigger. Since my replacement would need a new Velcro backing anyhow, I decided to replace the peeling Velcro on my scooter handlebars with Matt's suggestion of VHB tape – very high bond by 3m. Photos behind the cut.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
With BoomChickaPop wrapped up, I rushed back to San Jose to gather my work things and get some revisions done quick-like. In my so-called career, works comes in waves. Long dry spells are broken by everything due yesterday.
One day, this will be a travel blog again.
Today, at least, I finally feel past the sickness.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Circling the Moscone Center today, for the first day of the Fancy Food Show. Have achieved expert level at riding sidesaddle, standing, playing the horn, handing popcorn from saddlebags in traffic, and most of all making left turns.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
I landed a job this weekend! Saturday through Monday I'll be slinging Angie's Boomchickapop popcorn samples from one of their branded Vespas. I'm totally getting paid to ride a scooter! Photo of me wearing more pink than I have ever worn in my life is behind the cut.
On the cold morning scoot to the job, barreling down one of the steep hills of the city, I looked downhill to see the Bay Bridge rising out of the fog, gloriously framed between tall buildings. Magical.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I bit the bullet and picked up a discounted Storm iM2450 from ebay. It's huge! I'm nervous about messing with my current tried-and-true set up, but I'm hoping with some rearranging, I'll be able to take my illustration work on the road.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Scooting out to San Jose to crash for a couple days, I felt like I was going 'to the quiet of the countryside' to rest up. I slept for 12 hours, to the sound of Welcome to Night Vale. My dreams might have been more interesting if NyQuil didn't wipe them out of memory.