Listen in as we build our route to the Missouri Ozarks, perfect daily destinations and itemize camping gear … Read More
Only two hours from Nashville (four hours the Riding Obsession way), Chattanooga is the destination Robin and I were most eager to explore. We’d both heard good things and just had a feeling about it. The population is about a quarter the size of Memphis or Nashville. It’s bordered by mountains and the Tennessee River, home to several colleges and invested to rehabilitate and redevelop it’s downtown and riverfront areas. It’s ranked in the top 10 for most livable cities.
Tennesseans in Memphis and Nashville say Chattanooga is a “cute town.” It could be a backhanded compliment but it’s true, Chattanooga is a cute town in the best way. It’s like the kid sister or brother of your friend you never noticed before until one day, you do and then it’s all over, you’ve got a crush.
We found a great AirBnB place hosted by a musician in the Southside Historic District. The house is filled with instruments and has an open community atmosphere. It’s warm and inviting and the house’s inhabitants are happy to inform you about all things Chattown. Once again, we landed in a hot neighborhood near good restaurants, bars, shops and 10 minutes from downtown.Read More ...
Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of change, especially when it comes to their motorcycle and it’s engine oil. Faced with regularly scheduled maintenance, information new and old goes unread by many who trust the popular and reliable go-to that is 10W-40. Your visit to our corner of the web would suggest that you’re at least interested in our basic exploration on the topic.
Personally, I started out using Rotella T 15W-40 motor oil. The gold standard in “dinosaur” oil (a finite natural resource), my dedication to this diesel-designated product was driven by outside influence and multiple educated opinions. One of those opinions suggested that the non-uniform molecular weight distribution of dino oil makes it a better choice for older bikes with suspect gaskets, their random perforations being an offending factor.
Times change and with new science on the horizon, the case for using full synthetic oil such as Rotella T6 5W-40 or biodegradable G-Oil is well justified. A bit of data collection and comparative research introduces real world benefits that are difficult to ignore. I, who once bowed to the 15W-40 engine oil gods am a full synthetic believer where motorcycling is concerned.Read More ...
As a new rider, I gladly faced the Chicago winter on two wheels without heated clothing whenever the roads were traction-friendly. I didn’t have just any heated grips on my 1982 Yamaha Seca 400 at the time. I had (boisterous) “HEEEATED GRRRIPS” which, from what I remember, felt warmer after sticking my chest out and explaining confidently to others that “of course I rode here!”
Sub-freezing temperatures never felt so squid and my fifteen mile jaunt from Rogers Park to North Chicago validated my will to ride accordingly (sidenote: I miss that bike). Today, with destinations often crossing state lines, comfort has become a much more significant concern. Switch activated “palm warming technology” simply isn’t enough when riding between the bronzing sun of West Palm Beach, Florida and the chilling fall of Chicago, Illinois.
Remember, cold weather riding involves a steep wind chill factor that compounds itself at the twist of a throttle. While heated grips certainly help (Hot Grips for ease of installation, Heat Demons for preferred handgrip compatibility), separate components are necessary based on the specific needs of individual riders. Gerbing heated clothing better than answers the call.Read More ...