Indian Demo Ride – 5/8/2019

Mungenast Motorsports in St. Louis is a dealer of Indian motorcycles. I like motorcycles and love the opportunity to ride any one that I can. I found the schedule of the demo rides and got two of the guys at work (Binary Bandits) to join me for the demo ride. We scheduled a 2 hour lunch to ensure no clients would ruin our good time!

When we got to the dealer, I quickly noticed the Polaris Slingshot and had to get a photo. I love the look of them!

After some quick dreaming, we went in the shop to sign our lives away for a demo ride. We got there early, beating the line. Our reward was to be on the first demo ride of the day and we each quickly picked our ride.

Eric picked the smallest bike which still sported 70 hp and lots of torque.

Brad picked a black Scout.

I’m a huge fan of blue, so I picked the blue Scout. I’ve liked the look of these motors for a while and I was excited to ride. Before I get into my view of the ride, a few pics of the bike first.

The cost of accessories on the bike I rode.

The cost of the bikes.

The little details in the seat are great!

Ok, I hated the bike. I’m not one for cruisers and the looks of this one couldn’t sway my opinion. For reference, my current bike is a 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650. The V-Strom is an upright seating position and is much taller.

The first thing I noticed is the bike is very low to the ground. I felt vulnerable like traffic might not see me. I’ve seen bigger scooters on the road. Because it was so low to the ground, with very little effort, I drug the foot pegs on both sides of the bike during the demo ride. If you’ve never done this before, it is very freaky. Add that to the fact that I’m new to the bike and it can really upset your ride.

The lack of windshield really pushed me around on the highway. I felt like I could be pushed off the bike by the wind though I never came close to that. The aftermarket exhaust was extra loud. I’m not a fan of loud bikes, causing me to like it even less. Speaking of exhaust, I thought my right leg might burn off due to the heat from the exhaust. On a warm summer day, this would really suck! The last thing that was strange for me was only having one disc for braking up front. When I did pull hard on the brake (yep, it is a demo ride), the brake made a loud humming protest. This noise didn’t go away after multiple attempts.

The bike did have an amazing amount of power. I must be getting old because it felt like too much power. I’ve gotten used to my 650 and find it more than adequate for the road. Funny thing was that a guy on the demo ride just kept talking about how many cubic inches the motor was as if that was the most important thing.

I don’t wish Indian any bad luck or hate their motorcycles. The Scout is just not right to me. I wanted to test ride the FTR 1200. It has the seating style that suites my riding better. Maybe next time!

Hogan Haake

 

 

 

5 Corners Of Missouri

On Friday 9/29/2017, Eric and I set out on the 5 Corners of Missouri adventure. Its a trip I dreamed up after reading about other motorcycle adventures. The plan was to ride around the state of Missouri and visit the roads that were closest to the corners of the state. I came up with 5 corners because The northeast corner has a more eastern and a more northern area. If I got them both, I would have no doubt that I covered them all.  Here are a few photos of the trip and I’ll include the YouTube video once it finishes uploading.

If you’re curious where we went, download HoganTracks.

Northwest corner.

Northeast corner, more east.

Hogan pretending to be a computer hacker. I was actually downloading video from the camera so we could keep filming.

Northeast corner, more north.

Northwest corner.

Northwest corner.

Quick stop in Overland Park, Kansas to say hi to my dad.

Can’t resist a sign for Highway 69!

Southwest corner.

Southwest corner.

Motel Antics

Motel Antics

Along the levee southeast Missouri

Official Southwest Missouri corner.

Eric hiding from the camera.

Hogan Haake

Solar Install – 4/14/2017

I finally got around to installing the solar panels at Waterfall. Eric met me out there to supervise the install. I got all of the panels mounted before he showed up. Then it was a matter of organizing the cables based on what we had and plugging it all in, SUCCESS!

It needs to be cleaned up, but I have to go home and order some longer cables first.

Hogan Haake

Waterfall Batteries

We’re working on a solar system for waterfall so we can be off the grid. Eric came out with me today to install the larger batteries. We had to relocate them since there wasn’t room where the old one was. He brought out the soldering iron to make sure they last.

The batteries are installed and the power is on and working. We’ll have to come back another day and get the solar panels complete… Somebody forgot to bring drill bits 🙁

Hogan Haake