Two Ferry Ride Again – 9/13/2015

Okay, I swear this is the last time for a while that I do this ride! I went with Eric Ent from work and Sonora on the back of my bike. We tried to get his sister to join us, but she couldn’t make it. We made a slight variation on the last two rides, making a small side trip to Pere Marquette start park for a view over the river.

Eric got  quite a kick out of both of the ferry rides and Sonora enjoyed her second pass at them. IMG_20150913_084232 IMG_20150913_084206

And of course from on top of the bluffs!

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Finally, if you’re still interested, I have a video from each motorcycle. First from Eric’s bike. Its a fixed mount at the handlebars.

Second is a mount from the top of my helmet.

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Office Video – 3/17/2015

My current employer wanted to make a promotion video. We took two days out of work to film around the office. The project had started as a hand help iPhone video and moved to a full production. It turns out that iPhones are great, but not the quality that we were looking for. Lucky for us, we had Mike to help out. Mike is into photography and had some seriously fancy equipment and more importantly, knowledge how to use the equipment.

Mike Cook, the photo genius!

Mike Cook, the photo genius!

Daniel hanging out

Daniel hanging out

Josh making the video into something meaningful

Josh making the video into something meaningful

Eric Ent

Eric Ent

Christa and Anna moving furniture

Christa and Anna moving furniture

Getting for the pre-lunch shoot

Getting for the pre-lunch shoot

Reviewing our current progress

Reviewing our current progress

Jeff trying to ignore the mess and get is work done.

Jeff trying to ignore the mess and get is work done.

The video was an amazing change of pace for the office. We were not very productive for those two days, but it bonded us well. Below are two youtube videos. The first is the final product of all the work. The second will be a stop motion of the action around the filming.

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Victory Motorcycle Demo Ride – 10/11/2014

I met Eric Ent early on a Saturday to do a demo of Victory motorcycles. We met at the dealership and walked around looking at all of the motorcycles. Lined up next to a semi truck were about 20 examples of Victory’s finest bikes ready for us to try out. Eric is a newer rider, so he is always curious. He sat on a few and found one he liked. But as we got closer to the demo, he declined to do the demo. He was worried his skills would not be enough. Even so, he looked good thinking about riding!

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Me leaving the parking lot for the demo ride. The bike looks good.

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I’m not much of a cruiser when it comes to motorcycles. I have a sport touring bike that I enjoy very much. I was looking forward to this demo. Many of the cycle magazines extol the virtues of the v-twin motor and how much torque they have all the way through the power range.

Sitting on the bike, I got everything adjusted and moved my leg very far forward to shift into first. Then took off in the group. I immediately noticed that the foot controls were a far reach. I was not comfortable using the rear brake or shifting as it unsettled my riding position and had me feeling slightly off balance. I didn’t look forward to stopping as reaching for the shifter and rear brake required lots of shifting.

The handle bars were very long to get to the front of the bike, so it had poor response at low speed. Even with all these faults, I was looking forward to the massive power that was reported. Again I was disappointed. This bike is a heavy pig, robbing it of any excitement a large motor should have provided. When I laid on the throttle, I waited for the power to come. Unlike my Concours, there was no fear from from the acceleration. I never felt like it was every close to out of control as the power came on slowly.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Victory bikes are not for me and the reviews  for new bikes are to be taken with a truck of salt!

Thanks to Victory for the demo ride, but your products are not for me.

Getting back on my Concours, I was quite happy to ride my own bike home. I even reached a mileage milestone on the way back.

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KTM Demo Ride – 7/19/2014

I’m a huge fan of motorcycles. I’m currently on my second one and enjoying it very much. But I’m always on the lookout for the next one. In order to know what I want, I need to read about them and experience them. Today, I got to experience one. I I heard via social media that KTM was coming in town with a fleet of demo bikes to ride. I met a co-worker, Eric Ent at the event.

We both browsed the motorcycles and found the one that we wanted to ride. Because we came early in the morning, there was not much of a line. We were scheduled for the second demo ride and quite excited. That gave us enough time to look around the dealership at all of the new motorcycles!

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I’ve been interested in adventure bikes, so I rode the KTM 1190 Adventure R. Eric rode the KTM 690 Duke ABS. Eric is a new rider and wanted to get something smaller that he could handle.

The ride was quite exhilarating. We didn’t get much time to sit on the bike and adjust mirrors before the group took off. I found my bike to have a significant lurch when shifting into first gear. Once in gear, the bike was very smooth. What amazed me most was the power of the brakes. This bike could stop on a dime with no issues. I was certainly jealous of that stopping power vs. my current ride. Eric was similarly impressed with his demo ride.

Thanks to KTM for a fantastic Saturday morning and dreams of other motorcycles.

Hogan Haake