I’m back from Milwaukee but buried under a mountain of work – big trip update coming soon.
Sep 11, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
I’m heading to Milwaukee next for the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary celebration. I figured I’d strap one of any number of about 30 bags I seem to have to the sissybar but when Town Moto posted a pic of the Brixton Bixby Duffle Bag I figured It’d be worth checking out.
Not unlike the other CoolGuy™ duffle bags like the Duffaluffagus, the Bixby has a strap to hold a skateboard…
But it also serves itself well to slide over the top of a sissy bar.
And makes for a nice backrest…
This bag also has shoulder straps (for use as a backpack) which can be unhooked and hidden away in their own pocket.
It’s a 45L bag with plenty of room, lots of inside and outside pockets and feels pretty rugged – I don’t see any claims of water resistance at all but we’ll see how it holds up. If it doesn’t hold up at all, I grabbed a couple of these from MEC for all the important stuff…
Aug 12, 2013
This summer is going fassssssssst, too fast. With my lady out on the west coast and a sitter lined up for the pup (thanks again Thomas & Marta!) I figured it’d be a good weekend to get away on the bikes so Kris, Sean, Aner & I rolled up to Kris’ mom’s cottage up around Orillia.
It’s awesome because it’s only an hour and a half away, on the end of a bay so there isn’t much through-traffic, and gives you the chance to up your moto-chops on a nice long gravel road through the woods onto the property. I tend to go a little slower through the gravel turns so I lost the boys and took a wrong turn but ended up on this beautiful ridge that overlooks the country side.
ABT: Always Be Tastemaking.
We heard something splashing around in the lake and up into the woods. We thought it might have been a wendigo.
Not a Wendigo, just Kris draining the Sasquatch.
Woke up, had a little baileys in our coffee and tried to relax a little knowing we didn’t have much more time before we had to hit the road.
There was a huge storm a few weeks ago that broke a bunch of trees in half so we figured while we were up there we’d help clear some of it away.
We told Andrew that he would only be allowed to chop if he put on a sexy outfit. Success!
Frank is smarter than the rest of us…
After all that choppin’ we needed to take a dip but not before Sean showed us how to perfectly execute a standing backflip.
Had to get pitted, so pitted (like that) on this beauty – Stugats!
The ride home was pretty nice considering it was the end of a long weekend – a little traffic but nothing too hard. Thanks again to Kris, Frank & Gail for having us up and being the most hospitable people in the universe.
Jul 14, 2013
These little guys were rippin’ around the fairgrounds… So rad.
This same weekend last year, these three dudes and myself ripped out to Chalk River for a little weekend getaway – it was nice to have the boys reunited. Although, as fun as this weekend was, another Chalk River rip would have been better.
The swap was conveniently located right next the Paris Speedway so we got a chance to take in some local flat track action. The little tykes ripping around that little dirt track was amazing…
It sucks that by the time they get to the bigger classes, it’s pretty much just dudes, but there were a bunch of little girls out there just a puttin’ a hurtin’ on the boys.
Town Moto sponsors a local flat track racer named Doug Lawrence who is a hell of a nice guy and a demon on the track. He placed well in Paris but was saving himself for the next night at a much bigger race in Welland.
Jamie got there just in time to check out some of the races, get blasted with us, and then blow farts in the tent.
We woke up bright and early, surprisingly not terribly hung-over, and started setting up the booth.
In addition to all the Town Moto stuff we were selling – we brought down a bunch of spare parts from the garage that we all share to try to unload some stuff none of us were going to use. I sold a pair of $400 pipes for $15 which was par for the course on the day but I got rid of so much stuff and it paid for my weekend.
For anyone who loves vintage motorcycles, or really just history in general, the swap is a real treat. It’s just chock-a-block full of old gems.
Our buddy Nice Guy Brian wanted us to be on the look out for some olf Honda mini-bikes and luckily for him, we found some!
So we loaded ‘em into the truck and headed on our way..
Well, almost, in an effort to try to charge our phones, we killed the battery in the truck.
Navin doesn’t need a phone, he’s got the painter’s tape on lock!
Once the swap was done we headed over to the Welland Motorcycle Club for more flat track action with The Brothers Reidy, Bry, Nate & Moccia.
This guy had that silk-screened denim shirt game on lock!
I wish I’d taken video of the races that would allow you to hear the announcer over the loud-speaker who was, for me, kind of the highlight of the weekend. Do yourself a favor and head over to Welland, if for no other reason than to here this human miracle.
As expected Doug cleaned up in all his races and Town Moto… Or should I say, Town Mojo, on beautiful Ossington Avenue in Toronto… Was getting shout outs over the loud speaker all night! As was Showtime, Showtime’s Mom at the popcorn stand, Dirtbike, and of course, Stylin’ Kyle LeGoGo.
After the last race Doug invited us down to walk the track which was pretty fucking sweet, if I do say so myself, and then back to the pits to hang out for some cold pops.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t stick around for any cold pops because it had been a long, long weekend and we still had an hour and a half’s drive ahead of us so we had to bow out. Until next time…
Thanks again for another great weekend, boys!
May 5, 2013
Last weekend my special lady friend and I took a few days to go to NYC for her birthday weekend. It was a little break that we both needed badly – it was amazing to spend a few days away from work and the lives that we find entirely too busy at home to properly enjoy them.
Jan 3, 2013
Nov 7, 2012
One of the great things about working in an industry, and more specifically on a brand, that you are passionate about is getting to immerse yourself in the history and cultural importance of said brand and hopefully play an active roll in the future of the company – it truly is exciting and I’m honored to be a part of this team.
This week I was sent to Milwaukee for a couple of days to present new work, visit the museum and see what’s in store for us in the coming year.
As I expected, staying at the Iron Horse Hotel was a real treat. The place is fucking fantastic – I can only imagine what this place is like in the summer when the roar of motors would fill the air.
I didn’t want to take too many pictures at H-D HQ so I couldn’t really capture how awesome the place really is but it is, after all, people’s workplace so I didn’t want to be tooooooo touristy and make people who are just trying to work too uncomfortable. One thing that becomes apparent immediately is how important history is to the brand as the place is littered with artifacts and reminders of where the company came from.
Nowhere is this history and attention to detail more apparent than right across the bridge from the Iron Horse, at the Harley-Davidson Museum which was truly the highlight of the trip.
The Jeff Decker bronze statues are incredible – I only wish that I could afford one! Even the 10″ statues for sale in the museum gift shop come in around $4000. A real treat to see in person, regardless.
I had a chance to meet Bill Jackson, the museum’s curator, and you can tell how much he cares about sharing this history and presenting it in a way that is highly accessible to everyone, even if you don’t care at all about Harley-Davidson or motorcycles in general, for that matter…
Here is just a small sampling of the things that I saw – I’m sure that I missed so much but I think you’d need multiple trips to really see everything. I mean, you can see all the big stuff in an hour or two but if you want to see all the smaller artifacts, do some reading and watch all the rich media content, you’d need some serious time. There is just so much to see!
One of the newest exhibits is the famous “Tsunami Bike” that found it’s way from Japan to Vancouver in the wake of the Tsunami in 2011. The story is incredible and seeing it in person was pretty chilling.
Harley-Davidson’s commitment to it’s brand is apparent in everything they touch, the Motor Bar & Restaurant is no exception. Some of the guys and I had the opportunity to grab a quick bite before the flight home and we were not disappointed!
Thanks a lot to Michael, Elliott, Suzanne, Tara and all the fine folks I met from H-D for an amazing and action packed day and a half in Milwaukee. Looking forward to coming back soon!
Nov 4, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
Andrew from Doublenaut / Crucial Pins / Town Moto has just started documenting his 4 day / 4400km rip out to Vancouver – I can’t wait for the return trip because the Montana photos are pretty fucking spectacular.
Either way, read, enjoy.
Update: Return trip posted! Beauty.