Travel

Thanks For Ruining Shell-Art {0}

I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time on the West Coast but I’d always find myself either in Southern California or Vancouver and never in between so when an opportunity to go to Portland for a work photo shoot, despite the fact that I’ve spent more time on the road than I’d like lately, I gladly accepted the offer.

Mt St Helens

I was working mostly at nights (outside, in the rain…) so I didn’t get much opportunity to explore all the usual stuff like bars, restaurants and the like. Then during the day I was catching up a lot on work from back home so I didn’t get much opportunity to explore the city, either. I did, however, get just enough of a taste for the city to make me want to go back and really spend some time there… I’d really like to get out of the city a bit because the surrounding area seems pretty awesome.

Burnside Bridge

Burnside Bridge

Right near my hotel, just up from Stumptown & The Ace there is a pretty cool little strip that housed Tanner Goods, Imogene + Willie, and Poler which came in handy when I realized I’d packed horribly inappropriately and needed a rain-coat.

Stumptown Coffee - Portland, Oregon

Tanner Goods - Portland Oregon

Tanner Goods - Portland Oregon

Imogene + Willie - Portland, Oregon

Imogene + Willie - Portland, Oregon

Imogene + Willie - Portland, Oregon

A Definite High-Point was checking out See-See Motorcycles & Coffee – the fine folks who put on The 1 Show.

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

See See Coffee & Motorcycles - Portland, Oregon

I ducked into a place called Sizzle Pie to wait out the rain while walking back to my hotel and was super pleasantly surprised. All the pizzas were named after punk, metal and stoner rock classics (I had the D-Beat) and there was a ton of 80’s skate iconography used everywhere so I felt right at home.

Sizzle Pie - Portland, Oregon

Everyone said “you gotta try Voodoo Doughnut!”

VooDoo Donuts - Portland, Oregon

Sounds good but I’ll tell you one thing I will not do…

VooDoo Donuts - Portland, Oregon

…and that’s stand in line for Doughnuts!

Burnside Bridge

There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening there – a strong local identity with an emphasis on hand-made, locally produced things that I can definitely get down with. Most of the folks I met were super awesome but I definitely felt a kind of weird, aggressive undercurrent running throughout the city. It’s like all worst things about hippies and the worst things about yuppies smashed together into terrible super-human dickheads…

Basically, everything you’ve seen on Portlandia is true. Maybe that’s why I like it – can’t wait to go back.

Mama Tried {0}

I’ve been working in Milwaukee for the last couple of weeks which has been pretty exhausting, but one of the perks of working with The Motor Company is getting the opportunity to check things out that are only happening there… The second leg of this trip happened to coincide with Mama Tried- an indoor motorcycle invitational… In Milwaukee… During the winter… So, “indoor” is a necessary distinction.

My friend, and co-worker Lyndsey was already going and bringing with her a bunch of Chicago wildcats so I knew it was going to be good weekend to stick around…

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Milwaukee Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary - FXDB Street Bob

I’m back from Milwaukee but buried under a mountain of work – big trip update coming soon.

I’ll Duffle Your Bag {1}

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.

Brixton Bixby

Not unlike the other CoolGuy™ duffle bags like the Duffaluffagus, the Bixby has a strap to hold a skateboard…

Brixton Bixby

But it also serves itself well to slide over the top of a sissy bar.

Brixton Bixby

And makes for a nice backrest…

Brixton Bixby

This bag also has shoulder straps (for use as a backpack) which can be unhooked and hidden away in their own pocket.

Brixton Bixby

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…

MEC Dry Bag

LeadShed {0}

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.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

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.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

ABT: Always Be Tastemaking.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

We heard something splashing around in the lake and up into the woods. We thought it might have been a wendigo.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Not a Wendigo, just Kris draining the Sasquatch.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

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.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

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.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

We told Andrew that he would only be allowed to chop if he put on a sexy outfit. Success!

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Frank is smarter than the rest of us…

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

After all that choppin’ we needed to take a dip but not before Sean showed us how to perfectly execute a standing backflip.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Had to get pitted, so pitted (like that) on this beauty – Stugats!

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

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.

Kris Sharon X Bikes On Wheels X Town Moto X Doublenaut

Thangs & Stuff & Stuff & Thangs & Stuff… {0}

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Give It Up For Showtime! He Loves It! {0}

A couple of weeks back, I big-rigged out to Paris for the CVMG vintage motorcycle swap with Andrew where we met up with our buds Bowles & Navin who rolled out on their trumpets.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

These little guys were rippin’ around the fairgrounds… So rad.

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

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…

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

Jamie got there just in time to check out some of the races, get blasted with us, and then blow farts in the tent.

CVMG Paris Swap

We woke up bright and early, surprisingly not terribly hung-over, and started setting up the booth.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

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!

CVMG Paris Swap

So we loaded ‘em into the truck and headed on our way..

CVMG Paris Swap

Well, almost, in an effort to try to charge our phones, we killed the battery in the truck.

CVMG Paris Swap

Navin doesn’t need a phone, he’s got the painter’s tape on lock!

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

CVMG Paris Swap

CVMG Paris Swap

This guy had that silk-screened denim shirt game on lock!

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

Welland Flat Track Racing

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.

Welland Flat Track Racing

CVMG Paris Swap

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.

Welland Flat Track Racing

Welland Flat Track Racing

Welland Flat Track Racing

Welland Flat Track Racing

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…

Welland Flat Track Racing

Thanks again for another great weekend, boys!

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One More Night In Brooklyn {0}

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.

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North To Noosa {0}

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls {0}

CASCADA from NRS Films on Vimeo.

Isle Of Man {0}

I’m planning on going to Ireland this summer and if we can time it just right, we’ll hop over to the Isle Of Man for the 2013 TT. Fingers crossed!

Also, for those of you that haven’t seen it – TT3D: Closer To The Edge is well worth the watch.

Thanks for sharing, Thomas.

Actually, It’s Pronounced “Mill-e-wah-que” {1}

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.

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

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.

H-D Office

H-D Office

H-D Office

H-D Office

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.

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

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.

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

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!

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

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 Museum - Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum - Milwaukee

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!

Harley-Davidson Museum Motor Bar

Harley-Davidson Museum Motor Bar

Harley-Davidson Museum Motor Bar

Harley-Davidson Museum Motor Bar

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!

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

If You Need Me, I’ll Be Here… {0}

I’ve wanted to go to The Iron Horse for a long time! I think even before I had a bike, the place just looks so rad.

Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

While I’m in Milwaukee I’m going to spend as much time here as I can…

Harley-Davidson Museum Milwaukee

I love my job.