The Indian Scout And A Quote

Indian Scout and a quote from Jeremy Irons.
“I love it because when you ride a bike, there’s so much danger about it that all your instincts come right to the surface, all your senses”. – Jeremy Irons

I thought Jeremy Irons’ quote suited this photo of an Indian Scout well. If there is a motorcycle that is dangerous enough to bring instincts to the surface, it’s this bike.

Mr. Irons is quite a motorcycle fan who speaks well of the sport. Try a search on him. Here’s a short one I found.

Pokemon Hunting Vs. Photography

This was the photo I was shooting for at the time of the invasion of the Pokemon Hunters.

Buckeye Lake, Ohio on a summer evening
Buckeye Lake, Ohio on a summer evening.

This photo really isn’t much, but I’ve been working on how and when to use wide angle lenses in landscape photography. I was trying to give the rock pier a different look than the numerous other times I took a photo of the Buckeye Lake boat launch area.

Most important though was that it was a quiet evening by the water and it was relaxing. Then into this corner of the park where I was at came a group with screaming children. The adults in the group came and they were even louder. They were looking at me as if I was interrupting them!

They were playing Pokemon. I guess this new game comes with special rights to be a screaming asshole no matter what anyone else might be doing in the vicinity.

Then, the man-child in charge decided to ignore the posted sign and trespass. The excitement of finding some rare Pokemon in his game overruled any common sense or decency.

Pokemon Hunter in construction zone.
Pokemon hunter goes into a construction site for what he said was rare find.

He did keep the children out of the dangerous area, but explained to them that it was ok to ignore the sign due to the importance of the rare Pokemon being in there.

I have to wonder what controls the thought process in situations like this. What overrules general common sense and puts a game with no tangible reward to such a high level of importance? What makes the risk worth it here?

I’m thankful that I understand the basic human need to create. If a person is depraved of this, they’ll follow anything to fill that void. They’ll dress up like creepy clowns to scare children, they’ll follow a video game into a dangerous and illegal area, and they’ll follow any trend that their TV or other major media outlet(there are only 6 now), tells them to follow.

Even if you are not good at it, create something. Don’t be another mindless drone.

Radishes Like I’ve Never Seen

Radishes were another adventure for me in gardening as I’ve never planted them before. The results are stunning.

Large radishes in the garden.
Radished in the garden.

They are about half the size of a banana.

Huge radishes.
Huge radishes.

I read that the longer radishes are in the ground, the hotter they get. It’s true, but they don’t get super hot. I’d say the flavor is just greatly enhanced if you let them grow for a few months.

Radishes were fast and easy to grow in my best soil. They were so easy that I may try them in some lesser quality soil in other places around the yard.

Poetry Of Machines

Motorcycles and an old Navy airplane at the Baltimore, Ohio VFW.
Hurrah for the poetry of machines, propelled and driving; the poetry of levers, wheels, and wings of steel. – Dziga Vertov(1922)

Dziga Vertov certainly understood that poetry and how to put that work in his movies. His most famous, “Man With A Movie Camera” was way before it’s time.

F6B Goldwing First 4,000 Miles. Things I Love About This Bike.

In a previous post, I did a short rant about the Honda F6B Goldwing.  If only that post is read, you might think I don’t care for the motorcycle. The truth is, it’s the greatest bike I’ve ever ridden in my 48 years on this earth. I only wish I would have bought any Goldwing before now. I’ll explain.

Honda F6B Goldwing Engine
F6B Goldwing Engine

An Old Man’s Couch On Wheels

The most negative statements about the Goldwing is that it is an “old man’s bike” or that it’s a “couch on wheels”. These statements might be true, but they are misleading.

The F6B has trimmed off a little bit of comfort. For example, there is no reverse, top case, heated seat, the windshield is too low, and the passenger area lacks much of the comforts of a standard Goldwing. For the solo rider though, there is more leg room and everything else about the Goldwing remains. It is like setting on the couch at home when it comes to comfort.

The overall quality of the bike is something an old man who’s owned lesser quality bikes can appreciate. Old men just might have learned a few things along the way before they bought this quality bike.

So yes. It’s got comfort like a couch with quality that old men can appreciate. It also means I can get to the Tennessee mountains in a 8 hours ready and be ready to ride some more when I get there.

Speed. Goldwings Have It!

With a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and a horsepower to weight ratio of a Porsche 911, this bike moves out. I never even gave this aspect of the Goldwing’s performance a thought before I bought it, but power is incredible.

I won’t use that much power for speed very often, but I consider the ability to get the hell out of the way a safety feature. It also means that I can tow trailers with it if I decide to do that later.

There is constantly a very high amount of torque available no matter what gear you are in. The handling is not like a sportbike, but it’s far better than you would expect. I rode The Tail Of The Dragon with no problem – at night.

The Sound.

The sound, or lack thereof, is unique. Other brands are allowed to have admirers of their sound, why can’t I love the Goldwing’s sound.

Unlike the other popular V-Twins, the quality of the Goldwing’s sound does not rely on an ear shattering open piped thump that scares people. It is a subtle and low rumble that’s not much different than a Porsche engine .

I like not rattling myself or others. My days of being a loud teenager with cherry bombs are long over. This refined sound is actually appreciated by those who notice it.

The Engine

I laughed at comparisons I’ve seen between the F6B and other motorcycles for many reasons, but there really is no comparison to a flat 6. The closest comparison is a Porsche car engine.

This engine pulls hard, real hard, through the entire range. I’ve never ridden anything close to it. It’s perfect for this heavy motorcycle.

The weight of this massive 1832 cc motor is down low. It’s a handful, but it’s not as difficult to manage as it would look.


I regret not understanding what Goldwings were all about for so many years of motorcycling. I would have strived for one sooner. The F6B Goldwing just fills the void for those wanting the Goldwing’s size and power, but lacking the need for so many extras.

The F6B Goldwing’s First 4,000 Miles. A Rant.

In a short time, I’ve put 4,000 miles on my 2015 Honda Goldwing. The time and the motorcycle went fast. Some of the shine did wear off though. Problems have been found.

Am I upset that such an expensive motorcycle is flawed? You bet! I’m not as saddened as I should be though. The bike is still the most luxurious motorcycle I’ve ever owned, the good exceeds the bad, and all high end motorcycles come with their own set of problems.

In the interest of people who might be considering an F6B Goldwing, I’ll post the problems I’ve found.

Honda Goldwing under a rainbow.
Goldwing under a rainbow.

Wobble Wobble

The first problem that almost caused me to return the bike was a front end wobble. I thought something was wrong and it turns out that they all do it.

There is a fork brace available that others are rating high as a solution and it can be easily mounted.

Shipping Tape Wasn’t Removed

There was shipping tape on brakes and other areas that indicates to me that the dealer never paid attention to detail. This was a very daunting discovery. I can’t take a bike back to a dealer for service when they lack this much attention to detail.

$250 Oil Change

The dealer salesman suggested that I come to them for an expensive oil change. Goldwings do look like formidable beasts to work on, but I’m happy to say that if you can change the oil on any other car or motorcycle, there should be no problem with a Goldwing. It’s just as straightforward as any other vehicle when it comes to the oil and filter.

Now that I’ve changed the oil at the 600 mile and 4,000 mile interval, I’ve noticed what I would perceive to be a large amount of metal shavings in the oil. I would have never known had I paid the dealer to do the change. I don’t know if it’s something to be alarmed about yet, but at least I know that it occurred.

Again, how can I trust a deal to do anything, even change the oil, when they left the tell-tale sign of shipping tape all over important parts of the bike before they sold it to me?

The Radio Sucks

I never had a radio on a motorcycle before. Maybe they all sound this bad, but mine sounds like the speakers are blown. I find it nothing but a distraction and I wish there was a more useful option on it. Maybe a GPS or something instead.

Cruise Control Didn’t Work

I was really looking forward to cruise control and it didn’t work. I didn’t want to lose the bike for weeks on end for the problem even though they may have fixed it for free. I just dealt with it and figured it was like the radio. You know, just another cheesy, toy like add-on.

After some research, I found that just loosening 2 screws on a part that holds the brake light/cruise control shutoff switch, a slight repositioning, and retightening those screws fixed the problem.

It worked and riding with cruise control is great.

The Low Windshield

It’s gotta go. It’s worthless. It looks great, but there is buffeting and it’s not effective at all.

Conclusion – I’m Keeping The F6B

With most product complaints you get the usual bashing of the company and the dealer. I’m not going to mention the dealer. I haven’t taken the bike back since I bought it.

Even with the problems, the F6B is an incredible machine! It’s a complex motorcycle and with that comes complex quirks, good and bad.

VW Beetle At Rocky Top, Tennessee

I’ve been traveling to the mountains more often now. I have friends there and we love the area. The main purpose for going is to see them , ride motorcycles, and take photos. I just haven’t got to take the photos yet.

This photo from the mountains is just a simple antique car I found in Rocky Top, TN, but I love the Beetle’s character.

A VW Beetle with a few custom pieces.
VW Beetle in well kept condition with a few customized accents.

The Bug’s bumper, headlight covers, good hubcaps, and other things not shown in the photo, showed that someone still really cared for it. The overall condition showed that all of it’s owners had cared for it well enough to preserve it’s appearance. I’m pretty sure that this is a 60’s model, so it’s showing somewhere around 50 years of care for a budget car that didn’t tend to last very long under normal use.

Something about this car made it’s owners feel the need to take good care of it. I can only guess the situation.

I’ve noticed that interesting antiques of all sorts are in the mountains. I’m not one for buying antiques, but I love it when you come across them and they’re still being used as intended.

As a previous owner of a Volkswagen Beetle, I can attest that if these cars were loved and treated with care, they would keep going. The heat would stop and other important items may stop working, but the car could keep chugging along. They were a poor person’s friend. The owners of this one may appreciate that fact too.

Father/Daughter Motorcycle Burnout

Motorcycle burnout with a a Father and his daughter.
A Father and his friends assist his daughter in a motorcycle burnout.

This weekend was the last weekend of Farmstead, a popular motorcycle rally near Mount Vernon, Ohio. The event has raised large amounts for charity since 1999.

I was visiting with my friend Bill Kent, when his friends coaxed him into getting his daughter Kenzie to do a burnout. It happened and it was the photos speaks for itself. This may be the best photo I’ve taken this year.

My New Honda Goldwing F6B

Choosing my big cruiser was an agonizing decision.

  • Harley-Davidson for resale value?
  • Indian for the looks?
  • Victory for the speed and power?

Then, I found this Honda FB6.

  • Resale value? I don’t think I’ll want to sell it.
  • Looks? I don’t shine bikes anyhow, so the matte paint will work fine.
  • Speed and power?  The Goldwing beats them all.

I probably should mention price. It was far less money than the comparable models that the others offered. There is a drawback for some though and that would be the looks.

Honda F6B On A Country Road
2015 Honda F6B on a country highway in Ohio.

I am so happy with the choice I made. This motorcycle is the nicest one that I’ve ever owned. The photo was taken on a return trip from The Smokey Mountain area in Tennessee.

The bike performed great on The Tail Of The Dragon and every other mountain road that I took it on. The miles just rolled by without the familiar aches and pains that my other bikes give.

I will be writing more about this Goldwing and Goldwings in general. I am very happy to have found this niche of the motorcycle market.

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