Sunday, February 22, 2015

Motorcycle Garage Organization

Harbor Freight Motorcycle Dolly

Over the last year, I have been working to reduce the amount of stuff I have. One of the ways I do that is to look at things I have not been using. This sounds easy, but seems hard for some reason. It feels easy to ignore things. The old “out of sight out of mind” line seems appropriate. I have five bikes in the garage and now two cars. Moving vehicles around can be a bit tricky!

The motorcycle high jack shown below is one of those things I bought and thought I would get a lot of use out of. I’ve had it for a couple years now, and I think I only managed to use it twice. I’ve been moving it out of the way for entirely too long now, so it was time to get rid of it.

Harbor Freight High Motorcycle Jack

While talking with my friend Paul, he told me about some motorcycle dollies he just bought from harbor freight that didn’t work in his workshop. I proposed a trade and he agreed: he got my lift and I got two of the dollies. I’ve been wanting one of these since I saw one in use at Troubadour’s house.

Harbor Freight Motorcycle Dolly

I put one under the WR250R right away and it was much easier to get it moved around the garage. It also let me put two bikes very close together. Why didn’t I buy one of these sooner? I need to assemble the other one then I can put it into use right away. I’m very happy with the trade. We both got something useful. Thanks!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Video: Sunrise in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Here is a quick time-lapse video of one of the sunrises I enjoyed while I was in Mexico. I rode a motorcycle while I was there too, so hopefully I will get that content processed and posted soon as well. Enjoy!

Video: Time-lapse Sunrise: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Monday, February 2, 2015

Motorcycle Parking and Tabs


I switched jobs a few months ago, so my motorcycle parking has been up in the air. It wasn’t an issue since I have only been able to drive to work. It seems things are finally working themselves out for the best!

I am hopefully to be able to ride to work soon, and the parking people finally found a place for me to park at my new ramp. It’s enclosed (no rain, wind, or snow) which is a major plus. It looks to be a double-wide parking stall in the back of the ramp. It took them a few months to get back to me because they forgot they had this spot. Apparently, no one had asked for motorcycle-only parking. The rest of the (very few) riders also are able to park their cars here, so I will likely have the space to myself. It will be interesting to see throughout the year.

I park my car about 1/2 mile away (0.8km) which is an enjoyable walk twice a day, but I think a bit too far to walk in full riding gear. I’m very happy to have this space.

I also picked up my new license tabs for the 2015 riding season this week. All of my motorcycles now have their parking stickers and license stickers for 2015. I’m excited to start using them (and the bikes!).