So, the main reason for adding the Ural to our garage was so that the dogs could join us in our motorcycle adventures. As mentioned in a previous blog, my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kai, was a frequent passenger in the Wastsonian sidecar I once had attached to my Triumph Bonneville. He loved it so much and I saw his recent disappointment every time I left the house without him to go riding. After years of coveting a Ural Gear-Up, we finally bought one in nearly perfect condition from our neighbor.
Now came the challenge of making sure the dogs were safe in the sidecar since it wasn’t nearly as deep as the Watsonian and now I also have a Great Dane who sits much taller than my Ridgeback. As usual, I did a ton of research. I read blogs about gear, harnesses, strategies of securing said items into/onto the sidecar, etc. I also reached out to fellow sidecar riding dog lovers via Instagram. I was so glad when we heard back from Waffles, a very famous social media side car Great Dane. Unfortunately, by that time I had already made the commitment to purchase gear from RuffWear. I am a HUGE fan of RuffWear. I’ve used many of their products in the past since we love taking our dogs on adventures. We’ve used their backpacks, collapsible food/water bowls, leashes, collars, etc. They all have lasted years, been durable out on the trails and camping. So I didn’t have much hesitation selecting this brand to keep my dogs safe in the side car. My only dilemma was which harness to select.
Although it was a bit cool, we decided to take advantage of the sunny clear skies and get on the motorcycles and head east. We found ourselves cold and hungry out in Greenport. Luckily, we came upon a place that looked welcoming and vacant – First and South. Despite this quarantine situation, they still had an inviting front porch with clear instructions for social distancing. I was so grateful that we were the only people there; and at a distance, the owner was welcoming, turned on the porch heater as she could tell we were chilly, presented us with a hot tea selection, and brought us a large bottle of Pellegrino with cups of fresh cut lemon. So we comfortably sat on the porch waiting for what turned out to be a delicious meal. The small mushroom mac and cheese with truffle oil was more than enough for two people to split, and the black bean burger was literally overflowing with the freshest ingredients – avo, onions, lettuce, tomato – and accompanied with a plentiful salad that was more than enough for us. Because of this stellar service even in such a crazy time, I would highly recommend this place and can’t wait to return again when we can enjoy this place to it’s fullest.
So I’ve finally decided to jump into the Go-Pro world thanks to a certain Ducati rider - yes, I know, about sixteen years late. We have an epic road trip planned at the end of May so we’ve started to experiment and “play” with a Hero 5 Session and a Hero 8 Black. We’ve recently taken a bunch of raw footage from a few local rides here on the North Fork, and some beach drives in the Jeep with the pups. The footage looks great using both a fork mount and a helmet chin mount. I haven’t yet started to edit, but I’m looking forward to working with the footage to make a montage and see what I can do. Let me know if you have any suggestions, editing tips, software recommendations, etc. While I’m not an expert at technology in any sense, I’m looking for something with a lot of creative capabilities but that’s still relatively user-friendly. Would love to hear your thoughts and/experiences using the Go-Pro! (Believe me, the Ducati-rider has done extensive YouTube research, I just wanted to reach out to this motorcycle community)
"This Scorpion helmet has totally changed the game for me, and now I feel like I can stand a chilly winter ride – even if it’s just to The Village Cheese Shop for tea and fondue."
I haven’t put on a full face helmet since I traded in my sportbike for a chopper over ten years ago. I had then opted for a brain bucket before settling on the vintage open face style of helmet which seemed to better suit the Sportster/bobber I purchased once I moved back to the States. And, that style also seemed to work with my most recent purchase – a Triumph Thruxton R.
But during the recent chilly fall days, my boyfriend had me go to Maximum Motorsports to pick up his brand new Ducati 959. So it was time to dust off the old full face Suomy (couldn’t be seen on a luxury machine with a nerd helmet). And instantly, I remembered the advantages of a full face helmet (beyond safety, of course) I was significantly warmer than when I wore the open face helmet. And for me, that was a game changer. Those of you that know me, know how stubborn I can be, especially in regards to gear. And my dislike of the typical bulky, stiff, uncomfortable cold weather gear, has kept me from riding on cool days for…about…as long as I can remember.