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North America » United States » South Carolina October 22nd 2009

10-21-09 Tonight I start midnight shift at the PD and was in between sleep schedules. I woke up at 10 am and was met by my youngest middle son wanting to go for a ride on the bike. I checked the weather and WOW it was great riding weather, clear blue skies, a light wind and temperatures in the upper 70’s. I have wanted to take a ride over to St. Matthews, SC and have lunch at the Town and Country Restaurant on Bridge St and then take a quick ride down to Santee, SC to visit Santee State Park. This would be a great ride and have me back home in time to get ready for work. So, I told my son to grab his gear and meet me at the bike. I went on ... read more
Harper and I
Replacing the battery
Naked Shadow

North America » United States » South Carolina » Columbia October 7th 2009

Over the last year and half my wife has complained about the little 7 ½ inch seat on the back of the Shadow. So I went out on a quest to find a replacement seat to provide her comfort and enable her to take longer rides with me and Thumper. I checked out Mustang seats, Russell’s and even companies that would rebuild the Honda seat that came with the Shadow. All the seats I found were, in my opinion, way out of the price point I had set for the Shadow. If I had a Goldwing or a large touring bike that I planned on keeping for a life time, then yes $500 or more would be a price point that I could justify, but not for a bike that I hope to replace in a ... read more
Another view
Newly addes stickers
Side View

North America » United States » South Carolina » Columbia September 28th 2009

On Sunday 09-27-09, after church, I decided to finally check out the motorcycle after getting it back earlier in the week from Honda of Sumter. There were a few things that I still had to do and I worked on them little by little all week long. The main thing that had to be done was rebuilding the mount for the XM radio. I used Testors glue to glue the plastic pieces back together. It reminded me of all the model airplanes I built when I was younger. I also had to reinstall my Hella FF50 driving lights. I found a good price on a new set on the web. Other small things included putting on the rear view mirror and replacing some of the stickers on my new windshield. To be honest it had been ... read more
Kensington Mansion
Historical Marker - Front
Historical Marker - Rear

North America » United States » South Carolina September 12th 2009

On 09-12-09 Cindy (wife) and I left Eastover, SC and headed to Chapin, SC for a little BBQ with members of MTF (Motorcycle Tourer's Forum). We road in Cindy’s Explorer because the Shadow is still getting repaired from the little spill I took on Garners Ferry Road a few weeks back. You would think that with the thousands of Shadows Honda has built over the years that the side engine case would not have to be placed on backorder. So it felt more like we were on the motorcycle I turned off the air conditioner in the truck and road with all four windows down. Cindy would not let me bring my helmet to wear on the trip up the interstate, ATGATT. At 11:25 a.m. we arrived at Farm Boys BBQ. We had not ever been ... read more
Stuffing faces
Andy's GS

North America September 1st 2009

Sunday morning, August 30th 2009, started out with lots of excitement. I had spent 2 months planning an Iron Butt Association certified all South Carolina Saddle Sore. I sent a lot of time planning and re-planning the route. It was and still is a great route. For those who do not know what a Saddle Sore is, it is 1000 miles ridden in 24 hours or less. And I took it one step further and made sure that my route did not use the same road twice and did not cross over a road already used. The route would allow me to see a lot of the state and would require 21 documented corners. Now back to the ride. I left the house at 5:45 a.m. and head off to Bunky’s Market to get my starting ... read more
Drip Drip
Honda of Sumter

North America » United States » South Carolina August 27th 2009

Sunday 08-23-09 I got off of work early and headed off to see the start of the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. I pulled out of the driveway in Eastover, SC at 4:00 p.m. and headed out for Spartanburg, SC. This is the first time I have taken a trip using my newly added XM radio and Garmin Street Pilot GPS. The XM radio was a great addition. The time flew by with the addition of music and sports. The Garmin was a different story. Betty, the voice from the GPS, was talking my head off. I wanted to take Shop Rd. in Columbia to I-77 to get to I-26 towards Spartanburg. Betty wanted me to go thru town in 5 o’clock traffic. I went my way and she talked my head off. Once I got on ... read more
Another wreck
My Local Riding Area

North America » United States August 8th 2009

I thought I would just take a few minutes and add some photos from the trips I have taken over the past 12 months. I hope you enjoy. Join my blog and you will be advised ever time I do an update. Here is a list of some of the changes I have made to the Shadow. - Floor Boards - Front Wind Shield - Rear Saddlebags - Front Rider Bag - Tank Bag - 1.6 gal Aux. Gas Tank - Street Pilot GPS - XM Radio - Mix It II Audio - Seat Cover - Sissy Bar - Rear Rack - Hella 50 Watt Driving Lights (Pair)... read more
Floor Boards
Rear Rack

North America » United States » Florida September 27th 2008

Iron Butt SS1000 My family and friends thought I had lost my mind when I announced at dinner a few weeks ago that I was planning an Iron Butt ride. I am sure that not many people have ever heard of or even knows about the Iron Butt rides but since I am sharing this link with friends and family I thought I would take a quick second to explain what the SS1000 is. To qualify for a SS1000 (Saddle Sore 1000) you have to not only ride your bike for 1000 miles in under 24 hours but you have to document your ride. My ride actually started several weeks before I left. I had to make a few changes to my bike. The two biggest things were that I added a Versa Cruise Control and ... read more
Getting Gas at Bunky's
No Gas
Still No Gas

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