Archive for the ‘motorcycles’ Category

Starley-Davidson

Friday, June 27th, 2014

That would be a Star of David atop a Honda Goldwing, aka the “Japanese Harley-Davidson,” sort of.

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I could see Warren Hellman driving around like this…

It’s Rough Out There, So Put a Goofy-Looking Go-Pro Video Camera on Your Motorcycle Helmet Why Not?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Thusly:

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I can’t object to this – seems like a good idea to me.

(But a slim Sony ActionCam could be the better way to go…)

A Dirty Harry Situation Out in the Outer Sunset – Dead Pool of the Avenues – Don’t Let This Mini Motorcycle Under Your Car!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I had to back my Olds 98 into a Rockford Files-style J-turn and then haul  all the way to La Playa, for fear of this possible assassination attempt:

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After all, Safety First – you can’t be too careful out there on the mean streets* of San Francisco.

*And Avenues…

Woman Driving a Harley with a Pink Mustache: If Lyft Switched Its Taxis to Motorcycles, This is What It Would Look LIke

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

A little harder to fist bump, but I’m sure she could do it….

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The Amazing Polluting Mopeds of San Francisco’s Mission District

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Forget about the high-heeled scooter riders of yesteryear. We have more important business now.

This one’s a little tough to spot at first, but if you click to expand this photo, you’ll see the telltale blue smoke of a gasoline-and-oil-burning two-stroke Peugeot moped on Valencia Street in the Sunny Mission district.

Depending on the state of tune, you can have something like half of the fuel and oil you put in spewed out the tailpipe unburned.

Tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk….

Such are the ways of aging two-stroke engines.

So fashion has a price, after all.

Vrooom, vrooom.

(Silicon) VALLEY VIXENS Motorcycle Club – Established July 4th, 2009, San Jose, California

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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We welcome all women riders of different age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds. We are a tight knit group of women who support each other on and off the road. Requirements are only that you display a desire to ride, be trustworthy, respectful toward all our other brothers and sisters and  define this sisterhood to be an addition of your already existing family. 
We do have a prospecting period which has been put in place for us to get to know you and you to get to know us. This lifestyle and Sisterhood may come easy to some but not to all.
As women we encourage other women to get out there and ride, have fun, get to know one another and expand your circle of friends.
The Vixens also spend a lot of time together not just riding but with our families doing other things off the road such as camping, days at the park and special holidays. This is not just a club, it’s our family.
So regardless of your interests if you enjoy riding we welcome one and all to join us. We ride all the time and whether 2 of us, 4 of us, or all of us you can bet we are having fun and that’s what it’s all about! “

The Best Out-Of-State License Plate Ever: Hand-Made Using Cardboard and a Sharpie

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The only thing better would be “Oregon” in there instead of “Washington”

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Now I’m no narc. But if you are:

Report Vehicles with Out-of-State License Plates to the CHP

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Did you know that the State of California loses millions of dollars a year in revenue from California residents who unlawfully register their vehicles in other states or countries?

Did you know that vehicle registration fees are due immediately upon accepting employment or establishing residency in the State of California?

Did you know that California law permits only 20 days to complete the process of registering your vehicle without paying a penalty?

The three most common reasons for not completing the registration process are:

  1. People are unaware of California registration laws.
  2. People are evading payments of registration fees and taxes.
  3. People are unable to comply with air pollution control laws.

Include the following information:

  • State or province in which vehicle is registered. Mexican plates cannot be investigated without a physical address where the vehicle’s owner resides.
  • Vehicle license number
  • Date and time the vehicle was observed
  • Make, model and color of the vehicle
  • Location where the vehicle was observed (street(s) and city)
  • Any additional comments and descriptive information

Here’s What You Need: An “IMZ-Ural Patrol” 2WD Sidecar Motorcycle Trike – Dog Included – From Russia With Love

Monday, January 27th, 2014

How adorkable!

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Always with the dogs in the sidecar. Always.

A worthy effort, but not up to the level of SURF Alaska, the gold standard of San Francisco hipsterdom.

Yamahauling, Frisco-Style – Two-Stroke Yamahas from the 1970′s Will Never Die – A Cherry on Geary

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Calling BS on “Coastal Motor Escorts” – Motorcycle Security Guards with Seven Pointed Star Emblems to Look Like the SFPD?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Boy oh boy, do you think that this funeral escort motorcycle driver in the Western Addition has taken steps to appear to be an active-duty peace officer with the SFPD or CHP? Well, I do.

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I’m calling bullshit on the seven-pointed star up front and the squares designed to look like blue lights on the rear. I’ll tell you, there was this whole big deal about officers people in the San Francisco Patrol Special Police wearing seven-pointed stars when really they should all be wearing six-pointers. And blue lights? That should reserved for the real popo, non?

All right, Coastal Motor Escorts, you might have had your application rubber-stamped by the SFPD

“8. Oliveira, Michael  669 Bridgewater Circle, Danville 94526  Funeral Procession Escort  OK Permit;  dba “Coastal Motor Escorts, LLC.”  Permit #: 139056  District: U ID: 4971″

…but that doesn’t mean you have the right to impersonate police, right?

Now let’s learn a bit about this outfit from the San Jose Mercury News:

“QUESTION: Mr. Roadshow, the other day I had a scary encounter with a gun-toting security guard on a motorcycle while traveling on Interstate 880 in San Leandro. I was traveling with the flow of traffic when a white BMW motorcycle with emergency-type lights with “Coastal Motor Escorts” pulled next to my vehicle and began honking his horn and shaking his fist at me. I looked down and noticed my speedometer showed I was going 67 mph. I continued to drive and the motorcycle security guard pulled behind my vehicle and began flashing his high-beam lights at me. I was not sure if I should pull over or continue. There was no funeral procession or other activity and this guy was traveling alone.”

Read on for more deets of this encounter, be my guest.

And this isn’t just in Frisco – read on about what happens elsewhere.

So, I know all the reasons why motorized security guards would like to be perceived as being currently-employed peace officers, but I don’t agree with what Coastal Motor Escorts is doing in San Francisco.

I cry foul.