Saturday, May 26, 2012

FHS "Cruise into Spring"

I had a great time today at the 2nd annual Fredericton High School "Cruise into Spring" Auto Show!  The weather cooperated and there was an excellent turnout!  On top of that, the auto show supports a great cause...a high school auto club!

There were two vehicles that really caught my attention, a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a 440 engine and a Harley Davidson Cross-Bones that a friend of mine owns.

The '69 Charger R/T was absolutely mint and garnered much attention at the show.  Although not in the show, a colleague/friend of mine showed up with his Harley Davidson Cross-Bones.  I have been waiting to see this bike for sometime and it did not disappoint!

I like everything about this bike, from the springer front end to the saddle to the big front tire...this bike is just down right "cool" and of course, I had to jump on the Cross-Bones to see how it felt! (Note: no riding gear, I took my Chevy Silverado to the show)

Here's a short video clip that I put together of the show!

Thanks to the organizers, students and volunteers for putting on a great show!  I am already looking forward to next year's event!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FHS - "Cruise into Spring" Car Show!

The Fredericton High School Auto Club & Stray Kat Racing Team presents - The 2nd annual "Cruise into Spring" Car Show!
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spring is finally here...

Spring is finally here...which means the start of our motorcycle season!  I have been out several times...I love the fresh air, the wind hitting my body and just the excitement of being back on two wheels.
For those just getting their bikes out, remember to complete your spring maintenance and do safety checks of the systems on your motorcycle.  Your owner's manual is always a good place to start and it's worth a few extra dollars to purchase the service manuals for your bike. 

Make sure you check tires & wheels, fluids, electrical (lights, switches, etc), controls (brakes, throttle, clutch, cables, etc.), chassis (frame, suspension, belt or chain, kickstand, etc.) and an overall inspection of fasteners on your bike.  Once your check is complete, take you bike for a short ride around the block, just to make sure everything is good.  If you are uncomfortable or don't have the confidence/experience to do your own safety check, it is worth it to consult your mechanic/motorcycle dealer.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), offers a check off list that you can consult for your spring safety check. The T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist from the MSF is also a good starting point for your inspection.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

It is very important to check your riding gear; conduct a physical examination of your gloves, boots, pants and jacket...make sure there are no rips, tears or excessive wear. If there are, have the items repaired accordingly or replaced.  Also, and most important, check your motorcycle helmet...check the face shield, examine the shell for physical chips or cracks and examine the interior padding to make sure that everything is good.  Just as a side note, I always recommend that you spend the extra dollars and purchase a good helmet, not a cheap one; both of my helmets are DOT/Snell approved.

Finally, for the cagers out there...please watch for us.  Focus on your driving, take the extra second to look around and put away the cell phones.

Ride safe and keep your right hand cranked...