Bike Night In Pleasant Valley

July 20, 2024
As member of the Hudson Valley Biker Network on Facebook I get to see announcements of upcoming rides and Bike Nights. Imagine my happiness when one occurred four miles from home. A new drinking establishment opened last year in the same building where I had my motorcycles serviced and it was chosen for one of the Pop Up Bike Nights this Summer. Since it was a really nice night weather-wise and so close I attended. Being so near I chose the most suitable bike for the job, in this case the 250cc Nighthawk.
I arrived about a half hour after it had begun and was sort of, but not really, surprised at the turnout at that time. Beyond my ability to sort and count I quick estimated between 60 and 80 motorcycles in the small area set aside for the motorcycles. A DJ was playing and people were stepping inside and coming out of the Bar in a steady stream. I opted to step into a Pizza restaurant a few doors down for a Caffeine free Diet Coke to comfort myself in the warm evening temperatures. From there I strolled through the area taking in the various brands and models of motorcycles. There were quite a few different types beyond the big road going cruisers and it was gratifying to see people who enjoyed their rides.
I spent about an hour strolling, observing, video recording, photographing and chatting before taking my leave. After the event the previous Sunday I was fairly happy to be part of the scene and will probably attend a couple more Bike Nights before the Summer ends. Even the short ride home was rewarding which added to the evening's event for me.
 

The Red Knights Ride

July 15, 2024

I'm still buzzing from the ride so bear with me. It started 5 miles from here. I took the CF Moto just for laughs and carrying capacity.  When I got there I found out that it was a self navigating ride so no big crowd in the way. Once the scooter got good and hot it really ran well. I had to stop at three checkpoints to pick cards, toss Corn Hole and throw darts. At the end toss Horse Shoes.

The roads, of course, were long and twisty and the scooter handled like it was glued to the roads. F...


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Flight Of The Chinese Scooter

June 6, 2024
Three years ago when I bought the new 170cc scooter I had my doubts. Mostly I had used previous small scooters for milk and grocery runs and that was about it. When I did large group rides I didn't think the scooter would have had the speed to hang with the herd. Its chance to prove its worth came in May when I rode the Suicide Prevention ride out of Poughkeepsie. Last year I used the 250cc Honda on this ride and peeled off from the group shortly after the start. Taking the less traveled rou...
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The First Run Of 2024

May 2, 2024
Well it finally happened. A Bike Night in Kingston at Ole Savanah restaurant. The temperature was in the upper 70's and the skies were a lovely blue making it a great night for a gathering. When I heard that the event was taking place I pondered for a few days which bike to take. The Kawasaki won the drawing and justified its choice with perfect behavior on the trip there and back. Even more so as I crossed the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge. The American flag on the bridge was flying straight w...
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Scooter Run

March 27, 2024
The weather has been off and on for months now so a serious ride hasn't been in the cards. The occasional milk run or short hop around the neighborhood has been all I've been able to do. Except two weeks ago. The temperature had climbed into the sixties and the sun was shining brightly. I decided to free the CF Moto scooter and do a run towards Salt Point on the very pleasing local roads. Now I've been living here for almost eight years and was pretty sure I had most of the roads I usually d...
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Scooter Run

March 27, 2024
The weather has been off and on for months now so a serious ride hasn't been in the cards. The occasional milk run or short hop around the neighborhood has been all I've been able to do. Except two weeks ago. The temperature had climbed into the sixties and the sun was shining brightly. I decided to free the CF Moto scooter and do a run towards Salt Point on the very pleasing local roads. Now I've been living here for almost eight years and was pretty sure I had most of the roads I usually d...
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Welcome to 2024

February 24, 2024
I know it's been too long, but inspiration has been lacking. The weather this Winter has been wet and cold. So much so that my snow blower has been let loose from the garage three times already. Despite that I did actually get the opportunity in the beginning of February to ride twice at very short distances. In a strange coincidence it was both of my red riders who are the smallest vehicles in the class of the garage. The 250 Honda Nighthawk hit the daylight first for a short run into Town ...
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2023 Wrap Up

November 8, 2023
    Well, maybe a wrap up. If nothing else comes along. This was one heck of a year in some ways and a light ride in others. First, the biggie was the seven days in May/June at Americade. I spent a good amount of time riding the lake region with my longtime friend Marc and his sons totaling about 800 miles on the odometer of my thundering Kawasaki. We rode a guided ride to Whiteface Mountain, made numerous lunch and dinner runs and did a couple of hundred miles trying out the roads in the ver...
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Gabe P. Hayes Ride 2023

October 17, 2023
This another ride I look forward to every year and this year was as good as ever. The event is to honor a Veteran who died of wounds received in Iraq. The organizers do a great job every year in all aspects of the event. The route they choose is always excellent, the food and entertainment at the finish is always worth the price of admission and the weather was perfect after a day of heavy rain. I decided to use the 250 Honda since the ride wasn't going to be climbing steep hills, something ...
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A Family Weekend

September 21, 2023
Years ago, when we were younger, my brother Bill and I rode motorcycles together constantly. As we got older and moved to different places it stopped. We finally got together about three years ago to do a local event after almost 45 years of not having ridden together. This past weekend we got together and made a big weekend of it. On Saturday we hopped on our bikes to do a little warmup ride around the area so Bill could see the roads that I have been raving about for years. 
What made it e...
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Jim Zeiser If you wish to comment my e-mail address is h1500e@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear anything-good or bad-that anyone would like to say. As they said in college, we're all lifelong learners.

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