“Believe it or not”, we bought a Can Am Spyder late in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately, it then began to rain for the next several LONG months.
Finally, the days have started to become clear and sunny in the Pacific Northwest as Spring and Summer approach. This past week we had the opportunity to take the bike out on the local roads and start to get some miles under our belts. The Spyder RT Limited is a perfect bike for touring with lots of storage and comfortable features for long rides.
Our first adventure is a Twin Peaks themed ride. The ride started just as the series did with a visit to the wonderful Snoqualmie Falls. People travel from around the world to see this 268 ft tall natural wonder and we are lucky enough to have it in our back yard.
One of the roads we traversed is depicted in the mural below and is also from the show’s opening credits. Sadly, there is no Twin Peaks welcome sign just a great view of Mount Si. In lieu of the actual Mount Si/road photo, we supplemented the shot with this mural and the carefully positioned bike. It seems we were not the only ones stopping for photos here as we witnessed some others (in Twin Peaks t-shirts) doing the same thing.
The real surprise is that the mural can be found on the back side of Twedes Diner; that was where the Double R Diner scenes where filmed during the show.
Inside the diner, we helped ourselves to a slice of warm cherry pie with whipped cream and a damn fine cup of coffee as Agent Cooper use to say.
Twedes Cafe even pay homage to the show and embrace the past. This map and display can help you identify other great spots to search out if you see so fit to hit the road. The local area is also rich in history of Indian peoples, logging and trains; many sightseeing spots along the rides prominently feature these themes.
Look for more adventures as the summer arrives and we hit the roads.
Believe it or not I have never posted anything about my 2004 Ducati Monster Matrix edition.
As part of the Matrix Reloaded movie promotion, Ducati made a collection of 996′s and 620 Monster’s in green with special logos to coincide with an awesome motorcycle sequence in the movie. Over the years there has been a variety of articles that placed the number built of each style of bike at 100 to 150 in the world. Check out the clip below before you read on about the bike.
My wife bought the bike brand new in 2004 as a birthday surprise for me. I always liked the red and black Monsters but this seemed very unique and fit the bill. It is an emerald green paint finish with a Matrix inspired tank design. It is a real eye catcher. Over the years I have added a couple of carbon fiber bits, Ducati super-trap exhaust and more aggressive clip-ons but never messed with the paint.
In Phoenix, it was just too hot and dangerous to ride. I ran the bike but it was rarely driven anywhere except around the neighborhood. Since moving to Washington I decided to get it serviced and back in riding condition. I worked with Ducati of Bellevue to give it a complete inspection and a brand new set of tires. It is now ready to hit the streets and be ridden.
When I picked it up at the end of the day from the shop they were blown away by the bike. They had never even seen this model. They called the local reps and found out that less than 100 were ever built.
It’s hard to believe the bike will be 10 years old. I guess all those years ago I made a good birthday choice by picking such a unique bike that gathers attention anywhere it goes.
Buddy Stubbs is as close to an Arizona Harley legend as you can get. He has had a motorcycle shop here in the valley since 1966 and has represented the HD community in movies and TV over the years. His dealership is located off of Cave Creek Rd features a large museum that he opens up once a month to the faithful that want to learn more about the heritage of Harley and the man himself.
Buddy was born into the Harley tradition. His dad owned a dealership in the mid-west and he grew up with a motorcycles in his life from childhood. He did what came natural; Ride and Race–Sell and Service. He built a museum attached to the dealership and twice a month he cracks the vault like door and lets the faithful into his glass walled heaven. Like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the people await entry into paradise; some are tourists while others are hard core fanatics of motorcycles. Buddy’s collection stretches from almost the beginning of motorcycling through the modern period.
These are Buddy’s bikes! All of them run. Some he raced, others he just owned and rode and some he even challenged in a cross country ride of pre-1916 motorcycles. The collection ranges from Harley Davidson (of course) to British and Italian motorcycles. Buddy has even been in movies and TV shows as a stunt driver. The Harley below was featured in the “ElectraGluide in Blue” movie featuring Robert Blake.
Check out the Photo Gallery of the Museum to see more great bikes. If you happen to be in Phoenix on one of these special days the museum is open–Stop in and Enjoy the Tour. Buddy is quite the showman and motorcycle fanatic!
The Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run is a 16 day (Sept 10-26, 2010) motorcycle adventure across the country on pre-1916 motorcycles. The group of 52 men and women started from Kitty Hawk, NC and will cross the country to Santa Monica, CA. They plan on a series of stops at motorcycle themed locations during the time on the road. They will be in Kingman, AZ and Laughlin, NV on September 24th for those in the Arizona area.
Yes, the youngest bike is 95 years old and that can make for some real challenges when it comes to keeping them running and performing on the long journey. Visit their website to track the progress across the country including videos, stories and lots of photos.