Baltimore has always been a town that embraces the “alternative” styles, and the local’s fondness of Hairspray speaks volumes to the city’s roots. So once a year, an event is held at the local American Legion hall to celebrate classic cycles and a celebrated battle dating back to the early 60’s and 70’s all the way from London: Mods Vs. Rockers.
We started the morning off at 9:30 sharp to head out and meet the rest of the group. Chris, Lean Angle‘s resident GSX-R guy, and Ben both decided to join on this one as well. We fueled up at the local Shell station, checked tire pressures, and grabbed a Red Bull before putting the kickstands up and heading North. On our way out of the city, we decided it was ample time for everyone else to be awake in our neighborhood as well, so we gave them a nice wake up alarm on our way to the highway. Our first stop would be Druid Hill Park to meet up with a few other riders and the ride’s organizers.
We arrived at the park and were greeted by Andrew from BMoreMoto, along with the folks from CafeRacerXXX and DCMotobabes. That certainly wasn’t our limit though as we also joined a slew of Triumphs, and a sprinkling o just about every other make on the road. We held an initial meeting before heading out going over hand signals and what our day would include. After the meeting, one group headed out to get fuel while the rest of us waited about 15 minutes before meeting them and heading out to begin the official ride. Our trek was set to be “slab” the whole way. Interstate 83 to 695 and out 70 before a stop in Frederick for lunch.
Our stop was at Fredericktown Yamaha where they welcomed us with open arms (and an open parking lot) and even bought us a whole bunch of pizza, soda, and water. They even let us poke around the shop for about an hour before DC the folks from CafeRacerXXX let us know they would be starting a raffle for everyone who came on the ride and began picking names out of the hat. They had arranged so many donations from folks at VETMotorsports, Fredericktown Yamaha, 515 Moto, Lowside Magazine, DCMotobabes, and many more, that everyone walked away with some pretty sweet swag. .
We left Fredericktown Yamaha and kept West on 70 towards Hagerstown. The group actually got split in two at one point and Lean Angle actually ended up leading the ride out for a bit. We stopped on the highway just before our exit to wait for the rest of the group, as they had gotten split up from us at one of the lights in Frederick. Then we exited onto the surface streets which lead us to Hagerstown Speedway. We parked, got some eat pictures of the group, and looked around for a bit. Unfortunately, the races weren’t slated to begin for a few hours, and Chris and I had to head back home.
We decided on the ride home that we were sick of the highway and would need a more fun, yet still fast route. Being familiar with the already, we blasted down 70 before getting off in Frederick and taking 144 for a large portion of the ride until Mt. Airy. But not without a quick detour out rt. 75 and rt. 80 before coming back to 144 via Barthollows Rd. and Bill Moxley Rd. where I had to stop to pay respects to an old friend. From Mt.Airy, we took rt. 40 to river rd before crossing over 32 to get back to 144. We jumped onto the beltway before ending our day with some grilling ad swimming at the High-roller Hideout. By the time we finished, our day was between 150 and 200 miles, but who’s counting? The real measure of a good morning is the time spent with friends and taking in the experience.
Until next time friends, keep it shiny side up. And remember, when life throws you a curve, lean into it.
While we place a fairly heavy focus on safety over here at Lean Angle, we’d be lying if we said that our rides never got a bit more…”spirited” than appropriate for public roads. That’s the beauty of sportbikes right? Purpose-built machines designed to take corners fast, and come out of them faster. But we know that these bikes aren’t really made for the street, in fact, its pretty common knowledge that some manufacturers build bikes to compete in the AMA/ WSBK racing leagues, and then throw some lights on to make them “street legal”. So last Friday, some of the Lean Angle crew decided to do exactly what everyone says…”Take it to the track”. So we loaded up the bikes, dusted off the chase rig and headed west, to take in the turns at Summit Point Motorsports Complex.
A beautiful summer Summer Sunday in Argentina provided a picturesque backdrop for the 3rd round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship. The riders would mount their liveries this week to battle around the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. This will be the series’ 2nd trip to the track, after last year’s inaugural visit. After issues last year, it was rather clear that the tire compounds at this track would play a huge factor in the outcome of the day’s competition. Veteran Valentino Rossi elected for a new extra-hard compound tire, while fan-favorite and rising star Marc Marquez made a last second decision not to, A decision which he may prove to regret.
This Easter here in the Mid-Atlantic, many riders were faced with a difficult decision. You see, unfortunately, sometimes we have to travel with our loved ones who may not be in the mood to ride at that particular time, or have too much stuff to bring on a motorcycle. Which is the precise situation I found myself in. So as a good boyfriend, I decided we’d take the car to brunch with my parents, and head home a bit early so I could enjoy a day of riding. Only, my day didn’t turn out as enjoyable as I hoped…
Earlier this week, Lean Angle brought you this post about Kawasaki’s all new H2/R which is turning heads in the motorcycling world. Not to be outdone by the folks over at team green, Yamaha decided this year, that there was no way they would let Kawi steal the new product spotlight on their own. So what did team tuning fork do? Well, they started by completely throwing out their previous “drawing board”, locking their engineers in a room, and telling them to create something game-changing. What they saw when they opened the door, was this: