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Stranded | Suzuki GS500F

Friday, September 28th, 2012

My Suzuki GS500F and Me

My Suzuki GS500F and Me artwork by Sophia

Yesterday I was stranded for about 2 hours, my Suzuki GS500F was dead; it wouldn’t start. It was a beautiful morning and a great afternoon, but when I turned the key nothing happened; no lights, no action, no VROOM!! However, it seems like I entered a new group, embraced by an elite club. A few biker dudes came up and tried to give me a hand and another suggested that I hang out at the lounge of his building to beat the heat while I waited for my wife to rescue me; I think it was cool. I got home 2 hours later than I expected and all this action put a wrench into my evening plans; I wanted adventure right, que PENDEJO. As long as the bike has the rubber side down I think all is good. Now to find out what went wrong.

Helmets and Stitches

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Bell Helmets | Bell Monarch Tonal | Bell Attack Since my surgery my activities have been limited to editing wedding images, watching motorcycle vloggers like Mordeth13, Svengalie, and Blinky Cab on Youtube, Motorcycle Gear on RevZilla, CNET and Facebook. I am very lucky to have clients that understand my condition and have allowed me the time to recover. As of this afternoon the stitches are off and it’s back to work and brief rides on my bike.

ps. which one of these helmets do you like?

Brookshire Gardens | Suzuki GS500F | Recuperating

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Suzuki GS500F | Carlos Valentino PhotographyThis September has proven to be the busiest month of the year for me. I photographed Alyssa & Daniel and Sofia & Pedro at the Croatian Center and Liz and Nic at the Brookshire Gardens. I invested a weekend and received my endorsement from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, test rode the Buell Blast but purchased a Suzuki GS500F and got surgery!!! I’ve been recovering for a few days and now that I’m out of bed I am looking forward to editing my friends wedding images, having wedding consultations with engaged couples and in a few weeks going on a spin on the bike.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation | Motorcycle License

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I shared my weekend with 22 new riders at the MSF Basic Riding and Street Skills Motorcycle Training Course. This weekend was hot, fun, intense and very educational. On my last post I explained my fear of getting back on the motorcycle and let me tell you that my heart was at my throat many times this weekend, but Scott & Earl, my instructors at the SafetyVille site, were the instructors I needed to get me through this course. These guys are knowledgeable, easy going, cool and they love what they do. Their only aim is to instruct you on how to ride to live another day. This isn’t one of those courses that you spend most of the day reading and watching videos. On Saturday I had hands on training from 7am-12:30pm. By the end of the day I was so beat that I ate dinner and crashed! On Sunday we practiced from 7am-12pm and then there was a riders evaluation. If you failed you don’t pass go, don’t collect $200, rejected, denied! Which in my opinion is great. I don’t want to be told that I’m ready for the streets only to be road kill. Scott made it point to explain that passing this course really means that we proved that we can ride in a closed course, in other words in a empty parking lot. Our jobs is to take this new foundation and build on it. He didn’t say that we should take the highway or go on a long ride, he said to take what we learned and practice. Needless to say, I recommend this course, this site and these instructors to every rider.

I went in this weekend just to get my motorcycle license. I just wanted to challenged myself, meet my fear, overcome it and move on. However, I had so much fun that I am entertaining the idea of getting my own ride. I like the Suzuki Burgman 650 and the Yamaha Majesty 400 yes they’re maxi scooters, so what!

Earl thanks for recommending CycleGear.
Scott, I’ll keep working on keeping my elbows down.

Here are a couple of helpful links:
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
MSF YouTube Channel
CycleGear

ps the next coming weeks I’ll be busy photographing 3 weddings!

Fell Off My MotorCycle

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Carlos Valentino | Shoei | Motorcycle HelmetIt was a hot night and I was wearing my helmet and a tee shirt the night I dropped off a friend on my motorcycle. On the way home I slipped and landed on my elbow, cut up my arm, bent the fork, lost a mirror and scraped the crap out of the left side of the bike. When I got home I removed glass, gravel, tar and gum from my left arm, bandaged it and went on with my life. Only to find myself later in the ICU with the threat of losing my arm; it was infected. The doctor said that if the swelling didn’t go down within 48 hours he would have to amputate. That was over 20 years ago and the last time I owned a motorcycle. I always wanted to ride since then but the fear of falling never went away. My buddy once said, “There are 2 kind of riders, those that have fallen and those that have yet to fall”.

Like many, I fear many things. I fear losing my wallet, I fear that IN & OUT Burger is making me fat, I fear rejection, I fear my camera malfunctioning during a wedding and I fear losing a close friend or a family member. I challenge fear by putting my wallet in my front pocket, I eat less sugar, I carry 2 camera bodies with me while I’m on a wedding assignment and I try to keep in touch with all my love ones.

However, the time has come to deal with the fear of falling off a motorcycle. Once again I am the owner of a motorcycle permit, I borrowed a helmet, bought a pair of steel toe boots and next week I’ll be joining others at a Motorcycle Safety Course. The aim is not to buy another motorcycle, though the thought of it sounds cool, but to challenge and conquer this fear once and for all.

ps if you had the choice which would you buy a Motorcycle or a Scooter?