Saturday, June 29, 2013

6 Over 60 Riding Coast to Coast for Wounded Warriors - Week 2

This was the first full week of riding for the guys and I think it went pretty well. The weather was/is cold, wet, hot than cold again that hot and so on but I guess you cannot predict Mother Nature.  To date it appears the guys have peddled some 646 miles in 11 days, not too bad.  Along the way they have met with some old friends, made some new friends and appear to have made memories that will last a lifetime.
Almost every day according to my reports there seems to be a new friend made, that friend often extends a helping hand in one way or another showing that we still have great Americans that will help when given the chance.  This is turning out to be a great ride and meeting great people along the way always helps.
I am a bit behind with my reports but will get on that and post more often.

Don’t forget The HelmetMan will donate $5.00 for EVERY bicycle helmet sold to the Wounded Warriors during the ride.

Ride Safe and Enjoy,

Friday, June 28, 2013

Up for Auction - Chevys Stored For Decades Undriven

Scores of new Chevys stored for decades undriven finally up for sale

For all you call Guys and Gals here you go, Lambrecht Chevrolet of Pierce, Nebraska is opening their doors and selling some 500 odd vehicles they have had for decades and get this roughly 50 of these have less than 10 miles on their odometers.

Lambrecht Chevrolet was like many Midwestern, small-town dealers — owned and operated by a family, with minimal overhead and little need for advertising since most customers were neighbors.  The Dealership was run by Ray and Mildred Lambrecht and if you can believe this just one employee for 50 years before closing up.

If you watch any of the A&E Network shows - Storage wars, Hoarders, American Pickers, American Restoration and so on this is for you.  Fortunately for collectors, the Lambrechts preservation-through-neglect has created the type of barn finds that many search years to discover. Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile, and a 1965 Chevy Impala with six miles that still has its original window sticker and the plastic sheeting that covered its red leather seats.  Are you a Corvette fan try the limited edition 1978 two tone version with only 5 miles on it.   The rest of the 500-car list reads like an inventory of popular models from the '50s and '60s — Bel Airs, Corvairs and even a couple of Vegas.  The auction will take place in Pierce, Nebraska with the VanDerBrink Auction company at the controls Sept. 28-29.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Costa Mesa, CA. –  Volcom said it will exit motocross and focus on the core sports upon which the brand was founded over 20 years ago.  The company officially launched the motorcross program in 2009 with Ryan Villpoto, the current AMA Supercross Champ and past 2011,2012 SX Champ and 2011 MX Champ.  Volcum was the first company to formally blend the 3 primary board sports together and will remain devoted to skate,snow and surf, along with music and art.

“We have been extremely proud to have been a part of the motocross family for several years. However, pressing forward with all of our emphasis on board sports is the right direction for Volcom for the long term,” said Jason Steris, Volcom’s CEO.

Volcom also credited Ryan Villopoto and the rest of the team riders with helping the company gain a standing in the sport.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

6 Over 60 Riding Coast to Coast for Wounded Warriors - Week 1

6/19/2013  The first day of the ride went pretty well, the weather could have been better 61 degrees and partly cloudy sounds great but around 1:30 into the ride we hit rain.  All in all it was a good first day, just cold and wet but hey we are in Oregon so what do you expect.  The starting point was Astoria and we finished at St. Helens.
Dailey and Total Distance = 69 miles
Approx. daily climb = 3170 feet.

Day 2 should be going on now and starts from St. Helens and finishes up in Vancouver ,WA.
Dailey Distance =77
Total Distance =146
Approx. daily climb =1667

Don’t forget The HelmetMan will donate $5.00 for EVERY bicycle helmet sold to the Wounded Warriors during the ride.

I will update the ride as much as possible once I have information from the guys I will post it.

The HelmetMan provided each rider with a Giro Aeon Helmet for the ride.

Ride Safe and Enjoy.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Steve McQueen Motorcycle and Truck up for Auction

The auction house Mecum, known for selling collector cars and other vehicles, said it will offer a 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 motorcycle, once owned by the late actor Steve McQueen. The bike will cross the block during Mecum’s inaugural Celebrity Items Auction, July 26-27, in Santa Monica, California.
McQueen, sometimes called the King of Cool, was known for his love of cars, motorcycles and racing. A number of his former vehicles, from a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso to a Husqvarna 400 Cross off-road motorcycle, have fetched many times their estimated value in auctions during the past decade.
The ’31 Harley-Davidson was part of the actor’s collection, awaiting restoration when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1979. McQueen died about a year later. The bike has since been restored in what the auction house described as a “period-correct color combination of red, black and gold.”

Another ex-McQueen vehicle, a 1969 Chevrolet C/10 Baja Truck, will also cross the block during next month’s sale. McQueen helped drive the desert-racing craze of the 1960s and 1970s. The truck was built by off-road-racing legend Vic Hickey for competition in the Baja 1000 off-road endurance race.
This historically significant pickup was once owned by actor Steve McQueen and brought to life by designer and motoring visionary Vic Hickey, who helped create important vehicles such as the Chevrolet Blazer, the Humvee, the Lunar Rover and the legendary Baja Boot. This 1969 off-road race truck was a continuation of Hickey’s design prowess. It has a C10 chassis with a C30 one-ton cab. The vehicle made its debut in the inaugural Baja 1000 in 1968. Over its racing career, it was driven by racing legends Cliff Coleman, Bud Ekins, Johhny Dias, Mickey Thompson and Chuck Coye. It was sold in 1970 to McQueen as one of the package deals for a group of race cars he bought from General Motors. McQueen who held onto the Chevy truck until 1972 – the same year he divorced his first wife Neile. Their parting forced the couple to divide their assets and sell their spacious 5,560-square foot Brentwood, Califorina abode. The Mediterranean-style home – dubbed “The Castle” by McQueen – boasted a large carport for McQueen's extensive car collection. Upon his divorce, McQueen sold most of his cars or found homes for them. He sold the Chevy truck to Joe Metcalf, a Hickey employee. From there the Chevy spent many years as a farm vehicle in Alturas, California, until it was discovered by an off-road enthusiast in the 1990s. McQueen raced four-wheeled off-road vehicles as well as motorcycles and drove many of Vic Hickey’s specialty vehicles, including the Baja Boot in the 1968 Stardust. Hickey once said of the superstar, “Steve McQueen was a good driver, and he was tough, came out of that boys school in Chino.” 

First factory built, full-sized 4x4 truck ever constructed by Chevrolet for Baja 1000 - C10 chassis with C30 one-ton cab, 400 Turbo transmission - Debuted in the 1968 Baja 100 and raced in the 1969 Las Vegas Mint 400; the 1970 Baja 500 and won Riverside in 1970 - Just over 14,000 original miles - Original Red paint and Lucas spotlight - Period correct Chevy small block 350 rebuilt - Quadrajet carburetor on vintage high rise aluminum intake - Original Vic Hickey front and rear differential covers - 16” wheels, Goodyear R3 A/T tires - Custom bungee cord hood-safety-system - Glove box features a 1969 Mint 400 dash plaque - Sponsor decals faithfully duplicated to the era - Running gear has been updated, rebuilt or replaced as necessary - Fuel tanks have been reconstructed to Vic Hickey's design - Original Corvette bucket seats have new foam and were reskinned - Original Vic Hickey built roll cage system - Period correct Motorola CB radio.

The auction house estimates the motorcycle will sell for $60,000 $80,000 while the truck is expected to fetch $150,000 to $175,000. However, other McQueen items, from cars to clothing, have sold for several times their estimated value. So this one could be difficult to predict.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Yamaha Unveils New Viking EPS Side-by-Side

Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. has announced the launch of the all-new Viking EPS Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle. Every Yamaha Viking is being manufactured exclusively in the U.S. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution.

The new Viking combines Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date with a comfortable three-person cab, precision steering and class-leading handling.

The Viking’s exclusive pass-through bucket seating features a unique off-set center position (set 5 degrees back) that improves comfort with maximum shoulder room for all three occupants. This is the only vehicle in its class with three-point seat belts for everyone, plus headrests all around, adjustable handhold for both passengers and a textured floorboard with dedicated foot wells.  Its seating position even provides for more head room than competitive models without sacrificing critical ground clearance.

“With the introduction of the all-new Viking, Yamaha is once again taking a leadership position in the growing multi-purpose SxS segment of the off-road business,” said Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS Group. “The Viking tops its competition with precise steering and superior handling, excelling in the areas of durability, reliability, ease of use, and cargo and towing capacity. The Viking’s class-leading handling and off-road performance make it the only SxS vehicle that can claim true utility-pointed design while still providing a fun, confidence-inspiring experience in a recreational setting.”

Power comes from Yamaha’s strongest four-wheel drive engine to date – a 686cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 4-valve fuel-injected engine that provides peak performance at maximum capacity. This durable engine has been optimized for working conditions with strong low-end torque while quick throttle response and smooth power delivery are maintained throughout the rev range.  Yamaha Fuel Injection delivers consistent starts and power even at elevation and in cold weather, and the 9.7 gallon fuel tank allows for long days in the field or on the trail.

A more powerful engine requires a more effective cooling system, and Yamaha has developed a system that keeps the Viking cool even during tough chores and at low speeds with optimum design, location and components that create the most efficient airflow through the large radiator.

While the Viking’s 700cc-class engine makes more power than some larger 800cc-class machines, the vehicle’s handling and off-road capabilities truly set it apart.

Yamaha’s three-way On-Command system, featuring 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock, is a driver-controlled system with an automotive-type rotary dial selector. This driver-controlled system gives the driver the ability to lock in all four wheels based on the terrain.

Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission with high, low and reverse offers dual speed gearing and an automatic centrifugal clutch that maintains constant belt tension for reduced wear and the industry’s most natural feeling all-wheel engine braking. This reduced wear has contributed to Yamaha’s proven durability, and the engine braking gives the driver confidence especially on hills and in rough terrain.

The Viking’s optional Electric Power Steering (EPS) system provides the industry’s best balance of light feeling with positive feedback from the terrain. The system reads steering wheel torque, vehicle speed, On-Command setting and negative feedback to determine the appropriate amount of assist in any given situation.

The Viking’s utility functions combined with Yamaha’s proven durability were designed for hard work, tough chores and long days in the field or on the trail. The rear steel cargo bed was purpose-built for durability and convenience. Large enough to carry a fully loaded pallet, the assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while the standard 2-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds.

The Viking’s chassis also contributes to its off-road capability with nearly 12 inches of ground clearance at the lowest point, a full steel/composite smooth skid plate front to back and side to side, and an optimized frame with up-turned side rails allowing for smoother transitions over obstacles. The Viking features light and natural-feeling handling in both the EPS and non-EPS configurations. The front and rear suspension outperform the competition even with heavy loads.

The Viking’s long-travel four-wheel independent suspension is perfectly balanced to provide a plush and comfortable ride with a quality damping feel in rough terrain all while carrying either a light or full load. The gas-charged shocks help reach the delicate balance of damping and resistance with one or three people, fully loaded or empty.

The all-new Maxxis Big Horn 2.0 tires were designed specifically and exclusively for the Viking with maximum performance and durability. The new Big Horns provide an optimized balance of sidewall and tread center stiffness in a tire that delivers an excellent combination of traction, precise steering and comfort.  The Viking’s large diameter front and rear brake discs with dual piston calipers on all four wheels ensure good balance and power during braking – with or without cargo. The Viking also comes equipped with a mechanical parking disc brake.

Little extras are a big deal when they help increase productivity and fun. Things like marine-grade electrical connections and wiring, a sealed maintenance-free battery, digital meter and easily accessible and serviceable foam air filter and engine are built into the Viking to help owners stay on task or trail – and out of the shop.

What does all this mean; it means Yamaha is still behind in the side-by-side market.  Yamaha was the leader in 4 stroke engines, being the first company to make and race a competitive 4 stroke in the 250CC class and winning the title in 1998 with Doug Henry riding the YZ400.  Yamaha was also the first to come out with a race worthy 250cc 4 stroke and that would win championships as well.  Right when everyone manufacture had a competitive 4 stroke Yamaha does it again and come out with the Rhino and Side-by-Side that everyone had to have.  Now Yamaha comes out with the new Viking and for me it just missed the mark.  First it is a 700CC motor why not a 1000CC so performance will not be a strong selling point.  Also 3 seats in front, who cares “nothing like smashing 3 people in the front, who needs to turn”.  I really expected more from Yamaha but maybe the selling points are ok I mean who wouldn’t buy this for the features
1. Three-point seat belts for everyone
2. Headrests all around
3. Adjustable handhold for both passenger (you will need these on the farm)
4. Textured floorboard with dedicated foot wells (very important)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Isle of Man Senior TT Results 2013 - John McGuinness

John McGuinness spoiled teammate Michael Dunlop’s attempt at five-TT sweep at this year’s Isle of Man TT. The King of the Mountain took top honors in the Senior TT finale, as McGuinness bested his Honda TT Legends teammate by a mere 10 seconds. The Honda teammates were joined by another CBR1000RR rider on the rostrum, as Bruce Anstey collected third aboard the HM Plant Honda by Padgett.

“It feels absolutely fantastic to win today and if there’s one race to win, it’s the Senior,” said McGuinness in a Honda T Legends press release. “I’ve had a good week but a win’s escaped me so do it today with the sun shining and thousands of fans waving me all the way is brilliant. The conditions were incredible, the bike was fantastic and with two superb pit stops we got the job done. I still feel really sharp and I hit all my apexes on the final lap so with a Honda 1-2-3, the job’s a dream!”

The Senior TT was delayed after a red-flag incident, which involved a rider crash and injuries to spectators. Once the course was cleared of emergency personnel and re-started, it appeared Dunlop was good for yet another TT victory - the Northern Ireland rider having claimed both Supersport wins, as well as the Superstock and opening Superbike races. Dunlop led the opening lap – followed by McGuinness and the fast-starting Gary Johnson, with the third TT Legends team rider, Michael Rutter, in fourth and Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin rounding out the top five.

McGuinness broke into the front position on the second circuit of the Mountain Course, turning a 131.272 mph lap. The early front-runner, Johnson, dropped out of the running on Lap 2 – the TT press office citing a “broken foot assembly” as cause. The disappointing result is Johnson’s third mechanical DNF of the TT week, the Englishman having placed runner up in Superstock and ninth in the second Supersport race.

John McGuinness took the win in the 2013 Senior TT, besting the winner of the previous four premier TT races, Michael Dunlop.

Dunlop continued to follow McGuinness on the timing throughout, but lost time at both pit stops. On the final lap McGuinness maintained his advantage – en route to TT win number 20 and his 41st career TT podium. Dunlop fell 10 seconds short of sweeping all five TT races, a feat still claimed only by Ian Hutchinson in 2010.

“It was a good, enjoyable race and John rode lovely so fair play to him,” said Dunlop. “I had him in sight early on and there wasn’t much between us but I got held up a bit by backmarkers, catching them at the wrong times, and I lost a bit of time there and at the pit stops. No excuses though, the bike was mint and I’m going home with four wins and a second place so I can’t complain with how my week’s gone.”

The TT Legends duo took the top podium spots, but were outclassed on the final lap by Anstey – who peeled off the best lap of the day at 131.531 mph. The Kiwi’s final lap heroics were not enough to make up the 7.5-second differential to Dunlop, but it did poach the final podium position from Kawasaki rider James Hillier by a mere 0.978. Guy Martin retained his top-five result ahead of Rutter, the popular rider still winless at the TT.
John McGuinness flanked by his fellow Senior TT podium-mates, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey.

The aforementioned red-flag incident involving rider Jonathan Howarth also injured 10 spectators. TT organizers released a statement confirming Howarth “sustained a minor fracture” from the crash. Injuries to the spectators ranged from “slight to serious but not life threatening.” Four injured spectators have already been released, with five remaining in the hospital and one “remains under observation in the emergency department.”

2013 Isle of Man Senior TT Results:
1. John McGuinness (Honda) 128.943 mph
2. Michael Dunlop (Honda) 128.737 mph
3. Bruce Anstey (Honda) 128.584 mph
4. James Hillier (Kawasaki) 128.565 mph
5. Guy Martin (Suzuki) 127.851 mph
6. Michael Rutter (Honda) 127.435 mph
7. William Dunlop (Yamaha) 126.716 mph
8. Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 124.951 mph
9. Dan Stewart (Honda) 124.079 mph
10. David Johnson (Kawasaki) 123.966 mph

On a sad note I regret to announce that Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita, 43, was killed during the qualifying session at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races in an incident at Ballacrye in the north of the island. The session was immediately red-flagged following the accident." Matsushita is the 21st rider to die at the races since 2000.

Year after year the bikes go faster and the riders seem to get younger but the Senior class still seems to be the talk.  The race seems to get bigger and bigger every year as it was shown on Versus for the entire week and seemed to get a lot of attention via FB and blogs.  Congratulations Mr. McGuinness for beating out (4-time) Michael Dunlop and for riding a great race.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Incredible flying 7-ton catamaran

It doesn't matter if you like to sail or not what you will see is amazing. 

ORACLE TEAM USA's competing yacht in the America's Cup is this gorgeous 7-ton wing-sail catamaran. It's actually light as a feather for a boat that size, and when it hits 40 knots, it flies above the surface.