Pillion, I am no more

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace.

I have been active in the motorcycling lifestyle since the tender age of 13. Since I first hopped onto the pillion seat of Mechanical MacGyver’s then Conti 200 cc. The bug had bit me quite hard and caused me to spend countless weekends clinging onto my father’s jacket on the back of every machine he had ever owned. In this time I was given the opportunity to dip my toe into the strange world of piloting a motorcycle. (None of which was done on public roads, as operating a motorcycle without a license on a public road is illegal.)

Three years down the line, just after my 16th birthday, I could legally pilot a motorcycle on public roads, if such a bike had an engine displacement equal to or less than 125 cc. This is where my journey with Popcorn Machine began. The little 125 cc Honda that took me wherever my 16-year-old heart desired. Though I would often still ride pillion on my father’s machine on long trips or trips requiring a brisk pace. The transition between pilot and pillion at this point still occurred seamlessly. As one does not exactly develop a unique riding style on a tiny, slow 125 cc.

Add another three years, and we come to the point where restoration of the Little Yellow Honda (my VFR400R) reached a stage of completion. In the preceding three years I did occasionally ride Mechanical MacGyver’s Old Faithful (a mean Kawasaki ZZR400, with a 600cc engine swap). However, very little of my time was spent as a pillion. With the more powerful machines one does tend to develop a unique riding style. A “spidey sense”, if you will, of how and when one starts to slow down for corners, a preferred lean angle limit, and when to roll back onto the throttle.

Enter the present. I’m still avidly riding my Little Yellow Honda, and Mechanical MacGyver has upgraded to a beast of a bike. His personal “Duiweltjie” (little devil) of a Honda CBR1000RR. This is also the point in time where I make the realisation leading to the title of the post, as I discover that a pillion, I am no more.

Around two weeks ago, Mechanical MacGyver’s bakkie (a pick up truck for those across the pond) suffers a blown head gasket. This means that, under the vehicle’s warranty, it had to be repaired by an authorised dealer. Hence we set out to deliver the vehicle to said dealer. As the vehicle is still somewhat operable, Mechanical MacGyver drives it to the dealer, with me on the “Duiweltjie” following close behind. (The bike would be a traffic and hassle free return trip to drop me off and Mechanical MacGyver’s ride to work)With the vehicle dropped off, I hop onto the pillion seat of this beast and we set off.

Oh the horrors that ensued. Barely exiting the dealer’s lot I am already sick to my stomach. The forces of acceleration, deceleration and cornering feel all but friendly and familiar. My “spidey sense” goes completely haywire as Mechanical MacGyver goes about riding in his usual way, completely contradictory to my own style of riding. For the first time in a very long time I am truly afraid of a motorcycle. My stomach is churning and I feel like I’m on a carnival ride from hell. I have lost all sense of control and was clinging to Mechanical MacGyver for what felt to be dear life. It was truly a horrifying experience. Surrendering control after almost 6 years of riding in control. The 20 minute return trip turned out to be the worst 20 minutes of my life thus far. I hope that I never have to experience anything similar again.

A very queasy Motorcycle Addict, wishing you all a safe ride, and more enjoyable journey.


Ink & Iron

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. The past weekend marked the annual Ink & Iron day jol. As I’ve said at the start of the year, I will be doing a post about every event that I attend this year. The Ink & Iron day jol will be the first entry in this list.

The Ink & Iron jol is basically a custom bike concourse with a few tattoo competitions thrown into the mix for good measure. The event ran till late but due to circumstances we had to leave early. Here are some of the photos of the custom bikes that were on display at the event:

(Note that my camera’s time and date stamps are out of whack again)


Oh. They had pizza in a cone too.

Can’t wait to see what will be in store next year. I hope that the custom touches on Anxiety’s bike will be done so he can enter the event as well.

Until then. Safe ride and enjoy the journey.

Custom parts come with custom problems

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. At the start of 2018 we set out to improve our site and expand to incorporate YouTube as well.

To the same extent, Anxiety on Wheels set out to improve his bike. A well-aged Honda NT400 Bros. After some discussion we have decided to turn this endeavor into a video series that we’ll be uploading to YouTube.

Don’t fret though, the videos will be added to our blog as well. The first instalment of this series covers the installation of an aftermarket gauge cluster, and you can check it out below:


The perspective of a motorcyclist medic

Hello again to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. A short time ago I did a post about myself attempting to go “full squid”. This practice is thought to be quite dangerous as one travels on a motorcycle with very little in terms of protective gear. Understandably, and as predicted, our ride along paramedic, Quick Fix, did not approve of this exercise. So I thought why not give her the opportunity to tell us why she doth protest so much.

So without further adieu, here is the first ever blog post by Quick fix:

(A note to our sensitive readers, the following piece contains images which some of you may find upsetting.)

“Hello, hello, hello

Quick fix signing in

Good day to everyone near and far.

After the squidage post; done by the Bike Addict; I have been asked to do a piece on motorcycles from the view of a paramedic and the differences in the after effects regarding safety or no-safety riding.

A big factor that does come out is that there are actually a lot more motorcycle accidents on the roads than are actually realised. Many are just scrapes or bumps and the rider simply picks up their wheels and carries on their merry way.

However, about 20% of bike accidents are in need of emergency medical assistance and these ladies and gents are the ones that are most known about.


On an average month in the emergency setting about 20 motorcycle accidents occur of which only four to five need emergency medical help.

These are the cases where they need to be transported to the emergency ward or get airlifted immediately.


Having a motorcycle fatality in itself is rare but, not impossible.

The greater the force and acceleration of the accident taking place, the greater the injury or the chances thereof.

Mostly the rider skids with his wheels or gets knocked over, climbs back on and off he goes escaping with a few minor scrapes and scratches.

Severe motorcycle accident signs and symptoms include; amputations of limbs: partially or fully, severe skin removal if no jacket has been worn or jeans ripped through, head injuries due to force, multiple fractures, internal injuries, spinal injuries and shock.


A little message of warning, an accident can happen in the blink of an eye.

The riders of the motorcycles should ALWAYS have a helmet on. Contrary to popular belief, we in the emergency setting post-accident tend to leave helmets on. The only time a helmet will be removed (we are trained in removing a motorcycle helmet and the dangers surrounding them) is when there is a compromised airway and our patient is having a life-threatening emergency which requires specific medical intervention.


The first and foremost form of treatment for any motorcycle accident is to immobilise our patient ASAP.

This is done with the use of a spine board and head blocks. If any conditions pursue, e.g. cardiac arrest, the riding gear gets surgically cut off without movement of the patient. (Sorry guys and girls. But it’s your riding jacket vs your life).

If you happen to come across a motorcycle accident, panic quickly and then get over it, it’s about to get real:

  1. First and foremost, make sure that your scene is safe, don’t become the next victim! Job creation only goes that far.
  2. Call the emergency services!!!! No ifs and/or buts.
  3.  Chat to the unfortunate bloke, reassurance does wonders to the body, this way you also notice if he is conscious or not.
  4. Never remove helmet, leave to the professionals,(like me LOL)
  5. Airway and breathing can be done by simply placing a hand on the chest and feeling for rise and fall.
  6. Tell the emergency services any and all info!
  7. A few numbers to phone:
  •  ER24- 084 124
  • Province- 10177 Landline 112
  • Interesting fact, 112 is the only emergency number that can be dialled in South Africa without a sim card. (So don’t stress if you don’t have airtime)

A few personal experience stories will be shared over time, so hang in there, be safe on the roads and I hope we don’t meet by accident!

Signing off

Quick Fix



The day I went full Squid…

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of the world wide web.

Since the dawn of the motorcycle a debate has been running. Every time one mounts his iron steed the question arises… A.T.G.A.T.T. or Squid? First, lets define these two concepts by referring to the good old Urban Dictionary:

So in short, your A.T.G.A.T.T. rider is the bloke who doesn’t even start his bike without all the proper riding gear on. In 99.8% of circumstances I also fall within this category, as I wouldn’t move my bike outside my yard without wearing protective gear in the form of a helmet, jacket, boots, and gloves.

At the other end of the spectrum we find the squid:


Out of all the definitions on the site, this is probably my favourite one. via Urban Dictionary: Squid

So how does a squid look? Squids are usually those blokes that blow past you on the highway, running only on their back wheel, wearing nothing but a shirt, shorts, and flipflops. (Here’s where our ride along paramedic, Quick Fix, winces, as she’ll probably tell you that an accident in this attire leaves most of the human body badly hurt.)

So what drives me, a young adult male, to abandon my safety protocol in favour of a far more dangerous option? Well, in short, the heat, messed up zipper on my jacket, and a pair of ripped jeans. Couple this with the curiosity of experiencing why self proclaimed squids choose to abandon all safety gear and you have a cocktail for possible disaster. (Once again, I fear that Quick Fix may not approve of this expedition into dangerous waters)

But what did I learn as an A.T.G.A.T.T. rider turned Squid? Firstly, no protection means more caution in my case. This was probably my biggest concern going squid: what will the result be if I were to come off my motorcycle? Automatically my riding speed lowered and lean angle decreased. Apparently, I’d rather play it safe when there’s a little skin in the game. (Pun intended).

Secondly, another automatic response kicked in. The traffic around my made me a little more nervous. I spent almost the entire ride covering my controls. Also spending a few milliseconds more observing traffic at intersections. I seriously didn’t want anything to cause myself to come into contact with tar. Especially if it could have been easily avoided.

Lastly, other riders seem quite disapproving of a full squid rider. In stead of the usual nods, saying hi and wishing you a safe ride, I got a lot of head shakes and the impression that all those riders are thinking “what the hell is this guy doing on the roads?” From personal experience I know that when a rider crosses paths with a squid, the general thought is that the squid will probably pull a wheelie at the next light and give fellow riders a bad reputation.

So what are my thoughts post squidige? Self proclaimed squids are brave, I have to admit. Yes, less protective gear means that you won’t be boiling in 30+ °C (86+ °F) weather. However, for me, I’d rather be sweating in a jacket than bleeding without one. I’ve sampled the world of Squiding and it’s definitely not for me. I’ll stick with good old A.T.G.A.T.T.

To all types of riders out there, ride safe and enjoy the journey.


T’is the season to start riding.

Hello again to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace.

It’s the start of a new year and pretty much the start of a new riding season here in South Africa. Myself and Anxiety on Wheels may be a little ahead of the crowd when it comes to starting the new season, as we dusted off our trusty steeds and took a ride to our favourite burger joint, Dukes Burgers. The burgers were amazing… as usual.

Below you can see our route and information as tracked by the Riser App. I must say, the app has been greatly improved since I reviewed it just before the start of the holidays. They’ve even included a “getaway” feature where you can plan trips with your friends and community.

For those of you who would like to take a trip to Dukes Burgers, I include the map bellow.

From all of us here at the Bike Addict, we wish all our readers a prosperous 2018.

2018 and Bike Addict

So enough with the niceties and straight down to brass tacks. 2017 is behind us and 2018 has arrived. 365 days of opportunity (give or take a few days passed). I sit here typing this post with beads of nervous sweat forming… 2018 is here…

2018 promises a few big changes both in my personal life as well as this blog. For those in the know, I’ve completed my studies and obtained my degree. This means I’m currently in the job hunt. (Fingers crossed). What does this mean for the blog? At this point in time I cannot concretely say, but I do hope that it helps with the much-needed funds to properly repair my Little Yellow Honda. We’ve been patching it up as best we can with a non-existent budget for the past year.

As for my vast amounts of free time, I fear it would come to an end when I take up a new job. Is this a bad thing? Yes and no. Yes, because instead of spending most of my time tinkering, I would have to spend it working. No, because, as I’ve said, the funds are needed to repair my bike, and make a few investments to improve our blog.

So from the above, I hope that 2018 would be the year where I write more posts from trips rather than posts from the garage. Along with this I hope to invest in some tech and gear to bring my motorcycle blogging into this century, and do some tech reviews.

Our good friend Anxiety on Wheels has also completed a qualification, which I would leave in his hands to discuss further. As for his Dusty Leafblower, we’ve been talking about this little machine and Anxiety has some great ideas. Watch this space and see what develops.

So instead of setting a list of things to attend in this year, We’ve set a single goal: “Make it better”. How much better you may ask. The answer is simple, better than it was the previous post. This means that (I hope) we can keep improving throughout 2018 and involve a larger community in this project. As Anxiety on Wheels and I have discussed, we’d like to change things up a bit. This isn’t just our blog, we want it to be a true bikers/ motorcycle enthusiasts blog. Our goal would be to involve participants from all over the world to share their riding stories with us.

What type of stories? Absolutely anything goes as long as it involves a motorcycle and a PG rating. Written a biker fan fiction of your favourite show? We’d love to read it. Set a new land speed record on your 250cc? Please tell us more. Had an interesting event occur on your commute? Please let us know. We would really like to involve our readers in this blog.

Definite Changes

For now these are some definite changes that are coming to the blog:

  • I’ve received some complaints about events requiring bookings or registrations only being advertised when the event takes place. So to fix this events, where pre-booking/registration is required, will be advertised in our upcoming events for one week prior to the close of bookings. We’ll be calling these “One Week Warnings”. On same note, the first few advertised events for the year should start showing in the upcoming events shortly.
  • Secondly, every event I attended or solo ride I do will have a post about it. This guarantees that I will make time to maintain the blog and keep riding. I started this blog almost 2 years ago to share my riding stories, if I decide not to post about a ride, it defeats the purpose. This will drive me in keeping up with the initial purpose of this blog.
  • Thirdly, it’s time for social awareness. More on this as it develops.
  • Additionally, our site will be undergoing some maintenance, please bear with us while we try to bring you a cleaner, better looking blog.
  • Lastly, reader involvement. Like I’ve said before in this post and many others, this isn’t just a blog for ranting and sharing my stories. I’d love to involve our entire reader community in sharing their stories and their take on events. We receive info regarding events in South Africa and surrounding regions, but we would like to know what’s happening, for example, at Sturgis in the USA, or when this year’s Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride in the UK will be? For this to happen, we’ll need a few folks in those regions to share with us. If you feel that you would like to contribute please head over to our contact page.

And there we have it folks. Here’s to what were hoping to be a year full of safe rides and enjoyable journeys.


Breaking Bad News

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. We interrupt the seasons festivities to bring you this important news update.

According to sources including The Bike Show and News24, a Democratic Alliance councillor has been suspended for making a few hateful averments on his social media page. This councillor, one Ockert Fourie, took to Facebook stating (in Afrikaans) that: “I wish I could just take pieces of steel [and see the] blood and intestines and brains [of motorcyclists] against lamp poles and on tar roads.”

Fourie claims that we bikers have no respect for the elderly and persons working night shifts, as we create excessive noise with our bikes. He further said that we can’t be educated as we tend to swear, gang up and just increase the noise level. “So, blood tissue and pieces of skull and intestines against lamp poles will give satisfaction for this hateful conduct and conscienceless people.”

The post has since been deleted and Fourie has posted an apology, stating that the post wasn’t aimed at “all motorcyclists”, but he apologises to all none the less. The Northern Cape Democratic Alliance has since condemned Fourie’s actions and he has since been suspended.

Some of South Africa’s bikers have also returned fire, informing him of charity focused bike clubs, most charity events such as the Annual Toy Run and that bikers are people with families too.

Although Fourie has apologised, the issue remains that the general public truly distrust motorcyclists, bikers, sometimes even Grangran on her power scoot heading to the supermarket. Shows like Sons of Anarchy, Outlaw Empires, Outlaw Bikers, Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, etc. have given all motorcyclists a bad reputation. People see all motorcyclists as being the outlaws they see on tv. So all motorcyclists have to work overtime to try to improve the motorcyclist image. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post. But it doesn’t seem to be improving the situation, as can be seen from the above.

For those who feel like going the same road as Fourie and just airing dirty laundry on social media, here’s a few tips: Firstly, don’t do it. Secondly, remember that not all bikers/motorcyclists are the same. There are law abiding motorcyclists who love their families and do their best to positively contribute to society. Thirdly, if there’s a few bikers ticking you off, address them. Don’t go around proclaiming death to all motorcyclists.

Yes, we’re loud. Yes, we swear. Yes, we do more for charity than those who wish us death. For all my fellow motorcyclists, safe ride, and enjoy the journey.



T’is the season to be jolly.

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. It’s that time of year again. The holidays are just around the corner and Christmas is in the air. Our friends in the north have packed their bikes away during the freeze, and ourselves here in the south have parked our bikes to be with family during the holidays. Life in general has slowed down as we approach the end of the year.

In the same sense biking things here have slowed down as the festive season approaches. The last advertised motorcycle event takes place on the 16th of December and our club year end function is to be on the 17th. This basically marks the end of the 2017 riding season here in South Africa. This means that Anxiety on Wheels, Mechanical MacGyver and myself will also be taking a break this festive season.

Don’t fret though, we will be back when the riding season in South Africa kicks off again mid January 2018. The new riding season promises to bring new stories and some big changes here at the Bike Addict, but until then enjoy the festive season with your loved ones.

For those still out riding. Have a safe ride, and enjoy the journey.


Riser on the handlebars 

Hello to all in the vast reaches of cyberspace. So someone has told me that APParently we are living in the 21st century. This means that technological devices not only travel with us but are also able to assist us in our travels. Bamboozled by the idea I couldn’t help myself but to put it to the test. Thus I swiftly installed Riser on my Android powered technological device.

You can find it on Google play store here. As well as on IOS here.

Here’s what Riser has to offer us, quoted directly from their app pages in the respective application stores:

“RISER is a motorcycle platform built by motorcycle enthusiasts. It lets you track your motorcycle trips and share them with your friends and the community. Among others you will get the following functionality:

* Track your motorcycle trips
* Create special sections and share them with your friends and the community
* Organize your trips in your personal roadbook
* Discover popular roads nearby you
* Get live weather and weather forecast for sections nearby you
* Connect with your friends and likeminded people
* Add your bikes to your personal garage
* See statistics about your trips on your profile
* Discuss trips, sections and bikes in the comment section”

I’ve been riding around with Riser in my pocket, tracking my rides and all other things since mid October. It has a navigation feature as well (scratch that), but I don’t like having a phone staring at my while I ride so I rarely use it (can’t use it if the app doesn’t have it). Here are my thoughts:

At first glance, Riser does look like it is a version of Facebook dressed up for the motorcycle enthusiast. It is exactly that. It let’s you record your motorcycling journeys and shares them on the platform with your “friends”. It also gives you a glimpse of the weather conditions in your region. In essence it’s your motorcycling dashboard, giving you something to entertain yourself with, recording your trips, and sharing them with friends.

I installed the app on my device around mid October, and from the word go, I’ve been having problems. Granted, it is a new app, but a lot of these issues could have been addressed before release. Firstly, you have to register to use all of the features that are built into the app. It’s not that bad seeing as it’s free. Secondly, you create a profile, which has a garage section, where you list all of the bikes that you have. It does have Honda as a manufacturer, but neither my VFR 400 (VFR400R NC24) nor Anxiety’s Bros 400 (NT 400 Bros) were in the model list, and you cannot enter it manually. However, the larger displacements such as the VFR 750 and NT 650 Hawk are in the model list. (This was addressed in an update). So I have a profile on a biking app, but no motorbike as you have to provide the model for it to save it to your garage section. I’ve brought this to the attention of the developers, who informed me a few days later that the issue is to be addressed in an update that followed weeks after (deep into the month of November). I feel that it’s taken far to long to roll out an update for this and various other bug fixes.

The third on my no list is a bit of a bummer. Riser actually doesn’t have a navigation feature… It literally just records your trips. Yes, you have no idea where you’re going, but at least you know where you’ve been. Now if you someone who doesn’t pre-plan your route, you are pretty much screwed. Have fun switching between this and your navigation app with riding gloves on.

Fourthly, linking to the problem above, Riser has a discover feature, which I had mistaken for a navigation feature. It shows you the popular roads travelled by Riser users in your region. I’m located in Southern Africa. It appears that riders here don’t often make use of tech when riding. So all I get to Discover are the roads that I have been taking. I assume that this probably isn’t an app issue per se but a community issue, as in the community using Riser in my region is quite small. I noticed in November that this has seemed to become an issue of the past as more and more riders start using the Riser app my region and surroundings.

There are a few plus points to using Riser aswell. Firstly it works well when you want to share a fantastic road you’ve just discovered with your friends. Even if you just take a different route from the norm you can share that specific section to your profile for others to see. It logs both your start and end destination as well as your average and top speed.

Now I know a lot of you see red lights flashing, as you don’t want people to know where you are or where you come from. Secondly, there are some who have difficulty adhering to speed limits for some reason, and don’t want this infraction to be made public. To those there is a solution, you can simply hide the start and end location and your top speed. However, you can’t hide just your start or just your end destination, either you hide both or you hide neither.

Fortunately, Riser isn’t just all negatives. I found it to be a fantastic app if one wishes to just ride…, and track the roads that one discovers on such a walkabout. I believe this to be the purpose of the app, to help you jot down when and where you’ve found that perfect piece of road. To remind you of where it was that you had that once in a lifetime ride on the road you discovered while “lost”. It’s there when you want to commemorate a special ride with friends (like we wanted to do with the 35th Annual toy Run, if I had remembered to turn it on). It’s not an app to help you find your way, it’s the app that shows everyone the way you found.

For that simple reason, I think I’ll be keeping this little app on my phone. Ride safe and enjoy the journey.



2017 in Review

Hello to everyone in the vast reaches of cyberspace. The calendar year of 2017 has nearly met its end as we are enjoying the last few days before the new year. The riding season here in South Africa is starting to die down a bit as we approach the holidays. Therefore, I feel that this is the perfect time to have a little review of our year.

The bucket list

First things first. January 2017 I had posted a list of events that I wanted to attend in the year and a few solo rides that I wanted to do. Here’s how the list turned out:

I had been editing this post as the events took place in order to help everyone keep track of where we currently are on our shortlist. Therefore I find it useful to include a key to interpreting the list:

  • Events that have been stricken through = events that have been attended, including a post on the blog.

So here’s my shortlist:

  • Club voted day jols. 
  • The Impala Rally held at Hartebeespoort Holiday Resort from 10 to 12 March 2017.
  • South Africa Bike Festival. Held at Kayalami GP Circuit from 26 to 28 May 2017. 
  • Rhino Rally.
  • The Gauteng Annual Toy Run held in November at Benoni Northerns Sports Grounds
  • Poison Rally.
  • Along with all the above events I’ve planned a few solo/informal rides to a few interesting destinations. Some are quite new, others are old favourites waiting to be visited again. I’ve included maps to the list below, as some of these places aren’t that easy to find without a little help. Here’s the list:
    • The Upperdeck Restaurant.
    • Dukes Burgers.
    • Rim & Rubber Assembly, Greenside.

      Note: Rim and Rubber Assembly has relocated in the time since I wrote the original bucket list. I will add their new address in future

    • Historic Motorcycle Museum, Deneysville.

A sad, sad view, is it not? Out of 11 trips I was able to check off 5. This mostly being a result of my little yellow Honda spewing its guts all over my garage floor. It had reached the point where I was unable to ride for months on end. This problem has been sorted temporarily and I am back on the road for what remains of this season. If all goes to plan, next season will hold some exciting changes here at the Bike Addict.

Memorable moments

Now that we have mourned the death of the bucket list, let us celebrate the joy that the few checked off events have brought us.

Firstly, when you have a bad day and your bike decides to quit on you, you can always rely on family. This became evident to me around my birthday in March when the little yellow Honda died, and my personal responsibilities further soured my week and mood. As a birthday treat my family took me to Rim and Rubber. A bike themed restaurant I really wanted to visit. This was an awesome gesture that really lifted my mood.

Secondly, there was the South Africa Bike Festival. Probably the most memorable event for me this entire year. There we were able to enjoy everything motorcycle, and test drive the latest and greatest from all of the leading manufacturers. As part of the event, Mechanical MacGyver test drove the 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa and the 2017 BMW S1000R. I, on the other hand only had eyes for what I consider to Honda’s flagship litre bike. The 2017 Honda CBR1000SP, and what a ride it was. Anxiety on Wheels, was able to indulge his Harley fetish at their stand by gawking uncontrollably at these machines.

Thirdly, Anxiety on Wheels had a pretty interesting year. After the Dodgy Suzuki was stolen it took him quite a while to save up and buy his current set of wheels. The Honda NT 400 Bros, or Dusty Leafblower as we called it. Just after buying it, he had discovered an opportunity to buy a larger displacement Suzuki GSXR 750. This led him to frantically try to sell the Bros, but in the end sentiment prevailed, and he decided to keep it. We’ve had a lot of fun messing with it and trying to get a little more out of it. It seems that this tinkering will continue next year, as Anxiety does have a list of plans for this little machine.

Fourthly, the Toy Run. Always a mood lifting event. This year was exceptionally memorable as the little yellow Honda, Duiweltjie, and Dusty Leafblower, had to pull double duty as our riding trio turned to an octet. Sharing this event with close friends and family makes the ride a little more worth it. I’ve also received word that one of our passengers is also hankering to buy her own bike. I do hope this wish comes true, a good riding companion is hard to find.

Lastly, to all the trips that never got mentioned. Those two-in-the-afternoon-hankering-for-ice-tea trips, those quick-trips-for-good-burgers, those bike browsing trips and just the plain old commute. Basically, this last one is a dedication to all the friends and trips one comes across on a day-to-day basis. Those trips one does for the love of riding, or just to scare your passenger into doing chores. Those trips that feed the soul, little by little, every day.

We may not have accomplished all we set out for in 2017, but we had safe trips, and tons of enjoyable journeys. I wish the same for 2018 and to all of you.