Racer’s Road on the R1

February 16, 2011

Last Saturday Ian, Jason, and I went out to the country to ride. Here is my GoPro HD helmet-cam video of my ride on 1458 “Racer’s Road” with my R1.

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Cupcake Meet 9

February 16, 2011

Cupcake meet 9, also known as the 2 year anniversary meet, had quite a showing of car enthusiasts this year on February 5th, 2011. The event was held at the Travis County Expo center in Austin and all kinds of stock and modified cars managed to fill up both outside and inside lots. The weather turned out to be very nice with a sunny day and decent temperatures.

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Along with the car meet itself they also had drifting and stunt bikes. Event goers could even take rides in the drift cars. I was somewhat sad to see that both were located in the back of the complex and few attendees actually came back to support the drivers and riders. Despite that, it was great to see some old friends again. The meet was very enjoyable and I hope that the next Cupcake Meet will continue to grow and support the community.

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As the sun was fading below the horizon the stunters continued to ride for the small crowd. In the light of a Nissan’s headlights, the riders did some of their best stunting of the day. The shooting condition was difficult to say the least. All of these photos were shot at 6400 ISO and 1/30th of a second shutter.

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Yesterday evening a friend and I decided to check out another Houston motocross park facility since we are always looking for new places to ride our dirt bikes. I brought my 5D Mark II along for fun to work on some low-light action photography. It was a cloudy evening and the sun was quickly setting so most of the photos were taken at ISO 3000 and higher. As far as the facility; everyone was super friendly and we will definitely be bringing our bikes out in the future! You can check out their website at: http://www.riobravomx.com

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Over the handlebars I go!

December 27, 2010

Late in the day, and later I found my forks were badly messed up, I went around a rut, my front wheel plowed out and over the handlebars I went!

Trail riding in Austin

November 3, 2010

Last weekend Ian, his father, and I went to Hidden Falls Adventure Park for some trail riding fun. That place has some pretty crazy trails. After the CRF’s fork rebuild I was happy with its performance. Can’t wait to get on the track!

My bike is the red one, Ian's father's bike is the blue Yamaha TTR 225

Here is a GoPro vid from my helmet, nothing spectacular, just riding around having fun

The new toys

November 3, 2010

R1 Raven
-DynoJet power commander
-Aftermarket clutch handle
-Yoshimura slip on exhaust

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Holy blog update Batman!

November 3, 2010

So I’ve been MIA from my blog for months. Quick rundown of whats happened since the last post…

-Graduated college in August! Now have a Bachelor of Science in Radio Television and Film
-Still working at OfficeMax in Austin
-Picked up a new contract job in Houston working in a metal fab shop for irrigation cages
-Traded my Honda CBR 929 and Yamaha YFZ 450 for a 2005 Yamaha R1 Raven, hawt!
-Sold my Honda 400ex for a 2003 Honda CRF 450R dirt bike
-The car hauler was stolen

Pretty much just trying work hard and play harder!

Weekend of riding

June 27, 2010

My friends from elementary/high school visited from Houston this weekend towing a trailer full of bikes for a weekend of street and offroad riding. Had a really fun time, I’m loving my new gearing!
So much fun!

Jason's R6


Stephen's R1, Ian's CBR 600, My CBR 929 after running Lime Creek


Ian, Jason, Stephen taking a break from riding


Stephen and Ian out at Cross Creek on Sunday


Ian and Jason


Stephen catching some nice air in the background


Stephen does a wheelie on his dirt bike


Jason and Stephen tear it up on my quads

Exploring and Adventures

June 19, 2010

When I’m not at work or doing stuff for my summer classes I’m probably out on my bike. Since Ian and I got our motorcycle licenses and two bikes we’ve been hitting up all the cool spots and roads around Texas. We’ve lived in Austin for over four years and only now have we started to go up to Lake Travis and see what else Austin has to offer.

The first spot we found was totally by accident; we went for a ride up by the lake since there are good twistie roads around there and ended up on one of the best roads in Austin – Lime Creek! From Lime Creek there is a park that you can swim and camp at, on the weekdays its free to get in so we’ve been up there two times in the last few weeks. Its really refreshing to cool down in the lake after some hot riding. For this spot we usually ride 70 miles round trip or so.

Last weekend we came in to Houston to ride with some friends, Jason and Stephen, who have been riding for the last year or so. They took us their normal route plus some extra roads and it was a lot of fun. We got up at 6:30am to be out riding by 7:30am and the weather and scenery was actually quite nice, especially on 149. We hit up 249, 149, 362, 3090, and a few other roads I can’t remember. That was 250 miles round trip and about 6 hours of actual riding.

Taking a break off of 3090, all the bikes here

On 362 they had the road blocked off while these giant tanks heading to Arizona came through. They were huge!

Everybody getting photos of the big tanks

This weekend we decided to stay in Austin and try out a known motorcycle route around Lake Travis…all the way around. Came out to be about 150 miles round trip and it was very scenic and curvy. Austin has some awesome motorcycle roads! And of course we brought our swim gear just in case we found a swim spot to check out. Sure enough we did – south west of Austin we rode by Hamilton Pools, which was closed, but they directed us to the park that was a little ways down the road from them. After going a few miles down this bumpy, tiny road we ended up at the park just to find out there was over a mile of dirt road that needed to be traveled to get to the river beach parking area…plus a quarter mike hike from there. We decided to do it since what is life without some adventure. We rode our sport/race bikes down a dirt road for a few miles and got some interesting looks, but made it fine. The hike to the river beach was not too bad and the water in the river felt great. I even got some GoPro footage in the water!

Ian stands next to a 60ft cliff drop off to some beautiful rock climbing areas on the river. Was neat to see the tops of trees on the top of the cliff here.

I had to look over the edge of the cliff, so pretty!

Hiking down to the river, here you can see it in the background

The river swim spot

people swimming downstream

Ian cooling off in the water

Trying to get a photo of myself with the river in the background

The parking area a mile down the dirt road and yes, those are our bikes parked in the boonies

Got me a bicycle!

June 19, 2010

Ok…so its got more power than a bicycle and it a lot of fun to ride. Picked of a 2001 Honda CBR 929 with 20k miles. Awesome bike, good power, good gas mileage, just a good bike! Traded riding Ian’s 1998 CBR 600 and found that I liked my bike much more. Took a two day course to get my motorcycle license and that was actually a lot of fun. Had to ride around little Eliminator 125s, but it was a good way to learn and get better skill without having to gurt your own bike if you mess up.

My 929 and Ian's 600