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  1. Product Review: Motorcycle Headset for iPhone
    From 2Down365 Before reading this product review, you should skim over my post: Motorcycle MacGyvering pt. 1: iPhone Helmet Headset. As there are no other commercially available helmet headsets for the iPhone, at least that I've been able to find, that post will give you an idea of what I'm comparing to.This is a review of bikeintercom.com's motorcycle helmet headset designed specifically for the iPhone. The headset arrived packaged in a plastic bag, basically as you see it in the photo to the left. The overall build quality seemed good, especially compared
  2. Dan's Motorcycle
    From 2Down365 Just a quick one for now. I stumbled across a webpage tonight made by a longtime motorcycle mechanic named Dan. It's filled with all kinds of tips and tricks, as well as some pretty helpful (and well illustrated) instructions on the basics. (like soldering, the skill that I was trying to improve upon tonight). It's worth bookmarking as a reference point, if nothing else. Dan has been a motorcycle mechanic since 1967, and seems to have learned a lot of things the hard way, so you and I don't have to.
  3. Ride to Vote, Vote to Ride
    From 2Down365 I know it's been a while since I've written anything here, and really, I mean to. I actually have several entries that I should have written by now. It's just a case of making time. Right now, however, there's a more pressing matter to address. Tomorrow, November 4th, history will be made one way or another. I want to take this opportunity to encourage every single one of you to be a part of that history, regardless of your political affiliations. On a more motorcycle related matter, Ride to Work will be
  4. Diabetes Solutions Poker Run
    From 2Down365 Last Saturday was the first annual poker run to benefit Diabetes Solution of Oklahoma. I was there, working the silent auction table and just helping out in general. I didn't bring my camera, but I did snap a few pictures with my phone. Also, thanks to Sharon (another volunteer) for some of these pictures, as I borrowed them from her facebook album. Riders lined up early to register for the run. The majority were cruiser riders, though there were a few sport bikes and sport tourers in the mix too.A group
  5. Motorcycle MacGyvering pt. 2: Driver Backrest
    From 2Down365 For the second installment of the Motorcycle Mcgyvering series, I want to talk about the driver's backrest I built for my Majesty. Unfortunately, this one won't really translate to other models of bike since the seat design's won't be the same, but hopefully it'll at least give you an idea of what's possible with harvested parts and a little experimentation. My original backrest design used the Majesty's "butt pad", raised up on a metal bracket, to serve as a back rest. It worked alright, and looked good, but it lacked lower
  6. A new look
    From 2Down365 I've been playing with the look of the site a bit recently. I think I'm finally happy with this one. Let me know what you think.
  7. Talking on 2 Wheels
    From 2Down365 Since my article about the iPhone Helmet Headset, I've been talking with a lot of people about using a phone while riding, especially in regards to safety. In response to what seems to be a fairly heated debate, I'd like to make my own thoughts on the matter clear.First of all, I've always been critical of people driving with a cell phone to their ear. It's statistically been made pretty obvious that it cuts into your reaction time and distracts you from the road. Using a hands free system helps,
  8. Just a Reminder
    From 2Down365 The Diabetes Solutions first annual poker run, that I mentioned back in February, is coming up, the Saturday after next. If you're in the area, don't forget to register at www.DSOK.net ASAP. The Run will be April 26th, starting at 9:00am at the Thunder Road House Cafe. I'll be there and I'd love to talk to some readers if you're coming, so don't be afraid to say hi.
  9. Motorcycle MacGyvering pt. 1: iPhone Helmet Headset
    From 2Down365 This is the first of what I hope to be a series, about homemade gadgets, gizmos, and dohickeys, made in true Angus MacGyver style (i.e. making it up as I go along, with whatever happens to be on hand). First of all, I want to talk about the iPhone. When I first heard about it, I thought it was God's (or at least Steve Jobs') gift to motorcyclists. I can listen to my music AND answer my phone while riding. If I'm lost, I can pull over and use Google
  10. Another Reason I Love Being on a Bike
    From 2Down365 I went to the annual medieval fair in Norman, OK last weekend. This is probably the first year in a decade that it hasn't been either pouring rain all weekend, or pouring rain for half the weekend, and nothing but swampy mud for the second half. Anyway, due to the unexpected nice weather, there seemed to be three times as many people attending this year. This, of course, meant that there were a lot more cars than parking spaces. People were patrolling the streets waiting for someone to pull out,
  11. Day Trip, Lake Murray Loop
    From 2Down365 I took the opportunity a couple weeks ago to take a day and drive down highway 77 to Lake Murray. I had heard good things about the loop that circles the lake, and decided to give it a try. Highway 77 was a great road, running roughly parallel to I35, but twistier. I'd recommend it on it's own as a good day ride, even without the lake loop. 77 cuts straight through downtown Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The mainstreet still has the original brick-paved surface. Coincidentally, this picture was taken right around the time I lost 77
  12. Spring, and Riding Season
    From 2Down365 Spring is almost here, and I'm declaring that it's officially riding season. As a year round rider, you wouldn't think that would mean much to me, but really, it's a great feeling to be able to pull the liner out of my jacket for the first time in months. Temperatures here are working their way into the mid 60's, and even the low 70's every once in a while. Aside from the fact that I won't have to feel quite so much like the michelin man when I get dressed
  13. Top 12 Motorcycle Myths
    From 2Down365 This will be a quick one. I just wanted to pass along an article I found regarding motorcycle myths, and the actual facts that make them myths. Most of them we've probably all heard before, but it's an interesting read all the same. Click the title link for the article.
  14. Minimalist Tire Changing
    From 2Down365 I recently changed the tires on the Majesty, after about 15000 miles. I had never changed them myself before, so it was a bit of a learning experience, but I managed. The first tire took me several hours, and  one tire iron to the face, to get off, but after getting the jist of it, I managed the second one in about 30 minutes and saved myself fifty bucks and a trip to the shop. Anyway, as someone who doesn't have a lot of money for tools and such, I
  15. 1st Annual Diabetes Solutions Poker Run
    From 2Down365 Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, aimed towards improving the lives of people with diabetes and reducing the incidence of diabetes and the complications of diabetes. It also happens to be an organization that I've been involved with for a long time. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 9 years old. Only 2 months after being diagnosed, I went to my first session of diabetes summer camp, and it changed my life. Aside from the invaluable education I received that
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