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Dodging the Roadkill: Reckless

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’m sure at one time or another, we’ve ALL done something reckless.  That’s how it is when you’re young and immortal.  As you grow older though, you become a bit wiser, not to mention you understand, “I’m too old to so something this stupid.”

I went on a group ride over the weekend and there were seven of us.  A couple of Harley’s a couple of Gold Wings and a couple of sport bikes.  “Crotch rockets” as some like to call them.

The sport bikes were guys I had never met.  Good guys, but it was our first time riding together.  The plan was to get out for a few hours while it was still the cool of the morning, and be done before the heat settled in.

Crotch rockets. (Mansoor from Pexels) «Read the rest of this article»


Dodging the Roadkill: Always Lurking

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Since my accident last November, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from many of you about YOUR near death experiences on a motorcycle.  Your stories have been extraordinary.

Many of you had far worse injuries than I did, and yet here you are, able to “tell the tale.”  They’re memories you would just as soon forget, but hearing them gives me chills, and reminds me of “that” moment when I hit the deer.

I replay it over and over.  I will NEVER forget the sound of my Harley striking that beast. 

A deer crossing the road.

A deer crossing the road.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Nobody Knows Diversity Like A Biker

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – These are crazy times we’re living in, to say the least.  It’s an election year, there’s a deadly virus among us, and unrest in the streets.

The country is in a state of confusion and misinformation, yet still has the time to argue with every Tom, Dick and Harry on the planet.  We’ve taken disagreement to another level.

One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Bikers understand diversity and embrace it with love and respect.  You don’t have to explain to a biker what it means to respect one another.  We come in all colors, sizes and lifestyles.

Elkton Kentucky Bike Night

Elkton Kentucky Bike Night

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Dodging the Roadkill: Never Leave Your Wingman

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – On my recent trip to the Smoky Mountains, I was riding with a group of seven bikers.  Most of our riding was together, and other than a quick trip to the grocery store, we were always together.

On this particular day, two of us were ready to beat the heat and head back to the hotel so he and I went one way and the group went another.

The trip back to the hotel dictated that we ride the Tail of the Dragon.  Once we were at Deals Gap, we had two options to Robbinsville, NC. 

The Foothills Parkway with my crew. (Hank Bonecutter)

The Foothills Parkway with my crew. (Hank Bonecutter)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Getting What You Deserve

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I just returned from a four day three night trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.  It’s a trip I make at least a couple of times a year.  The Smokies are just a couple of hours down I-40 so it’s an easy ride for me.

What began as a three man trip turned into a group of seven brothers eager to take whatever the landscape could throw at us.

Of course we did the Devil’s Triangle, Tail of the Dragon, Wayah Road, the Moonshiner and a day trip to Helen Georgia.  We had hot and steamy weather, for the most part, although a portion of the group were drenched in a downpour on Friday afternoon.

Hank with Lt. James Hyde

Hank with Lt. James Hyde

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Dodging the Roadkill: Shots Fired

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’ve been in marketing long enough to have seen some classic battles in my day.  Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi, McDonald’s vs. the world.

I’ve written, produced, voiced, edited and everything else you can do to a commercial, so I tend to view them differently than most people.  I enjoy very FEW commercials, because I can see or hear just how BAD they really are.

It’s a curse.

Seldom do I see one brand go after another brand so openly as a recent ad from Harley-Davidson, which read;  “Honestly now, did you spend your youth dreaming of someday owning a Polaris?”

Harley Davidson - Indian Polaris Advertisement «Read the rest of this article»


Dodging the Roadkill: Weathering the Winter

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – The winter months have always been my least favorite time of the year.  Obviously when I was a kid, I loved the snow and all that came with it, but as an adult, a biker, and a man who has a few “achy” bones, winter is NOT fun for me.

One of the greatest things about this blog and all of you who follow, is that I get to learn so much about you and the part of the country that you live in.  I’ve never been so blessed by anything in my life as I have with this motorcycle and the people and places it brings me.

Motorcycles covered in Snow.

Motorcycles covered in Snow.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Returning to the scene of the crime

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – As we wait out the winter weather, and I continue to fully recover from the accident, I’ve been asked many times if I’ve been back to the scene of my accidents. 

The first one wasn’t as bad as the deer strike in November, but either way, I haven’t been back to the scene of the crime.

The first accident, I missed a turn and slid into the bushes.  Did about $1000 worth of damage to the bike.  I suffered a cut on my leg that eventually needed surgery to clean out the infection.  It took 6 weeks to fix me AND the bike.

Hank's Motorcycle Wreck

Hank’s Motorcycle Wreck

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Dark Side

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I had never heard of the term “Dark Side” as it relates to motorcycles until about a year ago.  In my short time on a motorcycle, it never dawned on my that you could or WOULD ever put a car tire on a motorcycle.

Apparently you can and some people do.

Just like the debate over “lane splitting,” the practice of putting a car tire on a motorcycle is just as volatile and opinions are both mixed and passionate.  I would never do it, but I know bikers who do, and it doesn’t seem to make any difference to them.

Dark Side

Dark Side

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Lamar Alexander Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday this upcoming Monday: 

“In the summer of 1963, I stood on the National Mall as an intern at the U.S. Department of Justice and listened to Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I especially remember the power of ‘not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ A lot has happened since that day, but there is still more to do. Dr. King dedicated his life to help ensure equality for all Americans, and as we honor him we should continue to strive to treat each other as equals who deserve the same opportunities.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander





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