Picked up the New Versys Today!

I loaded up the 15 Versys on Thursday night. It was a bitter sweet moment as we have enjoyed many great miles on the Orange beauty. However that did not dampen my excitement for the new Versys. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I did not sleep very well on Thursday evening as the excitement was over whelming. I had wanted to ride the 15 to Plano and ride the new steed back to NW Arkansas, but the weather gods would have none of that. With snow and ice in the forecast, I decided it best to take her to the metroplex via my kendon trailer. With the bike loaded up I headed to the store on Friday Morning. I needed to work a half day. I was very productive as I did not want anything delaying my departure to Plano to get the new bike.

I got to Plano in time to take the bike over to Jason & AJ at Plano Kawasaki Suzuki. We unloaded the 15 and they were kind enough to let me leave my trailer at the shop, so I did not have to fight the traffic pulling a trailer.

We finished up the evening having dinner with our daughter, who is attending college at the University of North Texas. We had a great evening catching up. Sure miss having her around.

Saturday morning arrived and Jamie and I were excited and ready to go. We met some friends for breakfast before heading over to the dealership and signing the papers. We were against the clock as the weather was rolling in. We got everything together and I even got a short 10 mile ride in on the new bike before loading her up.

It was a short ride, but I will say that I was smiling from ear to ear. It is so smooth and so damn cool. I can’t wait to put more miles on her. The clouds brought me back to reality as the rain was coming. We loaded up the new Versys, taking our time, so we did not make a mistake that might cause any damage to the new bike. AJ & Jason were so good, they got me into the shop first thing so that they could get my GPS and heated gear mounted on the new bike. We did have a little scare as I had not taken into account all of the electronics under the seat. This left little room for the fuse block. The tech made it happen but it was a tight fit. I will post a few pics to show just how tight.

Once the bike was loaded up, I said my goodbyes and hit the road. It rained good on me and the new Versys for the first hour of our trip. The bike is now really dirty. It will be cleaned tomorrow as we bond and I learn more about her.

Now all we need is some good weather so I can get some miles on her. Let’s Ride.

You can see all of the pictures here.

The NEW Versys is here!

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

I was updating a video when a PM came across my face book.


Hey there. I hope you guys have been well. We just got our first new Versys 1000 SE today. I promised I’d let you know.

-J Meisel

I have been waiting for this day. I have been intrigued about the new Versys, and I am looking forward to riding one and seeing if all of the new innovations are worth me giving up my beloved V, and moving on to the new one. I love the new look and all of the technology. The downside would be taking on another payment (My Versys is paid off). I am also not a big fan of the new color. But then my little “evil voice” jumps in and says “Just do it!”

That new dash is so sexy!

Jamie and I will be in Dallas in a couple of weeks, so I am sure we will run by our favorite dealer and visit our friends, AJ and Jason, Maybe even take a test ride.

I love my Versys and if the new one is even better, I can’t wait to ride it. Jamie loves the Versys and she will need to buy in as well. There is no real need to upgrade as our Versys is doing great. We have just eclipsed the 35K mark and we have some great awesome trips planned for the year. We might just hold out for the neon green or bright orange to make its way across the pond.

So if anyone gets a chance to go by Plano Kawasaki Suzuki, shoot me a note with a couple of pics and tell me your thoughts. Until then I will continue to have this internal struggle… New V or stick with my beloved!

Moto Camping

To me, nothing beats waking up in a tent in the cool mountain air, with nothing planned except a great day of riding!

I remember back in the day, when my dad would load up his Beemer with a tent and sleeping bag and would ride off, not to be seen for a couple of days. He would return, unshaven, smelling like the outdoors and grinning from ear to ear. When we asked him about his ride, he would always say the same thing. “Nothing beats motorcycle camping”.

Now later in life I feel the same way. My dad and I got to spend many trips riding all day, while camping along the way. I will never forget those memories.

Jamie and I love the camping life when it comes to the Bike or Jeep. There are so many things to factor in while moto camping. Its hard to pack all of the items needed for a successful camping trip. So planning is the key.

One of the most important factors in a good moto camping trip is the gear that you take along with you. You will need a great tent, good sleeping bags and the most important item for us is the sleeping pad. Then you can plan for the rest. We will post with some pictures of our gear and the things that make our trips so enjoyable in a later post if you all are interested.

Jamie and I had a great camping trip last year in Kentucky. The weather was warm, but the trip was excellent and I feel it would not have been the same if we had stayed in a hotel. We have camped in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. Each of these areas offer a great camping experience.

This year we have committed to more of these moto camping trips. We hope we can run into some old and new friends along the way. Check out some pics from previous camping trips.

I will be posting more camping posts here in the next few weeks. Until then be safe!

8342 in 2018

Not too bad for 8 months of riding!

Last year was a slow year in the saddle for Jamie and I . Relocating and not having my Versys for almost 4 months hampered the total miles logged for 2018.

We did get in an Epic summer journey as we spent 10 days in Kentucky and Missouri. We attended our first rally with the MSTA group and it was a great event. We did make good use of the time on the Versys as we got to log most of the miles on great roads with good friends.

We are looking forward to logging more miles this year. We have some plans for a couple of bigger rides and we have really decided to ride as much as possible in the upcoming year. 2019 looks to be a great year of riding.

StarReview 2019 – Digital Edition

The first thing I have to say is WOW! This new digital copy looks so amazing and professional. As you all know we are new to the MSTA (Motorcycle Sport Touring Association) community. In the past 6 months we have met some great people in this group. Special thanks to Bill and Gayla O’Brien for introducing us the the great folks in the Arkansas chapter. 

Jamie and I have attended two larger events and they have been so much fun. We will be attending many more in the near future. One of the reasons I am shouting out this new look is we have been asked to write a couple of ride reports and they are in this latest edition. So take a moment to download the issue and give it a try. 

While reading the latest digital edition, we came across the join us page and much to our surprise, there we were. Jamie and I in our helmets ready to hit the road. I love that we are a part of the MSTA and that we can help boost our membership. 

I am asking that you all take a few moments and read through the issue. Tell me your thoughts. How do you like the layout and look? How was the two articles that I wrote? Just give me your impressions of the issue. 

Until next time – Ride Safe Everyone!

6 is the perfect number!

Riding with a group can be fun, however how many is too many?

Is 6 the perfect number for you?

Group riding has its Pro’s and Con’s. It is up to you to decide and to balance how many riders makes for the most enjoyable riding experience.

We have all been on a ride when something negative has happened to a rider in the group. This could be a lost key, a rider running out of fuel, mechanical issues, dropping a bike or probably the worst scenario a health concern. In these cases it is very comforting to know that there are a number of people in the group that might be able to lend some assistance. There is peace of mind in numbers.

There are times however that too many riders can cause some issues. How many of you have been on a group ride and the leader or someone in the group decides to make a sudden change of direction, or breaks quickly and hard due to a hazard in the road? This makes for a few scary moments as all of the riders in the group have to adjust and make changes to avoid any obstacles ahead of them. This chain reaction can be dangerous. It only takes one rider not paying attention and disaster strikes.  

The above mentioned Pro’s and Con’s can never be planned for, however I do feel that all the scenarios listed are best addressed with the “Perfect 6”. Six bikes to me is the perfect number. The group can stay close to each other, without the dreaded rubber band effect. Depending on skill level, the pace can be spirited without causing too much separation or getting to bunched up. Last but not least it also lends itself to having enough riders that can help in an emergency situation.

I understand that this number could be smaller or larger depending on the situation. Today I am painting with  a broad brush, but I am sticking with the number 6.

What is your perfect number and why? Tell me your thoughts.

TBIT #1 – 12 years ago and people still talk!

Good friends, lots of rain and too many memories to count. 

Just a little bit of rain but a lot of smiles.

You may be asking yourself, what does TBIT stand for? On this blog it will be Travel Back In Time. I get lots of comments asking about our trips from the past. This could be about a certain destination, group of riders or pretty much anything else concerning our two wheeled adventures. So I decided that each week,  I would link to a ride from the past and post a few pictures as a reminder to myself on why we love this hobby and for you all to see some of the great times we have had over the past 13 years as documented on our blog. I hope you like this idea. Shoot me a note either way.

The gang is all here ready to head out

I get asked all of the time, what trip sticks in your mind as your favorite and most memorable? Hands down it was this trip. It had everything. Great friends, nice roads, lots of rain with some sunshine mixed in to keep us smiling. This is the one – Mena Arkansas – Cook out & Ride

RIP my friend. You are missed Paul
What a great group of friends to ride with. 

Until next time – Ride safe!

You Ride A What?

I have a little confession to make. I used to be one of those riders that would see someone riding a Harley, a scooter or any other machine “I” did not understand, and I would ask myself, “why would anyone wanna ride that?”

Looking back at it, why would I care about what machine you have decided to ride and enjoy the open road on?

The older I get, I can see what the appeal is for certain types of motorcycles.

When I am on a longer road trip, riding down the road and I have logged 300 miles and still have a good 300 to go, my mind drifts off on what it might be like to be behind the windscreen of a nice comfy, mile eating machine like a Honda GoldWing, BMW 1600 GTL or a Harley Ultra Classic.

The days that I am riding around town, doing errands or just enjoying a few minutes of free time, my mind wanders to machines like a Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Bonneville or a BMW Nine T. Something small, light and agile to maneuver my way through the day.

As I lean into a corner on my favorite Arkansas road, not a straight stretch in sight, imaging myself on the latest and greatest sport bike, like a Ducati Panigale V4R, BMW 1000RR or a Kawasaki Ninja H2 . Carving the corners “Just” like my favorite MotoGP rider.

My point is this.

No matter what machine you decide to enjoy our fabulous hobby on, it should not matter to me or anyone else.

I would rather be a rider for a minute, than a spectator for a lifetime.

I know and understand, the excitement felt when I throw my leg over the bike, the feeling of the wind rushing by me and the freedom that comes with riding a two wheeled machine. I love the fact that being a motorcycle enthusiast has brought so much happiness into my life.

I have gained many great friends, enjoyed miles of beautiful scenery with my wife and friends while enjoying my two wheeled steed. I understand that no matter what machine you ride, we all experience and enjoy these same feelings. We are one. We have more in common than the type of bike we ride. We are connected by two wheels, no matter the badge or name on the tank.

In closing I want to apologize. I want to say I am sorry for ever asking myself “why would anyone ride that?”

I hope that in the near future our paths cross and we can tell stories and share some of our riding experiences together, No matter what brand of motorcycle you have chosen to enjoy the journey on. Seize the moment and enjoy the ride. 

So tell me what you ride and why you ride. I am sure we have a ton in common. 

Until next time Ride Safe!