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Welcome: This Moto-Blog belongs to BJ and Jo Ondo! BJ has been riding motorcycles since 1976, Jo was my co-rider from 87 to 92, then she rode her own for 7 years! As of now we ride "double up" all the time. We consider ourselves, RIDERS not BIKERS! We love being out on our Harley-Davidson, 883 Sportster, we call, "Midnight"! Riding the highways and byways that's what we live for!

Our thoughts on motorcycling: "It's enough to be on your way, it's enough just to be moving on, it's enough just to cover ground"! See YOU out on the ROAD!

Updated: April 3rd.,2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017

An update

Not a lot going on, just mainly, short area or battery charge rides over the last few months. We had a rear turn signal relocation kit added to give Jo some more "foot room" for the passenger pegs. Seriously thinking of adding "forward controls" for me as we've decided to just keep our current 2014 Sporty Super Low till it's paid off in 3 years. The thought of going $14,000+ in debt at our current age of "62" is just a bit scary! We don't have any other retirement other than the little bit of Social Security we've earned and who knows if that's going to be there!! I'm putting in for my SS early, I turn 62 in August, I can put in for my SS in May 2017, yes it will be less money but maybe I'll get it!!

The Forward controls are EXPENSIVE!!!!!!! $425.00 for "black" set and over $200.00 for labor, YIKES!!!! Still it will make the bike for comfortable for me for longer rides so against $ Thousands for a new 1200 Custom Sportster it's pretty cheap. :)  We are looking at going to the Black Hills in SD. or riding the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and the Trail Ridge Road in CO. and WY. this August so can't wait to get out on the road for a few days!! :) Installed a new battery, can't complain, the original lasted 3 years and that's with us NOT being able to hook up a "battery maintainer" during the winter months. Yep, the new No Water hi-tech batteries ain't cheap but I'll not complain. Hope it's starting to turn to Spring riding time in your area, sadly we still have 1.5 months to go before it's truly Spring here in So. Colorado and the end of May for most of the real "mountain riding". See you, ON The Road!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017

Well I did manage to get in a "battery charge" run on the 31st. but the weather has turned to crud for the New Year! :( Right now it's lightly snowing and COLD and it's only going to get colder and more snow for the  next 2 days, YUCK! Also go on a new rear tire, my H-D dealership, surprised me and had the tire "in stock" and was willing to put it on that day, sweet! :) Since we are back to riding by ourselves again, I have no idea where we will wander for 2017 so stay tuned! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's been a good Fall!

We've done mostly area rides over the last month or so, sadly none of the "Color Rides" like last year and no real "moto-vacations", 2016 was a hard year financially! Still we've enjoyed the nicer than usual weather in November, last Sunday we went for what we figure is our final year run up to Westcliffe, CO. and our favorite "ChillyCheeseFries" at Ranchers Roost Cafe!! It was a partly cloudy day, here in the Springs and the clouds were "heavier" than they said they'd be! :O

We headed out anyway and it got better as we headed south and west, we did our favorite run thru the Big Horn Sheep Canyon (Hwy. CO. 50 W. out of Canon City, CO.), to pick up CO. 96 N. with views of the Mountains at our west and 60 mph. sweeper two lane highway, with creeks flowing, forest's a beautiful open space for 30+ miles!  Yes, I forgot the camera again, it's hell getting OLD, LOL!! We noticed that the temps were a bit chilly at 9,000 feet but was sunny with puffy white clouds overhead. Got our favorite Root Beer and Chili Cheese Fries, with RED chili, (the Green is too HOT for us!). Ate the fest had nice conversation with the locals, then headed back down the highway and home, 75 miles later. We know winter is coming, it was nice of it to be so kind as to give us "one more" run up there! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

That time of year!

Well it's getting to that time of the year that the rides get shorter and colder, LOL. On Oct. 9th. we rode up to the "favorite motorcycle hangout", the café at Deckers, CO.  As usual there was a good crowd of all kinds of bikes, CO. Hwy. 67 from Woodland Park to Deckers is a excellent twisty road and everyone from the Sportbiker's to the Gold Winger's loves to ride and stop of lunch at the Café. The sport bikes, then head up CO. 126 over, Horsepower Hill and thru the 20mph. turns up to Pine Junction, CO. The Tourers, do the same route but at much mellower speeds and enjoy the view, the Dual Purpose/Adventure Tourer riders, take CO. 67 to CO. 105 and back to Colorado Springs as that part of CO. 67 is dirt and bit rough for street bikes! We just rode up, bought their excellent "black cherry", soft serve ice cream and then, headed back to Woodland Park, picked up, Hwy. 24 West to Lake George, CO. and then headed back to Colorado Springs. 127 miles, sunny skies and great company and roads, a very good, although short day! :)


Monday, October 3, 2016

A FUN but also SAD day!

On Sunday we headed to the yearly, High Country Toy Run, it's at a new start point and now run with the help of the City of Fountain, CO. It was a sunny and cloudy day but warm, we decided not to do the actual RUN as it's hard on my arthritic wrist to do, Parade Formation side by side riding!! We dropped off our toys, got our pins and headed to Victor and Cripple Creek for a last of the season Color Ride. We headed up Ute Pass on Hwy. 24 W. towards Woodland Park and we followed a Fire Truck, sadly a motorcycle had gone off the rode in the canyon so we were stuck on the pass for 2 hours, while rescue and a flight for life helicopter landed and took on of the riders away. As we waited the clouds came in kinda dark and heavy looking so we decided not to do a color ride, just have lunch in Woodland Park.

They finally cleared the roadway, we still don't know what caused the couple to get off the road, it was strange as there was NO news of the crash on the nightly local news!! We pray they were able to be helped and are on their way to recovery asap! We decided to get a combo burrito at Taco Bell, bummer, they don't have those in Woodland Park, the wife bought a 7 Layer Burrito, YUCK, it was really gross!! We got just reg. burritos and some hardshell taco's they we fine! :) We just didn't like the "LOOK" of the clouds so we headed back to the Springs, took a ride south on I-25 as the clouds had broken up that way, just to charge the battery, from all the "stop and go" riding up the pass! A strange day! BJ.