Category Archives: The Body

The Perfect Spring Boot, and Everything Else

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I write in hopes of the now very real possibility of finally putting a bullet between the Hellish eyes of this brutal winter and setting my sights on the thawing mess of a new spring, and impatiently awaiting summer in all of its glory and comfortable riding weather alike. But in the mean time, I’ve come across a boot that seem to span all of these horrible and wonderful seasons, as well as a multitude of terrains and styles, if that’s important.

I have spent many a rough mile in the Darice boot, and have enjoyed every one of them. Miles of riding, hiking, walking, partying, sleeping…. This boot gave a feeling of a well broken-in boot that I had worn for years, right out of the box. It is soft, comfortable, and very flexible. Flexible in a way that allows the wearer to experience an ease of walking without feeling the greater discomforts of wicked terrain through the sole. Comfortable in a way that allows you to confidently place your feet on your motorbike without feeling every imperfection in the highway system pulsing up through your musculoskeletal system in such a way that old, worn-out combat boots afford you..

I would recommend this boot for a walk through the best bars and down the worst roads, for a night out on the town or a night out blasting down the Interstate system at top speed, for a hike down a wooded trail or a hike to the parts store for your freshly broke-down Shovelhead. It is a wonderful boot in all respects. Visit the site to check them out up close and locate a dealer near you that has ‘em on the shelf!

Who is sick of Winter?

porktacoWhen it’s been as cold as it has been, we tend to stay in and cook. Not sure about you, but we are getting burned out on the same old dinners! Here is a great one we found and tried that helped kick that “same old” routine.

Shredded Pork Tacos
The combination of root beer and chipotle chiles may seem kinda weird, but when you dig into the pork’s enticing balance of sweet and spicy, it will make perfect sense!

Ingredients

1- 4 pound bone-in pork shoulder

3 tablespoons chili powder

Salt

Ground black pepper

1 large onion, cut into wedges

3 cups root beer

3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped*

2 teaspoons canned adobo sauce

24 flour or corn tortillas, warmed**

the usual taco fixings; shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sliced fresh jalapeno peppers* (optional)

Directions
1. Sprinkle meat on all sides with chili powder, salt, and pepper; rub in with your fingers. Place meat in a 6-quart slow cooker. Tuck onion wedges around meat. In a bowl combine root beer, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Pour mixture over meat.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or until meat easily shreds with a fork. Turn off slow cooker.
3. Transfer meat to large cutting board or work surface; cool slightly.
4. Transfer cooking liquid to medium saucepan. Skim off and discard fat. Bring cooking liquid to simmering over medium heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced and slightly thickened.
5. Use two forks to pull meat apart into coarse shreds, discarding fat; return meat to slow cooker. Pour reduced cooking liquid over meat, stirring to coat.
6. Serve meat in warm tortillas. If desired, add accompaniments.

Q&A with Spectro Oils

We recently saw this question asked of Spectro Oils and wanted to share the info with you all, as we found it very inofrmative. If you have any other specific oil or lube question be sure to head over to Spectro’s site, as they do a great job keeping everyone informed and up-to-date on certain products.

Your data sheet indicates a GL-5 rating. Some discussions, including the Mobil-1 website, state that the additives in GL-5 oils are detrimental to “yellow metal” parts in the trans. Is your GL-5 transmission oil different?”

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ANSWER:
Spectro 6 Speed is GL5 rated but is safe to use in GL1 applications. We use a different formula (developed by Spectro) than other brands that is buffered, this formula will not attack “bright” metals such as brass, bronze and copper found in older transmissions. It’s more expensive to produce, but we feel the performance is well worth the cost. It also improves shifting in most applications, reduces noise (5th gear whine in HD 6 speeds) and is highly resistive to shear and loading.

Happy New Year

New-Year-2014Looking forward, we want to wish you all the best for the 2014 year to come.

 

Now is the time we all start longing to get out on the road, enjoy our motorcycles, hot rods, bicycles or any toy that is in our garage and have the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  We are happy to announce GEICO as our title sponsor of the Ultimate Biker Makeover 2014 edition, stay tuned for announcements on that contest that gives you the opportunity to score all kinds of parts and accessories for you AND your motorcycle.  Hope you have heat in your garage so you can sit by your machines and dream of the warm weather to come!

More Pink for October Breast Cancer Awareness!

pink-harley-bootHarley-Davidson Footwear brings out a new riding boot that has function and STYLE, not to mention supports the fight against Breast Cancer.  The Madison boot is part of Harley-Davidson’s Pink Label Collection and proceeds from the entire line will be donated to help fund breast cancer support groups.  No need to wear a riding boot that looks like something the guys wear, this boot has  a 3″ stacked heel and buckled straps along with bright pink stitch accents to go with the pink bar-n-shield. The Madison features a zipper at the back for easy “in and out”.  Available at select Harley-Davidson dealers this fall. For more info visit Harley-davidsonfootwear.com

 

Crowd Favorite Apple Crisp Pie, it’s officially Fall!

appleIs it just us, or is it not fall ’till you bake an Apple dessert? Try this awesome apple treat, it’s a big hit at fall party’s and goes perfect with warm cider by the bon fire.

ingredients
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tespoon salt
• 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
• 8 – 10 tablespoons cold water
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 3 1/2 pounds tart cooking apples (such as Rome Beauty or Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices (10 cups)

directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl stir together 2 1/4 cups flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cold water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat with additional cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.

2. On a lightly floured surface slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a 19×13-inch rectangle. Wrap pastry rectangle around rolling pin; unroll into a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Ease pastry into baking pan without stretching it. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edges of pan. Fold under extra pastry even with edges of pan. Crimp edges as desired.
3. In an extra-large bowl combine sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and cinnamon. Add apples; toss gently to coat. Transfer apple mixture to the pastry-lined baking pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with Crumb Topping (pan will be full).
4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and filling is bubbly. If necessary, loosely cover top with foil during the last 5 to 10 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 25 pieces. If desired, transfer pieces to a large disposable foil pan. Tightly cover slab pie pieces in pan and let stand at room temperature overnight.*

Crumb Topping
ingredients
• 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup pecans
directions
1. In a large bowl, stir together quick-cooking rolled oats, packed brown sugar, and all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until topping mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chopped pecans.

 

COMFORT FOR A CAUSE Mustang’s “Think Pink” Limited Edition Seats Drive Donations For Breast Cancer Research

MMP_thinkpinkOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the family at Mustang Seats, LLC wanted to do their part. The “Comfort For A Cause” campaign, complete with the hallmark pink ribbons, was created to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts to find a cure. Mustang is helping people to “think pink.”

“We wanted to find a way to honor the survival, determination and compassion of those fighting breast cancer in a way that was uniquely Mustang,” says Marketing Director Marilyn Simmons. “Comfort For A Cause is a perfect way for us to do our part.” Mustang will donate $10 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each limited edition seat sold during the month of October.

According to Marilyn, BCRF was selected as the charity of choice because 91% of the funds raised go directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs. “We believe we can make a positive impact by working with BCRF and it is comforting to know that 88% of the money raised goes right to research. The remaining 3% is going to the awareness campaign… which is where our pink seats can help call attention to this worthy cause!”

Speaking of the seats, customers have a choice of pink ribbons, contrasting pink stitching or even entire inlays! Please note that the location of the ribbons may vary depending on the type of seat and not all seats can be customized. For more details or to order, please contact the Mustang customer service hotline at (800) 243-1392, or visit mustangseats.com