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TGIF & I’m Excited!

SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE LATEST COVER!

The latest issue of Motorcycle Times is printed and will be available on March 1st at Dealers, Shops and events near you!
If somehow you can not find it just send me an email or message and let me know which place I should contact. I’ll try to get them to carry it. It’s always easy. It’s free and it brings customers in!

I’m especially excited because I’ve completed arrangements with Gary Semics of international Motocross fame and now trainer to the stars – such as McGrath and Villopoto and many other top pros – to tell his story of racing the 500’s internationally during the early days. I could list all his accomlishments, but you’ll just have to pick up the magazine and read the 10 issue – that’s right! – 10 issue series!

Sneak Peek Of The Cover!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Friends Phil and Carla at Karma Cycles in Cambridge, MD are hosting a swap meet soon, that’s going to be real neat. I love going to swap meets even just to look at everyone else’s stuff! Chances are though, I’ll bring something home to add to my piles! LOL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are really excited to renew our relationship with Ride For Kids sponsored by

http://www.curethekids.org/ and we’ve added them to our website as well as the magazine!

 

 

 

 

Last but by no means least, a special THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT to

Caryn Sagal the Senior Vice President at Lawrence Howard & Associates for helping me to get Motorcycle Times on board as an official sponsor of the 2018 Kidney Walks!
As a kidney transplant recipient myself, I am especially gratified to be able to give a little more to help others with this health issue.
I will still be organizing my own team and participating in the walks so keep an eye out for my sponsorship links. I try to do a 5 mile walk, every per mile donation you make helps someone else with kidney disease!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND ON TOP OF IT ALL….THIS WEEKEND IT’S THE PROGRESSIVE MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN D.C.!

SEE YOU THERE!

SOME SEATS STILL AVAILABLE ON THE BUS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE!

TGIF & I’m Excited! 2018-02-23T09:52:59+00:00

Walking In The Snowy Woods

Yesterday, the 17th of February, 2018 it began to snow heavily about 3pm here. I was expecting it, having checked the app on my phone. As the big flakes began to fall I was sort of mesmerized for a few moments, gazing vacantly out at the woods and thinking that at least for a little while the landscape would be pretty. There is a thing about woods and snow that has always grabbed me right by the imagination.
I’ve never known why, but I’ve had a minor inclination to go explore when it snows. Mayhaps I’ll discover a cabin with a stone fireplace and a rough timber rocking chair, or a lean-to and I’ll make a little fire and just sit and observe.
Or maybe as a child I read too many adventure novels and now as an adult I’ve been watching too many re-runs of various Alaskan shows. After all, it’s not that much of a hike through the woods to the next county block where there most certainly is not a deserted and welcoming cabin nor even a lean-to! More like a bunch of imitation Cape Cod style houses and SUV’s that rarely if ever venture off the pavement.
*SIGH* Oh well. I still have the moment all to myself.

This coming Friday the 23rd of February, 2018 is the Grand Opening of The Progressive International Motorcycle Show. This thought also causes my mind to wander. The mere thought of the sheer expanse of the place, it’s being filled with very nearly every single brand and style and type and purpose of motorcycle and accessory may well eclipse that romantic dream of a walk in the snowy woods. Plus, it’s warmer in the show than outside in the snow.
My friends at Williamsburg Motor Works have hired a Motor Coach and driver for one day to transport them to and fro and to stop at Red, Hot, and Blue on the way back. To me this seems like a great idea. You could click on the flyer and then give them a call to see if there are still any seats left.

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgMotorWorks/

One of the things I want to try to find at the show is information. I hope to talk to the manufacturer reps and ask them exactly what is going on in the business as concerns motorcycle sales. I  have read every kind of statistic and article out there I can find for the last two years and there is no doubt, the numbers are in. The entire financial system of our nation experienced a drop off immediately after the 2008 election and it was prolonged to the point that it is now referred to as a recession. Across the board, Toys took a big hit as a result. By toys, I mean motorcycles and such.
Now, we are looking at a possible recovery. I want to find out the expected and projected curve of increased sales. Why? There may not be a better time than now to buy a used or even new motorcycle and gear. As the economy recovers the potential for increased sales is likely and we all know that when things begin to sell, they get more expensive until demand levels out. I hope to be ahead of that uptick in demand and you should too.
By the way, I am not a financial advisor, never have been one and do not play one on tv either. Heck I’ve never even stayed in that hotel that makes you smarter. Maybe I’ll find one on one of my walks in the woods. I hope it has a fireplace and a rocker.

 

 

 

Walking In The Snowy Woods 2018-02-18T21:13:48+00:00

Captain’s Log; Star Date 2-08-2018; Approaching Timonium

My good ship and crew of two set sail for this gathering of unique individuals over 3 months ago. Long range scanners indicated a strengthening in the Cosmic Universal Galactic Forces centering around this otherwise normal geographical location on old Earth.
It seems that as these highly evolved life forms draw closer to the event horizon, the Cosmic Universe begins applying copious amounts of Good Karma. Thus, as the ancient Honey Bee is drawn by the nectar of flowering plants so are these beings drawn by the various and sundry facets of interest wantonly on display within the event! There is something for every. Single. One. Who. Attends.

One need only utilize this Trans-Net Warp Link to view a preview of the spectacle.
http://cycleshow.net/

Our mission, as always is to observe and document and promote the events provided by this society. To enhance and advance the nature of the experience. And to survive the after parties.

The shuttle is loaded with supplies, our festive garb is readied and navigation is laid in.

The final launch countdown to the biggest and best motorcycle event on the East Coast of America has begun!

Houston, WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS! LET’S PARTY!

Captain’s Log; Star Date 2-08-2018; Approaching Timonium 2018-02-08T06:54:41+00:00

Open Call

Do you have or do you know someone who would like to have their motorcycle featured in the next issue of Motorcycle Times?

We need great photography and about 500 to 800 words about the bike. It can be a one off custom, street, trail, dirt, racer, restoration, oddity…we consider all of them!

Also looking to spotlight a young rider or racer. This column will regularly feature a child enthusiast up to 14 years old. A positive roll model for the future of our sport!

Questions? Comments? Submissions?

mjmpublishing2017@gmail.com deadline is the 15th of this month.

Thanks!

Mark

Open Call 2018-02-06T07:18:11+00:00

Crystal Blue

This morning I arose at the crack of 14°.

It seemed even the sun was as reluctant to struggle up over it’s horizon as I was reluctant to struggle up out of my bed. Nonetheless the sound of the furnace coming on yet again had wrenched me from my slumber as somewhere in the dark, damp depths of my psyche the alarm was struck and I could brook no denial. I had a choice to make.

Remain warm and cozy and comforted and cradled in what could now only be best described as a happily altered state or choose – on purpose! – to abandon this nest and don at least a minimum of protective garb and fling my unwilling and as yet not fully recovered from the actual Flu Type A self into the eternal loosing battle of warmth and comfort vs The Reigning and Forever Undefeated Champion…The Cold!
I flung.

The thought of having to pay homage to the Greatest Champion Ever in this arena was just too much. I envisioned myself pitifully shoveling my dollars into my little furnace huddled and shaking near the feet of this Frosty Giant as it leered down at me. My only recourse is to make use of the materials so generously supplied by my little patch of woodlands every year. I need warmth and money savings, the woods had needed another cleaning and pruning and some dying or dead trees taken down after the birds had moved out, it’s a good cycle.

Once outside I was really kind of struck by the morning. The sun had finally realized as I did that it was no use, there is a job afoot and had begun to lazily arise. The sky was that deep blue between night and day. The color that promises to be crystal blue in a few more moments if you’re still there to catch it.  When I see these mornings I am often put in mind of the song Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondels. Indeed I stood for a moment longer with the soundtrack going in my head as I perused the scene.

My breathing steadied, my eyes adjusted and there I was once again beginning my day at one with the rhythm of the cosmic universe as my guide.  There was no cold, only the moment. The tarps were covered in jagged icy frost reflecting the blue and the sun and they were positively sparkling in the moment. I mentally uploaded all this “to the cloud”, packed up a load of firewood and schlepped it inside. After stoking and feeding the wood stove I turned all the lights out and the house once again was quiet and void of the small sounds of my efforts. I stirred my first cup and replayed the Crystal Blue scene on the Imax in my head. I had made the right choice.

Speaking of choices, are you choosing to go to Timonium this year? It’s going to be like 3 days of my Crystal Blue moment! Just being there, taking it all in, living in the moments. It’s the kick off! This is where you jump start your season!

Here are some Coupons to help you out, courtesy of Motorcycle Times and CycleShow.net!

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Williamsburg Motorsports is doing the bus trip again this year, so if you live in southern Delaware, or near Denton, Md, Easton, Md and that territory give them a call. You just hop on the bus, Gus and let the driver do it all!

 Plus, As I said, I have a booth this year! Stop by to register for some giveaways and a Grand Prize!

Keep the faith! Let’s make this our best year ever for riding and doing what we do!
Mark

Crystal Blue 2018-02-03T11:14:06+00:00

Take The Bus To The M/C Show in D.C. ! Feb 24th 2018!

You Are Invited To Leave The Hassle Of Traffic and Parking Behind!

Williamsburg Motor Works has secured a professional bus and driver.  See the attached flyer I made up for them.

The Bus Will Fill Up Quickly! Reserve Your Seats Now!

All the information you need and need to supply is listed in the flyer.

See you there!

Take The Bus To The M/C Show in D.C. ! Feb 24th 2018! 2018-01-20T09:22:14+00:00

WOO HOO! Got A GREAT BOOTH LOCATION IN TIMONIUM SHOW!

On The Back Wall Of The Adventure and Touring Area!

Booth #4506, circled in red on my picture below. This is a high traffic area as I recall, and I’ll be near some cool people I already met!

I am! I’m starting to feel like a kid again! I’m getting excited!

Check out the location and be sure to stop by!

See you all there!

Mark

WOO HOO! Got A GREAT BOOTH LOCATION IN TIMONIUM SHOW! 2018-01-19T16:56:06+00:00

It’s Snowing and I’m Dreaming

I stirred my first cup of coffee as I looked out the kitchen window this morning. The last few times I have performed this ritual my brain flashed back to earlier, younger days. Days of carefree childhood abandonment to the moment. Looking back from this current perspective, as a child I was not simply “Living In The Moment” as people like to say. Children are the moment. Intuitively and without concentration or focus or purpose, they are the moment. Everything outside the moment is nothing. Everything inside the moment is all there is, at that moment.

Speaking of moments, in just 22 more moments The Timonium Motorcycle show will happen! I am going to try to be like a child and just be in that moment for 3 days. There will be new models from Harley Davidson, Slingshot, Kymco, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, BMW, Indian, Zero, Royal Enfield, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Trumph, Can-AM, BRP and KTM! I might not have even mentioned them all.

The aftermarket will be in full swing too! From Patches to Nuts, you can find it here! No, seriously. In past events a vendor was there selling roasted nuts.

There will be the Travel, Touring and Adventure Feature area with presentations!

Thanks to Bob’s BMW there will be 9 decades of rare and collectible BMW’s on display! Thaat’s Right! Bob’s personal BMW museum will be there!

There is a Custom and Antique Bike Show and a Bikini Contest!

I guess I’m not quite living in the moment yet because the most exciting thing to me is that I’m going to have a booth there! I’ll get the new floor plan sometime Monday showing where it is located and I’ll post it as soon as I get it so you’ll know where to stop and say HI!

And this is pretty exciting too! $6.00 off admission coupons!

See ya there!

Mark

PS: Please remember to like and share!

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It’s Snowing and I’m Dreaming 2018-01-17T18:23:52+00:00