Harley-Davidson Dark Custom

08_soflstsb_1024 Harley Davidson has come out with a beautiful new line of bikes in their Dark Custom series. A friend just brought them to my attention and I was in a dealership a few days ago and got a good look at them. They’re beautiful. Harley is apparently going for a kind of old-school, throwback look with these bikes. As the name implies, they’re a lot darker, taking a break from the shiny chromed bikes and using more black and darker, matte colors. Really gorgeous bikes and worth taking a look at the different models on the website.

Towed! (revisited)

So after a long process of asking around at several offices and websites, I managed to discover the actual process to dispute and get a refund for a tow. It was not, as I initially was advised, to file a complaint with the small claims court. It turned out that this process would have cost nearly as much as what I was trying to get back not counting the time to fill out paper work and go to court.

I first emailed and, after no response, called the Toronto parking authority about the situation to settle out of court and it turns out that there is an address to which you can write to request an investigation. So I wrote out a letter and made copies of all my receipts and the ticket and sent it in to the parking authority. Less than a week later I got a call that my complaint was received and an investigation would be opened.

To save people the trouble that I went through here is the address. Be sure to include a full description of your situation, copies of all relevant paperwork, and all contact information. Good luck!

Parking Enforcement East
1500 Don Mills Road 6th floor
North York, ON M3B 3K4
Attn: Unit Commander

An interesting point about the two parking tickets I got (both I wanted to fight), they both got cancelled! I found this out when I went to metro hall to fight the second one and when the information was entered I was told that the ticket was cancelled and the first ticket had been taken out of the system. Don’t know what happened, but I definitely lucked out.

Shoelaces!

So this is something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago, just haven’t had a chance to put it up post about it yet. I work at a restaurant and monday nights I take my bike to work. Usually, when I’m finished work at around 1am I’ll give someone a ride home. This one friend of mine took a lot of convincing to get her on a motorcycle. I got the typical warnings to be extra careful and not go too fast (things I try to do anyway) as well as some strange questions like if she would fall off if she didn’t hold on to me or if she would get ear damage from the pipes. But, as usually happens to people who think bikes are scary, she had a great time.

It was either the second or the third time that I was driving this friend of mine home, everything went smoothly; no traffic at that time of night and very few red lights. I turn the corner and pull up in front of her apartment and as I’m up on the curb taking my feet off the pegs, getting ready to put the bike into neutral and put the kickstand down, my left foot lurches back as if caught on something. That little lurch was enough to start tilting the bike over and by that point I could tell that my foot was caught on something and there was nothing I could do. So I dropped the bike. It happened in slow motion and all I could think in my head is “oh boy, I’m gunna get it from Lisa for this one.”

In the end everything was alright. The two of us were just laying on the ground for a minute laughing about the fall. I managed to get the bike up and, thanks to the engine guard, without any scratches anywhere. Anyway, the moral of the story is to make sure the loops of your shoelaces aren’t too big because they can get caught and especially with a big cruiser like mine, there’s not much you can do to stop a fall. We were just lucky it didn’t happen at a red light!

Long Way Down

First off, let me say I am sad to see the season ending. Although some would think it to have already ended the weather here in Toronto has been great this past week, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid to high teens (celsius).

Secondly, I am sad to report still more damage to Red Molly. A little over a week ago I left work to find that someone had hit my parked motorcycle and done some damage – nothing too serious, but the front brake lever snapped (so no front brakes) and some scuffs to the rear fender. Someone had witnessed the accident and told me it was a guy on a bicycle who knocked it over, picked it back up, then cycled on his merry way. As the season was almost done and with money tight I decided to cancel my insurance and park the bike.

And finally, I thought I’d share a link to Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s incredible motorcycle trip and documentary, Long Way Down. In 85 days they covered 15,000 miles from John O’Groats to Cape Town. At this website you can watch clips of the doc and read blog posts. An inspiring trip. Check it out here.

I’m collecting some info on storing your motorcycle over the winter that I’ll post soon, so stay tuned!

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