Twyn Rivers Drive

An awesome, if short, ride through the Rouge Valley in Pickering. Very steep hills, lots of twists, a single lane bridge, and plenty of spots to stop and hike through this Provincial Park.


How to improve on the Megola

Yesterday I wrote a post on the Megola Sport, a German motorcycle made between 1921 and 1925. In 1935, five German engineers attempted to design a more streamlined and modified version of the Megola. After three years, the Killinger and Freund was the result.

The motorcycle featured a three cylinder two-stroke engine built right into the front wheel. Aerodynamics was a priority for the team – they wanted all moving parts covered, the bike to have dirt and mud protection, and an elegant style to boot. Total weight came in at 297 lbs.

The design was intended for civilian production but the start of World War 2 canceled those plans. One motorcycle was found by the U.S. Army in the Spring of 1945 at a German base but it is unknown if this was the original prototype or another Killinger and Freund motorcycle.

The engine was built right in to the front wheel.

Apparently only one bike was made. They say it is still out there somewhere…

Bear Mountain, NY Ride

Start over the RFK (Tri-boro) Bridge (toll) bearing right toward Manhattan, to Harlem River Dr. to GW Bridge upper roadway, rt on Palisades, over to 9W when you leave Jersey and are back into NY. Follow 9W to turn for Bear Mountain State Park (a little past Tompkins Cove). Nice winding road to lookout tower at top of mountain. Back down left on 9W to Bear Mountain Bridge (you’re now on 6), right after bridge. After some twisties you get to a traffic circle; take 9 south. Whenever 9 and 9A diverge, stay to the left to avoid town traffic. 9A leads to the Taconic and after a short bit on that you get on the Bronx Pkwy (same as Bronx River Pkwy), a slower but nicer ride to the Bruckner and the RFK over to Queens. I think the whole ride is about 125 mi. Helps to have EZ pass. Enjoy!

The stunning 1922 Megola Sport

The stunning 1922 Megola Sport – a five cylinder, 640cc radial engine with no gears and no clutch. Oh yeah, and the engine was mounted within the front wheel.

To start the engine, you put the bike on its stand (which lifted the front wheel off the ground) and spun the front tire. The engine apparently had tremendous torque and although the power output was quite low it was applied directly to the wheel – stock models had a top speed of 85 kmh (52 mph). Sportier models were apparently powerful enough for top speeds of 140 kmh (88 mph). The crank was hallow and doubled as an intake manifold. This arrangement made for a very low centre of gravity and provided excellent handling capabilities.

Unusual in design but was competitive enough in racing to win the 1924 German Championship.

Here is a video of a 1924 Megola being started:

More on the Megola here.

Long Island Ride: Orient, NY

This was actually the maiden voyage for me on my new ’05 Dyna Wide Glide, formerly my dad’s. My dad and I did this ride a while back on mother’s day (she was at yoga and wanted some alone time, so we were allowed) upon the recommendation of a guy at the dealership when we were finalizing the paperwork formalities.

It’s quite a nice ride once you actually get out onto the island. That’s the hard part as it can be a little tedious to get away from the lights, as it always is when you live in a city and you’re trying to get out to the nice roads. The route itself is very easy as you’re only following 2 roads for the most of it. First get on to Rt. 25 going East. You can actually follow this all the way out to Orient Pt. but it was a nice detour to fork left and follow 25A which took us to Port Jefferson, a little fishing town on the island. My dad and I ended up stopping for lunch here and turning back (yoga was almost over), but the road is supposed to only get better. Eventually 25A curves back inland  and joining back up with Rt. 25 again which takes you all the way out to the tip.

So, if you manage to get away with having a free day to enjoy the summer weather, make sure to get out there because there’s a great ride right in your back yard!