Friday, August 15, 2014

Denver Zoo

We try to get down to the Denver Zoo at least twice a year. We only made it once this time around. It gets harder as the schedules start to pile up. It's a great place to stop when visiting Denver. The new Elephant Passage Exhibit is immersive and beautiful.

The animals were out in droves for Teacher Appreciation Day and to top it off we all got All You Can Eat Ice Cream from Boulder Ice Cream Company. After all that ice cream we had to go downtown and visit Rioja, one of the best restaurants in Denver. Well anywhere for that matter...

Tigers out relaxing
I dare you not to yawn.

The name is Tank.

Somali Ass... Yes, I'm not kidding.

Okapi... OK.

Still Chill.

Friday, August 8, 2014

1955 Chevy Belair Hardtop

Here's a great little 55 Chevy Belair two door hardtop with a 327 V8, 700R4 Auto transmission and power brakes all the way around. A 10 bolt Nova 3.31 Posi differential puts the power to the road. It's got all the modern cool with all the nostalgia in one place. It even sports the original factory power seats. Rare bird, this one.

The last photo I have in my stock... I'm going to have to find some time to hit a few more shows!

More style than one car is allowed to have.

Ultra Clean 327 V8

Nice Trunk
2013 Windsor Harvest Festival Cruise In Car Show

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Cleanup - BMW R1200C

For many years I watched these bikes. In parking lots, occasionally on the highway, and at the dealerships. Unfortunately, the high cost of entry kept me from jumping on one for a very long time. Then I started a slow and steady search on Craigslist. Checking the RSS feeds, looking for that perfect deal. After a couple of years I found it. A silver 2004 BMW R1200C.

I really wanted to find a Phoenix Edition bike, but something about this silver one grabbed my attention. It is a bit cleaner than stock with a couple minor mods; a Remus exhaust, the pencil beam driving lights, clear lenses, and a trimmed down seat. Truth be told, I appreciate the little bit of windshield when it is cold or drizzling and the bags turned out to be handy.

Yea, it doesn't have 200 HP or massive amounts of the twisty stuff, but it's good for 90 MPH if you need it. It turns nicely, stops fast and is reasonably comfortable for a 300 mile ride. I do wish it had a little more room in the cockpit and that the cylinders weren't quite so close to my toes in the summer, but in the winter it is nice to have a foot heater.

It's a good bike, it's solid and I like its German weirdness. It isn't exactly like the other hordes of American Iron and Japanese Speed I see everyday. Nothing against those makers at all. I still fantasize about a chopped Harley Davidson FXR and maintain  dreams of rebuilding my wrecked 1978 Yamaha SR500. The way I see it, if it has two wheels it is nothing but good.