Well, I seem to have gotten the cold that was going around the office. No surprise there, I guess. So I’m spending the day sitting on the couch in my fuzzy PJs and Aerostich slippers, doped up on Advil Cold and Sinus.

Advil Cold and Sinus has a special place in my motorcyclist’s heart, as Tony, Stephanie, and I spent pretty much our entire jaunt through British Columbia high as a kite on the stuff. It’s sort of funny, in a way, that I spent hundreds of miles in the saddle feeling much worse than I do now, but today I’m planted on the couch unwilling to even stand up to make a sandwich.

My article on Femmoto is due in to the RoadBike editors this weekend. I still want to do another draft but, really, I should just send it in. I can re-write and re-write til the cows come home and still find something else I want to change. Yeesh. Anyway, assuming they like it, look for that to hit the newsstands in late winter (I very nearly just typed “mid Q1 06”. The job, it infiltrates!).

Peter got the truck’s suspension fixed up, which means we should be able to get both dirt bikes in without the suspension bottoming out anymore. This is Good News. I’m idly looking around online for fun places to take the bikes, but most of the routes I really want to hit are either a full day’s drive away or are in the Sierras. We don’t have time before the holidays for the former, and it’s getting too late in the season for the latter. Hrm. Must research further.

It hasn’t started raining in the Bay Area yet, thereby confirming my suspicion that the annual bike show is the Bay Area’s rain dance. The show was moved this year to San Jose and is in mid-December (instead of being in San Mateo in early November); the rain seems to be holding off accordingly. For the non-local readers, it always pours the weekend of the bike show, often for the first time all season, thus utterly inconveniencing those of us taking advantage of the show’s free parking for motorcyclists. Though I bet the Frogg Toggs booth LOVES it…

Oh, speaking of the bike show, I’ll be working it this year, probably both Saturday (2pm-4pm) and Sunday (10am-Noon). Stop by the AMA booth and find out more about the Women in Motorcycling Conference!

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3 Responses to Achoo!

  1. Ratz says:

    Hope you’ll get well soon..

  2. San Jose Cycle World International Motorcycle Show® Presented by Toyota Trucks
    Motorcycle Show Features:
    ß Three Generations of Ness — For the first time ever, the world’s foremost motorcycle customizer Arlen Ness along with his son Corey and grandson Zach, will appear together, representing three generations of famous bike builders. Arlen, Corey and Zach will have several bikes on display from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today including Corey’s Three Headed Monster, which recently beat out his father’s bike to win the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off. Arlen, Corey and Zach will be available for interviews on Saturday, December 17 from 1-4 p.m.
    ß BOSS Stunts – BOSS Stunt team of extreme motorcycle riders perform an all new show that includes gravity-defying stunts such as back flips on a quarter pipe.
    • Friday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    ß Nate Adams Appearance – Nate Adams, one of the hottest freestyle motocrossers around, will sign autographs in the Toyota booth on Saturday, December 10. After winning gold at the 2004 X-Games for pulling a no-handed back flip, heel clicker back flip, Lazy Boy and his crowd pleasing 360, Nate established himself as the best of the best. He recently won the LG World Championships for the 3rd year in a row and came in 1st place at Red Bull X Fighter in Madrid, Spain.
    ß Motorcycle Fashion Show — On Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m., “biker babes” will take to the runway dolled-up in street wear and hip motorcycle fashions. Following the fashion show, there will be a special seminar for women titled “Shifting Fears,” designed to take the fear, intimidation and awkwardness out of riding and handling motorcycles.
    ß Demo Rides – Licensed riders with their own riding gear and helmet can test drive the latest street bikes from Buell and Star. The manufacturer sponsored rides will take place Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours.
    ß Ducati Monster Challenge – A selection of customized Ducati Monster bikes will be on display as part of the Ducati Monster Challenge – a search for the baddest customized Ducati ever.
    ß Vintage Displays – A collection of restored vintage, classic and antique motorcycles.
    ß The Factory – A product lover’s playground, the Factory offers motorcycle fans in-depth information on motorcycle parts and accessories with expert staff are on-hand to answer questions. The Factory also showcases the latest aftermarket products and essential riding gear and gives enthusiasts the opportunity to compare and discuss everything from performance parts to the latest communication devices.
    ß Kids Cycle Center – A kid-sized version of the show filled with fun features such as small displacement bikes and ATVs, pint-sized apparel and helmets, information on local kid-friendly rides and events and riding safety information. (Exclusively for kids ages 6-15.)
    ß Custom Cruiser Tour – A display of individually enhanced cruisers commissioned by Kawasaki and modified by well know custom bike builders including Arlen Ness and Scott Britt. Bikes on display include the Vulcan 2000 based Britt Bike, as seen on the SpeedChannel and in RoadBike Magazine, Wicked-Ness by Arlen Ness, Corrupted Concepts Vulcan 800 classic and Dreamsicle and Dillinger by Baron Custom Accessories. (Specific bikes subject to change at each show.)
    ß Free Interactive Game Experience – Attendees can test out the coolest new motorcycle video games on 20 terminals. The games are free and open all show hours.
    Motorcycle Show Facts:
    • Show Hours—Friday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Location—San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113.
    • Ticket prices – Adults $12, children $5 (ages 6-11) and children 5 and under are admitted free.
    • Discount Coupons – Discount coupons at local motorcycle dealers.
    • Parking – Motorcycle parking is free. Cars are $10.
    • For more information – go to or call (800) 331-5706.

  3. carolyn says:

    Wow, that’s impressive, to get spammed by the bike show itself.

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