Good Vibes and Bad Vibes


So I am pretty psyched about some changes I made to my FJR.  Because I am not as bendable as I used to be, I added two huge comfort items to my bike.  First I installed some Engine Mounted Foot Pegs on the bike so that I can extend my legs while on long rides (look at the attached photo above and you will see two sets of driver foot pegs on the cycle).  I got the Highway Pegs from and they appear to be top-notch accessories.  We’ll see how they hold up over the next 6 months but I can tell you the foot pegs are placed in that perfect spot forward on the cycle that hopefully spells comfort on long rides.  I also added 1 ¼ inch risers on the front handlebars.  The sitting position seems just right but only time will tell.  With the highway pegs and risers, the FJR is becoming that Touring Sports Machine of my Dreams.   Now to find a rear touring trunk to mount and I should be good to go.

I don’t know why but I find joy in making a motorcycle into a faultless reflection of me.   The FJR was perfect because when I bought it the cycle was more than 4 years old but had less than 900 miles on it.  So I got this great wondrous ride which was barely used.  It felt like the bike did not have a personality yet and I could help mold it to what it wanted to be.  I know it’s crazy but I truly feel that some worldly items have their own persona or vibe.  Motorcycles definitely exhibit this quality as do guns, cars and even houses.  Have you ever walked into a home and did not feel good about being there, so made an excuse to leave.  Those are the negative vibes emanating from the house which cause you to make a change in your environment and get out of dodge.  I feel cars and motorcycles carry around the same vibe, be it positive or negative.  In the Army we used to refer to these positive or negative vibes as being Good Juju or Bad Juju.  For example, if we confiscated an AK-47 that felt dirty, evil and wrong, we might say something like, “the weapon had some Bad Juju”.  One rule in combat operations that I still remember today is to never mess with the Juju.  If you’re feeling something in your gut then no matter what act on it before it’s too late.  Of course if you get too caught up in the Juju then you may never want to leave your house.  It goes both ways; there is definitely some positive Juju out there as well.  Have you ever just held a football or baseball and it just felt right but not because you love the sport, just because holding the item felt positive?  If so then that is an example of good Juju.

Anyway, I am feeling rather positive about my ride and spring as well.  It’s time to start planning for some serious miles.  Let the Ride Continue…..

Down below is a photo I took while traveling along the NJ Coast.  That Hurricane Sandy caused a serious mess.  I am still sending those affected some positive vibes and well wishes.

12-6-12 Jersey Shore Tour 006


About twotiretirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being. View all posts by twotiretirade

15 responses to “Good Vibes and Bad Vibes

  • Peter Radsliff

    That is a big 10-4: You don’t mess with the Juju! That’s one of the reasons that I try not to split lanes while riding my Concours. Merely from the standpoint of politeness vis-á-vis the cagers all around me, I think it creates bad juju. Kinda like my choices of what seafood to eat. I never order shark in restaurants. Being a scuba diver since 1974, I follow the philosophy, “I don’t eat them, so they don’t eat me.” Whether you call it juju, joss or karma, don’t mess with it. Karma is a bitch!

    • twotiretirade

      Excellent points but one of these days I am going to drive 3000 miles to California just to split lanes. Its kind of a dream of mine.

      • Peter Radsliff

        Well, just so you know, southern california is very different than northern california. Cagers in SoCal are very used to lane splitters. Cagers in NorCal first get scared, then they get indignant, and usually there is a one-fingered salute involved (I’m exaggerating a bit). But seriously, there are very different riding conditions between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Oh, and be careful not to go too slowly through Compton or South Central L.A. ; )

  • Observations of a Perpetual Motorcyclist

    Couldn’t agree more TTT. All of my vehicles have had their own personalities, and every vehicle I drive or ride is the same, even the same model, there are always suttle differences. I am learning to listen to and trust my intuition, it’s pretty reliable.

    • twotiretirade

      Its funny b/c I have noticed that kids have good intuition but lose the ability when they are growing up and then have to relearn the skill when they find themselves out on their own. I am trying my best to help my kids trust their feelings.

      • Observations of a Perpetual Motorcyclist

        Yes, we have noticed the same with our children, and are also trying to support them in listening to, and trusting this skill, but it is difficult to get passed my own upbringing which was “trust others, they know better”. Funnily enough, I think motorcycles have been crucial in my relearning to trust my intuition.

  • scroungelady

    I agree with Observations. Some bikes are a good fit, while others give the vibe they don’t like you. Pay attention; don’t create a money pit. Part ways amicably.

  • t.a.

    Cool bike. Happy Trails come Spring!

  • eamallory

    I could not agree more! I think that bad juju with motorcycles is reversible with TLC and over powering good juju. Houses are another matter. It seems that bad juju is as hard to remove from a house, as cat shit from shag carpet. Nice post!

  • Laurie Buchwald

    Any specific destinations for the spring rides?

  • Alex Hartson

    I still have several of my bikes because of their separate characteristics, qualities and personalities. Some days the vibe is different and I make a choice in which should be my stallion that day. Great points! And having ridden a motorcycle for a little over 12 years now, I too was shocked when I saw motorcycles in Cali driving up the lanes.

    • twotiretirade

      Alex, Come by any time…………Ok I need four bikes but I am not sure that will happen any time soon. My FJR must be four bikes in one. Splitting lanes will happen for me. Maybe not today but some day.

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