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Merry Christmas!

I'm not a big fan of the traditional Christmas.  You know, the tree, snow and all the rest.  My version of Christmas involves family, palm trees, the beach and warm weather.  Well, I got my wish this year and am typing this little greeting form the wonderful island of Maui.

Regardless of how you spend Christmas, if you celebrate it at all, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a great 2010!  If you're able to get out on the bike, enjoy the day and the ride.  If not, enjoy the day.

Gerald Trees

Lets Ride!

PS:  Photos of Maui on a Harley to follow shortly.

The Horse, Backstreet Choppers

Walk into any retailer that sells motorcycle magazines and you’re going to find a wide variety that cover everything from scooters to high-end customs.  Most are more fluff than anything and the advertisements in a lot of the magazines drowned out the real content, little as it is in some magazines.  Don’t get me wrong, I still buy them but I’m selective and only buy the magazines that have something I find relevant to me.  In other words I don’t subscribe to any one magazine.  That will change in 2010.

Over the past couple of years I’ve bought just about every issue of The Horse, Backstreet Choppers magazine and I’ve reached the point where I anticipate every issue.  Why?  Well, the motorcycles that they show are customs that I like and are built in garages just like mine by people with like tastes and who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend to have someone else build their bike.  The motorcycles are also built to be ridden.  The magazine doesn’t restrict the content to a particular brand or style of motorcycle just as long as something’s been chopped off the bike and it’s a daily ride and not something that gets trailered from one show to the next.  The editorials are entertaining and don't give a damn about political correctness, which in itself is refreshing. 

Posers

What, or better put who is a “poser”? 

I guess the standard definition of a “poser” is someone who pretends to be someone they aren’t.

All too often in motorcycle land someone will call someone else a “poser” because of what they wear or what they ride without really knowing anything about that person.  Why do some people do this?  I’m guessing it’s jealousy, but I don’t know for sure.

The reality is that all of us “pose” at one time or another.  Getting a haircut when you’d rather keep it long as an example.  Hell, actors make millions “posing”. 

When it comes to motorcycles what does it matter how a person dresses or what they ride?  It shouldn’t matter at all.  What a person rides or what they wear should only be important to them not someone else.  The only thing that should matter is that they’re out riding. 

So if you get the urge to call someone a “poser”, don’t.  Ride what you ride and wear what you wear and enjoy the ride.

Gerald Trees

Lets Ride!

 

 

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