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7.07.2014

While I was out...

It's been a few nutty weeks, but I'm checking in to let you all know that I'm still alive. I'm currently working on a few video projects and photography gigs as an independent contractor as well as running around delivering goods on my motorcycle. In other words, I'm hustling for the dough with an unenviable, erratic schedule that I can barely keep up with. On a bright note, bills are being paid and some money is being squirreled away for the rainy days that I hope don't happen any time soon.

Just for kicks, here is some of the work I've been doing. It involves a children's performing arts camp here in the Los Angeles region. For being a summer gig, it's quite entertaining, and sometimes I think I'm having a little too much fun with the material that I'm capturing. Gotta do something with my abilities until the right opportunity comes around...


6.07.2014

Quick Bites: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Torrance, CA)

Anyone up for a quick bite of Japanese BBQ? The catch: you have to cook [most of] the meat yourself. However, that's the fun part and part of what makes this place entertaining...and you don't get the charcoal smell when you're all done!


In this place, you're seated around a gas-powered grill and given specially-prepared food that is designed to be cooked on the spot. You have the ability to cook that food as long or as short as you'd like (the servers give you a recommended time depending on the entree), and it's not just meat or seafood! All sorts of vegetables wrapped in convenient packages can be thrown onto the grill as well. And yes, they use tons of garlic.

But before I get into what goes on the fire, here are some appetizers and sides that they've already prepared for you.

6.01.2014

GUEST POST: Road Trips with an Indian Chieftain (Dewayne Jasper)

For the first time ever on Two-Wheeled Tourist, I have a guest post! Enjoy some insight into the new 2014 Indian Chieftain (made by Polaris Industries).

If you're a motorcycle enthusiast and are interested in becoming a guest blogger on here, fill out the inquiry form on the right side of the page and I'll get back to you.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Two-Wheeled Tourist.

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My Indian Chieftain is without a doubt my favorite motorcycle that I have ever owned. As one of the most popular models of all time, I can't help but think that there are plenty of people out there who feel exactly like me. The bike has been with me for over a decade, and even today I still get a rush when the weather starts to change and I can start making preparations for my first trips of the year. I am constantly evaluating new gear that I should purchase, making small customizations and upgrades to the bike, and generally nerding-out over purchases that I am planning on making in the future. There are many things that I love about my bike. I find it particularly suited for long term road trips. Some of the biggest reasons why I love it include;


Smooth Riding
The Indian Chieftain provides an almost unbelievably smooth ride. The purr of the engine is almost symphonic in nature, providing a ride that is smoother than almost any other contemporary motorcycle that I have ridden on. At an idle, the exhaust has a very easy resonance and even when traveling at high speeds the engine has a sound to it that is rarely replicated. The rides are always smooth, handling even the most violent of potholes with relative ease.


Plenty of Torque
Of course a smooth ride with a quality engine purr doesn't mean anything if there isn't some serious power to go along with it. The vehicle features a big 111ci counterbalanced V-twin engine. This means that the bike has a ton of effortless torque. This makes maneuvering and accelerating easy around large amounts of traffic. This helps me to feel safer when I am on the road, particularly in conditions that I am not 100% comfortable in. The torque and ease of acceleration in spite of the overall weight of the Indian Chieftain have been one of the biggest draws to the vehicle for me personally. I love the smooth riding, but there needs to be some serious power in order for me to feel as if I am truly in control. 

Riding Position
The riding position of the Indian Chieftain is absolutely excellent as well. The bike features a wider set of handlebars, and the seat bolster keeps you sitting a few inches closer to the tank than you would on other, similar bikes. The saddle of the bike is extremely comfortable, and was obviously made for long term expeditions. I rarely experience any serious soreness when riding over the long term, and the riding position is comfortable for men of all sizes. 

Great All-Season Electric Windshield
The all-season electric windshield is where the bike truly shines. The windshield completely protects the arms, chest and torso from the wind and is high enough to put the face behind if needing be. The adjustable windscreen is an excellent addition to the bike, and makes it so individuals of different sizes can make sure that they are getting the protection that they want. With the screen up, you can utilize the windscreen as a full face shield.


Weight
If I had one gripe about the Indian Chieftain, it's that it is a bit heavier than it needs to be. They could easily have cut back 50 lbs from the 800 lbs frame, without losing too much as a result.

About the Author:
Dewayne Jasper has been riding for over 6 years; He wants to describe Road trips on his favorite Indian Chieftain.

5.10.2014

Here's the state of things.

It has been a whirlwind of events since I returned back to California back in February.

Aside from trying to readjust back to normal life in my home state, I've gone from employed to job seeker in two months due to a reduction in workforce. On a bright note, the additional time away from a normal work schedule has allowed me to take some much needed physical and emotional rest from the whirlwind that sent me across the country. I am quite surprised as to how much time I've actually needed to recollect myself to return to a lot happier state. Then again, this is the first time (and hopefully last) that I've had to endure the turmoil of a blindsided divorce.

As I've said time and time again, I wouldn't have been able to find my normalcy once more if it wasn't for a very select group of people who have supported me through the years. And they have given me the space to figure out my next journey as I continue to move forward and upward. Eventually, I'll be back to my traveling ways and cruising throughout the country again. There's a lot of time to do that. But for now, it's a great opportunity for some self-maintenance.