Friday, October 25, 2013

Bike surfing, living life and just a hint of Portland irony

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark 

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. ~David Sarnoff

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. ~ Helen Keller

Ahhh the irony of it all...

this week




Yeah it snowed.... 
And then there was this 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The best of summer

In random order. Sorry for blog laziness lately. You can also follow me on instagram @76_Juan
I do my best to be entertaining and share life

Friday, August 16, 2013

Who has enough black tees?


Hello Everyone,You may have heard our good friend Mike Halloran (TWT) was in a bad wreck on his bike. With the help of good friends Brett Logan (logi) and Andy Camay from American Icon we are now pre-selling the t-shirts pictured above. All proceeds will go directly to Mike's family to assist in their travels and other related expenses that may arise. Mike's currently in a hospital in West Virginia, he is from New York, any help with travel expenses and other needs that may arise are greatly appreciated. T-Shirts are $20 a piece shipped within the US. Men's, women's, and children sizes available in all sizes. Please paypal as a gift and include your name, shipping address, quantity of shirts, and which size. If you would like a women's/children's shirt(s), please be sure to include that, orders not specified will be men's shirts. If you aren't interested in a shirt, but would like to help Mike and his family, you can donate directly to them via Paypal at c:
Pre-Sale will be open for ~two weeks(ends 8/30). We will ship shirts in roughly 2 weeks after the pre-sale. Any questions, or for other payment methods, please e-mail

Thanks.Pete & the GoFast! Family

Include in all orders:Name: 
Shirt Quantity:
Shirt Size(Men's, Women's, Children):
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Thursday, August 8, 2013


So I'm pretty stoked on the new Indian, they seem to be doing it right. With any luck at all it will bring some balance to the Harley game that's frankly tiresome

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

TWT Mike

Our brother TWT Mike went down hard @ R4YL this weekend. He's currently in a trauma center in Huntington, WV 3 states away from home. He's in very serious condition

We are organizing donations to help Mike's family with travel to WV, gas, food and lodging or any other expense that may arise. To donate send Pay pal to: 
His wife has the access. Please share 

If you don't have paypal and want to help email me:

* This will be a very long term recovery, more information and ways to help coming soon

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Live today

"I have no yesterdays, time took them away, tomorrow may not be mine, but I have today"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Riding with Juan 1

In installment one of this ridiculous segment here on SW I’ll discuss my take on gear.

But first let me state clearly that this is a compilation of my own opinions based on my life experiences (riding for 30 years, some dirt racing and a career in the automotive safety world). None of which make me an expert in any way shape or form and what I have to say is just that… opinion. You need to learn these lessons for yourself and don’t blindly take my word for it. Given enough time with me in a room you’d quickly come to the same conclusion as my wife… “He’s lucky to have made it this long”.
So gear… the opinions on this are usually strong and divided sharply. I’ll take a little different approach here, or at least I hope to.  *Disclaimer: on the street I typically don’t wear a helmet & I loathe leather coats but I do wear jeans and closed toed shoes… just the way I roll you do what you want to do. On the track however, I would recommend always gearing up the environment is much more controlled and the limits are intentionally pushed.

First off let’s put this all in prospective. There are people, some probably reading this, that will call this stuff safety gear. I think out the gate that’s a flaw and misleading, none of this stuff makes you “safe” only you can do that. It's designed with the intention of offering some protection in the event of a crash. Key words: “some” & “in the event”… all that means is you’re trying to change your odds based on believing a crash is likely. Anyone else find that odd? Why the heck would you get on anything where you thought a crash was likely???

What about “safety”?  Here’s what Helen Keller had to say about it: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
I know, I know… some of you right now are closing this or saying to your screen “but why play the odds, why tempt fate?!?!” STOP IT!! Getting out of bed is playing the odds, swinging a leg over a bike is playing the odds, putting on that helmet is just changing of the odds at best. I mean in some countries drinking water is playing the odds and I’m willing to bet you have no problem standing in a wet, soap covered shower where a fall is at least as likely as a bike crash….  

The most important gear you can have? Your brain!

I won’t get much into what I do because it’s distracting but I will say this, in the US we try to protect people from vehicles as if they were plotting against us… static vehicles are not dangerous at all, it’s only after you add a person they become troublesome. In other countries they train people how to survive and operate vehicles better. So when you ride the best thing you can have is a sharp mind.

- Take the MSF course it’s a great tool.
- Practice! Find a big lot or a local track and work on those skills.

The majority of accidents come from the rider making a series of miscalculations that compound. The initial problem is typically not enough to take you down. It’s how you react, where you focus and the next 2-4 decisions that determine how you come out of it. Remember always think and see big picture. Not only have I seen this a million times, but I’ve been bitten by it... Car cuts you off, you’re angry (I mean this is your life we’re talking about) you focus that anger on telling the driver they suck and BAM something else is in your path, you wasted the seconds needed to react on being angry, showing it and down you go. We all know that car drivers are gonna do things in the name of not seeing you, it’s no surprise but in the end only you can control the outcome.
Gear: I’m not gonna get deep into what’s good and what’s not; there are places that have done it for you, such as Ride Apart. But I will say this... select gear wisely! If you’re gonna wear it get stuff that is comfortable, functional and suited to your style of riding. It needs to keep you warm (or cool), dry as well as offer protection from the elements and in a crash. This is exactly why I don’t care for leather jackets, I can never find one that fits well or functions the way I want. That sort of thing can be VERY distracting and that leads to bigger troubles…. 
Do some research, try some stuff on and make an informed decision. * Be very leery of “studies” often they are in controlled environments and the “anomalies” are tossed out. If you’ve ridden long then you know our environment is out of control and the anomalies are the only things that really matter.
I guess this is good for now. From here I can move on to the more anecdotal stuff about how I’ve survived and the crazy stuff I’ve seen… I know this is non-typical kind of stuff and there are those “enthusiasts” that would rip me to shreds over it, but I’m trying to capture a common man real deal feel here. I’m confident in my riding skills against most anyone else’s though I know I’m not Michael Dunlop; and spare me the “you can’t hold this opinion and have gone down hard….” You have NO idea…

Next time: haha who am I kidding? I don’t plan that far ahead



This bike has seen me almost killed in two separate accidents, divorced, had a kid graduate and sent off to the USAF, remarried and a ton of other crap. Nothing like living to inspire you.

* points cover by TWT 
Stripes by Image1