Just Words

Think I’ll be popping back up a bit.


Not one word before I give a long overdue and huge THANK YOU for all the outside help I received and ESPECIALLY to Sean for giving up his time and energy to keep things alive and thriving on here in my prolonged absence. Considering how little actual support I’ve given him during my hiatus I can’t express enough how massively grateful and appreciative I truly am. Sean is now part of the DNA and his welcome mat is welded to the floor. As they say, mi casa su casa.

Now I won’t rehash all the reasons personal and financial for my absence suffice it to say they those distractions are still somewhat of a daily reality. I’m just getting a lot better at ignoring/managing (but mostly ignoring) them. The seat of the DR650 and the RD350 are familiar to me again and I think motorcycles are solidly back on my list of daily philosophical considerations.

All of which brings me to the bike that sort of snapped me out of my slumber… as they say… stay tuned.. 😛

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FYI. I just added links to about 4000 or so photo’s on the “Photo Libraries” page on the top of the mian blog.


Most of the links refer back to the old blogs libraries so they are not quite up to date with things we’ve done hee in the last few months  but there’s still a ton of material over there on the Picassa albums if you’re in the mood for it.  Enjoy!

By the way, almost 3500 hits yesterday! Just wanted to say Thanks!


Even going back to the old site on blogger the only time I’ve ever broken 3000 hits in a day was when I’d get link “lanched” by a big site like Pipeburn or Bike-exif etc.  The average daily grind was usually in the low 2000’s .  Something seems to be catching on a little here lately as the numbers are on a steady rise.

Whatever it is I just wanted to say thank you to all the regulars and especially the newcomers for stopping by.

I’m still having a ball.

Please help us get legendary dragracer Tony Nicosia into the AMA hall of fame!


Many of you who’ve followed me for the last few years know that my first love is old 2-stroke streetbikes.  In that community we have our own legends and one of those guys is a man name Tony Nocosia.
For those of you who’ve never heard of him, Tony is THE man who put the early Kawasaki Triples on the map with a small truckload of dragracing records.   And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a hell of a nice guy and is still a legend in the Triples and 2 stroke community.  To those of us who follow these sthngs it’s pretty clear that there is a bias against dragracers getting in. I just got off the phone with Tony and he said that he’d love to be the guy that breaks the ice for more of them. And I couldn’t agree more.
Well as it turns out, over on the Kawasaki Triples board John Aylor is spearheading a drive to get Tony Nicosia into the AMA Hall of fame and I want to do everything I can to help out. If you have a minute, we need folks to to send John an E-mail and a quick message that they support his nomination and think he should be entered for a stated reason. PLEASE DO NOT just say “I vote for Tony Nicosia” That won’t be counted. It needs to be in the form of a compliment of some type. Example… (in your own words please. If you just cut and paste this then 50 of the same comments won’t work either):
I think Tony Nicoscia is a credit to the sport of motorcycling and would make a fine Hall of Fame recipient. His accomplishments speak for themselves, his skills as a rider are legendary, and he is always willing to help anyone interested in the sport of motorcycling.I can’t believe he’s not a HOF member already etc etc…

I really appreciate it and I just talked to Tony and I know for a fact that he does too.

John’s  E-mail to me and Contact Info are as follows:
Hey Steve,
great you are helping.
Keep it simple have them write their “tribute” and have them E mail them to me directly.
Just make sure they need to say what tony did for their motorcycling experience, “I vote tony” is not useable.
And their name and city/state.
Thanks John
PS have then put Tony Nicosia in the subject box….
Johnayleng@aol.com.

Here is the man himself  “back in the day” lighting it up!

If you have any questions about this or want to contribute any links etc then I’m happy to help out in any way!

Thanks Everyone!

Here are some comments from John on the Kawi board about Ton’s influence on the motorcycle world:

I personally don’t think the Kawi triple would have been the “game changer” it was without Tony. If it wasn’t for his skills and dedication, there never would have been the adds where the 500 kicked everyone’s butt. Even thought he was an employee of Kawasaki, he worked his butt off traversing the country to show what a triple could do on local tracks. And I don’t think Denco would have been Denco without him and his skills. He even helped in the final design and testing of the first 500’s. Tony put in countless hours of work and years of traveling for not a lot of money. He set countless records that stood for decades, and motivated many to drag race themselves. Which who knows how much fun and accomplishment on the racers part, which made them better mechanics and people. (triple guys are good guys!)

I also think his records did much for Kawasaki’s direction in the performance field and probably led them in the direction of making more performance motorcycles, giving us great Kawasaki’s through the years. And maybe Kawasaki might have gone in a different direction without the support of sales from Tony’s records. And maybe Dave Schultz might not of gone Kawasaki and not pushed the reputation and records lower. Tony has done so much for our triples.

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I’m just asking for a couple of minutes of your time now, not for myself, but to help not only a friend, but a guy that is truly responsible for the legend of the triple, the one that has guys stop you to talk about your bikes, and makes your triples worth so much.

PLEASE take a few to say a few words in Tony behalf. As I wrote he is the underdog as he doesn’t have the contacts or money to donate to get in the hall of fame. If anyone deserves to be inducted, it is Tony!

And again, we have to sway the actual voters, and a “I vote Tony” doesn’t really cut it. We need comments that will make them take notice to his accomplishments and how he has effected the motorcycling community through the years. And we need a LOT of responses, as they will be printed out and sent in.

I thank the guys that have already posted, and I would like to ask the ones with just a “I vote for” to take another minute of time to edit and say a few words.

I know the adds stuck in my mind all these years, and I still go “oh yeah” in my head when I see them, beating all the other makes! And the big combo test we all refer to where the H2 came out ahead with Tony’s tuning. (even thought they told him to de-tune the H2 so the Z1 would win, he stuck it to them anyway….LOL)

I was into dirt bikes and didn’t really pay attention to the street bikes, but the performance adds sure stuck and was the reason I got into triples in the late 70’s. And I’m sure they did the same for most of you.

So let’s do this for Tony guys, It’s only a few minutes……….

Update on white background change…


I experimented with it late last night. I think one of the commenters Mark M. in the earlier post is right. While my eyes get a little weary with the black background the all white is way too in your face. And every time I change Themes all my Widgets have to be reloaded which is a pain so I’m not going to do too much of that till I have more time. I’ll sit tight for a while and experiment with the CSS code later. Thanks Everyone.

I’d love a little feedback on the new site..


Lay it on me please!  Layout, fonts, colors etc..  Thumbs up or thumbs down.  I’d like to get this right before we get too far into things.  And don’t worry you won’t hurt my feelings.  I’m interested either way.

Thanks!

Comment 6: Contact info is mcpotd@gmail.com and is now prominently noted in the header message.  It was in the “about” header tag but that actually too small.

Comment 5:  sharing links are new easier to find right up front on the posts.  You may have also noticed that I sorted out the bloglinks over on the right.  Sad to say that there is no way to organize them like over on blogger by “most recent post”  That a blogger only thing I’m sure.

Comment 4:  I enabled all the “sharing” links like twitter and facebook etc.  but for some reason they only appear when you open the individual posts.  I’m looking into it.  I’m also trying to figure out how I got all my logo’s and messages etc where they are on the header.  I need to re-arrange them a little but the code can’t be altered unless I drop a little more coin.  Guess I’ll have to do that :-/

Comment 3:  DP from the comment mentions that when he logs into the site from his mobile device that he has to click on the posts to see the pictures.  Is anyone else having issues with mobile devices before I get into all of that?

Comment 2: Derek in the comments makes an excellent point about my old bloglinks from the previous blog! Right now I’m limited as to what widgets are available to me and unfortunately “bloglist” isn’t one of them.   As I’ve mentioned a few times I will be self hosting soon and as soon as I do I’ll have all the usual suspects loaded up. Give me till this weekend and I’ll see what I can come up with.

Comment 1: You know Davis from the comments has a point.  Going through a lot of old posts and looking at the post cloud it’s pretty obvious to see where my biases are..  I’ll give some thought to more variety.  Hey Different Is good!

A new beginning!


I’m probably going to migrate this later on but right now i don’t have the time or energy so we’ll ride this horse for a while..

Welcome to the replacement of my old “Mototcycle Picture Of The Day” blog that used to be  on blogger.  I had a disagreement with the Google “bots” and rather than tilt at windmills I decided to pack up and head over here to WordPress and start all over again.  It’s a different but it’s very well done and I  like what I get for the money.  things are going to be a little raw for a while so please bear with me while I work the bugs out.

A few notes about the move:

1)  Sorry but I am going to be very strict about copyright.  Either the content is collected by me from my camera or it is provided to me in the original format with express permission of the owner to post it on here.  No more freelancing with content collection.   My main reason for this is that with the addded costs of moving here I will eventually (and regretably) be putting up some very small and non-intrusive ads.  I can’t do that if there are any Terms of Service questions and I also don’t want to get sued for my hobby.    This upgrade is taking money (and considerable time) out of my life. However,  I do promise that anything extra will go back into this site.  Weather that’s hosting fees, a better camera, travel to shows to collect more material etc. etc. I won’t be making a living off of this.  I already have a day job that I like and believe me it has much better benefits!

2) I’m still working on it but it looks like the old site will not transfer very well over to this one (that is IF they unlock it for me which is still in question) so this is essentially a complete start-over.  Believe me I’m a LOT more angry about that than I can express on here.  Three years of work gone to the cloud is not something I’ll get over in a hurry.

3)   That said I’d like to rebuild as much of the old site as possible on here  but I’ll needto have all the permissions nailed down.  So!  If you’ve ever sent anything for me to post to the old site and would like to see it on here again  PLEASE go ahead and re-send it to me.  The new e-mail address is :  MCPOTD@gmail.com

Please include the original photo and please indicate that I have permission to re-post it on here.   I’m not sure how much to expect or how long it will take me to sort through it all but I will get to it.  So please be patient.

There’s lots more but this should get us started…  Like I said it’s going to be a little “raw” for a while but I’ll get it sorted soon enough.  Thanks as always for stopping by!