Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

My Husband Has a Big-ass…

…that makes mine look skinny by comparison.

A brand-new, big-ass motorcycle, that is. And he couldn’t be happier.




It’s a brand-new, 2013 Victory Vision Tour.


Nice Lines



Wide rear end.



Ta Da!



106/6 V-Twin Engine


He has been wanting a Victory touring bike since he first saw them in 2008.

He used to have a Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500cc touring bike. Which he traded in and instantly regretted when we bought our BMW F650GS bikes in early 2011.

Don’t get me wrong, he always enjoyed riding his GS, but they’re not the most comfortable bikes. Especially over long periods. And Hubby does enjoy long-distance motorcycle excursions.


A Very Happy Hubby


I’m so excited for him.

Speaking of excited… the guys at the Victory dealership sent a t-shirt home for me.


My New T


And I’m a t-shirt girl. So, yay!

Wanna see something that’s more exciting than the shirt, but not at all Victory-related?


Our daughter, Shannon, enjoying her ride.


Yep, that’s our eldest, Shannon, carving up the turns on a California highway.

I don’t know the name of that road, but it’s one of those “gotta-ride” routes so popular among motorcyclists.

Unbeknownst to Shannon, there’s a photographer there who takes pictures to sell to riders. A friend of hers, who did know about the shooter, went on-line a bought this image for her.

That’s my kind of friend.

Isn’t it an awesome pic? Go, Shannon.


  1. Trace's Gravatar Trace
    August 28, 2014    

    So cool.
    Am I allowed to say I like your hubby’s Big Ass? Hehe

    • August 28, 2014    

      Of course! 🙂

      He should be tickled to discover that.

  2. shan's Gravatar shan
    August 28, 2014    

    I think that shot was taken somewhere on Otay Lakes Rd. I should probably try to figure that out…

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      August 29, 2014    

      Yes, Shan. You are supposed to know these things.

  3. Dottie's Gravatar Dottie
    August 28, 2014    

    I love, love, love the new bike! I love the lines of it. It also looks like it has a very smooooooth ride to it. Congratulations and lots of road time!

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      August 29, 2014    

      Thanks, Dottie. He seems to be enjoying it so far.

  4. Dar's Gravatar Dar
    August 29, 2014    

    Wow is all I can say about the bike! Good for your daughter! She has a great riding posture and nailed looking where she wants to go! Woot!

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      August 29, 2014    

      Dar, I thought so, too. It looks like a picture right out of a rider magazine.

  5. August 29, 2014    

    When you see something put a big smile on a mature adult’s face, you know it has value. We can sense your hubby’s joy in his new sculpture and that’s reason enough to applaud his embrace of it.

    • August 29, 2014    

      Well put! He really was soooo happy. 🙂 Which made me very excited for him.

  6. August 29, 2014    

    Happy Bike Day to Mike. He sure looks happy. You two will have some fun on that bike. Much more comfy for the long haul.

    Love the pic of Shannon too – nice head turn! I bet she is smiling under her helmet.

  7. Raindog's Gravatar Raindog
    August 29, 2014    

    Your title just busted me up. Tell your man “Congrats!” on the new ride–that color scheme is GORGEOUS.

    I’ve yet to meet a Victory owner who is anything but head-over-heels about their machine (not literally, of course). One thing about Victorys that have really turned my head, or at least about those I’ve encountered, is they seem to have spectacular stereo systems. I mean, those things really thump!

    • August 29, 2014    

      Raindog, you commented! I LOVED my mail packet today. 🙂

      It does have a stereo system, but if he actually uses it while riding, I might run him off the road. I’ll never, EVER understand riders listening to stereos, without earphones, while riding. He doesn’t get it either, and knows I’d never let him get away with doing that. LOL.

      Thanks for chiming in.

  8. September 6, 2014    

    That’s a huge ass indeed! Does the bike come with a built in shower and fridge? My Sportster was the biggest bike I ever had, and it looks tiny like a bicycle compared to the Victory. WOW.

    • September 11, 2014    

      Sonja, it’s big but very well-balanced. He loves it!

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