Author Archive: Phil Blandford

A Message to Jim

I was thinking about Jim….Six months and it’s still difficult sometimes to believe what happened.  Rest in peace good buddy and keep watching over all of your family and friends.  Remembering your smile and positive attitude continues to be an inspiration.

My Motorcycle Riding Buddy

I have a lot of great memories of Jim and one of the best is remembering Jim as my motorcycle riding buddy.

For a couple of years I thought about buying a motorcycle and finally did so in October 2008. I had never ridden a bike in my life (am I the only person that ever bought a bike and had to ask the previous owner to deliver it?). What I learned about bikes leading up to that purchase came from three sources: (1) the internet, (2) my brother and (3) Jim. After looking at a few bikes and asking Jim a lot of questions (some of which I think he ran by AJ), I bought a 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100.

I took the Motorcycle Ohio safety course and rode a few times in my neighborhood. I had never ridden more than a couple of miles from home when Jim said “let’s take a ride”. We rode 50 miles that day….that was a long ride for me. Showing respect for the experienced rider, I asked Jim if he wanted to lead on the ride. He said that I could lead and he would follow. It wasn’t until after the ride that he told me he didn’t want to lead because he was worried that if we had to stop suddenly, I wouldn’t be able to stop and would ride into the back of his bike! It made a lot of sense when I thought about it. On May 3 we went on another ride….this time for 105 miles. My riding skills were much improved but he still knew better than to lead!

Jim gave me a bell (about 1 inch tall) that I hung on my bike. The tradition is that there are little road gremlins that can cause problems for bikers. The bell protects the biker from the gremlins….they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. The ringing of the bell drives them insane and they can’t cause problems for the biker. I feel pretty good knowing that I have the bell and that Jim is up above watching over as I ride.

And AJ….thanks for letting me know about this site.