AMAZING Cheap Life

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Throwback Thursdays article in Betty Ace Magazine

Check out the Throwback Thursdays article in the newest issue of Betty Ace's Suspended Chord  Magazine.  Betty Ace is kind enough to print articles of events I am involved in and causes that I support.

Go support a female entrepreneur and buy a copy today!  Purchase here

Betty Ace's Suspended Chord  Magazine Jan/Feb 2020

Throwback Thursdays Kenda Drive-In Betty Ace's Suspended Chord Magazine 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Viking Cycle Gunnar Motorcycle backpack review

Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack

I recently had the opportunity to review one of Viking Cycle motorcycle backpacks.  I have several of their bags and have always been pleased with the quality and workmanship of the bags.  This one is a fairly new addition to their lineup and it's called the Viking Cycle Gunnar backpack.  It weighs 3.6 pounds and is a fairly large backpack, much larger than the other one I have from them.  This one measures 15" x 11" x 4" but expands to 20.5" x 11.8" x 6.3".  It is basically one large compartment and is made for carrying lots of items while riding your motorcycle.  There is a small mesh zippered pocket inside and it is obvious that this backpack is suited for carrying a laptop, as the structure is VERY well padded where it conforms to your back.
Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack

The large storage compartment of the backpack is held together by two large, very durable YKK metal zippers.  I like double zippers as it gives you much more control over closing your backpack, not to mention, if one zipper goes bad somewhere along the way.

Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack double zippers
The backpack is made of heavy duty Cordora, which holds up very nice in different types of weather.  The shoulder straps are extra large and very padded to provide a comfortable ride while wearing the Gunnar backpack.  The chest straps are easy to fasten and is much of what makes this a motorcycle backpack as it hugs your body and has excellent weight distribution.

Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack

The backpack is very comfortable while riding as you forget you have it on.  Once off, it does have a carry handle if you no longer want to wear it on your back.  The back also has reflective web loops so that if you ride at night, it provides an extra touch of visibility.

Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack

The backpack seems to be made well as I believe it is made in Pakistan and everything I have ever gotten that was made there has been excellent quality. If you have never rode with a motorycle specific backpack, you really don't know what you're missing. This backpack is priced at $65.99; the price of two good meals or one great one. Do yourself a favor and get a Gunnar backpack! The backpack can be purchased here from Viking Cycle here.

Viking Cycle Gunnar motorcycle backpack

Viking Cycle also owns Viking Bags, a motorcycle luggage company and you can check out their other products here.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Throwback Thursdays 2020- our 5th year anniversary

Tentative schedule for this year's Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursdays 2020

Here's a re-cap of the movies we have played the last four years.

2016 Throwback Thursdays
2017 Throwback Thursdays
2018 Throwback Thursdays
2019 Throwback Thursdays

Friday, December 20, 2019

My 1973 Challenger is on a trading card

My 1973 Challenger is on a trading card!!!  What a great keepsake to give the people I meet who love my car- a trading card with a picture of it!

Here is the proof of what they will look like; I can't wait to get them.

Blacktop Magazine trading cards

Blacktop Magazine trading cards

UPDATE:  Here they are and I LOVE them!  Have already handed some out!

Blacktop Magazine trading cards 1973 Challenger

Blacktop Magazine trading cards 1973 Challenger

Order your own here-

You get 500 cards, that measure 3.5″ x 2.5″ for $50 plus shipping. That's a LOT of cards to hand out!

Here's some other ones that have been done:

Blacktop Magazine trading cards

Blacktop Magazine trading cards

Monday, December 9, 2019

Our winter hobby- Baja bugs!

When I sold my '68 Charger last winter I decided that I needed a winter time hobby, NOT more summer hobbies that interfered with my riding of motorcycles.  I knew that if I bought another muscle car, my life would not change one bit.  So I focused on making some changes.  Since I have always hated winter, hated being cold, but LOVE anything gasoline powered, after much thinking, I decided on Baja bugs.

The Baja bugs are basically just like dual sports/enduros, but that you can get in when really cold, raining or the possibilities of foul weather are on the horizon.  The green '69 is my second Baja.

They really are a lot of fun and I can't believe more people aren't into them.  They get over 30 mpg, have a range of at least 250 miles without worrying about gas, have wipers, a cab and since we take the backseats and passenger seats out, they can carry ANYTHING you happen to find at a thrift store or yard sale when you're out.  Believe me, I know I hauled a five foot shelve to store my motorcycle helmets.

Baja Bugs Gabe & Chris Gibbany

Cool rocks headed to Mears Bluff

I love big rocks and I cannot lie!

Also went to visit the "Bubbler" or as the Yellville Chamber of Commerce describes it, "The natural Artesian Well".  It is  located on Highway 14, then go to Marion County Road 5040, go approx 1/2 mile.  According to Google it is actually called Big Springs but everyone knows it as being located in Ralph today.
At Big Springs in Marion County, better known as the Bubbler in Ralph near Yellville

At Big Springs in Marion County, better known as the Bubbler in Ralph near Yellville