Often, our Reader’s Rides submissions consist of a sentence or two with a couple of cellphone photos. Imagine our pleasure when we read an actual article about a beloved motorcycle. Brian Carpenter is clearly smitten with his 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT. Join him on a pandemic distancing ride, won’t you?
As I write this story, a pandemic of great proportions is occurring. The COVID-19 virus is no fake news to take lightly. Currently, in the state of Florida, the bars and restaurants aren’t by law able to seat people. The only thing possibly keeping the mom and pop businesses afloat is their finances and carry out services. I could fill this article with numbers and such, but their inaccuracies are guaranteed by the time other eyes hit these words. A friend of mine that works in a marketing position for a company that’s whole business relies on community, is about to lay several workers off. I could very well be one who is laid off, unbeknownst to me, and the current economic state of my day job. Anyhow, this article I promise is about motorcycles I guarantee. One of those motorcycles in particular is my newly minted 2020 Moto Guzzi V85tt. Hitting it’s 1500 miles and taking a short trip to my favorite local brewery, I heeded the call to arms (with ‘puters) that motorcycle.com threw out into the inter-webbed air and was eager to submit a few words. I unabashedly patronize this establishment for their fine hops, ambiance, and family-like atmosphere. I have on multiple occasions ridden up there, mostly to fill up my poor growler.
Wicked Barley, a Jacksonville staple, supplied water to the locals when the Hurricane Dorian hit. It’ll be hit much harder by COVID-19, resulting loss of income.
I’d, for a very long time, wanted a Moto …read more