Tandem Trips

Mission Motorcycles Makes 150.059 MPH Electric Record @ Bonneville

Posted in Exotics by Me on November 3, 2009

Mission Motors keeps gaining more and more of my respect. Not only do they have an extremely interesting understanding of how to approach the electric motorcycle question, but they also make a damned fast electric motorcycle. Too bad it costs so much.

Carb Wars: Episode Two, The Impact Hammer Strikes Back!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on October 29, 2009

DSC00925So one of the two sets of extra carbs I had torn apart is back together, with major help from my pops. He used the best parts from each set and went to the Suzuki dealer for new jets and floats. In the end he compiled one set with 100% good parts. The other set is either going to be tricked out or tossed in the trash. We’ll figure that out after a parts inventory and examination.

The jets are 150s and the air bleeds are 17.5s. The original needles were reinstalled and shimmed with 0.023-inch thick washers between the e-clip and the plastic bushing. No washers were installed above the e-clips. An additional washer may be needed but we’ll wait until after installation for that. The  idle air bleed adjustment is set to two and one-half turns from bottom. All of the new parts are made by Mikuni American Corporation, the manufacturer of the carburetors.

So now I just need to swap them out with what’s on the bike. That will have to wait for a later date.

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Relocation…

Posted in Uncategorized by Me on October 23, 2009

So you made it to the new location! I hope you had an easy trip.

The Hapiness of a Middle Distance Rider

Posted in Modifications, My Bike, Riding by Me on October 13, 2009

I went on my longest ride yet over the long weekend. Brooklyn to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts (approximately 175 miles) and back over two days. Nothing earth shattering, but not a jaunt around the corner either.

It’s a nice mixture of twisties and three lane freeway riding that the SV handles nicely. I am strongly condidering sending my seat to Great Day to Ride in Florida for some gel inserts, but no complaints otherwise.

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Knee Draggers Rocks! (M4 Full System in the Mail)

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on September 28, 2009

I just got an amazing deal (price matched to this) on an M4 full exhaust system from KneeDraggers.com. I got the titanium can, so it weights about 10 pounds less than the stock system. Now I just have to figure out where I am going to store it until the carbs are done. Oh, and where I am going to store the OEM system after I remove it.

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Growling Bear or Angry Squirel

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on September 23, 2009

I’ve been gone a long time due to a hectic summer doing all kinds of things unrelated to this, but now I’m back with a burning question!

What to do about that gigantic, heavy, hot stock exhaust?

Right now I’m looking at these options:

Yoshimura RS-3 full system in titanium
Yoshimura TRS full system in titanium
M4 full system in titanium
Akrapovic full system (yes, they’re still out there)
Termignoni slip on

The carbs are getting done so this is the next logical step. I just don’t know what the next move is or when to make it.t

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Indy GP Spectators’ Track Lap

Posted in Motorsports by Me on August 28, 2009

Indy GP Vendors' Area

Posted in Motorsports by Me on August 28, 2009

1970 H-D Streamliner

Posted in Exotics, Motorsports by Me on August 27, 2009

The Big Day!

Posted in Gear, Motorsports, My Bike, Reviews, Riding by Me on August 25, 2009

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I had tons of traveling to do this summer, and sadly the SV has been sitting in the garage for a while now.

But tomorrow I’m flying (too far to ride) to Indianapolis for the US GP! I’m hoping to take lots of pictures and have something interesting to say at least once or twice over the next five days, so keep an eye out. When I get back I’ll put up anything I couldn’t post from my phone.

Also, I’ll be making my way up to western Massachusetts in a month or two, at which time I hope to get in a review of my Nelson Rigg luggage and maybe some other stuff.

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By the way, the belly pan I put on my bike ended up with blisters in the paint because it’s too close to the exhaust and I didn’t shield it enough. I will post the repair process at some point this fall as I do it.

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TTXGP Footage

Posted in Motorsports by Me on June 16, 2009

Hayden's Best Showing This Season at Catalunya

Posted in Motorsports by Me on June 15, 2009

So Nicky Hayden hasn’t been doing as well as I had hoped this year. Right now he’s in 19th place, mostly due to a crappy first few races involving crashes or various sorts. That Duc’ just wasn’t gelling with him. This weekend at Catalunya, though, Hayden pulled out 10th place after starting in the back of the pack and passing several other riders. Good job!

I’ve read in a few places that Hayden’s career in MotoGP is probably over after this year and he will move to World Superbike in 2010. I would be totally okay with that, since I am starting to become more of a fan of WorldSBK as my knowledge of the motorcycle racing world matures. I do hope he can do well in the rest of this MotoGP season, though, just because he’s a swell guy and I want to see an American do well.

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In First Place: Team Agni

Posted in Motorsports by Me on June 12, 2009

Rob Barber, riding Team Agni’s electric GSX-R600, won the first TTXGP at the Isle of Man. He was followed by Thomas Schoenfelder riding for XXL, and Mark Buckley on Brammo’s Enertia TTR. Congratulations Team Agni!

Seven teams competed in the race after the rest failed to qualify or broke down during the race. In the end the race was a little anticlimactic, but I suppose that is to be expected with new technology. Hopefully we’ll see this race again next year with stronger and more teams.

TTXGP Online Broadcast

Posted in Motorsports by Me on June 5, 2009

I am not totally positive that this will work, but this is the best source I have been able to find for a broadcast of the TTXGP. ITV4 in the UK is broadcasting the race at 10:45 GMT. Hopefully they will be webcasting it, too.

(Note: ITV4′s webcast requires Silverlight. Sorry.)

Worlds First TTXGP in Less Than a Month!

Posted in Exotics, Motorsports by Me on May 14, 2009

The first TTXGP at the Isle of Man kicks off on the 12 of June and I can’t wait! This has the potential to be a über interesting kick in the pants for the two-wheeled alternative energy vehicles, not to mention the alternative energy industry in general. (more…)

All Dressed Up

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on May 10, 2009

belly plan close-upI finally got around to mounting that belly pan from GSG Mototechnic. I had waited because of concerns about heat from the exhaust possibly melting the fiberglass so I went out and got some of Maier USA‘s self-adhesive ceramic tiles at Motorcycle Madness to deflect the heat. Unfortunately they only had one pack, but I think it will be sufficient.

I also needed to buff out the pain some more before I could really call it done. After a little rubbing and installing the tape I took it out and slapped it on. Installation took about five minutes and used an allen wrench and a socket on a ratchet.

Overall I’m very happy. Pics of the awesomeness below the jump.

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Two-Up

Posted in My Bike, Riding by Me on May 3, 2009

Two-Up on the SVMy wife and I gave two-up riding on the SV a real try this weekend. We’d gone around the neighborhood a bit last season, but this was the first real ride. The first day was just a quick jaunt around town to get the feel for it. After airing up the back tire and a turn harder on the rear shock we were in business.

Overall it went well. She says she’s into it, so we’ll keep it up, which is good because otherwise we would have wasted hundreds of dollars on gear for her (reviews to come).

One problem I’ve found, though, is that I really need to work on my slow speed maneuvers, though. Starting from a stop sign and left turns at under five miles an hour are giving me trouble when she is on the back. Part of the problem was that I was recovering from a hyper-extended left ankle, which, being the dominant support when stopped, was a major issue. But the added weight change in center-of-gravity were a little bit tricky.

Time for another riding class, me thinks.

Then again, maybe not.

Posted in Motorsports by Me on April 27, 2009

Hayden crashed again after Takahashi grazed his Ducati from behind in the first lap at Motegi during the Japan GP. I’m bummed.

From Crash.net: “There are no words to describe how unlucky Nicky has been here… Unfortunately these things happen in racing and the most important thing is that he wasn’t injured,” stated team manager Livio Suppo.

As of this post Hayden only has 5 points to Rossi’s 65 and Stoner’s 54. He’s going to have to win the rest of the season to make this work for him. See more Motegi stats here.

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Maybe not…

Posted in Motorsports by Me on April 19, 2009

Nicky Hayden had a horrible crash last weekend in Qatar during qualifying. This put him way back in the back during the night-time race that was rescheduled because of rain. The bike was throwing parts before it threw him, so I’m thinking mechanical failure as opposed to rider error is to blame. I hope he can get back in shape for this week.

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Back in Business

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on April 12, 2009

Betty at the LakeBetty is back together! After several months all of that busted up plastic is repaired and painted. It went back on in a flash, and, after a small amount of unnecessary paranoia about my brake system, the bike is riding smoothly. I’ve done most of the modifications I had planned and it’s been a long time since I last rode, so it was a little hard to compare, but I think everything is in excellent order.

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