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Baby Gets a New Dress (pending)

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 25, 2008

Stripped SVSo I mentioned earlier that NYC is not the absolute best place to park a pristine motorcycle, not on the street anyway. As a result of multiple knock-downs by crappy parkers I decided to respray my plastic instead of buying replacement parts. I sent all the plastic to my dad to spray in his garage in Arizona. Since there will be paint flying I thought tis would be a good time to get a belly pan. Matching plastic is a good thing.

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REVIEW: Rev'It! Ignition Jacket & Forcefield Back Protection Insert

Posted in Gear, Reviews by Me on November 24, 2008

I’ve been riding for a year now and in that time I’ve tried on a fair amount of gear. For torso protection I opted for the Ignition Jacket by Rev’It!, a fairly young Belgian company, and a T-Pro back protection insert from Forcefield in the UK. My second choice would have been the Spidi well-reviewed Step-in-Road, but at the time it was $200 more and it seamed like a giant waste of money considering I couldn’t find one to try one anywhere in NYC.

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I want this.

Posted in Exotics, Motorsports by Me on November 21, 2008

If I were to go out and buy a race-replica bike next year, I think it would be this one.

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Cough! Weeze! Sputter!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 18, 2008

My bike is having respiratory issues. I made the mistake of installing a K&N high performance air filter without oiling it or changing the fuel mixture. As a result I got a popping sound coming from the exhaust.

Okay, no big deal. I’ll just swap the filters back to how they were before. But now my interest has been piqued; how good is my fuel mixture, how does this system work, and most importantly, how can I hot rod this system?

So I went on SVR and found someone willing to part with a set of carburetors for super-cheep. More to come…

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Time to Start Liking Red Bull

Posted in Motorsports by Me on November 16, 2008

I just put my deposit on two tickets to the 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix next August. Three days of stupid-fast bikes plus the flat track race. Sa-weeeet!

I also just bought tickets to the International Motorcycle Show in January. Not quite as sweet, but still a nice fix to hold back the winter riding withdrawals. Plus I will finally get Annie to try on some gear.

And in other news, I just finished Jupiter’s Travels. It wasn’t bad, but there were a few places that frustrated me a bit too much. Review pending.

Dead Blinkers

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 16, 2008

 dscn03861mentioned earlier that my SV has been hit and knocked over a few times as a result of parking in Brooklyn. One of the most awesome things that comes with this is busted blinkers. This honker on the left is my factory right front signal.

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Parking in NYC

Posted in My Bike by Me on November 10, 2008

If you own a bike in New York City, get a spot in a parking garage. It’s worth the $150 a month when you factor in the cost of replacement parts, increased insurance premiums, and aggravation.

The idiots that park on the streets in this town can’t seem to parallel park without “feeling” their way in, the practice of bumping into the vehicles in front of and behind them so they know where it is instead of growing a brain and opening their eyes. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to driving is people who can’t parallel park. Couple that with owning a bike and you can see how I would get irritated.
To date my bike has been knocked down three times, and it only spent three months in the city. The last time resulted in $1,500 worth of damage and an insurance claim. I’m using the money to do some mods and pay for parking. The majority of the parts I can fix myself or with the help of my dad.   

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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The Curse of the Tinkerer

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 9, 2008

Did I say I couldn’t be happier with my SV? Well, what I meant was that I couldn’t be happier with my SV as a blank canvas.

My problem is that I can’t leave well enough alone. The bike is great, but on my second day I was too eager to ride and I ended up dropping it on the back side of a wet oily hill covered in gravel. I don’t feel too bad about it, but I was pretty upset about that baseball sized hole in the fairing made when the blinker punched through it. Those huge stalk-style blinkers have to go.

And the screen! How am I supposed to read the gauges with all that glare. The very first mod I made to Betty was fitting her with a dark smoke racing screen from Puig that I got on eBay for $20. Not only did it clean up that glare, it also added a little aggressiveness to the face of the bike.

Thus began the never ending string of mods I expect I will do to this bike before I give it up. That suits me fine.

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Introductions Are in Order

Posted in My Bike by Me on November 8, 2008

Me & Betty Day 1

Hi! My name is Matthew and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I’m using this blog space to write about and keep track of my thoughts and projects related to my motorcycle.

Back in February I brought home my first bike, a beautiful 2002 Suzuki SV650s in silver with very low miles and in pristine condition, save some incorrectly installed white (gross!) frame sliders. I promptly named her Betty.

After doing some research on what kind of bike I should get, I googled “silver 2002 sv650s” and found this one. I had pretty much made up my mind that I wanted an SV650 for my first ride and I had the good fortune to find one that had been sitting for four years in someone’s garage. The dealer I bought her from is called Cycle Motion, a nice little shop in Middletown, NY with a pretty good selection of bikes, quads, and snow mobiles for its size. The agent’s name is Billy, a former SV owner/racer and hell of a nice guy who gave me all kinds of advice and a really good deal including 5 months of winter storage in a warm garage.

Now she’s mine and I couldn’t be happier.

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