Tandem Trips

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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The Kentucky Kid

Posted in Motorsports by Me on April 7, 2009

Nicky HaydenI’ve mentioned that I am going to this year’s Moto GP in Indianapolis in August, and this week I decided that I’m rooting for Nicky Hayden (more here).

One reason is that he is from the United States. His new stars and stripes livery mesh well with the reinvigorated patriotism surging through the country lately (a much healthier, more productive, and more genuine patriotism than the kind we had in 2001, I think), so I see him as a symbol of our national potential; a kind of flag bearer for the Americans that can’t quite get what they need even though they put in more than 100%.

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UPDATE: Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on April 2, 2009

All that plastic that I stripped of my SV last winter is now repaired, repainted, and waiting to be reinstalled pending a buff and shine. I plan to write up a lengthy description of everything you need to know about fixing your bike’s plastic, but in the mean time you can read about it on my dad’s blog.

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