Tandem Trips

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.


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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REVIEW: Arai Dark Smoke Visor for RX-7 Corsair

Posted in Gear, Reviews by Me on March 17, 2009

Getting blinded by the sun sucks. Squinting all day because it’s really bright out sucks. Glasses sliding down your face while you’re wearing a helmet sucks. Using tools to change your visor sucks. Arai solved all of these problems for me by selling me a replacement visor for my RX-7 Corsair helmet.


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REVIEW: MSS Basic Rider Course

Posted in Reviews, Riding by Me on February 28, 2009

In the summer of 2007 I decided I needed to learn to ride a motorcycle. This is one of the items on my “List of Essential Skills for Men,” of which one needs to have tried as many as possible by the time one dies. This list is in my head and very plastic, changing by my mood and interest of the moment (examples of other list items: throwing a football with at least a little bit of spiral, hammering in nails, surfing *haven’t tried*, changing car oil, installing a ceiling fan *haven’t tried*, navigating sans GPS, entertaining five-year-old children for an hour without making one cry *haven’t tried*, etc.). You decide for yourself what is on your list, but I think it is pretty inarguable that successfully riding a motorized two wheeled vehicle should be on it. (more…)

REVIEW: Arai RX-7 Corsair Helmet

Posted in Gear, Reviews by Me on February 15, 2009

arai_rx7_corsairI’ve been wearing an Arai RX-7 Corsair for about a year now and feel that I have sufficient experience with it to give my opinion. I’ll try to be thorough, but since this is the first helmet I have worn since I was in high school, other than the lids I tried on when shopping last year, I can only do so much comparison. I’ll will cover the following areas: Fit, Features, Loudness, Weight, Venting, and Finish.


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REVIEW: NYC International Motorcycle Show

Posted in Reviews by Me on January 18, 2009

I was generally underwhelmed. The main reason we went this year was to do side by side comparisons of gear for my wife. We only really got to do the helmets because there were almost no gear manufacturers there.


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.