Tandem Trips

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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UPDATE: Forcefield Pro L2 Back-Protector Insert price changes

Posted in Gear by Me on March 25, 2009

Don’t say I never did anything for ya! I get more hits on my review of my Rev’It! Ignition jacket than any other post on this blog, and the majority of them come from searches for Forcefield Pro L2 back protector inserts. So to help you out I thought I would let you know that I just bought another one, this time in the states.

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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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The EV-Orr

Posted in Exotics, Motorsports by Me on March 15, 2009

Lotus EV-0rr

This is the EV-0rr, designed by Xenophia Designs, and developed by Lotus and Evo Design Solutions. If they make a street version of this bike that retails for less than $20,000 this will be the future of motorcycles. For now we will have to make due with drooling over the illustrations. Eventually we’ll be watching it at the TTXGP and then, maybe, riding one. More at Hell for Leather Magazine.

2009 Modifications: Progress Report

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on March 9, 2009

I got a chance to take a crack at that long list of modifications and repairs I told you about. Some of it went smoothly, some not, and some I am unsure about. Unfortunately the camera was out of juice so no pics this time.

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Down Under… uh… tail

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on March 4, 2009

hotbodies_undertail-full_viewI have acquired a hot bodies undertail for my SV. It is unpainted fiberglass. Here are some pics so you can see how it looks straight out of the package. Finishing and painting will happen along side the belly pan, but installation probably won’t happen until late summer/early fall, so stay tuned.

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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…)

My, What a Lovely Family

Posted in Exotics by Me on February 27, 2009

rc8s

I love this bike, in any form. I sat on one at the International Motorcycle Show in January: super comfortable. I want one. I would buy one right now if I had the cash laying around.

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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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2009 Mod Plans

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on February 1, 2009

I have a bunch of stuff sitting around waiting to be put on the bike this year, but I think I am going to take it slow rather than throw them all on at once. Some of it is going on before I pull her out of winter storage, but the rest will be as-I-find-time projects.

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Stripes!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 19, 2009

Belly Pan Paint IdeasOne thing that motorcyclists are always trying to do is go faster, and what makes your bike go faster than a stripe? A red stripe! I’ve been messing around with ideas and this is what I have so far. I need to hurry up and make up my mind because it is almost time to lay down the paint. Feel free to share your thoughts.

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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.

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Get on My Belly!

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

It has arrived. After much hemming and some hawing I decided on the GSG Mototechnik belly pan for my SV. Mostly I chose it because the design seems to go with the stock half fairing better than anything else I could find. You can get it in ABS from the manufacturer, but the transaction process is so convoluted and irritating that I opted for searching eBay.de instead (with a little help from a friend from Berlin) and found a small German tuning company (www.erich-jahn.de) who had the fiberglass version.

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Carb Wars: Episode 1, A New Project

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 1, 2009

I don’t remember how to rebuild carbs. I took auto shop in high school where I rebuilt a ton of them, but that was over a decade ago. So I bought myself a set of carbs to tear apart and rebuild.

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Absolutely Beautiful

Posted in Exotics, Modifications by Me on December 24, 2008

Watch the ongoing evolution

This used to be a Multstrada, easily Ducati’s ugliest bike. Now it is gorgeous. You can see more here (here for babelized English).

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Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on December 3, 2008

Right fairing damageSo, all that plastic that I pulled off Betty? It’s in Arizona getting glued, filled, painted, and buffed. Getting hit by a moron trying to parallel park causes an unreasonable amount of damage that can remove an unreasonable amount of time from your riding season, so guard that stuff like it’s gold!

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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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