Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
AMA Museum Pic: Matchless G-50
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Bad Vibes for your GPS?
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
My Prior Horizon Tilter
This is my prior bike, a 1990 Yamaha YX600A "Radian". I bought it used in '94 with only 853 miles (!) on the odometer, rode it for 10 years, then sold it for $50 less than I'd paid for it. I wasn't into commuting back then, so it saw duty primarily as a Sunday morning backroads machine, though it also took me on 4 week-long trips to Americade and a few shorter trips to the old Rider magazine and Retreads rallies. The prior owner of this Radian purchased it with the OEM engine guards, rare OEM luggage rack/backrest, and the super-rare OEM windscreen. I substituted a larger windscreen and changed the bar-ends, grips and mirrors. Stickier tires, upgraded front brake pads, aftermarket shocks and fork springs, tapered roller steering stem bearings and a slightly higher final drive completed my modifications. I ran soft saddlebags all the time; for long trips I adding a tank bag, and a waterproof duffle bag strapped to the pillion. It was a super-reliable bike that was easy and inexpensive to maintain.
It was a rare bike (because it never sold well) that was often better remembered by other riders than was I. Even though I sold the Radian in 2004 after buying my new ZR-7S, I still occasionally hear "aren't you the guy who rode that Radian?" and to this day my handle on the Americade message board is RadianGuy.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
S'No Go Today
Got up at 0630, planning on a nice hour-long ride up north to a motorcycle-friendly joint like the Strasburg Creamery or the Gap Diner for breakfast and to scuff in my new rear tire, to be followed by some serious twisties thru the Amish country on the way home. A quick check of Weather.com showed a current temp of 18F with a predicted high of 24F during my ride...ridable temps, but I'd have to plan warm-up/coffee breaks about every hour. But, then I saw there were snow flurries in various places in Lancaster County, where I'd be doing most of my planned ride. Drat! (or R-rated words to that effect). If I had a plastic-covered dual-sport, maybe, but I'm seeing dollar signs for even a dead-stop tipover, and I'm not sure I could even pick up my 550 (probably over 600 with accessories) pound bike on slippery pavement. So, I'm wimping out...or letting discretion get the better part of valor, you choose.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Largest & Smallest Cycles On Earth
Friday, January 12, 2007
Product Review: Aerostich Windblock Jersey
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Monday, February 27, 2006
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Product Review: Aerostich Thermal Long Underwear
I recently replaced my worn-out set of silk long-johns with these. I've given them a good work-out commuting to work in the 28F - 40F temps we're experiencing right now in late December. The Thermo-Gear Premier is "cozier" and noticeably warmer than silk. In fact, I believe they'll be too warm to wear come Summer so I'll likely buy another set of silks so I'll be set year 'round. Nice touches on the Thermo-Gear Premier includes the thumb holes on the shirt sleeve cuffs, which makes layering up a little easier, and the dropped back on the shirt. These make an excellent base layer for colder temps and I'm sure I'll get many miles out of them. Highly recommended!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
My Motorcycling Library
10 Years on 2 Wheels
Norwegan photographer sells most of his stuff, buys and modifies a BMW R80 G/S, and spends the next 10 years and 250,000 miles traipsing around the globe. Along the way, he enountered enlightening, challenging and occasionally life-threatening events. Pederson became the first motorcyclist ever to ride through the infamous Darien Gap in Central America — 80 roadless miles of virtually impenetrable jungle. Even non-motorcyclists would like this one. 208-page "coffee table" sized book with over 200 amazing photos.
High-performance street-riding techniques taught by the founder of the Advanced Riding Clinics and former roadracer and Editor-In-Chief of Motorcycle Consumer News. A must for sport and sport-touring riders. The techniques I picked-up from this book made me both quicker and safer.
Proficient Motorcycling & More Proficient Motorcycling
David L. Hough
ISBN: 1931993033 & 1889540536
Street-survival skills from one of the foremost motorcycling safety gurus and author of the Proficient Motorcycling series of articles published over the years in Motorcycle Consumer News. Must-reads for all riders, but nobody should commute by bike without reading these.
American businessman sells his business and decides to ride his bike coast-to-coast to visit old friends and to get a fresh perspective. Honestly describes both the highs and lows of motorcycle touring.
Against the Wind
First-timer’s account of the 1995 Iron Butt Rally, where finishers typically have to ride around 1,000 miles a day for 11 days. Read it and you’ll begin to understand understand why Iron Butt Association members have those license plate frames that read “World’s Toughest Riders”.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Hall of Fame Vendors 2007
RideSafer Products: Products to keep motorcyclists safer and more comfortable.
RiderWearHouse: Aerostich products & many other useful and unique items; the primary supplier to the serious sport-tourer, commuter or adventure-rider; publisher of the legendary catalog.
NewEnough: Gear, clothing, & hard parts.
Cycle Gadgets: Tons of cool gadgets & accessories -- farkletastic!
MotoJockey: A local Delaware vendor who sells online and via phone in addition to store sales.
Ron Ayres Motorsports: Big 4 OEM parts; online microfiche; discount prices; amazingly quick shipment.
Southwest Moto Tires: Online-only vendor of all major tire brands; offers technical advice, great prices and very fast shipment (free shipping with 2 or more tires); I got an email reply from Blaine at SWM to a technical question on New Year's Day!