Monday, 30 January 2012

Road Shots

Jan and I bought a small FujiFilm L30. Brand new. Never used for a song. It has a panorama setting whcih I have wanted for so long.

Here are some shots taken today on the Old Pacific Highway. Some are ok some are not. Meh.

Friday, 27 January 2012

I so would like this to be my next bike...

See for full review. I have never owned a Kwaka. 

Using my photos.

Some ground rules here.

  • If you want to use my photos just ask me. Don't let me find my photos in a forum post that has been modified in a graphics program. As a graphic artist that really pisses me off. Also hosting my photo on your own image host site pisses me off even more so. Makes people think you took the photo. 
  • If you use my photo also credit back to this blog please.
  • Common courtesy goes a long way to make us all get along on the net.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Not a big fan of Street fighters .. Hot Chocolate anyone??.

I am not a big fan of Street fighers. I find some of them look like they have just been cobbled together out of a different parts catalogues. Yet I do like this Bandit.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Couldn't stand a bar of it. Well in fact I could.

At long last my Renthal Medium Road Bars have arrived today. Spent the afternoon fitting them. It was not a smooth process. Not the bars fault at all as I have not changed the brake hoses etc.

I wanted a set of bars that would take a fair bit of weight of my wrists and the front end. I toyed with getting the Renthal Low Road bars which I see a few fit to their Bandits. I wanted a bit more of an upright seating position. So I went for the Medium Road Bars. Let me say they have given me what I wanted. More upright. My wrists are at a more natural position compared to the OEM bars. I have more leverage on the bars due to them being wider compared to the OEM bars. So I am very happy with them. I will just have to fiddle with the front dampening settings due to the weight coming off the front end as it has now. This is the good.

The Bad and some more good. I can not have the grips. clutch, brake or switch gear positioned so there is no bar showing at the end. See below photo of bars fitted to bike for this "over hang". Also there is a bit of pull now on the wiring into the switch gear. The brake hose is just about at full stretch. So too the throttle cables. This, however, has not affected either the braking of the throttle. When bars are at full lock the throttle cables do not pull and make the engine rev. I will just keep and eye on the wiring and make sure it is not being strained. If it does I will have re-route this wiring somehow.

There is just enough clearance for bars and the tank at full lock too. I think had I have gone for the Low Road Bars that the bars would have just about hit the tank. I will of course not know this for sure.

Also my bark buster hand guard fit but they now clamp in a bend in the bars. They did not on the OEM bars.

I did not want to cut the bars down. So I have "over hang" as mentioned above. I may get a machine shot to run me up some bar ends that are just caps at the end and the rest fitting into the bars. Paint then black and really no one will know the difference. In the short I ride I did this arvo after fitting the bars I noticed less vibration through the bars so may just a cap on the bars will suffice.

Ok now some photos to show the difference between the OEM bars and the Medium Road Bars.

What they look like on the bike. 

UPDATE from yesterday .... I was able to remove some of the wire brackets that hold the wire to the switchblocks tight to the frame. This has allowed me to move everything on the handles bars to the end of the bars now. Have just fitted the OEM bar ends too with some fuel hose over the bolt and a bit of tape to take up the gap. Then tighten them and they are holding nice and tight.

Half arsed ride to Jerry's Kicthen

Lots of shifts of late have cut back yet again into my riding time. So with a day off today and the sun out shining the Road Gods were a beckoning. Jan and I saddled up for a short ride to Jerrys Kitchen at Kulnura. Yeah not a big ride but good enough to put a smile on my face.

Was also good to seat and raise a cuppa in honour of LGR at one of the places I hear he liked to go to. Ride on with the Road Gods mate. LGR aka Luke is one of the members of BikeMe forums and was tragically killed last Friday while riding his Busa.

We were the only bike there when we rolled in. A small handful arrived after us. We drank our tea, ate our food and then road down to Yarramalong through to Wyong. Stopped to see our grandson and then home for lunch.

Jan in the background enjoying morning tea.

Teh awesome gate guardians on Yarramalong road.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

And now for something totally different...

One of my dream has been to own an Indian. Would love an old one. A new one would be just as good. Now I can, if only I had the money. Polaris, those guys who make jet skies and Victory Motorcycles are now making Indians. Of the 2012 range I so love the Dark Horse. Read here for more info .... Or even better the Official Site...

Friday, 13 January 2012

Han Solo carbonated..

Well not Han Solo but the chrome air filter side covers have been covered in carbon. This was done by Gus from the Aussie Bandits forum.  I did not like the chrome on them at all. Thought it looked out of place. They look great now. So what else can I get Gus to cover?

2013 BMW R1250GS Preview...

Spy photos reveal the first liquid-cooled Boxer engine!

The read more see

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Dad how many bikes have you owned?

Heather, my oldest daughter asked me this once. So here is the list. 25 so far.

Started in 1979 with a

Yamaha RX125

Suzuki GSX250

Yamaha XJ650

Honda FT500

Yamaha SR500

Honda CB250T - I have no photo of the one I owned. So took this one from the net.

Honda CB125

Honda CM250 - This was such a horrible bike I have no photo of it. So took this one from the net.

Yamaha XV1000 + sidecar

Yamaha XV1100 + sidecar

1953 Matchless 350 G3LS

MuZ Skorpoin 660 Traveller


Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Currently own - 1971 Honda CL450

2009 Triumph Speedmaster.

Currently own - 1980 something TS185s x 2

1979 CB650Z

Currently own 1986 BMW R80RT (It's naked no fairing)

1999 Gilera FXR Runner. 180cc 2 stroke scooter.

1987 Honda Transalp XL600VH (Zombie Slayer)

1967 Sears Gilera 106SS

1981 Suzuki DR500 

2007 Yamaha Scorpio 225

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