Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The need for speed

With our never ending police presence on our highways these days it makes sense to take to the track if you feel the need for speed without losing your license, and as a consequence your lively hood. This is one of the reasons in the last 10 years or so my riding has become fairly sedate. I've had about enough I can stand and it's time for some action.

So it's time that I got some of these......

And head to one of these.......

For some of this.......

And this........

Without worrying about seeing these....

And losing this.....

The date has been settled and the track has been booked. Time for some speed.....

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bucket List

There have been times I've been reading other motorcyclists blogs and come across some photos that I've looked at and my jaw has dropped and I thought to myself "WOW" I would love to ride my bike there. I'm sure many of you have done the same thing. I've often said figuratively that i'd better put that on the bucket list and not really thought about it to much since. So I decided that I would put together a riding bucket list, some of these I will achieve others will go un-challenged.

In no particular order here is my bucket list which I will add to at some point but this is a good start.

1.    Ride Tasmania 

2.    Ride the Tail of the dragon - USA

3.    Ride Alaska - Yukon - USA/Canada

4.    Ride New Zealand North Island

5.    Ride New Zealand South Island

6.    Ride Eastern Creek Raceway

7.    Ride Waterfall Way - NSW

8.    Ride on race slicks

9.    Ride a Ducati Panigale

10.  Ride Trollstigen - Norway

11.   Attend a European round of Motogp or Luguna Seca

12.   Ride the Nordscliefe

13.   Attend the Isle of Mann

14.   Ride a BMW S1000RR

15.   Ride Pikes Peak - USA

16.   Ride Philip Island Race Track

17.   Ride the Transfagarasan - Romania

18.   Ride the Great Ocean Road - Victoria Australia

19.   Ride all the inland Great Ocean Road routes

20.   Ride the Summerland way & Mt Lindsay Hwy - NSW & Queensland

21.   Ride Gwyder and Bruxner highways - NSW

22.   Ride on an Autobahn at over 300kmh - Germany

23.   Ride the Black Forest - Germany

24.   Ride through Europe(France, Spain, Austria, Swiss Alps)

25.   Meet Mick Doohan and have a beer with him.

26.   As above but Casey Stoner.

27.   Meet Troy Bayliss

28.   Ride all of the great bike roads of Southern Queensland/Northern NSW

29.   Ride to Mt Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Zion National park

30.   Ride the Full Omeo Hwy

31.   Ride Tasmania again.

32.   Ride the Mount Imlay Road.

33.   Ride around Laguna Seca.

34.   Attend the Methven & Greymouth Street races - New Zealand

35.   Do an Iron Butt Ride 1600kms in 24 Hrs on a sportsbike - Ouch

36    Do Daytona bike week - USA

37.   Attend the Suzuka 8 Hrs Race - Japan

38.   Ride a MotoGP bike(Honda or Yamaha)

39.   Ride Pacific Coast Hwy from the bottom of California up to the top of Washington - USA

40.  Camp at  Phillip Island Motogp.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Pads

It was perfect weather for riding today, but instead I did some maintenance to my bike, like that was as much fun as riding. Still in doing the service on my bike gives me a certain level of satisfaction that I know that the bike will be in good order for riding. I cast a careful eye over everything today. I'd been down to MCAS on Saturday and bought a few goodies for the bike ready for Sunday's servicing. With a little know how you can save yourself hundreds by doing things yourself.

I'd replaced the front brake pads with a set of DP brake pads.The old pads had less than the recommended 2mm of pad thickness. It looked closer to about 1mm. I also flushed the front and back lines with fresh Motul brake fluid. It had been over 2 years since I'd done this. The fluid that came out was definitely darker in colour than the new stuff. It only took 15 minutes to bleed all 3 lines.

I'd also done an oil and filter change and exceeded my expectations by not getting a single drop of oil on the garage floor, I've never been able to change it without getting some oil on the floor, that's the first time in 9 years of  living here and servicing my bike that's happened. I was pretty chuffed with myself.

I'd also cleaned out the radiator, which looks pretty badly damaged from stones. I think I'm going to have to get a new/second hand one. After that I'd degreased around the front sprocket area, chain rear sprocket and wheel. Then it was a quick wash then a polish. I'd removed about 1/2 kg of rocks and grease from the belly pan when I had it off.
Here she is in full service mode

I'd also bought a set of 90° valve stems for the wheels of my bike. I've become that pissed of with the shit compressor fittings that you get at service stations when you go to fill your tyre with air, most of them you can't get the F'ing fitting inside the wheels with the discs and spokes in the way. Frustrating to say the least. These should sort that out, but will have to get them fitted later when I'm getting my tyre changed.

Of course all of this work was overseen by my supervisor who decided she would check out my workmanship. I think I got the wink of approval.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Zealand Slideshow

After our epic trip to NZ in Feburary this year, which feels like it was years ago now I had a whole heap of photo's left over from the trip from the gopro. I thought I'd throw them together into a slideshow and put them up here.

The first one is of Arthurs Pass.

The Crown Range Road

Followed by Lewis Pass

Lastly is Buller Gorge

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Is it spring yet or still winter? I can't tell!

With our on going warm winter weather Bushpig and I decided to go for a ride today out to Oberon up in the NSW Central Tablelands. I was a bit hesitant at first picking this location for lunch as it snowed up here 2 weeks ago and riding up through the Blue Mountains in the middle of winter could be freezing cold. I shouldn't have been concerned as it was bright blue sky's and great riding weather, today's max in Oberon was a barmy 10°C it felt more like 15°C. It was a little cool at speed but otherwise a great day.

We headed up bells line of road today, the sun was shining bright which brought out the vibrant colours of the walls of the canyons in the Blue Mountains today, they were quite spectacular. I didn't stop to take photos of them today but I have before and you can find them here.

Bells Line of Road

We cross over from the Bells Line across to Mt Victoria and down through the esses and onto the great western highway. I didn't want to stay on here for long so I decided to turn off at Cox River road and ride the back way out to Oberon. Its a pretty good little back road, but has about 5 kms of dirt, but very good dirt with a great surface. Don't agree that there is such a thing as good dirt, then why would I be doing 100kmh on a dirt road on a sports bike? It soon turned back to tar and we blasted our way to the top of the valley and onto Jenolan Caves road. This little back road put you out right near Hampton. 

Blue Mountains in the distance

It wasn't long before we turned off Jenolan Caves road and then onto Duckmaloi rd for the short 24km blast into Oberon. A brief stop by the road and we could see first hand the amount of logging that goes on around here. The hills were bare for miles, but I guess we need to make guitars out of something. Both myself and Bushpig were famished by now so I suggested we hit the pub for a counter lunch. I had a steak sandwich with bacon and egg which hit the spot.

Duckmaloi Rd 

It wasn't long before we had arrived in Oberon at around 12:30 we refueled. Anyone notice that this must be one of the most expensive places in NSW for premium petrol? We met a couple of guys riding a Blackbird and another bike at the pub,they'd ridden up from Crookwell. They were just leaving as we got there. I think the food at the Royal Hotel is better than at the Tourist Hotel. We left Oberon at about 2pm and it was starting to get noticeably cool, especially in the shade. We pretty much back tracked our route the way we had come with a couple of quick breaks along the way.

Cox River Road
Coming back on the bells line on the way home, I came upon a line of 3 cars in the twisties, it was an 80 zone. There was an overtaking lane coming up and I thought it would be a good spot to get around them. The car in front of me pulled out to overtake the other two cars, I followed him out and as I got to the back of the lead car I noticed it was an unmarked highway patrol, I sat out in the breeze for a bit just behind him I was doing an indicated 85. He waited and watched me. No I'm not going to go past you, look at the other car that is leaving you for dead, do something about that mate. After about another minute he took off like a scalded cat and 2 bends later he had the other car pulled over. Ha I chuckled in my helmet for awhile about that.
Bellbird Hill Lookout

Here's the map of todays ride. Not a big ride at 320kms but a nice winters day riding.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bad Drivers

There are some seriously fucken hopeless fuckers out there that should not have a license. Seriously what the fuck.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Winters Day Ride

Up until last week we had had a relatively mild winter so far with 20°C days but then the real winter weather struck with some temps down near 0°C over night. Still the days have been ok in the high teens and still good weather for riding.

Bushpig suggested a ride which was on the cards for the last couple of weeks except something kept getting in the way. I'd text-ed Brad as I hadn't seen him for awhile(better remedy that with a BBQ soon mate). He said he'd come but I had no idea what bike he now has. Last time we rode he had a VTR1000 but had sold it. So it was a big surprise when he pulled up at my place with a brand spanking new beautiful Z1000. Mate I love your bike. I'm so jealous right now. I'd love to ride it. It's been on my new bike shopping list for a couple of years now and you've done nothing to quell that thought.

It was a cool morning but it had warmed up just nicely for the trip up the Putty road. Along the way we were passed by Batvomit on his 998 Ducati going the other way. I don't think he noticed us. Stewie stopped in at the Grey Gums Cafe even though Bushpig said we'll stop at the old half way house for bacon & egg rolls. On the way out of GGC Brad caught up to us. Hey looking sharp there on that spiffy new Z thou mate.

We eventually stopped in at the old half way house and all ordered bacon & egg rolls washed down with a drink. It was so relaxing standing out in the warm winter sun. We stood around for about 30 minutes just admiring the bikes, chatting and eating our lunch, before Bushpig had the call for an after ride beer. Good call mate. It was a fantastic winters day for a ride, not to cold at all. Good riding with my mate Brad on his new Z1000. Terrific bike, he looked chuffed to bits. Now to just wrestle that key off him.....

On another note it was also the first ride out since the new lane splitting laws have been introduced here in NSW. I must say it is now so much more fun to legally lane split and it feels like you have to do it now that it is law. It certainly does get you places a lot faster, especially travelling along Windsor road with its big wide lanes. Brad was splitting like a mad bastard on the way back, we only caught him at the Seven Hills lights.