Thursday, September 18, 2014

The clean up

This is the shit!!
Brasso is the best shit ever invented for cleaning metal surfaces. I have used this for years on my bike. After exposing the dirt fest that was the internals of the rear of my bike in yesterdays blog, a 10 minute session with the pressure cleaner and some brasso and good old elbow grease brought the rear section back to new stone chipped not so new.

Even with the pressure cleaner after 10 minutes nothing looked different. After rubbing in the brasso within a minute all was clean and shiny again. Thank you Brasso and you can send the cheque in the mail.

Now its time to get some riding in.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Shocking Development

News has filtered through that Bobskoot had recently passed away. It's left the motoblogging community reeling as just about everybody in the blogging community knew Bob. May you now rest in peace Bob and ride long and hard where ever you now are.

It's been raining the last few weekends so I haven't been able to get out for a ride lately. I decided that it was finally time to unleash the moths from the dusty cobweb riddled thing I call a wallet and splurge on getting my rear shock rebuilt. I've only been talking about it for about 5 years now. Maybe with an up and at em attitude like that I could become a member of the West Coast Procrastinators.

I pulled the rear shock out which took about 5 minutes and on the advise of Stu who you saw in the last post I did, I took it down to Teknik Motorsport suspension specialists at Penrith for the rebuild. I met Nick the owner, who was knowledgeable and pretty fair with the pricing.  I also got them to put in a new spring as the original fitment spring is only weighted for a 69kg rider. I had always had the spring pre load turned up to 1 from hardest and it was still too soft. It's never been any good really. The shock bump rubber at the base of the spring has crumbled into dust and is also in need of replacement.

One well past its used by date R1 rear shock

Here's the shock back with the new spring and bump rubber installed. My massive girth required a spring that could launch a shuttle into space once compressed. They re-valved the shock as well as Nick said if they didn't the rebound would send me over the moon. I didn't want to take him up on that offer so I duly had them do the re-valving. I can't afford the trip into space let alone the moon.

One rebuilt R1 shock complete with new spring and bump rubber

Compression Damping screw with
pre-load below that

Here it is fitted back into the bike, it wasn't to difficult at all really. I reset all of the pre-load, rebound damping and compression damping back to factory settings.

Then I adjusted them harder by 1 notch each. I'll give that a shot for a starting point and adjust from there. It has to be much better than when it was new.

The pic on the right shows the Compression damping screww at top with the blue ring and under neath the preload is set to 5. 4 is factory standard setting. Now just to set up the sag again with the new shock.

Below is the rebound damping screw also circled in blue.

Rebound damping screw

During the works I also pulled out the rear hugger just for some better access. What I discovered was a little disturbing. On the left hand side of the swing arm where the plastic bolted to the aluminium bracing arm the plastic had rubbed it's way into the metal. There is a pretty deep groove there at about 1mm deep. See picture below. Pulling all this stuff apart has just shown me that there is a lot more cleaning to be done. I guess there nearly 15 years of dirt, mud, clay and crap under there. 

Is Plastic mightier than aluminium? You be the judge.

Anyone got a hose?

I hadn't finished there either, as I had some bling arrive in the post yesterday that needed installing. I had broken one of the plastic windscreen bolts when I did the fluid change last month. They are really cheap plastic screws so I ordered some new ones from the interwebs. Shiney new blue anodised aluminium bolts.

And to go with that some new bar end weights to replace the stone chipped rusty original bar weights. And not just any bar weights R1 bar weights. She's all blinged up now.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The pointy end of the field

Here's a good friend of ours here at the Road to Nowhere who occasionally shows up on these pages getting down to business and showing us how its done at Wakefield park last weekend at the post classic racing. Thanks for the pics Rick.

Hope every things all right mate and it wasn't too costly for you.

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