Sunday, March 28, 2010

Avenir Classic Comfort Cycling Gloves

Avenir Classic Comfort Cycling Gloves

  • New design upgrade of the original classic crochet glove.
  • Big weave crochet breathes and stays cool.
  • Absorbent brow wipe.
  • Compression foam padding is thicker at highest bar contact points, thinner to increase easy gripping
Product Description
Avenir by Raleigh is the premier bicycle accessory line from legendary Raleigh Bicycles.

Classic hillclimb

Mad Cow Classic hillclimb p/b Mesa State cycling team

no reason not to palp a fixie in the hillclimb.
Tyler M. bibs up represents for the hipsters here in Fruita, USA. when he's not crushing the vert, Tyler teaches middle school about 30 km from where he lives with his wife (and recent addition to family, Lucille) in Fruita. he usually commutes on the same bike. i'm pretty sure that he was rocking "Tommy" on the mod headphones as part of his warm-up routine.

in Le Tour de France, if a rider is fortunate enough to pass through their home town during one of the stages of the race, the pelican sometimes allows them the honor of riding ahead of the race in order to greet their families and friends who have gathered at the roadside and waited throughout the day for the arrival of their hero.
things being a bit more chill here in Fruita, Tyler didn't have to ride off the front of the bunch in order to get some last minute quality time with his new baby & baby's mama, Bobbie.

some words of encouragement for fellow participants before the race. Netana rides for Mesa State cycling and is one of their top riders.

i raced, too

after his race, this rider claimed to have "good sensations" while climbing. most normal people would call them "hallucinations".

at the start of the race we had Netana's mom, dad, brother & Chechu distributing lights to riders who didn't have their own. they have supported Netana throughout her cycling career, in addition to getting up early on their weekends off work to volunteer at Mesa State cycling team sponsored (in addition to other local) events for many years.
this is a great opportunity to again say thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event happen, as well as the Mesa State cycling team. we'll see you again next year.

Netana's mom collects the lights as tales of the battle were regaled afterwards.

Chad: "dude... you so cut me off on that turn up there..."

Dave: "ummm, uh, well..."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Don

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Don with his 1975 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 custom trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Q and A about complacency

What is worse that a complacent car driver not paying attention to a motorcycle rider?

That motorcyclist being too complacent to notice the complacent car driver not noticing him/her.

Complacency is one of the biggest dangers of riding a motorcycle.

Be aware.
Never forget how vulnerable we are out there.

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Edited ad on information per Big D.'s comment below
Now mind you, I had no idea this had just happened when I posted this.
Check out the accident details below.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Everything Zen

Everything Zen is a song by Bush. It is the first thing I thought of the other day March 21st while riding my motorcycle with the tunes cranking from my I-Pod.

You see I now realize for the first time in over 20 years of riding motorcycles that I've been missing out. I know that lots of bikers with fairings and radios have already experienced riding while rockin, but sad to say last sunday was my first experience.

I have to wonder why I waited so long. It was like a DUH moment. I thought WTF. This is awesome! It made riding a completely different kind of experience.

Not only did the ear buds crank out the tunes, but they also acted as ear plugs to cut out the wind from going into my ears. I got those Skull Candy ones that have the soft rubbers that go in your ear. They were cheap. Like only 16 bucks! They also came with three total different sized ear pieces to choose from so you get the right fit and comfort.

I turned the music up loud enough to hear it over the rumble of the motor, but quite enough to hear if there was an emergency vehicle, or police officer behind me.

So this brought me to wonder how many other people out there ride with headphones on?

I know that it is technically illegal, but......

Moral of the story...
Everything Zen

Friday, March 19, 2010

Now Shipping: eCaddy Ultra - Multiple Gadget Mount for your Motorcycle!

Cell phone. GPS. iPod/MP3. Satellite radio. And - oh, yes, coffee in the morning!

How is a rider to mount so many gadgets on their motorcycle?

The answer is the Ultra-Caddy! Mount TWO gadgets on your motorcycle with ONE bracket.

This beautifully chromed, made-in-the-USA mount attaches to the handlebar or controls - no special tools required. Mount vertically OR horizontally! Each slotted end accommodates your choice of gadgets:

• iPod/MP3
• iPhone/cell phone
• Satellite radio
• Camera
• Radar detector
• Blackberry (PDA)
• Drink holders
• Toll passes

Thread-lock screws and the popular UltraSecurity feature ensure your electronics will NEVER leave your bike without your permission!

These are hot off the chrome-plating press and ready to make their new home on YOUR handlebar or Gold Wing / Harley switch housing. For more pictures and details about the eCaddy Ultra click here.

Get out of the Car! senior moment

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Sport Bike Jaipur

2006 Suzuki Hayabusa Super Street Bike

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Thursday, March 18, 2010


Professional photography by Pegasus Photography.

New Speed Control Method?

Speed controls being used in Eastern Canada.
Don't know 'bout you, but it would slow me down! People slow down to try to straddle the pot-holes.
This is actually a speed control devise in use! It is cheaper than cameras, especially when moved around each day.

Look at the poor dude on a motorcycle.
To me, these look like an accident waiting to happen!
I can just imagine how many rear end collisions they have the potential to cause.

Sunday, March 14, 2010



kawasaki thaiand stylekawasaki KSR thailand modif pics 1
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very unique and ancient looking, it is the first impression I got when I saw the picture of the kawasaki KSR-style modification with thailand. in thailand there was also a trend in the modification of motorcycle tires, the most visible modification is the tire of the kawasaki KSR is made very small. and I think it does not match the shape of the kawasaki KSR is similar to using a tire trail bike with such a small size. impression of the motor kawasaki KSR is very funny and silly.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Black Cat

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Black Cat on her 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883XL Low. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gadget GPS Mounting for Flat Surfaces

Don't have a round bar? But still want to mount your GPS, radio, iPod, phone, camera, beverage holder or other electronics?

The Leader Flat-Surface Mounting Bracket just might be the ticket!

The Flat-Surface Mounting Bracket works on almost ANY flat surface. So your gadget(s) can be mounted to scooters, trikes or other motorcycles with panel space. It also mounts easily to boats; ATVs/UTVs; classic cars; RVs; golf carts; and aircraft. You can move your item from motorcycle to ATV to boat (etcetera!) with just one screw adjustment!

The Flat-Surface Mounting Bracket even includes our UltraSecurity feature. This means the Bracket and electronics can be mounted at ANY angle (even 'point down') and you will never lose them (nor can they be easily stolen!). For even more flexibility, you can pair it with the UltraTilt.

It's chrome-plated and made in the USA just like our other products. It's even compatible with TechMount and RAM systems. For more details, click here.

Chout build added to CBA

Indian Chout Breeders Association

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dani Pedrosa Bike In Moto GP

B & A Cylinder Head, an Honest Motorcycle Mechanic

I just want to put a shout out to B&A Cylinder Head for being straight with me.

Earlier on a mechanic I've used in the past (name not mentioned as I do not believe in defaming anyone), I was lead to believe that I needed lifters, or (Tappits). His business was out of commission while moving so I started looking elsewhere for some other opinions on what might be wrong with my bike. After talking to some other mechanics, I had got a few opinions that it might not necessarily be my lifters making the ticking noise I was hearing during idle after the motor warmed up. I guess you could say this was an honest mistake, and or misdiagnosis. The only problem is, that misdiagnosis could have, and would have cost me some serious dough to fix absolutely nothing.

Previously, when I had my motor built up a bit, I had my bike Dyno-tuned, so I brought it to the place that did that. It turns out after a trip to B&A Cylinder Head and a Dyno set up that the ticking sound I am hearing is just my motor doing what all or most Harley motors do eventually when they have some miles on them. There is one of several parts that is worn, or off by less than 1,000th of an inch. Not enough for the naked eye to see. He said he could replace those parts for the tune of about $1900.00, and then you would be sure you got which ever one it was that was making that tick, or knock. He also went on to tell me that the noise I am hearing is nothing to worry about and that if it was his bike he would just ride it as is. If I wanted to spend $1900.00 with him, let's have me save up the money versus charging it on my credit card and putting me into debt for nothing. He said later on I could put that money to better use and put some more horsepower between my knees rather than wasting it on chasing a noise that isn't hurting anything. By the way, the diagnosis fee including setting it up on the Dyno., was way less money than what it should have been based on the time he had into figuring out what was wrong with the bike, or in this case being certain that he could say that there was nothing wrong with the bike. But he gave me a figure, and he stuck to it. Did I mention that he came and picked up and delivered my bike to me with his covered trailer, so I wouldn't have to ride it back and forth to his shop in the winter? What Excellent service!

Honesty and word of mouth advertising is EVERYTHING in this business, so I felt it was only fair to spread the word that I have found someone I am willing to share as a good honest motorcycle mechanic. He could have told me that if I didn't spend that $1900.00, my motor was in jeopardy of blowing up, and I would have handed him my credit card.

Needless to say, I'll be saving that money. He'll be seeing more of me in the future, and hopefully more of my friends who ride too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

BlackBob goes forth

Well, that pretty much brings the story up to date, BB comes out to play most weekends, sometimes gets used for the run up to work at Achnasheen and gets taken to the Loch Ness run and sometimes the Helmsdale Run (both organised by the Highland CMCC) Always ridden hard and fast, always draws a crowd when its parked up, gets mixed reactions from the public, everything from thumbs up to shaked fists (that always cracks me up!)

So what next, down the line, sometime I want to put together a stroker motor, I read about a fella in Oz who put together a 940cc bonnie motor using a Norton Commando crank in T140 cases, but that'll have to wait til Ive finished all the Indian projects!

One thing's for sure, BlackBob aint for sale!

Black Bob part 5

So 2007 came n went with a succession of modern bikes that never quite filled the gap, I got sent a pic that by a mate who'd seen BB down at a bike show in Aldershot.

Tail end of the year I got a call from Adam, he'd decided to sell BB, would I be interested?
So by selling a few Indian spares and the modern bike of the moment, I rustled up the asking price (less than he'd paid) I sorted out a man wiv a van to bring the beastie north and a week later BB was back in the lockup.
Adam had made some minor changes, the pipes were shorter and now had a kick up at the rear, which I liked, but they needed something - so I wrapped them! He'd changed the speedway bars for a narrower set and had machined up some low risers, otherwise BB was pretty much the same bike to look at.

The motor wasn't the same tho........... it started fine and would tick over, but all through the midrange there was a stuttering misfire, tried the Mag, new condenser, new coil, still the same!

Over the winter the top end got stripped down and checked over, I decided to fit a Morgo 750cc big bore kit, and a Cobb Racing sidedraft Mikuni kit from the states. These fitted early Summer 2008 BB was back on the road, the Mikuni wasnt quite running right, so I took it along to Highland MC Dyno's, just along the road from me and they got it running pretty sweet. Still a bit iffy when cold but once warmed up the motor pulls strong.

BlackBob part 4

2007 wasnt a great year! I'd had a whole lot of phonecalls from a guy called Adam down in Hampshire who really wanted to buy BlackBob, pretty much asking me to name my price, at first the answer was a definate NO! but as the winter months kicked in and the bills kept coming I was kinda getting forced towards selling him the bike. I was gathering the parts for the Stroker Scout build at this time and something had to go!
In a moment of madness, I called Adam and told him a price, he agreed (didnt expect that!) and early 2007 I met him at Abindon Services and we did the deal, a wad of cash and the remains ofthe ex Chris Knibbs T140 Flattracker came north with me, and BlackBob went south with Adam - I was gutted!

BlackBob part 3

2006 Some minor changes, I managed to persuade Pete to part with the open primary cover that he had kept hold of, coulldnt afford the ARD mag set up but to be honest I kinda like the way the Hunt hangs out there, EVERYONE asks what happens if I crash the bike on that side???!!!! dunno why, I suppose it must look kinda vulnerabloe, but at the end of the day if you bin a bike its gonna need fixed innit!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

BlackBob part 2

I rode BlackBob like that all summer 2004, straight thru hi level legburner pipes, enclosed chain primary, standard T140 brakes front and rear and the forks that came with the rolling chassis which were T140 with cut down springs to lower the front end.
Over the winter months I pulled it all apart again, forks got rebuilt with new stanchions seals and

Progressive springs which lifted the front end by about 2", calipers got swapped for nice new lightweight Grimeca alloy ones with race spec pads. A change of sprockets to give better gearing to suit the type of riding up here in the middle of nowhere. Then some trick bits - SRM alloy clutch plate, race clutch, PSP hydraulic clutch kit and Magura master cylinders for both clutch and brakes, braided stainless hoses for both. While the primary was open I fitted a Hayward belt drive.

Back on the road for spring 2005 and what a difference, great handling, gearing lets the bike pull cleanly to well over the ton, clutch is light and positive, brakes are just excellent!

Round about this time I picked up a used Jo Hunt Magneto, so the boyer got stripped off along with the alternator and now BlackBob was completely Lucas free 8-)

The difference in the motor having the alternator removed was really impressive just picks up and revs so much better.

BlackBob part 1

Pete Stansfield has tol the story so far on his Eat the Rich blog, check out T120 parts 1-4, so I'd better take up the story. Spring 2004, Ive got two projects on the go, (whaddya mean only 2???) a CCM?BSA hybrid and a rigid pre unit bonnie chop, so I'm trawling ebay for bobber junk. Now that was back in 2004, not many folks had a clue wot a bobber was, type the word "bobber" into ebay search now and you'll get your pick of everthing from T shirts n stickers to Honda Fireblades wi apehangers, back in 2004 you got about 10 items!
Anyway up comes a listing for a T120 bobber rolling chassis, down in deepest Yorkshire, I recognised it from pics I'd seen in BSH of Pete's T120 and was going to have it one way or another. Cut a short story shorter, the chassis, tank, wheels and tractor style seat arrived on my 40th birthday on a pallet, within about an hour I had the rolling chassis built up on a bench in the shop part of the petrol station that I ran at the time. Just one minor detail, I didnt have a motor for it!
On the phone to all the dealers I knew, nothing, on ebay, nothing, more phonecalls more leads and a couple of false starts later I got my hands on a fully rebuilt TR6P single carb 650cc motor, built up by a fella ready to go in a Rickman Metisse chassis to go pre 65 Scambling, but never used. All new parts inside, new carb and good to go!
The motor was fitted up, sparks were sorted out with a Boyer black box and micro digital ignition kit. Lights, who needs lights???
So a couple of months after it arrived from Petes, its on the road, christened BlackBob and getting a good shakedown at the Loch Ness Run.

Part 2 to follow

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