I Was On the Cafe Racer/ADV Podcast!

October 31st, 2016, 9:22 am

Hi guys!

I was invited to be a guest on the Cafe Racer Podcast this weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tXmAv4Ql6M

I’m so grateful to be invited to participate. What a great bunch of people! I had so much fun.

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Rolling Up On Another 250

October 2016

Rolled up on a 1985 Honda Rebel 250. Guy didn’t speak much English but cool bike. Antique plates.

He didn’t really know what year his bike was. I’m always curious about these guys who know almost nothing about the details of what they’re sitting on. It seems to happen all the time. Don’t know the year, don’t know the engine size, can’t remember if it’s a Kawi or a Honda … I mean, did you steal it today or what?

This guy was nice though. His lane discipline was atrocious, but you get that a lot here.

https://youtu.be/H8u4HVekkig

Added a Shoulder Bag

October 17th, 2016, 9:41 am

There were some threads going around on Reddit showing people adding a shoulder bag to their bike. I really liked the look so I picked one up; they’re not expensive at all.

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The bag is attached under the seat with heavy duty zip-ties. It sits right in front of the left-hand side cover.

I had thought from the pics on Reddit that the bag would get in your leg’s way, but it doesn’t. You never feel it at all.

I put a pair of rain pants in there, and put my gloves in when I get off the bike.

The straps on the bag are held down with magnets; you don’t really have to unbuckle them every time.

Here are the Reddit threads about it, with pics on a Triumph or something:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … to_saddle/
http://i.imgur.com/LEslUd5.png

https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … cover_bag/
https://i.redd.it/prujr8xj0pmx.jpg

Here’s the bag:
https://www.amazon.com/Shoulder-Militar … RY6HKJWV8A

Trust Your Instincts

August 5th, 2016, 12:44 pm

Lesson learned: trust your instincts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3aFXo93A8Y

I had started feeling surrounded by cars and saw a squeeze coming up ahead so I downshifted and slowed down a bit, and an impatient guy in a white car pulled out right in front of us, going around the guy he should have been waiting behind. He was hidden from me by a turning SUV, but trusting my gut feeling (moto spidey senses?) had me slower already and had my covering the brake, so that when I needed to slow aggressively it was not too much of a challenge by then.

I was actually surprised that I had been right, that some insanity was coming up soon.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!

Okeechobee Ride #1

June 1st, 2016, 1:48 pm

Took a long ride with about 9 friends from work last Saturday, we went up to Lake Okeechobee and back. Good times.

My little bike is the orange one, 2nd from the right.
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The Ducati Monster 821 got a lot of attention at all the rest stops.
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Patriot 9/11 Memorial, Wellington FL.
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Homebrew GPS Route Mapping

Howto:

1. Create route in Google Maps “My Maps” section. You can create waypoints, notes, alternate routes, etc.

2. Share the map and copy the URL link to your clipboard.
3. Convert that URL to a GPX file at GPS Visualizer:
http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/convert_input
3.A) – click the download link there, it saves a GPX file on your computer.
4. Email that GPX file to yourself.
5. Install OsmAndMaps on your iPhone or Android phone.
6. Check email on your phone. Open the email, tap the attached GPX File.
7. Choose “Open with OsmAndMaps application”

Enjoy. Once the map is loaded into OsmAndMaps, you can follow it even with no cell signal, anywhere.

Hat tip to the pace podcast, and their listener Chris Duffey, for this method.

Manracks Luggage Rack & Blinker reloc Installed, New Mirrors, Too

April 11, 2016

I ordered the over-fender luggage rack and turn-signal relocator kits from Manracks a week ago.

Shipping was very prompt, I think Mike had them out the same day.

The luggage rack is very sturdy. Solid. The paint job is even and looks thick. The bolt location was perfect.

The turn signal relocator bracket attaches at the same location on the rear grab-bar as the luggage rack. They can fit one on top of each other.

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After:

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One of the rear attachment points, the forward hex head bolt, is directly under a bar on the luggage rack, making it more difficult to install than it needed to be – there is no room for socket so you are left using an open ended wrench instead. Trying to do that while holding the bottom nut still with a different wrench, while trying to keep the parts from falling off the bike, all really requires two sets of hand – one of them preferably very small. I had an 11-year old help, his smaller hands really worked out well.

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I found it was easier to install the bolts after taking the brake light assembly off, otherwise it was way too tight a space to work down there on the rearward bolt.

Only one negative comment: I will say that the hex head bolt included in the kit were garbage. The hex head was soft, it did not fit my metric wrenches correctly, was just a crummy piece. Do yourself a favor and replace them with quality stainless fasteners. (The washer and the nylon-insert nut was fine.) I opted for a replacement philips-head bolt instead of a Hex because if I need to take it off on the road I am likely to have one screwdriver and one wrench with me – not two wrenches the same size. But it was a little tough to get to from above, maybe there was a better way than what I did. The space was so cramped, I was just glad to be done with that work. Your choices may vary.

Mike’s service was excellent, he got back to me quickly when I had a question (whether I could combine both products) and seems like a nice guy.

However this is a fairly small complaint, overall, and it’s not a reflection on the manufacturing of Mike’s products – just the hardware included.

I still need to move the turn signals to the new attachment points. I intend to use the stock indicator brackets as a way to hold some small boxes (ammo boxes, actually) that I’m going to bolt on there.

I also picked up a pair of bar-end round mirrors. I really liked the look of Robbo’s mirrors in this thread. I found a similar pair on Amazon. They went on very easily, using the existing bolt with the bar-ends still in place (only after I learned about how the expansion plug works in this thread I created. Mistakes were made, and corrected, and lessons learned). The replacement mirrors have a wider view, are much less prone to vibration, and look the way I want. And I don’t have a view of my shoulders anymore – I can see behind me.

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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

Feb 15 2016

I did my 1st scheduled service yesterday, it was a few miles early of 600 but it was going to be my only available Saturday for a few weeks so I went ahead and did it. Afterwards I wanted to drive with the good oil in (wow what a difference, shifting is so smooth now) so I spun her out to the southern point of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge (link 1) (link 2) in western Broward/Palm Beach County FL.

It’s a pretty spot to look out over the Everglades, and folks use the boat ramp to put in airboats.

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