Bonus Good Deed for the Week

Strangely enough my week continued to be interesting. While walking to get coffee (chai tea) I came across two motorcyclists looking at the bottom of a 2016 Triumph Street Twin with a small puddle of oil underneath it. I had to ask if they needed help.

They answered no, but as we chatted it turned out that they could use an allen wrench set which I had on my motorcycle.

Not a big deal, but it is always great to chat with other riders. Helping them even a little bit making it better.

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My Good Deed of the Week

While walking to my office talking on the phone to my wife I heard a crunch from behind me. It sounded a bit odd, but when I glanced behind me I didn’t see anything weird, so I continued on my way. However, since I wasn’t done talking to my wife by the time I got to my building I turned around and headed back. I walked back to see two women staring at a motorcycle, I couldn’t exactly make out what they were saying but it sounded to me as if they backed into it. I looked at it as I walked by but didn’t see anything.

Then I noticed they got in the car with out leaving a note. In a fit of just in case I decided to snap a picture of the plate as they drove off. I then decided to take a closer look at the bike and sure enough the rearset was completely busted.

I left a note and my business card on the bike letting the owner know that I had a picture of the plate and to contact me.

Sure enough an hour later he contacted me and I gave him a copy of the photo. Later I spoke to the police telling them what I saw and heard, while not enough to accuse them of hit and run it was enough for them to help the owner of the motorcycle track them down. Luckily the owner of the car decided to exchanging insurance information was the right thing to do.

Who knows what would have happened had I not gotten the photo, I’m just glad I was there and could help a fellow motorcyclist out.

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I’m Still Riding: Just Not Writing

I don’t know where the time has gone, but it has been nearly a month since I’ve posted a blog.

Too long. I’ve been doing lots of other things and maybe I’ll post up about them if you want, but this a blog about motorcycles so I’m going focus on that and share how that has been going.

On the motorcycle related front there has been forward movement on my new Aerostitch and I hope to get an post on that up when I finally get it. As far as riding the motorcycle I’ve mainly been racking up the miles commuting to and from work, but not doing anything really exciting on the bike except the occasional long way home.

The only riding I’ve done besides commuting was a nice ride on my birthday last week. I grabbed my brother and rode out to Pescadero and back. I wanted to do something longer, but I wasn’t feeling that great in the morning so decided to cut it a bit short. We instead rode Tunitas Creek Road for the first time. Which is somewhat funny since it’s so close to me. For a long time I wasn’t sure where that road went, and most of time time when I pass it I’m already headed somewhere else. Recently I looked at it on a map and found out where it lead and decided that someday I would ride it. Well that day came and it was fun. It’s only one lane and despite the decent pavement it’s not something you’re ever going to go that fast on. It’s very pretty, and I’m bummed I forgot to stop and take some pictures. Not that I was doing much of that.

Truth is that if we didn’t stop to get some artichoke bread in Pescadero I probably wouldn’t have anything to show for the day except for good memories and narrower chicken stripes.

Pescadero in July, Love the California Coast.

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Time for a New Roadcrafter

I got my aerostich early 2008, since then I’ve ridden easily over 100,000 miles in it. I have other gear, I almost never wear it. The Roadcrafter is just too easy to wear and is generally more comfortable than other options. Which means I wear it on average five times a week. Which means I’ve worn it for over 2,000 rides (or twice that if you count going to and from work).

It’s weathered a couple of minor incidents with the pavement with no complaint, and when I really needed it in 2010 it did it’s job, keeping my skin intact and leaving me with only impact injuries.

The miles have taken their toll though. The only good thing is that I look like I’ve ridden tons of miles since the suit is nicely faded. The red ballistics are now pinkish and orange. However, it’s showing it’s age in some less cool ways. The stitching in some areas is beginning to come out and the fabric is worn in many high use areas. I’ve had to replace the zipper pulls on the main zipper two or three times, and the leg zipper at least once. They just wear out with daily use. The snap on the cuff of the right leg finally gave up a month ago.

Snap is done, and it’s definitely looking a bit ratty.

I’ve been talking about getting a new suit for ages, and as silly as it might sound the snap breaking was something of the last straw.

A new suit would be nice for many reasons. It will fit better for one, I’ve lost about 20lbs or so since I got the first one and I ordered it with hip pads which needed extra room to make fit. Those hip pads though were super annoying though, so I haven’t used them in years, without them in the suit is very baggy. A new suit would also be more waterproof, not only have they improved the design, the Gore-Tex and waterproofing have simply aged to the point that it just doesn’t shed water like it used to.

With all that being said, I have decided to actually get a new Roadcrafter Suit. I bit the bullet and ordered a new Aerostich R3. I went for a more durable and classic look with black on black. Not the most visible but what can I say I’m a slave to fashion.

Ordering a custom suit is a bit of a process, once I’m all done and get the new suit I’ll post pictures of it and talk about how it went.

The scuff mark from my crash in January.

The stitching is going and the fabric is wearing out.

 

 

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Tire Life on the Hyperstrada

I March I put new tires on the Hyperstrada. I chose to go with the Bridgestone BT-023’s that I’ve use in the past on the Monster.

I hope the life that I got out of them isn’t going to be the new normal for the Hyperstrada, because just over 6,000 miles isn’t going to cut it. I got close to 10,000 miles from these tires (different size) on the FrankenMonster, so getting only about 60% of the life was disappointing.

It’s down to the wear-bars already!  Those Chicken Strips are huge too…

I’ve been thinking as to why I got such poor mileage and I can think of only a few reasons.

The first is that I’m now riding a motorcycle that puts about 100 hp down through that rear tire. That’s about a 50% increase in horsepower compared to the FrankenMonster. I can imagine that eating up my rear, though I was hoping the harder compound was going to handle it a bit better.  I might be able to mitigate this if I take it easier on my acceleration. This however is much easier said than done. Accelerating hard on a motorcycle is one of life’s purest joys, I’m not sure I’ll be able to give this up. Though the pain of replacing a rear tire every three or four months might change my mind.

The second thing that might have hurt tire life is that I wasn’t as good a checking my tire pressure as I should have been. I don’t know how much this might have hurt tire life. The pressure never got that low, but I’m going to definitely try to be better on the next set of tires to see if it helps.

Besides those couple of things I can’t think of anything else. If you have tips on getting better life out of your motorcycle tires I’d appreciate hearing them.

I guess we’ll see how long the new rear lasts.

I was out last weekend, getting the last bit of life out of those tires.

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Ride to Work Day

Ride to Work Day is next Monday.

For some of us it’s also tomorrow, next Tuesday and every other day.  Last year I made the effort to do something special and took the long way to work. It was also the Summer Solstice so I made sure I was somewhere I could watch the sunrise.

Skyline is a good place to watch the Sunrise.

This year I plan to do something similar, it won’t be the Solstice, but watching the sunrise somewhere scenic isn’t a bad plan.

I would suggest that you all, make the effort to ride to work next Monday and if it’s something you already do, go the extra mile to makes it something special. The memories are worth it.

 

 

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How to Kill a Cell Phone

I’m constantly wrecking my nice things in an effort to hopefully save my readers from doing the same. A few months ago it was my new motorcycle, this time it’s my cell phone.

While it really isn’t news that water will kill most electronics, especially cell phones, it is unexpected when said cellphone is in what should be a waterproof case.  Admittedly a waterproof case that had already lived a hard year, and I knew was leaking just a little…

Apparently the little was enough, as my phone died on me halfway through my workday.

The lesson? Obviously is to make sure that if you are using a RAM mount or any other mount for your cellphone is to make sure you have it in a working waterproof case.

For the record, I’ve been using Lifeproof cases for my phones. I’m very prone to dropping my phone and it keeps it safe though after about a year the corners are shredded and it’s time for a new case.

I just need to replace it before it leaks and means I need a new phone as well as a new case.

Live and learn… Hopefully I’ve saved you a painful lesson as well.

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