Thursday, December 3, 2015

2016 BMW R1200GS Technology Revelations

Hey, it’s been a month and I’ve covered 1,700kms, completed my first service and incidentally had two revelations riding the 2016 BMW R1200GS.

Admittedly I was weary of so much technology. My experience with this much technology tells me that what it really means is, stuff can go wildly wrong. And by wildy, I mean wildly expensive.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

First days first 1,000kms with a Triple Black GS

After four months of indecision about my purchase, it was upon me in a flash.

It was all sorted, in a rare collision of coincidence and timing I’d pick the GS up Monday arvo and do a ritual lap of the beach, then set out the next morning to cover the first thousand kilometres in two days climbing my way to Mt Hotham and back.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Stuck in moto limbo

I’m in one of those sticky situations - stuck in moto limbo trying to sell a bike to buy another one. Hopefully without trading it in, so as not to lose massive wads of cash.

There are so many different ways to approach it, I decided to go for the private sale to someone who knows a bargain when they see it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Non-riders don’t get it

I had a day in the shed recently, just cleaning up and putting shit in its place plus an oil change for the DRZ.

Turns out that was well overdue looking at the state of the black looking muck that came out. Must make more effort to accurately time my oil changes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Totally addicted to power

I’ve been hooked on speed from a young age and I was introduced to it via motorcycles.
I’ve had bikes for longer than I can remember, motorbikes and pushbikes and when I turned sixteen Dad got me a little Ford Cortina MkII Coupe.

I just like going really fast and I discovered it quite early on I guess you could say. It’s addictive and exhilarating, and naughty. What a great combo for a good time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Follow the fast guy

Had one of those magic days recently, middle of the week, perfect weather and an empty schedule, until *George texts one word. "Ride?"

F**k yeah! I replied and after exchanging meeting times the next morning we were off a bit after 9am.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

10 Advancements in Technology for Motorcyclists

Hey.

Last we spoke I was crapping on about integrated GPS systems in dashboards and it whet my whistle for more technology so I started a list of interesting new technology and quickly realised there is a lot more to cover right now than just GPS dashboards, or hoverboards for that matter.

So here is my list of 10 Advancements in Technology for Motorcyclists.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Motorcycles and the ever increasing technology afforded to them

Have you noticed how advanced some of tech is on motorcycles is lately? Mind bending acronyms surround the purchase of any machine, ABS (Anti Lock Brakes), DTC (Dynamic traction control), DDC (dynamic Damping Control), ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and of course GPS.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A little bit of everything motorcycles

G'day, it’s been a quiet few weeks since I wrote, which doesn't mean that there hasn't been much motorcycle activity to speak of, au contraire it's been a little bit of everything motorcycles that needs to be unpacked, so I'll get stuck in.

I've been drawing lots. Lots and lots of motorbikes of course. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Peaceful Motorcycle Warrior

Hello, I’m in a story telling mode so kick back and enjoy a bit of a rave about growing up, martial arts and learning self-respect, a story about becoming a Peaceful Warrior.

Many years ago I read ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman, and it really struck a chord with me. Equal parts fact and fiction apparently, Millman talks about ‘Socrates' a wizard of sorts who leads a wayward ‘Dan’ on a journey of enlightenment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The motorcycles of Mad Max Fury Road

It's finally here, Mad Max Fury Road, and both me and I was hanging out to see it, so I headed to the cinema for the full eye-searing ear-popping big screen experience.

Some fans won't take kindly to the main protagonist not really being Max, let alone female I'm sure, but I found it refreshing and dare I say it, original.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The never-ending search for the perfect all rounder

Hi there.

For the last ten years I have been on the never ending search for what I call the perfect all round motorcycle. It’s possibly a futile search but a hell of a lot of fun so I’m going to review the contenders and where I have come from, and wrap it up with what’s about to land down under in July.

Could the search finally be over?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I motorcyclist, and MS Survivor

Howdy. Question: what would you do if someone told you that you had Multiple Sclerosis and there is no cure? July 4, 2009 I found myself pondering that exact situation.

It was difficult to process, I admit. Multiple Sclerosis? MS? Isn't that an acronym for Microsoft? Huh? All I could recall of MS was that one on my mum’s best friends died from it in the late 70s, I knew her and it was terrible.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Uclear HBC200 Bluetooth Headset Review

Yo. Once I had music cheaply installed in my lid it was inevitable that one day I would upgrade.

A wise man (for his years) once said to me, 'buy it once, because you get what you pay for’ and once again, he was right, so here's my review of the Uclear HBC200 Bluetooth Headset.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Why a DRZ makes the best commuter in the world


Sometimes when I feel shit, like every day when I wake up in pain, I like to consider all the excellent things I have worked for in my life and it lifts me; it gives me the chutzpah I need to block it out, to get up and ‘just keep swimming’.

Today it's all about the best little commuter motorbike in the world: The Suzuki DRZ 400. Who knew that soooo much joy could come out of $4,500?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How to lose your motorcycle license in 15 mins

Howdy. This is a short story sucks, it's about a short relationship with a bike that had a short temper mostly in the throttle region.

Before this tempered Japanese inline four found me, I had a really great time with a Buell XB12X. It was a great bike and it did four ADRs with me, which is the most of any bike I’ve owned, and in fact it stands as overall, the bike that I settled on the longest.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A mellow unicorn motorcyclist riding a magic carpet: ADR

Hi there. This year's ADR (9) took on the shape of a camp out, we didn't travel in a big loop staying at different places like we usually do but instead we stayed at the one place arriving late around 6pm on Saturday night, then venturing out the next morning and returning that night, finally to ride home back through Mansefield on the Public Holiday Monday, Australia Day.

Big advantage being able to leave your luggage in a room somewhere of course.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Charging accessories for your motorcycle for less than $30

Hiya.

It feels like just yesterday that we rode four days through blistering Australian heat, from Melbourne to South Australia’s south coast, around to Mildura and back to Melbourne last Australia Day and yet, here we are again about to venture off for the ninth annual Australia Day Ride. You can read about previous adventures here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The motorcycle riding stuff no one tells you

Yassou.

Older brothers will tell you nothing when it comes to riding motorbikes. It’s their lot in life to torture their younger siblings and rise above them as better riders; teaching them means roosting dirt in your face as they rip past on bigger, faster motorcycles.

At least that’s how I remember growing up.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Get back on ya motorbike and RIDE!

Waddup? last time I checked in I wrote about losing my nerve.

A quick catch up on that post is here if you aren’t up to SPEEEEED. Yes it’s true, I turned into a yellow bellied gecko and got back in a cage for some years after leaving a motorcycle life behind in good ole rAdelaide, and moved to Melbourne.