Hi and welcome. This is a blog mostly about motorcycle touring. Originally started to show places to ride in my area, it now covers many of the best riding roads in Australia - but the info is scattered about. I had taken a break recently and experimented with social media but will return to blogging in 2013 when I will be riding many more places in Asia. Thanks for visiting, IC.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Went for a good ride today. The weather was threatening, even spitting at times but got a fine run all day. Alot of wet bits of road, some on corners hiding in the shadows which gave my ride partner moment at Mt Mee but no enough to spoil anything - car drivers tried hard to do that on every nice bit of twist and turn road (as happens sometimes) but got a good run in many places too.
Met some riders at the Mt Mee lookout, and got a visit by policeman who didnt inspect every bike up close but no doubt looked them all over - mostly stock bikes in the car park at that time and after he left a few more modified bikes arrived - good timing on their part.
Had some brunch at Maleny and then rode to Mapelton and down the Dulong rd and to Palmwoods and then back roads to Eudlo and Mooloolah and Beerwah - nice riding there with lots of corners some twisty and some sweepers followed of course by the Peachester forest section.
My bum was getting sore on way home despite using the air hawk cushion - and this is only a short ride compared to what I normally do so got alot of work to do on ride quality if I am going to make the bike work for me. I have the air-hawk mounted length ways now - much better and if not for it I would have been unable to walk by now!
So guess who we see back at Mt Mee, Mr policeman who goes past us when we stopped to let traffic clear to get a clear run on some corners and then turns off somewhere and comes up from behind us - sneaky - except we had just pulled over again due to heavy traffic and my sore bum.
Then he pulled over ahead on the decent into Dayboro waiting for us with radar gun - lucky I thought he would be trying to get us so was going slow - actually did a slow ride the whole mountain as stuck in car convoy and fearful of him sitting around the next bend all the time.
Anyway alls well - didnt get a ticket and was good to get out and use the new bike even if it is trying to buck me off it over bumps at times. Spotted one of the Ducati sport classics at Mt Mee, and wonder now what their suspension is like, I elected not to buy one due to no adjustments but with the money I have had to spend on the MV so far ...
Posted by Iron Chef at 17:28
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Ahh inline 4's - silky smooth engines - ahm well revs wise maybe but they create a buzz in the handle bars like no other engine does.
I purchased a pair of over sized Stainless steel extra heavy bar ends to try solve this problem.
The ordering was easy, communication excellent and product arrived quickly. They are very well presented items and fit easy and look good.
The buzz has been reduced a bit, but its still there. Definitely a improvement and every bit helps as otherwise your hands go numb on a long ride. At lower rpm's say below 5000rpm the buzz or vibe is reduced a size able amount, but as revs rise the buzz returns to full power. So I was trying shift up to top to keep revs real low but there is a limit to this as a inline 4 doesn't have much torque unlike a twin which you can ride around on 1500rpm.
Verdict - they help reduce the buzz - but bit more still needed, might have to replace grips as well.
Posted by Iron Chef at 00:13
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I had a terrible time with my MV Agusta's ride quality and tried to make it more comfortable via suspension but only got so far and then was going to get the seat re padded until I remembered reading about these and thought I would give them a try.
These things really are very comfortable!
To start with there are many sizes but I had to go for the smallest actually listed as a pillion seat cushion as all the others were too big for the tiny MV seat.
To inflate you simply unzip the side and unscrew the valve and inflate so that you have something that wont bottom out when you sit on it bit also not over inflated either which lowers it's effectiveness.
Install on the MV is awkward ... it doesnt fit really either way I lay it on due to the shape of the bikes seat. I elected to sit it across the seat (ie sideways) as length ways it seems too narrow - but I may try that way next.
Once rolling you can feel it absorbing the bumps. You float on top of the cushion of air and I can see how people could do very long rides with the larger versions of these on a tourer or cruiser in total comfort.
The only thing I didn't like first ride was how you do move around a little bit. Imagine sitting on some firm jello - thats the feeling but the jello moves backwards under acceleration which is bit off putting.
Update - now much better - worked out I had the pad over inflated, have it now 1/2 inflated and it doesn't move about like jello anymore and also have placed the cushion as far forward as possible which makes it fit well. Now 100% happy.
Update #2 - Now 1 year into use and I don't know how I rode a motorcycle without one of these before. I can ride all day without any numb bum and have no lower back issues that I always experienced when in a saddle for a long day. I have had Corbin seats before and they are better than factory however the air hawk is significantly more comfortable again. They now come in more sizes too so you probably can get one that is shaped closer to your bikes seat shape. I am happy enough to keep using mine as is whilst I have the Brutale and look at that on my next motorbike if needed.
Another photo here
Still using the same Airhawk, have done plenty of miles since interstate, 700km day rides and rain or sun it shows little sign of wear so far. I now have it on my 2009 Buell XB12r and it fits that well. Put them across your seat, you want to spread the weight and stop the sesat sides cutting in to your legs. Also I agree with the comment to try less air, you can get away with perhaps 1/3 inflated if your seat is flat enough, like the Buells. On the MV Agusta I needed to keep about half inflated due to narrow shape.
There are those previously mentioned new models out from when I first purchased mine and I would look at the smaller of the regular models as an alternative to mine depending on the size of your bike seat (and bum)
Amazon seem to have the best prices on these lately if this is of any assistance.
Had a few comments about "you sit on that?!" or "Wouldnt have anything on my seat" or "looks stupid" Actually what is stupid is the same guys not riding very far because they are more worried about image.
As you can see above it only is immediately noticeable because fabric is not as black as the seat. I could take the cover off and dye it for about $4 for a block of black dye and a disposable bucket but I am not bothered thus far. If it gets too faded I might freshen it up.
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Posted by Iron Chef at 23:53