Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I am still without a motorcycle and I am now in the northern hemisphere where it is too cold for me to consider riding for a while (although I hear some brave souls on the weekend taking off in the early hours).
So I am spending considerable time reading about other people riding over at the ADV site and lots of gear reviews over at Web Bike World.
If you have not visited either of these excellent sites before then be prepared to lose many hours or days of your life.
I like the look of the new 2014 CB1100 (EX) however not sure I will buy another one...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Some big name expensive helmets only score 3 out of 5 stars while some budget helmets manage to score a full 5 stars. It is an interesting site and even if you have a particular brand or style you prefer it is worth a look before you get spun the well worn '$50 helmet for a $50 head' sales talk when next shopping for a new lid - just so you hold the upper ground.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
The open road beckons
Relaxing by the water
Forgotten train station
Country town charm
Outlaws in the USA. We call them Bushrangers
This is Australia
And this is my last ride report on Australian roads for a long time.I have sold the CB1100 and I am relocating overseas permanently. I had planned a big farewell ride but weather cut it short. That’s the bad news. The good news is I have new riding to look forward to in Asia, Europe and North America. Until then take care and enjoy your riding.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Despite my previous poor results with a Vista cruise control for motorcycles (which was really throttle lock device same as this is) I have decided to try another design since I have a large Australian tour coming up soon.
The Photon Cruise 2 is a small device that clips on to your handlebar grip and to engage you simply use your finger to press it forward on to your brake lever. (See the next photo to visualise) You can get them on eBay for about $20 and fitting is just a few seconds.
To disengage you are told to simple wind the throttle forward and the device will slip to allow the throttle to close.
I was wondering how a device could both hold the throttle open but then allow it to close by simply twisting it with wrist. And unfortunately in operation the device, on my bike, does not hold the throttle open well at all, the grip slowly slides and the throttle slowly closes.
Bumps and vibrations perhaps play a part and on smooth road I did get it to hold a couple of times and then as with any throttle lock you are then either accelerating slowly or decelerating slowly but never maintaining a steady speed since when riding we make tiny adjustments to the throttle to maintain a steady speed against varying resistance of wind and gradient. Despite that a short relief from wrist cramp on a long tour is still of value but nothing like the mile crunching power that electronic cruise delivers.
(Update: I have managed to get the device to grip better by adding the rubber ring that is provided for metal grips but the speed of course remains always falling or accelerating)
The Photon is easier to fit and engage than the Vista but so far does not actually work that well. It is not intrusive so I will leave it on and give a long term update after my tour.
Related to this (and as readers might know) I previously also tried the wrist rest Throttle Jockey and Crampbuster devices on tour but found them to be too intrusive. To be able to rest your wrist at highway speed throttle position the device needs to be installed angled up high towards the sky at low speed throttle positions. (or if fitted flat as in the marketing photos it ends up pointing down to the road once the throttle is open) It is very easy to accidently open the throttle more than you wanted at low speeds when fitted as needed so I gave up trying to use them.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I have collected some of my one day ride reports as part of a tidy up of the blog. Plenty of ideas here for places to ride from Brisbane or Gold Coast. Note some of the rides date back a little now but likely not much will have changed in these areas.
Click the orange text below each photo for the ride report.