Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Left the office yesterday and hopped on the freeway. Normal traffic, normal speeds in the car pool lane. I was cruising behind a guy on a BMW 1200 when I noticed another bike coming up quickly. Seeing he was moving much faster I made a lane position shift to allow him to pass me easily. Turns out it was a CHP guy, also on a BMW. He gave a nice wave and blew by me. A mile or so later the freeway started showing some congestion and he ended up about four cars ahead of me. The BMW rider lane split up behind the CHP officer as did a Gold Wing rider. When another CHP officer on a Harley joined in, I picked up the pace and followed. Traffic suddenly cleared and we rode in a pack down the carpool lane at 80-85 mph. With the two CHP officers in he front, no one jumped the painted lines and cut in front of us. When the freeway backed up and the lane splitting started again, that was nice as cars seemed to want to move over to let us by.... It probably will never happen like that again, but it sure was a nice ride home.....
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I get it, I really do, there is a lot of traffic in orange county. But couldn't you leave he house 5-10 minutes earlier instead of driving like a bunch of a-holes? Here I am on my motorcycle, no loud exhaust, wearing appropriate riding gear and basically being a respectable rider and then there you are. Coffee, phone, hair brush, printed directions on your steering wheel (really! A German is like 129 bucks), makeup, breakfast.....it's called driving because you are operating a motor vehicle with the ability to murder people...me included. To the little Honda civic driver on 5 south Tuesday, when you exit the car pool lane try a turn signal, and here is and idea, go out all the way once your car crosses a part of the dotted white line, your freaking ass went in and out three time before you stuck with it. I hit my brakes hard enough the second time to chirp my front tire...a bad thing on a motorcycle at 60mph. You, yeah you the a-hat in the commuter van in the carpool lane...you knew very well I was there and getting ready to pass you just before the 5at 57 went from two lanes to one in the car pool lane. What did you gain swerving out at me? Nothing, I passed you anyway. Too bad I didn't have a one inch ball bearing in my pocket, because your windshield would have had it in it. At 60-70mph I bet it leave s a mark And finally, the absolute asshat in the Toyota corolla tailgating me...with your kid in a car seat....what would you have done if I hit the brakes hard and you had a choice of running me over or hitting the cement divider? Really folks, five minutes earlier and you can drive a little less stressed. 10 minutes earlier and it's a whole new world. A motorcycle instead of your car...now that would really change your day. So orange county freeway drivers, I want to live. Can we all just get along and you leave a few minutes earlier?
Friday, February 10, 2012
Stolen from suzukicycles.org
The GSX-R750 was built to compete in the various worldwide championships as well as to be used on the street. It is considered as one the very first street-legal racers, there had been a number of sports machines but the GSX-R750 was something else. It was a revolutionary motorcycle with specifications like over 100 hp power output, less than 180 kg dry mass, 55° leaning angle, lightweight alloy double-cradle perimeter frame, 18-inch wheels and streamlined design based on the factory Formula 1 and Endurance racers.
The air/oil-cooled motor had cylinder dimensions of 70,0 x 48,7 mm and had 29 mm flat slide carbs. In a racing trim (there was a tuning kit available for competitive racing) the GSX-R750 engine provided 130 bhp. The new high-tech engine was narrower than earlier inline-fours and materials like magnesium was used to keep the weight down to minimum.
The GSX-R750 was basically a street-legal and detuned version of the works GS1000R racer. The flat slide carburetors gave faster response to the throttle compared to the vacuum carburetors. It also required the rider to be more gently with the throttle. There were no compromises, it was very quick in hands of a skillful rider but could be experienced as nervous and even dangerous.
That is certainly the case in old and abused machines. The components of the bike are all high quality but make sure that the tyres, suspension and bearings are all in good condition or the bike can scare the living daylight out of you! The GSX-R750 engine is considered as reliable but we all know that there is no such thing as bulletproof engines. The frame of the early models is not that rigid and bend easily when dropped.
The GSX-R750 entered the market in March 1985. There's not many bikes out there in mint condition, most of them are ridden very hard and seen their best days. Nevertheless the evolution of modern sports bikes started with the GSX-R750. It's a real classic.
GSX-R 750 1985
Overall Length: 2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width: 620 mm (24.4 in)
Overall Height: 1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Seat Height: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
Ground Clearance 140 mm (5.5 in)
Dry Weight: 176 kg (388 lbs)
Engine type: Air/oil-cooled 747 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 106 hp (77.4 kW)/ 10,500 rpm, 64 Nm/ 8,000 rpm.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
If you search my garage you would think I am preparing for the zombie apocalypse by hoarding motorcycle cleaning materials. I tend to favor Mothers and Meguiars products and have a cabinet full. A normal Saturday morning for me almost always involves an early washing and waxing of my bike...I figure it is payback to it for having to sit outside at the office all week. I have a pretty good system, rinse the bike, heavy suds and rinse off, then I blow dry it with a blower specifically for the job. A coat of wax on everything possible, with everything that can't be waxed treated with plastic/rubber treatment. I can do a pretty thorough job in about an hour...lot that I have done it so many times that I have a pattern or anything, and a super detailing is about 2.5 hours. I never regret investing the time as going over the bike gives me a chance to inspect it for leaks, obvious loose bolts and unusual wear patterns....plus it loos new when I am done. Now, time to slip out for a ride......