Saturday, June 23, 2012

I'm a lazy blogger

But I'm good at motorcycles.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One from the archives (I don't know why I didn't post this?)

Holy crap, Blogger is way different than the last time I posted. Interface is clean, but freaking me out!

Anyways, Motorcycle race season is quickly approaching, so I'll probably be posting about that a lot. Latest acquisition is a 4000watt Champion Generator.

This baby is a dream! Purchased brand new from Canadian Tire. Only $279.99 (Regular $599). Seriously awesome.

I've been shopping long and hard for a good used deal, but even the exact same generator was selling for over $200. So I figured the extra cash was worth it, as it comes with a 2 year warranty. Then I know it's history and how well it has been taken care of.

Fired it up already, and it runs my Suzuka Tire warmers without trouble. That might only be a 1000watt draw though - should be plenty of overhead if a friend wants in. It's also getting a special brand of love - oil from the race bike. Motul 7100 in your generator is funny, trust me.

At 68dBa, it's a little loud. Most of it is valve/piston noise, so sadly a DIY custom exhaust will do me no good. I really sincerely wanted a Honda Generator - the Honda EU3000iC is truly boner inspiring (If you're into Generators). They are rated at 57dBa, so given that decibels is a logarithmic scale, the Honda genny would be less than half as loud. It's also about 30lbs lighter than my 110lbs Champion, and it would even use a little bit less fuel. But brand new, they retail at $2,800! Used, they don't sell for less than $1000. Dang.

Maybe Honda will sponsor me someday - but probably not, I race on a Suzuki. :3

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sexy New Banner

Long "This is what I did this month cause I can be arse'd to make frequent updates" posts are retarded. So you get to read about last month, but this month.

This evening, I will discuss my first track day of the season.

Testing footpeg positioning
It's seriously awesome to get out on the new bike. I couldn't believe the amount of power it has. A 2005 GSXR600 vs. a 1992 CBR900RR. Even though they have similar peak horsepower, the GSXR hauls way more ass. I suspect it is due to more appropriate gearing, and the 150pounds less that it weighs. Either way, it was an excellent opportunity to learn about the bike and figure things out.

That said, the new bike is also super edgy. I guess I mean responsive. You can't get away with anything on it. Really bring to light ALL of my shortcomings. Throttle control needs to be perfect, or you will be all over the place. I ended the day surprisingly sore for an athlete, entirely because I had to fight against the bike so much. I was definitely getting better near the end of the day, but still have a ton of work to do.
Beautiful new white boots got marred in the incident

Also, I broke my metatarsus. With such a powerful bike, I was having a hoot sliding the rear under power. It got a little away from me and bucked me out of the seat, and my foot ended up under the rear wheel. Sucked, but I kept the bike up.

I'm also sharing a brief video of basically what happened to me, except I didn't go off the course.