Thursday, August 30, 2012

Something else I want to blow my money on

My first car was a 1991 Honda Accord. I loved that car with all my heart. No pesky electronics to get in the way of my teenage recklessness, and the E-Brake was placed (almost too) perfectly for superb leverage and accessibility. As it's clock rolled over to 340,000km, it's lack of reliability became a concern. And so I invested in my second and current car, a 2001 Ford Focus Station Wagon.

The Focus is the pinnacle of reliability and practicality. Good fuel mileage and huge cargo capacity made it the ultimate skier car. That beautiful steed spent it's days shuttling myself and other athletes all over Alberta and BC. It was even able to moonlight as an RV. But since retirement, I no longer have needs, only wants. And I want a toy. So that brings me to the next thing I want to blow my money on.

A Subaru WRX STI.

It's been decided - I want one. However, a difficult decision lies ahead. Do I want a Second, or Third Generation car?

Second Generation

The Second Generation styling inspires a greater boner. It was offered exclusively in a sedan, gaudy oversized spoiler included, which really let's the world know I'm no soccer mom. And that's important in a car, right?

Third Generation
The Third Generation looks quite a bit more pedestrian. You're lucky if it inspires a half-chub. Then you jump inside and notice the technology. Ohhhhh baby, the technology! The Drive Controlled Center Differential gets me all hot and bothered. Seriously.

Ha, who am I kidding.
I'm getting the Third Gen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stuff I want to blow my money on

So, since I don't really train and compete any more, I don't have much new to blog about.

I work a job.

Well, that's what's new for the last month.

Now, something crazy has happened since I started working - I have money. I've started spending money on things I would have abstained from before, and yet there's still more money than before. Seriously. If you've never had full-time, gainful employment before; I will tell you that this shit is thoroughly good.

So here goes a new topic - stuff I want to blow my money on. Today's thing - a new leather race suit.

I push my own limits pretty hard when racing motorcycles, and as a result, I've been down more times than a Tijuana hooker. So my leather suit is getting shagged. Holes in the shoulders, tearing seams, and flaps of leather just hanging out. It was also a bargain purchase - under $300 for a brand new suit. It's my size, but the proportions are off. Loose around the gut, but painfully tight on the thighs and forearms. It's a little restrictive around the shoulders, too, which makes looking "through" corners pretty tough. So, a custom suit it is.

Custom tailored leather suits can get pretty pricey, but I think Spartan Leathers is the ideal choice. Quite cheap in the custom world, but highly regarded and positively reviewed.

Right now, I'll gladly toss $1000 away in exchange for fit and mobility. Plus, you get to choose the colours. You also get titanium plates that probably spark super cool when you crash.

Definitely can't wait to blow my money on this.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Electronic Stability Control

Almost all modern vehicle have some form Electronic Stability/Traction Control systems. They're meant to help keep the driver in control, and maintain overall vehicle stability.

I haven't got a real problem with these systems. I believe they can be dangerous if people grow to rely on these systems, believing their vehicle's computers will save them if they get into trouble. But for the most part,  they do their jobs.

What's starting to irritate me is the lack of freedom with these systems. The industry seems to be making these systems compulsory. You can't disable it!

I'm currently driving around an hour everyday on rough lease roads. The condition isn't really THAT bad, and I would personally have no immediate issue driving my Ford Focus on these roads. But the vehicle I'm driving, a 2012 Dodge RAM 3500, seems to disagree. The built-in electronic stability control is constantly imposing. For some reason a 0.5 second wheel slip requires a full on intervention. The truck immediately loses power, falls flat on it's face! Once the system has decided the conditions are acceptable, control is returned to the driver and we continue along.

In all honestly, there is no reason for it's intrusion. I drive responsibly, well within my personal skill and my vehicle's capabilities. I wish I could disable the system completely. As it is, it'll just burn itself out. Or cause excessive brake pad wear.

Anyways, pointless rant over. Have a picture of the sun setting behind my rig.