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Triumph Demo Day   Leave a comment


I went down to Jack Trebour Motorcycles today for the Triumph Demo Day. Lots of people turned out and there were a lot of demo rides going today. It was 93 degrees when I arrived. I feel for any of these guys who were wearing leather today.

A few pictures –

The back parking lot. Most of the action was near the food at this point.

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One of the demo rides returning:

There were quite a few riders there – here are a couple of their bikes:

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That’s it!

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Posted July 17, 2010 by jeffkeith in Bonneville, General, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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A Trip Worth Following   Leave a comment


Oisin Hughes' Map for his BackToBroke Trip around the world

Here’s a great story to check out.

Oisin Hughes of Dublin is journaling his trip around the world (from “Dublin, Ireland, to New York…via Siberia”) on his latest blog: BackToBroke.blogspot.com and on his ADVRider.com thread “What goes around comes around… Dublin to New York

It’s an incredible story so far. Never having ridden a motorcycle before 2005, Oisin was inspired by the Long Way Round trips made by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in 2004 to learn to ride and to take a 34,000 mile journey through the Americas. His 2008 trip is documented in his free book “That I May Die Roaming“.

“The Big Fella” is a talented storyteller and has a lot to talk about. Here’s wishing him well on his way to Magadan!

New Pics   Leave a comment


Went out for a couple rides today. The morning ride was on the Tiger, afternoon on the MV.  New pics are in the gallery.

New MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR   Leave a comment


For several years I’ve admired MV Agusta motorcycles. They are simply “something special” to me and I never expected to own one. I believed they were simply out of my reach and my ability. Today I found out that the latter is certainly true, but the former is no longer.

My new Brutale 1090 RR, via a crappy BlackBerry camera:

I was only able to ride for about 2 hours today after picking it up. The riding position is more comfortable than I expected. I was immediately impressed with the suspension, motor and brakes on this bike.

The suspension, just setup to stock settings, is confidence-inspring and fluid under all transitions. The bike is setup better for traveling on good pavement (which isn’t always available), and keeps the tires planted. It definitely lets you know what you’re in contact with.
The brakes are Brembo’s – they work very well and will stoppie the bike without second thought. The brakes have also given me a new understanding of braking feel. They are simply outstanding.

I have not started to tap into the motor. We’ll have plenty of time for that. For the limited range I’m using now, the motor has a lot of power and the sounds it makes are fantastic.

Saturday Ride on the Bonneville   Leave a comment


the bonneville at breakfast

Bonneville at breakfast

I went for a little ride on the bonnie yesterday around the area. The ride started at the Schooley’s Mountain General Store for a Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich. mmmm, Bacon.

I gave the Flip video camera a tryout by just capturing a few minutes of footage while I was eating. The image above is taken from a snapshot of the video, which, in my estimation, turned out to be the most boring motorcycle video in history. The Flip is great for taking with me on the bike. It’s small and inexpensive and I don’t worry about it getting destroyed. The quality of the video it takes is pretty good too.  The audio is also good from the built-in mic.

The latest mod on the Bonnie is the addition of the Triumph-branded Arrow 2-into-1 stainless exhaust and an FI remap. The exhaust sounds great and the remap makes a difference in how responsive the throttle is. It was a little expensive for the pipe, but I think it was worth it. I have a set of saddlebags that I ordered with the racks that you can see on the bike in the picture, but I have to take some time away from riding the bike to put them on 🙂

It was pretty warm out yesterday, about 89*F by the time I wrapped it up. I’m glad I took the Bonnie and not the Tiger. I think the wind on the Bonnie was the only thing that kept the weather in the “pleasant” category.

The bike ran flawlessly, as always, and I did about 60 miles on mostly back roads. I didn’t stop to take any other pics. The ride was roughly the following:

Map of Ride

Map of ride

If you would like a copy of the GDB or GPX files of the route, just shoot me an email or leave a comment.

Posted May 2, 2010 by jeffkeith in Bonneville, General, Motorcycles, Photography, Travel, Triumph

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New TomTom Urban Rider GPSs Announced   Leave a comment


I just bought a Garmin Zumo 660 motorcycle GPS but while considering the other options came across some news that TomTom has recently announced their new Urban Rider and Urban Rider Pro motorcycle GPSs.

The new TomTom devices sound pretty interesting and have a simplified interface with two buttons: “Navigate to” and “Browse Map”. They are supposed to have intersection/lane guidance features, IQ Routes™ and Map Share™ for community-based map corrections.

  • Lane guidance provides more realistic views of roads and indications of which lane to use for upcoming guidance.
  • IQRoutes™ utilizes actual travel data from other TomTom users via their interaction with the TomTom Home service to improve routing. Sounds interesting but the privacy guy in me wonders if I would be comfortable letting TomTom download location information from my rides. More info available on the IQ Routes™ page.
  • Map Share™ allows users of TomTom devices to edit and update maps and contribute those changes to the community. The changes can also be downloaded

The units are supposed to go 6 hours on a charge, but remove the SD slot in order to accommodate the larger battery. Both come with a RAM Mount and the “Pro” version also includes a Bluetooth® headset (probably from Cardo).

The Urban Rider will be available in the UK in May and will be priced at £249.99 with UK & ROI Maps or £299.99 with European Maps. No word on the “Pro” version’s cost or US availability yet.

The TomTom site hasn’t been updated to show the new units. The existing TomTom Rider 2nd Edition page has more feature information on the current model for comparison.

The Engadget page on the announcement has pics

Posted April 29, 2010 by jeffkeith in General, Motorcycles

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Motorcycle Fatalities Study Released   Leave a comment


The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released some preliminary statistics on motorcycle fatalities for 2009. The good news is that for the 9 months for which they have solid numbers, fatalities are down 16% from 2008. They also estimate that when the last quarter numbers are finalized, fatalities for the entire year will be down at least 10%.

Some of the states provided their opinions about why fatalities had decreased, the report cites poorer economic conditions, fewer beginners, more safety training and bad weather as potential reasons for the decrease. Whatever the actual reasons, it’s always good to see a decrease in those numbers!!!

The report is short, worth reading and is available at:  http://www.naghsr.org/html/publications/spotlight/pdf/spotlight_motorcycles.pdf

Posted April 26, 2010 by jeffkeith in General, Motorcycles

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