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A couple shots from today’s ride   Leave a comment

The skies looked a lot more threatening than they wound up being today. I’ve been working hard on longer rides this spring and even though the skies didn’t want to cooperate today, I knew I had to head out and get some saddle time.

Here are a couple shots from today’s rides:

Everything starts with food – here’s the Tiger resting while I ate half of my breakfast:

The Tiger at Breakfast

A couple hours later, taking a break in a park and eating the rest of breakfast:

Tiger in the Park

There are all kinds of flowers out now:



I picked up a sandwich shortly after this stop and took it with me for a ride out into PA. I thought I might find another nice place to stop and eat it. After an hour or so  I took another break. I like to stop at this one pulloff – you can see it was pretty gloomy, but it only rained lightly a few times up to this point.

Another  pic looking to the right:

A little gloomy out today

I headed home to eat my lunch and took a break for a couple hours and then decided to finally button up the Bonneville from it’s new battery and take it out. The Bonneville hasn’t been out yet this season, so a fresh tank of gas was in order, along with a good long ride. I only stopped a couple times.

For Dinner:

Dinner with the Bonnie

Dinner with the Bonnie

On the side of the road. Now it was raining on and off and it was getting dark:

Bonnie break

Bonnie break

That’s it. Today’s rides started at about 10 this morning and ended at about 8:00pm with about 3 hours of breaks throughout the day. Good Stuff!!!


Posted May 14, 2011 by jeffkeith in Bonneville, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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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!

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

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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.

Tiger Toolkit   Leave a comment

I like to carry a few basic tools with me on the Tiger for longer trips. Around town and within reasonable tow-truck rates to home, I usually don’t carry much except an air gauge, my cell, a credit card and some Plexus.

When trying to figure out what the best items to carry were, I started just separating tools that I used to work on the bike for regular minor maintenance. Whenever I have added something like the Ohlins shock or luggage racks, I made sure to carry the tools that were appropriate to tightening those parts of the bike up if I needed to for the next few days of riding.

Longer trips also included things like a can of chain lube, an old towel and some honda polish (or whatever it’s called now – “original polish” or whatever).

So here’s what I carry:

In the first picture above – A tube of locktite; open-end wrenches in 15, 13, 12, 11, 10, and 8mm; a set of torx bits; a set of allen bits; a set of 1/4 drive metric sockets; a small ratchet with 3/8 drive on one side and 1/4″ on the other; a couple 3/8″ and 1/4″ extensions; another small 1/4″ ratchet, a plug socket and a few of the common sizes of allen keys.

In the second picture above – a screwdriver with the bits; a cheap leatherman; a retractable razor and a pair of vice-grips.

The items in the top two pictures fit in a small  craftsman tool bag that I picked up as part of a set:

the items above fit into this small bag

In another larger bag that I carry is the secondary set of items including electrical tape; fuses of various sizes; a small can of wd-40; a 1/2″ drive ratchet with socket to fit the axle; some zip-ties; a small Radio-Shack volt-meter; (the screwdriver goes in the big bag); a section of tie-down with buckle and a tire repair kit loaded with extra CO2 cartridges.

The second set of items is more intended for break-downs versus buttoning something up. I also have a 12v Slime air compressor, but it’s bulky and if I can’t fix a tire with a half-dozen or so CO2 cartridges, it’s going to require a tow anyway.

The small craftsman bag goes in with the breakdown kit and they then ride in the right pannier. There’s also plenty of room left for a full-size can of chain lube and bike cleaner along with a rag towel. That’s usually what’s in there if the bags are on the bike.

With the kit above, I can do most things short of dealing with subframe/frame issues or cracking the motor open. I use the kit for most maintenance and it’s pretty convenient because the tools are mostly relevant to the other bikes too.

I usually carry rain gear & spare gloves in the left pannier and whenever there’s a chance of needing it, the electric jacket and/or the insulating liners for my riding gear. Clothes and other items go either in the left pannier or in the top box or tail bag, depending on which is on the bike. With the panniers, top box and tail bag on the bike I can fit way more stuff than I ever need.

The top box I have is a Coocase V36. It’s a decent case and will hold a full-face helmet, which is mostly what goes in there when I’m off the bike. I frequently carry a spare shield in it also. My tailbag is a small MotoFizz Camping Seat Bag and it’s a really nice product that holds a good deal of stuff.

Posted May 22, 2010 by jeffkeith in Maintenance, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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Chain Adjustment on the Tiger   Leave a comment

Aside from the instructions from the manufacturer, there are a million opinions about how to adjust a chain on a motorcycle. I did a short video on how I adjust my chain. Just to give credit where it’s due – the original method came from someone on the Tiger1050 forum.

Please note that working on or maintaining your own motorcycle can result in serious injury or death. If you’re not comfortable performing these tasks just go to a professional mechanic. If you have never worked on your bike before but are willing to give it a go, at least have a knowledgeable person around to help you and check your work!

Click the image below to go to my Smugmug gallery and see the video

A couple things I forgot to mention in the video:

  • When your chain is too tight you’ll probably hear more noise from the drivetrain. It’s better to have a chain that’s a little loose than too tight. A tight chain puts a lot of strain on the drivetrain, chain and sprockets and will result in premature wear.
  • Check the chain before riding when it’s “cold”. Temperature affects the slack in the chain.
  • Chains stretch quite a bit when they’re new. If you have a brand new bike or a brand new chain (and sprockets), check the chain more frequently. When new, the chain on my Tiger needed adjustment about every 300 miles until I got about 1500 miles on the bike. After that, I’ve only adjusted in around 3 times in the last 4000 miles.
  • Make sure you keep the chain clean and lubricated. If you’re traveling on roads with a lot of debris (sand, gravel, etc.), it will get on the chain and could damage an o-ring. You can see the o-rings by looking at the rear sprocket from the rear of the bike while rotating the tire by hand. If your chain is missing o-rings, replace it.
  • Chains wear out. Don’t use a spent chain! It can jump off the sprockets and jam the rear tire, it can hit you and do a lot of damage or it can leave you without power at the worst time. A $100 chain is a small price to pay for your and your passenger’s safety.

Posted April 26, 2010 by jeffkeith in Maintenance, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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My Triumph Tiger 1050   Leave a comment

Tiger 1050

Taking a break in Tewksbury, Fall, 2009

I bought a 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050 in 2008 after becoming frustrated with my Kawasaki Versys and looking at a few different bikes. These were the criteria for a bike when I was shopping:

  • Able to handle the rough roads in the area as well as nice motorcycling roads at higher speeds
  • Preferably come with factory luggage or have good aftermarket luggage solutions
  • Be as comfortable as possible – upright riding position, good weather protection
  • Have enough electrical capacity to run a heated vest and grips
  • Have enough motor to have a little fun
  • Have a good base suspension with some adjustability
  • Have a good size fuel tank
  • Be available at a reasonable price
  • Be light enough to manage easily

Obviously, my criteria are subjective and there are a few bikes that fit the bill. Once a rider gets past the “I must own this bike” factor, I think the primary variables for most riders consist of their level of experience, financial situation and physical stature.

Me, I’ve been riding since I was young and have a good deal of street experience. I had some money to put into a bike but the less spent, the better, IMO. As for physical size, I’m about 5’10” and about 185 pounds. Pretty much any bike out there fits me in terms of being able to reach the ground, although I consider a lot of the sportbikes too small for me (which probably has more to do with the riding position than their actual dimensions).

The Tiger is one bike that fit these criteria and, of course, there are a few others that I had looked at. At the time I had a Kawasaki Versys which I got bored with primarily because it didn’t have enough motor. Like I said, I’m an experienced rider and the Versys was my first “getting back to riding” bike after a few years off. While I thought a parallel twin 650 would be enough, it constantly left me wanting more. I also became somewhat frustrated with the limited weather protection on the Versys. Other than those two factors, the Versys is an absolutely great bike.

In my list at the time, the primary competitors to the Tiger were the Triumph Sprint ST or the BMW 1200GS. I ruled out the Sprint based on the riding position and the non-adjustable suspension and the BMW was just too much coin and I somewhat fell victim to the ponderous debate about final drive failures, expensive service and, in the end, lack of availability (after the local BMW dealer stopped carrying the brand).

Posted April 25, 2010 by jeffkeith in General, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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