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A Good Day for a Drive   Leave a comment


Since it was going to be a little wet out today, I decided to take a little ride up to the Layton General Store via the Flatbrook. It turned out to be closed, but I got a few pictures.

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Posted August 15, 2010 by jeffkeith in Photography, Travel

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.

Brutale 1090 photos   Leave a comment


Loaded a couple photos I took the other night of the Brutale on smugmug. Click pic to see the gallery.

Brutale

The MV warming up

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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