After a good six months plus, I finally got to take the scooter for a ride tonight!
Work sucks. It’s been a hellishly busy and stressful couple of months at work, and it’s not getting better any time soon. Since I’ve been absent for a while, in lieu of my regular shitposting about Dogmeat and overpowered station wagons, here’s some long overdue impressions about this:
I brought home Ruby, my 2007 Suzuki SV650, exactly one year ago! It really is a wonderful jack-of-all-trades motorcycle. I’ve already signed up for a track day and working on a return to the Tail of the Dragon. I’m also of thinking about exploring the upper peninsula of Michigan. Just need to figure out where to go…
It’s interesting. Daft Punk-ish.
Heavily modified Honda Helix - custom streamlined bodywork, tweaks to the riding position, taller gearing to enable lower engine RPM at high speeds. Craig Vetter claims 80-90 mpg at 70 mph (and that might be into a 30 mph headwind), with better results from Kawasaki Ninja 250s with similar fairings.
A few months ago I wrote about my father’s bike, a 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD. That story got some views, so I thought an update would be fun.
People have been clamoring for an affordable, ‘Merican, sporty standard for a while now. Something with 17" wheels, more than 2 inches of suspension travel, and good cornering clearance. Harely-Davidson has tried this before with XR1200 and with Buell, but Buell never got further than being a novel, American…
I need to name it, and I’m at a loss. Also, I’m thinking of buying a Brooks Conquest touring saddle. Riders of Oppo, what say thee on Brooks saddles?
Moto-related: It’s a bit suggestive, but I don’t think its NSFW
This is no longer kicking my ass, so it’s time to start adding distance. The Oppo fitness challenge appears to be working. I’ve got about 8 hours in the saddle so far, and I’ve got the winter gear learning curve mostly behind me. Now I’m starting to have fun. Full review coming soon.
The date is set! May 14-15 I’m taking the two-day Performance Riding Class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course! Now I just need to get the last few pieces of gear together! WOOOO!!!!
Whose idea was this fitness challenge, anyway?
I’ve been wanting a vintage, cafe style bike for awhile now. Not something to take on trips/highways (Thank you Bandit 1250 for that!) but instead more to tool around town/back roads, tinker on, enjoy something with “style” and honestly, this looks perfect. Not too old, right engine size, and I LOVE the grey color…
It ain’t Folgers that’s for sure.
It would be even better if we actually planned shots out rather than just screwing around, but that will come when the weather improves
AHHHH THE DRONE WAS CHASING ME!!!! THE MACHINES ARE COMING!!!
Mrs. Something-Clever-Here, President has decreed that I shall be given a new motorcycle helmet for my birthday. I can finally stop wearing my AGV Horizon. Pro-tip, don’t buy that helmet.
WOOOO!!! I might take the bike out this evening! Weather has warmed up to my “tolerable” range for riding! And Mid-Ohio finally released their calendar for their track riding school. Come springtime I’ll finally take the SV to the track!
Well...I’ve done it again. Finally fixed the blown up Subaru STi I bought and got bored. So I bought the cheapest motorcycle on Craigslist which also happens to be the same relatively unknown bike I owned through college which also happens to be the bike Luc stumbled across some time ago.