Thursday, October 20, 2016

Eildon to Jamieson

leaving home 9am, returning 8pm. Glorious weather, 22deg. 
Met Strika and Lee who travelled from WA to see MotoGP
586km / 36L
6.14L / 100km

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Arthur's Seat - Flinders - Cape Schank

Arthur's Seat - Flinders - Cape Schank
180km / 11L / $13.83
6.11L ($7.68) / 100km

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manual fuel tap

While my GPZ's fuel tap is working perfectly, I put this in just in case... to avoid flooded cylinders and the resulting hydro-lock plus bent rods!

Edit: Was a bad idea and removed. Rode for 60km and the bike sputtered like running on 2 cylinders!. Spent 30 minutes on the side of the road to remove the tank and run the original setup.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fuel Economy: Kawasaki Ninja vs Yamaha R6 vs Honda Jazz vs Toyota Prado

Kawasaki GPz900R A7 (year 1990)
Completely stock engine/carbs/pipes
Bonbeach - Gembrook - Reefton
385km / 25L / $28 (ron 95)
= 15.2km / L
= 6.57 / 100km (42.99 mpg UK / 35.8 mpg US)
= $7.27 / 100km

Yamaha R6 (year 2000)
Stock engine/carb, Screaming Demon pipe with noise restrictor
Bonbeach - Reefton - Black Spur
300km / ?L / $23 (ron 95)
= $7.67 / 100km

Honda Jazz GE 1.3L Auto (year 2013)
Fitted with Pivot 3-drive THC throttle controller,  set in EC5 mode
(note that this is a genuine one. EBay versions might be fake and I had to refund it)
Dashboard indicated 5.7L / 100km
Bonbeach - Wilsons Promotory - Inverloch
417km / 25.5L / $28 (ron 91)
= 16.4km / L
= 6.12L / 100km (46.16 mpg UK / 38.4 mpg US)
= $6.71 / 100km

Melbourne - Cann River - Canberra (713km, 10hrs)
Canberra - Adaminaby - Tumbarumba - Albury - Melbourne (1,049km, 11.5hrs)
About 50km of dirt and gravel road, used manual shifter
EC4 setting on Pivot 3-drive Throttle Controller
1,762km / 119.39L / $134.32
= 14.75 km/L
= 6.78L / 100km (dashboard indicated 6.3L/km)
= $7.62 / 100km

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 3.4L Auto (year 1996) 8 seats
Fitted with non-injection LPG

Melbourne - Goolwa (SA)  round trip with Trailer
1,635km / 327.1L LPG / $226.71
= 4.99km / L
= 20L / 100km (14.1 mpg UK / 11.7 mpg US)
= $13.8 / 100km

Bonbeach -Walhalla gravel track/camp
366km / 79.1L LPG / $44.2
= 4.6km / L
= 21.6L / 100km (13 mpg UK / 10.8 mpg US)
= $12.07 / 100km

Using Petrol (91)
Bonbeach - Bendigo via south melb. heavy traffic, strong winds througout
202km / 29L / $33.63
= 6.96 km/L
= 14.4 L/100km
= $16.6 /100km

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mornington - Arthur's Seat - Flinders

A brief break of the weather in a very wet week.
175km / 12l / $14

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CCJMC Ride to Arthur's Seat

Carrum - Arthur's Seat - Flinders
140km / 9.6l / $13

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fork oil change

Fork oil change and shimmed the suspension with 4x washers from Mitre10

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Noojee - Fumina - Hill End

Perfect blue sky day, 22deg
24l, $32

Monday, August 29, 2016

Reefton to Black Spur and Back

Beautiful day for a ride between jobs...

385km, 19deg,
25litres, $28 (6.57l/100km or 15.2km/l)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

South Gippsland with MSR

Almost 10 years since I rode with MSR (formerly MSTCV). Very spirited ride along very scenic routes. 370km, ~22L, $29.16
16.8km/l (5.9L/100km)
$7.8 / 100km

Leg 1: Back roads parallel to the freeway to Drouin, and then down towards Korumburra diverging at Ranceby and heading around through Nyora to Loch for morning tea (105 km)
Leg 2: Then we'll continue south 16 km before turning off towards Almurta, Glen Forbes, and down to Archies Creek before heading back up the magnificent Loch road to the Glen Alvie turnoff (55km). The next section of road has been recently widened but with no white lines. We'll regroup along here at the half way mark, taking a breather from the continuous intensely twisty roads. Then down to Kongwak and back 18.5km towards Bena before turning right down to Kongwak again on a magnificently wide and smooth road. Finally, Korumburra Bakery for lunch. (99km)
Leg 3: After a leisurely break, we'll head across to Loch, Drouin and Neerim South (75km)
Leg 4: The final leg will see us head around through the Neerims and down through Nayook to finish at Powelltown after the twisties. (65km)

Friday, August 05, 2016


Another beautiful morning to commute ...

Bike Photography Lens Test

A comparison between 2 lenses. Ignore the brightness/exposure & framing, and focus on the distortion and compression effects of both photographs.

First photo is using 50mm f/1.4 prime lens at f/2.0 (to avoid softness)
Second photo is using 70-300mm lens, set at 200mm f/6.0. Taken from about 15m(!)

In my opinion I like the send photograph, although the first one using prime lens is naturally sharper/more contrast. You can see that with the superior zoom the back seat does not 'fall away'.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Genuine Kawasaki Parts

Heated Hand Grips

Beautiful, but cold (9C) Melbourne Morning. Hence the heated grips.

The $24 hand-grip warmer is a pretty good kit from Ebay, even better looking & simpler than $80 Oxford one. As you can see you can operate it without taking your left hand off the handle bar.

Ebay Link
12V 22mm Heated Motorcycle Handlebar Handle Bar Grips Hand Warmers Black

Taking off the bar-end weights were very difficult. For some reason Kawasaki applied red Loctite on them. I had to heat them up using hair-dryer and use an impact screwdriver, with strong bang!