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!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

First CCJMC ride

What a fun day. 430km door to door for me of which 27 dinosaurs were consumed. Bright blue sky at times :). The roads we went through seems like a blur to me at times I was wondering where we are! Busy at times trying to keep up with a flying Gold Wing. I can't believe how something that big could be thrown around the corner like that! And a bit of red mist when some rider with a pillion blasted past us around Gembrook. Tried to catch up but the said rider dissapeared in the distance ^:)^. Coming towards Noojee I'm not sure where everyone were... but desperate for fuel I turned left only to be told by the lady she hadn't sold any fuel for 2 years. Can't believe how long since I rode around the area! ... Luckily another servo was available 7km up the hill. Then I head home throught the back roads of Drouin.

Friday, July 29, 2016

GPz900R Commute

After fixing balance shaft oil seal, first commute on the GPZ

Sunday, July 24, 2016

GPz900R Detailing

It's quite a lot of work to make an old bike looks new!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

GPZ900R. The first Ninjas

20 hours round-trip to Goolwa, SA to pick up this GPz900R.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Winter ride 2016

Gembrook - Reefton Spur - Lake Mountain - Black Spur
Very cold.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Autumn ride 2016

At the top of Reefton

Emerald - Gembrook - Warburton - Marysville and then back. Eerie crimson-coloured sunlight due to controlled burning in the area.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 04, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter 2016 Ride

Arthur's Seat - Flinders loop.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Reefton - Black Spur via Gembrook

30 deg blue sky. 300km round trip which cost $23 in fuel.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last commute 2015

Very clear and a rather hot