Lighting – Making night into day

Long distance riders do a lot of riding at night.  And with the constant threat of wildlife and other road hazards, lights are a very important part of a riders standard equipment. My standard approach to improving a bike’s lighting is to first upgrade the existing lighting and then assess what additional lighting is required…

Enjoying the Mountains

Sitting alone at the service station at 6:15am made me wonder whether I had misunderstood our plan.  Apparently we had agreed to meet at 7. Opps. So I  gave the bike a quick once over and noticed that the rear tyre was down on pressure.  Not 1 or 2psi but 10. That’s strange as I…

Just getting out of town

Deb has heard me complaining about my old self inflating mattress I take on the bike with me and given that I have had a few misadventures on the bike I need something comfortable to sleep on when I away on the bike.  So she went way over the top and suprised me with a Helinox camp…

On Pillioning

I know there are plenty of riders out there who hate taking pillions for all sorts of reasons. Me. I enjoy sharing the experience with others.  And there is something special in sharing the ride with your partner. I love riding and I love sharing that experience. And I certainly don’t subscribe to the notion of scaring…

Zed2 – the Ultimate Touring Weapon

So with sudden demise of my trusty zed I went in search of a suitable replacement.  And after looking around there really wasn’t anything that grabs me like my zed. Except for the  newer version of the ZX14R from 2013 which included a number of improvements and some nice restyling. Enter one 2014 ZX14R, with only…

Zed is Dead!

It all started innocently enough… A friend asked me take his new GTR out for a ride to get the oil moving as he is out of action for a while. It was only going to be a short ride of around 70km just to clear out the cobwebs. So I invited my son-in-law to…

Gotta Love Spring

The first outing with the Subaru. Our old car has had to put up with a lot over the years including teaching both our girls to drive.  And it was sporting all the experience and marks that comes with that.  So it was time to upgrade. Enter one Subaru Liberty. On Friday when I got…