New roads

I love finding new roads. Discovering where they lead.  Finding my next favourite riding road.  I’m not content with riding the same roads over and over. I want to explore new places. Sometimes there’s dirt that you need to traverse that reveals a gem.  When I’m organising a ride I tell people that: a –…

A ride to clear the head

Work’s been fairly relentless; the new bike hasn’t yet experiencing an IBA ride distance; and the girls are out of town – it sounded like a perfect opportunity to just get out of town and go for a ride. The plan consisted of three corners, (Dubbo, Cobar, and Hay) a meeting location and a time.  That’s it.…

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…