Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Electric Motorcycles: What a farce

Ok this post has been coming for a while now and I've had enough of the clap trap going around in the motorcycle media that these things are the best thing since sliced bread. Yes the electric motorcycle. Even that term 'electric motorcycle' is a farce.  For starters to be classified as a motorcycle it simply needs to have an engine not a clumsy battery pack and electric motor. These are no more than electric bicycles in my eye's and they are the the future of motorcycles they say.

Motorcycles are about passion, something that should illicit a response that makes the senses tingle with excitement that make you feel alive, feel something. That roar of the crossplane R1 or the V4 RSV something that raises the hackles on the back of your neck. I feel nothing when I hear an electric bike, soulless.

Let me show you what I mean. The following is an electric farcycle.

Video above borrowed from Night fury youtube channel.

Do I know that electric motors are more efficient than petrol engines. Sure I do. Do I care. Not one bit. I won't be riding my bike at 14,000 ft at pikes peak so its meaningless that your ebike performance is better at altitude.

Do I know that Ebikes are cheaper to run. Duh, yes. Do you know that ebikes are more expensive to buy and more inconvenient to operate.

Do you ebike lovers care that you have to sit around for hours waiting for your battery to charge every 200km. Yeah thats fucken convenient. And what if all the chargers are being used so you have to wait 2 hours before you can put yours on for 2 hours. Fuck off.

Now listen to some pure 1 litre gas guzzling brilliance.....

Video above borrowed from Riccardo Parigi youtube channel.

Until an electric bike is on par with what the current crop of bikes can deliver I can't see them taking off with the exception of the inner city muppet er I mean the inner city metro-sexual hipster with his man bun riding around in amongst all those cars with their distracted drivers on their phones and the hipsters on their nice quiet unseen, unheard e-bikes. Maybe it's not all bad.....

I've been riding motorcycles for over 25 years now. I love the the fact I am sitting on top of a noisy mechanical internal combustion engine, a masterpiece of over 100 years of refinements and riding with the wind in my face, the adrenaline rush that comes with hitting the perfect apex, corner after corner and the roar of that inefficient, noisy gas guzzling engine below. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Would I ever ride and E-bike? Sure why not, but you won't catch me buying one. Call me old, call me a dinosaur. I, for one will never ever own an electric bicycle, the soulless and passionless.

Electric motorcycles are the future they say.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Oh the pain....

Regular readers will know a good friend of mine, Stu from many posts on my blog, he's a regular rider with us and Post classic racer. A few years back Stu had a big highside on turn 12 at Phillip Island during the post classic racing and there's been rumours of video of this but until now has only just surfaced.

Now for anyone that hasn't ridden Phillip island this turn is around the 160-180kmh mark, so its not slow by any stretch. I would not like to crash here put it that way.

The crash in Stu's words 'Oh the Pain'. In our words "Holy shit...that's gotta hurt.....ouch". And so he was named captain collarbone.

For a little perspective. The V8 supercars race at the island and back in 1997 Greg Murphy came off the track at turn 12 at 160kmh about how fast Stu would have been doing.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Two Ferries Ride

Sunday was a glorious sunny winters day here in old Sydney town with a top of 18°C. The wife and kids were still in bed at 9am so I decided I'd head out and enjoy a ride around some local roads that I haven't travelled in some time. First up I'd misplaced my key from last ride. Checked everywhere, jacket pockets, desk etc with no luck and finally found it where? Yes in the bikes ignition from last ride. Lucky no one was breaking in to steal it.

Just a short ride today so I thought I'd do the two ferries of Sackville and Lower Portland with lunch at Wisemans Ferry Hotel. Heading up through Maralaya and Cattai I turned down Sackville Ferry Road.

First stop for some pics was just after I'd crossed the Sackville Ferry Crossing, there's a little elevated lookout on the Windsor side where I grabbed the camera for a couple of quick pics.

Selfie R1 Goodness

Wing? Looks more like a lounge

A group of 12 Goldwings came down the ramp and filled up the back of the ferry. Here's one of the colourful wings above with the ferry half loaded with wings below.

Comfort Machine

Not so Comfort Machine

Sackville and Lower Portland Ferries cross the Hawkesbury River. The river is a great location for water skiing and as I was sitting there taking these pics a ski boat flew through, followed by the skier.

I moved on along the West Portland road and up into the hills. There's some nice countryside on the outskirts of Sydney but I've notice how the city is gradually moving out into these areas, one day to be swallowed by the urban sprawl. I stopped on the Greens Road bridge for a look and couple more pics before moving down to the Lower Portland Ferry.

Lower Portland Ferry
These were the only police I saw out today and there was no chance of them giving me a ticket unless I rode into the river.

Wombats hiding in the bushes

Arriving at the ferry gates I was surprised I was the only person there and got pole position on the ferry. There was a father and daughter out fishing along the river bank.

Ferry Selfie Goodness
Disembarking the ferry puts you on River road, which you guessed it takes you along the river. There are sand stone cliff faces on one side of the road with river views on the other side and the road is very narrow here, making for slow going but is still a fun ride.

I was surprised to see some autumn colours here with it being the middle of winter, very pretty.

As you can see below not much room for 2 cars along here with rock faces and over the guard rail is the river.

This sandstone rock face is cut right out and hangs right over the road. The sign said no stopping Rock falling. I couldn't see any falling rocks so I stopped for some pics.

This whole area of the Sydney basin is covered in sand stone rock formations and well out into the blue mountains. It can be quite amazing in the right light.

All these stops for pics I was starting to get hungry. I checked the time and it was 1:40pm. So I decided no more stops and get into Wisemans Ferry Hotel for some lunch.

Wisemans Ferry Hotel

Wisemans Ferry Hotel is always a popular lunch stop on a sunday afternoon. There are always many bikes here plus Sydney day trippers, it's a great little spot and they serve great food too. I decided on the fish and chips for lunch and it was as delicious as it looks.

It was around 2:30pm by the time I rolled out of there with one last stop at Hawkins lookout before heading home. A short ride with one tank of fuel but an enjoyable day out. I'm missing my wingman Geoff as the rides have been few and far between this year. Hope your back on the bike soon mate, you're missing out on these glorious winter days and rides.

Hawkesbury River and Webs Creek Ferry.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

#Time to Go

Yamaha - Rossi is never going to win another title. Its time for him to go. There are plenty of faster younger guys coming through.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Star Wars - Rise up the rectum

This is  little out of left field, but I've love star wars since I was a little boy all those years ago and here are my thoughts on the current state of affairs in all thing star wars related.

Star Wars - New Hope - Watched hundreds of times 
Empire Strikes Back - Watched Hundreds of times 
Return of the Jedi - Watched Hundreds of times

a few years later

The Phantom Menace- watched hundreds of times 
Attack of the clones - watched hundreds of times 
Revenge of the sith - Watched hundreds of time

a few more years later

Rogue One - Brilliant - watched it heaps of times 
The Force awakens - watched once - tried to watch it again fast forward the boring bits and ended up watching 20 minutes at most and was completely disappointed at how bad the story was. Complete failure 
The Last Jedi - Lost interest and couldn't be bothered to watch, never seen it 
Rise of Skywalker - Hand me another beer as I have no interest and won't waste my money on it. 

Disney sell it back to Lucas so he can give us the real star wars......

Some of the you tube fan films are better than the multi million dollar disney effort.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wheelie Wednesday

Yep its that time, wheelie wednesday. Pic taken at Sydney Motosport Park (SMSP) on the weekend. I went out and did a little shooting on the Queens Birthday because.......thats what she'd do.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mudgee Muster

The Friday pre ride weather reports were in, the weekend was going to be warm and sunny which is just perfect for late Autumn. That was gladly welcomed as the last Mudgee muster it was below 10°C in the mountains and was bitterly cold. Our meeting point was at Richmond for the Sydney crew, but later we would be meeting the Nowra crew out at Oberon.

Heading up the Bells line early around 9:00am there was an unexpected amount of traffic and the rozzers were out handing out performance awards this early in the morning but temps were up around 16-17°C just perfect really.

First pee break around Bell in the Blue mountains and a quick photo op before we crossed over to Mt Victoria and down the pass and onto the Jenolan caves road.

We then turned onto Duckmaloi road towards Oberon and it was a nice smooth run through the hills, where we stopped for a mid morning snack at the wild bean cafe. A toasted ham/cheese/tomato sammich washed down with a nice warm coffee hit the spot.

It was in Oberon we also picked up Dave's crew from Nowra and Geoff and Scotty who had driven up.

Why was Geoff driving you may ask. Well he is is still recovering from his off road crash back on new years eve and still cant bend his leg to get back on his bike. Yes it was a pretty nasty one. At our fuel stop in Bathurst Geoff tried out Bruce's Triumph.

It took a bit of effort getting on and off but you couldn't wipe the smile off his face being on a bike again. Maybe you'll have to sell the MT to me and you can get yourself a Harley mate.

It was decided here to do a lap of Mt Panorama. Why not we only have about a 2.5 hr ride to our destination. We stopped at the top to take in the views.

One lap of the mount was enough before heading out the Turondale road to Hillend. This is a great little ride as it is not very highly trafficked, its a bit narrow and its hilly and twisty. The ride into hillend is also a great bike road and following Craig on his Vstrom into the blinding sun he was setting a cracking pace.

The hillend pub had a fair few people for a Saturday afternoon and we had one quick beer whilst chatting out the front. The tree lined entry into tower was aglow with autumn colours. 

Hillend was a historic gold mining town back in the late 1800's and had a population then of over 8000 with 28 pubs but since then its become a bit of a ghost town with a current population of 80 with one pub.

From here we followed the Hillend Road all the way to Mudgee. This is another good fun motorcycle road, again similar to the turondale road being narrow and winding. After about an hour we arrived at our accommodation for the night, the Oriental Hotel. We had booked out all the rooms upstairs and the house next door. At diner our table was reserved and it looks like they heard a famous motorcycle racer was in town. The food here was great and the accommodation was good and reasonably priced at $50 per head.

We finished up just before midnight but some of the other boys decided to go out for a few more. We were waken at 2.40am by 2 of the boys returning trying to get in when they were staying in the pub. Slomax was not impressed. They will have sore heads when they wake up.

Sunday morning greeted us with rain. WTF, the forecast was for clear weather and so I didn't pack any wet weather gear. Bruce asked how long I'd been riding. 25 years and I haven't learnt a thing haha. But it was light rain and it didn't last long as a cold front had come through.

We made our way down to the Mudgee Brewery for breakfast. Poached eggs on toast with bacon hit the spot nicely whilst we waited for the rain to move on. Topped off by a wake the hell up coffee.

When we finished and came out there was a shroud of mist streaming from my ventura bag as the sun heated it.

The 2 drunken louts from last night failed to appear for breakfast and we ended up leaving them as they were making their way back to Newcastle as the rest had to get to Sydney/Nowra and would run out of daylight waiting around.

So we headed off towards Rylestone on wet roads but thankfully there was no more rain today. By the time we got onto the Bylong Valley way the rain had all dried up making for a more enjoyable ride.
We stopped in Bylong for Stu and Graham to catch up. There were quite a few bikes out today. Some of the surface along the Bylong road was in very poor shape, but there were also some new sections that were pretty good.

Our next stop was in Denman for fuel before we stopped in at Broke for a spot of lunch. It was here we parted ways with Dougie & Craig heading down to Wollombi whilst the rest of us made our way via the Putty Road. Stu said that we should take it easy on the Putty today. Here's how it went.

We stopped at the Grey Gums Cafe but only so that we can all regroup and make sure everyone made it through the 10 mile twisties ok before we continued on. It was a good day on the putty today, nice and warm and no rozzers.

As I sit here and type this on Monday morning(the man flu caught up with me) the cold front that has swept through eastern NSW over night has brought snow to the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Oberon with temperatures into the negatives with wind chill. Looks like we lucked out with the weather to our good fortune as none of us would have been prepared for negative temps. Another great weekend ride away, thanks Stu for organizing everything. 

Cheers Lads 
Looking forward to the next one

Monday, April 1, 2019

SMSP Gallery 30-3-2019

A new bit of kit turned up this week for my camera so I headed out to SMSP so I could try it out. Here is a gallery of images that I took on saturday afternoon. More on the new kit later.