Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 5 of 2013

2013 proved to be another excellent riding season and keeping with the tradition I started last year, here is my post related to my top 5 events of the 2013 season.  There were so many highlights to this past riding season that it was difficult to narrow it to just 5 events, but here goes!

5. Buell 1125R Fix - taking on the project of repairing the charging system on my Buell 1125R. I was confident about taking on this task as I researched it thoroughly and made sure that I had everything I needed to complete the repair.  The end result was a successful repair and getting the 1125R back on the road!

4. Coffee Runs - on three separate occasions this summer, my friend Luc and I rode 300km (round trip) just to have a cup of coffee.  The coffee shop we frequented, Honeybeans is located in St. Andrews, NB...they serve an excellent cup of java! If you are in St. Andrews, this is a must stop!

3. Fundy Trail Parkway - in August, my good friend Jeff, aka @joerocket made the ride from his place in New Hampshire to New Brunswick.  We had the opportunity to introduce Jeff to some of our friends and take him on a short tour of the NB coast.  We took Jeff on a ride to the Fundy Trail Parkway.  I love the beauty of this area and I am pretty sure that Jeff liked it too!

2. Maine/New Hampshire/Massachusetts/New York/Vermont Ride - this was an awesome ride!  My friend Luc and I complete a long ride each summer and this summer's 2600km ride did not disappoint!  We visited with Jeff and Stephanie in New Hampshire and rode with Jeff to Mount Greylock, MA; it was an incredible ride!  We also toured New York State, including the Catskills, the Baseball Hall of Fame and many other areas in Vermont and New Hampshire!

1. My New Ride - my top highlight for the 2013 season was the purchase of a new 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide! I had wanted a Street Glide for some time and this past year, the timing was right to make a move.  I put over 10,000km on the Street Glide this season and enjoyed very single minute!

I am already looking forward to the 2014 riding season and can't wait to hit the road and share time with friends!  Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Spirit

Over the past week, the weather in Atlantic Canada has been frightful !  Snow and ice storms have created havoc, especially in the southern part of the province.  Many had to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day without power!  We are fortunate that we did not loose power, but I feel for those who have lost power/utility service, especially at this time of year!  Despite the circumstances, a few of my friends put a positive twist by having a good old fashioned Christmas.

Yesterday, I received a most pleasant Christmas surprise!  I was in my yard chipping away at the inches of ice in my driveway trying to get down to the asphalt...the driveway was a complete mess!  While I was working away, a courier van stopped at the end of my driveway and the delivery guy handed me a package; I signed for it and wished the delivery guy a Merry Christmas.  I looked at the package and figured that someone in my family had purchased something online for me.

I checked with family; nobody ordered anything online!  I was left wondering what could this be and decided to open the package. Inside, I found a copy of the book "Ghost Rider" by Neal Peart and a note from my good friends Jeff aka @joerocket and his wife Stephanie!

For several reasons, this gift instantly brought a smile to my face! First, because it was from Jeff and Stephanie, this makes the book extra special!  Second, it is a book that I have wanted to read and third, I am a huge Rush fan...I have seen them live three times and think they are one of the best rock bands in the world!

A big thank you and Merry Christmas to Jeff and Stephanie, I look forward to reading every page of this book!  Also, thank you for sharing the Christmas spirit; I am already looking forward to Spring and a time when we share some of the same road!

Wishing all a truly Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

HD goes Urban!

The Harley Davidson Motor Company generated a lot of buzz at the EICMA and online with the release of two new bikes, the HD Street 500 and 750.

HD is going after new markets with the Street models; the younger urban generation and new motorcycle riders. The blackened out Street will be cheaper than the Sportster and should be attractive to the younger generation.  In addition, it should be attractive as an urban commuter, small and light, yet enough power to get you around.

There is no doubt that the Harley Davidson brand is recognized world wide and this might be a move that will secure the brand even further.  Sure, there will be critics and the die hard HD riders might look down on this, but simply put, this is a marketing move...one that should increase the HD brand across the globe and generate new HD owners.

If HD plays this right, this might just be a sign of marketing genius! Time will tell!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ready for Winter!

The leaves have fallen from the hardwood trees, the temperature is getting colder and the end of our motorcycle season is here! Yesterday, it was a cool 5 degrees Celsius and I spent a good part of the day detailing my Street Glide and getting it ready for hibernation!

I still need to prep the Buell 1125R for the winter, but I am going to wait for the last possible minute as I am hoping for the one last ride!  Last season, we had an unusually warm day on Nov. 12th and I got out for a 300km ride...I am hoping for the same this year!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

EBR Introduces the 1190RX Street Bike

Check it out, the new EBR 1190RX!  At first glance, I like it!  I am looking forward to reviews and first ride articles!  Motorcyclist magazine provides a good overview of the 1190RX from the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo.

Photo: EBR.Com


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Ride Part II

Another sunny day and I just had to take advantage!  Early this morning, my friend Luc sent me a text message and asked if I wanted to go for a short ride.  I did not see the message until late morning and I figured what the heck!  I finished my household chores, mowed the lawn and by 1:30, we were on the road...this time with the rockets!

Buell 1125R


Bikes at Nackawic Bridge

Awesome ride!

Great weekend of riding!

Fall Ride

Yesterday, I went for 350+km fall ride with a few friends; it was great to get out!  Our season is soon coming to an end, so I am taking advantage of every opportunity I can!

St. Andrews, NB

St. Andrews, NB

Dipper Harbour, NB

Dipper Harbour, NB

Dipper Harbour Wharf

I suspect that this will be one of the last long rides of the season, hopefully not!  Ride safe!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Video Trailer - Why We Ride!

This video trailer starts to explain it!  I am looking forward to the release of "Why We Ride"! Maybe when people watch, they will understand!

WHY WE RIDE - The Official Theatrical Trailer
from WHY WE RIDE FILM on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

1125R Upgrade (Part IV)

This morning my good friend Luc came over and provided the second set of hands that were needed for the muffler install.  After a coffee and a quick chat, we put the stock exhaust back on the bike.  It's amazing how easy the stock can went back on with a little help!

Stock exhaust installed!

Next, we pulled the 1125R out into the yard to see if the EBR rotor and new stator install would work.  I was pretty confident as I really took my time on this job!

Getting ready for startup!

The 1125R started right up and mechanically, the engine sounds normal (very noisy).  Luc thought he could hear air sucking somewhere, so we removed the airbox cover and listened, it was hard to tell from that perspective.  One of the exhaust gaskets is just about shot, I am not sure if that is creating air noise or not?  The only thing I can think of re: air noise would be with the airbox baseplate and everything there seemed to install well. Maybe I am just chasing a ghost, not sure?

The positive, the stator and EBR rotor seem to be working as they should.  Voltage readings are within acceptable range.

Voltage reading - 14.4V

Finished product!

I took the 1125R for a short ride with Luc following behind in his truck (just in case).  Bike worked fine and voltage reading was consistently between 13.9V and 14.4V, exactly what it should be reading.  I will check the Bad Weather Bikers 1125R Superbike Forum to see if anyone else has experienced the air noise issue.  Other than that, I am very pleased!  Next up, a longer test ride!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

1125R Upgrade (Part III)

The 1125R upgrade is 95% complete!  I was held up for a bit trying to locate a 3/4" torque wrench that is capable of the required 295 ft/lbs for the rotor nut/crankshaft. Early yesterday morning, I contacted a friend who works for a heavy equipment company and by the end of the day he had a torque wrench for me!

3/4" Torque Wrench, not that's a tool!

Rotor nut with thread lock and cranked to 295 ft/lbs

Stator cover torqued and top oil line reconnected

Stator wires pulled through wiring harness channel

Stator wires reconnected to plug and wiring harness

Air breather assembly, etc. installed, looking like a bike again!

Exhaust is all that's left to install!

I was hoping to have the 1125R completely back together today, but the stock exhaust can is just to awkward for one person to install. I messed around for an hour or so without success; need an extra set of hands to operate jack while getting the exhaust bolted in place.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Team Sponsor

Check it out, can you find my name on the Team Hellcat sponsorship banner?


Like last year, I am very excited for Team Hellcat as they embark on their journey to set Land Speed Records at Bonneville!  As you may recall, Team Hellcat set world record times last year on a Harley Davidson Turbo-powered Sportster with a side car!

This year, they are heading back to Bonneville to attempt to set two additional Land Speed Records...two bikes, two riders!  Kelly Rogers aka @FieryPinkGirl will be one of the two riders from Team Hellcat to attempt to set a Land Speed Record at Bonneville.  Kel put a call out for sponsors earlier this year and achieved her goal, I am happy that I could be part of that!  Next stop for Team Hellcat, Bonneville!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

1125R Upgrade (Part II)

I have been procrastinating on the 1125R electrical repair; procrastinating for two reasons.  First, I am back at work so time is limited and second, I am riding the Street Glide when I have free time!  I decided that this weekend, I would continue the repair.  Here's how I made out!

Seat, battery and airbox removed.

Stator wires disconnected from harness

Stator wire pulled through harness channel (use mechanic's wire)

Stator cover removed & one well done stator (toasted)!

Damaged stator and new stator

New stator installed

Stock rotor and sprag clutch removed

Crankshaft and starter gears

EBR modified rotor & stock rotor

EBR rotor with sprag clutch

I still have to torque the rotor (295 ft/lbs) and need to borrow a 3/4" torque wrench for that.  Once that is complete, reassembly and I should be good to go.  Will keep you posted!

Until next time, ride safe!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

1125R Upgrade

After procrastinating and some pressure from my good friend Luc, I finally started work on the charging system upgrade for my 1125R...the first stage~!

Stage 1: 1st - consult service manual, 2nd - remove the stock exhaust (look at the size of that exhaust can), 3rd - drain engine oil.

Love electronic versions of service manuals!

Stock exhaust can removed

Look at the size of that beast! I am thinking that it is not going back on. Smaller after market might be the way to go, maybe a HMF slip on from Erik Buell Racing.

HMF slip on exhaust

Drain engine oil

New EBR modified rotor & associated parts

Next, I will tackle the stator cover, stator and rotor! Ride safe!