The Perfect Adventure Bike, or The Perfect Adventure Attitude?

This is one of the best articles I’ve read about motorcycle choices for serious travel.

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imageIn this post, I look at the much-debated question of which machine is best for a long road trip. It’s probably one for the motoqueros amongst Horca Moto’s readership, but perhaps there is a lesson here for others about life in general….

It is one of motorcycling’s perennial questions: “What is the perfect adventure bike?” Asked and answered from many differing angles, it is a favourite on biker forums, in magazines and no doubt in many a pub and bar around the world. So to celebrate hitting the 40,000km mark on the roads and dirt tracks of South America, I’ve decided to don my flack jacket, raise my head above the parapet and throw my hat into this well-trodden ring.

Firstly, let’s get clear on semantics. ‘Adventure biking’ can mean many things to many people, which can muddy the waters of the discussion. Here, I am talking about ‘overlanding’ –…

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Big Changes for the New Year!

Dear Readers,
These last three years here at wordpress.com have been a blast, and I have loved every minute of it. If you are serious about blogging and are not running any kind of commercial enterprise from your blog there is no better way to get started than with wordpress.com.
Some exciting business opportunities have developed for me, and I now have dealership privileges for Shorai batteries, Rock Oil lubricants, & a few other products and wish to begin selling these products on my website, so I am switching to a different hosting service. You have my solemn promise to continue to bring you interesting and helpful content.
In the future I will focus mainly on motorcycles but still reserve the right to do a little bit of bicycle coverage sometimes. Be sure to bookmark this url and follow me to my new home on the web. It’s gonna be great!

Peace Y’all

The mixture screws & fuel mileage.

People keep doing a repeated search for, “four turns out from the seating of fuel screw of keihin 4 stroke carburetor do get more mileage in motorbikes.” The answer to this is no. The mixture screw should be correctly called the idle mixture screw, as it only controls the air/fuel ratio at idle. This screw should only be adjusted as needed to correct the idling of your engine & the very beginning of the transition off of the idle stop. And even then all other factors affecting your engine, such as spark & air should be checked & corrected first. Normally the only reason you would turn the mixture screw out that far, would be on a high performance engine that has been re-jetted for maximum power. Of course an engine like that gets the minimum fuel mileage.
On a stock engine if you turn the mixture screws out 4 turns you will develop drivability problems, and there will be an increased risk of engine failure due to overheating caused by an excessively lean mixture at idle. The other problem is that with the screws that loose is that you run the risk of them vibrating out and leaving you stranded. Plus your gas mileage will probably go down due to the way you have to twist the throttle to compensate for the drivability problems.
Since this is a popular topic amongst those who commute by motorcycle, sometime soon I will do a post on how to maximize fuel economy. Except for basic maintenance none of it will involve any work on the carburetor.

Peace Y’all

 

The Motopsyco.com 2013 year in review

Thanks to everyone for reading along. It is both humbling and inspiring to me. There will be some new adventures & some big changes going in the coming year, and I hope you all enjoy the ride! Now go read the stats if you want too!

Peace Y’all

‘Psyco

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Project wAMMO pg. 2

Just thought I’d post a quick update on this project. Parts are starting to trickle in, and I’m beginning the fabrication. The new owner does need to let me know if he likes the long straight tail pipes My plan is to get the basic fab work done, then take care of the engine work needed, & then totally disassemble it for finishing.

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Once that is done it will be reassembled with all new bearings, seals, brakes & tires! Should be fun.

Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket & Ballistic Pants (7.0) A ‘Psyco Product Review!

Hello again everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I tried on a Joe Rocket one piece suit but it just did not fit, so I decided to try one of the two piece outfits and quickly settled on the Ballistic Revolution jacket & the Ballistic pants, for three reasons, one if not getting a one piece suit I wanted to get a 3/4 length coat to prevent unintended exposure of my midriff section to freezing cold & fast moving asphalt, two the pants were the only ones I could find in the lower end of the price range with a true short inseam of 30″, and three the price was right. Yes unfortunately the price does matter, but the general consensus found in my research is that the Joe Rocket stuff will save your skin as well as anything else if you are comfortable wearing it. I am comfortable in this outfit, but quite frankly I hope to never test it’s protective abilities.

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I like Hi-Viz colors!

Since the vendor that I bought the Survivor suit from was out of stock on the pants, I went over to good old reliable denniskirk.com and ordered this set. I placed my order on a Wednesday or Thursday (CRS* kicking in sorry) and the following Monday it was delivered, plus it was a dollar cheaper too.

Some folks might be put off by the high visibility colors shown here but this jacket is available in other color schemes & solid black. As for me I want the drivers of the cages that attempt to kill me to admit that they were deliberately trying to murder me without being able to soothe their consciences by saying, “I didn’t see him.”

I bought this outfit with my own funds and paid full retail price & plan to keep it as long as it works. What this means for you is that I don’t owe anybody any favors so if it screws up, I will tell you the whole truth about my experiences. So far I have worn this outfit while riding in temperatures ranging from 28°F (-2°C) to 72°F (22°C) and I am happy to report that once I got in and get everything zipped up & buttoned down it was actually reasonably warm & comfy for my 30 mile commute in the wee hours of the morning. Yesterday was unseasonably warm for December and as I was leaving the office I was worried that it would be too hot with the liners in place but it was okay once I got moving. Leaving the front zipper 1/3 the way down resulted in the wind entering the front of the coat with a sort of parachute effect that separated the fabric from my torso, greatly aiding my comfort. Whether this was by design or just a result of my particular riding style/body shape combination I do not know. As a package so far it works well, but getting into it and out of it is a little more involved than a one piece or plain leather jacket & pants or chaps combo.

This outfit is supposed to be water resistant but I have no plans to put that to the test. When I get caught out in the rain I’ll come back & let you know how it does.

Now lets talk about the individual pieces, the Ballistic Revolution jacket is a really good example of bang for the buck. It has CE approved armor for  your elbows & shoulders. There is a foam spine pad but it is just that a dense foam pad. It can be easily removed & replaced with an approved spine protector if you so desire. Joe Rocket calls their exterior shell fabric RockTex which is similar to most other heavy duty abrasion resistant synthetics. It has five outside pockets. With the liner in you have four interior pockets including a nice vertical zippered pocket on the left side, that is just the right size to hold something small like a Walther PPK in it. Anything the least bit larger has to go somewhere else. Once you take the liner out there is only one pocket inside, and I wouldn’t put much in it.

The 2xl size fit my large frame well and the sleeves were the right length and large enough in diameter so that my arms fit inside and I could still bend them. Being a 3/4 length means that it is adaptable to a variety of motorcycle riding positions and it is easy enough to get in an out of. It is not perfect and I have a couple of quibbles, first the velcro style closure for the neck leaves something to be desired. I guess this comes from being built to a price point, but the neck closure needs to be redesigned with either a larger tab to give the hook and loop fabric they currently use a larger gripping surface or to switch to a stronger grade of material for this one spot since it is the only one where the velcro actually has to hold something in place as opposed to keeping a flap closed. It would also be nice to have the good inside pockets without the liner installed. It’s too early for me say anything about the long term quality or durability but right out of the box I am impressed.

These pants that I ordered are the Ballistic 7.0 size 2xl short. Joe Rocket list the short inseam as being 30″ which means that with my boots on they are just barely off the floor when I am standing straight up. When the liner is in you have to be very careful zipping the leg closures down or the zipper will catch the fabric of the liner & jam. When the weather warms up & I remove the liner this problem will be resolved but for now I am just being very careful not to jam the zippers. Walking around the house it feels as if the knee pads are way to low but once I sit on the bike they cradle my knee & shins perfectly. There was no problem putting these pants on over my triple e wide work boots. As with the jacket there are a couple of relatively minor complaints, the biggest complaint is the fact that you really have to be careful of the liner & storm flaps when zipping up the pants as the zippers will grab them and jam pretty easily if you are not careful. If you know you are going to be needing your wallet or house keys etc. you need to transfer them to the pockets of these pants or your coat. They could have put in a zipper to reach into your street clothes but that would have been one more potential entry point for cold air or rain so it’s no big deal, until you get to the gas station and have to unzip your coat and pants to get your money out.

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So far my impressions are great and I would feel comfortable recommending that you try the jacket, the pants, or both if you are in the market for protective gear. Just purchase from a reputable vendor with an easy return or exchange program just in case it really doesn’t fit you well.  If by some chance either piece falls down on the job I will be sure to come back here & let you know all about it.

Peace Y’all

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