What would Steve McQueen do?

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Okay, this pretty much cements my decision to get a dual-sport as a second bike next year. This looks like way too much fun. I'm actually impressed at his choice of machine, there- the R1200GS is *not* a small bike.


Desolation from Danny Kush on Vimeo.

Or if you'd rather avoid dirt altogether- you know, like those wussy run-off areas on the sides of racetracks, and whatnot, there's the Macau race circuit.


ETA: Click the links, not the embedded video- there's been some weirdness getting the videos to display properly.
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Question for the female riders-

My girlfriend is looking at getting her own bike, and has started the process of gear shopping. She has super-narrow feet, so finding a pair of boots that will fit properly is something she's currently looking at. Do any of y'all have recommendations on boots that have a good fit for narrow feet?


Aerostich - taking another shot

Yesterday we attended All Clubs Day up in Stockbridge and got caught in a colossal downpour on the way home. As the cold water trickled down my crotch I was reminded of my old Aerostich. Which worked great in so many ways, and I always blamed the 'stich crotch problems on the terrible fit of the suit that I bought back in the days when they only had men's sizing.

When they announced women's sizes, two years ago, I came *this* close to getting another one. They did not have women's tall sizes. But they sent me a suit in a standard women's size, and it fit well enough that a truly good fit seemed to be within striking distance, with their supposedly-available alterations. I ordered a suit in a women's size 12 with two inches added to the arms and legs, a back ellipse, and forward rotated arms. They accepted the order. But when the time came to make the suit, they called me back and said that forward rotated arms were not available. Yet. In the end I decided to cancel my order and wait for forward rotated arms. I checked back last year and they still didn't have the forward rotated arms for the women's size suits, but they were still optimistic that they might get it. Someday. So I waited.

Fast forward to yesterday. I went to their site to take another look, and discovered that for 2014 they have released an updated version of the Roadcrafter, the R3. And this new suit comes in women's long sizes! It also claims to be truly waterproof. Interestingly, it is unlined. It's made of a gore-tex coated 500 denier cordura, and all the seams are taped. They are using some new tech waterproof zippers. The armor is held in with velcro instead of going into pockets. I hunted up a few reviews on the forums and they are favorable. They say the suit slides on easily even with the velcroed armor, and that the armor is more adjustable this way, making the suit more comfortable. I never liked that black lining material in my old suit; just the slightest bit of sweat glued it to my skin. One reviewer mentioned having the same problem with the old suit lining, and that they liked this new unlined suit better. Apparently Aerostich got slammed with orders for this new suit and had immense backlogs earlier in the season, so there were a lot of complaints about that. But the people who have gotten it seem to like it.

And if it's a size 12 Long, maybe it will just fit without fooling around with $300 worth of customizations. Maybe I won't need the forward rotated sleeves.

So today I ordered a suit in a standard 12 Long, to try on. It'll be a couple months, but I'll report back when it gets here.

Bolts, boots, and bits

Gotta love that reaction when you walk into the office and immediately drop your pants...

Because they're your motorcycle pants, and your jeans are on underneath. Hey, my Fridays aren't *that* casual.

Backstory: Last February, I got the first motorcycle I fell in love with, a 2001 Speed Triple at an estate sale in non-running condition. I changed/added fluids, put in a new battery, mirrors, and blinkers, removed the PCIII the previous owner had installed, and got it running. At almost 39K miles, she's still running strong. My work schedule is starting to free up, so it looks like she'll be getting some overdue maintenance in the upcoming months.

Next weekend: New rear tire (Michelin Pilot Road 3)- the existing Shinko is pretty squared off and getting close to the wear bars (it had a lot of miles on it when I got the bike.

Mid-October: EFI adjustment/dyno tune. There's a local shop recommended by some of the local riders on TriumphRat.net for this purpose. Unfortunately, the adjustments the P.O made to the EFI when he hooked up the PCIII were not undone when it was removed- it's running WAY rich- like, 28MPG highway rich, and you can smell the gas when I'm on the throttle.

Early November:
* Front suspension rebuild. The fork seals aren't blatantly leaking, but the dust covers are falling apart, and this is the sort of problem I'd like to preempt.
* Front brake & master cylinder replacement. A neighbor of mine gave me a set of front calipers from a 1050, and I'd like to replace the master cylinder as well to improve the wooden feeling of the stock brakes. Between the hills, traffic, and cold/wet weather, that's something I'd like to improve.
*The local shop has the stock windscreens still available. Parts for this generation of bike are getting hard to find, so that's pretty nice.
*Replace front tire (Shinko) with Pilot Road 3 to match new rear.

In addition, it looks like my boots are starting to lose their battle with entropy. Does anyone have any recommendations for replacements? I'm not looking to break the bank on a $500 set of Dainese, I'm just looking for a good sport riding boot. I'd been looking at the Sidi Cobras or the Cortech Latigos. Suggestions or experience?

Washington has some beautiful roads, so I'll have video up of some local riding soon. And if there's been an added bonus to motorcycle commuting to work, it's that I can use the HOV lane and cut down on my travel time. I hope everyone else is having fun.
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