FROM NEW YORK!
Cheryl and I were successful in our sneak attack visiting my parents in NY…I should have recorded when we walked in because my father, who never really curses, said “HOLY SHIT”. I was just too excited to stop and get the camera out!
We totally were able to keep this a surprise. Because we went on a 2 month motorcycle trip this summer we thought we could not make it to NY this year. However, since I got a new job I was able to take 3 weeks in between jobs hence the surprise trip. We are also here for my mother’s 75th birthday.
How often can you ever sneak across the countries, Canada and the US and walk right into the house when you knew your parents would be home having coffee etc…and scare the crap at of the hem in a good way? Once in a lifetime, like our trip this summer.
Here is a short video of our business class ride in!
Flew in over night to my parents for a surprise visit as a post Christmas present and for my mother’s 75th birthday. They were both very surprised and my father even cursed when we walked in! Here until Jan. 5th! Awesome that we pulled this off. Have to LOVE frequent flyer mileage!
The Blog is going on Holidays for about 2 weeks. Please have a look around while we are off. There are more than 330 posts, Triumph Trip was June 29th – August 11th, 2011. There is so much to explore, tons of pictures, look around, share the Blog and when we can we will post what we were up to over the next few weeks. Happy New Year to all and again feel free to take a look at the archives, comments are always appreciated, posting ideas, feedback, everything and anything. We have truly enjoyed keeping the BLOG up and running and love seeing all the countries, cities etc taking a gander. Thanks for your ongoing support and we will see you in the New Year.
Not sure why a motorcycle company in this day and age would post a non HD video but Yamaha did on the Tube. Although not in HD it is a rather good video to advertise their Yamaha XT 1200 Z S Super Tenere.
This makes you want to buy one eh?
2011 Yamaha XT 1200 Z S Super Tenere off & on road video / See more Yamaha videos http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA2CB185A2626639E / More infos http://www.yamaha-motor.com + http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp & http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/index.aspx / Many Thanks YAMAHA MOTOR Co. USA, YAMAHA MOTOR EUROPE, YAMAHA MOTOR Co. JAPAN & YAMAHA MOTOR SPAIN, phone +34 937031500 / More videos http://www.youtube.com/user/2012motorcycles
Love this dictionary….check it out….covers just about everything!
When you’re a biker, you’re a part of a large community with its own specialized vocabulary. If you’re new to motorcycling, it may be difficult to understand everything said. If you run across a biker term you do not know just remember to check the Total Motorcycle Bikers Dictionary and Glossary!
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ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking System) – 1. System that senses when a tire is about to loose traction during braking and decreases braking force, preventing tire lock up. 2. The ABS detects when a wheel is not turning and releases pressure to the brake on that wheel, preventing a skid. 3. A component added to the braking system that detects wheel lock up. The system then modulates the brakes at that point with the idea of stopping you faster than you could yourself. 4. ‘Anti-lock braking system’ Active safety device that stops the wheels locking-up under heavy braking, thus allowing the driver to maintain steering control. 5. An anti-lock braking system is a safety system that prevents a vehicle’s wheels from locking during heavy braking. Essentially, the ABS regulates the braking pressure on the wheel, allowing it to continuously have traction on the driving surface.
Accelerator pump – Extra pump in the carburetor to temporarily increase the amount of fuel delivered to the air stream.
Aerodynamics – In motorcycle context, good aerodynamics means that the motorcycle is designed to have as little resistance from the air as possible. This is essential to achieve great speeds. The manufacturers often make use of wind tunnels during the development of a new motorcycle.
AFFA – Angels Forever Forever Angels
Aftermarket – The sector of the market that sells parts and accessories other than OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer… ie, Honda, BMW, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, etc.)
Air – 80% nitrogen, 19% oxygen, some carbonic gas and minor trace elements.
Air cooling – Mechanism used to keep the engine at operating temperature by using air flowing over heat sinks (engine fins) to disperse excess heat into the environment directly.
Air fuel ratio – Proportions in which air and fuel are mixed to form a combustible gas.
Airheads – A term for older, air-cooled BMW Boxer Twins.
Air Intake Valves – Reed Valves
Air lock – Similar to vapor lock, a pocket or air develops that blocks the normal flow of a fluid, such as in a hydraulic brake line. Common in two stroke engines when the oil injection system is allowed to run dry.
AirTex – Mesh-like, highly tear-resistant Dynafil polyamide weave.
Akra – Akrapovic. Manufacturers of exhaust cans and full exhaust systems.
Alloy – A solid or homogenous solution that is a mixture of two or more metals to create a combined metal with better characteristics for a specific purpose.
Alternative fuel – Generally refers to energy sources other than the traditional petroleum ones such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
Alternator – Modern replacement for the dynamo generator, producing large quantities of alternating current to run the electrical systems of a motorcycle.
AMA – American Motorcycle Association.
Ammeter – Gauge that measures amps in electrical current.
Analog gauges – Shows information in a continuous forum, often a dial; often considered the opposite of digital gauges. Old school gauges.
Anch’s or Anchor – Brakes
Anodizing – A technique used to coat the surface of a metal with an oxide layer. It may be used to increase corrosion resistance, increase wear resistance, allow dyeing or prepare the surface for other processes and coatings including paint. Anodization changes the microscopic texture of the surface and can change the crystal structure of the metal near the surface. The process derives its name from the fact that the part to be treated forms the anode portion of an electrical circuit in this electrolytic process.
Anti-dive System – A front-end suspension component that reduces how much the forks compress under braking, popular with motorcycles built in 1980s.
Apes or Ape Hangers – 1. Handlebars that are very high, and which often raise the rider’s hands above his or her shoulders. High handlebars so Biker’s hands are at or above their shoulder height.. Refers to a handlebar style where the handgrips are located at a higher position, so as to enable the rider’s arms to “hang” Picture “Clyde” from “Every Which Way but Loose” and you’ll get a perfect understanding of the riding position. 2. Very high handlebars. Usually found on choppers. 3. A term coined at the height of the custom-bike movement to describe tall handlebars that forced the rider to reach skyward to graps the controls, making the rider adopt an ape-like posture.
Aperture – An opening, hole or port.
Apex – The vertex of tightest (middle or centre) point of a curve.
API – American Petroleum Institute.
Armacor (GORE-TEX® Armacor) – A new kind of highly tear-resistant material combining Kevlar® and Cordura® with the first class weather properties of GORE-TEX® in a 3-layer laminate.
ASE – National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Aspect Ratio – The ratio of the height of the wall of a tire to the width of the tread expressed as a percentage. Section height divided by section width equals aspect ratio. If the section height is one half the section width, the aspect ratio is 50%.
Aspiration – The method for getting air into the engine (ie, normal, turbo charged, super charged etc).
ATGANI – All The Gear And No Idea. Derogatory term for a biker who has an expensive new bike with new expensive gear, yet cannot ride for toffee.
ATGATT – All The Gear All The Time – This refers to a safety attitude which presumes that safety gear should always be worn when riding a motorcycle regardless of temperature, distance to be ridden or peer pressures that might encourage not doing so.
ATM – All Things Motorcycle
Such a simply yet useful video on how to make a very compact camping stove….if anyone has made this or is going to make this…let us know how it works out.
Why not standardize the laws? Hot topic but we believe in ATGATT
(All The Gear All The Time)
- Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 20 states and the District of Columbia
- Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 27 states
- There is no motorcycle helmet use law in 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire)
- Some bicyclists are required by law to wear a helmet in 21 states and the District of Columbia
- There is no bicycle helmet use law in 29 states Continue reading
What a cool video I stumbled upon of a tourist in Costa Rica and what he found out….again, if you love wildlife watch this video. There are such good people out there in this world!
We use the Contour + HD cam and I swear these professionally edited videos makes me always think this one has to be better…but I think if we all could edit like this video perhaps the cam we all use could look so good…am I wrong?
So, while I was out and about today in search for a Y-splitter for my Gerbing’s liner I decided to stop here…
While at this dealer, I had a look around of course to see some of the new 2012 bikes I have been reading about. I saw the new Suzuki V Strom 650, some KTM dirt bikes I wanted to get a look at, a Dakar model KTM and to be honest among all these great looking bikes…none did it for me. Well, the KTM Dakar sure was an interesting looking bike and I can even touch the ground. Not flat foot but really no different from the way I fit on the Triumph Tiger 800XC. Continue reading