Just before going out to California this fall, I had purchased a GoPro camera to record some highlights of my rides. I haven’t figured out how to use it to its full potential yet and hope to get some more experience with it over the winter months so that I’m ready to capture some more interesting footage next summer.
One of the things that surprised me the most about the GoPro was how well it did with audio. With the camera mounted to the handlebars on the Triumph and the crash bar on the Versys, I figured that wind noise would be a problem. However, it seems as if the camera does an excellent job of eliminating the wind noise leaving just the sound of the engine.
I haven’t taken a lot of footage yet, but I did post a couple of short videos to YouTube recently.
Triumph Street Triple – Late Summer Ride
Kawasaki Versys – Palm to Pines Highway
Video editing is another area where I need to get some experience. Right now, I can only manage to do the most basic things with Adobe Premier and hope to get a lot more experience during the snowy months here in the Northeast.
A few weeks ago, my Triumph got dropped. It wasn’t me who dropped it and the guilty party will remain nameless.
Damage is minimal with only a small scratch on the side where the turn signal hit the bodywork, a scuff on one of the engine covers, the bar-end mirror has a little scratch, and the end of the brake lever broke off. The scratches really aren’t noticeable unless you really look for them but the brake lever needed to be replaced.
Looking around at various options inevitably led to eBay and I ended up buying some adjustable shorty levers from China. There were many color options and I choose titanium levers with black adjusters. With shipping the levers were $50 for the pair (brake and clutch). Installation was straight forward and only took about 20 minutes. They feel solid, appear to be well-made and look pretty good too.
I went with shorty levers for a couple of reasons. I got used to riding with the shorter broken lever and found that I liked it. I only need two fingers on the brakes and the clutch is light enough to use two fingers as well. I’m also hoping that if the bike gets tipped over or dropped again, the levers will survive.
After riding the new Kawasaki for a week and a half, I’ve been back on the Street Triple for the past couple of days. I love the Triumph.
The power, the sound, and the incredible handling always seem to bring a smile to my face. This may just be the perfect bike
Well, I decided to go out for a short ride today. It’s about 45 degrees and the roads are mostly dry.
I took the Street Triple out so that I could test the quick shifter. This is an awesome accessory! It shifts fast and smooth without using the clutch.
I had also replaced the useless stock mirrors with some Triumph bar end mirrors. They’re a bit small but do seem to work pretty well.
It’s great to be back out on the bike. I may not be able to ride again for a week or two because it’s going to turn cold again but for today, I’m happy to be able to take advantage of a warm February day.
Recently, I was taking a look at some of the statistics I’ve gathered over the years and thought it would be interesting to share with everyone. When I started riding, I never expected to accumulate so many miles in such a short period of time.
Since purchasing my 2006 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic on May 9th, 2006 I’ve racked up a total of 161,286 miles between the four bikes that I’ve owned.
| Miles by Bike
|2006 Electra Glide (May 2006 – Feb 2014)
|2010 Electra Glide Limited (Jan 2010 – Aug 2012)
|2012 BMW K1600GTL (Aug 2012 – Feb 2014)
|2013 Street Triple (Jul 2013 – Feb 2014)
|Total Miles as of 2/21/14
|Average Miles per Year
Here in Upstate NY, I actually end up riding about 8-9 months a year due to the cold and snow that we get.
During the riding season, I commute back and forth to work almost every day. I’m also out riding most Saturdays and Sundays. This all adds up to quite a few miles.
Of course a good chunk of the miles I’ve accumulated are a result of the cross-country trips I’ve taken. These trips have ranged from 7k-9k each year accounting for somewhere between 45k – 50k of the total miles I’ve ridden. These long trips are the reason I really like big touring bikes.
While averaging over 20k miles a year sounds pretty good, in some ways, averages can be deceiving. If memory serves me right, the first couple of years I only averaged about 13k-14k a year. This past year is the most miles I’ve done in a single year. I’ve racked up 32k miles in 15 months (Aug 2012-Nov 2013) between the BMW (26k miles) and the Triumph (6k miles). These two bikes are a lot of fun to ride.
I’ve spent countless hours enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells that only a motorcycle can provide. I hope to be able to continue for many years to come.