Bluey and I have covered over 70,000km (45,000 miles) since she’s been with me.
To date, our time together has been relatively trouble-free, with only a sprocket carrier bearing and the usual wear and tear items needing replacement.
Things like brake pads and tyres… the usual stuff.
Dunno what happens in other countries, but in Australia there is no such thing as drivers ed at school. Instead, when a teenager reaches the ripe old age of 16, they are eligible to sit a 30 question road rule theory exam, and, if they pass, they are “awarded” a learners drivers permit.
G’day Warren over at I Just Want 2 Ride posted up this excellent piece which discusses what to look for when buying protective gear.
I thought it was worth a repost.
By The Seat of Your Motorcycle Pants …by Bernard H. Wood – http://wp.me/p3p2BE-15E
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Like many of you, I’m often contacted by vendors about doing product reviews. I’ve resisted this for a long time because it’s not my intention for this blog to become a money-making exercise.
In fact, this blog came about because my daughter, The Pillion In A Million, dared me to do it… and I thought it would be a bit of fun too.
To date, any product reviewed on this blog has been purchased from my own funds, after much research and is something that I needed at the time.
However, having said that and for the sake of full disclosure, this post is about the Vikingcycle Warlock Mesh Motorcycle Jacket available from Motorcyclehouse that was sent to me free of charge for review.
Unfortunately, the jacket sent to me is fluoro yellow on black, which really isn’t my colour. So with a bit of prompting, I persuaded a guest writer to do the review, someone very close to me: The Pillion.
As I alluded to in this post a few weeks ago, I have a hard time getting a helmet that fits me well, and one that’s comfortable.
So over the past few weeks I have tried on all manner of helmets: Kabuto, Nolan, Bell, Shark and Aria to name a few. All bar one of those listed had pressure points or were ill-fitting.
We’ve all heard the horror stories from people who don’t ride; you know the ones I mean. They usually go something like this:
A relative of a friend of an acquaintance thrice removed came off his/ her motorbike a few years ago after hitting a wombat hole, he/ she now talks with a lisp.
It’s true, I have a funny head.
As a result, I have a great deal of difficulty finding a helmet that’s comfortable. One that I can actually get my head into, and one that doesn’t give me a headache after 10 minutes.
I reckon the best pillion I’ve ever had would’ve been Daka. He was a wiry sort of bloke, maybe 5’11” who weighed next to nothing. He was a rider himself, rode a GPz-1100 B2 as I recall.
Alas, he was a bit naughty on one or two occasions and the powers that be told him he couldn’t ride (or drive) for a rather lengthy period of time.
In recent years, Queensland (QLD) has seen a steady decline in the number of riders killed.
Since 2006, statistics held by the QLD Guv’mint show that from 2006 to 2011 the fatality rate for motorcyclists dropped from 5.26 to 2.90 per 10,000 riders. This was despite a 40% increase in motorcycle registrations for the same period.