Its been almost two months since my last post. Things had gotten very busy with finishing up my doctorate, looking for jobs etc. All that is done and I will be moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan in a few weeks to start my new job there! I’m going to miss my grad school days.
In bike related news, I haven’t done any exciting rides in the last two months, just a few favorite local routes. However, I just put two new Pirelli MT66 tires on my bike today. Ordered them online and had them mounted at Pro Stock Performance on Harrison Ave. I’ll get a chance to scrub them in this weekend on a trip to French Lick, Indiana. Also got a free dyno run at the shop using the coupon provided in the Dynojet kit I’d used when I rejetted the bike. Lets just say I’m less than thrilled with the peak horsepower of my bike ( Less than 50hp). I think its time for that new bike I’ve been planning on getting for a year.
I also ordered a pair of Tourmaster Winter Elite gloves online. They won’t be here by this weekend, but hopefully my old gloves will do the job. The temperature is expected to range between 30° and 55° F.
The fall colors were not great this year at least in these parts but I’ll have pictures from the upcoming trip posted sometime next week.
Any AMA members out there? If you have received the September 2007 issue of the American Motorcyclist magazine, turn to page 43 and check out the top right-hand corner. Yep, that’s my contribution! Last year I had sent in the description of a motorcycle accident I had a long time ago in India, for the monthly column Crash Course. Well, they finally decided to publish it, along with many other similar stories in an article called Riding Smart. I’ll put a link to it online once it shows up on the AMA website.
On Saturday, Angie and I rode to Greensburg, IN to watch my brother’s first AFF skydive. He made a good jump. (See below for video). After the jump, we went to the farm for lunch and returned home on US 50.
The weekend was brutal for bikers in the tri-state area. Three bikers in a charity poker run in Dearborn county, IN were killed when a car driven by an impatient 18 year old crossed over the center line. Another biker was killed in a collision with a car on US 50 near Dillsboro, just hours after Angie and I rode back home on that route. (Links: 1,2,3,4).
In preparation for The Big Out-West trip later this year ( more on that soon!) I purchased some touring gear today. I’d been looking at all-weather touring jackets and finally settled on the Tour Master Transition jacket. It looks great, is waterproof and is loaded with features including vents, armor, multiple pockets and removable inner liner for cold weather. And its very reasonably priced compared to similar jackets by Aerostitch or Firstgear. To go with it, I bought the Tour Master Venture pants. I should be receiving both items next week and I plan to test them out on a 2 day trip riding the back roads in Indiana. Next month, I’ll be getting a new helmet- this time I’m going for the modular (flip-up) style full face helmet.
Check out this website: http://www.openroadjourney.com/. They have a growing database of motorcycle roads, route mapping based on Google Maps, motorcycle forums and articles.