Monday, July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welded plug

Oh no, the faux-O2 sensor plug has gone again. We're back in May 2014 and the R11S is making a rattle noise again after losing the meral-resin made center of the said plug for the third time ...


Time for a definitive fix : a weld. The plug hasn't failed since.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Inspiration

Some inspirational pics from Practical Sportsbikes

Grumpy's GSX R 7/11 
A Rothman-esque VFR 750 RC24 from the classifieds


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Like the Exxon Valdez stranded on a shore

Picture this : one day (way back in March from what I can remember), you just get out of your bed happy because it's one of those days where you can go to work on your motorcycle. No prim appointment, no drive-through shopping, no kid to drive around ... just green lights all the way.

So there you are, whistling in the lift on your way down to your underground parking lot, light hearted ... just to discover the unthinkable terrible truth when sliding up your garage door : your bike is laying on its side in the middle of a huge oil spill spoiling your toolboxes and other part containers ... like ... like the Exxon Valdez stranded on a shore vomiting its brent over local animals.

I think it took me almost 2 full minutes staring at the scene to realize what was in front of me that morning. The R11S had escaped from its stand overnight and fallen hard on the ground breaking the left engine cover open and letting 3 liters of rather fresh oil pour out from a huge crack. Some days ...

A new magnesium cover from NOS and some new oil later, the bike is on its wheels and working great again, but it's without mentioning the 2 hours spent bent both knees down wiping up the supertanker slick. It's rather rude for the R11S calling it a supertanker, as it's way lighter than you'd think, but you certainly better get the idea and full picture that way.

OK, it was already damaged before the fall ...
... but now it has a huge crack

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Inspiration

Back in september 2014, while looking for a new project I spotted this tweaked first gen GSXR 750 on a well-known classified site.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015 Assen TT

Does tickets to attends the Assen TT sound like a good enough birthday present for you ? It does it for me in a way no other has in the last 10 years. And I'm including the presents made to myself in the list.

So ! Friday we headed to Assen to attend the MotoGP round. We rode there 2 up on the R11S to cover the 400-ish kilometers to the track. Then Yesterday we made the remaining 30 kilometers and parked the bike among thousands others.




The view from our bench located at the end of the start/finish straight, perfectly placed to observe every single crash happening in the first corner.



We had a great time there watching the races, no to mention seeing Zarko and Rossi on top. And those nice wristbands will bring up memories when taken out from our dedicated souvenir box. What's more to a new life ?




Got, then gone, then bought, then gone again

This is the sad story of this P3 ZX7R. It came one day and worked like hell, then left with its owner a couple of months after. He called 4 months later with huge money issues asking if I wanted it. I bought it and could only keep it for 3 months, having my own "balance" problems.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

That special relationship

Yeah, that's what I stumbled across a bit more than a year ago now. I would recommend anyone to build one ...
Credits Performance Bikes magazine
That pic always reminds me of you, "special relationship".

Monday, June 22, 2015

6000 miles tag

While away from this place, I kept on shooting some pics of what's been happening in my motorcycle life. For instance, this one is back in may 2014 when the R11S broke the 6000 miles tag. 6000 miles since rebuild, that is.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Returning soon

After months of trying to get through tough times, I decided now would be a great time for a come back over here ... Well to be honest, some of you decided this for me asking when I would update this place again and that feels even better.

No far promise, but I'll try to push news and photos around.