Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today?

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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What shall I wear today?

What shall I wear today?

~20 minute read. This article looks into the factors affecting motorcycle tyre wear and what can be done to increase tyre lifespan. With sets of unfitted tyres generally costing around AU$500 for a supersport litre bike, this is often the most regular maintenance event which can add up to a considerable amount financially over the lifetime of your precious steed. The author concludes that road-based tyre wear is mostly caused by riding style and road surface with mechanical issues able to significantly and negatively affect wear.

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Glenaire

Glenaire

For all of our tomorrows, wherever they may find us.

On the Great Ocean Road shot from the northwest heading southeast, mid-week and unusually deserted, recorded just after Victorians were first released from lock-down in May 2020. Music from David Bowie’s Wild is the Wind from the seminal album Station to Station (1976), inspired by Nina Simone and her 1959 live recording.

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Being anonymous at protests

Being anonymous at protests

From The Hated One’s YouTube channel: how to ensure that you remain anonymous at a protest event.

An interesting video to see the ways that you can be tracked in public. Carrying your smartphone with you can lead to pinpoint identification and you don’t need to be a criminal to decide that a burner phone is a good idea. In this age of mass surveillance find ways of sticking it to the man.

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Iso freedom ride

Iso freedom ride

Fragments of thoughts and _many_ video stills on the first ride since CV19 lockdown “iso” ends, destination GOR.

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2020-02-23 Granite and Gold (GG) – hard rocks and precious metals

2020-02-23 Granite and Gold (GG) – hard rocks and precious metals

Granite and Gold (GG) – hard rocks and precious metals – North-West of Melbourne – level 3 ride classification, 400 km, 4 hrs riding time (excluding breaks) from Whittlesea to Melbourne Airport. Fast, open sweepers taking in spectacular volcanic scenery, tighter “treed” sections with an awesome view and 1850s pre federation gold rush era diggings, welcome to the GG ride.

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2020 Australia/Invasion Day 

2020 Australia/Invasion Day 

Pakenham, Leongatha, Pakenham (PLP) might include Seaview (!) – level 3 ride classification, 351 km, ~4 hr riding (excluding breaks) from Pakenham outbound to Pakenham inbound, RSVP needed!

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The Bonang

The Bonang

Shot from Orbost in the south through to the Delegate river in the north ascending from 25 m to over 1,000 m above sea level.

One of Australia’s great motorcycling roads, ~112 km from Orbost to the Delegate River and 105 km of advisory posted twisty awesomeness. This video is ideal for those wanting to “learn” the corners, and there are a lot of them 🙂

NB. B-double logging trucks of up to 25 m in length and 62,500 kg traverse this road (more than 200 times the weight of a bike and rider), many are seen in this video (~8 min, ~16 min etc), stay the f*ck to the left of the white line!

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Blue Duck, duck…

Blue Duck, duck…

Was it really over a year ago? Where did that year go? I remember remembering, or did I? After a few days away in the...

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Highway bypass

Highway bypass

Yes, I know: when you know a better way, the route less travelled, the route that retains your sanity, eschew the highway. 3:47 minutes of video best viewed in 1080p60HD. Location: Victoria, Australia.

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Winter tyres

Winter tyres

I have winter tyres and non-winter tyres. Seriously. YMMV but honestly, over winter IMHO super-duper sports tyres are completely wasted.

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Tree Mission Hill

Tree Mission Hill

8:24 minutes of video best viewed in 1080p60HD. A sojourning mission to the treed hill as a final winter ride for 2019 ahead of the official start of the Australian spring. Longer days and a hankering for the less oft traversed route, further afield, empty roads, sun penetrating my leathers. The land proffering warmth, coaxing forth a thaw, a welcome respite. The heating land creating air currents pushing the wild antarctic southern fronts away, for now. A beautiful day to be; I am being me and in my being seeing me without from within.

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Prime time of your life

Prime time of your life

The life unlived, the life unexperienced, the “un” life isn’t life. This life is. This life is filled with events that quicken the heart, that remind you that you are alive, alive in the prime time of your life.

“There is a crack between the two worlds, the world of the diableros and the world of living men. There is a place where these two worlds overlap. The crack is there. It opens and closes like a door in the wind.”
Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

The crack opens at the junction between day and night, as the red light approaches the doors to perception, to heaven and to hell open and let us slip inside, if we choose.
Arc NineOhNine, www.arcnineohnine.com

10:49 minutes of video best viewed in 1080p60HD and appreciated with decent speakers

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Yesterday, a ride.

Yesterday, a ride.

For all of our yesterdays; for all of us, yesterday.

Flying through the clouds the mists swirl around us, encircle us and yet too define us. Those feelings melt and yet amplify as we soar and glide, outside space and time.

Time doesn’t bind, distance doesn’t confine, space doesn’t contain; feeling creates me and you too. That feeling when we look inside our self and see our feeling, feel our seeing, are our being.

2:10 minutes of video recorded, stored and best played back in 1080p60HD

Location: Australia

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Bush Escape

Bush Escape

Escaping the city on the last Sunday of the southern hemisphere autumn in 2019. Escaping from the traffic, the people, the concrete, the built environment, escaping to the bush; esc-ape-ing.

Comprises 29 sequences of varying lengths focussing on “correct” cornering lines, “smoothness”, entry, maintenance and exit throttle.

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Taming of the Garmin

Taming of the Garmin

Taming a Garmin GPS isn’t easy nor straightforward. A list of software tools which I currently use and have used in the past to help tame the beast. Inspired by a question on an Internet forum.

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Updates – May 2019 #3

Updates – May 2019 #3

Completed migration of all site artifacts to HTTPS delivery, many pages were using both HTTP and HTTPS. This completes the first major overhaul of this site since it was first built over two years ago. I’m really happy with finally getting the new Subscription section to behave itself (I found an interesting bug in the GDPR compliance component).

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Updates – May 2019 #2

Updates – May 2019 #2

Numerous updates at the backend of the new Subscription module and specifically new templated emails, new workflows and updates to the subscription details. Added cover art to the Subscription and Account management sections of the site.

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2019-05-05 – Farewell 13noob13 – GoR send off ride

2019-05-05 – Farewell 13noob13 – GoR send off ride

One of our comrades, 13noob13, will shortly be returning to East Australia (AKA NZ) and in the great Netrider tradition (which I’ve just created) there will be a send off ride – ostensibly to make sure that he leaves our shores with an ingrained sense of how superior the Western Isle is by comparison to the Eastern Isle.

Confirmed destination is the Great Ocean Road (GoR), regularly voted as one of the most scenic and best driving roads in the entire world, right here on our doorstep!

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Updates – May 2019

Updates – May 2019

www.arcninohnine.com website updates for May 2019 – major new subscription service implemented plus significant changes to the site back end to improve user responsiveness and site performance.

See the article for complete details.

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Solo tripping…

Solo tripping…

Musings inspired by a post on Netrider “Planning my 1st solo trip!”

A little excited, a little intimidated!

It’s an interesting experience being alone, being with oneself, riding alone, just the grey snake and oneself, but then, are we ever really, truly alone? That voice inside, that consciousness etching new connections in our mind, the particles of life flowing past us as we fly on our carpet of air. The “oneself” is multiples of self, of consideration, of thought, of being – observing and feeling the flow, becoming part of that flow, existing inside the flow, outside, within…

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Streamlining

Streamlining

Been doing some work on the site to streamline page presentation and implement a new registration module to reduce the...

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Got Protection – The Data

Got Protection – The Data

In Part One – Got protection? we learned why motorcyclists need hearing protection and some key sound related concepts, in Part Two – Plug me up we learned about the types of hearing protection available to motorcyclists, the different standards used in attenuation measurement and how to properly fit and maintain earplugs, now in this third and final part Part Three – Got Protection – The Data a detailed and comparative review of thirty-four different ear plugs.

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Plug me up

Plug me up

In part one “Got protection” we learned why motorcyclists need hearing protection and some key sound related concepts, now in part two we’ll cover the types of hearing protection available to motorcyclists, the different standards used in attenuation measurement and how to properly fit and maintain earplugs.

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Think

Think

https://youtu.be/5tn4P7IBqoQ Will you get lost in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Most people I asked don't even...

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Four days

Four days

Away from the harsh and unnatural visual jarring of the angular concrete and steel constructs of the city, away from the creeping, constant and incessant traffic, away from the bustling multitudes of people, away from the city lights dimming the night stars, away from the tight enclosed spaces, away from the unique metropolis dirt, away from nature bent and subverted to human will – away from the ‘usual’ life. A way. A way to recharge, a way to connect with the earth, water and sky, a way to see anew with fresh, open eyes, a way to feel and hear with reinvigorated senses, a way to think, a way to explore. Reconnect away. Away in the mountains. Four days away.

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Meredith

Meredith

Originally published August, 2012 Eager expectation, that’s how I felt the morning of the ride. The day was overcast...

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Jindabyne

Jindabyne

Originally published February, 2014 Wet. Wetter. Wettest. Submerged. It was going to be wet. And yes, it was and so...

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Jamieson

Jamieson

Originally published January, 2013 One of my most favourite trips: Eildon-Jamieson or EJ as it’s now often known. The...

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Dargo

Dargo

Originally published January, 2014. Saturday finally came and it was time again. Time to do the Dargo dance. Time to...

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I had to go out…

I had to go out…

You know that time? When you just have to get out for a ride? Today I decided it was time, with no idea where I was...

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Why?

Why?

Why do I ride? What makes me want to fly with the wind? What about the “danger”?

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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

Amelia Earhart