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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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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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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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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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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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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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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