Thursday, June 30, 2011

Michigan Senate Repeals Helmet law. Bill Going To The House

Taken from Cyril Huze blog:
As expected, with a vote 25-14 mostly along party lines a law passed by the Michigan State Senate would be repealed for bikers 21 and older if the rider would also have to have been licensed to ride a motorcycle for at least two years or have completed a motorcycle safety course. In exchange those riding without a helmet would be required to carry insurance to cover up to $100,000 in medical costs if they get into an accident.

Governor Rick Snyder said “repeal of the helmet requirement isn’t a top priority for his administration, though it might be considered as part of a larger insurance reform package later this year.” It was unclear whether he would sign the repeal if passed by the Legislature. The previous Legislature repealed the helmet requirement twice but former Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed it both times, saying the healthcare tab for injured and uninsured motorcyclists would be too costly for taxpayers.


If this passed I would probably still wear a helmet but the option is nice.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Perfect headphones for riding?

the Captain sent me a link to check out the Arriva Leo headphones recently. Check out the link for info or peep the review by Gizmodo for details. I signed up for prerelease info and the opportunity to buy em for $50 instead of the $90 retail price. You too can get that offer if you go here and put in your email addy. 
Controlling the music from the base of your skull w/ gloves on instead of fumbling for your iPod in your pocket and taking off your gloves is real convenient for those moments at stoplights when creative gesticulation just doesn't get the point across. 
They're strictly Bluetooth, so obv you need a device that's Bluetooth enabled to even bother w/ em. Personally, I'd have to use my iPhone instead of my iPod Classic and that would mean buying a Powerlet charger to compensate for the battery drain. Probably not a bad idea regardless. 
They seem legit, and at $50 it's not a huge gamble to alleviate the "don't talk to me cuz I'm going into headphone land" syndrome.
Any takers?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New LED fuel and battery gauge installed

Finally got around to installing the Kuryakyn LED gas and battery gauge that I bought last summer. Some basic wiring, but otherwise an easy install. It's a sleeker profile than the original, plus it has a battery gauge. And it's got purdy lights and shiny chrome ...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FSMC Represent

Holding it down in the Rochester section.

They also drove the Sportster you can win into the bar:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

No Sleep Til Hammersmith

Finally got the mufflers in the mail after 2 months. Evidently Triumph changed how their pipes mount so BC had to create two sets of Sleepers. Depending on your VIN # you might get one set or another, even for the same model year of bike, I think. Anyway, it was well worth it b/c I'm super stoked on how they sound. It's like a brand new bike. And it seems to have increased the pick-up slightly due to a richer gas mixture. Rode it around Detroit last night... blip, blip, blip, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh!!!!!

Secret Stash Spot

I just ordered the black Biltwell Stash Tube today. While some of your bikes have fucking toolkits and enough room to stash whatever small personal effects you wish to carry, my Bonnie has no room for anything. Not even insurance papers! I was lamenting this fact when Davin pointed me to these Biltwell Stash Tubes that affix to the top of the license plate bracket. Problem solved. 

From the website:
Bill found the inspiration for this clean and classic document tube on the innerweb a couple years ago. He’d seen similar gizmos on old bikes from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Like our modern replica, those antique jewels provided a place to store your bike’s legal documents, personal effects and other contraband. Unlike those precious relics, the Biltwell registration tube doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Our timeless vessel will only set you back thirty bucks—not bad for something so well-built and practical.

The Biltwell registration tube is easy to use. Simply loosen one thumb screw, remove the end cap, slip your documents into the rugged plastic tube, replace the end cap and bolt the entire assembly to the license plate on your motorcycle. The Biltwell registration tube features the aforementioned high-impact plastic tube, machined aluminum end caps, stamped steel L-brackets and electroplated hardware. Two anodized colors are available: clear or black.