Month: February 2013
Ducati Panigale and BMW S1000RR to Africa
These videos are quite enjoyable to watch…although I would not personally take a sport bike on a long adventure ride they do make some decent points that a sport bike is more than a Sunday morning Toy…..what do you think?
Photo of the Day: Best of January 2013
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21 Most Beautiful Nature Photos On Stumbleupon
These are the 21 most beautiful nature photos on Stumbleupon. Stumbleupon is big society where you can spend all your day and all you life with smile on your face. On that site you can find lots of things, like photos, animals, home stuff and many more, nature photos like these one below. These nature photos are really beautiful and very amazing and that is the proof just how much our Earth is beautiful place.
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DOG/GOD = Great Outdoors!
I am very rarely at a loss of words but when it comes to attending my first dog memorial I seem to be. I have tried to write this post numerous times but it never came out right. So, what I have done is post pictures of this special day in February, made a video as tribute to my friend/colleague Sandi and a quote Sandi said to me….I was honored and really touched. We have three dogs and will inevitably experience this loss.
This is a special post…please scroll down, take a look at the pictures and read the little story. Then, pay tribute and watch the short video. Best in HD and wide screen. I know many of the readers of this BLOG can relate. The love we have for our pets is a very personal relationship but in the end I think we all feel the same way when they have to leave us. Continue reading “DOG/GOD = Great Outdoors!”
Thailand HITS 1000 unique view – Population: 67,091,089
|A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and fighting alongside the US in Vietnam. A military coup in September 2006 ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat. December 2007 elections saw the pro-THAKSIN People’s Power Party (PPP) emerge at the head of a coalition government that took office in February 2008. The anti-THAKSIN People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD, aka yellow-shirts) in May 2008 began street demonstrations against the new government, eventually occupying the prime minister’s office in August and Bangkok’s two international airports in November. After an early December 2008 court ruling that dissolved the ruling PPP and two other coalition parties for election violations, the Democrat Party formed a new coalition government and ABHISIT Wetchachiwa became prime minister. In October 2008 THAKSIN fled abroad in advance of an abuse of power conviction and has agitated his followers from abroad since then. THAKSIN supporters under the banner of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD, aka red-shirts) rioted in April 2009, shutting down an ASEAN meeting in Pattaya. Following a February 2010 court verdict confiscating half of THAKSIN’s frozen assets, the UDD staged large protests between March and May 2010, and occupied several blocks of downtown Bangkok. Clashes between security forces and protesters, elements of which were armed, resulted in at least 92 deaths and an estimated $1.5 billion in arson-related property losses. These protests exposed major cleavages in the Thai body politic that hampered the government and led to a general election in July 2011. THAKSIN’s youngest sister, YINGLAK, led the Puea Thai party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government in August. YINGLAK’s leadership was almost immediately challenged by historic flooding in late 2011 that had large swathes of the country underwater and threatened to inundate Bangkok itself. At the beginning of 2012 the Puea Thai-led government began fulfilling one of its main election promises, the pursuit of constitutional reform, which could lead to the nation’s 19th Constitution since 1932. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded as separatists in Thailand’s southern ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces continued the campaign of violence associated with their cause. Continue reading “Thailand HITS 1000 unique view – Population: 67,091,089”|
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BMW Releases Pricing for New R 1200 GS
Well, the suspense is over, we can now tell you just how many of your hard earned Washingtons it’s going to take to place a shiny new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS in your garage. If you can exercise almost super-human self-control when it comes to checking off option boxes, you can ride off into the sunset on BMW’s latest and greatest for $15,800. Thankfully this base model comes well equipped with ABS, center stand, engine guard, height adjustable seat and windscreen, power socket, LED rear light, and more. Moving up the spec sheet, the Standard Package ($16,600) adds heated grips, cruise control, and saddlebag mounts. Next up is the Premium Package ($17,990), which includes the Touring Package ($1,450) and the Active Package ($740). The Touring Package adds Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), upgraded onboard computer, GPS preparation, chrome exhaust, heated grips, hand protection, and saddlebag mounts, while the Active Package tacks on Enduro ASC (Automatic Stability Control) with riding modes and cruise control. If you’re not too confused yet, the Premium Plus Package ($18,870) is a combination of the Comfort Package ($620), the Dynamic Package ($2,100), and cruise control ($350). To keep things simple we’ll just say that the Premium Plus Package includes everything in the previous packages plus a tire pressure monitor and LED headlight. The new GS will be available in Fire Blue, Racing Red, Thunder Gray Metallic, and Alpine White.
One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco
You need to watch the video at the end of this post! This is CRAZY AMAZING ART that moves!
Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio until June 19th!
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Animals Illuminated by the Sun
The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon in the west. There are few things in nature as photogenic as the sky at sunset, especially animals. The rich bright gold, pink and orange colors make unusually beautiful pictures of animals illuminated by the sun.
Britannia Mirage 2 Install
While we have been using the Cee Bailey shields on our F650’s for years and Cheryl just installed the new version on her F800, I decided to give the Britannia Mirage 2 a try. Here a some of the install pics and I hope to get out on the bike soon to test the shield out in real riding conditions today. As with anything you add to your bike it’s all subjective. If this new version of the Mirage, a little curve to the shield itself and pulled back a bit works….than I predict Cheryl wanting a custom painted Mirage 2 for her bike as well.
BRITANNIA WEB SITE – tell Ian we sent you! 😉
This is not to say the Cee Bailey new ’13 shield is not as good, it’s about change and seeing what works even better for us. Review of the Mirage once I have one later. For now here is what it looks like in our garage. Continue reading “Britannia Mirage 2 Install”
Just me heading down to Pacific Motosports for their Open House and the Grand Opening of Ducati Richmond. Great day out while Cheryl studied for her forensics stuff.
So many bikes….I have learned I am attracted to shiny new bike of any kind…;-)
Playing around once again with iMovie…see pics after your click on more
WAITING OUT WINTER
A homage to all craftspeople who spend their winters tucked inside their workshops waiting for better weather.
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Conquering the Commute: Riding to Work
The hyper-efficient Honda NC700X equipped for commuting by Twisted Throttle