For More Info on all this stuff go to Powerlet Equipped
I got a message from one our readers on FB and he asked about how we charged our phones while on our trip riding the Triumph Tigers. The answer is really easy and I thought I would share what works for us and perhaps might assist anyone looking for a charge while out on the road.
Both the BMW and Triumph bikes have a stock powerlet plug, looks like this
This socket mounts on the top of a panel providing a low clearance installation. Unlike cigarette sockets these Powersport Standard Connectors are smaller in size, rated at 15 amps. Continue reading “It’s all in the POWER!”
Thanks Jackie for this link!
Last December 2011 Cheryl & I surprised my parents with a quick visit to NY for an after Christmas and my mother’s 75th birthday present. That was a once in a lifetime even we believe. Now, watch this very well done video where two son’s surprise their father by restoring his old Norton. This video is amazing in more ways than one and well worth watching the entire thing. It’s like an entire movie in 12 mins. Great editing, great production and most of all such a display of LOVE!
This is a story about how my brother and I stole our father’s 1969 Norton Commando, had it restored and then gave it back to him for Christmas. He had no idea.
Bill Dragoo with Adventure Rider Magazine shows us how to quickly change a rear tire of a 2008 BMW R1200GS motorcycle using trailside tools.
Another great review from POINT OF VIEW CAMERAS who sells in the USA, UK and of course Canada. This time they compare the iPhone 4S, Contour Roam and GoPro2. you be judge I know which one I think looks best….do you?
Great job Mark!
The Blog is going on Holidays for about 2 weeks. Please have a look around while we are off. There are more than 330 posts, Triumph Trip was June 29th – August 11th, 2011. There is so much to explore, tons of pictures, look around, share the Blog and when we can we will post what we were up to over the next few weeks. Happy New Year to all and again feel free to take a look at the archives, comments are always appreciated, posting ideas, feedback, everything and anything. We have truly enjoyed keeping the BLOG up and running and love seeing all the countries, cities etc taking a gander. Thanks for your ongoing support and we will see you in the New Year.
Such a simply yet useful video on how to make a very compact camping stove….if anyone has made this or is going to make this…let us know how it works out.
Here is a screen shot of what the page looks like, go have some fun playing around with rise of bars, seat height, bar pull back etc. You can compare more than one bike too and customize this site to your height and inseam. It’s a really cool web site to play with if you are into seeing what you might look like on so many different types of bikes.
We have learned that the tool kits that come with many bikes just suck. So, we started out our new and improved tool kit for our Beemers with a Cruz Tools kit and have since added many other might need extras from our own garage. We feel the Cruz set up provides a good foundation and the quality of their tools are pretty decent.
One of the best investments we made for our trip this past summer was buying fork seal protectors. For $25 these little things can save you a lot of inconvenience. Although we have no proof that using fork seal covers worked, I guess you can say since we never had any issues perhaps they did.
We ran into a few folks where a blown seal halted if not ended their trip. There are many ideas out there like DIY covers and other brands, but we went with KRIEGA covers. They fit perfectly on the Triumph Tiger 800XC forks and also looked the part too.
Increased service life for your USD forks with more effective protection from mud & dirt. Made from NEOSKIN (coated neoprene). Easy fit/clean, no fork disassembly required.
Completely understated, yet so valuable when traveling in general. Very easy to install and every once in a while we would take them off, rinse them and put them back on. Every time we hit the gross stuff up North practically the only place on the bikes that stayed “clean” were the forks.
The forks would stay clean even when the bikes were caked in this!
Do you have to buy KRIEGA? Nope…but when you want something practical that only costs a few bucks but can save you a possible PITA (pain in the ass) situation, some sort of seal cover is in your best interest.
BTW, we have them on our BMW’s now, and although the forks are not inverted they still fit and if needed there are little loops to use cable ties just in case. Check them out, or at least think about doing something to protect your seals. You can’t go wrong by doing something and not over looking this area of the bike.
The other day Cheryl replaced her Chain and Sprockets, see video
Then someone mentioned he did not see us flare the rivets after we used the rivet press. He was correct because we forgot that step. Cheryl has since then finished the project by flaring the rivets with the same RK Pro tool we used to break and set the plate on the DID chain. Here is the rivet flaring addendum to the above video.
Next video will be a simple one showing how Cheryl adjusted her chain. She has learned all this herself and trial and error. Good that someone in the family has the instincts and patience to learn and want to do all this maintenance.
Reason for posting the videos is because it is part of the BLOG but also because we have had requests to make these videos if we could. Hope they are somewhat useful.
remember all videos are on our video page as well.
RK Chain Tool, Breaker, Press Fit and Rivet
This is how Cheryl & Leslie spent our Tuesday off from work together.
For those who rather watch on You Tube here is the video too
In the video you will get to see us use our chain breaking and installing device. Very cool little tool.
To be honest we have neglected some maintenance on our bikes because we really thought we would be the owners of the Triumph Tigers at the end of the trip.
Since that did not happen on with the up keep of our bikes. Recently I got new steering head bearings installed by the dealer but Cheryl will do her own. Before our trip at about 38,000 KM my chain had it and a new DID and sprockets were installed. I have gone through one throttle cable and my bike now has over 43,000 KM since I bought it March 2010. Cheryl’s bike now has 32,000 KM since December 2009.
We do our own oil & filter changes as well as brake pads. Today I needed new front pads and Cheryl also installed them. Galfer pads are our choice these days as well as Lucas oil and K&N filters. We want to just have BMW do the major things like the dreaded valve inspection. Mine is due but will wait a bit longer.
With a little help from a manual, Cheryl has completed her first chain and sprocket installation. I think Cheryl is pretty amazing, she tries anything and always figures it out!
Of course a little DIY video to come later. Cheryl got 32,000 KM out of her OEM chain and sprockets. I got 38,000 KM but that was really pushing it. It was very apparent after this weekends ride it was time for Cheryl to get new one’s for herself.
Sprocket Center is where we bought our DID chains and sprockets. Decent price and great online service.
TEST ride a success!