My morning and evening commutes have started to become more like daytime, now we’re in Spring. So it’s time to start riding again.Read More
Now Winter is coming to an end, its about time to start sorting the bike out for the new season.Read More
I bought some aftermarket Yamaha OEM Heated Grips for my XSR900.Read More
As part of my touring setup for next year, I have purchased the Kriega Duo 36 Saddlebags. Throw over luggage for my Yamaha XSR900. They are fully adjustable and easy to fit. They suggest a £90 support frame for the XSR900, but I decided to simply fashion some aluminium side panels to protect the bags from rubbing against the tyres.
I bought some 1.5mm Aluminium sheet from Wickes. I created a cardboard plan first before transferring it to the metal plate. With a hacksaw and metal file, I cut and shaped it until I was happy with it.
I bought the new Insta360 ONE X camera for a interesting perspective on my daily ride to work. I mounted the camera to my handlebar and switched it on. The camera captured a full 5.7k 360 degree video which it then edited using a phone app. All very easy to use and upload but I would say that the battery life it very poor. The camera died after about 15-20 minutes use.
Last weekend, I was involved in a charity motorcycle ride from Hertfordshire to Essex. We ended up at North Weald Airfield where photographed some great bikes in the parking area. The images were all captured using a tiny Sony RX100 mk3. It's my compact solution while out on bike tours and it's so versatile. I'm loving the results.
A quick zip along the South Coast of England. A very short tour visiting Hastings, Eastbourne and the New Forest, before heading up to Salisbury through the Chilterns.
I'm giving parrafin wax a go on my Stylmartin boots. I want them to become waterproof. Initially, I have cleaned and sprayed the boots with a silicon based coating which impregnates the materials and will sit under the wax.
I warmed with a hair dryer and rubbed tea-light candle wax all over the boots. Further warming melts the wax and soaks into the stitching.
I thought I would treat myself to a proper motorcycle suit. I bought the Halvarssons Wolf Jacket and Wish pants.
I hate always having to carry waterproofs everywhere I ride and stopping every time it starts to rain. Having rain gear adds weight to my bag and feels so inconvenient.
This jacket and trousers are a laminate with a detachable thermal liner, so they are waterproof windproof and breathable. I look forward to wearing it during my M25 commute.
After several attempts, I have managed to paint some metal pieces on the Yamaha XSR900. On the first attempts I hadt created a good enough key and needed to sand down the metal more. After coats of primer and satin black spray paint, I'm finally happy with the results. Considering I did it all in my ill-equipped garage, I'm very pleased with the results.
Took the tank covers off to route the new triple USB cable under the cover mounts. The double USB cigar socket is now located under the seat with an accessible isolator switch.
I think this maybe the final purchase for the year now. An Evotech Performance grille to protect my headlight. I think it looks pretty cool. Easy to fit with some Allen keys.
Finally fitted my cheap bar end mirrors and removed the stock mirrors. I did need some Rizoma bar end adaptors and two M6 bolts. But all in all a very simple process with the right parts. Bar end mirrors lower the bike's profile down a little when stock ones are removed.
This week, I managed to get some protection added to the XSR. They are Yamaha Tracer bars but both bikes share the same frame and engine. Plus, they are a little larger than the XSR bars.
Bought myself a radiator grille from Evotech Performance. Very easy to fit once you remove the silver side guards.
Due to my insurance allowing me to continue being insured with them, I bought a Yamaha XSR900. I'm still putting the finishing touches to it before the first ride, but here are a few images to start you all off.