Skinned Knuckles @ The Chop Shop, Braddon

On Saturday, a local motorcycle customiser bought some of his bikes out (with some others from the community) for a small show at the local hipster funky place, the Chop Shop. The Chop Shop itself has an interesting story, being a bar/local art space in an old garage along the über trendy Lonsdale St in Braddon, Canberra. They had some serious hurdles getting open, and are only open until new years, as the building they are camped in is set to be demolished. But now they are open its party on as long as they can.

But back to the bikes. The customiser, Simon Whittaker, organises the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Canberra, and proceeds from the entry fees go to the same charities they support. There was a great turnout, and I actually wish I’d gotten a photo of all the bikes parked it the front.

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Loved this!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen most of these. But, it’s always nice to see such beautiful bikes again :-)

After the show, CanberraRIDERS traipsed around town, finishing up at Red Hill Lookout for a group photo.

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And then returned to the pub for a drink and/or dinner. Twas a great day!

And finally, I join another social media site.

I think its obvious that I’m a fan of instagram. Its premise and simplicity appeals to me – look at this awesome picture I took World! But Youtube is something I have never really gotten – if I need to waste time, I get on other sites. However, I have been watching it a bit lately (seriously, what is the deal with vlogging??? Its hilarious and cringe-worthy, all in the same often way too long video) for techy stuff and keep getting distracted by other stuff, such as paying out vloggers and watching amusing animals. So here, look at my contribution to youtube. Perhaps I will be inspired to put more things up, provided there isn’t more videos of cute little puppies doing cute little things.

Video is of a section of my favourite loop, Canberra to Kangaroo Valley. This covers the Nerriga Pub  to Nowra leg. Hope you enjoy. I got a cherry pie at my favourite pie place after the best part of the loop, I truly enjoyed that. Its on instagram.

Its a little bit like Christmas – Intermot 2014

Well, it would be if someone would buy me tickets and airfares to get there……(maybe one day I’ll be such a popular blogger that that’s feasible? Hmm) but regardless, the news and photos that have been coming out of this year’s Intermot (held in the fabulous Cologne, Germany) has been pretty exciting. There’s been the Ducati Scrambler, a very interesting Ktm electric bike that I really want more details on, and the interesting news that Triumph has released a mash up of the Street Triple and the Daytona, called the Street Triple RX.

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Shamelessly stolen from Instagram (motostation)

Hmm. I’m not completely sold, but I am incredibly biased so we have to keep that in mind. To me, the banana seat suits the more upright positioning on the Street, and the racer style seat suits the tuck of the Daytona. But, ultimately, it will take seat time to determine, so if I get an opportunity dear reader I will be sure to report back.
Oh and the Kawasaki H2R supercharged track version 298hp bike was shown off. It’s been declared a game changer. I’m very curious to see where it goes from here, with the street version tipped for unveiling in November.

And remember readers, if you have spare tickets, I’ll be your best friend…..

UPDATE: news on the new R1! Well, a hint anyway. Dammit teaser campaigns.

3 November 2014 – The beginning of a new era: http://youtu.be/NY9IfAOK4jM

This is a bit grrrrr

Its a long weekend here, and its glorious and sunny, but I havent gotten out for a ride. A combination of not really feeling well, and a strong freezing wind coming in from the Snowies. Its not actually blowing right now, so OH is trying to persuade me to go for a ride now. But its 12:30am, and the skippys are out. Ah well.

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Random picture of an awesome Enfield parked in Munich.

Miss me yet?

I certainly hope not :) its been quite quiet around mi casa lately, spending some time getting some of our possessions organised and letting go of things we dont need – not ready to tackle our garage yet tho!
Stella did get a new rear tyre last Saturday, which had been a great relief – the tyre wasnt too bad but was down to marker in one bit and just felt a bit skittery so no point delaying, on with a new one. I was very happy with the performance of the Dunlop Q3’s so had that fitted again, but might investigate what else is around next time they come due. Life is all about variety!
I’m still enjoying the Duke, and the spring weather has been fucking beautiful. If only I could rid the world of wattle (a hayfever inducing native plant for any international readers) I would be far happier being out in this lovely weather.

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Random picture of a random canon firing from when I was in Adelaide for work last week. Ka-BOOM!