Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This is my map of travels for a week...   Lotss of business stops.


Last week I traveled to Buckhannon, WV on business and the track is pretty easy to trace.

Your Spot2 GPS Tracking device is waiting at my online store.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Install Booster Plug on BMW 650

How to install a booster plug on a 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao:

Here is a link to the slide show of photos:  https://plus.google.com/photos/108474721505505420021/albums/5809250904206332561

This booter plug is a device that improves performance at lower RPM by adding ambient air temp to the computer data.   Who knows... it's a black box that works.

The device has two plugs and a temperatore sensor.  The plugs connect between the male and female connection on the botton of the air intake tube.   It is a bit easier to access if you use a #20 Torx screw driver to disconnect the intake from the air box.  While you are there you can clean/replace the air filter.

The sensor is to be mounted in clean air away from the heat of the engine.   In the photo I mounted it on the motor guard but the factory has suggested I insulate it from the metal frame so that it doesn't pick up any heat from the engine. Will add an insulating spacer.

The photos pretty much tell the story of how this goes:  Note:  I later moved the thermistor way up under the air box under the panel where the right side plastic faring(?) screws on.  Gets it away from engine heat.

I received this link from the factory in Denmark to installation guides for all BMW mortorcycles:

This is the new section: http://www.boosterplug.com/shop/cms-downloads.html

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Monday, October 29, 2012

NOTE FROM PA DOT!  Due to hurricane NO Passenger vehicles towing trailers or MOTORCYCLES allowed on interstates.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ringtown Mountain Rd heading north from the west end of Ringtown, PA and towards Slabtown, New Media or Bloomsburg.   

Watch out for deer, groundhogs and farm equipment!!

This is the same road as the previous post, heading northbound on Rt 339 from Mahanoy City, PA to my home outside of Brandonville.    Makes for a nice drive any day of the year.

Continuing north on Rt 339 will take you all the way to Bloomsburg, PA for a winding 45 minute cruise.    ANY side road in this area will be a pleasure to discover.

Why hadn't I thought of this earlier...   Canon ELF mounted on the back fo my left glove...

This is just a sample of the Rt 339 two lane that runs thru the mountains from Mahanoy City to Bloomsburg.  

On a typical summer day you will meet more bikers than autos.

Caution:  when the sign says 15 MPH pay attention...  the other end of this set of twisties takes out quite a few northbound bikes and cars (including my AUDI A6 !).  I just towed a Yamaha home a couple weeks ago from that curve.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Spot2 tracked my lazy weekend... Just local rides and a horse show.  Signal and messaging worked in PA valleys where there is no cell service.  Nice to know that my family was watching my live map update online.   Link to live map is HERE<<<

Right now my Spot2 is on a light fixture with velcro strap.   It's waterproof so rain was not an issue.   Moved ti to my arm when hiking.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Schuylkill County Bike Rescue

On the way back on a cruise to Tuscarora Lake St Park I came across a group of bikers with one in the ditch.

At the entrance to the downhill twisties south of Brandonville a girl on a Yanaha 650 locked up the rear wheel and highsided into the grass.  She was just getting up when I arrived and she walked away.  

I tole them that I could be back in 5 min with a trailer and could keep the bike at my place till she can recover it.

Pics at THIS LINK.<<<

 If you are ever in need of assistance in this area I have a bike trailer and will try to give you a hand.   570-401-4843    I am at the north end of Schuylkill County between Hazleton, Pottsville and Bloomsburg, PA.

Here's a sample of Spot2 Tracking from my day.  Each position is listed in a log of time, date, GPS position and messages can be viewed by clicking it on the log.  Intermediate positions are not tracked automatically but can be added by pressing the 'message' button.  Device sends a signal every 10 minutes in the Tracking mode.

You can view this actual interactive map at THIS LINK.<<< 

Multiple maps can be tracked simultaneously and segmented for later publishing.  The Tracking service $49 is in addition to the $99 annual fee. (prices are aproximate.) 

For additional details email me at SPOT@KurtzinPA.com

The Spot2 can be purchased from us at OUR ONLINE STORE.<<<


Monday, September 24, 2012

View looking west from Rt 125 north.  Lovely valley this time of year.  I would have taken pics on twisty roads in the mountains but there weren't many places that I could park my bike without it trying to roll away without me.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today cruise: 105 miles, The Gold Mine Road and PA Rt 125.

View Driving directions to 7335 NW 90th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482 in a larger map

Starting from home in Brandonville, PA.  South on sideroads to Lickdale CampGround between Pine Grove and Lebanon... then north on the road locally called Gold Mine.   Northbound definitely reduces windsheld glair from the sun.

Pics later.


Friday, September 21, 2012


Well since you are so suspicious let me give you an example.
I was wearing my Hit Air Jp2, in Blue, which my girlfriend insisted I wear before I was allowed to ride again. This is because I had a "target fixation" event and flew 20 ft in 2007, long story, I survived.
So 5000 miles later I'm back on two wheels, I'm zipping around at the beginning of the 09 season and in heavy traffic I manuever up a country road. It seems there was a fair amount of gravel in the turn, which I never noticed until the bike dropped out in the middle of the turn.
The hitair JP2 has CE armor and Inflated as soon as I came off the seat. Even though it was a lowside the bike and I separated, I had it tethered about 1.3 ft from the seat frame on my Ninja. Let me tell you that thing worked! I slid on my back and the bike slid away from me. I got up and was fine except for sore knees from the impact with fairings. I am sure a regular leather jacket with armor would have helped, but my neck was locked in place and it was a serious grip so I go t no whiplash nor did my helmet hit! Airbag=much better to land on than bone and leather.
The cops and bystanders were very curious what was this life vest inflated around me, and I now am satisfied that this product would save a life, no doubt. This system is very smart, strong and effective. Insurance companies should offer discounts and the government ought to promote them. But as usual they are busy stealing our money instead.
Now you know, I need one in mesh for this summer though, the JP2 is solid and gets hot. Oh yeah, I replaced the cartridge and repacked it.
Mike from PA
Posted by "Steve" on motorcycle blog:

I just bought one of those jackets from crashbounce.com not to long ago, . a month later i had a real a hole cut me off and i had to lay my bike down, i fliped over the bike and slid about 20 feet on the road and then into a ditch, jacket inflated and saved my a$$...literally...it even has a flap that inflates out to protect your tailbone, not to mention it locked my head in place...i was never a believer over those things but i don't want to think about the amount of money in doctor bills i saved. I walked away from the accident with nothing but bruises and scratches. the most amazing part...my jacket has no visible damage.

PointTwo Air Vests Save Lives.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries <<< View surce article

Welcome Dr. Day here, as a Henderson chiropractor who is dedicated to providing excellent chiropractic care, I thought you might be interested in the following information, Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries.
Motorcycles are a lot of fun to drive, but because you are riding in an open vehichle, an accident can cause serious injuries. These injuries are likely to be very different from those of auto accidents.
If you have experienced an injury from a motorcycle accident you should be checked out immediately, even if it was a minor injury. A chiropractor can assist in diagnosing and treating your injuries.
Here is a list of the most common motorcycle accident injuries:
  1. Chest trauma. Chest injuries cause rib fractures, chest hematomas, lung lacerations, buildup of fluid around the heart and bruising of the chest wall. Due to the severe nature of these types of injuries, chest injuries are a leading cause of death from motorcycle accidents.
  1. Leg fractures. Because your body is completely exposed during the impact of a motorcycle accident, femur or leg fractures happen frequently.
  2. Skin abrasions or road rash. Abrasions are very common and occur when the bike drags the driver or rider. This also happens when you are thrown from your bike. This is much more likely to happen with a motorcycle accident rather than an automobile accident because you are more likely to hit the road during your accident.
  3. Arm fractures. Same as leg fractures, your arms are exposed while on a motorcycle. About 13% of motorcycle accidents will result in an arm fracture. Also, both arms are at risk for being broken.
  4. Spinal cord injuries. Thankfully less than 10% of motorcycle accidents result in spinal cord injuries. These injuries can result in paralysis and even death.
  5. Neck and back injuries. During a motorcycle accident the passengers usually are thrown from their bikes resulting in neck and back injuries.
  6. Pelvic fracture. This type of injury is common when the driver or passenger of the motorcycle are thrown off the bike and then run over by another vehicle. The pelvis protects the spinal column, upper body and the organs in it. If you break your pelvis you suffer from the risk injuring all of those areas.
Installing Kouba Link on BMW G560GS Sertao to lower the rear end 1".

Lifting the haldlebars 1.5" and dropping the forks brought he bike down to about 32.25" at the lowest point on the saddle.

This Kouba link brought it down to 31.75"  and now I can pretty much flat foot the bike when stopped at intersections. 

The front end work, by itself, made the steering quicker but now that it's back to about level it is more comfortable in turns, both cruising and u-turns.

Checkout www.Koubalink.com .

Findings afrom the HURT study (source linked there) indicate many motorcycle crash shtuations where High-Viz PointTwo Air Vests and the protection of an air vest can save reduce injuries and save lives.

Several of the findings are noted here:

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R., Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,

7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
14. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps (on in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.

18. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the motorcycle and rider.

29. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.

46. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.

Keep in mind,

The Point Two air jacket inflates in less than 0.1 seconds and is designed to offer the following protection
    • Reduces hyperextension to the neck
    • Provides preotection to the collarbone
    • Neck airbag reduces helmet roll
    • Reduces sheer load pressure to the spine


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Watch for Mackenzie and I at the Bloombuirg Fair Horse show this Saturday at the Arena Building.

Try on a vest and for $30 you can get POPED!   :)

If you can't find us text or call me at


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

If you liked the last bypass you may as well try Rt 339 to Bloomsburg... The 1/2 mile down the mountain to Brandonville will smoke your brakes. There are a couple switch-backs that you will want to try both north and south. Don't tempt fate on your first run... take them slow and then turn around and try them both directions.

Hamburg, PA (Cabella's) to I81N Bypass!   Lots of wooded twisty's, rolling farm valleys, Hermy's Triumph/BMW, Heisler's Dary Bar and Lakeside Beverage.  (Gary is an elderly womanizer...)   This gets you around Schuylkill Haven, Pottsville and St, Clair.   The last 1/2 mile fron Grier City to Delano ramp to I81 is a great twisty climb.  I think the sign reads 28%.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dual Sport too tall?

I bought a BMW G650GS Sertao this spring.  The saddle spedc says 33.9" tall.   My inseam is 33.  For 3 months I struggled to support the bike when stopped and dropped it several times.   As soon as that verticle single-cylinder engine gets over center I am dealing with 500# that wants to find ground zero...

Remembering my dirt bike (trials) days I started tinkering.   Loostened the front fork mounts and dropped the bike about .5" in front.   (the saddle height will only drop half of the bar drop.)

Installed 1.375" handlebar lift kit.  Dropped fork that much more.


Bought new boots with taller sole and heel.  About .3785" mybe.   Installed Dr Scholls Construction cushion inserts.   Maybe .25 " more.

Backed off the rear suspension to minimum adjustment and tried to measure where things are.

I measure the new saddle height (unmounted) at 32.25"

Mounting the bike and trying to get a level measurement gave me a finished saddle height of 31.5" .   Much more managable!  Flatfooting is easy now.  That is 2.5" off the saddle height and about .5" added to length of leg with boots and inserts.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Here is a brief video on youtube which demonstrates a motorcycle crash on wet pavement and the PointTwo Air Vest inflating.

Visit our online store at  CycleFish.com  If you have questions you can reach me at 717-620-9676.

Note:  If a PointTwo Air Vest should be punctured we do offer a repair/replacement service.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back roads from Bloomsburg to Home...   Slabtown to Ringtown mountain road.   lots of comfy curves and noooooooo traffic.

89 miles today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Point Two has been selling air jackets since 2008 when it first came across the technology being used in the motorcycling industry. Since then products have continued to develop, with faster inflation speeds and new products tailored to specific disciplines. In the equestrian sector Point Two already caters for every jockey, from leisure riders through to Olympic eventers. Now, in 2012, Point Two is expanding its product range for the bike sector and has already attracted leading Speedway riders to the existing motorcyclists already using the jacket to offer greater protection on the roads. Coupled with a good helmet, you now have most of your vital parts protected from punctures and impacts. Would you trust anything less? Prices start at $675. $35 for colors. FREE SHIPPING during August or for multiple orders to one address. Buy a vest from ME and I will pay you $25 for an actual impact video! Jeff 570-401-4843

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Today's testimonial, with many video links: Boyd Martin offers feedback -
View Video HERE

Monday, July 30, 2012

Big News today! I am now marketing Point Two Air Jackets / Vests to motorcycle riders and dealerships! Will be posting details over the next few days and will have a catalog in place by the weekend.
These vests inflate in less that 0.10 seconds, triggered by a lanyard attached to your bike, horse or whatever it is that you may fall from. Here s slow motion video of the Point Two vest being triggered. Meanwhile you can browse details on the company website from Europe at this link: http://www.point-two.co.uk/ These vests were originally designed to protect equestrians from injuries from horse crashes. In Europe they are widely used by dirt-track motorcycle racers for the same purpose. Point Two air jackets "For a Safer Ride" Point Two air jackets are for everyone who has the potential to take a bad fall from
a motorcycle accident to mountain climbing, from children on ponies and leisure riders to top-level event riders. Whether you're looking for an extra measure of safety while hacking to the latest, revolutionary combination body protector and air vest. Point Two has been manufacturing air jackets for horse riders since 2009. Our products are used by dirt-track motorcycle racers, hunting riders, polo players, professional jockeys and endurance riders — as well as military riders and mounted police officers around the world. Point Two jackets are available in a wide range of sizes and colours, and all are re-usable, serviceable and made from tough, wipe-clean fabric. Choose from the original ProAir vest for children or adults or the revolutionary P2-RS — the world’s first integrated combination of a BETA Level 3 body protector and air jacket approved for use in competition. For details on selecting your best fit and to discuss the operation of the lanyard triggered inflation system please give me a call 7-days a week. Jeff Kurtz 570-401-4843 Point2@kurtzinpa.com
The weekend was spent at the US Pony Club Eastern National Championships on a photo assignment with GRC Photo. Great fun, great people.
I shot over 4,000 frames and edited out more than 60% to get down to shots with decent horse positions and minimum junk in the background. Gary (GRC) had 13 photogs, two sales people and the photo geek who did the final editing. People seemed pleased with what they were seeing at the computer displays. Will be interesting to see what the accountant can track for $ sold by photog. No ride today. Truck is in a machine shop getting a hitch welded up to replace the bumper which disintegrated...
More tomorrow. Jeff

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday has been so good! I did another loop right out of the VA Rockbridge Regional Tourism Roanoke Valley & Rockbridge RIDES brochure. It is labeled Little North Mountain Ride and was about 75 miles. I started in Lexington at the VA Horse Center (am here thru Sunday) and headed north on 39. Almost like traveling through the grand canyon, but with trees! There are a few scenic pulloff places, but my best views came from just parking where I could and hiking down to the river bed. Maurey River?
Tuesday: Weather was cool and cloudy. Valleys were blanketed in cloud-like haze of moisture. Up to Buena Vista in 501, east to Blue Ridge Parkway and then south. Lots of overlooks but several have tree growth blocking the valley views.
The Parkway had many more motorcycles than cars. Met a couple from Canada
and another from Michigan. Had planned to take the Buchanan exit (locally pronounced BUCK-anan) and started down really winding curves. Half way down came to a road block where some trucker had tried to take the road up and got stuck on a hairpin turn. Troopers were busy figuring out what to do so I uturned... (what a hoot on a banked downhill narrow road!) and headed further down the parkway. Found a really pretty lake on the east side of the road and stopped to launch photo project... Marvelous camera, high-powered lens, TWO dead batteries. Did some shots with Canon elf camera. Not bad for a pocket camera.
Made it to Roanoak and headed back north by northwest on rt 220. Scenic route, pretty straight but comfortable. very little traffic. Got to Clifton Forge and the sky was getting pretty dark. Asked for direct route to Lexington (people are really cheerful and helpful around here!). Hopped on 60 W and high tailed it (few drops caught me) back on 70 MPH 4 lane. Arrived horse park and figured I would let the storm pass before putting up the tent and awning. Spent an hour at laundramat and then back to pitch camp and enjoy hot meal.
Monday: Woke about 6:30. Wandered around buildings looking for showers and gave up. Passer by said, “They are in the back of the building across the street… no sign… Showered. Had leftovers for breakfast, and a jello fruit cup. Loaded top box on the bike with camera stuff and laptop.. Then the kickstand pushed thru the gravel and 500# bike plus equipment buried itself in the clay beneath. Used the approved “put your butt against the saddle, oright hand on the bars, left hand on something convenient, like the bright read exhaust pipe, (although I found a bracket to grip) and lift with your knees.” WOW, that worked. Will have advil soup for dinner, just in case. Drove to town to get online and come up with a route for the day. Started out east and found Visitors Center. Reviewed suggestions and started back going west. Turn right at BP station… BP ain’t there any more. Found a suitable road (has asphalt and white line) and turned north. Nice farm country, much like home. (I could be doing this without the commute?) Turned right in Steele Tavern (Town! out in front of the tavern actually) toward Vesuvious, VA. 58 East is a really twisty route, downhill for this section, with most curves marked 15 or 20 mph. My gps said I averaged 33 mph which is still probably pretty wimpy. Then 151 S to a water stop at a from mom/pop shop. Opened leftover turkey sub from yesterday. Guy pulled it to chat and liked that I was all neon yellow. He’s older (rare) and still has two bikes. Came here on a motorcycle cruise and never went home. Then south to 778 east ans 15 miles of sweeping uphill curves at 55 mph limit. Past the parkway and then 4 miles downhill on twistys to whatever town that was where I started. Stopped at ranger station to pick up a MVA map (motor vehicle accessibility) but they said I sould download it online. I said that the website indicated that they had them available and she pulled out a 125 page book and toled me that I could look at it but not take it. That’s a lot of help. That parking lot was so sloped that I needed help standing te bike up to gt back the road.
Arrived at camp along with the first of several raindrops. Didn’t last long. I unloaded, discovered that I as illegally encroaching on public land because my tent was on the cushy stuff 24” outside of the hard packed base created for RENTED CAMPERS. I asked if I could excavate the soft humis to the approved area and he agreed that I could have a one night waiver. 3:58. looks like rain is getting bit more dramatic. More later,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Are you a biker?  Do you loose your days cruising unknown back roads on your motorcycle?  This is where i share my adventures on back roads in PA crusing on my BMW G650GS.  Home is in Schuylkill county, so that is where I an beginning.  Next year I am taking a national tour on the bike.  Stay tuned for adventure.

If you would like to suggest a back road that I should include please email me at Jeff@KurtzInPA.com or call 717-620-9676