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 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$$ 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 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 .

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!   :)

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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.

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