The Motorcycle Blog

Perception vs. Reality

In the battle between perception and reality, perception usually wins.  So what’s the difference between perception and reality anyway?  Knowledge, right?  Well not exactly.  Once a perception has taken hold, it actually becomes the person’s reality and it’s not easy to change. 

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with motorcycles anyway?  It has a lot to do with motorcycles, especially when it comes to selecting a motorcycle to buy!  Read on and I’ll explain.

Last year when my local Kawasaki dealer had a test ride of some of the new Kawasaki motorcycles, I signed up to ride the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R.  Now the 650R shares the same engine package as the Kawasaki Versys, but the chassis and looks are completely different between the two bikes.  On the day of the test ride my wife, who isn’t a big fan of riding motorcycles, decides to come with me.  Of course she asked which motorcycle I’m going to ride and was not happy when I showed her the little Ninja.  I asked her if she would be happier if I were to ride the Versys, which I showed her, and she said she would.  I tried to explain that the Versys and the Ninja had the same engine, but in her mind anything with the word “Ninja” on it was fast and dangerous no matter what was powering it.  Perception vs. Reality and perception wins.

Day Tripping

You have a day off and know the weathers going to be great so what are you going to do? 

If you said “yard work” or some other form of “I would rather be doing something else then this” task, please, please, keep reading.  If you said “I’m going riding”, keep reading anyway as you may still get something out of this.

If you’re like me you probably have enough things on your “to do” list to last a couple of life times, let alone the one life that each of us gets.  In fact that damn “to do” list is probably sucking the life right out of you, so get your life back and go for a ride on your day off.  Not just any ride mind you but a road trip.

Now in order to get some of your life back this road trip must have some adventure built in to so ride somewhere different.  Here’s how you do it.

Call up one of the online mapping web sites like those that can be found on Google or Yahoo and type in your address.  Next, scale the map so you can see at least 100 miles in any direction from your house.  Now plot out a route that will take you through at least 2 places you’ve never been before or haven’t been to for several years.  If possible, your return route should be different.  Once you’ve done this, don’t let that “to do” list keep you home. 

Air Injection

What does a motorcycle need to go and go fast?  You might be surprised that the answer is air, and lots of it.  The more air that can be crammed into a cylinder with each stroke the better.  We humans are not any different, and this is what this post is about.

One of my favorite sensations is cool air being forced into my lungs when riding.  It makes me feel alive!  So far I’ve not found anything else that gives me that feeling, that rush of air going through my nostrels and into my lungs.  It wakes me up and makes the day go so much better.

No matter what I ride or where I ride, it’s the simple pleasures, like the feel and smell of the air, I love the most.  As more riders are getting back on their motorcycles with the return of nice weather (for some parts of the country at least) take the time enjoy the simple sensations that only riding can bring and remember why you starting riding in the first place.

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How Much Is Too Much?

How much is too much?

I’m not talking about the amount of time you ride, how many motorcycles you have or even the price of a motorcycle.  No, I’m talking about power!  Power to get you around town comfortably or push your eyes to the back of your skull.  How much is too much?

The modern motorcycle is a marvel in performance compared to its counterpart on the road, the automobile.  As an example my Kawasaki KLR650, which would be considered low on the performance motorcycle scale, has a better power to weight ratio then most of the cars on road today. At the other end of the scale, the Kawasaki ZX14, which is arguably the most powerful production motorcycle on the market (no offence to the Suzuki enthusiasts out there).  To find a car that will even come close to the speed and power to weight ratio of the ZX14, you will be shopping for something over $400,000 US and may have to wait several years to get one, unless you go with something used.  In the case of the big Kawasaki, all you need to do is visit your local Kawasaki dealer and ride one out the door for under $13,000 US.

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