Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Corrosion Breaks Things

broken bolt

In my last post, I mentioned I was changing the Urals tires, but it didn’t go very smoothly. One of the mounting bolts for the front caliper got stuck about a 1/3 of the way out.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Snow Tires for the Ural

when oil changes go wrong

I turned over 15,000km on the Ural last weekend and decided to do some maintenance. Little did I know it would turn into a multi-day ordeal at no fault of the Ural.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Santa Rides a Polar Bear (SBC#5)

Santa Rides a Polar Bear

Previously I posted about the “Polar Bear Crossing” sign we found in South Padre Island, TX. Down the block and around the corner, I found this yard completely decked out.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Polar Bear Crossing?

Polar Bear Crossing

No, this isn’t photoshopped. This is a real sign we found this sign on our recent trip to South Padre Island, TX. I love that it is right next to palm trees. Details to follow.

Friday, January 20, 2012

And the winner is…

Free IMS Tickets

Thank you to all who entered the drawing for the IMS motorcycle show tickets. I compiled them all into a list and gave each entrant a number.

With my wife as a witness, I used random.org to pick two numbers; the numbers for Paul Streeter and jC were drawn. Congratulations, you’ve each won a ticket!

Send me an email with your address, and I will get the ticket mailed as soon as possible!


PS: For those who didn’t win try promo code “EARLYBIRD” to get $$ off your tickets when you buy online.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free Tickets to Motorcycle Show (IMS)

Free IMS Tickets

Do you want to go to the motorcycle show for free? I have two tickets to International Motorcycle Show (IMS). I will be giving these tickets away in the next 48 hours to two lucky random winners.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Waving Duc

GS at Lake Como

It was 53F today! I had planned on taking the Super9 out to play, but I the warm air messed with my brain. I rearranged the garage, and dragged the R1150GS out. I did a quick T-CLOCS. Everything checked out. It fired up on the first try too. Nice.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Two Wheeled Ride of 2012

First Two Wheeled Ride of 2012

As is usual, I end up riding my Super9 before any of the rest of my bikes. The rest are snug away resting for the winter and hiding from the salt. The Super9 and Ural are the only two that get to play year round.

After the second day of above 40s, I couldn’t resist. I had to take it out for a short sunset ride. There were still plenty of patches of ice and piles of salt to keep me busy and focused. The photo is my scooter parked in front of a frozen lake. The little red house out there is an ice fishing tent. Only a few inches of ice on the lake, so I’m not comfortable riding on it yet.

It was a fun ride. My Super9 is so much better than the scooter I rented on South Padre Island. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Thursday: January 2012

First Thursday January 2012

Today is the first Thursday of 2012 which means a bunch of motorcycle folks will show up to shoot the breeze at Dulono’s pizza in Minneapolis. With highs reaching 45F I expected more bikes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Video: Fog Time-lapse from South Padre Island

This is my second time-lapse from South Padre Island, TX. I used my GoProHD in photo mode taking pictures throughout the day. Again, this is about 24 hours of footage which filled up a little over half of an 8GB card. I had the camera plugged into the wall via USB AC adapter as batteries only last about four hours. Since the resolution of the photos are higher than 1080p, I was able to play with some panning and zooming. The camera never moved. Edited with Premiere Elements 10.

Watch in 1080p HD!

YouTube: Fog – South Padre Island Time-lapse

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Video: South Padre Island Time-lapse

A quick video of some footage I shot from my recent trip to South Padre Island, TX. I used my GoProHD in photo mode taking pictures throughout the day. This is nearly 24 hours of footage. I stitched the several thousand photos together with Premiere Elements 10. Let me know what you think!

YouTube: South Padre Island Time-lapse

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

happy new year 2012

Happy New Year 2012! I’ve finally returned from a much needed (and spontaneous) vacation with my wife. We went to beautiful warm and sunny South Padre Island, TX. It’s amazing what 1500 miles of latitude change can do.