There have been some changes this last month in the transportation department. I have been contemplating selling the Diva and getting a commuter or maybe getting the commuter and keeping the Diva as a 2nd bike. The GSXR is a bit too much bike and … Continue reading Hello Big Bird!
The Problem The oil and filter change was coming up and I decided finally to do something about the fork. You see, after the Ohlins springs and valves were fitted into the forks, I noticed that the rebound damping adjuster only had a maximum of … Continue reading Fork Service
Another Sunday morning and another project for the Diva. The 2 intake tubes of the GSXR have been looking shabby for a while now. Parking the bike in the sun, some spilled brake fluid during maintenance and scratches have made them dull and ugly. I … Continue reading Carbon Fibre Viynl
My love of motorcycles started many years ago. During my 2 year’s national service, I decided to learn to ride a motorcycle and get my license.
It start as purely a practical choice because riding a motorcycle was the only affordable means of private transportation. However due to an a mistake by my well meaning dad (on purpose maybe?), this practical means of transportation turned into a love affair.
After graduating from university, I realised that due to Sabbath keeping, I faced difficulty in working in video / TV production industry (obviously I did not ponder my path as advised by the wise man). Then one day, I saw an ad by Honda R&D and I sent in my resume. Not long after, I started working there.
We were in charged of the S.E.Asia region, so were involved with small capacity motorcycles. However, once in a while we received reports from other regions’ offices. One day a summary report came across my desk and something caught my eye. It had a short section about the European motorcycle market. The report summarized it as “The Flow”.
Motorcyclists there, it reported, were not all sportsbike fans but were more partial to practical street biased bikes with more upright riding positions. A subset of this group were rather big on long distance motorcycles, what we now call “adventure bikes”.
The report continued that riders in Europe especially like twisty roads and the feeling of leaning the machine from side to side and riding it through the turns. And…not necessarily at high speeds (USA riders, in contrast, tend to place a lot of emphasis on quarter mile performance and big horsepower).
At that time, I was too inexperienced to appreciate what the Europeans talking about. Now I think that I am starting to.
Now after some years of riding under my belt, I realise that it is not massive power, pee in the pants acceleration or big wheelies that I crave. Instead, it is the rhythm of cornering, the banking motion and the moving from side to side that I like. I realise that it is “this flow” that I enjoy.
This is probably why I don’t really speed (relatively speaking) on highways or straights, but almost always accelerate towards upcoming corners so that I can set us up for nice turns.
Bikes are seldom a purely cold logical purchase. A colleague once remarked that I am practical when it comes to most things but lose it when it comes to motorcycles.
All my fretting over the suspension settings of the Diva is to find what Goldilocks knew intuitively – balance.
The Diva is not the fastest, bleeding edge bike out there but so far she is the one that brings me closest to this feeling. I’m not particularly good with words but surely some of you understand? It is not the power, sharp handling or blinding brakes. It is this sense of balance, well being and the oneness with your motorcycle.
I recently watched a Japanese movie on my flight back from Tokyo.
The girl is Watarai Mao played by Ueno Juri, one of my favourite actresses.
The middle school Mao is acted by Aoi Wakana and she is adorable. Not everyone can pull off the messy hair look this well.
She searched for him for 10 years and finally found him. 「偶然なんてじゃないよ」。でも、短い時間しかなった。切ないよ。
I have not been posting much in the last few months. The reason is that The Diva and I have more or less settled down to a peaceful and relatively trouble free existence. I guess, most of the problems have been ironed out and the … Continue reading Fairings, Brakes and Switches
I finally bought a Haynes workshop manual for the Diva. There are Suzuki PDF workshop manuals online but it is still best to have a physical one to refer to when working on the bike. Greasy hands and touch screen phones do not go well … Continue reading Haynes Workshop Manual