Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dainese Racing Jacket - my latest jacket addition

Dainese Racing Jacket, originally uploaded by Speedy Chung.
I have been eyeing on a new leather jacket for some time since I sold my beloved Delmar jacket few weeks back - and finally I found this nice white Racing jacket (big thanks to Mike at D-Store San Francisco). One thing I learn from my old Delmar jacket is that the so-called aerodynamic spoiler is really unless POS when it comes to street riding. My suit has one - it looks cool and fast, and it keeps my temperature down during the hot day. But in the case of jacket, especially without vent, it just adds extra weight without any real benefit. In fact, it creates problem when I use backpack. So it's time to get something simple and light wight for work day riding. The fitting of the Racing jacket is great. It's light in weight (comes without heavy liner) and fit me really well compare to the new Delmar, Alain, and Santa Monica (BTW, Santa Monica is one of the very best jacket out there; but I was informed that it will be discontinued in next season - that translated into big saving at the end of this riding season. Anyone interested, make sure add yourself into D-store mail list).

Next thing will be nice shorty gloves...

One of best video about local rides...

Escapism from barry munsterteiger on Vimeo.
Found this very nice video from my local riding forum - all the roads are local, and it really connects to the way that I ride when I am out there - get away from the daily life, having fun and speed on the open roads in control manner - no dragging knees, no wheelies, no drama. Good job buddy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Triumph Demo Day at Ace Motosports

Triumph Demo Day at Ace, originally uploaded by Speedy Chung.
Thank you Ace and Triumph USA putting the event together. There was about 20 demo bikes available for test ride - pretty much full line of current Triumph products. I was plan to check out the Street Triple and Tiger 1050; but the line was too long and the spots filled up quickly. End up I got the Bonneville SE and Scrambler. Both bikes are really down-to-earth kind of ride - raw and simple. Bonneville is fun in an odd way - very very slow, and I actually can relax hitting redline (to the point.... falling asleep?). Scrambler is just fun - the pipes give a very special exhaust tones (sounds like a very very angry duck!). It has more kicks than Bonneville; but the brake on both bikes are equally bad. I really don't think I will ever get one of these bikes... but hey, no one should say never...

There are still day two! I wonder I have time after the Ducati Rider Portrait’s Photo Project opening reception in Sunnyvale Art Gallery....

Monday, July 11, 2011

New addition to my leather collection!

Anyone know this jacket?, originally uploaded by Speedy Chung.

Lucky me!!! Great find from Craigslist - it is a older retro style Dainese HF Special Leather jacket from 2007 model year. The leather is a bit dry but without over stretching or road rush. After some love (cleaning and leather conditioner), it looks great!!! Perfect match with my Classic... that's if I get my Classic back >_<

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Ducati lineup

Just found this clip online for 2011 model lineup with Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike. Enjoy!

Arai pod fails again!

Arai pod fails again!, originally uploaded by Speedy Chung.

As much as I love Arai, the pod system really bothering me. It's loud (wind noise), changing shield is painful, and it's un-relible. This is the second time it fails on me - luckily both times happened off ride. Odd thing is both failed on the left side... But I have to said the warranty is great - file my new open ticket online and got respond and confirmation on the following day. Hmm... will I buy Arai again? Really not sure... So far 4 of my Shoei (RF1000, and three X-11s) are all fail proof - nothing broke even after I crashed! What can I say???