2016, random musings

Where has this year gone so quickly?

So, update on my world.

Ducati’s rooted, sent it to a workshop that was recommended to me, as I needed some work done on it ‘urgently’….67 days later got it back with more issues than it went in with! Suffice to say this is going to the disputes tribunal at the District Court and the bikes now in another workshop of someone I truly trust.

So I bought a new (second hand) bike, a 2007 GSX 1400 Special Edition with low miles and in great nick.  Awesome bike, a little point and shoot but I wont complain. (Emoticon BIG GRIN needed here) she pulls like a 14 year old at band camp.

two up

Our Suzuki two up

Been on a major charity ride, but missed the second one of the season due to a bank error stripping our wekeend’s budget…sad, had to stay at home and missed the fun with my brothers club  Wainui MC (sorry bro) so will have to ensure we show up on Vinyl Night if I get home in time from the track day at Manfeild.

facing some decisions regarding career direction, wont bore anyone with these, but decisions, decisions, decisions… have got these wrong before, need to tread carefully this time.

leading out the crowd

Leading out the crowd

So yeah 2016’s disappearing fast. track day next weekend, first time in years, keen to see what the BIG BUS can do, I know I have the back straight sussed, but can I get a knee down? Last time I had a knee down was to give Kelly a sparkly ring…. 😉

Onward, upwards and ever positive, 2016, you are MY year and we are going to make it a great one.

StoneY

 

 

The soft glow of bullshit

It has finally happened. A previously respected government road authority that seemed to be sane, pro biker and full of GOOD ideas, has caved to the myth of the Hi Viz Vest!

What really scares me is it has happened not only so close to home, but in the state that our government here in New Zealand largely follows in regards to Motorcycle safety initiatives.

Victoria has fallen afoul of faith and opinion over science and fact.
It is now a law that all learner riders in Victoria Australia, MUST wear a Hi-Viz vest over their bike gear.

Read it and weep

http://www.bikeme.tv/index.php/congratulations-victoria-youve-murdered-motorcycling/

Well holy shit… where is the science to PROVE vests and hi viz works? I will tell you where…. In some tards imagination based on a gut feeling he has that it MUST work, so therefore it is his holy duty to save us bikers from ourselves.

This is a pic taken of me on a ACC safety photo shoot, note the white stripes on my leather jacket are far more visible than the vest.

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My MACNA jacket has silver reflective markings that will shine bright as hell at night. Not to mention, who can’t see a bright yellow Ducati like mine?

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While on MOTO NZ I saw raw data from scientifically researched studies by HELLA that positioning lights, especially HID LED’s were the MOST effective system available to motorcycles as a visibility aid, yet still the myth of the hi viz vest prevails in common circles.

I step down from all activity for BRONZ this month at our AGM, but this is one issue I will be willing to fight tooth, claw, and nail over. Especially as the current leadership of what was once a true voice for the riders in New Zealand will likely embrace this initiative because it fits the direction of ‘appease the man’ and ‘work from the inside’ that has pervaded the group.

Nuff said.
Those who ride will decide on the day I guess, whether by donning a vest, or getting the balls to finally say FUCK YOU to the government and rallying as never before to show our defiance of this rubbish should it reach our fair shores of Aotearoa.

Opinions welcome, please feel free to comment and share.

StoneY