February 26, 2013

Happy Customer in L.A.

It really gives me a boost when a rider is happy with my stuff and care.

Ozzy here from Los Angeles California. I got my black metal flake X Bone helmet from Omega Racer and I couldn't be happier. The helmet is awesome and Markus at Omega Racer offered excellent costumer service. Packing and delivery were great too. I'll definitely will be getting more stuff from Omega Racer in the near future.

February 19, 2013

The Legend's 35th Anniversary

Behold! It's been 35 glorious years for the ever young Yamaha SR.
2013 marks the 35th anniversary since the first SR graced us with its presence in 1978.
I was only 4 years old and utterly unaware of future joys and sorrows. Also unaware that 32 years later I would fall in love with my SR400 and that it would change my life in so many ways.

Really, Yamaha should bring back the SR to the rest of the world. At 535.500Yen (5,700US$), you could get yourself a piece of history.

Glory to you beloved, and may the Gods shine their blessings upon you.
(sorry...been watching too many episodes of 'Spartacus' hehe)

Here's the official Japanese website >>CLICK<<

February 11, 2013

Daytona Springer Fork

Here is the donor bike in Bangkok

Today I'd like to show you a very rare piece of equipment that just went through my hands. It's a Daytona springer fork made for the SR, one of only 500 pieces made. In fact, I tried to find more info on the net, but unfortunately I found nothing. (*)

It is now on the way to Germany, where the lucky new owner will fit it on his SR project bike.


(*) EDIT: My friend sent me this file with the Daytona catalog page:

February 9, 2013

A Job Well Done

Another SR rider suggested using this product, called "Nam Yaa Krueang" to get a clean bike and engine. Now, "Nam Yaa" in Thai slang means 'sperm' and "Krueang" means 'engine'. Understandably, I was a bit doubtful on what the outcome might be. Despite the wacky name, I got myself a canister of the stuff and behold!...it really works!

You can mix the stuff with water (2 parts of water and 1 part sperm) or use it on its own. It doesn't attack the paint or plastics of the bike and is really effective against oil and fat. Once you apply it on the engine, leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it off with water.
I used an old toothbrush and started brushing away. I got so excited and carried away that after 2 hours I realized I had 'toothbrushed' my whole bike!

At that point I couldn't resist taking some pictures of my baby. :-)

February 7, 2013

New Omega Posters

Design guru Ben has done it again. Here are 2 more of his cool creations.
What do you think?

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

And here are some of his earlier creations:

February 6, 2013

Bangkok Bike Festival 2013

My wife has a small business with wedding decorations and I always help out, so I had my fair share of weddings in the past 2 years. You can imagine how happy I was last week, when she told me we were invited to the wedding of one of her friends in Bangkok. Ecstatic! Yeah, right.

Finally, after a few days of avoiding the issue, I agreed to go. Actually, I was quite excited!
I've got to be honest. This change of heart wasn't due to a raving desire to be part of yet another Thai wedding or to gain always needed points with my wife. It just so happened that there was the annual Bike Festival at Central World. Why not combine the dreadful with the pleasant?

So it happened that last Saturday I dropped off my sweetheart and her friend at the wedding, while I made my way to Central World.

I don't like big cities and crowded places. It makes me physically and mentally tired to be around hordes of people and being bombarded by street noise and shopping mall 'music'. In the end it was more like a touch and go experience rather than full immersion. I also have to apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, as my camera was being used at the wedding.

Here's a small photo collection:

I must admit I'm not a big Honda fan, and I certainly wasn't blown away by the new Honda CB500 when I first saw the pictures online. However, seeing it live and sitting on it, made me change my mind, somehow. It's got several good things going for it, not least the price tag. At 205.000 Baht for the CBF, one can't complain much.
I still think there's too much plastic, though.

These modern bikes...far too much plastic hiding the nice mechanical bits

 Not too shabby for ol' Honda, but let's get serious now

 A sea of crazy scooters

Another addition to the  lazy Honda engineers: the KSR copy...

What a little gem I found among scores of same-same Kawasakis ER6 and Harleys...
The key was there and I was really tempted. :-))

KTM has got to be the most fun loving brand out there...their bikes are hooligans on wheels, but at 200.000 Baht for the new 200cc available in Thailand, sad but true, I rather buy the CB500F. Oops, did I just say that out loud?

The new Freeride...I wished I could ride it away for free

One of my all time favourite bikes. I'm not much into sport bikes anymore, but the MV Agusta is SEX ON WHEELS!!!!!!!!!!!

The F4 is not bad either!

Ducati! Yeah baby!