Bumble Bee Buzzz!!

A trip out of Christchurch my First on a bike

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the-letter-today I was determined to ride my bike to Little-River.

I’ve never been this far and it will be my first attempt to ride a long distance, with speed of 100km/hr. keep in mind my bike is only 125cc and the Rpm will be Rev around 9000. I delayed my trip till afternoon in hope the wind will slow down. during this time I can see lots of motorcycle cruising around the city and the itch to get on my bike was killing me.

I’ve delayed my trip till the afternoon in hope the wind will slow down. during this time I can see lots of motorcycle cruising around the city and the itch to get on my bike was killing me.

So with no further delays, I’ve jumped on my bike and went off with no backpack nothing except my action camera. at first, the ride was nice until leaving the city as the wind was giving me a run for my money. This was the longest time being on my bike I wasn’t sure if my tank will hold up so mid-way I’ve filled it up and continued, by this time I was happy… it was Saturday afternoon and the traffic seems to be on one side as people were more likely coming back to the city. I’ve managed to get to 100Km/hr but could not stay there ! that was the maximum speed I can reach with the headwind. believe me, there were times it scared me I could also feel the pain in my back after awhile as the wind continues to push against me. with 20Km left for a second I was having thoughts to return back!! hell No! the scenery just started to get interesting. So I(me) and my bike continued to push forward.

little-river-trip

At the little river cafe (at the back of the parking lot), I’ve parked my bike and took my helmet off and stretched my back. I’ve also noticed 4 couples mid-elderly age on some nice muscle bikes relaxing on the picknick table. called my wife to tell her I’m ok and in one piece :).

on my way back I can feel the Bee’s hitting me on the helmet and shoulder hard then halfway through I felt a crawl up my NECK!! and can see the little Bumble inside my Visor.

 Slowing down and keeping calm while opening the visor in hope it will fly away.

See the Video Below and Enjoy.

 

Victory No More ;(

Guess you might by now heard the news; Victory motorcycles are stopping manufacturing and will continue to support what’s left of the inventory for the next 10 years!

Not a good morning news to wake up on!! knowing the bike that started this all is now out of production :(.

I did manage to see one on display but never sat or ridden one yet. who knows what the future hold… but it seems Honda is on the right track showing a self-balance bike at the CES Las Vegas 2017 exhibition this year. with self-hight adjustment and fork angle twist not to mention it can follow you around if you want to. it seems hard for anyone to keep up.

Anyway enough of that…  and check out my latest video:

Car View Mode:

Expanding territory and going farther! and further! with my bike. See below.

 

Embarrassing ride

As a new learner here; I remember my instructor telling me about showing confidence and control on your bike and be gentle enough to enjoy it. he told me this to save me any embarrassment when I go out and do my first gas fill or slowly follow a traffic jam.

The more you practice balancing the bike and showing control by relaxing your shoulders and tightening your core, the better and steady you look on a bike.  you definitely do not want to push your bike at the refill petrol station or have your leg go down when making a U-turn.

But yesterday I did something only a new person might do and that was leaving work in a rush and forgetting to turn the petrol valve open. Yup the Suzuki has a valve that switches between the main gas tank and the reserve one just in case you run out of gas! there is no light indicator that shows your tank is empty!! so it is best practice to always keep your tank full, when possible. when you leave your bike standing for long, it is also best practice to close the nozzle valve leading the petrol to the engine to prevent any overload petrol.

What happened to me is I’ve rushed out the office and quickly mounted my bike and off I went.  After passing the traffic light the bike started bouncing back and forth and slowing down. I was lucky, as one of my workmates was behind me and saw me having trouble so manage to keep traffic cars attention while I signal left and let the bike roll to the side path. Figured it out? and quickly turn the valve back to normal and went on… just to be reminded the next day by my workmate about the embarrassment on our last day work before Xmas. 😀

 

 

Commuting to Work

Holidays are just around the corner! and people get crazy and silly during this month! and commuting in traffic in rush hours is the dangerous move to do. Especially while rushing from work to shopping centres and back forward people get agitated easily.

Being a motorcyclist who just started commuting on a learner license will require patientness with extream carefulness.  Just keeping a distance from cars won’t do, you’ll need to always be in a position that will not give a car a chance to cross your path. And if this does happen! you’ve 😏 seen it coming miles away.

 During this season my Mum came to visit from overseas. And being protective like any other mother will normally do. she made it clear if it means seeing my bike getting stolen in order for her to have a peace of mind she will gladly be happy for that to happen !!!… guess this is what mother love is??

they get relief and happiness for my misfortune knowing I’ll be safer without a bike. LOL.

But as Us, bikers know 😏 it is not about the commute; it is not about doing something dangerous; it is about the freedom being able to do it and just go riding with the wind. lean with the corners and being flexible to take different paths and slow down at the right moment and go again.

I was lucky enough to find a good bargain for my bike. with the help of facebook market, an old ad spotted my eye and I messaged the owner who was more than happy to sell his bike + Gear all in one package. It turns out he bought a car so his loss was my gain.😊 this man was a father of two girls same as I; a lovely couple who even agreed to deliver to my home as at the time I didn’t have my learner license yet. So I was set to go with a high-quality gear and 2015 model that had 1600 Km on the clock the Suzuki GN125H bike cost me just 2K NZD with Gear. the rest of my budget went for registration and insurance and classes which top up to almost a price of buying 2016 GN125H model.

 

You guessed it… it is not cheap having a motorcycle but it is still cheaper than buying a car that’s for sure.

The cons are you can not always ride your bike in everyday weather conditions, and you need to make sure your tank is always full. not to mention registration are not cheap.

The pros are fantastic in traffic and great mileage on petrol.

Shiny little Suzuki GN125H parked at the office.

On my Birthday an action cam was given to me and the first thing I’ve done is try it out on the bike. I wasn’t sure where to mount it as I didn’t want to mount it on my helmet well not for now. so as an amateur please see below.

First Capture of SJCAM 10 plus

https://youtu.be/iwib10bikSY?list=PLB2k5LNPuo-SeDiwY50lBm7quCR6Th_8F

My First Crash

Last weekend I’ve wanted desperately to ride my motorcycle after getting my Learner’s license. I’ve taken my GN125 for a 10km trip going on the motorway for the first time. Of course, this was done after I asked my wife kindly to drive behind me for some safety space from other vehicles. Before attempting this I’ve checked my tyres pressure, as I’ve only ridden a couple of times in the neighbourhood and they really needed some pumping up.

Riding on the motorway can be intimidating. This was also necessary as the next day I’m expected to ride with others on an urban commuter course for 4 hours. My 20km trip going back and forth was exciting and a good confidence boost even though I did not enjoy the headwind on my way back; it gave me a wobble or two.


The next day, I’ve slept well and kept dehydrated. Filled my tank and off I went on a Sunday afternoon. Made it to McDonald’s on Morehouse Ave where the assembly point was. After an hour of introduction and briefing we were ready to set off with four people exc.-instructor (Me and a 16 year and a couple on a scooter) the kid had the awesome Harley learner which was given to him by his Dad; who turns out was upgrading. The instructor riding an R1200RT-BMW gave us some comms to listen to his instructions. While taking turns leading the pack. The trip contained three major skills; The first was going through the city and being aware of our surroundings. The second stage was cornering while the third focused on U-turn and emergency brakes. I managed to do them all, but on the cornering course I swivel on a long right corner called (Roger corner) while riding on Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch went on the grass by the time I reached the bushes, I was too slow to make any damage to the bike and got knocked off on my back to the side (back strap absorbed the impact). So!! there you have it, my first crash ever on a corner… I’m the second to had crashed on it! and the corner got its name after number one. The story as Pete(the instructor) recalls it, that Roger from India kept riding on his overseas license for 5 yrs in NZ. The reason he could do that was as a surgeon he travelled a lot to Australia and every time he went he can ride on his overseas license for another year. This man decided after a while to buy a 650 triumph and crash it on this corner midway right straight into the mailbox tumbling all over the place.

We end the tour by practicing some U-turn and emergency brakes.