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Mega Motorteffen

In one of those rare occasions where Facebook adds are actually useful I found about a motorcycle event happening just next to Amsterdam: the Mega Motorteffen.
Don’t ask me what that word means, the event however was quite good with virtually every manufacturer making their newer models available for test-ride.

I’ll talk more about some of the bikes I rode in other posts but for now I’ll leave you with a small gallery of photos from the event.

Greece – Spring 2016

I might as well start updating you guys on what else happened during this long hiatus. Nowhere better than the Spring of 2016 and our trip to Greece!

At the time I wrote a full feature article on The Rider’s Digest and at merely £0.50 for the whole PDF issue I strongly recommend you give it a try. Not the least because you’ll get also a bunch of other articles written by way more talented people than me!

Check out The Rider’s Digest Issue #193

For those less inclined to be bored with reading her’s the TL;DR version:

Went to Greece, rented a Honda CB500X, spent a week riding around the 2nd largest Greek island: Euboea/Evia, found a Tortoise, crossed a creek, got stuck on the beach, sunshine, rain, awesome fun!

Here are a few bonus photos that didn’t make it’s way to the article.

Hope you like it and as usual feel free to like, comment and subscribe!

Thinking about doing something similar and have some questions? I’ll be happy to help!

And…we’re back!

Hi there everyone!

Is anyone still on that side of the line?

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Anyone?

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Hey, there you are!

The one lonely MultipleRoadDisorder reader that survived the months and months of boring emptiness and endless re-reading of mildly interesting old posts.
If you made it this long you’ll be thrilled to know I’m back. Sadly without the Multistrada that originated the creation of this blog.

In the nearly 11 months since my last post much has happened, some good, some bad but all of it leading to this update.

Let’s start by the end, because that makes more sense, obviously.

What am I riding now?

A 2006 Yamaha FZ1S and the trusty LML Star 125.

What happened to the CBR929?
Sold it a couple of months after buying it. Didn’t like it.

What happened to the Ducati?
I hadn’t ridden it much lately and decided on selling it and getting a Speed Triple 1050, one of my all time favourites. Perfect for a bit of weekend fun and the odd trackday.

So why didn’t I get the Triumph?
A couple of days before I closed the deal on a 2012 Speed Triple a duo of assholes broke into my building cut the 3 locks on the bike and stole my Multistrada!
Leaving me without bike or the money to buy the Triumph!

Seriously!?!
Yes, seriously.

What happened after?
Well, after I called the police, supplied them with the CCTV footage and cried silently for a bit. I went online, spent over 300€ on locks for a bike I no longer had, upgraded insurance policy on the LML and starting looking for a cheap replacement for the Ducati. Those lowlifes might have stolen my bike but I refuse to let them steal my lifestyle and passion!

And…
Turns out I have even “awesomer” friends than I thought who, out of the blue, started a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations to help get me back on a bike.
You can check it out here: Ricardo’s Stolen Bike
The main target set was 2.000€, and although we are far from reaching it I was still widely amazed by the generosity of friends and anonymous people who parted with their hard earned money to help get a bit of my bike back. I am forever thankful to everyone who contributed and I hope I can one day repay all the love I got!

With the money from GoFundMe and a help from my GF I dove into the rabbit hole that is the classified adds websites.
With newer bikes out of the picture due to budget constraints, the shortlist was limited to Japanese bikes (no matter what some people try to tell you, old Euro bikes are not as reliable as Japanese… I’ve had both and as much as I prefer the character of a Euro bike, right now I just want something that a decade or more down the line, still works as well as it did when it first left the factory.)

This eliminated old Triumph Speed Triples, Sprint ST, Aprilia Tuonos or Futura and obviously Ducatis. Played around with the idea of a BMW K1200 but that only lasted a minute. (Anything below 4000€ had way too many kms and would become too expensive when something inevitably went wrong.)

Queue the Japanese brands:

Suzuki:
GSXRs: Not my kind of bike…
Bandits: A great cheap and reliable option but with the exception of the 400 (impossible to find for sale here) it is just to plain and boring
GSXF’s: Come on, seriously! Have you looked at them?
TL1000s: Yeah… rotary rear damper…no!
SV1000s: Yes, love them! Bit above budget, but definitely on the shortlist.
SV650s: Yes, the sharper looking version, also love it. In the shortlist.

Kawasaki:
ZZR1400: Too expensive, I’ve had one already and way overpowered for Dutch roads.
ZZR1200: As above but cheaper and uglier.
ER6: Decent budget option and a great learner bike. Without wanting to sound snob but I feel like I’ve outgrown this kind of bike and the parallel twin is by far my least favourite engine configuration.
Z750: Decent bike but most of the ones I saw for sale looked tired. Then seem to attract a peculiar kind of owner.
Z1000: The old quadruple exhaust version was definitely close to the top of the shortlist.
Z1000SX: Too expensive
ZXRs: I do like the like the looks some of them but I know I would hate to live with one.

Honda:
CBR1100XX: Cheap but like the ZZR1400, overpowered and heavy for Dutch roads and track and I’ve also already have owned one.
VTR1000Firestrom: At the top of the shortlist, had a look at a couple but being almost 20years old most required to much TLC (Tires, chain kits, etc) bringing up the apparently low initial acquisition cost.
CBR600F: Overinflated prices, bland looks.
Hornet600 and 900: looked into a couple as a serious option…one of my mates rides a 600, so decided to get something different.

Yamaha:
The only major Japanese brand I’ve never owned so why not now?
FZ6: a decent option, one of my mates has one. I rather go for something different
R1: love the 2004-2006 swing arm, but RRs are not my thing
R6: too small and revvy for road use
FZ9: I love a triple engine but these are still too recent and expensive

FZ1: The lovely R1 swingarm and derive 1000cc, 150hp engine, semi-fairing, agile…. good value, found my bike!

I present you: The “insert name” 2006 Yamaha FZ1!

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The polls are open for naming my “new” bike, so if you have any suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comments below, and if you liked this update, like share and subscribe.

Thanks!

Mid Week Video Selection

1 -You’ve probably watched the very funny “How to ride bitch” by Alex Vivian.

 

2 – Well, I’m glad to announce he launched a new installment to this series, called “How to Ride Bitches” and here it is:

 

3 -On a different note, want to see a Harley kick a Honda Firestorm’s ass in a dirt race? Then wait no further!

 

4-Did you watch MotoGP this weekend? Well this happened to Alvaro Bautista… (but wasn’t broadcast)

The reason for the crash seems to have been the pitlane’s slippery cement pavement. As a consequence, the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit owner was requested to paint the pavement with anti-slip paint before 2017’s GP.

First World Problems

So, I’ve sold the Fireblade, from all the bikes I’ve had this was the one I least liked and for a series of reasons that I’ll not go into right now I ended up owning it for only a couple of months before deciding to sell it.
I’m now faced with the decision of staying put or…buying another bike! (Did anyone mention first world problems?…indeed)

At the top of the list is one of the bikes I initially pondered on buying before getting the Fireblade: a “pointy” Suzuki SV650.

SV650S

It’s sporty, light, agile and just about powerful enough (about 70hp) to be fun on track. The fact it’s easy to service and lacks fairings to get damage also helps. Only problem is they seem to hold their value well and so most are a bit above what I want to spend.
They are for sale for around 3000-4000€, with 2500€ being the cheapest I saw. Given that I will still need to throw some money at it for: tires, crash protectors, new oil, filters, etc. It’s not looking good..

The older carburetor equipped version of the SV650 is more within reach – financially speaking – but I really dislike the looks…
They are announced at around 1900€, with the cheapest ones coming at around 1250€, so I could probably get one and still have some money left for maintenance and tires.

sv650_01

Right next in the list is another 1000cc Honda but not a Fireblade. A VTR1000 Firestorm!
To be honest I hated it’s looks back in 1997 when it was launched, but what did 14 year old me know of bikes? I actually quite like it now, the soft curves and nice proportions mean it’s aged well.
They are also cheaper than the pointy SV, at around 1900-2800€ and have a bigger engine. On the flip-side they are also heavier and with suspension as basic as the SVs, the weight prove to be a handicap.
Yes the suspension can eventually be sorted but right now that is outside the budget.

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On to the second to last option and the bike that was actually the strongest candidate a few months ago before I bought the Blade: the Yamaha R6.
Sporty engine, decent suspension (especially compared to the bikes above), good brakes and chassis and plenty of them for sale. The prices go from about 1900€ to 3000€ for the 1998-2003. The downside is many of them have probably been abused.

1999-Yamaha-R6-YZFR6b

This leads me to the last bike on the list. The one I definitely don’t have a budget for but that would be the one I’d buy in a heart beat if I had the cash to spare: a 1st gen Triumph Daytona 675!
At bout 4800-5500€ it ticks just about every box…except for the essential one: price!

Daytona 675

Keep an eye on the blog, I should have some developments soon. I’m keen on getting back on the race track this summer, I just need to decide how!

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I’m back from Asia – Instagram Photos Round Up

Hi Guys, been away for a while now.

The last couple of months have been busy, and I’ve just returned from an assignment halfway across the world. You’ll have to wait for Issue #192 of The Rider’s Digest to read about it. However I’m a nice guy so in case you haven’t seen them on Instagram yet, here as round of photos of the last few weeks as a sneak preview:

To get all this photos and more right when they are first posted, follow me on Instagram: @rrsin and @theridersdigest

Offroadpeople 2015: The Dyatlov Pass

To balance the latest string of road/racing oriented posts, here is today’s video entertainment suggestion:

Offroadpeople 2015: The Dyatlov Pass

An interesting mix of bikes that seem to range from BMW G450X with Bajafairings, to KTMs 640 & 690s with 990 fairings, Honda XRs, etc. Hard to tell really with all that mud!

A bunch of Russian dudes – at times wearing only underwear – with dubious cooking skills and a very obvious interest for beautiful women. The first few minutes are a bit boring, but as the riding get’s rougher the video becomes more entertaining. Definitely worth 19min of my time!

Welcome to the family

It’s a well know fact driving around in the Netherlands is in the top 10 list of most boring things to do, so after two years of being here I started playing with the idea of going back on track to actually enjoy riding a motorcycle.

This was a couple of months ago. After quickly discarding the possibility of using the Multistrada – even a minor fall would prove far too expensive – I decided to start looking around the classifieds for an older used sportsbike to buy during the winter period.

With a bigger budget my choice would have been a 2004 ZX636 – love that bike – but trying to stick to around 2000€ my choice was limited to older bikes.

Looked into a lot of bikes from R6s, GSXRs, R1s to CBRs (600 and 900), TRX850, SV650s but most of them were either too long in the tooth or too expensive.

The final shortlist was narrowed to a couple of Yamaha R6s and CBR929RRs and this is how I ended up the owner of a 2001 CBR929RR in a very flashy yellow color scheme. I shall look like the united Colours of Benetton on track with my black white and blue leathers and gloves, black&white boots and helmet on top of a yellow bike!

Buying the bike was an adventure in itself as I picked it up about 150km from here and brought it home on the back of a rented van. Keeping with the budget theme I decided to rent the smaller, cheaper van: a VW Caddy; only to end up discovering that a 01 CBR900RR does not fit on the back of a Caddy.

Good thing I had my toolkit: disassembling the rear was just about enough to make the bike shorter and allow the door to close.

So here you have Google, if someone (like me) Googles: “Can you transport a 2001 Honda CBR 900RR Fireblade on the back of a VW Caddy” the answer is: “Yes, but take your toolkit, you will need to remove both seats and the rear cowl before getting the bike diagonally in the cargo bay!”

The bike was cheap and looked pretty decent but I still have to srip it, remove the plastics and give it a good clean in search of nasty surprises (hopefully I won’t find many).
For now I’ve found a very annoying oil leak which probably comes from a bad repair of a crack in the lower part of the clutch casing. I am a bit pissed I didn’t find it before buying the bike but the fact is I don’t quite know how that happened as the bike doesn’t seem to have any other sign of having been crashed.

More news to follow soon!

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Road Racing in the Netherlands: Pinkster Races – Oss

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Back in the end of May I went to Oss in North Brabant (a province in the southwest of the Netherlands) for the fabulous 3h Oss Endurance Race.

The event is road racing based, taking part on public roads around an industrial estate. Previous to the 3h classic bike endurance race there are other classic bike races for the Dutch and Belgium championship, sidecar races, a stage of the International Road Racing Championship with modern machinery and even a stage of the KTM RC cup.
You can get all more info on the official website: WegRaceOss.

This was the poster for this year’s event:

Poster Oss 2015

You might be wondering why am I only now publishing this. I initially learned about this race when I talked to Kees Van der Star on doing a feature on his Thunderstar 1200 Diesel bike (See The Rider’s Digest #189). In a last minute tngh I decided to go there and cover the event for a pictorial on the magazine. However with the upcoming feature on the Belgium Classic TT on edition #190 (wait for it, it’s worth it!)editorial decisions dictated there wasn’t enough space and I ended up with a bunch of photos I just needed to share.

If you are in the Netherlands or anywhere close I definitely recommend stopping by Oss for the races. It combines modern, classic and endurance racing all in one road racing event. There is sure to be a bike to make you drool over, be it the latest of the RRRRs,a classic 2stroke 50cc or almost anything in between.

Has usual here is a gallery. Sorry about the less than perfect panning shots, the Lumix Lx7 is great for many things: trackside photography is not one of them (mind you most of the problem is still my lack of talent).

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