Sunday, March 30, 2008

Moto GP 2nd Round Jerez Spain, 03/30/08

Great race toady, not so much for the top position, Pedrosa ran away with it in front of his home fans but a great fight for 4th through 9th. If the rest of the races turn out like this one it's going to be one hell of a season.

Good old Toseland came in 6th after just losing out to Capirossi for 5th. It's only his second GP and he has scored in both on a Yamaha that has still to get this years engine.

Poor old (young) Casey Stoner (current World Champion) could only finish 11th (5 points) after going off the circuit twice on the same bend but fortuntely not binning it.

Result Jerez:

1st. Pedrosa (Sp) Repsol Honda
2nd. Rossi (It) Fiat Yamaha
3rd. Lorenzo (Sp) Fiat Yamaha
4th. Haydon (US) Repsol Honda
5th. Capirossi (It) Rizla Suzuki
6th. Toseland (GB) Tech3 Yamaha
7th. Hopkins (US) Kawasaki

World Standings after 2 rounds:

1st. Pedrosa 41 pts
2nd. Lorenzo 36 pts
3rd. Rossi 31 pts
4th. Stoner (Aus) 30 pts.

Next round 2 weeks, April 13th, Estoril, Portugal.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Leaves

Just added a new link above.

A friend of mine Cody whose band/group "A Funeral Walkaway Parade" just completed their first album. Click the link and hit "The Leaves" a great instrumental. Buy their album - $10 well spent.

Jerry's BMW K1200RSport

167 bhp and only 515 lb - Wow!!!

Jerry popped in this morning, Saturday, on his way back to Orlando, FL. He spent yesterday at the BMW Safety Course at Spartanburg, SC.

He quite enjoyed the course but especially the fact they were allowed to do a number of 'fast' laps around the circuit.

He rode his own new bike this K1200RSport AKA 'Thumper II' so a great way to get further accustomed to the bike in different surroundings and understand what it and you are capable of. (Know its limits but more importantly know yours)

He's only had it a month and he's got 3,500 miles on it already so when he gets home tonight it will have nearly 4,000 miles - "git er done"!!! Nice one Jerry a 50,000 mile year coming up.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This Weekends Trip to Chicago

A couple of pictures from our brief trip to Chicago this weekend to see our daughter Piri.

This is a picture of Wend outside the Elephant and Castle with a red British telephone box. I have to admit that we popped in here, the pub that is not the phone box, the night before to particpate in the drinking of some Guinness and Cider and also to taste some Irish fare - very nice it was too!

To prove that we were in Chicago here is said telephone box with the Trump Building in the background that is currently under construction. (As if you couldn't tell that from the photo?)

I include the picture below because:

a) I can and
b) I think it is quite good

Wend, the Water Tower and the Hancook Building on Michigan Ave.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Papp's May '07

Note the 'youngsters' choice of tie - they grow 'em good in Scotland Jimmy! (Click on picture to enlarge)

Back l-r Mick Jr and Piri. Front l-r Old Sod and Wendy

Demoss, Papp and our Best Friend

Well this was taken nearly a year ago but I couldn't resist it. My dear Greek friend Denny favors me with a can of the Irish nectar. Note to avoid spillage the inferior sized glass is emptied slightly to enable the remnant Guinness to be safely captured!!! While awaiting the final empty Denny calms the Guinness by whispering sweet nothings to it - what a man.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Mick Jr. has received his first invite to the USASA National Championship at Copper Mountain, CO.

The dates are March 28 to April 5, 2008.

He will be #56 and entering the Open Class Snowboarder Slope Style event on April 3rd. We are all very excited!!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Daytona Trip One Week Later

Well since a week has gone and the emotions of traveling 400 miles in the pouring rain have subsided I feel I can discuss objectively on a couple of items and how they faired in the atrocious conditions we found ourselves in.

The gel seat worked out very well indeed. I must admit that when I fitted it and went for my short test ride a week or so before the Dayton trip I was a little worried. The reason for this is that the new seat is an inch or so lower than standard. This is good from the point of view that it enables you to get both feet down (I'm only 5' 10") fully flat ensuring full stability when stopped at traffic lights, etc. but I was concerned that the inch off the height making the leg bend more pronounced due to the reduced distance between the foot rests and the seat causing discomfort on a long trip. I have constantly found myself having suffering from upper leg pain due to sitting in a 'crouched' type position if that makes sense. But I am pleased to report that after the 850 mile round trip all was good. No complaints from the passenger too so I think that sums it up - a good looking and comfortable seat for both rider and passenger.

The higher and wider Cee-Bailey screen worked well. Despite the horrendous rain and accompanying spray it did the job and kept a reasonable level of clarity to see what you needed to while 'zipping' down I95. (I shall not advertise our cruising speed during said weather conditions for the fear of self incrimination but after riding in Scotland for over 15 years with the fact that probably 8 times out of 10 that you go for a weekend ride you are going to end up 'in it' you tend to hone in your wet weather riding skills so I'll say no more)

The arrival of the Kawasaki top case (Givi) was JIT so to speak. As reported before a nice item but the color match a little off. Overall it stayed waterproof but is a little on the small side, lacks a back rest and, most importantly, requires a key. Now you may ask "So what of course it requires a key!" Well here's the hit. The Conc' has KIPASS so you walk about with the transmitter in you pocket, no key, and when you get to the bike you sit on it, turn the already inserted 'key' and away you go. When you need access to the side cases or fuel cap you just turn the bike off, remove the 'key' and do the business. But now, with the top case, you also need to make sure you take the separate top case key with you. Sounds easy enough but when you get into the mind set that you only need to have the KIPASS transmitter on your person the fact you need another key may become an oversight. What makes this a little worse is that the KIPASS transmitter does not have a hook, hole, or clip that allows you to attach anything to it so 'it' and any other needed keys cannot be clipped together.

Well believe it or believe it not when I got to the Daytona International Speedway last Saturday morning, yes you guessed it, I left to the top case key in the hotel room. Looks like I will need to find a safe and secure place on the bike to store the said top case key.

Finally the Kawasaki side case bag inserts. Well these are tremendous, beyond all doubt, they look good, are of good quality, are a nice 'sung' fit into the side case and, thanks to the great cases, stayed perfectly dry.

Note the 'tasteful' logo on the bag and the small zipped side pocket for 'odds and ends' that you can get at with the bag still in the case on the bike.

Due to a double zipped top flap arrangement packing of the bags is easy, very accessible and allows for the placing of clothes neatly folded so they stay crease free during the trip. One of the key benefits is the fact that you don't have to take the relatively heavy, and possibly dirty hard cases off the bike to take your stuff to your room, etc. and because of the shoulder straps are further more made easier to carry leaving your hands free to carry your helmet and gloves, etc.

Another good aspect of the bags is that they are quite large and allow for the tight packing of clothes without deforming. This is excellent because the last thing you need is to pack these up, get to your bike and then have to mess around crushing them into the side case then finding the lid won't shut properly.

Note the double zipped top flap that allows full access to the bag.

Additionally one of the bags has a partitioned section for a lap top, pen and business card holders, and a section for a folder or two for those that may prefer to ride the Conc' to meetings instead of fly - me, me, me!!! So well done there Kawasaki.

P.S. The Yam, with its new rear Michelin Pilot Road Touring tire performed flawlessly again, what a bike! She ain't going, I don't know how or why I had the notion to sell her last year - she's mine for good.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Daytona 2008 - Update for 200

After a brilliant race that poor old Brit Neil Hodgson went off track at least twice trying so hard to catch the eventual race winner Josh Hayes. Neil eventually broke down with only a few laps to go allowing another Brit, Chaz Davies, to take second. (at least he came 7th in the Superbike race later on the Fireblade)

So with disappointment for Neil but happiness for Chaz all in all not a bad outcome.

But then, following tech checks on Josh's bike, it was found that they has messed with his crank shaft and polished the journals/bearings which broke the rules on homologation hence the AMA disqualified him. Meaning that young Chaz won the 200, the first Brit since Paul Smart back in '72 on a Ducati!! (Check good old BBC Sports for incorrect motorcycle sport reporting once again)

Wonderful, Chaz wins the race and Neil got pole hence the Rolex - a great day for us Brits.

Well done to good old Larry Pegram too - a great guy riding the new Ducati 848 who got elevated into 3rd place - congrats to Larry and his great team.

Commiserations to Josh though, a great rider and a really nice guy, but "rules is rules"

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Daytona 2008

This is Wendy and I at the Kawasaki stand. As we do some work for NASA we felt that this was a nice shot. An astronaut riding a ZX14 'rocket ship' Don't know about the pointy bit at the front though - that could do some damage!!

Well we wouldn't have expected anything else from Jerry. We 'chanced' upon these two Honda 'brolly dolly's' while walking through the pits Saturday.

The Conc and the FZ1 en-route home from Daytona Sunday p.m. The weather was good thank goodness. Friday was hell. Out of the 425 miles we rode we were in horrendous down pours and storms for 400 of them. Our gear is still wet!

Wendy poses next to the bikes with her new Aerostich on. Even that didn't keep her dry Friday.

Both machines await the final 150 home.

The Conc' being used as a 160 mph vanity mirror!

New top case looks good. Shame the color is not quite matched - need a little tint of blue in the paint to get the shade.

At last someone else bought me a bell!!! Thank you Wendy.

Putting the 'hands on' the Conc - well ok using the sun to continue with the drying process.

That rear tires still ok but with 4,500 miles it's starting to square a little - damn interstates!

Here's Bill, 'Screamin Eagle' Post. Bill flew in from Phoenix Thursday to ride the FZ1 to Daytona. Yes that's his H-D jacket of course and his 'piss pot' but he enjoyed it and stuck another 850 miles onto the trusty stead without is missing a beat.

Wendy and Bill pose behind the Kwak. Well FZ1 never missed a beat the Kwak did! Water got into my transmitter for the immobilizer (found out after the event) and she wouldn't allow me to turn the ignition on. After some messing around I got her started - very unhappy bunny especially as I was cold and wet in an area where we were just told tornado warnings had been issued! When I got to Daytona my fascia was flashing 'transponder battery low' then it went to 'transponder out of range' I now carry spare '2025' cells.

The Daytona Beach races memorial - very impressive.

Beautiful Monument.

The Clock Tower outside the hotel we stayed at.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Just About Ready for Daytona

Top case, gel seat and taller windshield fitted. She'll be loaded up tonight then down to Daytona for the 200! Weather isn't looking good but who cares - Aerostich's out!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Meat Loaf and 27 years on! Thanks Tim

This is Brooklyn, my friend Tim T's (see Tim's Jeep in other posts) 10 year old daughter at her 'first' Meat Loaf concert last year - something that will stay with her for the rest of her life - marvellous.

Meat in a typical stance. I saw him for the first time back in '80 in Birmingham, England and was quite frankly 'blown away' by the performance. This photo from last year, so 27 years later, could have easily been taken back in '80 - talk about wearing well.

Mr. Meat and his usual ensemble of 'chick's! And they love it too.

Once again '80 or '07, it could be either - Meat's stage act follows the same proven format - and there's nothing wrong with that.

"And I would do anything for love but I won't do that!"

Phillip Island Race 2 - Conclusion

Bayliss takes the double but the Armada strikes - 3 Spaniards take the next 3 places - unbelievable.

Update Race 1, Iannuzzo (Kawasaki) was the rider who got injured and fractured his wrist.

Biaggi broke his wrist but is expected to be ready for Valencia in a month from now.

1st Bayliss (Aus) Ducati 1098 F 08
2nd Checa (Sp) Honda (Fireblade) CBR1000RR(Carlos, younger brother David is also running in the Championship)
3rd Nieto (Sp) Suzuki GSXR1000
4th Xaus (Sp) Ducati 1098 RS 08

Standings after 2 rounds

1st Bayliss (Aus) 88 points
2nd Nieto (Sp) 61 points
3rd Xaus (Sp) 59 points
4th Corser (Aus) 45 points
5th Checa C (Sp) 45 points

What a brilliant start to 2008.

Phillip Island Race 2

Can't hold back had to post mid race. 4 jump starts, including Corser! The lap that jump starts are advised, Lap 6, Corser goes and crashes at Siberia, one of the fastest corners.
Then Biaggi crashes at around 300 kph on Lap 7 - unbelievable the bike just starts slapping and off he goes, slides about 100 m and the bike somersaults landing just next him. The whole back end of the Yamaha breaks off and almost, thank goodess it didn't, lands on him - he walks away - wow.

Phillip Island Race 1

What a race. Bad incident at the start on the grid that required a red flag first lap that resulted in a 3 bike incident after the red flag was brought out.
Fortunately despite how bad it looked they all restarted with the exception of one rider who broke his arm after riding straight into the back of Fabrizio. The impact was such that Fabrizio's right boot was completely ripped off and look below where he finished!
Bayliss ran away with it after poor old Max (Biaggi) threw it with about 6 laps to go. Xaus fought hammer and tongue with both Corser and Fabrizio but finished 4th.
This is what motorcycle racing is all about. Race 2 soon - WOW!
1st Bayliss (Aus) Ducati 1098 F08
2nd Corser (Aus) Yamaha YZF R1
3rd Fabrizio (It) Ducati 1098 F08