12 March 2010

Disable all safety protocols!!

I am kind of getting sick of all the safety insurance we have all around us. When I was a kid we rode in the beds of trucks, never even thought about seatbelts, and airbags whatever...

On my bike there were two safety switches that I disabled today. The clutch safety switch and the kickstand safety switch. The bike won't start when the clutch isn't in. I took out the switch spliced the wires together and now I can start it when the BIG GREEN neutral light is on without the clutch pulled in. The other switch, wouldn't let the bike even run in gear if the kickstand was down. What a pain. Imagine this scenario, you're riding over a set of whoops, the g-forces overcome your kickstand spring force, the kickstand comes down and the bike stalls. Fun right? Once again, I removed the switch, spliced the wires together and now I can ride with the kickstand down.

I feel strongly that we are legislating against common sense. As we keep on adding all these safety features to things, we stop paying attention to the potential hazards around us, and in turn become more hazardous. I would much rather be exposed to a little danger and be paying attention to avoid it, than sit with my mind in a state of lethargy, and have someone else do all my thinking for me.

Spring is coming, I anticipate danger in my future.

04 March 2010

The chipmunks are frolicking

Every day it seems that spring is getting closer and closer. I've ridden my bike twice in the last two weeks and actually took it to the car wash yesterday. Our little black squirrel is playing in our front yard again, and I've seen some video on the web of people riding in Waiprous. Spring is here!

Before my ride yesterday I installed my 1" extended MSR shifter. It took all of about 3 minutes, but wow, it changed the way I feel about shifting. I can't describe how much better it is. I used to have to think about changing gears and now it is a reactionary thing, so smooth and sweet. I can't recommend this mod enough to anyone with big feet.

I also took the bike to the car wash. So clean and pretty... I decided I should hit the freeway to blow the water particles off the bike and it worked. The only problem is the way back was riddled with wet streets, now my shiny bike is dirty again, boo.

Why does it always go that way with car washes?