20 April 2013

Bling ...

Öhlins TR-119 still in the box

New vs. Old

Installed - no, it's not in the way there

Initial Impression: Very good. More to come after a few hundred miles with the new shock.

13 April 2013

Six Months ...

Today it's been six months since my surgery. I'm feeling pretty good so far. Much more exercise than before but I'm still feeling very unfit. Anyways, some day it'll show that I run four miles three times a week ...

08 April 2013

Tour Preparation - Kermit Chairs

For our summer tour this year we are planning to do a mix of hotel/motel and camping. We'll definitely take the full camping equipment just to be sure that we get a decent place to sleep every night - we have  hotels booked for the first three nights only. After that we really don't know where we'll be.

We basically had everything we need in terms of camping equipment like tent, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads, but missed one item on our trips last summer: a decent set of comfortable camping chairs. Whenever we took a break from riding in really nice places, we sat on the ground, or on whatever was available there, not very comfy.

So, after some checking and a bit of moaning about the price we got a pair of Kermit Chairs. This is a very comfortable and solid chair, handmade in Tennessee. Very high quality and really nicely finished.

Kermit Chairs - his and hers ...

We got leg extensions for both, this photo here shows the difference in seat height:

Leg Extensions

The chair is super nice even without the extensions, but they might make it a bit easier in some situations or when we want to sit on a hillside: just put the front extensions on only and the chair is good to go.

They arrived today and we tested them in the living room - perfectly comfortable and exactly what we were looking for. They will be put to good use on our upcoming trips! This is how equipment should be: solid, high quality, worth the price, and very likely to outlast our desire for camping over the next 20 years ... ;-)

And even better: the two chairs will fit easily into our Ortlieb Rackpack duffle bag, together with our two Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads and room to spare.

03 April 2013

Daily News

Completely unrelated to motorcycles but worth mentioning anyways – if you are looking for a very interesting daily newsfeed that brings up interesting topics but isn't long or boring, try Next Draft. I love that it gives me a few news articles / ideas / topics (10) per day that are interesting to read, already slightly summarized so I can find out whether it's worth reading them or whether I'm interested.