Motogeo: Ducati Scrambler Unveiling – Will Triumph Fire Back?

I could listen to Jamie Robinson of MotGeo talk about bikes all day long. (I have a similar man crush on Guy Martin, but that’s another post). This bike, the Ducati Scrambler is the one that I’ve been the most excited to hear about. Watch the video for the full specs.

I currently ride a Triumph Scrambler and love it. I love street bikes that have some mild off road capability. They are fantastic around the city and give a feeling of freedom that I don’t get on other bikes.

My insight … what’s Triumph going to do? While I have a bias towards the Brits, they are facing new challenges in markets they had been owning. MV and Yamaha fired at the 675 Triples. The Panigale 899 is likely cross shopped with the Daytona 675 more than any other bike. Now the Italians are firing at the Scrambler, a class with one bike right now.

On forums, there’s always been a call for the whole Bonneville series to lose weight and add power. I agree. The Triumph is a hundred pounds heavier and down by early 20 horsepower. That’s massive. I’d like to see Triumph drop about 50 lbs and get the motor up into the high 60s in horsepower and add a 6th gear since it would be able to pull it then.

But maybe not, I’d cross-shop these, but right now, I’d still pick the Triumph for the looks.

I do hope there’s a Ducati Demo Day soon!

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It was fun playing dress up …

But it’s awfully nice to be back in jeans and boots.

Back to normal

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Roly Poly Baby

Last night the baby was having a party!

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Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride – Kansas City – 2014

I’m not a fan of group rides. Three to five close friends is the most comfortable group size for me. This ride was different.

I wore a charcoal suit, white shirt, red argyle socks, and Doc Marten’s wingtips. The ride to the ride was surreal. I’m used to being ignored or abhorred by car drivers. Riding around in a suit changes that. Waves, smiles, thumbs up … all manner of accolades.

The dress of the other riders varied, but in spirit with the ride. Suits, steampunk-esque goggles, tweed blazers, selvedge jeans. It was great and varied. Just like Kansas City.

Also like Kansas City, we were inclusive. The official rules are somewhat limiting on what type of bike is allowed. This group, eschewed those rules to good end. We raised a good bit of money and the people one the “wrong” bikes were there in the “right” spirit. I did not take part last year due to the rules and not having the “right” bike.

The route started at Coffee Girls in Waldo and headed out to Blue River Road. That’s not populous, but it’s a damned good road to ride on. From there, we headed into the heart of the city as we made our way North to end up at Grinder’s in the heart of the Crossroads.

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TBT: Solo Camping

This week I’m going WAY back to 2009. I loaded up my BMW and headed down to Arkansas to enjoy the winding roads and the vastness of nature.

The beauty of the landscape gets ruined by people with no care or reverence. You can be looking at a beautiful bluff with green grass and trees and on the other side of the road is a yard filled with trash. I understand poverty, but I don’t understand giving up like that. It’s nothing but a little labor to tidy up a yard and being that the people were on their porch drinking beers during the middle of the days suggests that they’ve got some time to spare.

The trip, though short, was great. I went alone. I made it. I had some close calls with riding while too tired or too hungry. My tent failed. My fires were lackluster.

I would do every minute of it again.

Loaded up G650GS

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It looks like rain.

The rain never appeared. But I was ready. At least as ready as I could be.

I no longer believe claims of being waterproof. I see it as less wet. Despite the materials and construction, these pieces have let me down. Tent seam sealer has been used to sure up the weak areas, but I never expect to stay dry.

I do expect that when I take the time to put this on the clouds will hold onto their moisture. If I don’t they’ll release and I’ll ride home in wet jeans.

Not wet

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Motoselfie: Mild Weather

The weather in Kansas City has turned mild. The heat, rain, and humidity are taking a well deserved break. The riding is spectacular.

The daylight doesn’t as long and the first scents of autumn fill my nose. As does the associated allergy driven congestion. The sniffles don’t detract from the feeling of ripping through cool air on two wheels.

Enjoy it while you can.

Motoselfie #1

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Yes, it’s late, but I’ll be participating in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride this Sunday.

The link above is to my sponsor page, please feel free to click it and donate a little bit. Here’s the pitch:

Let’s be straight here, gentlefolk. At The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), we ride for a purpose.

Our focus is on gentlemen who are dealt a tough hand in life. In particular, we raise funds for research into prostate cancer as part of our mission to support men’s health.

With your support, DGR is aiming to raise $1 Million USD this year to assist in finding a cure for a disease that kills 1300 men a day worldwide.

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The Parallel by Bailey and Watkins

Motorcycles and leather. A pairing based in functionality but often embraced for style.

Being close friends with the wonderful people behind Bailey and Watkins, I get to see their work take shape. This piece, The Parallel, doubles as a day bag and saddle bag for a Triumph Bonneville.

The Triumph influence carries through the name and into the entire concept of these pieces. His and hers, in parallel, just like the motor powering them down the road.

The Bailey and Watkins website has the entire backstory for this, and all, of their amazing creations.

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Installing Nvidia Drivers on RHEL or CentOS 7

Most users of Nvidia graphics cards prefer to use the drivers provided by Nvidia. These more fully support the capabilities of the card when compared to the nouveau driver that is included with the distribution. These are the steps to install the Nvidia driver and disable the nouveau driver.

  • yum -y update
  • yum -y groupinstall “GNOME Desktop” “Development Tools”
  • yum -y install kernel-devel
  • Edit /etc/default/grub. Add “rd.driver.blacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0” to “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX”
  • grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
  • List available kernels: awk -F\’ ‘$1==”menuentry ” {print $2}’ /etc/grub2.cfg
  • Use grub2-set-default to set the updated kernel to the default. The kernels are enumerated starting at 0
  • Reboot
  • Download the appropriate Nvidia driver for your card
  • Switch from graphical to text mode: systemctl isolate
  • Run the Nvidia driver installer
  • Remove the nouveau driver: yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nouveau
  • Backup old the old initramfs: mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img
  • Create new initramfs: dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
  • Reboot
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