Monday, November 2, 2009

2010 Tour Schedule Announced

Update: for 2012 we are doing Oregon Motorcycle Tour Trip Planning.

Take a look at our tour schedule for 2010. Looks like it is going to be fun!
We have a new type of tour this year - we call it "Stay & Play" You get to have all the fun of riding all over Oregon, but the simplicity of staying in the same hotel each night. Where else but Oregon has that much scenic opportunity?
As an added bonus all passengers are free on the Stay & Play tour if you book before Jan 1, 2010. All other other tours can be had for 10% off if you book before Jan 1, 2010.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Twist of the Wrist II now on DVD

A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding is one of the classic how-to books for street riders. Keith has just finished putting together a DVD based on the book. Great for all us visual learners.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Tires, Self Mounted

After the Oregon Desert Tour it was definitly time for a new rear tire. My 2001 Ducati ST2 came to me with an inexpensive tire with OK performance and I wanted something like I had on my 1998 ST2. I also wanted to tackle doing the work myself. After spending hours pouring over the internet I ordered a Diablo Strada Rear Tire.
The only things that had me worried as a first time tire changer was breaking the bead, seating the bead and balancing the tire. My original KLX 250S tires were not balanced and I didn't want that feeling on the ST2. I ran across Dyna Beads as an alternative to stick-on weights and I was sold. Other various sites and youtube videos convinced me that I could break the bead without expensive equipment and that my compressor was more than capable of seating the tire.

Here is the bike with the tire removed. No big surprises here except the shop manual doesn't say what size the axle nut is (30mm) and I had to go buy one.
I thought about building a home-made bead breaker, but I found that my largest C-clamp would fit around the tire and it worked great for breaking the bead.
Here you can see the end results next to the old tire - definitely time for a change.
Total time to change the tire was about 3 hours. Mostly because I was being careful and it was about 98F. I expect next time it should take me about an hour. The Dyna Beads seem to work great.