Near misses and crashes

I’ve been thinking about how many times I’ve crashed or almost got in a crash.
Now I’ll share these “near death” experiences with you guys and gals.

First time
The first time I almost got into a crash was on ye olde LEM LX-3 Sport kids MX bike.
I was trying to reach top speed on a wide open field, which I eventually did, but in the process of trying to reach the top speed on the bike, there was a hard cardboard tube in the middle of where I was riding.
I rode over it with my shot suspension, and got into a small tankslapper at about 65km/h.
I’ve read about tankslappers that it’s extremely hard to get out of a tankslapper at speeds, but luckely I didn’t lock up any wheels because of drum brakes.

The orange moped
I got the most near misses and crashes on my orange moped, the XMotos XB-33 50W, mostly because I rode in the big city.

  • Got in a tankslapper at about 50km/h on a bike lane with wet leaves. It’s a miracle that I didn’t slip.
  • Almost crashed by braking on a tramway at a crosswalk.
  • Crashed by slipping off a tramway on a rainy day, no serious damage.
  • Crashed by slipping on a muddy path, no serious damage.
  • Rode into a ditch while offroading and slipping, because I was using street tires, also no serious damage.

Damage on the XF650
When I got my bike, the Suzuki Freewind XF650, I had some mishaps.

  • Lowsided when leaning too much on a roundabout, because the sidestand hits the ground before the footpegs do. Damage: broken off bar weight, bent gear lever, shaved off side stand.
  • Almost hit a car that pulled out of a parking space without looking in his mirrors, I was hitting my rear brake so hard it was skidding.
  • Crashed into a guy that didn’t see me (or saw me, but said “F*ck it”). His bumper and wiper fluid reservoir were unrepairable, my bike had nothing but a bent gear lever.
  • Almost crashed into a car that made an illegal U-turn (link to vid)
  • Moron behind the wheel of a pick up truck that overtakes a vehicle and oversees me. (link to vid)

Work isn’t safe either
And at work, I ride a delivery scooter, which gives the ability to get hit by every other road user, here are some near misses and crashes.

  • Almost got hit by a car that thought I was far enough.
  • Slipped on some gravel by pulling the wrong brake handle.
  • Almost got hit by a truck that didn’t see me.
  • Cut off by an antisocial idiot.
  • Slipped and broke my wrist because of bad weather.

Well, I had my share of near misses and crashes, but I hope it stays with this list or near misses.
Anyways, have a good day.

 

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Review: MSR Classic Inox Muffler

About a year ago, I swapped my muffler for a new one.

For those who want to know why I swapped it, here are some reasons:

  1. The stock one is too silent
  2. The stock one is ugly
  3. The stock one is heavy and dead weight

I also didn’t like the sound it produced and it did limit performance, so the swap was neccesary to get a bit more power out of the bike.

I searched for about 1 week for fitting mufflers (because the Freewind is a special bike), and I found these mufflers will fit, sorted by certified ones:
Non certified (no “E – label”):

  • Dominator (uknown model)

Certified:

  • GPR Trevale
  • MSR (see site for different models, they should all fit)

Since I wanted legal sound, I only could choose between GPR and MSR, both Italian made mufflers, so the quality would (and should) be the same.

Price
Price was also an argument to buying an MSR.
The cheapest one cost about 185€ without shipping, and that’s the one I chose because a second hand GPR Trevale costs about 210€.

Delivery
Delivery was about a week, using wire transfer. Since it had to be delivered from Italy to Belgium, it was very fast.

Package contents
When it arrived, the package contained:

  • Muffler and linkpipe
  • Bracket (with rubber protector)
  • 2 Springs and spring covers
  • Clamp (which didn’t fit)
  • Spark arrestor
  • dB-killer
  • 2 spacers and a bolt

Installation
Installing was fairly foolproof, but you have to use the old clamp and the original bolt.
When istallation was complete, it looked okay, but upon closer inspection, the muffler hits the right indicator and the rear fender. I looked at the pictures on their site, and that looked even weirder than mine, but it isn’t such a big problem.

Sound
The bike sounds a bit more agressive with the new muffler mounted, and finally people will see and hear me coming in the traffic jams.
The sound is a low rumble, but when pinning the throttle, it screams with a lot 🙂
Using the dB killer is also easy, sound is a bit more civilized, but it feels like the power is blocked.

Conclusion
It’s a fairly good muffler for the price I paid. Great finish, but the fitment isn’t always right. It doesn’t rust (because it’s made from stainless steel), and with the dB-killer mounted, it still is a sporty exhaust.
If you want to buy an MSR exhaust, you can always visit maccasport.com or msr-exhaust.it.

 

 

Today was a good day

It seems like the motorcycling season started yesterday or today.

I see a lot more bikes on the road than a week ago, which is a good sight into the upcoming months.

It seems that those bikers that come out in spring/summer wave a lot more than the all-weathers, but I still wave at any bike, whatever make or model they are.

Sure enough, I rode behind a cruiser (I don’t know the make and/or model), but the dude on it was totally laid back.
I also saw a lot of BMW R1200GS’s out on the road, maybe it’s the old guys getting back on their bikes? But they still don’t know that all those auxiliary lights can blind other road users.

It wasn’t so crowded on the road either today, it was smooth sailing through traffic, and best of all, the weather is actually nice!
I hope it’ll stay, or better yet improve on the temperature so that my tires can stick hard.

I also tried leaning into a corner (watching the “Twist of the Wrist” by Keith Code) and sure enough it feels a lot more comfortable than just pushing the bike into the corner.
A bit of body positioning is also key. I hope to improve my cornering abilities, so I’m not scared anymore to lean into a corner.

Anyhow, in the course of next week I’ll try and put up a review from the M.S.R. Classic Inox muffler, because that’s something I definitly want to do.

Cheers and have a nice day 🙂

 

Motorcycling season has started (or not?)

It’s the beginning of March, beginning of the motorcycling season. Though the weather looks horrible for the “nice-weather-riders”.
To me, it looks good, besides the constant crosswinds and small hailstorms.

I hope to see some more riders in March, and not only the all weather riders.
I’m kind of the best of both worlds, I like riding in the winter, and I like riding with the summer riders, because they are very happy to ride again, unlike the other all-weather-riders.

My uncles from my fathers side ride motorcycles, but only in the summer, that’s why we should meet some time, on our bikes offcourse.
One has a Triumph Daytona, and the other has a Yamaha R6.
Not the kind of bike i’d have, because: “I like the best of both worlds”.
Street oriented, but still offroad capable.

The things I like about nice-weather-riders is that they have those sporty bikes, loud exhausts, and always rev a lot. I once did a rev battle with a couple of sport bikes, but at that time, I had my dB-killer in my M.S.R. muffler (review on that later).
Having fun without harming anyone, except when they crash into someone, but that’s not my problem.

I don’t despise “nice-weather-riders”, they are just another group in the motorcycling world. I agree, riding in the winter is a bad idea, because you get cold, wet, can slide around and crash, etc. It’s not a good idea for the bike too, it’ll get rusty (unlike my XF) when riding in road salt.

What I do despise are the so-called “squids”. Motorcyclists that ride their bike without any proper gear, riding with a t-shirt and flip flops. That’s the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen.

Anyway, hereby I’ll end this blog entry, have a good riding season!