Category Archives: Bikes

Motorbikes or Cars?

Being a 90’s kid, I’ve always been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a humorous and candid show with Jerry taking his friends out for a ride: simply talking and having coffee.

If you haven’t already noticed in the sitcom, Jerry is a major car guy (specifically Porsches). In an episode with Sarah Jessica Park, “A Little Hyer-Aware“, Jerry talks about his youth where he was worried about whether he would be a ‘motorcycle guy’ or ‘car guy’,  believing that there was no way to be both: “I’ve got to decide what I am and who I am and that will determine how I get around”

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Recounting a story in his father’s shop, one of the mechanics rode a motorcycle to work every day. During a rainstorm, Jerry asked the mechanic if he wished he had a car, but only to be bewildered by the response: “No, I just wish it wasn’t raining.”

Do you think you can be only a ‘motorcycle guy’ or only ‘car guy’?

I ask this because I’m seriously starting to question my “allegiance” to the car world. Having a small roadster is the closest thing I drive to a motorcycle. The low side-walls and open top makes you feel free and open. The little 1.6 trumpeting from the back mimics the fluttering of a two-stroke. It’s the closest thing, but it’s not the same thing.

 

Why I Ride

Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. I could get cleaned up by a car any second. I could lose traction and hit a tree. I could go wide in a turn and go head-on into another car.

But why do I do it? It’s not the negatives that spur me on, because if it was, then I wouldn’t be doing it. For me, the positives outweigh the negatives.

The freedom. The sensation: the wind in my hair (boys and girls, keep your helmets on), the breeze on my face, the smell of the rich exhaust, the rasping roar, the low but rumbling idle, the thrill of going faster than you actually dare, leaning further and further into corners, the realisation that my life is largely in my hands – these are some, but not all, of the many things which make riding a motorcycle an amazing experience.

My right hand controls how long I live for – seconds? Minutes? Hours? Or how soon I come to my end. If I feel lucky, maybe I’ll give it a bit more of a twist. If I’m lucky, nothing bad will happen. And if nothing bad happens, then that means I’m blasting my away from everyone else, in my own world.

I’m yet to come across an apt description of what it feels like to be cruising along at, clear road ahead, beautiful blue sky, warm sun, cool breeze, peace and quiet around except for the exhaust, one with the bike. My head inside the helmet, in its own little world – drifting away, yet at the same time 100% focused on riding, feeling the bike, feeling the road. It’s surreal, addictive and exhilarating like nothing else I’ve ever tried.

The beauty is that I could be rocketing along – or I could be cruising along, it wouldn’t matter. It’s the experience that counts. Not how fast you get there. Not how many turns you took. Not how low you got around the corners. And the best thing about it all?

That’s for you to answer.

Throttle Roll 2014 – Sydney, Australia

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Shout-out to the roots of this site, Japan!

It’s been a long time – many apologies for the hiatus. Things have been a bit hectic and messy, but now I’m back, and will be working through a backlog of posts. But to start off!

Today was Throttle Roll 2014, a mad gathering of cafe racers, bobbers, low riders, and amazing motorbikes. It was a custom bike show, with lots of builds by shops, groups, clubs, and individuals. It’s run by Sydney Cafe Racers, Sydney’s own dedicated group to the Cafe Racer scene here. There was also food, drinks, and live rockabilly bands. Here’s some of my pics from the event. It was such a great atmosphere. Most of the bikes there were Hondas, Yamahas, Triumphs, and Harleys (mainly Sportsters or Iron 48s), with a few Nortons, Ducatis, and Moto Guzzis thrown into the mix. The majority of the bikes were parked on the street, and this is where the best and most interesting bikes were, in my opinion – the bikes on the street really showed off originality and home-builds (e.g. THE SHIZ). Inside the venue there were bikes on scaffolds, these were the official ‘Throttle Roll Bikes” – mostly done by shops or groups – they were nice, and some were VERY nice (like the grey Ducati) but I felt they were too polished – if that’s a valid complaint. There were a LOT more bikes at the event than represented in my set, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get them all (lots of people, etc). Overall, it was a great way to spend the afternoon; and I myself can’t wait to get on my own!

View the full set here.

World Time Attack Challenge 2013

Its been a while since the last post. I’ve been busy working but I also managed to take a weekend off for myself to catch up with some old friends in Sydney.  It’s easy to get caught up and forget to update the blog . In all honesty, there hasn’t been much to post about. I did however manage to drive to Sydney for WTAC 2013. The 600km round trip wasn’t very noteworthy. I did pass through some of the areas where the Sydney bushfires were, but otherwise, no AC and cruising at 4000RPM, the 3-4hr drive seemed longer than it was.

As for the event, it was well worth it. Time-Attack cars, drift events, show cars. It was a great weekend. Not to mention the parking lot 😀  Oh, and Nob Taniguchi was there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to take a photo with him 😦 Anyway, here are some of the photos I took.

For more photos, click here on our new flickr account!

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