Personal BLOG entries for 2004
Welcome to my final update for the year. True it is a tad late but then I do have a life off the Net. I hope everyone had a safe Christmas. Due to the festive seasons I have been really busy sorting out the needs of others whilst I even visited a BMW bike shop. Will the next bike be a BMW ? As I also say stay tuned I will update everything - eventually !
I hope that the Tsunami disaster is sorted out as soon as possible and I also hope the world does pull together and see the bigger picture. Help out where you can because the disaster has destroyed the lives of many who can't. Here's hope to peace and prosperity for 2005 !
19 December 2004
Apologies for the lack of the new speed article. We're still discussing the wording. Nevertheless Merry Christmas to everyone who's visited throughout the year. Hope you've enjoyed every visit. I should be updating the 'horrorscope' pages soon too ! But that depends on how long it takes to finish off the last pictures site update for the year. So As I always say stay tuned.
12 December 2004
Checkout the new article on bike security. It is is draft format and I will be fixing it up during the week. Next week article will be on the issue on speeding because its something which should be publicly commented on. The article was sent in by a regular visitor (Australia) to the site but wished me to put this up edited to sound less 'aggressive'.
05 December 2004
Next week will be the release of the first on the 'new' articles. It mainly an update of existing information from the site compiled together. The topic will be bike security ! Haven't decided what the next article will be though.
One thing that really gets me is the email I get asking for more information, the most basic of stuff. I generally don't answer those type of mails cause they they don't include hayabusa in the subject line. I'm fine tuning the SPAM filter you see so I'm checking out ALL the mail for the past few weeks. The really silly ones are asking for pictures... What's the point of putting up all this info if you don't read it. I don't sell the bike.
28 November 2004
I'm working on a mega update for the end of the year so stay tuned. Included will be a new reviews, commentary on speed cameras and updated content links and lots more.
21 November 2004
Not much to comment on this week, except to say enjoy the ride whatever it maybe and enjoy every moment, because it will never come again.
14 November 2004
Traffic is getting pretty bad in all major cites. We have become so reliant on inappropriate private transport that its making our lives more difficult not easier. Large multi-seat cars with only one passenger clog up the road in times such as peek hour which wouldn't exist if government promoted smaller forms of personal transport. But due to the vast majority of politicians are so small minded not to see the bigger picture.
The speed factor stressed by government as THE major cause of accidents EVEN more so than drunks, ill-trained drivers, poor road conditions and poor public transport. It criminal how the government thinks we will be brain washed into believing that excessive speed is THE cause for everything.
So what's my solution ? Enclosed single seat bikes with smaller engines. So obvious yet still not done. I'm sure you can work out the details.
31 October 2004
Halloween - spooky. Since I've return from another almost round Aust. trip I guess its time to to once again comment on the driving abilities of the different states. The worst drivers are tied between QLD and VIC. NSW drivers are generally and by far the best drivers. Even in grid locked Sydney harbor bridge it was possible to change lanes - just don't ask why. Victorian drivers generally don't tail gate anymore they just lost the ability to drive properly and courteously. The South Aust drivers still tail gate and still don't know how to overtake properly. In all states mobile phone and driving use is quite common so having the right effect namely a seeing rear ender at least twice. ACT drivers generally like to speed and show very little courtesy to other drivers. Also the most unnerving scenes involve drivers attending to their child whilst driving. How stupid - think about.
17 October 2004
Well, Back from a short break and checking out what's new in the bike world. I was pondering the Hayabusa side of things and it clear, and that I have said many many times in past in the news pages and on this page that the Hayabusa is not going to be significantly updated until the other manufacturers start rolling out their versions. And true to from the design will probably be very different from what we see today. It will be the key design reference for the rest of the Suzuki range. It won't be the derivative styling that seems to be popping up on rumor pages and so forth.
Congrats to Valentino Rossi for winning the Australian Round of the MotoGP and the riders championship for 2004 - and on a Yamaha ! Goes to show that a rider is just as important if not more important than the bike.
19 September 2004
This weeks rant is about car and bike manufacturers. They claim they now target the younger generation with their models. They then make it as difficult as possible to customise them - unfortunately this is most young people want to do. SO I suspect that their marketing and PR areas are not exactly doing their job or someone had better check where they get the stats from.
5 September 2004
In the bike arena we have seen the introduction of BMWs latest K12. More modern looking thing almost Japanese with hopefully performance to match. Will keep an eye on its reviews to see what everyone else reckons.
Good examples are the use of speed and red light cameras, in the right location they actually work. Unfortunately I'm sure all agree the majority of mobile and fixed cameras are not in high accidents areas but high revenue areas. At least else where in the world eg. Uk they are reviewing their entire system. Maybe its time we had one too.
25 July 2004
When there is report on a new 'power' bike it is usually with the reference to Hayabusa beating power or the like. Furthermore the Hayabusa is usually the winner in any past or present comparison. If it didn't take the out right win it was usually conditional to the other bike anyway.
I am changing the way I put up content, it actually back to the old ways ! So here's and interesting link to a site in Brazil - Hayabusa Day.
25 July 2004
It is easy to blame others for accidents and its probably true most of the time but don't forget you are also in control. Some cultures seem to enjoy promoting that culture of blaming someone else and this is not a good path to follow.
11 July 2004
It's all to do with competition. If we had multiple OSs that competed with each other there most probably wouldn't be such an issue. If we also had multiple Web Browsers it wouldn't be a problem either. Since Netscape folded IE hasn't improved one bit. Sure we have the seemingly daily patches to IE but nothing that improves the actual program. Mind you I've been using Mozilla for years now and it is genuinely a better browser. I encourage you to check it out - especially for the pop-up window blocker !
You can see examples everywhere - see mobile phones, they keep getting better because there is so much competition. They actually build those things according to customer wants and desires.
It's a standards issue too. If companies co-oped to standards we have compatibility regardless of any propriety bits. The Internet, Mobile phones, Cars as perfect examples. Take the fantastic work with MP3s. I would never purchase new audio equipment that couldn't read MP3 files. Take note Sony.
A case study : Would you
purchase a bike that could only one brand of petrol ?
Same with bikes we have competition get the 600cc and 1000cc class hence regular model upgrades but in the open category where the Hayabusa belongs there hasn't been any. See what happened to the original ZX-12R the Blackbird. The Hayabusa clearly hasn't had the substantial upgrade that should regularly happen because no-one else is doing it. You may say that's its all to do with the agreed speed limitations and so forth, but there are other things that Suzuki could be doing to cement the top spot. Eg. adjustable seating, new instrumentation, motorised wind screen etc...
4 July 2004
27 June 2004
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30 May 2004
I hear vehicle manufacturers resisting the push for reducing fuel consumption and lower pollution standards from their engines. Purely because it costs too much money to do and they'd rather make a $buck now than acknowledge the near future. You see its quite simple. Lower you fuel consumption now you can continue making car or what ever for longer. Resist now and use up all the fuel now and go bust in a short period of time.
As consumers we should also be considerate of the near future. Pollute now and gee the planet will go up in smoke - literally in a few short decades - certainly within the expected life span of the readers of this site. Your favorite camping or site seeing roads will literally vanish forever cause there's too much pollution for anything to grow. Rivers, trees, annoying bugs that splatter on your helmet - everything that keeps the ecosystem and us alive...Anyway, I'm not a greenie I just felt that something has to be said on preserving and improving on what we have now before its too late. Lets face it 'desert views' aren't really a selling point.
So what you say, cars and stuff are relatively less polluting than industry - well tell them to start being cleaner too. They won't be able to escape the planet - just yet anyway.
Maybe the new fuel crisis is a good thing and will mean transport such as motorcycles get a more friendly focus.
23 May 2004
It is me or are bike manufacturers going
conservative in their colour schemes and designs ? So far only BMW has introduced
some notable and I guess sort of classy schemes ! Some of their designs not just
colour schemes are getting quite different. Must be the Bangle influence
15 May 2004
2 May 2004
18 April 2004
Pending the Torque review I hope that better stories are being created for this genre because to spreads the word that bikes a pretty cool and just a safe as 4 wheeled vehicles.
11 April 2004
4 April 2004
28 March 2004
Customisation - It is given that any motor vehicle will be in some way customised. How far that goes I guess is dependent on the owner. However I hope the trend of making hard to customise vehicles do not extend to bikes any time soon.
Lets face it do we really want to have identical bikes differentiated only by colour scheme ? Certainly not !
And another thing - I witnessed a guy who was obviously a new rider with zero riding experience the other day. Even though he had a ZZR-1100 in pretty good new condition. He couldn't corner and certainly couldn't keep up with traffic. He's in for problems real quick if he doesn't get his act together. The point is - you can tell if a rider can ride or sh.. scared of the bike and the road.
It's like me and trams really - but that's another story.
21 March 2004
29 February 2004
22 February 2004
Why do bike riders still wear minimal clothing in summer ? Sure its hot but tempers flare when its hot for car drivers and they do stupid things. With all the very good clothing built for summer e.g. Spidi's efforts not only look excellent but at least provide you with decent protection AND air flow.
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15 February 2004
8 February 2004
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26 January 2004
The Dakar has ended - you can view the
results from this page :
If you watched the telecast on TV you really wonder how some of the privateers made it to the end. A very tough rally.
18 January 2004
From TV reports its a torque on demand system, ie when slippage is detected in the rear the front wheels will then start working. The advantages in such a rally are of course interesting...I assume it'll be much better in the sand as per the 4wd vehicles.
11 January 2004
The rest of the site is still undergoing upgrading and changes so keep a lookout of some more interesting stuff coming soon.
This week I have a few words to say and they are : Paris-Dakar. Yep, the rally is on again this year and a field of almost 1000 competitors. Car, Bikes, Quads and Trucks. In Australia, SBS is showing the highlights usually at 6pm or 6.30pm dependent on day. Fantastic viewing and fantastic machines.
4 January 2004
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