Archive for February, 2010

23
Feb
10

Now he wants a Triumph….

Our ride to work today was really great.  There was a small amount of fog once more, but it made for a cool, and fun ride.

As regular readers of this blog will know, Anthony loves bikes….not just scooters, but all kinds of bikes – whether its scooters, sportsbikes, retro or custom bikes, race bikes…….if it looks good, goes fast and is shiny…he’s into it.  And lately he’s developed a thing for Triumphs, especially the 675cc Street Triple.    (Yes he’s switched from Italian to British…..)

Thankfully for me, his interest is only at the dream stage and there’s no chance of me being sold anytime soon to indulge his new found enthusiasm for this awesome bike.   So what do I think of the Triumph?  I love it, particularly the “R” version.

Anthony had a chance to swing a leg over the triple at the bike show (it’s the black one pictured in Sunday’s blog post)

Here is one of the promo shots of the new 2010 Street Triple R…..

Not bad at all!! 

So I’ll let Anthony keep dreaming…..

One blog that we regularly checkout, (and have mentioned here before), is Motorcycle Paradise, and IC’s post from sunday has some awesome photos and info about an afternoon ride that he did.   Here is the route….

It looks like a great road….have to check that one out one day….(we’ll just add it to the list!!!!)

So for all of you who are riding somewhere today – either home from work, or the shops, or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who is already outdoors carving up some bitumen somewhere……Have an awesome ride, stay safe and we’ll see you soon!!

Cheers

Derbi

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22
Feb
10

Where did that fog come from?

After weeks of hot rides to work, today we had something different…..thick fog!!   So thick in fact that it was difficult to see the vehicles in front of us.   But despite the lack of visibility, the cooler temp was much better!  My new tyre performed really well….and I’m definitely sure that Anthony appreciated the extra rubber on the road as well.

So what’s happening this week?   We’ll have our usual rides to work, and that’s always good fun.

In the racing world we have had World Superbike testing at Phillip Island, with Michael Fabrizio from the Xerox Ducati team coming out on top.  Haga and Biaggi were also in the top ten.

Aussie’s finished 13th – (Troy Corser  – BMW) 16th – (Chris Vermeulen – Kawasaki), 19th (Andrew Pitt – BMW) and 20th (Josh Brookes -Honda)

Tonight Anthony has been mucking around with a demo version of Pixelmator and decided to use some image filters on some photos, and as this is a bike blog, why not use some of the photos from the weekend, so here they are…..

BMW S100orr

Ducati Desmocedici RR

Suzuki Gladius

Triumph Street Triple

And somewhere in there is a Yamaha VMAX

That’s it from me today, hope you all have a good week….ride safe and enjoy the road.

And once again to finish off the blog post we have Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger….and tonight we have a singer from the US.  She was a finalist in season 7 of American Idol, finishing in 6th place.  She was born in Dublin in 1983, is married to a tattoo shop owner (Todd Smithson of “Nothing Sacred”) and is the singer of  “We Are The Fallen” a new rock band featuring former members of Evanescence (including founding member Ben Moody)  She is Carly Smithson.

21
Feb
10

Bikes, Bikes and more Bikes…..It’s the Australian Motorcycle Expo 2010

Friday……

Its going to be a great weekend…Gold Coast trip!!  On Saturday Anthony and Vicki will be off to the Australian Motorcycle Expo at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and I’ll be at ScooterHQ getting a new tyre!

(…..and don’t forget to checkout Vicki’s website and blog.  Her work is fantastic, inspiring, brilliant, artistic, awesome, beautiful and absolutely incredible….)

Today we had to travel to office number two instead of the tiny office, Anthony had a chance to listen to more music, and today’s tracks cranking on the iPod were – Linkin Park – New Divide, Honeymoon Suite – What Does it Take, Megan McCauley – Wonder, and Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars…..

The weather was a bit cooler and it was a perfect morning for a ride. It started raining later in the day, but hopefully the weekend will be fine.

So it’s now Friday night…and I’m all tied down on the trailer waiting for the trip up the coast in the morning……yes it would have been better to ride up, but due to the lack of rubber on my rear tyre, Anthony decided to get me up there the safe way!   So I’m looking forward to monday and the trip to Grafton for Anthony to go to work.

Saturday…..

We have been here on the Gold Coast since this morning…..I’m all fixed up and have a shiny new rear tyre, and am ready to hit the road…..but unfortunately I’m currently sitting on a trailer in a hotel carpark while Scooterboy and ScooterGirl are enjoying their weekend, but they have worked hard and are thankful for some time away….and after hanging out at the motorcycle expo, Anthony has some photos that he’d like to post….so here they are….

BMW K1300R

Suzuki Gladius SFV650

Fully optioned custom Harley Davison

Big Bear Customs chopper

Ducati Troy Bayliss 1098r Limited Edition

Ducati Streetfighter

the new Ducati Mulistrada 1200

The incredibly expensive Ducati Desmocedici RR

Victory Arlen Ness signature series cruiser.

the awesome Triumph Street Triple R

An accessorised Triumph Street Triple.

the mighty 1700cc Yamaha VMAX

the all-new BMW S1000RR superbike.

The show wasn’t as good as last year….there were some manufacturers not represented, and the crowd didn’t seem to be as big, but Anthony enjoyed hanging out with all the two wheeled toys.

Sunday…..

Its sunday morning and I’m still sitting here in the hotel carpark, but today at some time we are heading home. Scooterboy and Scootergirl have had a great time away, and I’m looking foward to the week ahead….

And now it’s sunday night, and we are home….I’m off the trailer, locked in the garage, and ready to hit the road tomorrow morning…Bring it on!!!

This week’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the Week is a musician….but not just any musician, she’s a singer, songwriter, amazing guitarist and was to be the lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s comeback tour.  She first opened for her hero Steve Vai at the age of 15, she’s 24 now and she is Orianthi Panagaris.


13
Feb
10

Its the weekend!!!

Hi All,

Hope you’ve had a good week.  Anthony got soaked when he decided to not put on the wet weather gear, my battery was a bit dodgy…..but other than that, the week went off without incident.

The end of the week was spent at the small office, and generally I am parked out the back, away from seeing the view of the marina……but after lunch the front car park is empty, so I get to sit there and watch the world (and lots of bikes) go by……and yesterday there were heaps of Harleys, Ducati’s, a range of other sports bikes, dirt bikes, one Arqin Scooter, and a Vespa GTS 300 !  The Arqin rider seemed to be interested in me when he went past.

In our never-ending quest to find great rides, I stumbled across a link to a round the world bike trip and instead of brand new purpose-built BMW adventure tourers……These guys decided to take on the globe with 70-year-old Danish Nimbus motorcycles, and set off from Norway to go “The Dumb Way Round”.

Other great rides can be found closer to home, and Iron Chef’s “Motorcycle Paradise” blog is filled with fantastic ride info about roads in South East QLD and Northern NSW.  IC’s weapon of choice to tackle the open road is a Buell XB12R, and its a nice looking and great performing bike.   The photos on his blog are great and the stories about the rides and the roads are well documented (including maps).  Go check it out!

In an attempt to generate more views on the blog this week I considered posting a pic of Denise Milani as this week’s Pillion Passenger of the Week, but considering the fact that pics of this Czech model aren’t normally the kind I post, I’ve chosen someone else.   This week’s winner is an American race car driver and environmental activist.

She drives in the development league of NASCAR and the Firestone Indy Lights championship.  Born and raised in Minnesota, she has a degree in Biology in currently resides in North Carolina.

Upon graduation from college, she headed to Hollywood and landed jobs as a stand-in for Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic and America’s Sweethearts, and also as Kelly Hu’s stunt double in The Scorpion King.

As part of her environmental work, she went to Norway in 2009 to participate in the zero emission Viking Rally, driving a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Focus.  She finished the hill-climb in second place, just behind World Rally driver Hennig Solberg. To prove that the emissions from the hydrogen car were harmless, she then drank the water from the exhaust of the vehicle at a Hybrid fuel exhibition.  She is Leilani Munter.

11
Feb
10

Busy week coming to an end…..Gold Coast trip coming up soon….

Hi all,

Its nearing the end of a busy week, and next week we are off to the Gold Coast to Scooter HQ to get a few things checked out.  Its been a while since we’ve made the QLD trip, but it will be good.

I’m going to be getting a new rear tyre, and get a few other things checked as well.

This week we have had a few wet trips to the offices……one was really wet when Anthony decided to not put on the wet weather gear and thought  he would make it without getting rained on……..and as a result he got soaked, But thats ok….for me anyway, but for him it meant waiting for his clothes to dry out and having to ride home in wet gear…..

So what’s been happening in the two-wheeled world this week…???    Icon Motorsports released their new 2010 gear,the Gold Coast version of the  “Australian Motorcycle Expo” is on next weekend and we will be there to check out the newest things on two wheels.

Anthony will be interested in lots of the stuff there, but as mentioned in the previous post, he’s looking forward to checking out the new Suzuki Gladius and is hoping the red one will be there……yep, this coming from the guy obsessed with black bikes…..and suddenly he’s loving the “red one!!!”….having said that, he also loves black, and also has this thing about black and red together………whether its bikes, car interiors, or other things that bring a smile to his face……..(not sure what he means by that but he helped me type this so I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about…)

So we hope that you have a great week, and get out there and enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the road, enjoy the rides and make the most of your two-wheeled experience.

have a good one,

cheers,

Derbi.

08
Feb
10

Its Monday….

Hi everyone,

I’m back again….I’ve decided that I’m going to blog more than once a week if I can….so here we go.

Despite the wet trip to work this morning, there were quite a lot of bikes out….Including a blue Yamaha (not sure if it was a R1 or R6), a girl in full leathers on a yellow Ducati…..and a rare treat was the sight of a $100k+ Ducati Desmocedici RR.    (It’s a pitty we didn’t get a chance to see it up closer, but on the road it looked awesome.)    This was the first time Anthony had ever seen one in the wild so it was pretty cool!

There were a few other bikes around (various sportsbikes)…so it seemed that despite the ordinary weather, being on two wheels was a good thing.

Often when we come across new gear on the net I like to mention it, and this week’s new gear comes from one of my favourite companies:  Icon Motorsports, and last week they released their new 2010 range.  Favourite stuff from this collection is the Variant Helmet, the Sub Etched Gloves and the Alliance Zipperface Helmet

Something else that we’ve come across lately that is different is Julien Dupont’s Ride the World urban freestyle series.  This trials bike riding nutter has so far taken on Berlin, Budapest, France and Mexico City.  Click on the link to checkout footage on Youtube.

So that’s it from me today, hope your ride home this afternoon is a good one.  Its dry here so far, so it’s looking good for a dry ride home.  Ride safe and we’ll see you out there.

cheers

Derbi.

Before I go, there was another thing we found on the net that Anthony is absolutely loving, and that is the 2010 Suzuki Gladius, which now comes in RED!  He’s hoping they will have the red one at the upcoming Australian Motorcycle Expo on the Gold Coast…..so for Anthony, here it is!…..

07
Feb
10

Sunday morning ride……

Hi all, hope that you’ve had a good week out on the roads….

Before I start this week I’d like to mention we decided to bring something a bit different to today’s blog photos, and we have gone for a lo-fi look, and processed them with an iPhone app called “Polarize”

So what’s been happening in the life of Derbi this week?   Last weekend I received a replacement speedometer cable.  Anthony fitted it himself and is happy with the results……and he’s also happy that he no longer has to watch the tacho to work out how fast we are going!!

So here are two shots of me during the process…..which included removal of my entire front cover…..

(Insert Darth Vader voice….”Luke, help me take……my mask off!”)

Today we headed out for a ride, and although it was a bit warm, we had a great time.  We first headed into town, then out to Angourie where we stopped for this pic of the biggest house in the town……(jts amazing what selling surf clothing can buy…)

After Angourie we rode out to Palmers Island and headed down a few of our favourite roads…..lots of corners, lots of smiles!!

Here are a couple of the locals….who actually ran away when I pulled out the camera, before that they just stood and stared.

Next we went out through Townsend and went to Maclean, then headed up to the lookout…

Here I am checking out the view….

After Maclean we headed back along the main road, but decided to go down North Bank Road once more…..I just can’t resist this one.

Then on the way back into town we finished of with a final shot beside the river. It was a great morning out. (Music for today’s ride included Forty Foot Echo, Breaking Benjamin, Green Day, Seether, Santana and Evanescence.)

So I hope that you all enjoy this week, get out there and have some fun, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

This week’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the Week earned her place after I watched GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  We have previously featured Sienna Miller who played “The Baroness”, but this week its another character’s turn.  The role of  “Scarlett” was given to this girl born in Maine in the US in 1980.  She began her career as a model then moved into acting in 2002.  She has starred in Alias with Jennifer Garner, and will return as “Scarlett” in GI Joe 2.  She is Rachel Nichols.