Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
I stand guilty of watching "Spartacus" on Netflix. It's a commic-strip like view of ancient times with overabundance of violence (blood the consistency of cranberry juice spilled by the gallons with plenty of guts and heads flying around). It's also full of full frontal nudity and all sorts of sex just short of hard-core pornography. The plot is relatively plausible and fairly gripping, characters pretty one-dimensional but mostly believable and decently acted.
All in all, nothing to write a blog entry about except for the language used in the series. Although it's just an attempt at portraying how the ancient Romans would sound if they spoke English instead of Latin (you know: "Alea iacta est.", which means "I think, therefore I am." :) ), I find it quite entertaining at times. It's just as explicit as the sex and violence, but there are often sentences that are worth remembering. If for nothing else, than to confuse an opponent in an Internet argument :). Take this one, for example, spoken by Julius Caesar (played by an actor who looks and acts nothing like the Julius Caesar we know, but who's to say he wasn't exactly like that :) ):
"Cut circle with straightest line and give voice to what you would have of me."
To translate, "Cut the crap and tell me what you want.".
Sounds much better in EngLatin, doesn't it? :)
Here are some other ones:
Fall from sight!
Tread path of more direct route and arrive at point.
You mistake intent.
Fall to reason.
I will share more as I come across them :).
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Life is so fragile.
That's why we should live it like we are indestructible.
This came to me while I was riding yesterday. As far as I know, it's my first original motto.
Here is another one, by late great Hunter S. Thompson. I like it a lot, despite the unnecessary God intrusion:
“Some people will tell you that slow is good – but I’m here to tell you that fast is better. I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…”
Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67. Per his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend, Johnny Depp, and attended by a host of friends including then Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Enter some fine Ontario riders led by David Purdy that organized a ride with an interesting route that is also an IBA sanctioned 500 mile "Butt builder" and is free to attend. I enjoy riding other people's routes because it relieves me from planning the ride, lets me enjoy the road more and usually takes me to a few places/roads I haven't seen before. If I manage to cover over 800Km of twisty Muskoka roads in under 12 hours I may even spring some coin for a patch for the bike and certificate for the garage. A win-win-win proposal, even if i lose :).
See you at Bikefest 500!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Apart from damage sustained due to passive neglect and active abuse while stored in NB, I observed some wear and tear that was entirely acquired on the road:
- Dust really got everywhere, which is to be expected from riding on 800+Km of gravel.
- UNI foam air filters that are normally bright red were completely grey. They were so caked with dust that they were heavy as a brick and almost as hard.
- Dust got into the transmission case as well, which is quite unexpected. Belt sheaves have wear marks due to the grinding and the sliders left quite an impression on the plate. The dust didn't affect any of the bearings as far as I can tell, but everything else (especially roller cage, again unexpected) was coated in it.
- The dust seal on the rear wheel was disintegrated. The dust got in big time, but didn't affect the bearing at all, probably due to centrifugal force that kept it at bay.
The lesson learned is that if I ever attempt to ride gravel roads on the Majesty again I will have to do more maintenance during the trip. It may mean air filter washing as frequently as once a day and oil check/change every few days. Even in low-dust conditions some maintenance has to be done at least once a week on a long ride.
I am pretty diligent with maintenance and take good care of my vehicles, but find it hard to adjust my habits and schedule to riding five to ten times as much as usual. For example, lubing the chain once a week is more than enough under normal circumstances. On a 750km/day ride I have to do it at least once a day. If I forget, the chain can be gone within a week. Oil changes are relatively easy to schedule because I do them based on the distance traveled, but other "minor" stuff needs more attention and discipline. Most people under normal circumstances don't think much about tire wear and change their tires once a year at most. Even if I start a three week trip with brand new rubber i can still end it riding on the steel belt, so I have to plan for a tire change somewhere in Utah...
- He hung up again, only to call me right back. This time he was not just rude and verbally abusive, but also vulgar. He told me to "Shut the f**k up and f*****g listen!", after which he practically yelled the ultimatum to pick up the bike within seven days and pay $50 for loading it up. I barely had time to agree when he hung up on me for the third time.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
No, you are not drunk, and there is no mirror in my garage :). If you recall my Trans Labrador trip, the engine died and I left the bike in New Brunswick, not planning to ever see it again. Well, since I bought an identical Majesty soon after I came back, I figured it may be worth to bring back the dead one. After a bit of research, I found an affordable priced shipper, but that's only the beginning of the story I will have to tell later. There are quite a few parts I will use from the old bike and will probably sell the rest. In any case, I'll be busy all the way to the spring thaw.