Monday, March 14, 2011


 While waiting for this never ending winter to get over, I did some shopping. I picked up a set of tires for the Zx-14. I bought them one size taller. The normal rear tire is a 190/50-ZR17, I'm going to try a 190/55-ZR17 instead. The new Michelin Pilot Road 3's were not in stock yet, so I got a set of the PR2's. Other on-line stores seemed to have raised their prices, but I found a good deal on these at They were $277.98 shipped.

I also decided to buy hard side bags for the Zx-14. I shopped at and bought the SW-Motec brand, quick release mounts for the Givi PLX style bags. I also ordered a set of color matched inserts for the hard bags. They are a Kawasaki item intended for use on the '09 Versus with Kawasaki hard bags. The Kawasaki bags are the same as the Givi bags. They are painted the same color as my Candy Lime green, 09, Zx-14.

I still have to order the Givi brand hard bags, but judging by the way the weather is going, I'll have a few weeks before riding season starts. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Come on Spring!!

The weather is looking better today. It's 42 degrees in my back yard. That's in the shade, on the north side of the house. The snow is melting off the roof so fast, it looks like some one's running a garden hose off the roof.

I got an e-mail from It said they're having a tire sale, with up to 40% off... I checked their prices for a set of Michelin PR-2's, and found their prices had gone up nearly $30.00 A TIRE from about a month ago . So much for a "sale". I ended up buying a set of tires from Motorcycle Superstores. Their prices had actually dropped since the last time I checked prices. I have a set of 120/70ZR-17 and 190/55ZR-17  Michelin Pilot Road 2's coming for my Zx-14.

I've been looking at places to go this year. My list of possible things to do includes,
May 14, A day at the track for a "cornering and safety seminar".
May  20-22,  The FJR rally in Russellville, Arkansas.
June 12-16, The meet in Custer, South Dakota.
August ? The Sturgis rally, and western states again.

I've started looking at maps and checking out web sites like, trying to find interesting routes. I'd kind of like to take in some of the Pacific Coast Hwy. Maybe some eastern, north central California. Last year, before I retired, I was sent out to the Angels Camp/Copperopolis/Vallecito area of CA. We had a prisoner transfer to do. It was a beautiful area. It would also be nice to ride some of the old Route 66.

I have more planning to do.