Merry Christmas Home

IMG_0199 (1)Christmas is coming. According to Miss 6 its 14 days away.

I come home permanently in 7. How cool is that! The last 2 years have been hard in some ways, but admittedly, having a whole week of man-cave ness has been cool. Riding and mountain biking and gaming, even heading out to movies that Mrs Mab didn’t want to see was easy.

But coming home to my family and to my awesome new house is better. One of the puzzles though is just fitting some stuff back in. We have a big house with a lot of storage, but we have gone from a double+ garage (it had a couple of metre extension at one end) that could fit 2 motorcycles and 2 cars and a pile of stuff. To our new house which has a slightly larger than usual single. We don’t have 2 bikes though we do have two more bicycles….

So we have a bit of a puzzle, like a grown-up jigsaw puzzle. Fit one car, 2 sets of racking, 4 bicycles and a motorcycle in….

Can it be done….

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Oh, I forgot the lawnmower…..

Well it looks like yes, but I’ve got to build something to get the bicycles up on the wall. It has a 3m ceiling so there is plenty of room. At the moment they stack on the lawnmower and around the edges. It’s pretty tight right now. I can ride the bike in and out, and all my jackets etc are hanging neatly just to the left there.

There are a couple of boxed up things to move out of there once I get home properly.

Black Friday Sales

I don’t usually pay any attention to these US based sales. Don’t really know what it is – something like an online version of Aussie Boxing Day sales.

But in the as the last few hours of Europe/US Friday fade away – I was made aware that MotoGP’s official website was joining in.

For 1Euro, you get the off season pass, that’s full multiscreen, multi view, HD (720) access to all races since 1992. Valid until March 13 when the 2016 season starts, its a great way to keep watching some fantastic racing over the off season. It also gives you a really cheap way to check out how it all works.

And then I may be more interested in buying the normal season pass which is more like 150Euros. That’s probably their motivation but for $1.50ish, who cares. Its years of racing for nothing.

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Moving has started..

I’ve started moving things to Sydney. It’s only about a month before I finish up in Canberra and there is no real reason to keep a bunch of stuff in Canberra now.

First up was the computers. Got them set up now. The NAS is stored in the hallway cupboard that the network switch is. Keeps the noise down in the Study here. The desks have cable runs along the back underneath, so it’s all nice and tidy. With no gaming at the moment I also switched over to the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse so even less cables about.

Study set up with the Mac and screen from Canberra. PC to the right (smaller screen)

Study set up with the Mac and screen from Canberra. PC to the right (smaller screen)

Seems to work well so far. For the rest of the month I’ll use my iPad Air and the iPhone in Canberra, that is plenty of internet for there. Still have my broadband connection so watching Netflix and stuff on TV or iPad will be ok.

I also took the PS3 up and connected into the amp downstairs.

One of the coming weekends I have to move the bike and then the mountain bike. Moving the Daytona is going to be a little complicated as I need to drive up, get back to Canberra without taking the car (bus, train, ride with mate) and then the following weekend I ride up. Worst case I have organised to ride the bike on the last day and get the car delivered.

Kind of like a year ago.

So on Friday as I headed back to Sydney I noticed a lot of dead roos between about Canberra and Goulburn. Summer is coming, and the warm weather has them moving about more.

Kind of like a year ago.

Mrs Mab had to stay on call on Sunday.

Kind of like a year ago.

So I would have to travel back in the evening, leaving late, like after 9.

Kind of like a year ago.

A year ago.

So this year, I decided to come down in the morning. I left around 4, so that by the time I reached Goulburn and Lake George it would be light.

I’m really tired, but nothing happened.

Study – The coming year

Right, so the other study was a warm up for the future. And it went pretty well. I managed (just) to do two units at once. I really only studied Mon-Wed as the rest of the time I was either in Sydney where I couldn’t study or otherwise occupied.

Next year is shaping up one of two ways. I thought my only option was to attend a University. That was going to require some serious negotiation with my new supervisor to get time of during work to attend classes. Wasn’t looking forward to that discussion at all. But the application went in through UAC ten days ago.

Last week I found a distance learning option through the same Open University that I did the other units. If you’re not familiar, Open Uni isn’t a standalone mob, rather its a central hub for you to access units and degrees at some of the best universities in the country.

Anyway, so I have a couple of details to check out but that certainly looks like the best option, giving me flexibility while being in a great position in three years time to jump or stay in my current employment.

Being at home I will have all my computers and stuff so will have “more” time to study. Though of course until bed time, there will be more distractions around :) Plus in my new position I will be able to take my phone and tablet into the office so if its slow, or on lunch breaks etc I can study at work, or listen to lectures etc.

Daytona work, Day Two

Got stuck yesterday. I needed a Torx T45 (it turns out) and I had to get to a couple of shops today to find one.

So I spent another hour or so fitting the guts of the kit. This involved unbolting some of the frame bolts. Proved a squeeze getting the spanner onto the nut at the rear of a couple of bolts up behind the radiator. But I got it done. I found a small spanner in the tool kit that came with the VFR. It had been in the top box and was rescued from the crash. Thanks Honda.

I haven’t fit the fairings back on yet. I washed everything while it was all apart and I wanted it properly dry before I put it back together. I should finish it tomorrow.

And hope that everything fits in again, hope all the electrical stuff that I disconnected (the indicators are mounted on the fairings) works.

Sliders

Frame Sliders. The parts that I ordered for the Daytona was the Triumph Frame Protection Kit. After watching a stack of videos over the years its obvious that sliders are a great addition. They won’t help every time (they may have helped in the  VFR crash) but maybe they are the difference between being stranded and riding a damaged bike home.

Usually they look like this.

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See the large doorstop thing poking out the side. Ugly, but effective.

Now look at the Daytona ones from Triumph….
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Look like part of the bike don’t they. (The black piece just beside the word DAYTONA)ar-13675-gp2r-3

This picture from the other month shows my bike without them (right hand bike) and the other one with them. No ugly doorstops here.

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The guys at the shop warned me it would be fine to do myself, but it was an annoying job. So I decided to give it a go. I’ve been a bit braver about taking this bike apart than i ever did with the VFR. Not sure why.

So I unboxed the kit this afternoon and got started. Plus, I figured if I do it myself I will be more confident with the bike and I can give the internals a proper clean

So at the moment after some tribulations (vague instructions in the user manual mostly) I have the bike in pieces in my garage. Turns out I need a Torx (the star shaped screwdriver) of about T40?? perhaps to get one of the bolts out which I don’t have. I’ll head around to Bunnings tomorrow and pick one up. I’ll take the bolt so I can be sure.

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Still looks pretty good doesn’t she!

IMG_0059Decided to make a video of the process, as I couldn’t find anything related in YouTube. So that will be up in a week or two I hope. Lots of little edits to do. There’s several bloggers with Daytona’s, some walk-arounds and plenty of reviews, but nothing that shows how to take the bike apart. I hope to finish tomorrow night so that I can ride again on Thursday. let’s hope I remember how it all goes back.