Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy anniversary!

I cannot believe that it's been six years already. What could be a better celebration than a ride..., right? Right! It was also probably the last ride of this year, since the days are getting colder each day and also due to the lack of time (have a new job :-)) - that is partly also the reason why I did not take any summer roadtrip this year, hopefully I will manage it next year - wish me luck :-) So just few pictures from my smartphone are attached. 

Bridge close to Stvořidla na Sázavě
The same bridge over the Sázava river
And the same place once again

Saturday, June 6, 2015

"American ride"

I took the bike with my girlfriend Marie (and her Triumph Speed Four) for a ride to "Lucky Cruisers Weekend" event. It is basicly huge meeting of American cars, motorcycles and American culture of 50s-70s. So lets take a look on some pictures that I took there... 

Marie with pink Cadillac
Chevrolet Camaro
Common opinion between US cars owners :-)
American legend - 60s Ford Mustang 
Very detaily crafted replica of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider TV series
Interior of K.I.T.T. replica
And the day would not be complete without American burgers

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pyramid Fenda Extenda

After heavy rains on last year's roadtrip, I have noticed that there is a lot of dirt staying on the front side of the engine. So I decided to install some fender/mud-guard extender.
I heard of two manufactures that produce them: Maier and Pyramid Plastics. Due to the fact that the Pyramid Plastics "Fenda Extenda" costs about the half of the price (about 30 USD) I decided for that one. It is made of ABS plastic. It comes with plastic rivets and two-sided-adhesive trip, that is not intended for keeping the extender in place, but for installation process only!!! You can also buy some accessory (glue, 3M adhesive mats) if you do not want to fix the extender in some mechanical way (with the plastic rivets). 
This was also my case. I fixed it using "Pattex - One for All" polymer adhesive. Some reasonable amount of adhesive was placed on Fenda Extenda and it was placed on original fender where it was temporarly fixed with clamps in proper position for more than 24 hours in 20°C.
Adjusting the position of Fenda Extenda with clamps 
When the glue was stiff enough, I removed the clamps and placed some additional glue from inner side to reduce the posibility of dirt getting between the original fender and the extending part (what is more it also helped to increase the glue amount in the joint).
Placement of additional glue filling to avoid dirt/mud residue
between the original fender and the extending part
It looks pretty fine, after several rides it still holds fixed to the bike and what is most important it really reduces the amount of dirt on bike significantly! So I can highly recommend this product for your bike
Final view on the bike with Pyramid Plastics
"Fenda Extenda"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Corfu Road Trip 2014 - Day 5

Today after probably the best breakfast that we had so far, we finally could enjoy the roads without any rain! Finally! It was just about 100km to port in Igoumenitsa where we took a ferry to Corfu (it took about 2 hours).
Satisfaction for those rainy days and bad roads
So lets enjoy it
Greek beauty
Good asphalt, nice curves... finaly we can enjoy it
Another photo of another member of the group
Igoumenitsa port in Greece
Buying tickets for us to Corfu (about 20 Euros each motorcycle with driver)
Welcome aboard
Leaving the port
Corfu isle

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Corfu Road Trip 2014 - Day 4

After delicious breakfast we packed all our stuff and left our hotel (Hotel Blini) on Shköder lake in Albania.
Hotel Blini in Shköder - Albania
We continued to Albanian capital city Tirane. Unfortunately maps for GPS were very bad. At least for TomTom. Well at least the main roads and Tirane was done pretty good. The main problem in Albania is that you usually don't have any direction signs, not even the town signs (when you enter the town, you have no idea where you are). We got about 60 km somewhere else. The local people told us that we should come back or continue about 30km on a road without asphalt and then continue on our original route. Well... it was worse than we expected:
"Road" in Albania
Rocky road full of gravel (sizes ranges from small apples to big oranges), not much space for two vehicles - well one is sometimes enough.

The same "road" after another 300 meters
Josef had some problem when he tried to change the trail. Unfortunately he dropped the bike (fortunately without any damages). 

Josef has some troubles
Support team is here to save the day :-)
We helped him and after few minutes we got about 500 meters further. We stopped there - since the road enabled us to do that. We tried to recover ourselves little bit after that dropping of the bike. And we were thinking about comming back since we just reached about 3% of this road and we already dropped a bike and it cost us a lot of energy. Whats more - the rain started again.
It is starting to rain - after 1km out of another 30km (of this road)
This picture was taken about 30seconds after the above one. So really heavy rain that turned the road into muddy and slippery nightmare. We were really glad when we were back under the hill - unfortunatelly completely wet since we were not able to dress the rain suits on on time.

Nightmare in Albanian mountains
It got even worse in another Albanian mountains - even though there was asphalt (huge holes, disappearing road, landslips...) even havier rain started. The road changed into a river (really about 20cm of water with wooden sticks, plastic bottles...), the water ran pretty fast so we stopped at one gas station for about one hour till the rain was acceptable - but still heavy... we continued about 180km to Greece - in complete darkness of the night and GS doesn't have good headlights :/
Albanian / Greek border
Finally we passed the Greek border and continued about 60 km to Ioannina and our luxury and perfect hotel Filokalia. We reached our destination at 11:00 PM local time. It was really nice change since we came completely wet - we imediately took hot shower, changed into dry clothes and the receptionist ordered us some local food for us that we had in dining room together with some good Greek wine. We went to bed at 2 AM. 
Our perfect hotel Filokalia in Ioannina - Greece