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Triumph 2011 Sprint GT Demo Ride Impressions

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

This morning the nice folks at Austin’s Lone Star BMW/Triumph let me test ride their new 2011 Triumph Sprint GT. This is a design that replaces the ST. It sits slightly lower than the ST and has nice FJR-like hard bags. The 1050cc Triple engine has been tweaked to have a little more torque, the fairing is new with a somewhat larger windscreen than the ST. At 590 pounds its noticeably heavier than the Sprint ST.

Sprint GT

In general it has all the excellent qualities of the Speed Triple and ST, smooth precise gear box, wonderful sound, neck snapping acceleration, sports bike handling. The instrument panel is simple and easy to read. This is a high performance well engineered motorcycle.

The heartbreak of the GT is the ergonomics. They are those of a MotoGP bike almost. The pegs are very high, even with my 29 inch inseam my legs very cramped. Great for ground clearance on track day, but come on, nobody would enjoy that position all day long! The bars are not clip-ons, but they are very low. The net/net is that there isn’t much blood flowing through your knees and lots of weight on your wrists. If I wanted all day discomfort I’d buy a Harley or a race replica sports bike.

This bike is close to being a real competitor to the FJR, ST1300, and Honda VFR, if only it wasn’t a torture rack!

Triumph, RAISE THE DAMN BARS, LOWER THE PEGS! And if you really want to steal Sport Touring bike sales from Japan and Germany put on a cruise control!

As configured the ST is just a sports bike with nice bags.

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September 2010 Park Run Videos

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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New Way Forward Protest – April 11, 2009

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

This afternoon I visited our beautiful state capital building to observe a ‘New Way Forward‘ demonstration.

I’d heard a rumor that these demonstrations were being organized as a left wing response to the various ‘Tea Parties’ being held around the country.

New Way Forward Demonstration

There we a couple of dozen folks there. It’s not crazy to think that a bank to big to fail is too big. But these folks seemed to think that a smaller private sector and larger government was the answer to our problems. I found this delusion to be very sad.

I did enjoy my visit to the capital grounds, it was really a very pleasant place, lots of kids and families, even two weddings.

I was surprised that its still possible to go into the capital without passing through a metal detector. When I was in High School back when the earth’s crust was cooling the capital was open 24/7, and kids could pretty wander almost anywhere in it.

These nice folks got maybe 40 people at their demonstration. It will be interesting to see how many come to the April 15th Austin Tea Party at City Hall.



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I have to say it Rob, it sucks to be you ( at least on that one day)

Monday, December 24th, 2007

For a while I’ve been following the blog of a USAF navigator who morphed into a regional airline pilot. To be honest, I’ve occasionally felt a little envy since he gets to fly for a living.

But on one particular day, it really sucked to be Rob.

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None of my wives or daughters are like this

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

But I’m told there are women out there to which these words have overloaded meanings:

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. [silence]: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8. Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying F@#$ YOU!

9. Don’t worry about it, I’ll do it : Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.

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Posters – We all have our favorites

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

 

 

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It sucks to be a stick figure

Saturday, June 9th, 2007



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Originally uploaded by gregz.

Yet another way kewl Flickr group: Stick Figures in Peril.

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I Don’t what it is, but I Gotta Get Me one of These!

Friday, January 19th, 2007

I gotta get me one of These!

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Bringing Home Breakfast

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I’m feeling pretty virtuous today. I got up well before dawn and drove the hour’s drive to Llano county. I went to visit the family of golden bald eagles who spend their winters in a huge nest, clearly visible from the road.

There is something very virtuous about being up and about literally before the crack of dawn. It reminds me of a remark once made by Dr. Stephen Maturin: “I have never yet known a man admit that he was either rich or asleep. Perhaps the poor man and the wakeful man have some great moral superiority”.

I’m not one to claim any sort of moral superiority, but I did feel a little smugness about showing such get-up-and-go. Radio Margaritaville on my Sirius radio added to my feelings of contentment.

The eagle viewpoint is located on highway 29, six miles northwest of the intersection with highway 1431.

After about 40 minutes of watching the nest a juvenile eagle popped out of the nest, stretched his wings, and went back inside. A birder who had showed up told me that they aren’t real active on cold mornings.

I’m not very active on cold mornings either, but I always eat breakfast. I figured they would also. I turned out to be correct, a few minutes latter one of the adults left the nest and flew towards Inks Lake. About five minutes latter the adult came back, carrying a huge bass. I was able to take the picture you see above.

The birds seemed content to stay deep in the nest, so I returned to Austin, and did some mildly useful things before taking a nap.

I’ve awaken in time to see a new Simpsons episode. All-in-all, a very satisfactory Sunday

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Why Would God Need A Starship Gulfstream?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The great theological question of God’s lack of need for Starships (the space kind, not the airplane) has been well covered.

I must confess that in spite of my life long interest in religous studies I had no idea that what God has been wanting all along wasn’t a Starship, it was a Gulfstream IV. And he’ll sell you a model of his airplane for only one thousand dollars!

I also now realize that I’ve been mis-reading one of my favorite Bible verses for years.

It turns out that the New International Version

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

should have read:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me in your G-IV!!!!!!!!

I learned about God’s Airplane from a thread on FlightInfo.