Last weekend, I was involved in a charity motorcycle ride from Hertfordshire to Essex. We ended up at North Weald Airfield where photographed some great bikes in the parking area. The images were all captured using a tiny Sony RX100 mk3. It's my compact solution while out on bike tours and it's so versatile. I'm loving the results.
I'm giving parrafin wax a go on my Stylmartin boots. I want them to become waterproof. Initially, I have cleaned and sprayed the boots with a silicon based coating which impregnates the materials and will sit under the wax.
I warmed with a hair dryer and rubbed tea-light candle wax all over the boots. Further warming melts the wax and soaks into the stitching.
I thought I would treat myself to a proper motorcycle suit. I bought the Halvarssons Wolf Jacket and Wish pants.
I hate always having to carry waterproofs everywhere I ride and stopping every time it starts to rain. Having rain gear adds weight to my bag and feels so inconvenient.
This jacket and trousers are a laminate with a detachable thermal liner, so they are waterproof windproof and breathable. I look forward to wearing it during my M25 commute.
Trying out my new Fujifilm MEX extension tube this month. I had third party versions of this, however they could never connect properly and would cause problems during shot taking. So I decided to cut my losses and purchase the proper one. It's so much better. The response time is amazing and I'm very happy with the results. I'm finding the Fuji 18-55mm and the 56mm are the best lenses with this 16mm extension tube - close enough and good focusing.
Here are a few shots so far.
After several attempts, I have managed to paint some metal pieces on the Yamaha XSR900. On the first attempts I hadt created a good enough key and needed to sand down the metal more. After coats of primer and satin black spray paint, I'm finally happy with the results. Considering I did it all in my ill-equipped garage, I'm very pleased with the results.
Took the tank covers off to route the new triple USB cable under the cover mounts. The double USB cigar socket is now located under the seat with an accessible isolator switch.
I think this maybe the final purchase for the year now. An Evotech Performance grille to protect my headlight. I think it looks pretty cool. Easy to fit with some Allen keys.
Finally fitted my cheap bar end mirrors and removed the stock mirrors. I did need some Rizoma bar end adaptors and two M6 bolts. But all in all a very simple process with the right parts. Bar end mirrors lower the bike's profile down a little when stock ones are removed.
This week, I managed to get some protection added to the XSR. They are Yamaha Tracer bars but both bikes share the same frame and engine. Plus, they are a little larger than the XSR bars.