Fixes and repairs

Well, last week I finally received the right side panel for the K1200S. This was ordered early June after some douchebag ran into my bike in Andorra (see elsewhere on the site). That’s almost 7 (yes, seven) months it took to get a simple fairing panel. Thank you BMW, for your wonderful service. Read More...

Updates: site design & bike damage

Well, as you can see (if you have been here before), I have made some very significant changes to the layout of the site. Things are looking a lot less boring and a lot spiffier with all these new technologies like CSS3 and HTML5.

Still no news from my insurance company regarding the status of my claim. A schmuck from Spain did a hit and run on my parked bike next to the hotel in Andorra last june, and left me with a lot of damage on the right side of the bike. Insurance paid, but is still trying to get money back from the other party - which we fortunately found.

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[OPINION] How rating agencies are being used for the political and economic agenda of the U.S.

A group of Swiss researches from St. Gallen University showed that rating agencies like Moody's, S&P and Fitch have at best made mistakes in their ratings of the European countries, and at worst actively and systematically manipulated the markets through their ratings.

This also means these companies are largely directly responsible for the current financial crisis in Europe and the rest of the world, either inadvertedly by their mistakes or by their active and systematic manipulations. What do you mean, free market?

Of course this is all being denied by those rating agencies. Read More...

[OPINION] Nederlandse politiek, crisis en samenleving

Er zijn niet zoveel mensen die deze site lezen, en nog minder die deze post kunnen lezen, maar er zit me iets dwars waar ik het toch eens over wil hebben: de crisis, of beter, de onzin daarvan en het totaal verknipte gedoe met beleggers en banken, en hoe onze regering er mee om gaat. Read More...

Bridgestone S20

This summer for my trip through Spain I decided to mount a set of the new Bridgestone S20 tires. This turned out to be a really good thing, and a really bad thing.

To start with the bad thing: after just 4000km of touring, maybe 60% touring and 40% hard riding, both tires were completely shot. Front and rear, and from side to side. Even for a sport tire like this, that’s not too good given the current state of tire tech. A previous set of Michelin Pilot Pure tires, on the same bike lasted 4500km doing 90% hard sport riding. However, later checks on accompanying bikes and contact with Bridgestone showed evidence the road surfaces in Spain are particulary abrasive. So I will reserve judgement on wear until after a next set.

The good thing: these tires offer grip. I mean GRIP. Seemingly endless supplies of it. It doesn’t matter if it is 10C (50F) and pissing down with rain, or if it is 40C (104F) in blazing sunshine, these tires offer grip and confidence like no other tire I have ever had the pleasure of trying. They are also very light handling, yet extremely neutral. On my BMW K1200S this results in a deliciously handling motorcycle that feels much more nimble than you’d expect from a long and heavy bike like this.

All in all, I would say that currently this is a best sport street tire you can get.

Trip routes

Getting ready for the big trip through Spain, so I thought I’d put up my routes.


This is the full route, the rest are the various sections in more detail we will be riding.

The other day, I got scolded by SHIVA (the owner of after complaining he removed a post from me in a thread where he was complaining about E-bay seller charges. I love the community, but I don’t like being gagged and my reputation damaged by the owner for the sole reason that I don’t agree with him. And because he deleted my post, there is no way for me to defend myself from his abusive response. SHIVA claims to keep everything in the open, but that apparently only applies to what he likes to be in the open and the bits he posts as people responding in my defense or questioning his behavior in this thread, also got to see their comments deleted. Fortunately, my post was still in my Google Chrome cache. I lifted it from my cache, and I am posting it here so you can see why he is responding to me the way he is:

“Charges are clearly listed in the help section: It took me less than 10s to find them, so they are not that hidden, nor are they ambiguous. They even provide calculation examples.

While I don't disagree that those charges are (very) steep, it is the sellers responsibility to make sure he knows what he is getting into prior to listing on a site. Everybody knows Ebay charges fees for selling, so even if you don't know exactly how much, the smart thing to do would be to check before committing to a sale through them. Same with PayPal.

I am sorry, but you got caught out not because E-bay sucks and tries to hide their selling charges, but because you didn't do your homework.”

I don’t consider this a rude and insulting comment. However, SHIVA felt it was so bad it actually needed to be deleted.

So, I asked him why:

Shiva, why did you remove my post? While I appreciate forums are not a democracy, it is not supposed a place to only voice opinions that align with yours either. I do not appreciate being gagged just because I say something you don't like. While I can very good at making an ass out of myself at times, I argued your points with facts in a fair and decent manner that did not warrant editing or removal of my post in any way.”

To which I received the following response:

“throttle, you are on a private exclusive club, that allows its member to participate by choice only. we have set rules here. This is as far from democracy as you get, we are akin to a very exclusive golf or exotic car club. Our rules are posted for all to see.

I found your post insulting, degrading, unwarranted, and overall a waste of bandwidth. you have a tendency to post the most blatantly obvious comments. like to say, read the fine print?
icon_eek yea, very informative. icon_rolleyes And then you go on as if this most blatant observation actually needs a backup paragraph of gibberish.

I am insulted by your post. I hope that I make that very clear to you.

Please stop replying to threads or posts posted by me in the future. I don't need to be reminded of the most blatantly obvious comments. It's like someone bang on your door really hard, in the middle of the night, wakes you up, your family, the neighbors, makes the kids to start crying and dogs barking, just to say "sky is blue" or "snow is white." I find that infinitely insulting.”

I will let you be your the judge about who is abusive, insulting and what not.

One last thing: I am not out to create a feud between SHIVA and myself. As far as I am concerned, this is the last thing that is said about this matter. The only reason I have put this up on my site, is so that people can see the thing the entire conversation which is not possible on I will continue to go and post there as long as I am allowed to and I feel like it. I don’t hold grudges; I have better things to do with my life.

Clutch repair

Well, BMW NL is friendly enough to determine there is nothing wrong with the clutch on my K1200S without even removing the clutch cover or any other sensible diagnostics. Needless to say I am rather annoyed (understatement) and unimpressed with the way BMW handles this.

For those not knowing: a normal K12/K13 clutch engages in the last quarter of lever travel from full out. As annoying as it is, it is the normal designed behavior of this clutch.

My clutch on the other hand requires the clutch lever to be adjusted outward to the maximum distance from the bars (fortunately I have big hands), and then the clutch will engage within 1cm from the bar. This also means with the lever adjusted to a normal distance from the bars, it will not disengage completely. This is obviously not normal.