This week I took the Wednesday off before thanksgiving and went to the 2015 Los Angeles Autoshow. I got a lot of my walking in as the convention center covered a lot of ground. I got to look at a number of cars and trucks that are on my list for potential replacements of Trinity as a daily driver. At the top of my list right now is a 2016 Chevy Colorado. Please click the photo above to look through my Instagram page at some of my photos.
Its only been three years since I had to start wearing glasses and I have disliked every moment because I felt what I had on my face didn’t really reflect my personality. I haven’t changed frames in so long because I hate going to the doctor, like makes me sick to think about it but going through the list provided by my insurance company and googling/yelping the doctors to reed reviews and look at photos I found one that was near where I live and close to where I will be moving. Last week I made my appointment and I walked out with a order for frames but still needed to decide on a color. The next morning (Friday) I called back and low and behold by (Wednesday) I got a call that they were ready to pick up. So far I love my Oakley Tailspin’s and I have instantly seen a difference in my vision.
I have been riding Jinger for nearly a month now because Trinity needed to have her rear pads replaced. I have to say it is nice to be back in a car, the weather has made it sketchy to ride all the time and my body is tired of being beaten to and from work. Since I am back in the car I have started thinking about all the upgrades I had in mind before I gave up the keys for a bit. My problem has been that the first few things on the list need to be done all at once otherwise I would be paying out the ass for labor that could almost all be done at the same time. After I get my act together and move I can start thinking about the final suspension pick and start ordering. That is it for now but check back soon, upgrades coming! 😉
Although I currently ride a 695cc naked sport bike I have always liked the lines of a beautiful Cafe Racer, Triumph has sparked my interest with the rebirth of the Bonneville and the Thruxton R with the “Race” package definitely has my attention for a new bike when its time to upgrade. Hopefully we will see these come to the states soon!
Well, I have a few projects I am planning and one of them will be branding myself for use when I start tracking bikes hopefully late 2016. In preparation for this I have bought a new domain name and will be working on developing a logo for my online username BadPolizei. I soon plan on vloging during my commutes from home to work and from work to school. I know this will mean I need to step up my posts and I really don’t know if I will be continuing this site or migrating it over. I might keep the new site strictly my adventures and this one my downtime/relaxing blog I guess only time will tell.
I have been on a little kick listening to Bryce Vine, its been very inspirational while I ride my motorcycle.
Well as a little bit of a way to relax between school and work and everything else in my life I bought Forza 6 a few weeks ago. I have only played a few rounds and since I have been on a truck kick lately I decided to try my hand and the new 2017 Ford Raptor in a digital camo them. In races it handles like a tank and has no power to pull itself out of a turn but I am guessing its far better then any of the other trucks or SUV’s in the game.
So lately I have been thinking about what to get for my next automobile. Trinity is getting up there in miles and age, and now with a motorcycle and wanting another one soon for track days I will need something to get too and fro from the track and the motorcycle shop. I have been looking into a truck in order to get myself more into the outdoors and I think now that Chevy will be building the 2016 Colorado with a 4 cylinder Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel I may just have to get one. And as seen below, the Colorado looks sick with Rough Country‘s 6 inch lift system.
Over the weekend Jinger went in for her 600 mile oil change and throttle body alignment albeit a little late at 1800 miles. I haven’t noticed much difference right away, but I hope the MPG goes up with the adjustment. The only major thing was that there is less noise in the chain, something that was starting to get annoying. Since Trinity is currently down due to needing new rear pads and rotors I will continue to enjoy riding Jinger to and from work however since I have been riding in from Torrance on the freeway its been kinda touch on me. Highway riding on a naked bike without a wind deflector noticeably stresses the muscles in my neck, arms and legs more so then a longer ride on regular streets. I don’t know if that is why I am more sore all over my body or if its from working out and not use to that yet?
Hi y’all! So I have been working on myself a little harder even though I still haven’t gotten the all clear from my doctors to return to work (hopefully tomorrow), anyway I have been going to the gym and trying to figure out the best exercises for me. Personally, I want to work on my arms and my core. My arms because I have never had much upper body strength and my core so that when I am riding my motorcycle more I can move around on the bike better, tho that also comes with getting more comfortable.
Speaking about motorcycles, one of my goals is to get into some sport bike riding classes and do some track days. I know this will take a lot as you have to be in great condition to flick a bike around a track and to squeeze into one of those leather racing suits. Now there is still a lots of things I want to do to my FZ-07 but again eventually I want a dedicated track bike too.
Anyway, that’s about it for now but I want to leave you with a little something. We should all try to be the change we want to see in the world. Every day I try to do something selfless for someone else.
I’ve been talking about getting healthier and part of that plan was a new bike to get out and exercise. I went with a Raleigh because I had one back in high school and loved it. Now that I’ve got this one I plan on getting a roof rack for my Rabbit so I can keep my bike on it all the time giving me the chance to ride whenever I like. Given that I live and work in two areas that have great biking potential I will hopefully be inspired to ride often.
I came home from dinner last Friday to find my desktop Dr Doom decided she didn’t like his Seagate 1tb drive any more. So I’ve picked up a Western Digital drive as a replacement and after a quick swap she was booted up and awaiting a fresh Windows 8.1 Pro install. Now, I’ve had some issues with Windows since I bought my student version of 8.1 Pro nearly three years ago and they refuse to keep record of activation key for customers. I find this kind of funny because they do have a record of my install key for Office 360. It may be that I will need to buy another copy of 8.1 soon because I refuse to switch to Windows 10. There is a free version of 8.1 through Microsoft’s DreamSpark program but my school wont reinstate my account because I am not taking a computer science class this semester.
I new before I needed to change my lifestyle so that I could live a much better life. I want to change the way I eat, by changing to salads and fish/chicken away from bacon and more fattier meats as well as completely cut out sodas. I had already dramatically decreased my intake but it just wasn’t cutting it.
Exercise has been another issue for me. For the past two years I had been dealing with issues and it cut down my walking. I am picking up a new bike and will follow through with my plans from before about riding at least an hour a week for every day I ride my motorcycle. In addition I plan on riding more then that and hopefully before December I plan on taking part in some sort of not race but event.
I am still stuck working from home for the time being but will hopefully be back in the office by October fifth if healing goes well. It has been nice getting away from the office but I can tell I am not as efficient because I just simply cant get as much done without my multi monitor setup. I have also inherited at lot more work since my hospital visit and its been a bit overwhelming.
So, I plan to post more here on what I am eating and my activity’s as I pursue a better lifestyle for myself.
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After getting my motorcycle license last weekend I have been itching to take a ride. I wanted to ride to work but I figured it was a little far for a first out of the box jaunt. I really wanted to do short rides all week and make my way to work by Friday but even that proved difficult to make happen. This map was close to what I rode, it states about 8.5 miles but it was really only 8 or at least that’s what my odometer says.
Hello world, it has been quite a long time since I have posted on my little slice of the internet. I hope to start posting here more and more as my adventures pick up pace in the near future. In fact, in this new post I intend to talk about an exciting new change in my life. As my friends and family know, I like driving my 08′ Volkswagen Rabbit. I like it so much that in eight years I have put nearly 120k miles on it. Well, because of her (Trinity) getting up there in miles and the combination of maintenance and my plans of transforming her into a weekend track car I needed to find another mode of transportation for the foreseeable future.
This task wasn’t easy for me because it required me to be slightly reasonable in my requirements. Should I get another car? What about a truck/SUV to tow the Wabbit to the track? Well, I decided upon a motorcycle. Yea I know midlife crisis right? Well it could be part of that or it could be because I have always wanted one and was always told I couldn’t have one. My choice might have also come from where I live right now. Here in Komiefornia there are actually many reasons to ride a motorcycle. You get to lane split, something I don’t plan on doing unless I am coming up to a red light. You can also park any ware for free. This is priceless as most often it costs $10 easy any ware you go. Finally, it came down to the unreasonable gas prices and the short commutes I do between work, school and home.
So, back in December on a xmas trip home to Dallas I bought a Yamaha FZ-07. Now I had spent several months researching what I needed to do to get into the two wheeled world. Yes, I know that buying a new bike out of the gate is risky. Believe me there is many a Café Racer I lusted for on Craigslist. But ultimately I didn’t want someone’s project and I didn’t want to put a ton of cash down. My other requirement (that didn’t get fulfilled) was to stay under the 600cc limit. I dive fast in my car and I know that a 600 can be more than enough even with the belly I currently roll around with.
Anyway, back to the bike. So I bought my FZ-07 in Dallas and had about a month’s wait to get it shipped to California. Cool, because I saved a LOT on buying it back home. I took this time to get some stuff for the bike. A set of frame sliders was the first thing and in addition to that I picked up a tail tightly to clean up the back end. The day she showed up on the doorstep in a big shinny clean 18 wheeler was amazing. I had always dreamt about having some rare hyper car delivered to me this way. Well, at least it was great to remotely feel what they do.
Fast forward to now, six months after I signed the paperwork and five months after my motorcycle was delivered. I have made a few payments and started it every so often but have yet to even put one mile on her. I am now a week from another trip back home and have been getting nervous. The reason for this is simple. I am going to take my motorcycle test and I haven’t even ridden a bicycle since 2002. Part of the deal with myself to get a motorcycle was that I want to be healthy enough to keep riding. I have cut soda out of my life mostly and soon want it to be gone completely. Next, I have started eating a salad every day for lunch. I figure that will slightly offset my meat consumption during evening meals. Lastly, I will ride a bicycle for one hour on the weekend for every day that I ride my bike. So, if I ride every day to work I would ride my bicycle (that I need to buy) for at least five hours on the weekend.
As you might have seen, on February 10th my ’08 Volkswagen Rabbit, Trinity decided she didn’t really want to use her stock clutch and throwout bearing any more. I had the car taken to my friends at EF1 Motorsports in Signal Hill, CA and called up Four Season Tuning over in Orange, CA to source a replacement. Four Season Tuning shipped me a VR6 single mass flywheel and clutch kit while EF1 Motorsports did the work. It took two days to do the work but was well worth it, I can definitely tell that the car can put more of it’s power to the wheels then before and the clutch pressure seams more responsive when depressed and finding “the ball.” I highly suggest this upgrade if your looking for something more and happen to have your clutch go out. As an added bonus this kit was just over half the price of a factory replacement clutch kit.