Saturday, November 15, 2008

Like a Christmas Tree

Like a Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by oparvez.

Switching from an 4000 Quattro to an LS430 has been quite an experience.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


DSCN0543, originally uploaded by SOG SCOOTERPARTS.

Came across this on Flickr.

Many years ago, my Uncle rode a scooter like this one from Rome to London. That's an adventure I'd like to learn more about...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tevis and His NSX

Tevis and NSX, originally uploaded by oparvez.

Tevis was nice enough to take me for a very fast spin up Coal Creek Canyon in his jet black, seriously modified 1991 NSX. Thanks Tevis and Happy Birthday!

Supercharged NSX

Supercharged NSX, originally uploaded by oparvez.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow Tires and Wheels

New Snows, originally uploaded by oparvez.

Should you have separate wheels for your snow tires?

For many years, I followed the mantra that it was better to have a separate set of wheels on your dedicated winter tires. I also was a big fan of the Nokian brand.

After much deliberation, not only did I choose to stick to one set of wheels, I also bought a set of Michelin - X-Ice Xi2 tires instead of Nokian Hakkapelittas.

No matter how I added up the numbers, it simply made sense. The tires were $165.99 each at Costco. The price includes mounting, balancing, road hazard coverage, and free rotation. For $25, Costco will even swap my summer tires back and rebalance them.

The best price I could find on the Nokian Hakka 4s was $175 each, plus $50 for shipping. Once they arrived, I'd have to pay for mounting and balancing at a tire shop. And no road hazard coverage.

Bring on the snow!

p.s. How durable are Canola oil based tires?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What Happens When Quicklube Changes Your Oil

oilpuddles, originally uploaded by oparvez.

A few years ago I made the mistake of taking the 4Runner to Quicklube for an oil change. The clowns doing the work didn't bother tightening the oil filter. The next morning, I was had to do a little a cleanup.

It was very cold outside.

I wasn't happy with Quicklube.

p.s. A letter to the company went unanswered. It was the last time I went to Quick Lube.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Mental Note

KLR with a flat, originally uploaded by oparvez.

If you're planning to ride a motorcycle off the beaten path, remember to pack:

1. Spare tubes or patch kits
2. Air pump
3. Tire Irons
4. Wrench
5. Pliars
6. Knowledge to fix a flat