The growing family… Speed Weaponry

October 8, 2010 4 comments

I kept my head down and from the corner of my eye I could see two shadows in the tarmac, close and trailing my rear wheel. I kept pushing pass the right hand first Turn 1. The wind  was strong and together with my labour breath were the only thing that I could hear. Still leading pass Turn 2. Both turns are descending so the speed was quick.  Behind me the two shadows were still close. Finally I couldn’t push anymore, the Garmin GPS and heart rate monitor went nuts, my heart rate (HR) was hitting 183 a bit above my Max HR of 180. Fortunately the two shadows behind me were also getting slower so they did not pass me. When I check the top speed from the Garmin unit it was 50.1 Kph.

That story above was not from the last Kejurnas Race, but from cycling around Sentul Circuit. My friends and I from our local race club are now start doing cycling seriously. So before hitting the track with a Superbike (with engine) we did 3 to 4 laps of warm up with a road bike (no engine). We also did cycling only workout on road or off-road at other location, like Foresta BSD, or  to Telaga Warna puncak for off-road and MTB-ing.

As for me I finally getting my self a road bike. A fast road bike. Trek Madone 6. With SRAM Red gear set and Zipp 404 tubular wheel set. Its 6.4 kg. So it’s not comply with UCI weight regulation (which is 15 lbs or 6.8 kg), but heck I’m not participating on any UCI sanction race for the forseeable future so for me the lighter the better :)

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Categories: Bicycle

[Photography] Concert photo… Simply Red Farewell Tour

October 1, 2010 5 comments

Taking concert photo is always a challenge. The stage environment and stage lighting have wide dynamic range from pitch black to extreme bright coming from thousand of watts spot light. Different with say capturing a sunset scene, stage environment also change quickly and dramatically, thus  you need to react quickly to capture the moment.

Also about logistic, for an amateur photographer as my self I do not have a stage pass, or a pers pass, where you can go close to a stage to capture the scene so I just have to maximize where I’m at at the concert. No way I’m bringing the big and heavy tele or zoom lens to a concert, enjoying the music is still the main reason for me to go to a music concert. But if I manage to get decent picture with the equipment that I carry from the location where I at, I’m happy :)

EXIF data for the above picture, Exposure 1/125 sec at f/1.4. ISO 100. Canon EOS 7d. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens.

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[Photography] When horse power and man power collide..

September 23, 2010 11 comments

Aprilia RSV-4 and Trek Madone 6. Both a machinery for speed. The difference is one a V4 one litter four stroke engine the later is two legs man power. The Aprilia lead this year WSBK champioship while the Trek got 9 Tour de France champions under its name. Both are black..

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[Photography] Slow shutter speed at Cisarua

September 15, 2010 10 comments

Grab the above pic at Cisarua, shooting water flow with slow shutter speed always bring dramatic effect. I was riding my folding bike so I did not bring my tripod. I used my camel bag as sandbag to put my camera on top. Not too bad, considering :)

From EXIF data, exsposure 0.6 sec at f/36. ISO 100, EF-S15-85mm, Canon EOS-7D.

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Categories: Photography

The growing family… Folding fun!!!

September 8, 2010 5 comments

The fun and joy of a folding bike! They simple, fun to ride and this time is for me and the missus. She rides the apple red Tikit Hyperfold and me the green New World Tourist. Both from Bike Friday (BF), a company based in Oregon that hand made all their bikes. Bike Friday’s bike look simple and obviously small, but as their motto said is “Perfomance that Packs”. It even made to the Guinness Book of World Record for the most traveled man in history by bicycle. It ridden by a gentlemen by the name of Heinz Stucke, this link for more about his trip. Impressive eh?

Well for sure I do not intend to start planning for a ride around the world with my BF, hehe, but BF easy and relax ergonomics  make you want to ride for hours and hours and without you knowing it you have ridden for dozens km already.

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R.I.P Shoya Tomizawa and Peter Lenz .. :`(

September 6, 2010 1 comment

A sad day indeed. Moto2’s young and talented no 48 succumbed to his injuries sustained during a crash at Misano Moto2 round. Looking at his crash it was indeed terrifyingly similar to that of  Super Sport rider Craig Jones’. The also young and talented WSS rider who killed during his crash at Brands Hatch WSS race in 2008. Both rider fell from their bike and subsequently was hit by another rider. With a close wheel to wheel race they had there was no way the other rider can avoid the fallen rider and its bike. deAngelis was fortunate that he walk away from Tomizawa’s crash, Redding was also fortunate enough to escape serious injuries.

With strict safety regulation for the track many rider fallen off the bike walk away unhurt. Most even run to their tumbled bike and continue the race. After Daijiro Katoh fatal crash in Japan GP where Katoh hit the wall during GP500 race all GP circuit have all of its obstacles cleared. Big and wide gravel trap and paved runoffs are provided in case rider lost control of their bike. Racing suit, helmet, glove, back protector, etc also have improved to protect the rider when they fell off the bike. Yet all those protection means very little when a fallen rider get hit by another rider with bike capable of doing 200+ kph speed. That also the case of Peter Lenz, a very-very young boy and a rising star of US motor racing (13 yr old), who killed in Indianapolis Speedway. Peter was racing for the supporting race at US MotoGP Indy just a week ago when he fell and hit by another rider during warm up.

Both Shoya and Peter loves motorcycle and certainly both love racing. It is a big lost for all of us who love the sport let alone their family and friends…

They will be missed.. Good bye Shoya, good bye Peter.. may you rest in peace… :`(

Categories: General

Ducati out of WSBK.. what are you thinking Ducati???

August 27, 2010 9 comments

In what I think a very stupid move for what ever reason Ducati decided to pull out from WorldSuperbike championship starting 2011. According to Ducati’s press release (click here) quoted “This decision is part of a specific strategy made by Ducati, the aim being to further increase technological content in production models that will arrive on the market in the coming years…”. What a strange and stupid strategy I may add.

WSBK without Ducati is like Formula 1 without Ferrari, or English Premiere League without Chelsea (or M.U for M.U fans out there :)), or World Cup without Italy. Yes sure, Ferarri doesn’t always win, the same with Chelsea in the EPL or Italy in the World Cup. But their presence there is more than just for winning, they have became a “yard stick”, a measurement on how the others are scaled. Ferrari, Chelsea and Italy soccer team do not always win but they are the team to beat. Dropping out from WSBK is simply implying that.. Hey, we are not that kind of team any more.

Secondly, what will Ducati dropping out of WSBK say about the legendary L twin-engine? That the L twin no longer can compete with the V4 or the I4 engine anymore? That If you want “race type performance” use V4 or I4 instead? Last time I checked all Ducati product line from Superbike to Hypermotard is L twin. With no Ducati presence in WSBK I think Ducati should drop the term “Superbike” on its 848 and 1198 lines. They should call that line a product “Look like a race bike”..!!

I can go on and on pointing out how bad that move made by Ducati,  as an ex Ducati owner (that considering to buy new Ducati bike) I’m just disappointed.

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