Found Coolness: Kawasaki's 300HP Ninja H2R

When I heard that Kawasaki was resurrecting the H2 moniker I fully expected the tried and true formula of late.  A manufacturer trots out a model name dripping with mystique, nostalgia, and a goodvhelping of mythology (hell the original H2 was known as the widow-maker) and slap it onto something that is a far cry from what the original was in hopes to push a few more units.  This was not the case with the Ninja H2R.  In some respects I think it goes to show how highly they regard the original themselves, because this thing is like nothing I've ever seen before.  Read more about it at the respective links below!

Found Here: Asphalt & Rubber

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MotoGP: Avintia To Ducati!

Avintia makes a mid-season swap to Ducati. Let's hope it's better than the Kawasaki!  Photo Source: MotoGP's Instagram Account


MotoGP: May There Be Many More Years To Come GOAT

Longest winning career in Grand Prix racing for Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s win at Misano came more than 18 years after his first ever Grand Prix victory in the 125 class at Brno in 1996. This makes Rossi the rider with the longest winning career of all-time in all classes of Grand Prix racing, taking this record from Loris Capirossi as shown in the list below.


Music: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

New Pink Floyd!  Can't Wait!!!

More Info Here: http://www.pinkfloyd.com/theendlessriver/


The Cali' Experience: When I'm Not Working

Feeling pretty accomplished, finally got to Davis Motorsports to get a replacement master link for the FZ...

Drank some beer and did a little yard work...

Grilled out the last three days...

Now, just enjoying a coffee on an overcast day before seeing, "This Is Where I Leave You" with Anne.

A pretty decent weekend after a loong run of shifts (162 hours in two weeks)

Music: Radiohead (Rolling Stone Throwback)

Radiohead Arrive: Meet the English Rock Crew Behind 'Creep'

What the hell am I doing here?


Music: This Is Your Brain On Music

"Musical training doesn't just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That's the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn't just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids' brains process language."

For me some of this seems like common sense.  One thing for sure, findings like these just make it all the more unfortunate that the arts are having less and less of a role in public schools.

Read the rest of the outstanding NPR article HERE.


MotoGP: Miller on Honda Open with LCR in 2015

Jack Miller skips Moto2 goes directly to Moto Gp teaming up with Cal Crutchlow on an Honda RC213V RS-Open Specification at LCR.

Read More at GPOne.com


MotoGP: Bautista Signs Two-Year Contract with Aprilia

I hope this new FACTORY partnership bears fruit for one of my favorite dark horse riders. I bet he'll be happy to be off the Showa suspension and Nissin brakes.  Read more about this at asphaltandrubber.com


Found Coolness: Lego My Ferrari Ferris

Cameron: What'd I do?
Cameron: What'd I do? 
Ferris: You killed the car.

Found Here: Daily Dot

More Pics Here: Flickr


Music: Also Sprach Zarathustra

The first Madison Symphony Orchestra performance I saw Anne play in featured this piece.

Marin Alsop is an American conductor and violinist. She is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. (Source Wikipedia)

Click through to read her musings on Richard Strauss' epic piece: Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem

MotoGP: Rossi on Family, Racing, Rivals, Honda and Ducati

Read the entire article at MotoGP.com


Moto: Missing Master Link Clip

Waxing my chain, found the master link clip was missing. Probably the best way to find that out.

Visions of the chain flinging around and locking up the rear wheel or slinging up into the counter shaft sprocket and cracking the case immediately went through my head.

System Ops: Interesting Videos Fished Off YouTube

There’s a lot of videos like this one on the internet, this is one I hadn’t seen before. Looks like this happened at; 501 Carolina St in Bellingham, WA 98225 October 3, 2009. If you go to the Google street view you can see the stump where they cut down the tree.

More electro-nerdery. This is NOT in the standard operating procedures here at PG&E. Switches? Who needs switches?

MotoGP: San Marino GP Rossi's homecoming

Time for Valentino Rossi's first win of the season?!?


Random: Sprite Obey Your Thirst Commercial

I give a pound to my man with my right hand
'cause I... I keep the sprite in my left hand
then I push the button when I don’t wanna hear nothing
I let it go when I wanna hear something
this is how we flow when we in the studio
freestyle with Sprite ,yo, how the rest go

Found Coolness: Enzo Prototype

The only "prototype" Enzo sold to the public is for sale...

"The prototype uses an extended 348 body and a chassis built from that car, the F355 and the F430. All of this was to accommodate the Enzo's hulking V12 engine, which in this guise put out a staggering 670 horsepower."

Found Here: Jalopnik

Buy It Here: Modena Motorcport

Current Events: Destroying ISIS May Take Years, U.S. Officials Say

Is anybody else sick of going to the same movie over and over again?!?

"The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete, requiring a sustained effort that could last until after President Obama has left office, according to senior administration officials."

Read more in the New York Times Article


Current Events: Who Took Down Stockton (TYT Documentary)

This city is in the jurisdiction I oversee, I feel bad for the residents who were let down by their elected officials and taken advantage of by the banks. This documentary by The Young Turks looks at how Stockton, California, became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy.


Found Coolness: “Major” Taylor

This is an amazing piece of history I had never heard before!

"In 1896, 18-year-old “Major” Taylor dominated the competitive cycling scene as “the most formidable racer in America,” earning up to $15,000 per race. In 1898, at age 20, he set seven world records. In 1899, at age 21, he was the first black World Champion in Montreal, and the American Sprint Champion that year and the next year, 1900."

Found Here: The Selvedge Yard

Check out the link for the whole story.

Music: Trent Reznor On "Gone Girl" Score

I just read an interesting article on Spin where Trent Reznor discusses the underlying image he wanted to paint with the score to "Gone Girl."  David Fincher told Reznor says he and (atticus) Ross to focus on the way that music played at a spa "artificially tries to make you feel like everything's OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel."  I know nothing about the movie, but it does look interesting and the soundtrack will definitely have my ear, as with anything that TR does.

Current Events: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families

Jackie was homeless off and on for years after her Catholic parents cut ties with her for coming out.

"But the number-one hurdle to LGBT equality is religious­based bigotry. The face of the gay-rights movement shouldn't be what I call '40-year-old well-moisturized couples.' The face of the gay-rights movement should be a 15-year-old kid that's been thrown out of his house and taught that he's a sinner."

This is one of the major reasons that I do not associate myself with any religion. The self righteous exclusion of once-loved family members disgusts me, and unfortunately this article only scratches the surface of the hypocrisy that runs rampant in all religions.

Read more in the Rolling Stone article.

The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families


From The Archives: 30

For throwback Thursday. It's all fun and games until Shawn destroys the dining room. 2002-02-01 Mini-bike mayhem.


Found Coolness: Cherry's BMW R Nine T

Bike builder Kaichiroh Kurosu and his workshop Cherry's Company were handed a brand spankin' new BMW R Nine T to customize and the results are awesome.

Initially found here: Return of the Cafe Racers

Bigger more badass photo found here: Rocket Garage

The Cali' Experience: Picnic In The Park

Music: My Brightest Diamond, "Pressure" (Official Music Video)

White after Labor Day?!?
I Can't wait for the new album, "This Is My Hand" to come out!

Current Events: And the True Detective Season Two Protagonists Are...

Vince Vaughn & Colin Farrell 

I watched the first season and Woody Harrelson & Matthew McConaughey set the bar so high I can only hope these two are able to clear it themselves.  The one thing that is for sure while I have liked both of these in the past (Vaughn more than Farrell) they are both in need of a renaissance moment.

Read more in the Rolling Stone article: Here


Music: 16 Years Later Hear Diddy's Unreleased Smashing Pumpkins Remix, 'Ava Adore'

A slick remix version of, "Ava Adore" produced by a one Sean Combs back in 1998 for The Smashing Pumpkins, not released until last last week. I like it.

Click through to read the whole Rolling Stone Article: Here

"Puff Daddy's remix to the 1998 Smashing Pumpkins single "Ava Adore," is finally seeing release after 16 years. The track appears on the fourth disc of the six-CD, one-DVD Adore "super deluxe edition," a reissue of the band's fourth album that's scheduled for a September 23rd release on Virgin/UMe."


Funny: My Parents Open Carry (This Is A Real Book)

I think we forgot to add this one to our gift registry...

You've got to read the reviews on Amazon... Hours of entertainment.