Why do we wear ATGATT when riding?

Found this web page over at ST-owners.com, and thought I’d post it here too. It goes to show you why it never pays off not to wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) when riding. Still, a lot  of riders, harley riders in particular, still wear only a pirate outfit when getting on their motorcycle.

Read it here. It might change your view on wearing motorcycle gear in the future, and maybe save your ass in the process.

Asus Eee PC 900HA Netbook

Lois gave me one of these for Xmas. Why is there a discrepancy between this post’s date and the date of Xmas? Because I am a sneaky little devil that relentlessly searches for Xmas presents, and given the chance, I WILL open it, if given clearance, way before xmas time. 99.9 % of the time, I know what it is anyway :-) .

This little laptop is just amazing. It is so small it literally fits in the palm of you hand, almost. 8.9 inch screen, running Windows XP, 160G hard drive, 1G ram, wireless network card, this thing just begs to be taken on a trip. Primary use: Trip route / GPS management, trip picture management, email etc. while on the road. Comes with a carrying case. I opted for a more sturdy neoprene case (still waiting for it to show up)

From the Eee PC blog:

Just a few weeks after launching the Eee PC 900A in blue and gold color design, Asus is once again introducing a new model iteration of the Eee PC 900, this time it’s called Eee PC 900HA. It won’t be hard to deduce what this new model has in store for all of us. Just take the original Eee PC 900A model, put in some more storage capacity, say 160GB of HDD instead of the SSDs and upgrade its camera to a 1.3 webcam and you have a new Eee PC 900 model.

That’s basically what’s new with the Eee PC 900HA. All the rest of its features are similar to the Eee PC 900A.

Here’s a quick rundown of its features:

  • 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 screen
    Intel Atom N270 with
    1GB RAM
    160GB HDD
    3x USB 2.0 Ports
    Wifi and LAN
    .3M Pixel webcam
    MMC / SD (SDHC)
    Audio Jack in/out (3.5mm)
    VGA out (D-sub 15 pin)
    4 cell battery
    Windows XP Home

Changing tires at home.

We recently replaced about $600 worth of tires on both bikes, using Michelin Pilot Road 2’s. They feel a lot better than the flat-spotted Pilot Road’s I took off, which had about 12-13000 miles on them. Lois still had her stock tires on her bike. After paying the tab for changing tires on both bikes at the dealer, and having Lois’s right side saddlebag scuffed up during the tire change, we have decided to buy a tire changer and a tire balancer, so we can do this in our workshop. She managed to buff the scuff out of the bag.

The Harbor Freight changer w/ attachment don’t look bad at all, and the price is right.

The balancer has a decent price too. So I suspect that next time a tire change comes up, we’ll be using elbow grease and tire irons ourselves.