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On this page, we introduce you to one of our favorite forms of
transportation, nothing against skiing, hiking and of course our beloved
home. We also, show you any modifications we've made to the motorcycle's
to make them more perfect for us.
|Joe's NEW Motorcycle: 2002
Yamaha FJR 1300
Joe took over his new Yamaha in
November 2002, within 2 weeks he had put almost 2,000 miles on it.
He loves the bike and it all comes down to MORE POWER.
1996 BMW R1100
See Communication System below.
Christine bought me a Garmin
GPS III Plus for Christmas in 1999. I hadn't expected to have so
much fun with this toy. I installed a special mount on the
motorcycle to hold this tiny GPS. I also purchased the Garmin
MapSource U.S. Roads and Recreation CD map set. This permits me to
download the COMPLETE road map of any county in the U.S., one county at a
time. Depending on the size of the county, the GPS can hold 8-12
counties at a time. It's not as sophisticated as the RV's navigation
system, but it's still a whole lot of fun.
Other upgrades include:
-Parabellum taller windshield
-Hyper-Lites flashing brake
-Rear locking top case
This motorcycle was sold in
|Christine's New Motorcycle:
Another 1994 Kawasaki Concours
bought another 1994 Councours on May 21, 2001. Same color and year
as the previous bike. Details will be posted in July, when Joe will
be able to "accessorize" the bike.
If you are new to this site and
would like to read about the accident that caused the first Concours to be
totaled, go to Joe's log, February
This motorcycle was sold in the
Fall of 2003. I never really got my confidence back and trust of
other people back after the accident.
Helmets - Shoei RF-800 Full Face model.
Clothing - Joe Rocket Ballistic 3.0 Jackets and
Pants. Heavy Cordura Nylon with Kevlar reinforcement at the
shoulders, elbows, knees, hips and seat. Removable armor at the
shoulders, elbows, and knees, and a padded armored spine protector for the
back. This is all-weather waterproof riding gear with full zip-out
liners and ventilation points for warm weather.
Electric Vest - Widder electric heated vests with
high collars. The vests are powered off of the bike and provide a
comforting amount of warmth even in the coldest of riding conditions.
I have installed the Autocom
Pro 3000 communication system onto both bikes so that it is powered by the
motorcycle. This model permits the integration of music and a radar
detector, of which I have both. We have four headsets which have let
us create a four-way conversation between both Christine and me, and our
I chose the Kenwood
FreeTalk XL radios to be the transceivers. I am disappointed with
the manner in which Kenwood supports their products, and would choose
differently if starting over. The FreeTalk XL is in the GMRS
(General Mobile Radio Service) family of radios. These radios
operate on between two and five watts of power, and offer a claimed range
of up to five miles. While the range of ours is a merely
satisfactory two miles, the clarity of the voices is outstanding.
I installed a 200 watt Sony
Xplod CD stereo onto the tank bag of my bike. The Stereo is
installed so that the speakers set into the dash of the motorcycle fairing
are 'faded' as the front speakers, and the headset speakers mounted in the
helmet are 'faded' as the rear speakers. There is a separate control
on the Autocom unit for fading between driver and passenger.
Christine's bike also has a Sony Walkman CD-player integrated into her
I also have a Cobra radar
detector with voice alert integrated into the Autocom system. My
installation permits me to listen to music while conversing with Christine
and/or a passenger, and also have my radar detector alert me through my
helmet speakers simultaneously. No small accomplishment.