Tuesday, September 29, 2009

25000km of luxury touring

The odometer on my K1200GT ticked over to 25000km a couple of days ago. I took delivery of it on February 13th, 2009 and since then I've covered about 817km a week on it. It's been fun, and the bike is astonishingly capable as a tourer. I've even grown accustomed to using it as a commuter in busy Sydney.

It does, however, lack something intangible. I'm not sure what it is exactly but whenever I hear a BMW boxer engine I think of my R1200R (RIP!), and when I had a G650GS service loaner recently I was really reminded of how much fun the thumpers are. My own F650GS has sat neglected for far too long. Am thinking hard about selling the big pig and just using the thumper again. With no fairing it'll certainly be more comfortable in the warmer weather.

Monday, September 28, 2009

eco containers

Port Botany - 20, originally uploaded by indigoid.
In my semi-regular ride past the Port Botany container yards today I noticed this "eco container bamboo flooring" emblem on a CMA CGM container. First Google result is this, an article on a site named Treehugger. I had no idea that the intermodal containers even used wooden flooring. Fascinating!

I just hope this doesn't result in people clearing perfectly good forests to plant lots of bamboo...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A new blog home

Port Botany - 10, originally uploaded by indigoid.

I'd been wondering about relocating to Blogger for a while, was getting sick of updating Wordpress. Today when I went to moderate a blog comment, Firefox told me that my site was Badware. Rather than attempt to clean it up and risk missing something, I decided to take the plunge and move to Blogger.