Well its not state of the art, its a handheld it has 40 channels, and its in my Aramex UK Inbox. Now depending on the speed of delivery I can hook up this baby in a couple of hours to keep me connected with the gang. I wonder what type of intellectual conversation NOT!!! we will be indulging in? Another weekend of tweaking ahead and that will be my last! Next Friday, the fiddling stops and the action begins! Can't wait till the 9th...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I am toying with the idea of taking my laptop with me on the trip. Although as I mentioned earlier, I like to be stripped from technological gizmos on an adventure. Call me old fashioned but I like it better this way. Now about my laptop, the company is in process of issuing me an eGo, Hint! Hint! 21 days on the road no access to email, 3 projects on the back burner and some pending issues, believe me I do have a work conscience, also I do have a family sitting home and looking forward to hear of my news. OK, I can always SMS them, on the other it's neater to chat with them. Hmmm, I guess I gotta think it over... or???
Updated November 3rd 2007: I just got off the phone with Zain helpdesk, to disocver that eGO works only Jordan and is not supported in either Lebanon or Syria. The communicated charges were as follows, local call +15%.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
1) Mount top box with necessary LED wiring
2) Buy CB Antenna from Radio Shack
3) Wiring Harness for CB
4) Tire Puncture Kit (Done)
5) Manual Air Pump
6) One Quart of Oil
7) Tighten Bolts
8) Manufacture & Install Footpeg Lowering Kit
9) Install Highway Pegs
10) Install Risers (Done)
11) Install Butt Pad (Done)
12) Install Taller Shield (Done)
13) Install Fog Lights (Done)
14) Install CB
15) Acquire KT
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Its time to fill out my International Bike Certificate (Triptyque), better know as KT, which will enable me to take the bike into countries such as jordan - Syria & Lebanon. which is required for bikes imported for personal use and for a duration not exceeding three months. Otherwise, a guarantor, or a guarantee of an amount twofold the customs charges due, must be secured.
The Kuwait Automobile and Touring Club (The KT Club) provides valuable service to residents and expatriates alike. These include travel documents such as carnets de passage, international certificates of registration and driving permits.
This is a follow up to my previous post BMW electrical wooes, after taking the bike to Tristar service center, (where they have managed to turn it around in a sensible way, its more organized now, with a diwaniya style waiting area, the Service manager Ziad is professional and extremely helpful and friendly). The Beemer was diagnosed with a faulty switch, which was replaced and with some bad wiring that the previous owner has undertaken Total Bill 45KD, however Mr. Behbahani (Owner & Manager) who was visiting the premises at the time, would have none of it and insisted to cover all the related charges. I have to say I have never experienced a more professional & friendly service at any car or bike dealership in Kuwait.
My recommendation, if you are seriously looking to buy a new or used bike , you will not get a better service. (PS this is not an advert)
After 5 days of waiting I got my visa today to SA and Jordan, now this trip is in motion, I have 2 weeks to tie up all loose ends and get the bike in travelling shape. The visa was granted through Al-Zaim travel, they submitted the passport on the 18th and was delivered on the 24th for a fee of 6KD.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Enhancements: In my previous post (Butt Blues) I Covered the comfort related issues of the Beemer, which need to be adddresed for the long haul and the sake of my physical well beeing. After 2 days of intensive R&D I came up with the below combination of Items, that should eliminate most of discomfort challenges. Total Price: $452
I am not a new comer to dual purpose bike, having owned 9 or more different models, ranging from 125cc Yamaha to XLV1000 Honda Varadero, one common feature they shared is a painful butt ache. On Thursday evening, I wanted to put the Beemer through some rigorous testing, fuel consumption, riding posture, performance, cornering, aerodynamics etc...
I headed with the gang to Cafe 26, 1 KM from Nuweisib the Saudi Arabian Border. The Beemer was a dream ship summarized as follows
Maneuverability: Impeccable handling the Beemer is a point & steer bike, easy to corner, flickability is great.
Brakes: 5 Stars compared to the Harley, the ABS tested on water, did the job perfectly. I hosed down the street near my house to run this test. (Tarsheed will be pissed off).
Stability: 185 KPH straight line no wobble, cruising speed at 150KPH is sustainable all day.
Consumption: The Beemer is thirsty at high speed and that was expected averaging 12.5km/l on a variable speed of 150-180kph. The bike should average 15-17 km/l at 120kph.
Comfort: Aooch, major enhancements are in the works to fix this issue, from the seat, to the riding position, to the fairing bubble upto the throttle (got cramps in my forearm), I guess German butts are made of steel I will keep you posted on the enhancements.Value for Money: I got to give the Beemer a 4/5, loosing a point for comfort.