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Celeste, aka the Motorcycle Girl has been restoring an RD350 street bike. Below you can find some text and pictures about her restoration. Give it a look. Celeste can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/celeste.atkinson.5.
I have not taken any recent pictures but enclosed is a link to the facebook album where I have posted some of them.Â I bought it in several boxes and have been doing the ground up restoration over the last couple of winters.Â The pic of the entire bike in the album is one that I found online so it is not my actual bike.Â Tank and plastic parts are out getting painted as we speak and I hope to get the engine in the bike in the next couple of weeks. This model was never available in the US, only Canada so parts are more difficult to source locally. Â Many of my parts have had to come from the UK where there is a cult following for this bike.Â Interesting too is that Paul Manson(another listener) has one of these bikes too!
Another “multi-feature” helmet currently on the market is the Vemar Jiano. This helmet is a larger shell, modular helmet which includes an internal drop-down sun visor and integrated bluetooth communications.
My friend Paul just ordered one and when it arrived, he brought it into my office for me to look over and take some pictures. He was also kind enough to let me try it on.
The helmet fit me pretty well in size Large; it seemed to fit well for my roundish shaped head with no apparent pressure points or hot spots. I’m just coming off of 4 years wearing a Shoei Multitec. This helmet feels lighter than my old Shoei and has a similarly sized outer shell. The internal lining and padding felt good, and I didn’t experience any “face squish” from overly large cheek pads. Vemar seemed to pay attention to detail of fit and finish.
The controls for the visor, modular chin bar, vents and sun visor all seemed easy to use and intuitive. I did not try to use the controls with gloves, but given their placement and ease of operation, I suspect there will be no issues. The snow shoe style chin strap latch was also able to be opened with one hand using the convenient pull tab. A very nice feature, indeed.
When the chin bar is open, one can easily see the mounting and routing of the flexible boom microphone. Also, the charging jack is prominently placed in the front for ease of connection. Open the chin bar, plug in the helmet, wait for charge. No battery or device removable is necessary. Again, a nice bit of attention to detail.
I will ask Paulie to keep me updated on the bluetooth system’s ease of use, volume and sound quality, and the helmet’s wind noise levels.
The Vemar Jiano is available for around $175 from various online retailers.
the Vemar Storm Helmet is one of the very few helmets coming in at a low price and with a Pinlock anti-fog system.
If you’ve listened to the show for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Pinlock. I’m hoping to get eyes on this helmet and test fit it. What a great package, on paper.
HI Chris and James – Here are the photos I took on the day of the Nuda 900. The bike looks more Hypermotard than tourer to me – seat style is more out of the Huski trail range and I’m sure your bottom would hurt after a while in the saddle! The 900R has a rear Ohlins shock which is a nice piece of add on as the normal 900 model has the Sacs (not too shabby either!). Both have Sacs forks.Â It’s a parallel twin (tweaked)Â motor with nice high bars andÂ the rear footrests are in an okay position for two upness. It comes with (after market) accessories for ‘touring’ like a higher windshield and rear panniers. I could really do with a higher screen on the 900 Hornet!!Â The guy from the importer told me that it comes in at just over 100bhp and about 175kg (386 lbs) in ‘dry’ weight.Â The bike on show had no electrics and fluids in it so could not even be started or ridden! It was being sent onto the Sydney show and then back to Italy so we were fortunate? We have to wait until March for a test ride and it should retail in Australia for about $16000 (about par with the USD so same possibly for yourselves) I think it would make a great kick ass second bike and I love the design. Not a fan of thoseÂ plasticy type mirrors and I would’ve liked it to come with the hand protectors. It looks a very clean simple machineÂ - anyway, IÂ enjoy the show, loved the ‘Barber’ trip stuff and the general day to day bike banter you guys do!
Cheers – Jamie McVey
Thanks, Jamie. Really appreciate the pictures and the write up. Much appreciated!
Referenced in Episode 91, this is Brett Byers’ KLR amidst the Montana backdrop.
Excellent pic, Brett. Thanks so much!
A few months ago we ran a contest for the most interesting or “best” tool roll. “Best” was very subjective! This morning I decided to go through my tool roll and make sure the stuff I need is in there. I used some of the OEM tool kits bits as well as some better quality stuff to fill in the gaps. I also have a tire plug kit in with it. It’s not terribly interesting, and it’s not as full-featured as I’d like… for instance, there’s not much in here to deal with strictly-electrical issues… but it’ll get the job done if something breaks.
Listener Craig Renwick sent us these great pics of Craig and his side car rig, and of his Grandpa Murray from 1917! Thanks Craig!
You may remember a few months back during our 1-year anniversary contests, listener Chad B. won the Mr. Happy puppet. Â Chad won for his excellent picture of his favorite gear, which includes his top case’s ability to haul beer and cigars…
Well, Chad has taken the opportunity to send us a few pics proving that Mr. Happy is not only alive and well, but is out there seeing the world and clocking on the miles on his new Yamaha Zuma scooter. He also looks like he’s having fun on the mini racing circuit with Chad’s daughter and her go-cart.
Rock on, Mr. Happy. And Chad, thanks for the excellent pics!