Riding R1 on the bloody hill – YD

It is one of the infamous hills that has long winding road. I call it the Bloody Hill – YD. One rider got killed few days ago. I gonna buy a flower, put it to the main corner.

From time to time when I witness bike accident, hear about death of a rider, I question to myself “Why are you doing it?”

I did go to a F1 grade racing circuit three times with two active racers between March  and April 2018.  Average cost for a track day at the circuit was around 500,000 KRW (about $480 USD).  I know practicing at a racing circuit is a lot safer but the time and money is very expensive.  Reducing laptime would cost me fortune due to the bad habits I’ve gained without knowing, fear of higher speed barrier.

Since middle of March 2018, I had been riding like the adrenalin junkie to improve riding skills as part of the motorcycle riding school preparation.   How many bike accidents have I witnessed or heard? It was over 40. There has been four fatalities already during the season.

I’m very close to the target speed of cornering.  Increase it to 10 km/h or 15 km/h would give me the graduation ticket. Riding a sportbike on a corner three times faster than the speed limit looks stupid, irresponsible by general public. Traffic cops hate us. It’s understandable.

However there is no sportbiker who has death wish or try to harm other people on the public road. There is small group of people who loves the thrill and challenge at the edge of life and death.  For example, general pubic don’t complain about high altitude  mountain climbers,  The casualty rate of climbers, who goes to the Himalaya Mountains , is over ten percent. One out of ten climbers ends up dead.


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Setting up transmission as the torrent client in Chrome

I use Chrome Version 55.0.2883.87 (64-bit).
 When I click a torrent link, it opens xdg-open dialog window and do nothing.
If there is transmission-gtk.desktop file /usr/share/applications/transmission-gtk.desktop, run the following command.

$  xdg-mime default transmission-gtk.desktop x-scheme-handler/magnet

Restart Chrome.


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Repaired a broken old woofer

A pair of Chario RF-100 bookshelf speaker is twenty some years old. One speaker’s woofer developed internal damage, tore the rubber down.




I repaired the woofer using 3D printed support.

3D model and instruction

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Imperfection of 3D printing ABS filament

How to prevent the slack of inclined side?

Filament: eSun ABS
Printing temperature: 255C


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Riding R1 on the edge

Since March 2018, I’ve been practicing high-speed cornering on famous winding roads with sportbike warriors. I just started to drag knee on the pavement one week ago.

It’s very dangerous and I’ve stopped counting motorcycle accidents.

April 19, 2018
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June 13, 2018  


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Faulty start problem of cold engine

I have been riding a 2006 Yamaha R1. It never had an engine problem for 12 years.

The R1 developed cold start problem around middle of March 2018. The symtom is when the engine is cold in ambient temperature, it fails to start the engine with own battery.  Jump start using a big car battery is required.  Once the engine starts, run about 10 to 15 minutes at idle, ignition is fine.

The mechanic at the bike shop told me replacement of three year old battery would fix it. So I replaced the old battery with new one. But new battery failed to start the engine also. Every time I went to a tour, I did jump start the R1 and have managed bike riding.

If the battery voltage is low, charging voltage drops below 14 V on the battery terminals.  The mechanic seemed not to understand it and suggested to replace the regulator. I could do that if the engine went dead while I was riding.  Genuine regulator from Yamaha is 340,000 KRW which is not cheap!

I asked to the mechanic what if new regulator wouldn’t fix the problem. His answer was to replace the generator next, which would cost probably over 400,000 KRW. In my head ‘then what’s next?’ I’ve known the mechanic for six years and did not want to develop bad relationship.

Few days ago I brought the R1 to a local bike center which a rider fixed his bike. The shop was small and owner has worked as a mechanic over three decades. We discussed about possible cause of the ignition problem of cold engine.

  • Valve clearance is out of the specification
  • Faulty starter motor
  • Faulty relay of starter motor
  • Generator or regulator unlikely

The mechanic suspected the starter motor and he would replace it with new one.   New starter motor and replacement of the starter motor relay fixed the cold ignition problem. The day before yesterday I went to the shop and picked up the R1. The mileage was 43,530 km.

I disassembled it to look inside. The inside was covered with black liquid. There was a broken piece of magnet.







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Pipe cloth hanger




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