3 October 2005
Aussie Suzuki rider Troy Corser has won the World Superbike Championship.
This is probably the first time someone has gone nine years between world titles. Congrats. Hopefully he can get a GP ride with Suzuki next year.
too, to aussie Honda rider Chris Vermeulen, who will almost certainly
finish second in the championship. Word is that he will ride Troy Bayliss'
Camel Honda at the Australian MotoGP race in a couple of weeks.
Greens election candidate Thom Lyons' personality slowly uncurls, revealing his delusional, borderline-sociopathic psyche to the world.
Thom is still raging on usenet, apologising for Castro, refusing to believe that no opposition parties exist in Cuba, and going so far as to state that 'Cuban Mafia' hidden agendas lurk behind even the Encyclopedia Britannica's description of Cuba as a one-party state.
Here are some of his latest batch of stunners:
On Saddam Hussein:
On Fidel as a legtimitately-elected head of state:
When asked why he lied about exile opposition parties being allowed to participate in Cuban elections:
On Castro crushing all political dissent:
On his opposition to the Cuban people having free elections:
Here's his compassionate reaction to Castro's jailing of independent librarians:
When told that no legal opposition parties are allowed in Cuba, Thom displays his awesome powers of logic:
And last of all, he claims that Christian political prisoner Dr. Oscar Biscet got thrown in prison because he is a CIA Miami Mafia Buddhist agent. No, I'm not making this up. Thom knows this because a Vietnamese priest told him so. Not only that, but it was the Catholic church, not Castro, who wanted him jailed.
Oh, and he also claimed North Korea isn't a communist society, but the Vatican is.
It just isn't possible to parody these nuts anymore.
Tested a couple of used motorbikes a few days ago.
First up, a Suzuki TLS (they didn't have a TLR). It was a red one with a set of Yoshimura stainless exhausts, which sounded dissappointingly tinny. It also didn't have a steering damper fitted (suzuki retrofitted them as part of a mass TLR recall in 1998).
The riding position is very head-down, bum-up, but not excessively so. The engine is a beauty, with a ton of that magic v-twin stomp.
The bike I borrowed had a problem with "grabby" front brakes so I couldn't push it that hard. Still, I did gain some idea about the machine. It has a stiffer chassis than the Honda VTR, and a smoother gearbox.
The front end felt vague, and I can see how stability would be an issue on rough roads or at high speeds, though I had no such problems myself. I wouldn't feel comfortable blasting this machine through a series of fast corners as it feels a little too tightly wound for comfort. It really needs to be mahandled to get it around a corner, and that's just not good enough, even for 1997.
Pity though, coz the engine is brilliant.
Then I revisited an old favourite for the first time in a long while: the Honda VTR1000.
My god, what a wonderful motorcycle. I'd forgotten just how much I love riding these things.
The sporty but very comfy ergonomics are a perfect balance between touring comfort and sport-riding.
The handling is very light, the bike very chuckable, and the suspension soaks up the bumps of Australia's crappy roads.
The engine had more punch than I remembered too, with that delicious magic mid-range stomp. It gave little away to the TLS in this regard, remarkable when you consider I was riding a stock-standard model with the factory restrictive exhausts.
And that beautiful engine note - the delicious rumbling v-twin growl that grows with the revs. Absolutely wonderful. And this was with the quiet-as-a-mouse standard exhausts. I can't wait to stick a set of Staintune exhausts on one, though it would probably kill wildlife at a thousand yards.
Of course, the gearbox is still crude, the suspension needs a little work, and the fuel consumption is appalling, but this is still simply one of the greatest roadbikes ever made.
Pay TV brought back unhappy memories last night. Legends of the Fall was playing.
Jesus, what a monumental turdsack of monkeyshit. Anyone who likes this movie should be beaten up.
Brad Pitt wanders around looking constipated. Anthony Hopkins looks like he's emerging from a crack bender. Julia Ormond is a weepy slut who spends the whole movie wishing she was married to the constipated guy. And some old Mohican called Stabby The Clown wanders around mumbling nonsensical narration: "Tristan was like a stone that fell into the water and saw the spirits", etc.
If someone gives you the DVD of this, use it as a coaster.
Speaking of movies, I also finally watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Practically everyone on earth, including friends of mine whose taste I completely respect, wet themselves over how great this film was.
I thought it was crap. A typical Charlie Kaufman effort: lots of weirdness, mixed-up time scales, incoherent jump-cut editing, oddball cinematography and some funny lines.
For me, it was style over substance. I haven't seen such a visually aggravating movie since "Moulin Rouge" (though this movie was nowhere near as bad as that piece of shit).
The film had some sweet moments, some funny lines, the cast was good, but the self-conscious art-film wanking annoyed the hell out of me.
I can understand why so many people liked this movie, it's just that I can't.
Handbasket (formerly a contributor to Sashacastel.com) will be writing
the odd guest post on this site from now on, so keep your eyes peeled.
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