August 2010 Vol 10 - 8 Print
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Editor’s Letter: A Star has risen

Well done, Brazil! Anyone to follow?

 

By Anton Popov,

Star Cruiser Editor

 

The August issue of the Star Cruiser is entirely ruled by the Brazilian guys. Our Bike of the Month winner is Eduardo Kenji Komatsu from Brazil. This month’s excellent travel piece is contributed by Tiago Feliziani, President of Sao Paulo Star Riders of the ISRA. Meanwhile, Shark – President of Brazilian Star Riders, tells us about Motocapital bike fest in Brazilia city. And mind that Mr. Shark is also ISRA’s new Secretary, while Roberto Severo – another Brazilian – has become ISRA Promotions Officer.

 

Wow, that sounds like a real Brazilian invasion! <LOL> But I wish all invaders of the world were that way: friendly, active, sticking to tradition – and to their word. I hope their eagerness will not wane with time – I count on having a good article from Brazil in each issue of the Star Cruiser.

 

Needless to say, our Brazilians also make an excellent example to everyone else.

You know what I mean, folks… It’s your chance to step forward and glorify your Constellation now. So what on earth are you waiting for?

 


 

Star of the Month: Brazilian Beauty

Eduardo’s Dragstar XVS650A

 

Seems like guys from South hemisphere are everywhere on the Star Cruizer these days :) Because our winner of the August contest is Eduardo Kenji Komatsu from Brazil! Let’s have a look at his beautifully customized Dragstar, study the impressive list of mods and parts – and hear the story of the bike told by the owner himself:

 

This bike is an XVS DRAGSTAR 650. Origin: Brazil, Color: SILVER, YEAR 2006.

I acquired this motorycle in February 2007. At time of purchase it had zero kilometers on it. I rode her for two years with some accessories installed and then I chose to make a customization on it. Initially I planned just to change the front mudguards... but I ended up doing a whole customization. The whole work was made at Customization Dune, by a friend named Eduardo who is a crazy and passionate about custom bikes and a very dignified person. The seats were made at Curitiba-PR by Skinny, also an excellent professional and excellent person. Dragstar is a beautiful bike, with many accessories available in the domestic market and from North America and numerous possibilities for customization. With it, I made many friends along the roads, visited many wonderful places. On each ride, whenever I find myself, I wonder how come I did not discover this before! lol

 

It is really a passion. If I try to explain better ... many will not understand!

 

 

List of modifications

 

Work:

1. Custom paint with pearl effect in two shades: Silver and Black with Black and Gold Fillet

2. Recalibration of the front suspension

3. Recalibration of the rear suspension

 

Parts:

1. Classic front fender (fiberglass)

2. Rear fender classic (fiberglass)

3. Golden Dragstar tank badges

4. Chrome trim framing the tank

5. HD classic handlebar, 90 cm wide

6. Chrome and rubber grips Kuryakyn

7. Levers Kuryakyn Chrome

8. Kuryakyn chrome brake reservoir cover

9. Chrome handlebar clock

10. Two antennas

11. Front brake cable Aeroquip

12. Chrome decorative cover with light on top of the front fender

13. Taillight type chapel, chrome (HD)

14. Front turning signal set (HD)

15. Detachable polycarbonate windshield

16. Cover Bengal CHROME

17. Special front wheel, rim 16th "on rayed hub drag

18. Dunlop White Band original

19. Horn Maritime HD

20. Siren Horn

21. Original Horn

22. Silverstone Motor Protector GRANDE

23. Front platform emblem (STAR)

24. Rear platform emblem (STAR)

25. Steel protector scale

26. Chrome engine guards

27. Protector Chrome Catalyst

28. Mirrors HD type

29. Sissy Bar

30. Fiber panniers with keys of Dune

31. Banks Special Pilot's Croup and Skinny

32. Support back of the rump Skinny

33. Aste flag chrome

34. Adapter blinkers

35. Halley sports exhaust pipe dual 2.5 "Beveled, with a new muffler (flute) special.

36. Anti theft alarm

37. Headlight bulb Philips Diamond Vision

38. Lighthouse 7 "rim with 8" Chrome HD

39. Brake pedal chrome special

40. Support plate chrome

41. Screws of chrome

42. Chrome garnish on the balance back.

 


 

Motorcycle Diaries: an 800-km Weekend

Riding in Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

By Tiago Feliziani,

President, Sao Paulo Star Riders of the ISRA

 

Hello, Riders!

 

July 9 was a holiday in the State of São Paulo. We had three days to turn around. So, the Constellation Star Riders São Paulo, in partnership with Drag Star Owners Group, left without destination. Easy Riders!

 

At a gas station in Sao Paulo. Left to right: Moska & his wife, Mikele, Marcelão, Tiago, Fabio, Ramone, Shinya Honda and L. Gustavo.

 

So we decided to take the Rio-Santos, a road that follows the coast of São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

After the first 100 km, the throttle cable of Ramone's Drag Star broke. We managed to get by even on the road and go on until Guaruja, searching for a mechanic.

 

Mikelewaiting for Ramone’s Drag Star to get tidy.

 

Ramoneand Jesus, the mechanic

 

After the bike was neat, we stopped at a restaurant on the beach in a coastal town, to have seafood for lunch and take a lot of beer.

 

 

After filling our stomachs with shrimp and squid, we traveled to the ferry that connects the Guaruja to Bertioga.

 

 

As it was evening, we decided to stay at Camburi, a city by the sea. We got a hotel for a good price and took whiskey to sleep.

 

Marcelãoand everyone were finished :)

 

Next day morning we woke up early, took a good breakfast and got ready to continue our journey further into the state, towards the mountains.

 

Mikelin his pajamas in the hotel in Camburi

 

In Rio-Santos highway, we find some partners of the road and we enjoyed the scenery together.

 

Tiago and the Atlantic Ocean

 

 

São PauloStar Riders, DOGs and HOGs.

 

 

On the road, we had lunch at a restaurant on Route Tamoios. Food to satisfy the hunger of the world.

 

The most beautiful people of Brazil.LOL

 

So, we went to a town called Santo Antonio do Pinhal, a high city surrounded by mountains and cold, very cold. We stayed in a rented house at the last minute.

 

Do not you remember the movie The Blair Witch Project?

 

Look at the sadness of Alex when the bottle of Jack Daniels is over.

 

In Santo Antonio do Pinhal we went out to bars, restaurants. Local people in places through which we passed, looked amazed to see our bikes.

 

 

In total, nearly 800 km were shot in three days, with much laughter and partnership and joy. Soon we will have another great ride. Wait and you will see it yourself soon!

 

Ride safe!

 


 

Tech Talk: Long-haul Evolution

Turning your cruiser into a tourer

 

By Anton Popov,

Star Cruiser Editor

 

I dreamed about motorcycle travelling long before I even got my first bike. Buying a Star gave me an opportunity to make my dream finally come true. Many people would say a cruiser is not the best touring solution especially compared with genuine mile eaters like BMW GS/RT, Yamaha FJR or Honda Gold Wing/Pan European. But what can I do, if I like the charisma of chrome and the sweet V-twin sound – but still want to travel distant lands? My whole experience of owning a Dragstar 1100 Classic suggests a solution to this dilemma.

 

I could get myself a bigger bike, if I were a bit bulkier myself. But Mother Nature gave me only 62 kilograms of live weight. Can you find a prêt-a-porter cruiser-tourer bike light enough for me? Nope. Everything readily available is either too heavy or too sporty. So the only way I could have what I wanted was to do it myself. So I chose an XVS1100A as a middle-weight cruiser – soft, friendly and reliable – and started turning it into a tough traveler.

 

First I had to deal with ergonomics. On a stock bike my whole body went numb after a mere 200 kms – no way to go if you want to cross Europe. So I changed the stock seat for Corbin Dual Touring (my bottom said “thank you very much indeed”), Baron’s DT Pullback risers (a huge relief for my back), Kuryakin’s ISO grips and Throttle Boss to put some vibes and pressure off my hands and Lindby Custom’s Chrome Clamp-on Footpegs to have a choice of positions for my feet.

 

The second problem was the luggage. My Dragstar came out of the shop bare as a newborn, so at first I had to use a backpack. I never really liked leather saddlebags, so my first choice was a pair of Nelson-Rigg textile throw-overs and a cordura rollbag by Saddlemen. Sure enough, I ran out of luggage space sooner than could say “camping”. So the final decision was a set of Yamaha OEM hardbags and a DMY trunk by Mutazu. Hardbags are expensive stuff, so it is well worth to protect them. I used a set of protection bars originally made for the RoadStar at the rear and Cobra Highway bars at the front.

 

Then there was an issue with the wind. Deafening noise and sore neck made continuous riding really difficult. So I started with a Yamaha OEM windscreen, which worked really fine. But aesthetically the bike’s front end looked too light compared with the rear end, swollen with hardbags and trunk. So I decided to try a Batwing fairing. After some thought I chose outer-only fairing by DestinationCycles. I preferred this design not only for its lower price, but also for its modest weight and maintainability. When I bought it four years ago, plug-and-play fairings for metric bikes were ridiculously expensive, costing over $1,000 per piece. Now riders have cheaper options, offered my companies like Memphis for less than $200. The aesthetical issue was solved. But to be honest, the fairing was less efficient in terms of wind protection than an OEM windshield. The problem was in vortex-like disturbances coming up from beneath the fairing. I solved that by installing Yamaha OEM lower deflectors. Another little, but useful aide that I employed was a Laminarlip deflector on top of the fairing’s windscreen. It raised the airflow well above my head. So I got rid of head buffeting, but at the same time I still had a “look-over”, not “look-through” windshield, which is very important in bad weather. Finally, I added a pair of National Cycle hand deflectors. But in my opinion, their effect is limited (if any), probably because the fairing already takes most of the wind off my hands.

 

When you have the upper part of your body protected from rain and wind, you legs and feet start feeling particularly vulnerable. So at first I decided to put a pair of Sage Brush Design vinyl covers on my Cobra highway bars. The covers worked absolutely fine, the only disadvantage being the lack of adjustable ventilation. You either have them on – or off. The process takes just a couple of minutes, but I wanted something truly adjustable and more solid maybe. So I got a set of JTD lowers with vent doors. Additionally they provided me with housing for my new 6 ½ speaker system to replace the poorly-working handlebar set my MH Instruments. To my surprise, the lowers added some whirlwinds from below and I still have to solve that issue. But in other aspects they work fine and endured my latest 9,500-km trip around Europe flawlessly.

 

 

So what did I get in return for spending 5 years on trial and error and a hefty investment of $6,000+? What I got as a result is my dreambike and a fair travel mate. The bike is so comfortable that I ride continuously for up to 30 hours. I think this is the best proof of efficiency for the mixed concept of a midweight cruiser-tourer motorcycle.

 

P.S. I would like to thank the guys from the ISRA and UltraStar forums for their advice and support. This bike would never come to be what it is without your experience and ideas.

 


 

Globalizer: 7th Motocapital

96 hours of partying and motorcycling in Brazilia City

 

By Shark,

ISRA Secretary

President Brazilian Star Riders

 

Time: July 29 – August 1

Place: Granja do Torto, Brasilia – Distrito Federal

 

 

The Moto Capital was established in 2004, replacing the Commemoration day of the rider on July 27 in the federal capital, Brasilia. In its 7th edition – which has grown in size every year – held from July 29 to August 1, 2010, it is estimated that the event came to gather more than 100 000 people in their 96 hours of partying. Participants were motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs from north to south of Brazil. ISRA was also duly represented by its local Constellations: Capital Star Riders and Brazilian Star Riders.

 

 

The two constellations planned everything well in advance and the last days were full of expectations to join the biggest motorcycling event in the region. Some members of the Constellations followed the event since its opening. The tent was pitched so that Star riders could enjoy the four days of partying and riding throughout the structure and the group would have greater comfort. Also, the Constellation banner ISRA was installed and got the deserved attention.

 

 

But to add to those already there, however, another convoy of Star Riders left Goiania (250 kilometers from the event) on Saturday increasing the number of members of the Constellations in the event. The event featured numerous shops of articles related to motorcycling, and also had a large food court. Clear enough, the event was accompanied by the sound of rock: more than 20 bands performed on stage at the Moto Capital.

 

 

These days will certainly be remembered by those who participated in the event. As it was over, Star riders hit the road again – so that the whole party would be repeated next time.
 

 

 

ISRA Participants:

Fernando and Rose

Pedro Fonseca and Mari-lia

Ivan and analyzes

Albert and wife

Alessandro and Elisangela

Shark

Cuevas

Ary

DiolG

Sebastian

Miguel

Voneiand Vera

Batman

Marcao

Julius

 

 


 

Pic of the month: They made my day

My tribute to a group of Polish riders

 

By Anton Popov,

Star Cruiser Editor

 

There are a lot of motorcycles in the streets of Moscow. But more and more appear each year. So what started 20 years ago as a small riding group now grows into a real community – huge and very varied, which is no wonder in such a big city. As the number of riders increases, I hear a lot of nostalgic complaints, especially from those who ride long enough. No one would stop to help you out on the road, no one greets fellow riders anymore, they say. The bike brotherhood is dead and gone – this idea has become a common place in the past few years.

 

But is it dead, really?

 

To be honest, I never supported these views. My faith was strengthened on my recent trip to Europe. Eleven countries, 9500 km in just over two weeks – it is a separate story, which I hope to share with you sometime soon. Today’s point is the challenge that this trip started with. I decided to make another attempt to complete an IBA SS1000 run on my way from Moscow to a bike fest near Hamburg, Germany. Everything went fine in Russia and Belarus, but Poland slowed me down. The roads were good, but curvy and narrow, with a lot of trucks and suffocating speed limits. So there came a moment, when I realized I had to finish the run ASAP if I want to make it in time. There were a few miles I still had to go to get over the 1,000 threshold and about two hours before the time would run out. You probably know that to complete the run I need a witness. But who could it be? It was 5 am, the gas station was absolutely empty. Suddenly, several sportbikes pulled over from the highway. Language barrier is a problem for me in Poland sometimes. But we managed to communicate and the folks got my idea. They agreed to ride with me to the next gas station, so that I would have enough miles and sign the witness form as I get my last gas receipt.

 

Here they are – people that made my day. Or, rather they made my run. They agreed to spend their time and effort to a complete stranger, although they were tired themselves and were eager to get home and have some rest. Becoming a certified IronButt is good, but it’s even better to know that there is something that unites people on two wheels. To know that the brotherhood is not dead.

 

Katarzynaand Maciej, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

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