Saturday, June 25, 2016
Along Came a Dragon
One year after we initially discovered it, a return motorcycle trip to an old theatre in Crane, Texas finds the historic building destroyed by arson. A piece of history has burned to the ground in West Texas.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Friday Night Lights: A Motorcycle Ride to Mojo & Memories of 1988
I visit world-famous Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, sharing my memories of 1988 and of being a high-schooler in West Texas during a time when high school football was a religion. Come ride along.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Infested With Bats : A Ghost Town Ride Double Feature!
We ride to the sister Texas ghost towns of Silver and Sanco on a perfect late spring day. There we discover everything from an abandoned church infested with hoards of bats to a robotic-looking automaton sentinel guarding one of the towns. Join Britt, Matt, Bobby, and me and we explore one of the loneliest areas of Texas on yet another motorcycle adventure.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Inside The Cockpit Of A B-52 Bomber
Some motorcycle trips are just perfect in every way. This was one of them.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Your Life Is Not A Mistake
In this episode there is no particular destination, no cinematics, and no sidekicks. I ride through the neighborhood where I used to live as a little kid and talk about some of the adversities I experienced in childhood. It's funny how things that happen to us early on can affect life and self-image well into adulthood. If we're lucky, we can overcome the bad experiences, but in any case we should never lead ourselves to believe our lives are meaningless or worthless. Enjoy a rare personal departure from my normal episodes with this traditional, straightforward vlog.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
FZ-07 (MT-07) with Danmoto XG-1 Motorcycle Exhaust System: Ride & Review
This may very well be the loudest motorcycle exhaust in the solar system.
Railroads & Crossroads : What's the Future of Tim Kreitz Adventures?
I ride my Kawasaki ZRX1200R to an old Union Pacific rail yard in the small West Texas town of Big Spring and show you a train display, as well as the buildings in a nearby historic district. We then ride home for an episode of Garage Talk, where I discuss the future of my YouTube channel as it approaches its own crossroads.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Badlands Texas : Finding a Mass Human Grave
We search a remote area of West Texas and find a mass human grave from the 1880s near the railroad tracks. Come ride along as my wife Sharon joins me for the first time ever in a episode of Tim Kreitz Adventures.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
SCMM2016 : Let's Do This! [SoCal Motovlogger Meetup]
This is a short video announcing officially that Britt and I will be returning to Palm Springs and San Bernardino for SCMM 2016, the SoCal Motovlogger Meetup. A rough itinerary is included and I solicit ideas on organizing rides. Special thanks once again to Suburban Delinquent, BakerXDerek, and ArsonRides for making this happen. I look forward to seeing all of you again.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Badlands Texas - The Roy Orbison Museum
Another badlands motorcycle ride finds us in the small West Texas town of Wink, where we visit the Roy Orbison Museum on a warm winter's day.
Friday, March 04, 2016
The Ruins of Frankel City
We head northward to Shafter Lake, Texas and search for the artifacts and ruins associated with the lost camptown of Frankel City. Along the way, we stop in the city of Andrews for a delicious plate of steak fingers from famous Buddy's Drive-In. Enjoy a cloudless winter day in the warm sunshine with Britt and I.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Yamaha FZ-07 (MT-07): Ownership Review
The late George Carlin once said that life is just a series of dogs you own. If that's true, then life for me thus far has been a series of motorcycles. It's interesting that I can look back upon certain chapters of my life, be it through looking at old photos, reminiscing with friends or whatever, and tell you exactly which motorcycle or motorcycles I owned at that point in time. They invoke my own personal zeitgeists like old songs or familiar voices.
That said, it is probably true that I've owned too many over the years. Not because I don't hang onto the good ones; I owned my ZX-7R and ZX-6R for over a decade, and I still enjoy my 2004 ZRX1200R most every day. It's just that I've always liked having more than one at a time, as well as fixing up used ones to eventually resell. That has resulted in me owning and riding scores of bikes over the past few decades. For that, I do not apologize. It has been a wonderful spice of life.
And with the passing of those decades has come the occasional change in my focus, direction, and philosophies as a motorcyclist. Lately, I've been experiencing another of those moto paradigm shifts. Specifically, I've mostly lost interest in my years long obsession with race replica sportbikes and constant high-speed riding (which is probably for the best at this point in my life). I've instead become much more interested in things like torque numbers and usable power delivery. This led me to re-discover parallel twin engines a few years back and buy a Triumph Bonneville, which I have enjoyed tremendously ever since. So when Yamaha released its new parallel twin-powered FZ-07 which incorporates its popular crossplane crank technology, I knew I had to get one.
I took ownership of my 2015 FZ-07 in December, after nine months of watching it collect dust on the showroom floor at the local Yamaha dealership. When the 2016s started arriving I made my move, nabbing the bike as a holdover for $6399, almost $600 off the sticker price. Since then I've been acquainting myself with the FZ-07 pretty much daily, and we're getting along swimmingly so far. Here are my thoughts after three months of ownership.
WEIGHT, HANDLING, AND OVERALL FEEL
Just to clarify, I currently have three bikes in my stable; a 2013 Bonneville, a 2004 ZRX1200R, and the FZ-07. The FZ is by far the lightest among them at about 390 pounds wet in its current configuration. And even though the FZ-07's suspension is undoubtedly one of the areas where Yamaha chose to cut costs and "cheap-out", the bike's steering geometry combined with its feather light weight makes it the king of the stable in the handling category. Superbike snobs will scoff at the FZ-07's lack of adjustability and soft demeanor, and if you decide to take it to the track, you'll see what they are talking about. But in its proper element, the streets, the average rider has no reasonable grounds upon which to decry the FZ-07's suspension. The bike instantly connects with its pilot and makes for pure, uncomplicated fun all the way. It inspires confidence and makes you want to continue riding long after you should've been home for dinner.
ENGINE CHARACTERISTICS AND POWER
At about 75 crank horsepower, the FZ-07 isn't going to win any races against 600cc or bigger race replicas. But where it does come out on top is in how it delivers those ponies, along with its impressive 50-plus foot-pounds of torque, which is immediate and almost violent at times. Power wheelies are effortless in both first and second gear as the 700cc crossplane twin literally dumps its full force into your lap almost right off idle. It spins up quickly without hesitating or wheezing as its signature crossplane howl makes you wonder if there's a NASCAR engine beneath you. This, in my opinion, is precisely how a street-oriented sportbike should behave. Leave the 600cc neck wringing to the pimply faced Gixxer riders. I want my torque right now.
This matters. One of the many reasons I bought the Bonneville and have hung onto my ZRX is because a lot of modern motorcycle design is just plain awful. Lines and other aesthetics, even including proportion, are regularly sacrificed these days in an effort to improve aerodynamics and reduce weight. This has resulted in an entire generation of surgical but flat-out ugly sportbikes that, quite frankly, are too horrid to even look at, much less ride. Yamaha has somehow bucked that trend with the FZ-07. The lines are modernly angular but appropriate, and the divine proportion is obediently employed in every geometrical relationship. It is modern yet classic. Simply put, the FZ-07 is dead sexy.
It's interesting how views and attitudes about sportbikes have changed over the years with advances in technology and movements in cultural norms. When Kawasaki released the 80-horse Z1 in the early 1970s, it shook the motorcycling world. The moto rags of the time fawned over it as the ultimate superbike and about it being not for the faint of heart. In the year 2016, the FZ-07 -- which shares similar performance with the Z1 -- is considered by many to be an entry level motorcycle. I've never bought into this way of thinking. Whether you just started riding or have been a motorcyclist for over four decades like me, you should consider the FZ-07 if looking to buy. It's not the fastest or the fanciest among its peers, but I believe history will judge it as having been revolutionary it its own way, and that counts for a lot in modern motorcycling.
Monday, February 22, 2016
All I Wanna Do Is Ride - Tim Kreitz Band (Music Video)
The latest original song by Tim Kreitz Band, set to stylized riding footage.
Monday, February 15, 2016
West Texas Oddities: Origins of a Murderer (Motorcycle Vlog #75)
Infamous murderer Gary Gilmore influenced not only the course of the justice system in America, but worldwide pop culture as well. In this episode, we visit the city of his birth, McCamey, Texas. Come ride along with us. "Let's do this."
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
The Secret Underground City Near Iraan,Texas
We make our latest motorcycle road trip an effort to debunk a currently hot conspiracy theory concerning a massive underground city near the town of Iraan, Texas. What happens is totally unexpected.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Achievement "Unlicked" : Ackerly, Texas [Motorcycle Vlog 72]
At long last, we finally lick the Ackerly curse and show you the old Sinclair gas station. Along the way we visit the condemned school in the ghost town of Klondike (a.k.a. Flower Grove). Enjoy a fun ride and laughs with Matt, Clif, and me. Brought to you in HDR once again!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Nuclear Missile, the Jet, and the Chopper : A Tale of Three Flying Machines
The GAM-63 nuclear standoff missile, T-33 Shooting Star trainer jet, and Bell UH-1 Huey are all featured in HDR as I visit various West Texas static aircraft displays on a warm, sunny, January day. Come ride a long and enjoy a fun history lesson.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Get Your Hands Off My Nozzle, Lady! [Motorcycle Vlog #70]
What starts out as a simple ride to pick up a new pair of gloves and shoot some test video with my Galaxy S6 gets really weird really quickly, when a strange woman commandeers my nozzle during a fuel stop.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
FZ-07 (MT-07) Loud Stock Exhaust Mod & Engine Break-In Tips
In this installment, I explain the mods I made to the stock exhaust on my Yamaha FZ-07, demonstrate the sound and performance characteristics, and offer my personal practices concerning so-called "hard" break-in of the engine.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Tim Kreitz Adventures 2015 Year-In-Review Special
It's back to the garage to reminisce upon and relive some of the most memorable moments in 2015. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.