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apex factor
11-18-2010, 06:09 PM
I got my bike back today from Auto Addictions or Addicts Racing! I'm super pleased with how it turned out and how it sounds! One thing I'm not used to is the fact that the exhaust sits low to the ground and I like to lean my bike over real far so now I can't lean it nearly as low as I used to. On the bright-side, Andy said bring it back if I don't like how it is and they'll raise it up. For now I want to see how it is just riding it around. My plan is to paint the pipes black and then black header wrap them.

Here is a short short video of how the exhaust sounds. I was running the gas out of it so that's why it starts and dies so quickly:

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on to the pics I just took a few minutes ago:

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/exhaust.jpg

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/exhaust2.jpg

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/exhaust3.jpg

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/exhaust4.jpg

I'm so happy to rid myself of those ugly stock cruiser pipes. What do you guys think?
-Matt

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So last night/this morning I spent painting the exhaust. I think it turned out pretty good...

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/bexhaust.jpg

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/bexhaust2.jpg

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/bexhaust3.jpg

Also, since I have an aftermarket exhaust I can remove the stupid cluttering AIS, which is on the ground here:

http://xceedns.com/%7Emwong/aisremove.jpg

Here's a daytime video of it idling

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and a super quick video of it running:

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XS650
11-18-2010, 06:29 PM
nicely done looks good and sounds mean

Bob
11-18-2010, 07:37 PM
Looks good man! I'm guessing you'll find those to be dangerously low though.

Gas Man
11-18-2010, 08:27 PM
Looks great. Can't see vid at work... but looks great.

apex factor
11-18-2010, 10:22 PM
thanks guys!

Bob: yeah maybe, I guess only time will tell.

Chris: not missing much it is almost entirely black (since it was dark out) mostly just for the sound.

Grantzphoto
11-18-2010, 11:12 PM
Looks sweet and sounds good too! I'm thinking your going to want them raised though by the way you ride lol.

Gas Man
11-19-2010, 12:44 AM
Yeah but I want to hear it...

Can't get it to be seen even on my phone...

apex factor
11-19-2010, 08:27 AM
Grant: thanks! More riding will tell but you're probably right.

Chris: man that sucks, let me know if you are continuing to have a problem.

WILEY
11-19-2010, 09:55 AM
Looks cool.

Would raise those pipes though, crashing never looks cool.

apex factor
11-20-2010, 03:44 PM
thanks Wiley; and i agree.

Mudpuppy
11-22-2010, 10:08 AM
very nice and nice pics.. what kind of lens are you using? i see at 3200 iso in the darker pictures you aren't getting much grain at all.. there is some in the background but the bike is in decent focus.. that rebel must be a pretty good camera.. the nikon i won't shoot above iso 800 because it gets too grainy.. even at 800 sometimes it is questionable quality.. i just picked up a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens that i am playing around with..

apex factor
11-22-2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks! Yeah I just picked this camera up 550D with the standard kit lens (18-55). This is my first true DSLR, I've been into photography in the past but never really felt like I was good enough for a DSLR. Yeah I was pretty surprised myself when I first got the camera playing around with the ISO at how it wasn't as noisy as I expected.

The walk around video was also shot with the same camera in HD. Though I need a better SD card because I'm only using a class 2! I haven't had any write errors yet (which surprises me).

Yeah I definitely need to get some lenses but my wallet is only so deep and it usually gets spent on the IRA, house, cars and the motorcycle.

Mudpuppy
11-23-2010, 10:02 AM
Yes I understand - too many priorities and usually cameras, guns and motorcycles aren't high on the list (at least not with the women).. if you do look at a lens and want to add some bang for your buck (for portraits and pictures like your bike above) check out a 35mm, 50mm or 85mm prime lens - they are cheap and they produce SUPER sharp pictures.. I am still playing around with mine but here are a couple of examples:

http://i340.photobucket.com/albums/o348/mudpuppyr6/Paul%2039th%20Birthday%20111610/111610-01r.jpg

http://i340.photobucket.com/albums/o348/mudpuppyr6/Sebastian%20and%20Ninyo%20111710/SebastianNinyo111710010r.jpg

And I highly recommend this website and the related forum: http://www.all-things-photography.com/

Nick that runs it is a super cool cat and knows tons about photography along with a lot of other people on the forum..

And now I know a tiny bit about photos I always check the EXIF data and I saw based on the sharpness of the photos and the EXIF data you were shooting something good..

apex factor
11-23-2010, 11:36 AM
nice photos love the bokeh!

Yeah I thought about picking up a 50 prime 1.4 Once I have some money to blow on camera stuff I was thinking of picking up a wide angle lens and maybe a telephoto lens.

You always shoot Nikon?

Gas Man
11-23-2010, 01:12 PM
Finally got around to watching the vids. Sounds nice man. Would love to hear it rollin.

Hopefully we'll be able to ride soon. :D

Mudpuppy
11-24-2010, 04:08 PM
nice photos love the bokeh!

Yeah I thought about picking up a 50 prime 1.4 Once I have some money to blow on camera stuff I was thinking of picking up a wide angle lens and maybe a telephoto lens.

You always shoot Nikon?

Word of advice (not from me I am a mere amateur - this is from several pros) - don't waste your money on the 1.4 - just get the 1.8. It is FAR cheaper and more than you will ever need. 1.4 is big time overkill unless you are a pro.

Here is some solid advice on lenses: http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/index.htm

For my Nikon he recommends the 18-55 that you have - he said that covers like 90% of shots.. then a prime 35 or 50 (my friend who is a pro uses an 85 as well - preference and depends what you are shooting).. for wide angle Nikon has a nice 10-24mm zoom lens.. Personally my camera came with a 55-200mm zoom lens and it works quite well.. but it is an f/4.5-5.6. My friend recommends getting a 70-200mm f/2.8 to replace it - he says that is the most commonly used zoom lens and covers a large variety of shots and is the perfect companion to the 18-55. Of course the difference for Nikon is 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 is $250 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 is $2,000. So depends on what you want to do and what / where you are shooting. If you do all outside day time stuff the f/4.5-5.6 is fine. If you want low light or indoor then you need f/2.8. A tripod is a must have as well and very cheap to get.

I did a bunch of research after one of my friends suggested the Nikon D40 I believe (the predecessor to the D3000). I found for the money the D3000 was the best deal (new) I could find in a combo kit with 18-55mm lens and 55-200mm lens. I really dig the camera and it shoots well. In talking to anyone near a professional they said really it was a great deal and a great camera that I got. And they all said the same thing - Canon and Nikon are about dead nuts in terms of quality and performance. It comes down to preference. Some like the features of Canon and some like Nikon. Most pros use Canon from what I glean though.

Like motorcycles cameras are very addictive.. Once you start getting into them and learning about them it is a never ending path of financial destruction.. But I love shooting pictures and using a decent camera to do so..

Mudpuppy
11-24-2010, 04:11 PM
Also check this out for your camera - great info: http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/t2i.htm

I looked at it briefly - very sweet camera with DOF preview, HD video, 18mp and live view.. Very nice..

Grantzphoto
11-25-2010, 10:06 PM
I hope I don't offend anyone in saying this but Ken Rockwell is a tard hack at photography. He seems to regularly offend people for no reason. I used to listen to his podcast a few years ago and he always was hating on something. Recently I got around to checking out his portfolio and was unimpressed especially with all the nice gear he shoots with.

apex factor
11-28-2010, 09:50 PM
Chris: thanks man! Yeah we should do some 2wheelmi ride or something.

Mudpuppy: thanks for all the info and links, I'll check em out.

Gas Man
11-28-2010, 09:54 PM
You know that is a truth apex... we all do need to ride... but I think it will be a few months.

Mudpuppy
11-29-2010, 10:48 AM
I hope I don't offend anyone in saying this but Ken Rockwell is a tard hack at photography. He seems to regularly offend people for no reason. I used to listen to his podcast a few years ago and he always was hating on something. Recently I got around to checking out his portfolio and was unimpressed especially with all the nice gear he shoots with.

I hear what you are saying - I take it with a grain of salt really and a lot of what he says is bullshit for sure. He does have good information in there and I like his information because it expands my horizons. I don't buy into his word as the bible. Actually I discuss with a photographer friend of mine some of the inconsistencies of Ken's stuff - such as manual mode is only for old school people and his love of program shift?? But personally I always like to look at every piece of information out there and he has definitely spent some time on his information so I find it worthwhile to a point anyways..

So you are not offending me at all.. If you have any advice I am all ears.. I have always loved to take pictures and for years been dealing with substandard equipment.. I now finally have a decent (imo anyways - Nikon D3000) piece of equipment and I am trying to learn all I can about it and how to get the most out of it..

Grantzphoto
11-30-2010, 12:58 AM
I hear what you are saying - I take it with a grain of salt really and a lot of what he says is bullshit for sure. He does have good information in there and I like his information because it expands my horizons. I don't buy into his word as the bible. Actually I discuss with a photographer friend of mine some of the inconsistencies of Ken's stuff - such as manual mode is only for old school people and his love of program shift?? But personally I always like to look at every piece of information out there and he has definitely spent some time on his information so I find it worthwhile to a point anyways..

So you are not offending me at all.. If you have any advice I am all ears.. I have always loved to take pictures and for years been dealing with substandard equipment.. I now finally have a decent (imo anyways - Nikon D3000) piece of equipment and I am trying to learn all I can about it and how to get the most out of it..
Sounds like we need a 2wheel photo ride! I'm down to latch my strobes onto my bike somehow lol.

Mudpuppy
11-30-2010, 09:26 AM
sounds good to me..