May the 4th…

Spent the entire day editing 4 videos – V-Stacks, Air Filters, Remove / Install Gas Tank – and only completely finished the 4th… about uhhhh… May the 4th and JIT.

We just wanted to let yall know that we will be releasing these 3 videos exclusively to our fellow R1Videos Insiders. You can sign up on the top of our homepage – until this post gets bumbed for now it should be right over here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The latest 3 videos should be ready and starting to roll out over the next week or so. We’re excited to be back in action. It’s been a while, but we are serious about keep this project up and running!

Stay visible out there and May the 4th be with you!

Wiski and Todd – R1Videos.com

May the 4th be with you

 

R1Videos.com is now on Google+

Not sure how we are going to use it yet or how often, but if you’d like to get our email address or connect with us on g+ then check out the official R1Videos page here – or at the full link: https://plus.google.com/+R1VideosdotCom

3 New R1 Videos On The Way Soon

Howdy gang. We actually got 3 new videos filmed last week and are still in the process of editing them. R1 Insiders will get access to them first so if you haven’t yet signed up, it’s quick and easy and on the top right side of the homepage. We will never spam you, sell or rent your info, ever. It’s just a way for us to reach out to you when we have something cool to tell you about, a coupon to save you cash at a motorcycle retailer, or some sort of newsletter if we ever get one up and going. Oh yeah, and to let you know when the latest R1 Videos are ready so you can access them first before they go live to the general public!

More blog content coming soon. More pics on our FlickR page, more Pinterest, Facebook, and everything else we can think of to keep you busy with news, updates, and information about the Yamaha R1.

And as always, holler at us directly if you need a tip or help. We get a ton of emails so we do apologize in advance if we take to long to answer your questions. Until this project pays the bills for us, our time is limited. Speaking of which, there is a donate button somewhere on the site! ;)

Yall ride safe and be easy!

Wiski and Todd

PS – we have a long list of videos yall submitted to us so we will always keep working on those – but what else do you want on our sites? There are a ton of ways to interact with us so let us know.

CRG Levers for 2006 Yamaha

Hey everyone, been a while! Still trying to catch up at home so we can both focus on R1Videos again. This post is for a YouTuber that commented in wanting to know where we got our gold CRG levers. Well, I can’t recall but I can tell you that if I had to buy them today, I’d get them at RevZilla. Bought some A-Stars gloves from their site a couple months ago and was pleased as usual. So iddtapthat (cool user name by the way) – here are the levers at RevZilla. Just click the image and check em out.

We highly rec the “shorty” and not the “standard” length. The shorties are much better and actually safer for you while riding. That’s another story Todd can share some other time, so just trust us – always go with the shorties. So everyone, if you have standard clutch and brake levers, it’s a good time to think about shortening them up. Plus, by clicking the link/image below, you are supporting R1Videos – not by much but every bit helps!

iddtapthat – here is what you were looking for (click the image to check em out at RevZilla); you will need 1 CRG “clutch” lever (shorty), and 1 CRG “brake” lever (shorty)
CRG Roll-A-Click Clutch Lever Yamaha (Color: Gold / Type: Shorty)

New Site Design for R1Videos.com

Riders and Insiders – what’s goin on tonight? Sorry for the new look and feel of the site. We have a lot of work to do to get a better design going but due to security reasons, we had to abandon the old design. Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s temporary, so I guess it will have to do for now. Yall stay visible out there. We’ll try to stay more visible here and on our YouTube site. We have more videos, but like I’ve said several times – - we’re really busy with work and I’m moving so yall sit tight. I promise more how to vidz are on the way and also some GoPro riding footage and tips and so on.

Hey if you post on our YouTube channel and not on the comments below the videos – - I’m having trouble trying to figure out how to reply. Better to comment on the videos and/or here on the blog or  hit us up through email:  Robert@ (I’ll let you figure out the rest… R1Videos.com)

What’s up on MotoGP coming to Austin, Texas in a month!? We’ll be posting when we get back from the races. Also, AMA possibly coming next year in 2014! Can’t wait for a track day out there at COTA…

R1 Videos Updates – Back In The Saddle

Howdy fellow riders! It’s Wiski here, just wanted to give yall some updates since it’s been a while since we’ve posted and released any new videos.

Todd and myself both recently got new jobs with new companies, so getting adjusted has kept us both pretty busy. I am also in the middle of moving out of my rent house and into a more permanent solution so that means R1Videos.com Battle Stations will finally be staying put for longer than a year! This means no more distractions with jobs and finding places to live so we can get back to getting more sportbike videos, how-to videos, and so on filmed, cut, mastered, and released for you guys.

We have a long list of videos to produce, pics and posts stacking up, and hopefully deals and/or discounts from some retailers on the way. So if you haven’t already, might as well sign up to be an R1Videos Insider. We will be releasing videos early to those that sign up, and trust me, we hardly ever send send any emails out so there’s nothing to lose. We’d like to get a newsletter going but who has the time!? PLUS – - we will NEVER sell your email address to a 3rd party – EVER – because we hate SPAM just as much as you do. We just want to be able to shoot you an email if we get a special discount or something cool comes along.

Guess that’s it. So sorry for the long delay in pushing out new content and new videos covering not only the Yamaha R1, but also gear, riding tips, reviews, and so on ! There is plenty to come when we get a chance to put it together and spit it out so hang in there with us. We are getting back in the saddle soon and will fire things back up as quick as we can!

Stay Visible,

 

Wiski & Todd

How To Remove Install Windscreen Yamaha R1

Finally, our latest how to video, How To Remove Install Windscreen Yamaha R1 is finished and ready for the public. We hope this helps you take off that stock windscreen and put on your new after market windscreen on that new Yamaha R1 of yours.

2 Things You Should Know:

  1. Going forward, all videos will be sent out to the R1Videos Insiders first before they go public so sign up!
  2. In case you missed it, we have a Videos Page with all our videos in order they were dropped so you can cut to the chase.

If you have questions, contact us and I will answer them myself (email Robert) or I will forward them over to Todd (guy in the videos) to get answer for you on anything R1 or gear related. Eventually, I will set up Todd’s email, but that cuts into editing time! Yall be easy out there.

How To Remove Install Windscreen Yamaha R1

 

Pic of Gary’s 2010 Yamaha R1 From Down Unda!

Here is a picture of our mate Gary’s R1 from The Out Back! It’s long over due, and we apologize for the darn near half year delay, but definitely wanted to share his pics of his new 2010 R1!

Gary, thanks for your continued support and for joining us as an R1 Insider. It’s been cool as h3ll reading your emails and hearing your stories from Down Unda (hope I got that right!?). Anyways, we Texans have mad respect for you Aussies so cheers to you and yours. Now for the email you sent in back in July of 2012:

Thanks Robert  Free support for the R1 Thank You.

Love this bike so much, I have carbon fibre pipes on it now and it goes like a rocket. Haven’t really been able to use all the house power it has as the roads in Brisbane are in bad repair after the flood. Also I’m worried about losing my license on it, and that would kill me. Believe me when I say that this could have happen so many times now, but I’ve been lucky.

I’m always clicking up to the next gear and backing off in amazement of the power it has.

I’ve read the reviews and I don’t care what they say, this bike is all that I want.

Excellent workmanship and I only wish we could build something like this here in Australia. 

Plugs this weekend and a new K&N air filter, I’m going to be in trouble.

Cheers Gary 

Gary's 2010 Yamaha R1

Gary’s 2010 R1

R1 Insider Gary from Australia

Gary’s 2010 R1

1st Track Day Filmed with GoPro and Drift Mic

Robert here (aka Wiski) – just thought I’d share this short clip from a video I shot on my first track day ever last year. I’m on the wall at Texas World Speedway trying to get low enough to get as much as I can on the wall. This is not the How To video we just released yesterday. That one is only for R1Videos Insiders for the time being. It’s free, quick and easy to sign up for future videos so sign up to be an Insider here.

Anyways, I shot this video with my GoPro HD Hero2. I used the Drift external microphone to record my voice while on the bike. Oh yeah, the GoPro is mounted on my helmet upside down using my own method. You can see how we did the GoPro helmet mount in this post. So the video will give you a basic idea of the resulting video footage. However, that’s on a track – it looks better when riding in a normal riding position and not tucking in so low. I’ll post another video vlog from the normal riding position soon so you can see how that looks also.

Wiski 1st Track Day on Wall at Texas World Speedway

 

New Video Coming – For R1Videos.com Insiders

What up fellow R1Videos.com Insiders! We just wanted to let everyone know that we are about to drop a new how to video. It will only be available to those of you that signed up to join us as R1Videos.com Insiders. You will be able to view the videos from now on, first – before we drop the video to everyone else. So if you haven’t already, join us today!

R1Videos.com Insiders is a project we are working on to bring you value as a fan of our website. We do not share or give out your email or any info. If there is something you should see, or a new video we drop, we want to hook up the Insiders FIRST! We are also working on getting some good sportbike coupons from a few top notch vendors to send your way (if anyone will give us any to share that is)! So anyways, join us now, you won’t be sorry.

2004 Silver Yamaha R1 with Green Wheels

Painted my wheels green (forest green) on my 2004 Silver Yamaha R1. The color looks a tad bit blue from the camera and the white, winter, late-afternoon sunlight. But in better sunlight, my wheels look more black with deep hints of green. I thought I would share because when I was thinking about what color would go with the Silver R1, I couldn’t find any pictures with green wheels.

I also posted this pic to our Facebook page here so you can chime in and tell me if you like the green wheels on the silver R1. Or, tell me what I should have gone with instead, or even hate on it.

Stay visible out there  - – WiskiForrest Green Wheels on Silver 2004 Yamaha R1

2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule

2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule:

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida March 14-16, 2013
TBD April/May
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin May 31-June 2, 2013
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama June 21-23, 2013
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio July 12-14, 2013
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California July 19-21, 2013
Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah August 2-4, 2013
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana (Harley-Davidson XR1200) August 16-18, 2013
TBA August/September
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey September 13-15, 2013
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California September 26-28, 2013

Find more racing schedules here on our R1Videos.com Race Calendars page. Find old race schedules and current race calendars.

GoPro Hero3 is Here!

The GoPro Hero3 is here and looks great (both the can and the footage it shoots). We do not have one to review yet but will definitely do a full review once we pick one up (or if anyone wants to send us one to review…). So if you are the first to get your hands on a GoPro Hero, then let us know how you like it!

30 Seconds of Safety Motovlogs Coming Soon!

We have some editing to do still but I wanted everyone to know that we have added to our video offerings with our new 30 Second Safety vidoes. These motorcycle riding safety tips will be for anyone that rides any style, brand, make, or model of motorcycle, sportbike, or even scooter. If you are on 2 wheels these short riding safety videos will help promote good riding and safety techniques. Stayed tuned while we edit the videos and we will start uploading soon. Finally – R1Videos Insiders will get access to the latest videos first going forward. So if you haven’t yet, you might want to sign up. See R1Videos.com homepage top right corner to sign up.

MotoGP™ to race in Texas in 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas™

MotoGP™ to race in Texas in 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas™

[Press Release]

MotoGP comes to Circuit of The Americas COTAAUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 3, 2012) – Circuit of The Americas today announced that the world’s premier motorcycle racing World Championship, MotoGP™, will join its roster of racing events next spring with the three-day series set for April 19-21, 2013, at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of the MotoGP series, the new circuit will be the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year’s time.

MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, consists of 18 races in 13 countries on four continents with pan-global television coverage. Nine nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards, Ben Spies and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well as the new CRT regulation machines from the likes of FTR, Suter and Aprilia. The series traditionally holds three races, including Moto2 and Moto3 competitions, during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer for Dorna Sports, commercial rights holder for the MotoGP series, is extremely happy to add the Austin Circuit to the official MotoGP schedule. “We are excited to be working with Circuit of The Americas to expand our programming in the United States and bring our series to an exceptional new Grand Prix facility in Texas. We see tremendous opportunities to market MotoGP and grow its fan base through this agreement and know Circuit of The Americas is the right promoter to help us achieve that goal.”

Circuit President Steve Sexton added, “The Circuit of The Americas team is delighted to introduce yet another world-renowned racing series to our 2013 event calendar—one we know will be hugely popular with fans coming to experience MotoGP for the first time at our state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in Austin. MotoGP has a worldwide fan base with more than two million followers watching races in person each year. We’re confident it will be a great addition to our programming and draw tens of thousands of people to Central Texas, creating yet another major event with significant economic impact for our region. We want to extend our thanks to the Austin Sports Commission for its help in securing yet another first-class event for our city and for helping us become the first U.S. racing venue to host two World Championship motorsport events.”

MotoGP’s reach extends to more than 200 countries and territories that receive live or same-day delayed broadcasts of the MotoGP events, with the coverage delivered to more than 337 million households worldwide.

MotoGP 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, who hails from Kentucky, rides for the Ducati Factory Team and said he’s eager to try out the new Austin circuit. “It’s great for riders and fans to have another MotoGP event in the United States, and Circuit of The Americas will give us a chance to expose more of our homegrown fan base to MotoGP in an up-close-and-personal way,” Hayden noted. “I love competing at new, fresh tracks and am really looking forward to racing at the Austin circuit.”

Texan Colin Edwards races for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team and their CRT project. The former World Superbike Champion said a MotoGP race at a new circuit just two hours from his home in Conroe, Texas (near Houston), means he can actually “drive to work” for a change. “Adding a race to the U.S. schedule makes a statement that MotoGP is working to expand it influence on American soil. The best way to grow our sport is to add races, and with events on the East and West Coasts—and now one in Middle America—it’s the perfect opportunity for more fans to see us in action. Plus, my family is really looking forward to jumping in a pick-up truck and driving up to Austin to see me compete.”

Rider Ben Spies, who calls Longview, Texas, “home,” is also excited about the 2013 schedule. “Who wouldn’t be excited to have a MotoGP race in their home state? I hope all of my CMRA, WERA and AMA racing friends and family storm the track. It will be so easy for me to cruise down to Circuit of The Americas from my house in Dallas.”

Tickets for the MotoGP event at Circuit of The Americas go on sale Oct. 16, 2012, will range in price from $133 to $199 and be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. Patrons with Circuit of The Americas Personal Seat Licenses will receive price discounts on MotoGP tickets. For more information, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets.

About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, entertainment, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ Nov. 16-18.

The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

About MotoGP

Established as a World Championship by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) in 1949, MotoGP is now into its 63rd year. It is the pinnacle of motorcycle championships in the world and the premier-class of three racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend. MotoGP has been administrated by commercial rights holder Dorna Sports under the supervision of governing body, the FIM, since 1992.

MotoGP has a rich history with Grand Prix events having taken place in every corner of the world. Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, the United States and Australia are just some of the nationalities that have produced high numbers in terms of race victories and world titles in its long history. Information about MotoGP can be found online at www.motogp.com.

MotoGP Comes To Austin Texas!

MotoGP has finally released the dates for the races at the new Circuit of The Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 16th, 2012 (10/02/2012). The MotoGP races in Austin, Tx will be held April 19th – 23st, 2013.

For more info and track layout: Circuitoftheamericas.com/moto-gp

Yeee haw, boys and girls!! This is the best news ever! Can’t WAIT for track days…

Coupon GoPro HD Hero2 $50 OFF Sale – Motorsports Edition

Looking for a coupon for the GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition? Well I just saw this in my email and thought I’d share. Expires SEPT 3, 2012 so hurry! Yes, we are affiliates of RevZilla because we shop with them quite a bit and have had nothing but great experiences with them. If you are in the market for a GoPro to shoot videos of your rides or to vlog (cam with a mic in your helmet shot POV style), you can’t go wrong here. Help support R1Videos and click this coupon to buy now. Thanks all!
Save $50 off the amazing GoPro HD Hero2 Camera – Motorsports Edition, This offer end 9/3/12 so take advantage now. Eligable for FS & ZillaCash

By the way, this purchase will be eligable for FS & ZillaCash!

Stay Visible,

R1Videos Team

GoPro Helmet Mount How To – with Drift Microphone

How To Mount GoPro HD Hero2 to Helmet

Here is how I mounted my GoPro HD Hero2 to my helmet for the best POV footage. I call it the “updside down left eye GoPro POV helmet mount” or UDLE (?) GoPro Helmet Mount. Whatever. Anyways, I will do a video soon to show you the steps on how this is done, but I wanted to at least get some pics up to help everyone out in the meantime. What you will see in the pictures is how I screwed up the first time and put the mount on the wrong side of the helmet. For the best POV shot you can get, put the mount on the left side of the helmet (under your left eye) which is the right side when you are looking straight at your helmet.

Once you set the mount  (it’s best to let it set for 24 hours to make sure it sticks) as pictured, then you should line the top of the mount with two strips of black electrical tape. I will have to show this also because it’s simple, but you might not get it without seeing what I am talking about. Do not overlap the tape as that will be too thick – just go 1 strip thick with the strips side by side down in the mount. This will help keep your GoPro from getting those annoying vibrations.

Then you will snap in the “J hook” and attach the other pieces. Forgive me for not remembering if you need extra attachments for this job. I have 2 GoPro video cameras, so I had plenty of attachments to choose from. Follow the pics here to complete the mount.

The last step is to attache the “skeleton case” which will  be mounted to your helmet upside down. This gets the eye of the GoPro closest to the center of your helmet for the best POV. Remember: you must put your GoPro in the “upside down” setting since it will be mounted upside down. This is simple to do, just follow your instructions manual.

How To Mount Drift Mic in your helmet with GoPro

Finally, if you have an external Drift condenser microphone for vlogging or capturing audio (engine noise, etc) then you can plug that into the radio shack adapter and plug that into the GoPro. I highly recommend the Drift condenser microphone with the GoPro by the way. I wrapped the Drift cord around the lining of my helmet and was able to jam the mic into the front mouth vent of the helmet (see pics). I also secured the little foam piece to the mic and the mic to the gator clip with a twisty tie (again, that’s another post to better show you how I did this – coming soon).

I hope this helps you get started if you are daring enough to look at the pics and figure it out as you go. If not, no worries, I will do a video on the steps so that you can follow along and have the best GoPro mount for your helmet!

Thr 8/15/12 update: I did a live vlog/test ride today and will post the footage here tonight so you can see the angle that my UDLE GoPro Mount captures the footage. Standby…

(click the pics for a larger view)

Best Way To Mount GoPro In Helmet

GoPro Mounted To HelmetGoPro Helmet Mount How ToDrift condenser microphone for audio inside helmet

Helmet Mount GoPro HD Hero2

Street Riding Tip: Stopping at Red Lights

Here is an important street riding tip for when you pull up and stop at a red light.

Always continue to look around you for other vehicles and what they are doing:

  1. When coming up on you from behind (are they slowing and stopping?)
  2. Cars turning into the lane behind side you (did they fully make the turn or are they overshooting it some – grannies in big boat Buicks are bad at turning)
  3. Are other motorcyclists trying to come up to you and/or beside you (I’ve even been passed while stopped at a light)
  4. Also, do not turn off your bike or put it into neutral because you may actually have to move, go, pull up, etc depending on emergency situations that may arise

Ride safe out there and remember this street riding tips for motorcyclists because you are always the loser in a crash with the cagers!

R1 Videos Team Headed To Track Day

With a few minor snags in the preparations for a track day coming up on Sunday in College Station, TX, we finally got everything loaded up and ready late tonight. It’s gonna be a hot day out there on the track  come Sunday (if it doesn’t rain) but who cares because after all, IT’S A TRACK DAY!

We plan to come back and put together a complete list of items to bring to your track day because 1. there are a few items you don’t want to leave home without so having this list will make it quick and easy to get everything packed up, and 2. we lost our old list so we need to do a new one anyway. Since we just got in from getting things packed up, here is a preliminary list of things you should consider taking to your track day. Check back later as we will upload a word doc or excel sheet with all the items you should bring to the race track.

List of what to bring to a track day:

  1. Cooler with bottled water (or like the Water Boy says, “High quality H2O”) and Gatorade or other sports drinks with electrolytes – a good idea is to start getting hydrated several days before you plan to hit the track
  2. Folding chairs for resting and hanging out in-between riding sessions
  3. Fan for cooling off and drying off
  4. Extension cord(s) and power strips
  5.  Long sleeve top by Starter brand – go with Starter brand top to save a bit of cash as it works just as well as Under Armour and can be picked up at your local Wal-Mart
  6. Under Armour – full leggings (bottoms) – these will also serve as your undies so you don’t need to wear both (Starter didn’t have the leggins that we could find so we got these from Amazon)
  7. Leathers (1 piece suit recommended but may or may not be mandatory – check with the track day organizers)
  8. Helmet – DOT and SNELL approved highly recommended – don’t bring a $50 lid that was made in a sweat shop by a machine as there really is a difference in top quality, hand-made helmets. We both went with Arai from the professional lid makers in Japan.
  9. Gloves with gauntlets (that cover the wrists) go with leather and get a good quality glove – we chose AlpineStars GP Pro
  10. Boots
  11. Spine protector to wear under leathers – some folks go with a chest protector also
  12. Tall socks – we went with AlpineStars socks that come up to the knee
  13. Painters tape or duct tape (to cover your headlights, taillights, flush-mounted blinkers and to  put the track decal on top)
  14. Bike stands
  15. Gas can(s) with gas – we brought 1 each (also good idea to remember to fill up the bike itself before you load them up in the trailer)
  16. Snacks, beef jerky, power bars and other energy packed foods (trail mix, nuts, etc)
  17. Bring your driver license
  18. Go with a buddy (if you crash, he can pack and bring your stuff and call your family in an emergency)
  19. Bike – some folks have actually forgotten their bikes – no clue how this could happen, but I guess it still does
  20. And for Pete’s sake – DON’T FORGET YOUR MOTORCYCLE KEY!! This happens quite a bit from what I hear.

Better list with more info coming eventually, but this will get you started. Ride safe and have a blast! After all, on the track you can’t get busted by the POlice or Johnny Law or them law dogs, or the hate, or PoPo’s, or the 5-0, or… you get the idea!

Yamaha R1 loaded in Race Trailer for Track Day

How To Change Spark Plugs on Yamaha R1 Video

We finally got our how to video “How To Change Spark Plugs” edited and loaded to YouTube. If you need to know how to remove the mid-fairings (since we started with them already removed), watch the “How To Flush Coolant System” video. You will find that video with all the others on our R1 Videos Page here.

So as you will see, we pull all the spark plugs out at the same time. This is because Todd’s R1 is always kept super clean. This is not really the best way to go about it if your bike isn’t immaculate. To be certain that no dirt or particles will fall down into the engine, it’s best to remove and replace each spark plug one by one. And of course, give your sportbike a good wash and let it fully dry before doing the job!

How To Change Spark Plugs on a Yamaha R1

 

Something For Our Female Audience

R1Videos has been coming up short when it comes to getting some interesting coverage for our female audience – that sucks, sorry! Yes, 10% (and growing) of our readers are females, but so far, 0% of our content has covered anything for all you gals out there that own, ride, race, or just have an interest in the world of sportbiking. That’s all gonna change because we definitely don’t wanna leave out the ladies!

Megan Wanat CMRA racer

CMRA Racer - Megan Wanat

To get things started off, we were lucky enough to catch up with CMRA racer Megan Wanat who we will be featuring in a series over the course of many posts to come. So while she is busy answering some of our interview questions and filling us in on her journey into the sport of racing and the world of motorcycling, be sure to check out her videos on the DistinctR6 YouTube channel.  There will be plenty more to come so check back!

Also, if you are a female that would like to help educate us all on your love for and experiences in sportbiking, shoot us an email at: Robert at R1Videos . com

Stay visible everyone!

Warp Stabilizer in After Effects CS6 for GoPro Video Editing

Here is a GoPro video editing tip: So you got the GoPro and you took it out for a couple test rides. You think everything is cool, looks pretty good right? Well, that was probably around the block in the neighborhood. Once you hit the highways and various streets and pavements, things can get a bit dicey. The camera vibrates pretty bad at higher speeds like 60-75+. Here is one tip if you are pretty big into editing like we are.

We use Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5. You can manually edit out all the vibrations and shaking in your footage by hand (if you have the time) in several video editing programs. HOWEVER, if you have the cash (or a teacher to hook you up with the student/educator discount from Adobe) then you can get After Effects 6.0 and remove all the shaky footage in the push of a button. After Effects CS6 does all the work for you automatically so you can have smooth videos (like the somewhat misleading GoPro commercials) with the push of one button. In AE CS6 this tool is called the “Warp Stabilizer” and works like a charm. Once we spring for the update from After Effects CS5 to CS6, we will show you plenty of our new GoPro videos along with a demo on using the Warp Stabilizer. If you have anything less than CS6 and you use Adobe, have fun doing all that work by hand! :(

Stay visible,

Wiski – R1Videos.com

GoPro HD Hero2 Latest Firmware Version

Here is the latest verison of the GoPro HD Hero2 firmware:  HD2.08.12.70

How to check the firmware version in your own GoPro:

  1. Plug GoPro into your computer
  2. Go to computer icon > then double click the GoPro device
  3. There you will see 2 folders. Open the folder called “MISC”
  4. You will see a text file called “version” – open this file and it will show you something like this:

“info version”:”1.0″,”firmware version”:”HD2.08.12.70″,”camera type”:”HD2″

This is the version “HD2.08.12.70″ – so for mine, the version is V8 . 12. 70

See this post to update your GoPro HD Hero2 firmware!

Party on!

How To Use a GoPro HD Hero2 with a Drift External Condenser Microphone

After many purchases and tests, I have finally figured out how to make the Drift condenser microphone work with the GoPro HD Hero2 (even though Drift tried to say that their microphone only works with the Drift camera) so you can put the mic in your helmet to Vlog your thoughts away while you ride. It’s so simple I feel like an idiot and should have known better. All you need is an adapter from RadioShack to make the 2.5mm Drift male plug into your 3.5mm GoPro female.
Adapter for GoPro Hero2 and Drift condenser external mic
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To install or setup your microphone in your helmet, here are the parts you need:

  1. GoPro HD Hero2 camera
  2. GoPro Camera AHDSH-001 Skeleton Housing for HD Hero Camera
    (exposes the external mic port so you can plug the mic in)
  3. Drift Innovation Drift HD External Clip Mic HDCMIC (this can be bought separately and is made for using inside your helmet) as shown here on Amazon – just click on this image below to get the exact microphone we use in our videos and vloggs. The only place we could find it so far was on Amazon.
  4. RadioShack 3/32″ Stereo Jack to 1/8″ Stereo Plug Adapter (Model: 274-0397)

Excluding the GoPro and the HD Skeleton Housing, you are looking at about $25 for the adapter and mic. Then you will be ready to ride, video, and record audio all at the same time!

Check back as we will be showing you how to best set everything up so you can begin Vlogging your rides and commutes for fun and for safety purposes.