WHAT: Valentines ride
WHEN: February 15-16 2014
WHERE: Baler, Aurora
DISTANCE: 233km away from Manila
MEET UP # 1: Shell J. Vargas 1300H take off @ 1315H
MEET UP #2: Bocaue Crossing 7/11 1400H @ 1415
ITINERARY : From J.Vargas, take EDSA North bound up to Caloocan
(Monumento circle) Turn right to traverse the MC Arthur Hi-way
towards the 2nd meet up @ 7/11 Bocaue, Crossing.
*SHELL Bocaue, full tank your MC our next stop over for gas up is
will be either Talavera or Rizal Nueva Ecija.
From Bocaue we will take the route of Mc Arthur Hi-way up to Balagatas
Turn right to 2nd stop light going Maharlika Hi-Way (Balagtas- Bustos By
Pass road) Turn Left at the end of the By Pass Rd Turn Left again to the
next intersection after Bustos Munipal Hall Turn right goin to Baliuag,
after Baliuag Bridge Turn Right again at “T’ intersection going to San
Rafael, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, (N.Ecija)Gapan,San Leonardo, Sta.
Rosa, Cabanatuan, Talavera Turn right to (Pinagpanaan) going to Rizal.
(This is a stretch road but expect a congestion in every town)
*SHELL Rizal, Full tank your MC, Rest for 15 mins. Take off after 15 mins
TALAVERA- 98km. (2Hours estimated Travel time from Bocaue)
RIZAL- 121 KM. (2 Hours 20 mins. From Bocaue) ETA 1630H
From Rizal, We will traverse the 70km. slight TWISTIES and some unpave
Parts of the Pantabangan, Canili, Basal Rd up to the Town of Maria
Aurora. This will took us an estimated travel time of 2 Hours.
From here is a 19km stretch and well pave road that will took us
15 mins to reach the Town of Baler.
TIPS: the weather in Baler is unpredictable
DISTANCE FROM MANILA: 235 km.
ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME: 5-6 hours
ESTIMATED FUEL CONS.: 8-10 liters
ESTIMATED BUDGET: 2,000 Php.
It depends on time of our arrival
Sightseeing, taking pictures to the following places Ermita Hill,
PAGASA observatory, Dipaculao coastline & Balete tree “the
Largest Balete tree in Asia.
After Lunch it’s Homebound time.
For those Riders that cannot access our website or the linked above:
Before RIDES take BLOC TBAG
B- for BRAKE
*Check the brake fluid, make sure it is close to “MAX” level
*Check the brake pads if it is still good, make sure that it is at least 3mm thick
*Check your brake pedal/lever it should be smooth
*Check all of the lights come on when they are supposed to
*Check your headlights (dim & bright)
*Check your brake/tail lights and the signal lights
O- for OIL
*Change your motor oil if necessary
*Check oil level using your MC dipstick
*check the oil when your engine is warm. Because oil expands when it’s hot and contracts when it’s
cold, different temperatures will give you different readings.
*Pull the dipstick all the way out and wipe it with a rag. Then push it in, make sure that the oil is close to
the “FULL” mark.
*Check to make sure that there is no oil leak
C- for CHAIN and SPROCKET
*Replace it when necessary
*Adjust it to the correct amount of tension.
*the correct amount of tension is achieved when the lower run of the chain has one inch (25mm) of vertical free play when the rider is sitting on the machine (not on a stand)
*Also check the sprockets. The shape of their teeth should be even, and their tips shoudn’t be excessively worn off.
T- for TIRES
*Check your tire tread and make sure there is no visible damage such as bulge or hole.
*The primary function of tread on a tire is to divert water from beneath the tire to improve traction and avoid hydroplaning on wet roads.
*Tires become unsafe when they are worn, and once the tread is down to 1.6mm. that tire is no longer safe.
*All tires sold have what are called “TREAD WEAR BARS”. These are small bridges between the treads. Look at the tread pattern and you’ll see the beginnings of these bars starts to form between the treads, or running across the tire. As the tires wear these bars starts to flush (level; or even) with tire’s tread. At this point it’s time to replace the tire.
B- for BATTERY
*Check battery terminals, make sure it is tightened, clean and does not have any corrosions.
*Most batteries these days are sealed or maintenance free but if your battery has removable caps, you can check the electrolyte liquids inside the cells. The liquids should at least reaching the metal plates/cells. If the liquid is low refill it with distilled water.
A-for AIR and AIR Filter
*Check your tire air pressure using a tire gauge.
*If you are not sure of the correct pressure of your tire, you may be able to find it somewhere at the sidewall of your tire.
*Check your air filter if there is any visual damage.
*Clean with paint brush or flush it with gasoline, let it dry before putting it back
*Make sure it is properly mounted before you tighten the screw.
*Of course check your gas gauge to ensure there is enough gas for a long road trip.
*Go to your favorite gas station and full you gas tank before takeoff to minimize stop over
W- for WATER
This is for MC with Radiator only
*Make sure that the engine has cooled down before you open the radiator cap.
*Check the water for radiator, make sure that it is full to avoid overheating.
*You can refill your radiator with water together with coolant.
*check the radiator, radiator hose, coolant reservoir make it sure there is no leak.
*Do not self-fix major problem in your MC without proper knowledge, just go to your trusted mechanic.
*Make sure that your MC is Registered and your Driver’s License is not expired.
*Always bring a photo copy of your MC’s OR/CR
*Always bring your MC’s tools.
*Bring your SAFETY RIDING GEARS, USE it not just BRING it!
*And of course the “BUDGET”.
*DON’T FORGET THE PRAYER
This maintenance and tips will help a lot to our fellow riders to prevent problems during road trips especially in a long ride.
RIDE SAFE BROTHERS!