The 2018 Nissan Rogue 4,000 mile road test

 In August 2018 I had a chance to drive a 2018 Nissan Rogue for three weeks. I have put a little over 4,000 miles on the car and had used it in a variety of conditions. Here are some brief observations.   Driver’s area ergonomics. What I personally prefer in a car is that I … Read more

Review of Nikon 200mm f/4 D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor Lens

Originally submitted at Adorama Nikon 200mm f/4 D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor Nikon 200mm f/4 D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor Lens with Case -Gray Market Excellent lens, as expected   5out of 5 Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction, Consistent Output, Rugged, Nice Bokeh, Durable Cons: Slow Focus Best Uses: Macro Photography, Landscape/Scenery, Wildlife Photos Anyone looking … Read more

Review of Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II Lens

Originally submitted at Adorama Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II Very good universal lens Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus Best Uses: Weddings/Events, Landscape/Scenery, Wildlife Photos This lens is controversial, and has either glowing or scalding reviews. People reading the reviews, just like I was, should think about their use for … Read more

ZX-12R Brakes

The factory brakes on the A and early B model ZX-12R (2000-2002) are equipped with six piston Tokico calipers. Many people report that these calipers, while providing ample stopping power when working well, are finicky and prone to piston sticking, and are difficult to bleed well. On my ZX-12R the brakes worked well enough but … Read more

ZX-12R Engine Rebuilding

I have undertaken this as a winter project. The motorcycle for this project is a 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R with 12,250 miles on it, also known as model A2. The previous owner had noticed a coolant leak, tried to repair it but failed to install proper seals on the oil pump shaft. This caused the coolant … Read more