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General / Re: Here's something I don't get.
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:27:33 PM »
He was elected to the NH House.  Then he resigned over some controversial statements.  I support a person's right to explain how he defines his moral parameters. 

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General / Re: bATTN. ANY MEMBER IMPERSONATING OTHERSj
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:21:55 PM »
Yeah, it's one of those threads.


She thinks the b.......j on the thread title are a secret code.

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General / Re: Here's something I don't get.
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:20:20 PM »
I know

There's no telling anything anymore.  Anyone could be anyone, posts can change people can be disappeared.  Maybe Tom Alciere is a fed impersonating a guy who talks about shooting feds to attract the attention of crooked feds?

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General / Re: bATTN. ANY MEMBER IMPERSONATING OTHERSj
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:55:28 PM »
He's refreshing this thread.

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General / Re: bATTN. ANY MEMBER IMPERSONATING OTHERSj
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:52:16 PM »
Tequila

It's bedtime at the hellbilly home.

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General / Re: bATTN. ANY MEMBER IMPERSONATING OTHERSj
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:48:34 PM »
One hour eleven minutes and ten seconds before this you made one of the best posts I've seen in a long time.

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General / Re: Bad times man...
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:44:24 PM »
To get our workers paying taxes.


How's it help to get them paying taxes if you're paying them with tax money?

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General / Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:26:49 PM »
No. 

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General / Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:14:32 PM »
Quote from: Fred
Thanks Eco....Did you ever ride a Harley?

I didn't have any idea how to ride my cruiser but I cursed it every single day for it's lack of lean angle.

I like to borrow the 900 Vulcan.  It is super stable all the way to it's maximum lean angle at any speed.  Surprisingly flickable.  It's sufficient for spirited commuting.   I've sat on a Nightster and started it.  Immediately knew what I needed to know.  Trillian won't ride it and her daughter won't go w/in 20 ft of it.

Also, no way I can get a Harley with 7800 miles on it for 1500 bucks nor will it get 54 mpg and insure for 100 bucks a year.

When I can have 3 bikes one of them might be a Nightrod.

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General / Re: Bad times man...
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:06:02 PM »
An invalid youtube link?


NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo

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General / Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:44:37 PM »
I hit 65 while standing it back up coming out of a cloverleaf.

Yeah, I need the fat tires but I'm wondering if they should be on another bike.  The GS500 has limits, it is not a supersport.  It IS capable of more than most riders ever do... that's what they say.  The 140 is really pushing the limits of chain rubbing (it doesn't).

Never will it achieve extreme lean angles at freeway speeds.  Doesn't have the front-end for it.  That's why the GSXR front ends they put on them.

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General / Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:36:07 PM »
First.  I had a cruiser for a couple seasons a decade ago.  I just got on and rode, had no clue how to ride a motorcycle.  Have a little time on dirt bikes too.  Took Trillian for a ride on a borrowed Vulcan (after it had been rebuilt after I totaled it while incredibly drunk, yep, he put me right back on it soon as his wife wasn't looking.)  and next thing I knew She bought the GS500 and Joel told her to get some gear and buy a book, changed my life, thanks Joel.

So, have I reached the mechanical limits of this GS500 or am I a squid noob who's doing it all wrong?

I can put a knee down on the ninja now.  By that I mean in a tight circle in a parking lot both left and right side, smoothly, competently and at will.  Haven't had the facilities to do it safely any other way.

I can come nowhere friggin close on the GS. I lose traction first.  With my 140 rear tire the front slides out on me before I lose the rear.  With my new 130 rear which is the OEM size (both Pirelli Sport Demons)  I run out of rear tire so they tend to let loose together, front and back unless I'm on the throttle enough to slide the back out intentionally, thus turning the front away from the turn and keeping it on good rubber.  In a 'properly executed corner' I run out of traction on both tires before I run out of balls.  

Front is an OEM BT45.  I got a larger one with the bike but the guy at the dealership refused to mount it, said it would rub on the fender, the previous owner said he knew what he was doing when he ordered the tire.  But when I got the bike I put a 140/80 rear on and a stock front.  Recently I replaced the rear with the 130/70 (oem size) rear and now I powerslide more easily with less lean angle.

They say oversized tires mess up the handling but I don't see getting more lean angle w/o more rubber front AND back.  Especially front.  I don't think I'm leaning it over that far.  Nowhere close to what I do easily on the Ninja.  The ninja has a huge (for it) 150/70 on the rear cuz it was in stock and she likes a fat tire anyway for looks.  Even with my knee down it has big chicken strips, it looks cartoonish the way it bulges out of that narrow rim.  Haven't noticed any loss in flickability but you could put Goodyears on that thing and I think it would pirouette like a ballerina.

I'm due to mount that front that came with the bike and see for myself if it fits (happy to notch the fender if I have to.  Leaving me with a big fat front and an oem rear which I think will do me no good whatsoever till I burn up the rear and put another bigger on the back (they're not selling the sport demon in 140 now) :(    Problem is I feel tons better sliding on the 140 than the 130.  It's amazing what 10mm will do.

Eventually...  I'll end up with an oversize front AND an oversize rear(wish I hadn't just got that 130 rear, I believed them about better handling on a stock tire size) and that should buy me more lean angle no?  If I do that am I exceeding the mechanical limits of the bike and asking for trouble?  Should I just get a more capable bike?  I feel good about my natural abilities but I haven't gone out and practiced all that much apart from regular travel but it's hard for me to accept that I can outride that bike already.  I really like it's low maintenance, dependability, fuel economy etc.  I don't necessarily want to replace it unless I've truly outgrown it.

I also put progressive fork springs in it.  Rear shock is stock.  I know you can put a GSXR front end and Works shock on it and that's what people who race them do (not a bad idea for sport commuting as insurance is CHEAP on this thing).  Am I already there or did I miss something?  I've dissected the Twist of the Wrist II and Ride like a Pro DVDs and Proficient Motorcycling.    Ordered Total Control and Twist of the Wrist II paperbacks from Amazon.Freetalklive.com this morning.

All the experts say don't put fatter tires on.  None of those resources address my problem.

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General / Re: CVS requires ID for money orders. Avoid shopping there
« on: August 15, 2011, 02:37:05 PM »
You're not going to kill them are you?

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General / Re: Anyone watch the UFC?
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:18:50 AM »
I rarely watch it anymore.  Just cuz I rarely watch live TV except at the bar and I avoid bars when they're full.

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General / Re: Racism
« on: August 14, 2011, 09:42:12 PM »
I thought about giving Ian 50 bucks for "advertising" and see if that works.  Then I thought:  Ian is in jail.... Fuck.

So we're stuck with it.  The unwritten ToS now states that racism is almost always allowed and you can say just about anything you want to anyone except John Shaw who will ban you if you hurt his feelings.

Most will forget.  It will color my interactions until the end of time or until something happens to imply to me things are now different.  I'm not holding my breath.

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