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Title: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on March 27, 2010, 04:26:34 AM
Just curious who else here rides bikes.

I ride Dirt AND Street.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 27, 2010, 02:49:45 PM
Just on the back wheel. 
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: One two three on March 27, 2010, 05:02:23 PM
I know a lot of people ride them near me (more in NH than other other state) but I'm still not someone that desires to ride them.  Motorcycles are too dangerous for me.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Osborne on March 27, 2010, 07:21:28 PM
I used to ride every day. Now, just a few times a year. I'm also too fat to fit into my gear.

I would argue that riding is pretty damned safe if you are alert and wear full gear with armor.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: BobRobertson on March 27, 2010, 07:27:17 PM
I do not ride motorcycles.

I ride one motorcycle at a time. 8)

(http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20 A/Yamaha FJ1200 86%20 3.jpg)
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Rillion on March 27, 2010, 07:48:16 PM
I was all set to buy one of these in 2003:

(http://bettergasmpg.org/images/HondaShadow_VLX600cc.jpg)

(Honda Shadow VLX 600)

Had the money set aside, was signed up for a motorcycle safety course.  Then I found out I'd be leaving the country, so I had to cancel the course and put the money toward moving expenses.  My parents were infinitely relieved, because the thought of my driving a motorcycle in Dallas kept them up at night.  

I'd still like one...if you offered one to me, I definitely wouldn't say no.  But it's not anywhere near so important as before.  I'm a contented cager these days for the most part.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Laetitia on March 27, 2010, 09:08:26 PM
I do not. At some in the not-too-distant future, I will.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: freeAgent on March 27, 2010, 09:11:50 PM
I would enjoy riding one, but not enough to make it happen yet.  I may get into it at some point in the future, but I'd probably get a PWC (http://www.sea-doo.com/en-US/watercraft/musclecraft/rxp-x/) first.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: anarchir on March 27, 2010, 11:54:36 PM
I had an uncle who died in a motorcycle accident before I was born so my mother would not be happy if I took it up.  My gal wouldnt be happy either.

I think they're cool but I have neither the time, the money, or the need so I'll pursue other hobbies.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on March 28, 2010, 12:56:38 PM
I do not ride motorcycles.

I ride one motorcycle at a time. 8)

(http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20 A/Yamaha FJ1200 86%20 3.jpg)
Hehe, good point, too bad I can't find that pic of me doing two at a time! (yeah that never happened)

Here's me on my two:
(http://hphotos-snc1.fbcdn.net/hs247.snc1/9421_157149831314_507176314_3152798_4988212_n.jpg)
1995 Kawasaki ZG1000 (GTR1000 for you furrinners) Concours
(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15709_412416975259_576185259_5503131_7421093_n.jpg)
1993 KTM 400 LC4 EXC converted to street legal
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on March 29, 2010, 07:33:57 AM
Just had to add another photo:

(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs456.snc3/26109_380743751314_507176314_4206854_6743320_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: dalebert on March 29, 2010, 11:04:16 AM
HOT!  And it's not a Harley so you're not a fag.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: hellbilly on March 29, 2010, 06:44:09 PM
If I lived in a more rural area I would.

Be safe of you do.. I came across an accident a couple weeks ago.. Suburban vs. Harley. First thing I noticed (after the helicopter that removed the rider) was a pair of biker boots sitting next to a damaged bike. Suburban had a dented front end. Not good.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on March 29, 2010, 07:34:47 PM
If I lived in a more rural area I would.

Be safe of you do.. I came across an accident a couple weeks ago.. Suburban vs. Harley. First thing I noticed (after the helicopter that removed the rider) was a pair of biker boots sitting next to a damaged bike. Suburban had a dented front end. Not good.
Yeah... I've been riding near daily in traffic and lane splitting for the last 3 years.  To be honest I'm a lot more worried about hurting myself on the dirt bike by doing stupid shit!  But I'm safe and have never been seriously injured despite all of the stupid shit I've done in my life.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: davann on March 29, 2010, 07:40:56 PM
If I lived in a more rural area I would.


This. A rural area far away from Southern California drivers and China Towns.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: DogCow on April 07, 2010, 01:30:49 PM
Why is my car's muffler too loud for street use, but a motorcycle can pull up along side me in traffic and rattle all my bolts loose and that's perfectly acceptable.  I'm not concerned with the law and state inspection. 

I like to drive a can that's whisper quiet. Some of those motorcycles are as loud as a rock concert.  I hate when they zoom past my house too.  I also hate those kids with their boom boom stereos that I can hear a mile before I see.

I'm just old.  I just don't think they should bother me while they enjoy what they do.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Ecolitan on April 07, 2010, 01:57:26 PM
It's not you.  I ride motorcycles and a great many of those assholes are.... assholes.  Especially in residential areas.  Same assholes who get pissed off about car stereos.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Bill Brasky on April 07, 2010, 02:40:26 PM
HOT!  And it's not a Harley so you're not a fag.

A Harley is not a fag bike.  They're a domestically built classic design.  If you prefer that shape, which I do, they're the benchmark.  

I would take that classic shape from any one of a number of jap builders.  Since I'm not hugely concerned with performance data - I just want it to run with some balls - the specs don't mean anything to me.  You have to ride like a retard to see those high-end numbers, and you'll be a stain in short order.  

Now, the lifestyle is where fagism comes into play.  If you sleep, eat, and breathe Harley, you're a fag.  Kind of like some other lifestyle involvements that are blown out of proportion, and they can't think of anything else productive to do with their lives.  I'm sure there are a few jackasses you could think of who fit the criteria of obsessive loser, a character flaw which has nothing to do with a specific outlet for their obsession.  

Rather, it has everything to do with self-image and a desire to emulate the characteristics of a group which represents their ideal.  A club, a sports team...  the "us and them" dynamic.  I think you know what I'm tactfully leaving unsaid.  
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Osborne on April 07, 2010, 03:09:43 PM
I wouldn't call anyone a fag, but there is something seriously wrong with someone who would ride a HD when there are such a ridiculous number of similarly-styled and better-engineered machines out there at half the price tag.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 07, 2010, 04:56:29 PM
I wouldn't call anyone a fag, but there is something seriously wrong with someone who would ride a HD when there are such a ridiculous number of similarly-styled and better-engineered machines out there at half the price tag.
I pretty much agree with this.

I'm not really interested in cruiser bikes myself.  I might consider getting one as my fifth or sixth bike though. 

I like sport bikes because they are fast and turn very well.  Cruisers aren't fast and don't turn very well.  They aren't made to do that, they're made to cruise for a long distance in a relatively straight line relatively comfortably.

I have a sport touring bike because I like to go fast and rail the canyon roads, but also commute on it.  So I've got the comfort factor set and a speed thing set with that bike.

I've got a 400cc plated enduro bike for doing long trails that I need to connect with short highway jaunts.

I think my next bike will be an MX bike dedicated for track use, probably a 2-stroke 250, but a KTM 300 or 380 2-stroke would be sweet.  After that I'd want a dedicated sport bike, probably a Japanese 1000cc I-4 true sport bike, like a ZX10.  Then I'd want a Goldwing 1800.  And THEN I'd want a cruiser style bike, maybe.  Might want to get a dedicated trials bike before that though.

To each his own, they make tons of different bikes because tons of different people want to use them in tons of different ways.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Ecolitan on April 07, 2010, 09:05:03 PM
I wouldn't call anyone a fag, but there is something seriously wrong with someone who would ride a HD when there are such a ridiculous number of similarly-styled and better-engineered machines out there at half the price tag.

!!!
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: KDus on April 07, 2010, 09:21:14 PM
I'd still be riding 80 miles daily if I'd had a bike with loud pipes. When the guy changed lanes in front of me, without looking, my only chance was for him to hear me coming. Instead, I slammed into his rear bumper.

I felt more safe splitting lanes on the 405 in LA than I did around town. I split lanes daily all over L.A. freeways for a year. Twice, drivers ran into me without looking, and the 3rd time the damage was too much to recover.

I've put  about 1000 miles on a friend's Harley, all over So.CA. and it is by far, the most powerful, most comfortable bike I've been on. Very well crafted'
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: BobRobertson on April 08, 2010, 02:06:12 PM
I'd still be riding 80 miles daily if I'd had a bike with loud pipes. When the guy changed lanes in front of me, without looking, my only chance was for him to hear me coming. Instead, I slammed into his rear bumper.

Ignoring the fact that from the front, loud-pipe bikes are just as quiet as everything else.

All they do is annoy the people behind them.

Statistical fact: People in cars do NOT change lanes, turn left, pull out, etc, in front of MOTORCYCLE COPS. Motorcycle cops ride very quiet bikes.

People SEE motorcycle cops because motorcycle cops are identified in the brain as a threat.

People who don't ride, or who simply don't care, honestly really seriously just don't see bikers around them even if they look directly at them.

I had a woman hit my bike, from behind, I was traveling 30mph, in the middle of a nice warm sunny California day. My back tire bounced off her front license plate (instead of being grabbed by her bumper) by sheer luck, throwing me straight forward instead of getting driven over.

The only damage was that her front license plate was torn off and thrown 20 feet or so.

We both stopped. I checked my bike, picked up her license plate, walked over and handed it to her. She was sitting in her car nearly apoplectic, stuttering "I didn't see you! I didn't see you!" over and over. Bright red bike, red leathers, etc. Yeah.

I told her to calm down and go home, and left her there.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: KDus on April 08, 2010, 09:12:28 PM
I'd still be riding 80 miles daily if I'd had a bike with loud pipes. When the guy changed lanes in front of me, without looking, my only chance was for him to hear me coming. Instead, I slammed into his rear bumper.

Ignoring the fact that from the front, loud-pipe bikes are just as quiet as everything else.

All they do is annoy the people behind them.

Statistical fact: People in cars do NOT change lanes, turn left, pull out, etc, in front of MOTORCYCLE COPS. Motorcycle cops ride very quiet bikes.

People SEE motorcycle cops because motorcycle cops are identified in the brain as a threat.

People who don't ride, or who simply don't care, honestly really seriously just don't see bikers around them even if they look directly at them.

I had a woman hit my bike, from behind, I was traveling 30mph, in the middle of a nice warm sunny California day. My back tire bounced off her front license plate (instead of being grabbed by her bumper) by sheer luck, throwing me straight forward instead of getting driven over.

The only damage was that her front license plate was torn off and thrown 20 feet or so.

We both stopped. I checked my bike, picked up her license plate, walked over and handed it to her. She was sitting in her car nearly apoplectic, stuttering "I didn't see you! I didn't see you!" over and over. Bright red bike, red leathers, etc. Yeah.

I told her to calm down and go home, and left her there.
If you can't hear a Harley coming up behind you while splitting lanes, you might need your ears checked.
People don't get in the way of cop bikes because they see blue lights in their mirror.
I absolutely identify with not being seen. My crash bars had paint from several bumpers but the drivers never stopped; possibly never knew what they did.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 09, 2010, 12:42:31 AM
So I guess since this is the new de facto "bike thread" I figured I'd post some hilarious, yet excellent advice on how to conquer whoop sections in the dirt.

"Drive through them in a straight line like your trying to mow over some inconsiderate people in the line at a grocery store. Gotta stomp each one of those suckers on your way through. Every now and again one of them will throw something at you side ways, but you just have to grab a hand full more cart and keep looking at the check out finish line.

Get a good running start and tie your laces up on about the 4th notche so that no ones fat mother will slow you down half way though and make you land upside down with a carton of eggs on your face.

Learning to do it can be a hurdle, but you just have to keep focused on that bee line to your air conditioned car, and make it a point to rock, row, and push with your feet in a way that keeps the bike tracking straight."

Excellent!
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 09, 2010, 02:47:14 AM
I don't ride ATV's, but this story has to do with dirt riders as well.  Honestly I don't like how ATV riders tear up the area and kick up so much dust, but I'd rather see ATV's out at my favorite riding spots than nobody.

This story is important for motorcyclists on the dirt.  Check it out:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-04-05-atv-parks_N.htm?csp=usat.me

Off-roaders in search of trails

(http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2010/04/05/ATVx-topper-medium.jpg)

A sign warns visitors at the Mountaintown Roadless Area near Mountaintown, Ga. in 2007.

By Laura Bruno, USA TODAY
The dustup between all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts and land conservationists is intensifying this year as more people go in search of places to ride and more groups race to protect large portions of public lands.

Three bills currently under consideration by Congress would grant wilderness protection to more than 34 million acres of land, and 13 million acres in 11 states are under consideration for new National Monument designation, says Department of Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff.

If those proposals become law, motorized vehicles would be barred from lands in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

"Any closure is bad because it leads to more and more closures," says Jack Hickman, president of the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. "With more people buying vehicles and less land to recreate on it means more damage to the land."

The number of off-road vehicles grew 230% from 3 million in 1993 to 10 million vehicles in 2008, according to a U.S. Forest Service estimate.

Sites across the country previously open to off-road vehicles have been closed in recent years because heavy use or abuse tore up soil and plants or eroded roads leading to silt buildups in nearby waters. They include:

• About 55,000 acres of land in Arizona's Sonoran Desert National Monument were closed to motorized vehicles in 2008 to rehabilitate the natural landscape. Those lands will remain closed indefinitely while a land-use plan is completed, according to the Bureau of Land Management's Phoenix district office.

• The 16-mile Patterson Mountain ATV Trail System in Virginia was closed this year when the Forest Service found the poor condition of trails was hurting water quality in adjacent streams. The area is closed indefinitely, the Forest Service says.

• The 39-mile Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System in North Carolina was closed permanently in 2009 because visible sediment from the trails was reaching the Tellico River, according to the Forest Service.

"This is exacerbated by ATV and off-road sales going up and up and up," says Ed Moreland of the American Motorcyclist Association.

While wide swaths of public land are open to ATVs — 33,000 miles of trails managed by the Forest Service and 206.3 million acres by the federal Bureau of Land Management — there are concerns that reckless riders continue to damage land, Moreland says.

Brad Powell, a former regional forester for the Forest Service who now works for Trout Unlimited, says concerns about land damage are legitimate and the explosion in off-vehicle use requires a re-evaluation of where it's appropriate to ride.

"They are far from running out of spots to ride," Powell says of off-road vehicle users. "I'm not opposed to OHV use, I want to find the appropriate balance that's been lost with the explosion of growth in vehicles."

Riders care about the land, too, Hickman says, using their vehicles to appreciate sites they could not reach on foot. While some lands should remain wilderness, others with existing roadways should not be taken away, he says.

A proposal for an ATV park in Florida's Everglades has local environmentalists upset. Miami-Dade County has proposed an ATV park in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which the Broward Group of the Sierra Club has opposed.

"To think of this place as a playground for recreational vehicles is not giving this special piece of land the respect and concern required," says Matthew Schwartz of the Broward Sierra Club.

One potential victory for ATV riders is in the works in New Jersey, where there are no public lands currently open to off-road vehicles.

A law passed in January requires the state to find a public site for riders in order for the state to collect registration fees and penalty fees for illegal riding.

A public site is long overdue for the riders of an estimated 250,000 vehicles in the state, said Dale Freitas, president of the New Jersey Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

"The vast majority want to do things responsibly, but the only way to correct the problem is with facilities where people can come and take safety training courses," Freitas says. "Make it a quality site and people will want to come back."

Bruno reports for the (Morris County, N.J.) Daily Record.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: BobRobertson on April 09, 2010, 01:33:02 PM
People don't get in the way of cop bikes because they see blue lights in their mirror.

That is not what I'm talking about. No lights. No siren. Just cops on cop bikes cruising.

People see them. Statistically speaking, cop bikes just don't get turned left in front of.

California state advanced motorcycle safety course materials. Defense lawyers kept trying to use cop bike statistics to prove that no one turns left in front of bikes unless it's the biker's fault. So obviously their client can't have done it.

Quote
I absolutely identify with not being seen. My crash bars had paint from several bumpers but the drivers never stopped; possibly never knew what they did.

Case in point.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: mikehz on April 16, 2010, 01:55:37 PM
Deer hits are very common around here. I could not imagine hitting a deer on a motorcycle.

My first vehicle was a little Honda bike. I was 18, and working as a busboy at a coffee shop. I was debating with myself whether to get a bigger bike, or a car. Then, on the way home from work one day, I hit a puddle of water and the rear wheel slipped out from under the bike. I made my decision before I hit the ground. "I'm getting a car!"
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Rillion on April 16, 2010, 01:58:07 PM
I want a Vespa.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Osborne on April 16, 2010, 04:27:31 PM
I want a Vespa.

Try one of these. So sexy.

(http://www.apriliausa.com/assets/2163/01_big_gallery_constraintscaled600x337.jpg)
Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Bill Brasky on April 16, 2010, 05:02:56 PM
I like them ones that have the two wheels in the front.  I think Bombardier makes them. 
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Osborne on April 16, 2010, 05:31:22 PM
I like them ones that have the two wheels in the front.  I think Bombardier makes them. 

Can-Am Spyder. Looks fun.

(http://z.about.com/d/motorcycles/1/0/4/U/-/-/Can-Am_Spyder_left_urban.jpg)
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Bill Brasky on April 16, 2010, 06:11:15 PM
Yep. 


Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 16, 2010, 06:31:21 PM
I want a little 125cc scooter too.  Just for zipping around the neighborhood.  Would be a fun little toy.

I test rode the can am spyder at one of the demos here in SoCal.  It's cool.  I think they'd be very difficult to flip.  But it was too much like riding a quad on the street (minus the flipping part).  I wouldn't mind owning one, but it'd be pretty far down the list on my priorities as far as motorcycling is concerned.  It was fun to ride, but not as fun as a 2-wheeler for me.


Anyways, I finally got down to business on my old gargantuan 20L gas tank for my KTM I ordered of German E-bay.  Wet sanding large motorcycle parts in an expensive tile shower = love. lol.  The paint job is 60% complete.  I'll post an image when its done.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Ecolitan on April 16, 2010, 06:34:57 PM
I want a little 125cc scooter too.  Just for zipping around the neighborhood.  Would be a fun little toy.

You can get a 250 Ninja and do short highway jaunts too.  You can ride a 250 at 14 in OK so we have a lot of them.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 16, 2010, 06:37:36 PM
I want a little 125cc scooter too.  Just for zipping around the neighborhood.  Would be a fun little toy.

You can get a 250 Ninja and do short highway jaunts too.  You can ride a 250 at 14 in OK so we have a lot of them.
Yeah, my roommate got a 250 Ninja for his first bike last year.  It was tons of fun.  The fact that it revved to like 16k rpm was awesome.  But I think my KTM 400 is perfect for the short highway jaunt role right now.  I'd rather get ridiculous and get a tiny scooter just for short zipping around.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: freeAgent on April 17, 2010, 08:54:07 AM
I like them ones that have the two wheels in the front.  I think Bombardier makes them. 

Can-Am Spyder. Looks fun.

(http://z.about.com/d/motorcycles/1/0/4/U/-/-/Can-Am_Spyder_left_urban.jpg)

One of my coworkers got one of those.  She likes it.  It looks almost like a snowmobile on wheels.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: KDus on April 18, 2010, 04:03:32 PM
I like them ones that have the two wheels in the front.  I think Bombardier makes them. 

Can-Am Spyder. Looks fun.

(http://z.about.com/d/motorcycles/1/0/4/U/-/-/Can-Am_Spyder_left_urban.jpg)

One of my coworkers got one of those.  She likes it.  It looks almost like a snowmobile on wheels.

Yes, it's a ski-do on a trailer. It completely defeats the point of a motorcycle. You still get stuck behind big vehicles in traffic and it looks stupid. You still need a parking space and it looks stupid.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Ecolitan on April 18, 2010, 06:57:35 PM
If it were a girl riding it she'd be hot.  It's a dude, he looks like a girl.

This is the only one that makes sense.  For the Trailer pullers. (http://www.motorcycle.com/classifieds/can-am/2010-can-am-spyder-rt-s-MC09264002A86.html) 
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 20, 2010, 05:05:03 PM
http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/france-the-massive-motorcycle-protest-of-this-weekend.htm

I guess the French aren't that lame after all, 10,000 bikers protest in Paris.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: BobRobertson on April 20, 2010, 06:56:28 PM
I guess the French aren't that lame after all, 10,000 bikers protest in Paris.

Yeah, protesting that they don't get enough government favors.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: davann on April 23, 2010, 07:40:37 PM
all over L.A. freeways for a year. Twice, drivers ran into me without looking, and the 3rd time the damage was too much to recover.


My reasoning for not getting a bike remains valid. While not L.A. we do get plenty of of S. Cali drivers here which is bad enough. Throw in the added distraction of the all the pretty lights and it is just a matter of time before I'd be a smear under some Cali's tire.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on April 24, 2010, 12:29:03 PM
all over L.A. freeways for a year. Twice, drivers ran into me without looking, and the 3rd time the damage was too much to recover.


My reasoning for not getting a bike remains valid. While not L.A. we do get plenty of of S. Cali drivers here which is bad enough. Throw in the added distraction of the all the pretty lights and it is just a matter of time before I'd be a smear under some Cali's tire.
Last time I was in Vegas on my Connie I was stuck in traffic on the strip next to a cop car with two cops in it.  I motioned the "roll your window down" arm pump to them and asked them "Hey, is lane sharing legal for me here in Nevada?  Can I cruise up through this traffic in between all of these cars?"  The cops laughed and said "Oh I don't know, why don't you try it and find out!"  Fail.  At that point was 95% sure that CA is the only state with legal lane sharing so I didn't take the bait.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: davann on April 26, 2010, 12:12:50 PM
all over L.A. freeways for a year. Twice, drivers ran into me without looking, and the 3rd time the damage was too much to recover.


My reasoning for not getting a bike remains valid. While not L.A. we do get plenty of of S. Cali drivers here which is bad enough. Throw in the added distraction of the all the pretty lights and it is just a matter of time before I'd be a smear under some Cali's tire.
Last time I was in Vegas on my Connie I was stuck in traffic on the strip next to a cop car with two cops in it.  I motioned the "roll your window down" arm pump to them and asked them "Hey, is lane sharing legal for me here in Nevada?  Can I cruise up through this traffic in between all of these cars?"  The cops laughed and said "Oh I don't know, why don't you try it and find out!"  Fail.  At that point was 95% sure that CA is the only state with legal lane sharing so I didn't take the bait.

Yep illegal in Nevada. They were baiting you. Slot machines are not the only way to fleece a cali.

Still, I do see this manuever in city traffic. I am guesing the riders are from cali and do not know the rules. Tends to really piss people off. It is amazing what a bad name driving wise Californians have with everyone else. I know people that won't even let someone from California even drive the golf cart if they round out a foursome.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: soliscjw on May 08, 2010, 05:56:41 PM
I hate to say it but I agree with the Southpark episode http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889 (http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889)
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 10, 2010, 03:02:59 AM
I hate to say it but I agree with the Southpark episode http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889 (http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889)
Sorry troll, but that only has to do with overly loud Harley riders.  They are making fun of Choppers who think that the louder their bike is the cooler they are, but most riders will disagree with that, and most riders thought that episode of South Park was HILARIOUS, myself included!

So what Kind of bike would you like to ride?  A dirt bike a crotch rocket or a cruiser?  I ride a sport tourer which is kind of a blend of crotch rocket and cruiser leaning on the crotch rocket side.  It's fast but comfy.  My dirt bike is a dual sport that leans towards dirt duty but still rocks on the street.  Just depends on what tires I put on her.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: soliscjw on May 10, 2010, 12:19:28 PM
I don't ride but one of my uncles rides a Goldwing
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 19, 2010, 07:46:53 PM
Here's for the street riders:

Free PDF of Keith's Code Twist of the Wrist 2
http://www.mediafire.com/?71ynjmmgiuj
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: alaric89 on May 20, 2010, 08:40:46 AM
I hate to say it but I agree with the Southpark episode http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889 (http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889)
Sorry troll, but that only has to do with overly loud Harley riders.  They are making fun of Choppers who think that the louder their bike is the cooler they are, but most riders will disagree with that, and most riders thought that episode of South Park was HILARIOUS, myself included!
I hate loud dirt bikes. One of the reasons I hang on to a 2-stroke. Couldn't hear mine, when I'm actually riding the thing, with my buddy on his 450 4-stroke.
Both are stock.
I also like it because it pisses off environmentalist, mix it richer if it didn't foul the plug.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 20, 2010, 03:33:49 PM
I hate to say it but I agree with the Southpark episode http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889 (http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889)
Sorry troll, but that only has to do with overly loud Harley riders.  They are making fun of Choppers who think that the louder their bike is the cooler they are, but most riders will disagree with that, and most riders thought that episode of South Park was HILARIOUS, myself included!
I hate loud dirt bikes. One of the reasons I hang on to a 2-stroke. Couldn't hear mine, when I'm actually riding the thing, with my buddy on his 450 4-stroke.
Both are stock.
I also like it because it pisses off environmentalist, mix it richer if it didn't foul the plug.
Hehe so true.  I miss my old 2-smoke.  I think a KTM 300 or 380 EXC that's plated is the next bike on my list.  I mean, my 4-stroke 400 makes plenty of power and runs great, but it just isn't the same.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: alaric89 on May 20, 2010, 05:49:48 PM
(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/2465/bilde014.jpg)
Testing the suspension on 03 250exc
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 22, 2010, 12:52:26 PM
I saw this add on Craigslist (Comox Valley) and thought it was worth posting for a laugh. I can relate to his comment.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                                                                                                                                                              I’ve been hunting for a motorcycle here on craigslist for a while now, and I thought I’d share the dumbest things I see in motorcycle ads, and how I interpret them as a buyer.

1. “Please no low ball offers.”
I have no idea what this motorcycle is worth.

2. “I’m think about selling / letting go...”
I have no intention of letting this motorcycle go except for a ridiculous price.

3. “With extras.”
I’ll throw in all the OEM parts I removed to chrome up my last fleeting interest.

4. “Call me as this won't last very long at this price.”
This ad will still be here in 3-4 weeks.

5. Any ad with both “Harley” and “Low miles”.
I think I’ve got this mid-life crisis just about under control.

6. “Not a beginner bike.”
“I scared myself baaaaaad!”

7. “Wife wants it gone.” This has two possible translations:
Has anyone seen my testicles? I think they’re in my wife’s purse next to my opinion.
or
This was an absolutely ridiculous purchase and I have to blame it on someone.

8. “You will never see a ________ in this shape.”
You can barely see where it exploded, or where my kid tried to wash it with rocks.

9. “Locally driven.”
I wanted to go on a road trip, but there wasn’t enough room in the saddle bags for my cosmetics kit.

10. “Lady ridden.”
I got sucked into buying this for a guy I was living with at the time.

11. No picture with the ad - see number 8.

12. “Photos on request.”
I want to waste your time, and mine.

13. “Possession Date:”
I’ve got big plans for this bike that I expect you to wait for.

14. “Great little commuter. Great starter bike.”
I out-grew this bike in two months, so will you.

15. “the price is $_____ firm dont even call unless cash in hand cause it wont be leaving the shop”
Check back in a month when I’ve substantially lowered the price on a bike I was asking waaaay too much for.

16. “this bike was built for show”
Most uncomfortable thing on 2 wheels ever built.

17. “Price reduction”
I was asking for way too much money, but now I’ll settle for just a little bit more than what the bike is actually worth.

18. “My loss is your gain”
I’ve priced this bike to recoup every single cent I spent on it, and I’m hoping I can find someone too lazy to check what it’s worth new.

19. “have no time for it and just cant justify keeping it”
What was I thinking when I bought this?”

20. “Selling my baby”
Prepare to over-pay.

21. “Few available”
Have fun trying to find parts.

22. “no test rides”
You didn’t think I’d let you try my bike before giving me $5600 for it did you?

23. “hate to see it go”
I’m lying, I can’t wait to unload this money pit on someone else.

24. “owner moving got to go”
I’m moving to the tiny town from foot loose. Not only is dancing illegal there, but so are dirt bikes.

25. “Last week available”
Two possible meanings:
I don’t think the bubble gum and crazy glue holding this thing together will last much longer than that.
or
I was pressured into buying this completely impractical bike, and I’m hoping you can be, too.

26. “This bike gets lots of comments.”
Comments like “Is it supposed to smoke like that?” “I think that guys motorcycle has a cat stuck in it.” “Looks like that guy was in an accident with out his helmet.”

27. “Will listen to offers.”
Desperate to unload this bike and trying hard not sound like it.

28. “The bike will be able to view after May 17”
That’s when I expect it out of the shop following a horrible accident.

29. Serious enquiries only please.
I fully expect my phone to be ringing off the hook the minute I publish this ad, so please, don’t waste my time.

For a successful ad:
Please take 10 minutes to see what your bike is worth new. Why would anyone come buy your 2007 V-Star 650 for $7500 when they can get a Brand New 950 for $1000 more?

Critical information that I, the buyer, need to see in your ad:
1. Year, Make, Model.
2. Engine Displacement
3. Known defects
4. Mileage
5. Photos
6. Price


Let me close with what is possibly the dumbest, most ridiculously optomistic ad I have ever seen on craigslist:

"1973 honda SL125 - $6500 (cv)
body and frame is in nice shape, but bike doesn't run. Im not sure what it needs, I just want it out of my shed. will consider trade for a newer quad that is in nice shape.
(picture was taken when I bought the bike in 1995.)"

Awesome, just awesome!
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 27, 2010, 07:18:00 AM
(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/2465/bilde014.jpg)
Testing the suspension on 03 250exc
Sweet bike.  I think it's funny how both dirt riders who posted pics of their bikes both have KTM's.  What kind of suspension is yours rocking?  I have White Power front and rear.  My buddy who only rides Hondas (he's a Honda lover) was shocked and thought I was screwing with him when I said I have White Power forks and rear shock.  He thought it was something racist, especially because it's a bike from Austria.  I started laughing my ass off and told him that it was the brand name and had nothing to do with racism in any way.  He was shocked because he had no idea why I would ride a racist bike lol...  He knows how I refuse to drive German vehicles because of the whole Nazi history behind many of them, but didn't initially see the difference between Austria and Germany.  I had to explain to him the stories of a couple of my Austrian buddies' families before he got it.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: alaric89 on May 27, 2010, 03:36:33 PM
WP forks and shocks. (Stock) I am a little heavy, so I have them on maximum height and almost all the way stiff. The only modification to the bike is a larger rear sprocket. I replaced the back fender after a overrotation on a Kicker ramp. (broke my tailbone as well but... meh) I actually thought they were built in Canada when I bought it. I would never buy a bike knowingly from a bunch of Nazis!
(Its a Joke. I got a 95 Volkswagen Golf in the driveway. I don't hold things against people for things their grandparents did, all though I do feel the Beetle is a evil car)
I usually choose Japanese bed toy's and cars but I picked the KTM because they came stock with good bars(Renthal) and suspension at the time and wouldn't have to be swapped.
(btw I like the way German cars drive if I need a break from my back busting Nissan. Also the Golf is very simple to work on.. believe it or not.)
My Friends rode jap bikes, a Kawasaki, (Kx450f) and a Suzuki (Rm 250) My bike was a lot more economical and reliable than either one. This actually surprised me.
Just as a aside, my "Made In the USA" Arctic Cat snowmobile has a Suzuki engine. I buy machines based on what I want not where they are made.
My Friend with the 450f had a never ending battle with the shims on the valve system. How reliable are the KTM 4 strokes?
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 27, 2010, 03:52:06 PM
Well My KTM has the LC4 400 motor, so it's ultra reliable.  But from what I understand the RFS motors are very reliable too.  I keep reading about how these Hondas need tons and tons of service and vavles and new heads etc. and it's just really shocking to me.  My girlfriend's XR needs almost no service besides oil changes.  Same with my KTM
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: alaric89 on May 27, 2010, 04:12:59 PM
Might be the open racing bikes are maintenance heavy. Mine was also the only enduro of the bunch. The valve seats wore down. Gradually thinner and thinner shims have to be used to keep the valve lash correct. If they are too thick the valves are slightly open before warm-up and the bike would not start.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Ecolitan on June 20, 2010, 10:11:19 AM
(http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/cheapcrossbows/340-4.jpg)

(http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/cheapcrossbows/340-2.jpg)

This is by far the best looking, best quality, most functional racing suit for the money IMO.  I think it's awesome looking.  But...  Can I wear it, in public?  It's an F'n superhero costume.

edit: the piping is more subdued in normal lighting and the black isn't as black.  This is more what it looks like in your headlights than at wal-mart.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on May 28, 2011, 03:18:09 PM
Well I got a KTM 500 2-stroke.  The thing has way too much power for me and I feel like a pussy.  Which is exactly why I bought it.  I'm glad I can finally have another bike that will scare the shit out of me again.  It's a fucking beast.  I took it to the track the other day and got passed by a little girl on an 80 wearing all purple gear.  Because I was being a total pussy.  I finally started getting the hang of the 65 hp powerband kick in and started having fun.  My girlfriend filmed me doing the two biggest jumps at the track while I was goon riding and being a pussy in 4th gear putt putting around at low rpm far away from the insane 1500 rpm 2x hp spike.  God I love this bike.  I just hope I can learn to control it.

http://s1134.photobucket.com/albums/m610/Joelberg/?action=view&current=2011-05-27_15-05-53_653.mp4
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: alaric89 on May 28, 2011, 04:43:54 PM
Wow. :D
I road mine the other day to try and find my dog, sorry no action pics.
The authorities have really cracked down on dirt riders lately here.
I am getting fat.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Trillian on May 30, 2011, 12:13:16 AM
That looks so much fun!!!   I want a dirt bike!   

Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: One two three on June 09, 2011, 10:07:01 PM
One of the big three rallies in the US is happening in NH next week.  One of my roommates is thinking of riding his bike up there.  Anyone else going?
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: BobRobertson on June 11, 2011, 07:19:20 PM
One of the big three rallies in the US is happening in NH next week.  One of my roommates is thinking of riding his bike up there.  Anyone else going?

It's for Hardley's, right?
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: One two three on June 13, 2011, 07:11:38 AM
It is a Harley rally but I doubt you have to ride a Harley there.

Some good news for riders in NH:

HB 148, relative to federal funding for motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints, is a pro-motorcycle, anti-federal money bill that was signed by Gov. Lynch on May 16th and became law with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2011/HB0148.html

"124:15-a Motorcycle-Only Roadside Checkpoints. No law enforcement agency of the state or a political subdivision of the state may accept federal funding the purpose of which is to establish motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints."

Apparently, there is a special federal government fund for this and at least GA has already taken advantage of the money.

NY has been conducting motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints for some time, even without federal money and a related case is in the federal court system.
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on June 15, 2011, 02:47:43 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWNtzCAbsVY
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Elengrace11 on September 09, 2011, 03:12:09 AM
I started riding motor bikes since I was 16. I love the quick acceleration, and at each traffic light I get to go to the front of the line and be first away on the green light. I mainly prefer motor bikes because it can be parked just about anywhere and it is cheaper to operate. 
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: One two three on October 18, 2011, 02:34:23 AM
Relating to motorcycles and New Hampshire:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?124976-101-Reasons-to-move-to-New-Hampshire&p=3658079&viewfull=1#post3658079

New Hampshire not only has near the least restrictive motorcycle laws in the US (no helmet required, even for kids).  Here is a map that shows NH as one of only 3 states like this.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-11-16-motorcycle-helmet-laws_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-11-16-motorcycle-helmet-laws_N.htm)

NH has around the most bikers per capita
http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=24528.msg271286#msg271286 (http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=24528.msg271286#msg271286)

NH has near the lowest motorcycle deaths per registered bikers
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-26-bikehelmets_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-26-bikehelmets_N.htm)

NH has one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the US
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_rally (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_rally)

Also, in response to actions that were happening in another state, a bill which prohibits the acceptance of federal funding for motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints became law in NH. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=489&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtsstatus=10 (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=489&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtsstatus=10)
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: One two three on October 18, 2011, 02:40:12 AM
One of the big three rallies in the US is happening in NH next week.  One of my roommates is thinking of riding his bike up there.  Anyone else going?

It's for Hardley's, right?

My roommate went.  He doesn't have a Harley but rode his bike up with a co-worker.  The other riders were not a problem.  However, he was going just a few miles per hour and got a ticket.  NH is one of three states without motorcycle helmet laws but it requires a windshield, goggle or glasses.  He didn't have any three of those on and while he did have a helmet on, his visor was open or something.  Therefore, a horrible cop gave him a ticket.  I don't know all of the details but from what he told me, it seemed like a BS ticket that the town is using to increase revenue.  Maybe this is related to the recession in the US or the big tax cuts happening in NH.  Maybe the cop was just a terrible person :(
Title: Re: Do You Ride Motorcycles?
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on October 18, 2011, 05:02:06 PM
Can I make a brand new KTM 300 XCW street legal in NH?  Can't in CA since 2002...