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post #3691 of 4526

Here's my bike. Bought it about six months ago. It's a Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic. Delivered in 2007, had 5km on the clock (yes, 5km) when I bought it.

 

 

 

 

I have never ridden proper motorbikes before, only scooters - so I've been very careful. Taking it nice and easy, never pushing myself, cautious at all times, wearing full gear. The bike is garaged in Sydney, and I travel a lot, so I haven't clocked up the mileage I'd like. But I figure there's all the time in the world for that.

 

I'm told that these bikes have some kind of electronic engine management system which is deliberately "factory-detuned", at least for the Aus-delivery bikes, so as to meet the power-to-weight requirements for LAMS (i.e., making them legal for learners and probationary drivers). Supposedly this electronic module can be swapped out fairly easily, rendering the bike much more powerful and responsive. I will do this when my 12 months of P-plates is up. Will also get some slightly louder and ruder exhausts fitted - current sound is way too polite.

post #3692 of 4526
Maybe something like this....

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/ZZ29330

post #3693 of 4526
Saw (heard) a scooter crash today. I was riding my bicycle and the guy was coming the other way, suddenly I heard a big crunch sound and then saw the scooter sliding along on its side with the rider on the high side. I don't know what caused the crash, I caught the action a split second after it happened, but I think he may have clipped something on the side walk with his mirror and just dropped the bike.

I stopped to check if he was OK, he was dazed but otherwise OK, one of his shoes flew off along with his wallet and keys. I got him to sit down on the side walk and then went and wheeled the scooter off the middle of the road, and picked up his stuff, and the larger bits of scooter.

Thing was, I was the only one who stopped, and the traffic that was going the same way as me wouldn't even hold up for a second to let me cross over and check on the guy, I had to walk into the lane with my hand up and make them stop. Assholes.

The guy was fine, no scratches on his lid so I don't think he hit his head, so that was something. Scooter was a mess though, one mirror smashed off, all the plastic on one side scratch to hell, and the front end was fuckt.

Reminded me that I encountered a (probably) fatal scooter crash only a couple of blocks from that same place about 7 years ago. Similar situation, I heard the crash, but much louder, then a few seconds later I came over a crest to an intersection, there was an SUV with the front caved in and a guy lying unconscious and twisted up on the road about 50 feet away. It looked like the SUV ran a red and t-boned the poor guy.
post #3694 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Saw (heard) a scooter crash today. I was riding my bicycle and the guy was coming the other way, suddenly I heard a big crunch sound and then saw the scooter sliding along on its side with the rider on the high side. I don't know what caused the crash, I caught the action a split second after it happened, but I think he may have clipped something on the side walk with his mirror and just dropped the bike.

I stopped to check if he was OK, he was dazed but otherwise OK, one of his shoes flew off along with his wallet and keys. I got him to sit down on the side walk and then went and wheeled the scooter off the middle of the road, and picked up his stuff, and the larger bits of scooter.

Thing was, I was the only one who stopped, and the traffic that was going the same way as me wouldn't even hold up for a second to let me cross over and check on the guy, I had to walk into the lane with my hand up and make them stop. Assholes.

The guy was fine, no scratches on his lid so I don't think he hit his head, so that was something. Scooter was a mess though, one mirror smashed off, all the plastic on one side scratch to hell, and the front end was fuckt.

Reminded me that I encountered a (probably) fatal scooter crash only a couple of blocks from that same place about 7 years ago. Similar situation, I heard the crash, but much louder, then a few seconds later I came over a crest to an intersection, there was an SUV with the front caved in and a guy lying unconscious and twisted up on the road about 50 feet away. It looked like the SUV ran a red and t-boned the poor guy.

Nice of you to help. Most people are douchebags. I remember when I got in my first (and thus-far) only motorcycle accident, I went high side off the bike, and the bike stopped on the center line of a two lane road. When I went to pick up the bike some guy was yelling at me for blocking the lane. Yeah dude, I crashed just to inconvience you...
post #3695 of 4526

Quote of the day: "A Harley-Davidson is the most efficient way to convert gasoline into noise, without the side effect of horsepower."

 

I was just up in Laconia checking out the upper New England foliage. 9/10 bikes you see there are Harleys. Minimal gear, no helmets. The women on back all had the same Harley logo leather jacket.  Mostly dudes riding around with a scowl on their faces riding baggers with big touring fairings. Logos everywhere on everything in Laconia.

 

At first I made my usual snide remarks about 700lb chrome money pits with no handling or horsepower. But then something occurred to me. There are people out there who don't care about things like taking a corner elegantly, surfing a torque curve, rev matching and the lot. There are some who are perfectly content to barrel down the road making noise enough to draw eyes. And when people are looking at you to see who it is that's so cool, you really would do yourself a disservice by hiding your cool face under a pesky helmet. Naturally, you'll need your sled to vibrate like a Chinese tractor, since you'll need something in lieu of cornering, wind and speed to remind you that you're actually on a motorcycle.

 

And if that's what makes you happy, who am I to pooh-pooh it?

post #3696 of 4526
Seems relevant to post this here: http://rideapart.com/2013/07/how-to-respond-to-a-motorcycle-accident/

I'd personally like to know more about what to do in the event of a single-vehicle crash.

From what I understand, if you're ok post-crash, it's best to get you and your bike out of there before the cops come and charge you with reckless driving.

The dude who runs the local motorcycle towing company told me he normally picks guys up, drop them at the hospital and then holds their bikes for them to pick up.
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post #3698 of 4526
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

Nice of you to help. Most people are douchebags. I remember when I got in my first (and thus-far) only motorcycle accident, I went high side off the bike, and the bike stopped on the center line of a two lane road. When I went to pick up the bike some guy was yelling at me for blocking the lane. Yeah dude, I crashed just to inconvience you...

Similar to me when I had my accident. I had someone trying to make it through an accident between a car and me (a car turned left in front of me) and almost ran over my legs while trying to get by us. Luckily, I moved my legs while I was laying on the ground or that person may have driven over them.
post #3699 of 4526
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Quote of the day: "A Harley-Davidson is the most efficient way to convert gasoline into noise, without the side effect of horsepower."

I was just up in Laconia checking out the upper New England foliage. 9/10 bikes you see there are Harleys. Minimal gear, no helmets. The women on back all had the same Harley logo leather jacket.  Mostly dudes riding around with a scowl on their faces riding baggers with big touring fairings. Logos everywhere on everything in Laconia.

At first I made my usual snide remarks about 700lb chrome money pits with no handling or horsepower. But then something occurred to me. There are people out there who don't care about things like taking a corner elegantly, surfing a torque curve, rev matching and the lot. There are some who are perfectly content to barrel down the road making noise enough to draw eyes. And when people are looking at you to see who it is that's so cool, you really would do yourself a disservice by hiding your cool face under a pesky helmet. Naturally, you'll need your sled to vibrate like a Chinese tractor, since you'll need something in lieu of cornering, wind and speed to remind you that you're actually on a motorcycle.

And if that's what makes you happy, who am I to pooh-pooh it?

Those are always the douche bags that are too cool to wave...
post #3700 of 4526
I heard a quip once that seemed pretty insightful-- Harley's marketing genius is that they sell motorcycles to people who arent into motorcycles.
post #3701 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Speaking of motorcycle accidents... or not... IDK here.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/10/07/2014-ktm-1290-superduke-r-first-look-review-photos/?src=SOC&dom=fb

KTM_1290-SUPERDUKE-R-3-4-FRONT.jpg

 

 

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post #3702 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

Those are always the douche bags that are too cool to wave...

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Originally Posted by Pennglock View Post

I heard a quip once that seemed pretty insightful-- Harley's marketing genius is that they sell motorcycles to people who arent into motorcycles.

I"m not much into the wave. I'll do it if someone waves to me, but I just don't care if they don't.

I don't see why all the hate on Harley. There are pretentious pricks riding everything -- there are certainly Ducati riders who would never give someone the time of day.
post #3703 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

Those are always the douche bags that are too cool to wave...

Tends to be.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post


I don't see why all the hate on Harley. There are pretentious pricks riding everything -- there are certainly Ducati riders who would never give someone the time of day.

We're just reporting what we've noticed. I don't hate harley. Hey, I'd love to have an orange Fat Bob as maybe a third bike.

But still, Harley is the Bose of motorcycles. For most people, it's as good as it gets. It's shiny, sounds great, costs enough to be out of reach for many people and is internationally accepted as "cool."

And then there are machines for people who want every component to work efficiently to reinforce and strengthen the the overall design purpose - and to do it with flair. I guess that's why I'm so in love with MV Agusta. I don't even want to own one because if I scratched a turn signal I'd probably have an aneurism.
post #3704 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post


Those are always the douche bags that are too cool to wave...

 

 

Do you wave to scooter riders?  I had one wave to me and I looked back at him like a confused dog

 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6HGidq_6lI/Tm-RYoO7c8I/AAAAAAAABE4/GmF4BUxDSog/s1600/confused_dog.jpg 

post #3705 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Do you wave to scooter riders?  I had one wave to me and I looked back at him like a confused dog

confused_dog.jpg 

Maybe they are also motorcyclist and it's a habitual thing?
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