Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    My bike (Cagiva Gran Canyon) would look odd with the fairing removed. It is short and keeps some wind off my body.

    A previous bike was equipped with an aftermarket windscreen which caused buffeting at my helmet. I experimented with it and decided that I much preferred the bike without the plastic in front of me. This was one of those upright block type things.
     


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    the kz400 is back up and running! Turned out it was some electrical gremlins hiding in the breaker points and the fact that it happened at the same time as I had removed and played with the carbs was just a pure coincidence.

    Took it all up and down town for about 45 miles. Twice rode past my exit and decided to just keep on going.
     


  3. John Doe

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    The Texas Hill Country this past Saturday.

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  4. Texastyle

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    Very insightful.
     


  5. Texastyle

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    I heard that the Hill Country is absolutely beautiful. I'm hoping to check it out sometime in July or August. It will be unbearably hot but it should still be a nice ride.
     


  6. John Doe

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    It is beautiful but blazing hot during those months. If you're in this part of the Hill Country you need to check out the Three Sisters. That's where I do a lot of my riding and where the picture was taken.

    http://www.sundaymorningrides.com/road/5909981/
     
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  7. Texastyle

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    I'll definitely have to check that out. I'm down halfway between Houston and Galveston right and have mostly been riding around this area, but that looks like it would be a great change of scenery.
     
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  8. TRINI

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    This is now on my bucket list.
     


  9. Texastyle

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    That is so unbelievably cool. I know an older guy who goes on paying trips where groups of 50-60 riders go through Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. Stuff like this would be an adventure of a lifetime.
     


  10. Steve Smith

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    Three weeks ago, Mt Mitchell in western North Carolina. We rode from Asheville, low 70's and partly cloudy to this: all clouds and 42 degrees. Just a few miles apart.

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  11. Steve Smith

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    Those of you interested in motorcycle adventures should take a look at the ride reports on Adventure Rider http://advrider.com/forums/. There is some mind boggling stuff on that site. Pick a destination, pick a bike, pick a budget---it has been done and you can read about it. I would have gotten a hell of a lot more work done over the last few months if I had not discovered that site.
     
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  12. GreenFrog

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    Complete noob here about motorcycles.

    Are they really an accident waiting to happen?

    I'm highly interested in getting a license and a bike.
     
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  13. Steve Smith

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    There is more risk because you are less protected in case of an accident. Life is an accident waiting to happen.
     


  14. Texastyle

    Texastyle Senior member

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    If you take the safety course and ease into it then I don't think it's "an accident waiting to happen". I had never been on a motorcycle in my life and about a month ago I decided to get my license and buy a bike. I've already rode about 800-900 miles and haven't had any mishaps, but that doesn't mean I've let my guard down. It is always going to be more dangerous than riding in a car and you always have to thinking proactively about how to avoid some of the idiots that litter our highways.

    If you are interested in it then I suggest taking the safety course before you even buy a bike. Just go out and get a feel for it and start slow. I'm a huge clutz, so if I can do it then anyone can.
     
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  15. c00kz

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    It may seem like an accident waiting to happen if you haven't navigated traffic before. You are generally more attentive on a bike (less distractions). As long as you compensate for the natural vulnerability by planning your moves early, giving plenty of space, and ensuring your safety isn't dependent on a driver seeing and reacting to you, you're doing things right.

    You can do a lot to prevent accidents, but unfortunately, not everything: getting rear-ended sucks.
     


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