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General Banter / Re: RIP Barney Larson
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:32:10 PM »
Sad to hear.  I bought three bikes from Barney.  RIP

General Banter / Re: Favorite roads
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:41:30 PM »
Poudre Canyon, CO

General Banter / Re: 7 of the last 9
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:57:23 PM »
TK, the forum slowed down long before FB was even a gleam in Zuckerberg's eye.  The old MN-Sportbike site logged thousands of posts a week in the early days.  The FB isn't any more active than this forum.  Just keep reminding yourself when a "forum" was a monthly newsletter printed on some crappy word processor.  :)

They were really nice. They even made me hot chocolate and I was on my way.

"Just feed him something sweet Martha, don't look him directly in the eye and he will be on his way."

General Banter / Re: Looking towards next year .....
« on: December 05, 2015, 09:57:52 PM »
Frankly since virtually none of those routes had associated GPS files, I find it easier to just create new routes.

All of mine are GPS routes and include mapped routes to western MN (Ortonville) and up north.  At some point I will re-upload them here.

General Banter / Re: Looking towards next year .....
« on: November 30, 2015, 01:19:36 PM »
I'm trying to wrap my head around why Vince needs a "fairy" on his ride but that's probably none of my business.  :D

But I agree with theme rides (cave, toys, etc.)  Some of us get together and just do gravel roads all day (novelty rides.)  I'd be inclined to organize a theme/novelty over the usual twisty alphabet.

BTW, was there any plan of moving all the routes from the Yahoo site to a folder on this site?  I have about 20 routes parked over there from my own catalog.

General Banter / Re: MotoGP Sepang The Clash
« on: October 27, 2015, 04:08:43 PM »
MotoGP continues to be exciting but it's slowly creeping into drama sports (pro wrestling).   Looking back to the 80's, 90's, I just can't recall the top GP or AMA riders trying to take each other out, playing close proximity head games, or dangerous retribution acts.  They just raced and congratulated each other on the podium.  Sorry for the old man grumping but this is distracting to the point of not caring.

Safety and Riding Tips / Re: Thoughts on Lane Splitting?
« on: September 14, 2015, 07:14:39 PM »

I am doing well!  Busty but Well.  And you?

Doing well, thanks.  Haven't been able to do much group riding the last few years.  First it's the young daughter growing up, now it's the old parents getting too old.  Still like to lurk here though.

General Banter / Re: MC vs. deer
« on: September 01, 2015, 12:16:03 PM »
Also worth keeping in mind.  I lost an acquaintance when a rider in front of him braked hard for a deer and he hit the rider.  I have also heard of accidents by riders who were going around a rider slowing for a deer on the road and wound up riding right into the deer. 

These incidents are highlighting following distance and full visibility.  It's an obvious point that is often lost when riders are grouped too closely at elevated speeds.  It's one reason why I like to ride a bit separate from the pack and in split up groups.

People ask me if texters are leading me to reconsider riding at some point and I correct them by admitting it's deer.  Texters tend to be easy to spot and they are still more predictable in their movements than deer.

Safety and Riding Tips / Re: Thoughts on Lane Splitting?
« on: August 23, 2015, 06:00:14 PM »
Off topic but.....Hi Jay!  Long time, how are you doing?!

Introductions / Re: New - Old Member
« on: July 18, 2015, 12:27:55 PM »
Hi Gerry!

Introductions / Re: Hi from Kent
« on: July 18, 2015, 12:27:20 PM »
Hi Kent!

General Banter / Re: Craigslist
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:29:31 PM »
I'm missing something.  Is it the green handle?  BP doesn't follow diesel convention.

General Banter / They will find you eventually.
« on: October 01, 2014, 08:55:53 PM »

I'll admit a period in my life where there would be a fleeting thought of applying a bit more throttle if the lights came on at a sufficient distance.  I think this story effectively demonstrates how a combination of technology and social media can be used to ruin your day.

General Banter / Re: Maybe There Is Hope For AMA and US Road Racing
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:38:13 PM »
.... the toughest thing in my mind is going to be bringing back the funding necessary to run full fields and competitive races.

The 1000 Stock class holds allot of promise in this area for rebuilding fields and funding. Maybe the makers will step up with enough contingency money for these classes to make it possible for an unknown privateer to emerge the way Doug Polen emerged in the GSXR Cup in 1986.

If you recall, Polen made $90,000 (in 1986 dollars) strictly from contingency.  You make a very good point that it's hard to imagine that kind of money being advanced for privateers today.  It was compelling for Suzuki to spend serious money while marketing their early GSXR's and probably no where as compelling today.

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