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General Banter / Re: It's not my ride.
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:26:41 PM »
I couldn't get away for the whole day, but I did get out for a couple hours Sunday afternoon and rode from cornfield to cornfield, hitting all seven corners that exist within a 50 mile radius of my house.  At least I had Pandora to keep me entertained.

I passed an immaculate `96 Buick in the ethanol wastelands out of the exit for one of those rare sweepers - pretty sure he couldn't tell you the color of my bike....  Probably called in to report a UFO.  :firevil:

2,700 miles on the PR4s I had mounted by No-Mar at STAR, and the rear is about 2/32 from the wear bars.      These boring, straight, rural MN roads must be made of a mixture of shark teeth and obsidian.  Of Course the same tire gave me almost double the miles on the old ST1300....   I could be abusing the go handle a bit, I guess.  Loving the FJR. 

I have a 1,000 mile 3 day trip planned for a work conference in Chicago in September, spending an extra night in Madison so I can wander home though the good stuff...   Going to have to try and "Vince" these tires in the next couple weeks so I don't let what is left go to waste before fresh rubber goes on in time for the trip!   ;D

General Banter / Re: William Dunlop R.I.P.
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:53:20 AM »
Hard to think about Joey, Robert, and now William.  Does his mother now ask Micheal to hang up the leathers?  Michael won the race 48 hours after his father was killed in practice - will he try to do the same for his brother?  William was expecting his second child very soon.   I’ll be thinking about this while I ride today.   :-\

Introductions / Re: New member - nickname is Mittens
« on: June 04, 2018, 10:57:06 AM »
MN-MSTA is a sub-chapter of MSTA, which is holding a National Rally in LaCrosse Sun-Thurs.    There are almost 300 people registered, and the host hotel(s) are booked, but rooms still available in nearby hotels.

Are you already registered and booked?   If not, its not too late.   Check-out for more info.

General Banter / Re: Spring Green aka TWiStar
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:03:47 AM »
I wonder if there is a negative correlation between the particular Meyer's Briggs personality types who are inclined to organize rides, and the types who are actually proficient riders and qualified to do so.

You're a rare bird, Greg.   


General Banter / Re: Pledge
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:11:47 AM »
Some of us have jobs, so mid week rides are tough.  I did one last year, and will like do more later in the summer/fall when work is less busy for me.  ;)

On the weekends, many of us have wives and kids..... Ditching the family for an entire day on a summer weekend requires about 30 days notice at my house, and also timely reciprocation.  8)

General Banter / Re: Riding with others
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:16:36 PM »
Greg, You seem to have a daily thing going on at 7:38 (6:38 actually) AM.    You're not posting while you're on the throne, are you?   ;)

The vast majority of my riding has been solo, and still is.    The enjoyment of riding in a group - for me -  is less about any potential increase in safety, and more about the shared experience and camaraderie.   

I actually think "group" riding (by that I mean more than 2 or 3 bikes) is more dangerous than solo.   This might be simply because I tend to expand my bubble of awareness to encompass the entire group, and find myself mentally accounting for hazards that might affect other riders, even if it doesn't pose a direct threat to me.   As a result, its more fatiguing to ride in a group.   

And when I think of all the group rides I've ever been on, the number of incidents I've witnessed is actually pretty high.   The first group ride I ever participated in shortly after I bought my 1st bike (organized by the dealership) resulted in a guy I sorta knew running wide into a ditch for no reason at all, taking a helicopter ride, and spending the next several months in a body cast.  He did then lose two hundred pounds, so there was a silver lining.  But, that was basically the last "Group" ride I did for 12 years, and all my riding after that was solo, or just with my wife on the pillion until recently. 

Even now that I've started riding with this club occasionally, it seems like almost every ride I've been on, there was something that could have ended badly....  Somebody over cooked a corner stood it up across a double yellow, another guy went off into the gravel shoulder and stopped in the grass (stayed upright and rode on), there were a couple pucker moments passing cars without enough visibility, and who can forget the stand-up wheelies down HWY 61?  ::)  As much as we all say, "Ride your own Ride" -- I think a lot of that wouldn't happen if the riders were solo and actually riding their own ride.

And, don't get me wrong, I enjoy running double the yellow signs through the corners and shrinking the country miles when there is no one around.    99% of the time, and the vast majority of the riders I've met so far are really great people, and I'm looking forward to riding with this club more and improving my own skills following riders better than me.   But, I definitely don't consider the group rides somehow "safer" than riding solo.   Whether its human nature or just multiplication - I feel like the risk level goes up with every additional bike.

General Banter / Re: Pledge
« on: May 05, 2018, 06:13:49 AM »
Greg - thanks for putting yourself out to organize!  It’s appreciated and I know there are other folks that have the experience, and know all the roads very well (not me, yet) - but just have a hard time nailing down the time until the last minute.  Also, it’s smart to have two or three people team up to organize something - I know you have had designated “lieutenants” in the past riding clean-up, leading a second group, etc.

I pledge to attend several rides, and will be thinking about how I can help more in the future.

Thanks again!

General Banter / Re: Happy Equinox!!
« on: April 14, 2018, 01:12:42 AM »
That joke was a little funny back in the 90s, but it was already old 20 years ago!  Probably you guys were too... ;D

General Banter / Re: So close, yet ...
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:32:59 AM »
So, is it the aerodynamics of the fairing that is bugging you, or the handling?    Perhaps a different windscreen would help get rid of the sensation of pushing air out in front of you?   On your CBR, your body may have been in more clean air flowing all around you, while on the new bike with more protective fairings, the net result is that the air is being moved and potentially directed up and into your chest/helmet.  Take the windscreen off entirely and see what it feels like.   Perhaps a different windscreen with a better profile (read less style) would actually help the bike "Slice" through the air better.

General Banter / Re: LESS IS MORE
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:52:09 PM »
Congrats on the new bike.  8)

General Banter / Re: HAPPY EQUINOX!!
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:05:46 AM »
I'm still thinking about a targeted strike on Leland Sunday the 1st.  I won't make it to Pine Bluff, but the 11am gathering at Sprecher's is in range.   Planned a supersonic shot down I90 until I penetrate Wisconsin, and then avoid radar by terrain hugging as I sneak south.  On the way home, I'll likely cross the river at Lansing.

General Banter / Re: Multiple bikes
« on: April 08, 2017, 06:54:47 AM »
Greg - Here's a good read for you... :)   Trips like this are the reason I will always have an ST of some kind in the garage.,97618.msg2211914.html#msg2211914

General Banter / Re: Multiple bikes
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:20:45 PM »
You won't really appreciate the ST Bike until you're 1500 miles out and you're hitting the Day 3 groove with 7 days and all the best sceanery/roads still ahead of you.  ;D

Bike Help / Re: Repacking Mufflers?
« on: January 24, 2017, 07:17:37 PM »
I *think* the factory mufflers on my ST-1300 are designed with various baffles that split and route exhaust and sound in different internal paths such that there is no packing in the first place.  They also have integrated cats, which in and of themselves result in quite a bit of silencing.  They definetly are sealed, and there is no way to open them up anyway...

All that to say: not all mufflers have packing.

Introductions / Re: Is winter over yet? How about now? How about now?
« on: January 03, 2017, 08:06:03 PM »
While my ST-1300 is awesome for eating miles, if I was purely a solo rider and didn't need to be able to do 500 mile days two-up - I'd like to have a smaller and lighter SPORT-touring bike.  The ST1300 is really a sport-TOURING rig.   I've always wanted a VFR800.  But, I do prefer shafties. Too bad the VFR 1200 only has a 4 gallon tank good for ~150 miles.  ::)  The ST comfortably doubles that.

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