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Off Topic / Re: Monday morning funnies...
« Last post by Deplorable, thank you! on July 16, 2019, 03:01:31 PM »
Another goody albeit a little old..........
General Banter / Re: Tour de France / Yamaha Nikens
« Last post by Deplorable, thank you! on July 16, 2019, 02:58:15 PM »
 I think most any motorcycle with 2 riders and camera equipment is heavy, slow akward and sluggish (compared to same bike running with a solo rider) ?!?!?!?
General Banter / Tour de France / Yamaha Nikens
« Last post by Greg on July 15, 2019, 06:41:17 PM »
File this under FWIW. Julia and I enjoy watching the Tour de France which is taking place right now. We are both bicyclists, so it's fun watching the top riders do their thing, as well as all the wonderful views of France. The tour officials, as swell as some of the camera crews are riding Yamaha Nikens. Kind of cool seeing them in a real environment. (They look sluggish, heavy and awkward to me  :P)
Safety and Riding Tips / Re: making small talk
« Last post by Elk on July 13, 2019, 09:24:32 AM »
My truck has that digital readout of all 4 tires too, and one can watch the pressures increase as they get hot.

This, coupled with temperature readings, is very interesting - particularly when the starting pressure on the front and rear tires are different.  E.g., lower pressure tires heat up quicker.
Safety and Riding Tips / Re: Tires, safety and age.
« Last post by Deplorable, thank you! on July 13, 2019, 09:15:24 AM »
When the king of riding tires long past their useful life puts up a post about the need for good tires and how they saved his bacon over those hockey pucks......... (or those bald as shit tires that are chaffing for that matter)

 Well you know it was bad...............

 Safety, safety safety, how much are you saving trying to eek out that last 500 miles (maybe $10?) v what will it cost if you end up on the ground or under a van (maybe $10,000 maybe more, maybe less...... not to even mention the lifetime affects of crashing)

Best case scenario, you eek out another 500 miles out of each set of tires and put yourself in mortal danger during all those miles
even if you go through 4 sets of tires each season, what have you saved? $40, $50........... who the fuck cares if over a period of one year you spend or save $50 more on your enjoyment????
even if you ride for 40 years, what have is the difference over a lifetime? $2000 best case scenario and that is if it never catches up to you!!!
even one fall over even if only at 10mph will cost you that much!

Don't be stupid, for your own safety and that of everyone you meet on the road.......... I am sure Mr minivan appreciates the fact Vince did not end up under his Van or in it!

Cut corners somewhere else, not on your riding fun nor your riding safety!!
Safety and Riding Tips / Tires, safety and age.
« Last post by vince on July 12, 2019, 11:45:19 PM »
I bought a used Honda CBR900R. Very nice condition. Looks like new. After a little work on it to get it running. I took it to work. On the freeway changing lanes the bike slide out on me both front and rear. It does get your attention for sure.

A few days later I take the bike to Vintage Bike Night. I almost dropped the bike going around two corners. I get to Bike Night and I have friends look at the bike. I said put your hands on the tires. Everyone that did said. Those are hockey pucks. How can you ride that thing.

It is hard to find a set of tires for that bike with a 16" front wheel. But I did and installed them right away.  I rode it to work the next day and to ride it to last Thursday Vintage Bike Night.

Left work to head on down. I get down the street. Before highway 13 there is a frontage road. It is a bad intersection. I hate it on the bike or in the car. Anyway I have a green light and a minivan at a stop sign on the frontage road. Pulls out at full speed to beat out other cars coming at him.

Well you guessed it. We are going to hit. It is going to be a T bone. He is going to T bone me on my left side and take out my leg. Or I T bone the right side of his minivan. I would rather hit him than he hit me. I lean to the left and hit my brakes. I skid the back tires and hit the front brake hard as I can. The bike does a stoppie. Of course I have to let go and regain full control of the bike. Then start over to try and stop and miss the van. The van after seeing me speed up then slows down then speeds up again. Well because he finally decide to just speed up and go though the intersection I was able to avoid the van.

My point here is that because I had put good tires on I did not crash hit my brake so hard. The bike did a stoppie. I didn't even know it could do one. If I had the old tires on. When I lean the bike over to the left. Then hit the front brake that hard I would have washed out the front end. I would have gone down hard. Most likely would have maybe gone under the van. Very bad.

So even if your tires don't look bad if they are old. They are bad. Change them. Your life depends on it.
General Banter / Re: In reply to; Random Bytes thread.....
« Last post by Jeff on July 09, 2019, 06:23:27 AM »
What that ride your own ride has always meant to me was. Don't ride over your head. Ride within your safety zone.

Exactly, Ride your own ride is a safety reminder.  Don't feel pressured or forced into getting in over your head, know your limits and stay withing them.
General Banter / Re: It's not my ride.
« Last post by Mike Duluth on July 08, 2019, 09:38:42 PM »
How the hell do I get this vid to run on my computer?
General Banter / Re: In reply to; Random Bytes thread.....
« Last post by vince on July 08, 2019, 09:34:57 PM »
What that ride your own ride has always meant to me was. Don't ride over your head. Ride within your safety zone.
I agree that you should ride the leaders pace. Unless of course it is faster than you care to go. Out of your safety zone.
If you don't want to keep up or feel that you are holding up the group. You can leave and ride your pace. This is why we have route sheets or the GPS files to follow.
So following the leader gives organization to the group.
Safety and Riding Tips / Re: making small talk
« Last post by vince on July 08, 2019, 09:14:33 PM »
What I like about the TPMS is that you can see how fast tires warm up. Even is below zero temps. And yes you can see which wheel is doing all the work. Pretty nice on all wheel drive cars and trucks.
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