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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:52 pm 
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Congratulations! It must have been an awesome trip that you'll remember for the rest of your life.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:08 pm 
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It was amazing! The problem I have now is that I want to ride every day. I'm having motorcycle riding withdrawals.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:03 pm 
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Awesome,a trip you will never forget.
I just got back from a "cheating" trip. Had two dual sports, with a set of street and dirt rims and all of my riding gear in my van. We rode a bunch of days, and climbed others. I might take a 10 day or so trip starting next week on the bike. Still undecided on when, how long, where, etc. I need to be back by the 1st of September since work starts on the 2nd (stupid back to school)


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:53 am 
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So I love my old Nighthawk, but I'm lusting after a Honda CB300F (which isn't out yet). I mean, I really really really want a KTM 390 Duke, but that isn't coming to the USA for a long while, if ever. As soon as a dealer has the CB300F, I'll be there sitting on it making vroom sounds to see how it feels.

I haven't done much night motorcycling... are there glasses that help cut down the brightness of all the lights at night? My eyes really hurt after 1.5 hours of it from the headlights and the light from my controls. I just had my clear face shield down. I have light sensitive eyes, I wear sunglasses in the day (with foam so they are pretty tight fitting) and on bright days flip down my helmet's built-in sunglasses thingy over those for double protection.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:55 am 
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I have a Duke 690, I was excited about the 390 but I don't think I'd want to go lower in a thumper for how much (and crazy) my highway commutes are.

I don't know about the glasses, my eyes are light sensitive too but I haven't had any issues, I also don't really ride for hours at a time though (re: thumper).

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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:20 pm 
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I think the thing with night driving is that you have to learn not to look into the lights of oncoming cars.

I have seen those yellow sunglasses at truck stops that are supposed to improve night vision, but I don't know if that would improve your problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:02 pm 
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I don't think I was looking at the oncoming traffic, it was a divided highway so they weren't really a concern... but maybe I was more than I realized, I'll pay more attention to that next time. I think I'll try the yellow glasses, it was worse with my clear shield down but I couldn't ride at 65mph with it up without glasses (sunglasses weren't good, helped with the light but made the dark stuff invisible). It's not a problem riding in the city at night, I guess there is enough light pollution. Once I get out of the city all the lights hurt my eyes, headlights, taillights, my controls, the police car, etc.

I'm happy to be riding again though! 10 days not was too long. SO glad that Bastian was an easy fix.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:30 pm 
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Some faceshields distort ligght differently. I has an Arai helmet that drove me crazy. I never figured it out until I replaced the helmet and all was well. Also depending on what bulbs are in your gauges you may be able to swap them out to something else. I swapped all of the bulbs in my DR for LED's to lessen the draw on the stator since I run auxiliary lights and in winter heated gloves and vests. I noticed how different the light was on my eyes. Not sure if better or worse, but different.
I ride a lot of different bikes and often put long days on a DR650 (big thumper) and I love singles but you would hate the CB300 on any kind of road trip. I rode 510 mile yesterday about 150-175 dirt, 250 or so twisties and 100 or so slab. I could not imagine doing that on a 300 single.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:39 pm 
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I'll try riding at night with my other helmet to see if it is better! And I've been thinking about switching my lights to LED (gauges and headlight), but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe this is a good reason to do it!
I'm thinking of the CB300 more for around the city and short trips. I won't have time to do another long trip for a few years. I still love my Nighthawk. I'll check out the CB300 when they come around, but unless the Nighthawk starts needing a lot of work I'll probably keep him.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:46 am 
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Finally got some dirt experience last weekend... A lot of fun and gained a lot of confidence riding on loose stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:18 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:57 pm 
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That looks like a lot of fun! And so pretty too.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Gunnar Handsome wrote:
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Finally got some dirt experience last weekend... A lot of fun and gained a lot of confidence riding on loose stuff.

It really is helpful for bike control and getting used to things not going perfectly which they do in the real world.
Back in the late 80's/early 90's I roadraced somewhat successfully. Well I mean I made it to the expert class and would finish in the top 10 most of the time. Hell I even beat some kid you may have heard of if you following racing, his name is Nicky Hayden. He was like 13 and I was early 20's and I had about double his power and I just beat him. However lots of crashes and some broken bones I realized I was not going anywhere and stopped racing.
Fast forward to 2008 and I rode offroad for the first time. It made me such a better rider. I don't mind the front end sliding (to a point) the back end being loose is normal and fun now. If I rode dirt back then I know I would have been a better racer. I might have even been a frontrunning expert, but alas I didn't.
My long point is everyone should ride some dirt at some point in the riding life to make them a better rider.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:29 pm 
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RichBeBe wrote:
My long point is everyone should ride some dirt at some point in the riding life to make them a better rider.


I fully agree with this. Riding on dirt (on my little 150cc street moto) made me SUCH a better rider in general, even now that I'm on a larger moto. I went way too slow and stuff when I first got on dirt, but after 500km or so, I had figured it out and loved it. I can't imagine how much fun dirt would be on a moto made for it!


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:59 pm 
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I got a silver half cover for my moto! I love it. We moved Sept 1, so now I park on a fairly busy street, usually in the last spot on the block (near a busy corner). I feel like my moto isn't very visible with my black cover so I left it uncovered expect for rainy days. Now I can cover it more because it is even more visible with the silver cover than without!

I'm also starting to meet the other people who park on this block a lot and some of the homeless people that hang out nearby. It's nice to know the people around here and I think they'll be more careful of my moto since they know who it belongs to.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:34 pm 
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I think that my next trip might include some bad roads or dirt roads, and while I was thinking about if I needed an off-road bike for that or not, this one came on my path and eventually decided to buy it. (1990 Yamaha XT 600 Tenere)

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It's been stored for three years so it doesn't run yet, but I fell for the bike for the aluminium panniers that came with it. Almost perfect for a trip to the north of Europe.

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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:19 pm 
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Veg_Eric wrote:
I think that my next trip might include some bad roads or dirt roads, and while I was thinking about if I needed an off-road bike for that or not, this one came on my path and eventually decided to buy it. (1990 Yamaha XT 600 Tenere)

It's been stored for three years so it doesn't run yet, but I fell for the bike for the aluminium panniers that came with it. Almost perfect for a trip to the north of Europe.

Nice ride, looking forward to hearing about some great adventures with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:35 pm 
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Veg_Eric, that looks perfect for adventuring! Nice buy!

I parked for the winter on 10/31. I miss my moto sooooo much... there have been plenty of nice days I could have been out, but I've been gone a lot and it's solidly in the cold rain heading toward snow season at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:54 pm 
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I am taking a motorcycle safety course in two weeks. My entire life I have been staunchly anti-motorcycle, but my roommate got a new promotion and brought up the idea of splitting our cars (for when its too windy/rainy for him to safely take the bike across the bridge), and is even paying for the class for me. The more I think about it, the more kinda into it I am. I like nerding out about these kinds of detailed hobbies (guitars, computers, baking), and the idea of being able to drive through the mountains in the summer really makes it all worth it to me.

I need vegan gloves before the class starts. I doubt I'll find any in-store, so I need to order some pronto...suggestions, please??

Also, this is entirely theoretical: I have a dog! A cursory Google search brings up a bunch of stuff about dogs in sidecars, but I can't see it being safe. I mean, I'll always have the option of the bus with her, but I bring her to work and it's cheaper to drive than take the bus (yep).

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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:02 pm 
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MissDelaney, there are a couple of earlier posts from me and Brian in this thread with links to some gloves. Let me know if you can't find them. I think they are on page 7...?


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
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Thanks, calcio! I should probably go through and read the thread more thoroughly.

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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
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missdelaney wrote:
I need vegan gloves before the class starts. I doubt I'll find any in-store, so I need to order some pronto...suggestions, please??


I like these Alpine Stars gloves. Keep in mind, they are intended for warm weather, so you may also want gloves liners depending on when your class is scheduled.
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpi ... tan-gloves

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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:26 am 
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I'm doing more motorcycle repair than motorcycle riding this year, but that is sort of fun too! Figured out my rectifier is bad (I'm learning all sorts of electrical system parts!) and am waiting on a replacement. Also, new turn signal stems since one of mine is held on with gorilla tape.

But, I'm hopeful that it will be fixed this weekend and if so, I will have done it without a mechanic! I'm looking forward to a long ride this weekend that hopefully won't leave me stranded in New Hampshire or somewhere far from home.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorcyclists
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:01 pm 
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And I just came home to my moto leaning against a tree. Definitely not how I left him on Saturday. Looks like someone hit him when backing up to parallel park in front of me. Blinker stem is 100% broken now (luckily replacement is already ordered) and the footpeg got a bit mangled (I'll be able to fix it well enough I think). He started fine and luckily only had a third or so tank of gas so I don't think any fluids leaked.

I thought keeping a silver cover on him would make him visible enough. First knock-over in 4 years of parking on the street. Makes me glad I kept my old moto and didn't get a brand new one this year!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:46 pm 
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I got the world's tiniest hole in my (almost) brand new rear tire no more than a week after my seasonal oil change. I can't even describe what it was I had stuck in it. It was like the leg of a construction staple or a very sturdy piece of wire. My mechanic said I must've rolled over it just right to puncture the tire. But I needed a new front tire anyway, so I got both fixed at once.

That's when I learned the garage I took it to is closing up. It was a small shop and the owner took on a full-time job. He was only keeping it open part time until he could move everything back to his house. I'm bummed because he's on my route between home and office, so if anything bad is going to happen, it's likely to happen on that route and it's not a big deal to get my bike to his garage. Now my closest shop that isn't Harley is on the other side of town. Not a huge distance away, but way out of my way.

But it's okay! I've got fresh fluids and new tires, so I'm good to go for a while. Took MBM on a short trip a couple weeks ago and didn't wear my jacket so I got a hell of a sleeve sunburn. It's kind of hilarious looking because it's clear where my shirt sleeve was, and it's clear where my glove cuff was, and everything in between is tanned.


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