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Forum: Equipment 04-29-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 551
Posted By ph0rk
I've had some warranty work with FirstGear. They...

I've had some warranty work with FirstGear. They would have replaced the jacket. They wouldn't even repair mine when the thermo-rubber "firstgear" logo letters came off. They replaced it, instead.
Forum: Equipment 04-25-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,431
Posted By ph0rk
Not really an option in the wetter parts of the...

Not really an option in the wetter parts of the country, nor do they use armor - unless that has very recently changed.

You could get away with it in the cooler parts of drought-stricken...
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By ph0rk
They've had a waist length version in that line...

They've had a waist length version in that line for awhile, with various names. Usually some form of the word Transitions" in the name

Look closely at the seams - I've had plenty of Olympia stuff...
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,200
Posted By ph0rk
High vis oil means you don't have to have a dirty...

High vis oil means you don't have to have a dirty bike to spot new leaks!
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,200
Posted By ph0rk
I was just thinking we haven't had this...

I was just thinking we haven't had this discussion in a few months or so.
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,431
Posted By ph0rk
Well, Vanson will actually custom size for you....

Well, Vanson will actually custom size for you. Aerostich won't, which is why I have far more belly room in my transit than I'll ever require.
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,431
Posted By ph0rk
They never really custom sized the transit. The...

They never really custom sized the transit. The Roadcrafter and Darien are still in production.
Forum: Equipment 04-22-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,431
Posted By ph0rk
I saw this. I wonder if Gore is ending production...

I saw this. I wonder if Gore is ending production of the leather.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-15-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 553
Views: 37,243
Posted By ph0rk
That's a pretty safe place to have an off (well,...

That's a pretty safe place to have an off (well, assuming the rest of the pack isn't about to ride over you). A busy intersection during rush hour, on the other hand, not so much.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 553
Views: 37,243
Posted By ph0rk
Unfortunately, the rabid anti-ABS sentiment...

Unfortunately, the rabid anti-ABS sentiment espoused by some here is why some bikes (like, say, the Griso) aren't available with ABS in the states.

And that's a damn shame.
Forum: Equipment 04-14-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By ph0rk
My rainstars have been similarly good, as were...

My rainstars have been similarly good, as were some insulated goretex gloves from Held. Still a bit damp after 8-10 hours, but nothing will prevent that.
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By ph0rk
For long trips 2 pairs of gloves is the minimum,...

For long trips 2 pairs of gloves is the minimum, imho, especially if you'll be dealing with a wide range of temps. I don't know how long your days are, but after a 10-12 hour day, my gloves are damp,...
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By ph0rk
They probably aren't very breathable. I use...

They probably aren't very breathable. I use goretex gloves, and at those temps they're fine until about 3-4 hours of wear or so, at which point they do get a bit damp.


50 degrees is cold enough...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By ph0rk
Bummer, I'm pretty lean. I haven't...

Bummer, I'm pretty lean.



I haven't looked that closely into the Darien, mostly because of the lean-ness. I'm trying out a 38L roadcrafter right now, which almost fits. My 40r has way too much...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By ph0rk
suit and boot suggestions for a July coast to coast?

Blah blah blah a recommend me a gear post. Maybe this should go in trip planning, but it is ultimately a gear question.

The actual question(s): What in the laminated waterproof space have people...
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,173
Posted By ph0rk
depending what your boot buckles look like, you...

depending what your boot buckles look like, you can loop a helmet lock wire through those, too.
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 931
Posted By ph0rk
Ditto. Go up a euro-size and try superfeet orange.

Ditto. Go up a euro-size and try superfeet orange.
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Posted By ph0rk
Buying only what you need, not what you want. ...

Buying only what you need, not what you want.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7040/6945550611_874a121206.jpg

(I also try not to call it a sport, but I'm not sure if that saves me any money.)
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By ph0rk
The armor Dainese uses is one-crash only. The...

The armor Dainese uses is one-crash only. The jacket is too, most textiles are, really. Maybe you'd only slide on the leather bits, but maybe not.
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By ph0rk
I don't know, I can wear a roadcrafter at pretty...

I don't know, I can wear a roadcrafter at pretty much any temperature around here, so I'm not really getting the desire for mesh.

Then again, I thought mesh was of only limited usefulness back in...
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,337
Posted By ph0rk
A link would have been nice. ...

A link would have been nice.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/scorpion-exo-gt3000-helmet


Looks like another midpriced modular. More expensive than the HJC SyMax, less expensive than the...
Forum: Equipment 04-01-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By ph0rk
"Correct" amount of ventilation? That's a pretty...

"Correct" amount of ventilation? That's a pretty personal thing.

The original Frazer is hard to find in the states, but the D-store might have one.

Mesh is pretty unnecessary for the Bay Area...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,683,279
Posted By ph0rk
Optional luggage and ABS are all it would take to...

Optional luggage and ABS are all it would take to make me go out and buy one of those right now. Those are basically the only reasons I chose an R1200R over one.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 9,059
Posted By ph0rk
Likely not, but it happens. And, if their child...

Likely not, but it happens. And, if their child kills someone in the midst of killing themselves, all the blame in the world laid at the parent's feet won't bring that person back to life.


We...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 9,059
Posted By ph0rk
It's more about regulation than teaching. If you...

It's more about regulation than teaching. If you crash multiple times at a lower tier, you don't get the move up.

As you say, you can't teach stupid - but you can regulate it.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 9,059
Posted By ph0rk
Your roots are showing. Conservative...

Your roots are showing.


Conservative Evangelicals were all in favor of Volstead - and would be again.

Hell, the ASL's motto was "the Church in action against the saloon".


Now, perhaps...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 9,059
Posted By ph0rk
The temperance movement was from the right, not...

The temperance movement was from the right, not the left. There isn't anywhere near the level of moral panic about motorbikes as there was about alcohol (and further, it will be a cold day in hell...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 9,059
Posted By ph0rk
Many states already do this, though the tiers are...

Many states already do this, though the tiers are things like no passengers, must have full licensed passenger, or daytime driving only.


I don't really have a problem with it below a certain age...
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By ph0rk
right, unless they've changed. if they have, I'm...

right, unless they've changed. if they have, I'm certain it would be in one of the product videos.
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By ph0rk
I had a pair in hand briefly but sent them back...

I had a pair in hand briefly but sent them back because I was about to move to the sf bay (so, cool weather all the time)

I thought they fit great and liked the armor. they're snug, though, no way...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,170
Posted By ph0rk
I can't blame them for being conservative - the...

I can't blame them for being conservative - the US market is fickle and small relative to their other markets worldwide.

Particularly recently, US tastes have shifted markedly. It would be stupid...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,319
Posted By ph0rk
Oh, you Texans. Some of you complain about people...

Oh, you Texans. Some of you complain about people moving there, then the ones that leave complain that wherever they are isn't Texas.


As for the OP: COL and population density matter a lot....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,760
Posted By ph0rk
Indeed - it amazes me (or perhaps amuses me) that...

Indeed - it amazes me (or perhaps amuses me) that people fight that simple point.

Punitive fines are meant to be punitive. Fixed fines are more punitive to those with less money, and hardly...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 807
Posted By ph0rk
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-motech-alu-rack-...

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-motech-alu-rack-toprack-for-honda-cbr500r-13-cb500f-13


That looks good to me, and you can mount a variety of topcases to it.
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,683,279
Posted By ph0rk
Uh, the original comparison was a dyno run. Same...

Uh, the original comparison was a dyno run. Same page of posts, even - just scroll up :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,760
Posted By ph0rk
Where they will just use access to good lawyers...

Where they will just use access to good lawyers to dodge points. Don't pretend this doesn't already happen.




I don't think you'd know fair if it smacked you in the face.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,760
Posted By ph0rk
They already have that power, and there is little...

They already have that power, and there is little you can do to prevent it.





Apparently you can't understand what a sliding scale means. And, for the record, such a sliding scale would...
Forum: Equipment 03-17-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,529
Posted By ph0rk
I have an older RC with RiRi zip, lining, and...

I have an older RC with RiRi zip, lining, and 500d cordura. Riding at 85f was fine on my naked bike. Really, I was quite cool. Things got hot on my old vstrom around 80f, but there is much, much more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-17-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,680
Posted By ph0rk
Just a WAG using my bike's numbers: 75mph vs...

Just a WAG using my bike's numbers:
75mph vs 100mph means, in a 1000 mile trip:

13.33 hours of ride time vs 10
5 stops vs ~7 stops for gas

So, pin it wins out, and a larger-tanked bike with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-17-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,680
Posted By ph0rk
100 isn't really that hard these days. My R1200R...

100 isn't really that hard these days. My R1200R can cruise at 90 and 100, no problem.

Of course, it isn't nearly as fuel efficient there, so you're probably just hastening your fuel stops. If the...
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