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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,465
Posted By Aj Mick
I don't bother observing where my attention is….....

I don't bother observing where my attention is….. In the kind of traffic I encounter these days, I am constantly scanning, checking out what is going on all around me, and assessing my options.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-07-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,775
Posted By Aj Mick
They are motorcyclists who wear what works and...

They are motorcyclists who wear what works and fits……..

Not fashionistas for whom motorcycles are a lifestyle accessory.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-06-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7,466
Views: 2,553,317
Posted By Aj Mick
The way I read the English translation on the...

The way I read the English translation on the sign (with a pedantic English teacher's hat on), you will be fined if you stop…… So why would anybody bother stopping!

The law regarding traffic...
Forum: Racing 02-04-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 63,959
Posted By Aj Mick
Looking forward to coming season. More bikes,...

Looking forward to coming season. More bikes, more factory teams now with Aprilla and Suzuki in the mix….. it's all good.

Still I reckon some of the best racing will be found in the Moto3 class.
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-01-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7,466
Views: 2,553,317
Posted By Aj Mick
http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick...

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick/Motorcycling/WhypeopledontstopatredlightsinThailand_zpseeed0436.jpg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-30-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,648
Posted By Aj Mick
You don't get it, do you? It is your...

You don't get it, do you?

It is your superior young attitude that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-30-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,648
Posted By Aj Mick
Kid, kalviator had some wise words for you....

Kid, kalviator had some wise words for you. Instead of humbly thanking him and taking them to heart, you come back the truculent youth you seem to be.

If riding a professionally maintained...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-26-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,190
Posted By Aj Mick
When I was a teenager, I guess; that was more...

When I was a teenager, I guess; that was more than 40 years ago……

Motorcycles have always been primarily a means of transport for me, so I like a practical machine that can easily carry a bit of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-25-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,648
Posted By Aj Mick
Envious of a braggart wannabe big kid, who gets...

Envious of a braggart wannabe big kid, who gets his jollies out of riding the boring autobahn on a lard-arse Euro down, Euro a month VFR?

Not likely.

Envious of those who have the time and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-22-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,648
Posted By Aj Mick
Spoiled brat. Right answer, to my way...

Spoiled brat.



Right answer, to my way of thinking.

Motorcycling is not about the bikes you own. It is about what you do with what you've got.

In fifty years of riding, and forty years...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,012
Posted By Aj Mick
Comfort and protection / safety go hand in hand....

Comfort and protection / safety go hand in hand. A helmet that fits is more comfortable and safer than one that doesn't.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-06-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,274
Posted By Aj Mick
My thoughts exactly….. but I have yet to enter...

My thoughts exactly….. but I have yet to enter the ABS era, and am in no hurry to do so. It may help, but is no substitute for awareness, basic skill and common sense.

From speed I tend to be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-05-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,731
Posted By Aj Mick
Having ridden more than 400,000 chain driven...

Having ridden more than 400,000 chain driven kilometres on the road (and about 1,000 shaft driven), and many more off road, in more than a dozen countries over the past 50 years…….

I don't clean...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,392
Posted By Aj Mick
Methinks you think too much. As some have...

Methinks you think too much.

As some have suggested, adventure riding is different things to different folk. Take the bike you have, to head off for a bit of an adventure.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-29-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,054
Posted By Aj Mick
About 50 years and 350,000 miles so far, with no...

About 50 years and 350,000 miles so far, with no end in sight.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-29-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 12,810
Posted By Aj Mick
That your self-deception is pretty well...

That your self-deception is pretty well developed, is well known.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-26-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By Aj Mick
Why ask here, where opinions are like arseholes? ...

Why ask here, where opinions are like arseholes?

Everyone has one, no matter how irrelevant it is to your (son's) situation.

Why not ask your child?

With dirt bike experience, your son's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,118
Posted By Aj Mick
Get a life and you will die…. it's in your DNA

Get a life and you will die…. it's in your DNA
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,679
Posted By Aj Mick
I first rode a bicycle in 1961 at the age of 7,...

I first rode a bicycle in 1961 at the age of 7, got going on motorcycles about four years later. They have both provided me with efficient transport and some good adventures ever since.

8 km from...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,728
Posted By Aj Mick
Short term memory loss

Rookie mistakes after fifty years riding?

Just make 'em and forget 'em….. move on.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-14-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7,466
Views: 2,553,317
Posted By Aj Mick
http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick...

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick/Motorcycling/WhypeopledontstopatredlightsinThailand_zpseeed0436.jpg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,675
Posted By Aj Mick
[QUOTE=elk nuts;25427254]How many bikes in your...

[QUOTE=elk nuts;25427254]How many bikes in your dream garage?
/QUOTE]

Just one quarter litre bike or smaller is enough for to cover a wide variety of terrain.

There was a time when I had two....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 03:35 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 12,810
Posted By Aj Mick
Yeah, irks me too, in some parts I have been....

Yeah, irks me too, in some parts I have been. Where I am now, cheap motorcycles are how folks get around.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-22-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,876
Posted By Aj Mick
Favourite helmet?

The one that fits…….

A poor fitting helmet is a curse, no matter what it looks like and how many flash features it has.

The best I have owned and still have at home in NZ is a Nolan open face...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 14,508
Posted By Aj Mick
Reliability is only one factor. Maintenance...

Reliability is only one factor.

Maintenance is one important other, and with that comes serviceability.

- Does a bike have long service interval?

- Can you get the oil and other items you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,020
Posted By Aj Mick
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,481
Posted By Aj Mick
Would you still ride if you couldn't be killed.

I ride to get around; have done so for nearly half a century….. and that's that.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,829
Posted By Aj Mick
How Far Beyond Your Riding Skill Set is Your Bike?

Dunno, I've just been riding to get about for the best part of half a century.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,829
Posted By Aj Mick
Interesting comparison. Where I'm at now...

Interesting comparison.

Where I'm at now (Phuket Island, 50 km north to south, 20 km east to west) when I first arrived eleven years, ago motorcycles outnumbered cars by three or four to one. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,515
Posted By Aj Mick
I see, so alpha yoof credentials come with that...

I see, so alpha yoof credentials come with that Euro down, Euro a week lard-arse VFR.



They are not even motor bicycles!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,515
Posted By Aj Mick
Not for nothing that over 60 million Honda Cubs have been sold.

I used to think big bikes were the way to go, that you needed a big bike to travel big distances and to be a big man. I have ridden big machines, and while they may feel good on a good road, they are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 7,893
Posted By Aj Mick
….. and be aware of what is going on around you....

….. and be aware of what is going on around you. No matter how much alphabet soup tech your bike has, keeping safe is down to using the sensors and processor we are born with.



I would….. Most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 7,893
Posted By Aj Mick
Believer in anti-lock brakes

Nope…. agnostic;

49 years riding, 45 of them licenced; my last on road accident was about 40 years ago and braking had nothing to to with braking. A speeding car passing another pulled in and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,825
Posted By Aj Mick
The key ingredients to a succesful adventure?

Minimal planing, and minimal gear…..

An objective or two

A well maintained bike

An open mind

Going with the flow
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,088
Posted By Aj Mick
After an oil change…. I like to imagine...

After an oil change….

I like to imagine that it goes better, but can't say for real. Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn't.

Maybe it's just because that's when the other general maintenance gets...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,293
Posted By Aj Mick
If it was about dashing image, then it would have...

If it was about dashing image, then it would have to be Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Velocette or some other exotica, not available as a choice, and some no longer available in the market.

For down...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,829
Posted By Aj Mick
If this was motorcycling for me I would not...

If this was motorcycling for me I would not bother.







Thankfully I was a confirmed user of motorcycles as a practical way to get around before the ATGATT gospel was written.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-11-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,829
Posted By Aj Mick
An interesting range of points of view….. in the...

An interesting range of points of view….. in the end, it depends.

Top speed - Sports / race car wins because of being able to carry more power with more traction and better aerodynamics.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,740
Posted By Aj Mick
HI VIZ is for pussies??

Not for pussies, but not a guardian angel either.

In the day time, among a mass of changing hues, hi-viz may, or may not be beneficial at different times. It depends on what colours are in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,083
Posted By Aj Mick
Wool…… that's it in a word. I grew up on a...

Wool…… that's it in a word.

I grew up on a sheep farm, and have shorn thousands in my time…. I'm proud to have had a part in producing a product I really do believe in. Even living in the tropics,...
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