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Forum: Equipment 05-26-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,636
Posted By basketcase
There is a significant difference between the...

There is a significant difference between the strength and function of my First Gear jacket and my Roadcrafter.

The Roadcrafter is better stuff. It's 19 years old and has never given one moment of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-24-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 31,989
Views: 7,807,690
Posted By basketcase
basketcase in front on the old Gold Wing. Unnamed...

basketcase in front on the old Gold Wing. Unnamed dude in the back had crept over the line.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/bonkerpro/1991%20Gold%20Wing%20SE/91sesmall_zps6503c4d1.jpg...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-21-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,041
Posted By basketcase
One of my grad school professors was fond of...

One of my grad school professors was fond of saying "never make a decision while you are tired." On one of those occasions I remarked, "Dr. Bailey -- I've been tired so long I don't have a choice...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By basketcase
Granted, they could be tweaked a bit but I've...

Granted, they could be tweaked a bit but I've ridden in them in some gnarly stuff and have not felt I need anything more.

And I like wearing a boot that does not leave me looking like I am playing...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By basketcase
If you are open to a retro suggestion the...

If you are open to a retro suggestion the Aerostich Combat Touring Boots are a 70's era full leather Sidi motocross boot.

:1drink
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-08-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,368
Posted By basketcase
One other thought - I awakened this morning...

One other thought - I awakened this morning wondering if texting was a contributor to the kid in the van striking the vehicle turning left. That, or drug or alcohol impairment.

Otherwise, how does...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,368
Posted By basketcase
As someone else commented you will probably get...

As someone else commented you will probably get flamed for your comments so FWIW, I agree with you. They can flame me also.

Years back I had gotten away from BMW's and the loose, strung out over a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 11,861
Posted By basketcase
I was hit from behind in 2007 in just this...

I was hit from behind in 2007 in just this scenario, with the difference being I was in my truck and not on the bike. Otherwise I am convinced I would have been toast.

Living as I do in a college...
Forum: Equipment 04-27-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Posted By basketcase
Suffice it to say the Kili High's have become my...

Suffice it to say the Kili High's have become my new go-to boot for comfort and casual riding. I've worn them now for several hundred miles and they are adequately broken in so that I don't notice...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-22-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,167
Posted By basketcase
Thanks for sharing the story. That is a superb...

Thanks for sharing the story. That is a superb looking Miata. :thumb

Thinking back on it, I was initially drawn to the Z3's because of my past BMW motorcycling experience. We are comfortable with...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By basketcase
Okay. I've been able to give a bit of thought to...

Okay. I've been able to give a bit of thought to your questions and have a few observations, for what they are worth.

First, a big picture suggestion. Answer these three questions before you get...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By basketcase
Got your PM and stuff sent. Check your email. ...

Got your PM and stuff sent. Check your email.

:thumb
Forum: Americas 04-21-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By basketcase
OP, pm me an email addy and I'll send you a copy...

OP, pm me an email addy and I'll send you a copy of the documents I used to plan my CDT ride in July 2010.

Like you, I started in earnest about a year out.

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Via edit: Whoops - just...
Forum: Thumpers 04-18-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 97,521
Views: 18,512,031
Posted By basketcase
Sold the DR back in January. Now spring is here...

Sold the DR back in January. Now spring is here and I'm having off-road withdrawal symptoms... :huh

Somebody please convince me not to go carousing... :lol3
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Posted By basketcase
I'm tired of the weight of my CBT's so I bought a...

I'm tired of the weight of my CBT's so I bought a pair of the Kili-highs today.

+1 on fitting tight. I wear an 8.5 and found the 9's to be the best fit for me at the local stealership. That is a...
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 906
Posted By basketcase
Earplugs are the way to go. FWIW, my HJC...

Earplugs are the way to go.

FWIW, my HJC modular is quieter than my Shoei full face helmet.
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,163
Posted By basketcase
Joe Rocket mesh with CE armor in the shoulders,...

Joe Rocket mesh with CE armor in the shoulders, elbows, and on the back. I wear it when the temps get consistently above 70* Fahrenheit.

I caught it for $90 on sale and while I hope I never hit...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-14-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By basketcase
Okay. Card is in and the maps are updated. ...

Okay. Card is in and the maps are updated.

Does the Nuvi 550 utilize the MicroSD card like RAM in a computer, or is it strictly for data storage?
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-13-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By basketcase
Thanks for the feedback. I ordered an 8 gb card...

Thanks for the feedback. I ordered an 8 gb card and will get it in when I can get the back off of the blasted case.

It goes in under the battery, and the back cover/case is not popping up to let...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-07-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By basketcase
^ What he said. Took the enema thought from...

^

What he said. Took the enema thought from my mind before I could post it.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-06-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By basketcase
Garmin Nuvi 550 MicroSD card - what size?

Updating my maps last evening the Garmin tools suggested a MicroSD card to expand the memory of my Nuvi 550.

Can anyone enlighten me on the largest capacity card the Nuvi 550 can utilize?
...
Forum: Equipment 03-30-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,490
Posted By basketcase
My 20 year old 2-pc Roadcrafter is about ready...

My 20 year old 2-pc Roadcrafter is about ready for replacement so last year when I passed through Atlanta I stopped at Acme Rider Supply and bought a First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket and their HT...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-25-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,499
Posted By basketcase
I live near a small refinery and your buddy is...

I live near a small refinery and your buddy is correct about the base gasolines being the same. The additive packages are the subtle differences.

And as another inmate noted, if you run the engine...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,167
Posted By basketcase
+ 1. The rider from whom I bought my last...

+ 1.

The rider from whom I bought my last Gold Wing (bike mentioned in my first post) was selling precisely because at age 70 he had been given a prescription that effected his balance. He could...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,167
Posted By basketcase
:gerg Unless a health issue strikes that affects...

:gerg Unless a health issue strikes that affects my balance, at 58 I think I've got another 10 or 12 years left.

That said, last year I began thinking along the same lines and did a couple of...
Forum: Thumpers 03-18-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,877
Posted By basketcase
Good deal, and thanks for the update. The DR is...

Good deal, and thanks for the update. The DR is one of the few bikes I would be completely comfortable tearing down to the frame and rewiring, reworking, and rebirthing.

:thumb
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,349
Posted By basketcase
This. You could also run the line to a (top)...

This.

You could also run the line to a (top) trunk-box. Worked for me on the Gold Wing.
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1,607
Views: 222,750
Posted By basketcase
"Sport tourer" does appear by design to be...

"Sport tourer" does appear by design to be something of a niche bike: handling that leans towards the snappiness of a sport bike, mostly neutral seating like a standard, but with bags and boxes like...
Forum: Thumpers 03-01-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 97,521
Views: 18,512,031
Posted By basketcase
Well boys and girls, here's the news -- Last...

Well boys and girls, here's the news --

Last Sunday (2/23/14) the DR went to reside with a new owner.

I was able to sell it all (bike, luggage and gear, tools, several extra tires and a set of...
Forum: Equipment 02-26-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,093
Posted By basketcase
:gerg Perspective is important. In moderate...

:gerg

Perspective is important. In moderate rain most good boots will keep you dry, but any boot can be "overwhelmed" in the right situation.

To wit: for a while four of us locally owned...
Forum: Americas 02-24-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,818
Posted By basketcase
Just yesterday (2/23/14) I sold my DR650 to...

Just yesterday (2/23/14) I sold my DR650 to another inmate.

Round trip from my home in Alabama, to out west locales and back, I rode that bike ~ 5,000 miles in July 2010 taking in about 2/3's of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,261
Posted By basketcase
+1. :clap Beyond observing that Keith nailed...

+1. :clap

Beyond observing that Keith nailed it, and while I can't offer specific percentages, I generally think -

1. The vast majority of riders are satisfied owners and never post. They may...
Forum: Latin America 02-20-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 496
Views: 82,056
Posted By basketcase
Mainecoons, welcome to the asylum. :thumb ...

Mainecoons, welcome to the asylum. :thumb

After a few evenings browsing and posting it will start to make sense. That's actually kind of scary, now that I think of it! :lol3

I pretty much quit...
Forum: Latin America 02-16-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 82,056
Posted By basketcase
+ 1 Years past I spent considerable time in...

+ 1

Years past I spent considerable time in other (than the US) countries. No matter what the need - simple or complex, the ability of someone who knows the language, connections, and local...
Forum: Latin America 02-12-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 82,056
Posted By basketcase
Well said Rick. Thanks for your parental...

Well said Rick. Thanks for your parental viewpoint.

And in a general response to the discussion at hand I'll note that in the real world I work as a counselor type. I'm also involved in trauma...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,348
Posted By basketcase
Granted, a state-maintained gravel road in many...

Granted, a state-maintained gravel road in many of our (USA) western states does not technically qualify as "off road." In fact, the same would apply to the national forest roads where I live in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,348
Posted By basketcase
+1. Technical exegesis of the language is...

+1.

Technical exegesis of the language is tiresome. When you leave the pavement, you are off-road in the common sense of the word.

:thumb
Forum: Thumpers 02-10-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,516
Posted By basketcase
This, but with a nod towards the KLR. (I own a DR...

This, but with a nod towards the KLR. (I own a DR but have ridden a KLR on a number of occasions and have an opinion, FWIW.)

Reliability: In terms of reliability either bike will meet your...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 27,850
Posted By basketcase
Hehe, I love it. Yes, it is wintertime over here....

Hehe, I love it. Yes, it is wintertime over here. PMS is in full force. :freaky

I shall now retire back to my burrow.

Regards!
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 27,850
Posted By basketcase
:lol3 Not really. I think most of the...

:lol3

Not really. I think most of the inmates here care what footwear I use about like I care what footwear they use. "If it makes you happy, wear it ... it's your feet."

With that said I'll...
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