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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,457
Posted By ObiJohn
Ignoring almost all of my post except for the...

Ignoring almost all of my post except for the out-of-context quote... that's a clever trick when you can't refute what was stated.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,457
Posted By ObiJohn
No, the Progressives pushed Prohibition as a...

No, the Progressives pushed Prohibition as a means to Immanentize the Eschaton... the fervent desire of Socialists. When it was repealed FDR threw the 1934 National Firearms Act to them as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,457
Posted By ObiJohn
Should we have tiered motorcycle licensing in the US?

I just read David Hough's article (http://www.soundrider.com/current/1503/danger-vs-money.aspx) in Sound Rider, where he suggests we go to a multi-tier licensing scheme in Washington state, as a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2015, 01:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,064
Posted By ObiJohn
:lol3 The governors of Oregon, Washington, and...

:lol3 The governors of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho should appoint Peterman as the official PNW ambassador, with the concomitant rights and privileges of that exalted office.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 649
Posted By ObiJohn
I leave a pair of shoes at the office, and wear...

I leave a pair of shoes at the office, and wear jeans/t-shirt or business casual under my cycling gear. That way I can ride any of my bikes and not worry about it.

If I'm just running to the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 4,460
Views: 753,190
Posted By ObiJohn
I think the reason you see more FJRs with...

I think the reason you see more FJRs with upgraded suspensions is because the bike begs to be flogged. The Connie's about 40 lbs heavier and 12 hp less than the FJR... that's about 7% more weight,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-17-2015, 11:55 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,311
Posted By ObiJohn
The rat rod's turbos are non-functional (I gave...

The rat rod's turbos are non-functional (I gave it a good look). I think they're just housings... no oil lines. I did like the fuel lines running to the exhaust with spark plugs... like to see what...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
I like how we can get it printed on canvas, and...

I like how we can get it printed on canvas, and framed, if we prefer.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,762
Posted By ObiJohn
The big three in this category (at a reasonable...

The big three in this category (at a reasonable price) are the FJR, Concours, and ST1300. Of the three, the Gen III FJRs seem to be winning most of the comparisons.

I have a Gen II FJR1300AE...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-15-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,537
Posted By ObiJohn
IMO it is negligence bordering on criminality to...

IMO it is negligence bordering on criminality to advise a new, inexperienced rider to buy a 650cc dual sport weighing well over 300 lbs as a first off-road bike. The new rider will fall, will get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,406
Posted By ObiJohn
Wow! I see a 7-figure lawsuit.

Wow! I see a 7-figure lawsuit.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
No, that's based on your insufficient analysis. I...

No, that's based on your insufficient analysis. I hate potatoes, unless it's French fries from McDonald's.

Seriously, can you not come up with something besides ad hominems? You know, like...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
Yes, skill gained from experience matters. But...

Yes, skill gained from experience matters. But you can only learn from experience if you survive the experience. And, what do you do when all your experience isn't enough?

There's a word for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-15-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 244,556
Posted By ObiJohn
I don't get how you can be against top boxes...

I don't get how you can be against top boxes while piling up soft bags on your bike.

My factory top box joins the hard cases when I'm going on a multi day trip. I can haul everything I need...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
Why even wear a helmet, then? Or a jacket, or...

Why even wear a helmet, then? Or a jacket, or gloves, boots, pants, etc. Your riding ability is sufficient.
Forum: Face plant 03-12-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,576
Posted By ObiJohn
After reading, and wincing through, some of the...

After reading, and wincing through, some of the stories in this topic area, I went and got fitted with complete Motoport gear a year or so ago when I was in San Diego on business. The suit is a bit...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
My last post on this topic. Er, no,...

My last post on this topic.



Er, no, that's not it at all. A socialist institution is government owned and controlled, has a monopoly, arbitrarily decides on the wages it pays (generally pays...
Forum: Face plant 03-10-2015, 12:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,960
Posted By ObiJohn
It's practical if you're walking the bike down,...

It's practical if you're walking the bike down, not riding the bike down. I use this technique when I'm unloading, or loading, my bike into the back of my pickup truck unaided. On the way up, I get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-09-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
The post office, military, etc., aren't socialist...

The post office, military, etc., aren't socialist institutions. You need to look up 'socialist' as well as 'totalitarian.'



This is a great example of how we (in the US) have lost the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-09-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 36,576
Views: 9,558,258
Posted By ObiJohn
Target fixation. He was unable to lean the bike...

Target fixation. He was unable to lean the bike enough to stay out of the ditch. He seemed hesitant to lean the bike at all. Don't know if that is the result of the crash bars, etc., sticking way...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,163
Posted By ObiJohn
Commuter lanes are for all vehicles. I'd like to...

Commuter lanes are for all vehicles. I'd like to see the left shoulder opened up for motorcycles only, as a safer alternative to splitting. Certainly on the freeways I split on, the shoulders were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,163
Posted By ObiJohn
Except that the greater the disparity of speed...

Except that the greater the disparity of speed between vehicles, the greater the odds of an accident. I could be convinced to remove an absolute speed limit for splitting that was less than the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,163
Posted By ObiJohn
I have a lanesplitting-in-the-Bay-area sample...

I have a lanesplitting-in-the-Bay-area sample size of two, so my experiences may not universally apply.

I did it in stop and go traffic, on I-5 south from about San Rafarl to the bridge, and on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
I think you need to look up the definition of...

I think you need to look up the definition of 'totalitarian' again, because it more properly applies to the concept of forcing people to do things they would ordinarily wouldn't... like buy health...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
That is a great question. Why indeed?

That is a great question. Why indeed?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
No, it's the same discussion, because risk...

No, it's the same discussion, because risk exposure (probability * impact) should drive the decision. I wear a full face helmet and full Motoport gear when I'm on the FJR, a bicycle helmet when on my...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-07-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By ObiJohn
If you've actually received a job offer at...

If you've actually received a job offer at Microsoft, it means you've gone through the interview process, so you should know that you want to work there. I don't understand the reason for your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,650
Posted By ObiJohn
Helmets are useless and a pain... until you need...

Helmets are useless and a pain... until you need them.

I don't buy that wearing a full-face helmet increases the chance of being in an accident over an open face helmet. It's been proven that a...
Forum: Road warriors 03-06-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,111
Posted By ObiJohn
Just returned to Seattle from a trip to the...

Just returned to Seattle from a trip to the Vancouver BC area. I filled up with 87 octane pure gas (no ethanol) and averaged around 44 mph for the trip up, on the slab for most of the trip at or just...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,651
Posted By ObiJohn
You come off as a person who has a perception of...

You come off as a person who has a perception of what those you ridicule believe, and so that's what you argue against instead of what others actually say. That truly is the definition of a bigot,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,467
Posted By ObiJohn
There's also the option of going with a bike with...

There's also the option of going with a bike with a lower seat height, e.g., the Honda CXT700 or CXT1300, etc. Or, a cruiser like the Harley Sportster and its Japanese imitators. Or something like...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,651
Posted By ObiJohn
By your definition, maybe, and I'm sure it's...

By your definition, maybe, and I'm sure it's shared by those who believe that conservatives are somehow inferior to their enlightened/brave selves. It is certainly not my definition, and I consider...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,651
Posted By ObiJohn
Here's the problem with the 'greater good/social...

Here's the problem with the 'greater good/social utility' argument: any infringement can be justified as serving the greater good. Search warrants? It would be a lot more efficient to just search...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
Of course roadblocks serve a purpose. That...

Of course roadblocks serve a purpose. That doesn't mean they also don't encroach on our constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties.

If you believe in the rule of law and our system of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-27-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
Hey, thanks for taking a link to a Google search...

Hey, thanks for taking a link to a Google search results phrase, picking out a few links selectively, then using them as a straw man. A very effective tactic... if you are not really interested in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-26-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
Have you ever heard of Google?...

Have you ever heard of Google? (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=gun+control+laws+aimed+at+blacks)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-26-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
The reason stop and frisk is illegal is because...

The reason stop and frisk is illegal is because the police do not have the authority, absent reasonable suspicion, to detain people... and frisking as a police safety practice can't just be done on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
Yep... those brown shirts sure make you feel good...

Yep... those brown shirts sure make you feel good about yourself, don't they?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
My idea of a perfect world is one in which a...

My idea of a perfect world is one in which a little common sense is used, instead of placing political correctness over effectiveness. Searching Al Gore, invasively, may be amusing but it isn't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-19-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,843
Posted By ObiJohn
You know, if the police could just stop anyone...

You know, if the police could just stop anyone they wanted and search them, without any specific reason, they'd catch a lot of lawbreakers. Or, if they could just go into any house or building and...
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