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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-01-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,311
Posted By sdmichael
Military needs to get its act together in...

Military needs to get its act together in California. I see too many people coming in to the dmv with only a card that says they took a motorcycle course. They seem to not be issuing or even telling...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-29-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 82,631
Posted By sdmichael
12' has been the standard for ANY lane for at...

12' has been the standard for ANY lane for at least the last 50 years. Interstates usually have to comply with the standard, though there are sections here in California that were built earlier than...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,020
Posted By sdmichael
Nope. Stop means stop, no exemptions. Cvc 22450...

Nope. Stop means stop, no exemptions. Cvc 22450 (a). Anything else is illegal. If MSF was teaching illegal practices, that is a problem they need to correct.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,020
Posted By sdmichael
Wonder why msf is no longer in California? Stop...

Wonder why msf is no longer in California? Stop means stop, not "motorcycles can just slow".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,020
Posted By sdmichael
I have asked California CHP about this, though...

I have asked California CHP about this, though regarding bicycles. There is NO RULE stating a foot has to be down, only the cessation of movement. Seems simple enough to me.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7,889
Views: 465,777
Posted By sdmichael
Hehe... yeah... I'm usually a sucker for a hot...

Hehe... yeah... I'm usually a sucker for a hot guy in lycra. Skinsuits are a favorite of mine, usually associated with cyclocross.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,609
Posted By sdmichael
Funny. I usually ride in the middle of the lane....

Funny. I usually ride in the middle of the lane. It gives me more room to maneuver when i need to. You dont need a pothole, could be as simple as i want to shift in the lane because of a grooved...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-19-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,609
Posted By sdmichael
Or... you could not be an asshole to other riders...

Or... you could not be an asshole to other riders by actually showing them respect and using another lane to pass. Is it that tough? Is passing so important as to create a hazard to another rider?...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,311
Posted By sdmichael
Yeah... tell them they are "advanced riders"...

Yeah... tell them they are "advanced riders" because they took a course. I wonder if the MSF company (it isn't the only one) is still doing motorcycle safety courses for the military in California,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,609
Posted By sdmichael
Somehow, I don't think he or anyone else cares....

Somehow, I don't think he or anyone else cares. You must fall into the "pass another motorcyclist like an asshole and wave at them like you're buds" category. People that do that are no friend of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,311
Posted By sdmichael
It seemed like it was one a week for a while......

It seemed like it was one a week for a while... usually in the vicinity of Palomar Mountain, usually on some high cc sportbike. Take all the motorcycle safety courses you want, you still have to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,609
Posted By sdmichael
I never agree with anyone that i dont personally...

I never agree with anyone that i dont personally know passing me in my lane. There is no reason for it. I find it more offensive when they "wave" or give a peace sign, as if we were buds.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 822
Posted By sdmichael
Just a correction, the M1 and M2 are NOT...

Just a correction, the M1 and M2 are NOT endorsements in California. It is a class, same as the Class C license and can stand alone unlike an endorsement. The MSF course is also not offered in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 822
Posted By sdmichael
Any vehicle used for the drive or skills test...

Any vehicle used for the drive or skills test must be fully functional, meaning horn as well as lights. It must be currently registered and insured as well. I dont recommend a sport bike. Rent or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-13-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,826
Posted By sdmichael
With that in mind, you should ALWAYS be aware of...

With that in mind, you should ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings, not just following along. It isn't any different than focusing on the object you're going to hit, instead of focusing on avoiding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,826
Posted By sdmichael
Ok, fair enough. Glad that fewer died. Fewer...

Ok, fair enough. Glad that fewer died. Fewer still should have been involved period.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,826
Posted By sdmichael
Perhaps, but isn't it also our duty to learn from...

Perhaps, but isn't it also our duty to learn from their mistakes and use that to help ourselves? The sheer number of riders killed speaks quite a bit to how they were riding. A much larger number...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,826
Posted By sdmichael
My guess - riding too closely in an improper...

My guess - riding too closely in an improper formation. I see riders riding parallel to each other way too often, usually taking up more room than a car would, meaning extending beyond the lane...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 20,850
Posted By sdmichael
Glad you write off any other of his abilities so...

Glad you write off any other of his abilities so quickly with your rather dismissive approach. I never took a class beyond how to ride the motorcycle which was three hours long. I took the DMV skills...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
I never really cared about top speeds as long as...

I never really cared about top speeds as long as they were above freeway speeds. I do care about acceleration at speed, the ability to speed up when i need to for my own safety to avoid a collision....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
One can only hope the "full size" reference wasnt...

One can only hope the "full size" reference wasnt a jab at non hd bikes as hd barely makes anything less that 600cc. I ride a ninja 500, looks like a full size to me. Perhaps below 300cc as those...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-02-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 7,889
Views: 465,777
Posted By sdmichael
So tell us then, what should we do to protect...

So tell us then, what should we do to protect ourselves from being hit from behind? What do you do to protect yourself from the same on your motorcycle? Tell us how you "protect" yourself from these...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
Yet... you seem perfectly willing to cut others...

Yet... you seem perfectly willing to cut others down in the same post... Feel better and more superior now?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7,889
Views: 465,777
Posted By sdmichael
There is no "dead right". No one rides that way...

There is no "dead right". No one rides that way nor drives that way. I guess we should just hide in fear of something coming or perhaps we can do what we can to mitigate any problems that may arise -...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,594
Posted By sdmichael
Was it the person in the photo? Was he treating...

Was it the person in the photo? Was he treating the public roadway like a racetrack or was there another reason he died?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 1,724
Views: 415,435
Posted By sdmichael
Well, i rode through on my way back from slo,...

Well, i rode through on my way back from slo, stopped at the vista point for a while. saw three motorcyclists come up the road, most of whom were all over the roadway, crossing the yellow line many...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-31-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,594
Posted By sdmichael
Not Angeles Crest Hwy either. It is Angeles...

Not Angeles Crest Hwy either. It is Angeles Forest Highway - a County road and a rather busy commute route. Pavement has really degraded there too.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-31-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 1,724
Views: 415,435
Posted By sdmichael
Kinda sad state here. Sitting at the vista point...

Kinda sad state here. Sitting at the vista point on Mulholland hearing other bikers complaining about others going over the same double yellow they went over countless times. For a mid day Tuesday, ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-29-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
What are Harley riders doing? On my ride today i...

What are Harley riders doing? On my ride today i saw all sorts. One group with very loud pipes that couldnt hold their loose formation on 101 without hanging over both sides of the lane. Another...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-26-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
Take it down a peg. His post didnt mention a make...

Take it down a peg. His post didnt mention a make of motorcycle, yours did however. Perhaps they just dont like slow cruisers, regardless of make.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-25-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,759
Posted By sdmichael
If your only concern is money or points when...

If your only concern is money or points when running a red light or a DUI, you shouldn't be operating a motor vehicle - period. Speeding is one thing, intentionally endangering others by driving...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 20,152
Posted By sdmichael
I do find it rather peculiar that the OP stated...

I do find it rather peculiar that the OP stated the DMV made an "error" yet never really revealed what that error might be. Perhaps they didn't after all?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 20,152
Posted By sdmichael
California DMV does not update addresses unless...

California DMV does not update addresses unless you notify them. Vehicles are separate from driver licenses as well. Each vehicle is also separate. IOW, updating your vehicle address doesnt update...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 20,152
Posted By sdmichael
A post office change of address doesn't change...

A post office change of address doesn't change everything. Your registration and driver license don't change unless you inform the DMV. There are good reasons for that. DMV paperwork isn't forwarded...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 20,152
Posted By sdmichael
If the driver moved and did not inform DMV, it is...

If the driver moved and did not inform DMV, it is their fault, not DMV's. It is the driver's responsibility to notify DMV of any address changes. DMV does notify in the event of a suspended license...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 20,152
Posted By sdmichael
So.... was the DMV in error and if so, in what...

So.... was the DMV in error and if so, in what way?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1,724
Views: 415,435
Posted By sdmichael
I never understand the armored vests. Unless you...

I never understand the armored vests. Unless you land on your back, you're pretty much unprotected. I really enjoy having skin on my arms. I think they look better with skin.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-17-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7,889
Views: 465,777
Posted By sdmichael
As a follow-up to the whole "foot down" idea at a...

As a follow-up to the whole "foot down" idea at a stop, i spoke with CHP about it. I asked if it was necessary to do, assuming a complete stop. They said it wasn't necessary, as I suspected. So, to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
I ride two Kawasaki motorcycles and don't have a...

I ride two Kawasaki motorcycles and don't have a hat, nor feel a need for any Kawasaki gear. What does working on an HD with a Kawasaki hat prove, exactly?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-16-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1,379
Views: 69,986
Posted By sdmichael
I went 110 mph on a section of Sunrise Hwy in San...

I went 110 mph on a section of Sunrise Hwy in San Diego County with my Kawasaki Ninja 500R once. I was curious about how the bike would handle and I was surprised with how well it handled. It is a...
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