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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 04:41 PM
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Posted By vaara
Interestingly, the CA MSP specifically prohibits...

Interestingly, the CA MSP specifically prohibits the use of the "I" word when referring to RiderCoaches<sup>SM</sup> here.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
So the gist of it is that the eval will become...

So the gist of it is that the eval will become quite a bit more difficult. Not a bad thing IMHO, but it could mean more pressure on students to really develop their skills within a shorter timeframe...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:36 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
I found this: ...

I found this:

http://www.startseeingmotorcycles.org/documents/2013conf/2013_Ochs_u14%20Presentation_v2.pdf

According to this, and I have no idea whether it's final or authoritative: the main...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Apparently the range exercises have been changed...

Apparently the range exercises have been changed up a bit too, as has the evaluation. So I suppose that means new range cards, re-painting ranges, etc. I'm sure more will be revealed in due course.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Forgot to mention that we got a first look at the...

Forgot to mention that we got a first look at the 2014 classroom curriculum. The new books are much improved IMHO, though I haven't yet looked at the DVD with the PowerPoint files (no more live...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
"S" is for "satisfactory." Not very affirming,...

"S" is for "satisfactory." Not very affirming, but I'll take it! (The only other available option is "U".)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Cool! It'll be interesting to see how your...

Cool! It'll be interesting to see how your experience compares with mine. I have to say I really enjoyed the whole thing. But then I had a great RCT and fun fellow candidates to work with -- no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Our class of 8 ended up being 7, after one person...

Our class of 8 ended up being 7, after one person showed up to Day 1 three hours late (and demanded to be allowed to ride). :eek1

The rest of them did really well. Seven [edit: six -- counting is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Today's post is brought to you by the letter S. :D

Today's post is brought to you by the letter S. :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-25-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Heh. Last weekend our RCT pulled the ninja...

Heh. Last weekend our RCT pulled the ninja stopwatch trick on me to point out that I took about 2 minutes too long to explain one of the exercises. Mainly because I wasn't R-ing the F-ing C.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-24-2014, 06:29 PM
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Posted By vaara
Not yet. :D This weekend we get real (i.e....

Not yet. :D

This weekend we get real (i.e. paying) students.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-24-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
The problem here (IMHO) is that this might...

The problem here (IMHO) is that this might encourage them to stare at their speedometers when they should be looking up.
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-23-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By vaara
Heh, I see they fixed the west-facing Ebbetts...

Heh, I see they fixed the west-facing Ebbetts Pass sign. It used to say "TF" instead of "FT."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,292
Posted By vaara
However, the motorcycle rider population sustains...

However, the motorcycle rider population sustains OVERWHELMING mental stress from the continuing "driving like a complete moron" antics of typical car drivers.

Suit, meet Countersuit.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,292
Posted By vaara
I wonder how exactly he plans to monetize his...

I wonder how exactly he plans to monetize his opposition to lane-splitting. Will he create an Astroturf group called "Concerned California Families For Less Scary Roads For Our Children's Safer...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Out of curiosity: when someone does an eval...

Out of curiosity: when someone does an eval exercise wrong the first time, do you tell them WHAT they did wrong before the second attempt?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,292
Posted By vaara
So the snap judgment I made upthread: ...

So the snap judgment I made upthread:



was accurate after all. (I hadn't read the petition yet.)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 01:54 PM
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Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
IDK about the new one; we're still training on...

IDK about the new one; we're still training on the old one. The new one isn't being implemented in CA until next month, so just as we get certified, we'll have to go right back and get RE-certified...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Good point... the "learning to ride" is just a...

Good point... the "learning to ride" is just a nice extra benefit for some students.

Though I should point out that it's called the Basic RiderCourse, not the Basic SafetyCourse.

As for the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Dang. I'll never complain about the hot...

Dang. I'll never complain about the hot California sun again. :huh
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,292
Posted By vaara
Yes, I saw a lane-splitting PSA on SyFy (of all...

Yes, I saw a lane-splitting PSA on SyFy (of all places) a few weeks ago, and almost spat out my venti half-soy half-almond free trade dark roast macchiato with 3 pumps of caramel and 1 of vanilla.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-21-2014, 11:05 PM
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Posted By vaara
That's the thing -- he's not even a government...

That's the thing -- he's not even a government bureaucrat, he's a FORMER government bureaucrat who now sells seminars advising people how to get state jobs with cushy pensions.

All it took was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-21-2014, 10:39 PM
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Views: 4,292
Posted By vaara
CHP forced to remove lane-splitting guidelines...

just because some random pinhead got a hair up his ass over proper administrative procedure or some such ridiculous BS.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-21-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Here, we have them back up and then dog-paddle to...

Here, we have them back up and then dog-paddle to the start point for #2.

I definitely know we have to stick to the script, and I suppose pushing the bike around might contribute to the idea that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-21-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
What about having them dismount and pushing the...

What about having them dismount and pushing the bike around for them? Is that an option?

Seems like it would save time, if nothing else.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Yah, finding neutral is just a convenience skill....

Yah, finding neutral is just a convenience skill. If we had turntables (or, better yet, hoverbikes) it wouldn't even be an issue.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
I expect to have some students who are better...

I expect to have some students who are better riders than I am. :norton

In fact, one student who almost got counseled out after #9 then proceeded to ride The Box perfectly.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
The most difficult thing about exercise 2 (IMHO)...

The most difficult thing about exercise 2 (IMHO) is the dog-paddle U-turn in neutral. A couple of our students (including the ones who dropped out) just couldn't get the bikes in neutral without...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
So I got a perfect score on my riding eval, then...

So I got a perfect score on my riding eval, then promptly put my foot down during the demo for #10. :facepalm:
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Still working on it. Today is range session #2...

Still working on it. Today is range session #2 with volunteer students. Two of them washed out during #2 yesterday ... it was pretty painful to watch, but we all got some useful "what not to do"...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,319
Posted By vaara
Since most of my riding, including 100% of my...

Since most of my riding, including 100% of my paid riding, consists of stop 'n' go city traffic, I sometimes contemplate getting a maxi-scooter or something. But I can't have 2 bikes, and I can't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,868
Posted By vaara
Good point. The only vehicle I ever had stolen...

Good point. The only vehicle I ever had stolen was also the crappiest vehicle I ever owned.

But I've managed to theft-proof my Wee by arranging to have it knocked over by bums and/or cars on 3...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,868
Posted By vaara
I have the same bike as you (2007 Wee) and have...

I have the same bike as you (2007 Wee) and have come to the opposite conclusion: that theft insurance on a V-Strom isn't worth it, because no self-respecting thief would want to be seen riding one....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,868
Posted By vaara
And post it on any local bike forums you might be...

And post it on any local bike forums you might be aware of. A few years back, a friend had his Sprint ST stolen from the supposedly safe city of Alameda. He got me to put a note on the local rider...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
And another thing: this morning I found myself...

And another thing: this morning I found myself saying "slow, look, press, roll" while riding to work.

Well, in the corners anyway.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
:clap I'm actually thinking that being an...

:clap

I'm actually thinking that being an RC might enable me, in a few years' time, to go freelance on my current job.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Speaking of positioning: when you're doing...

Speaking of positioning: when you're doing simulated practice, do you "mirror" the actions? For example, do you demonstrate clutching with your right hand (which is on the same side as the left hands...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,159
Posted By vaara
Since you're planning for rain, this might not...

Since you're planning for rain, this might not help much, but if you're ever caught out in it unexpectedly (and you're in civilization): food service gloves, worn inside your riding gloves, can help...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,640
Posted By vaara
I've worn holes in the tops of numerous left...

I've worn holes in the tops of numerous left boots. Not sure if that counts as a "sacrifice" though.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,887
Posted By vaara
Actual unretouched image of me in a 3/4 helmet: ...

Actual unretouched image of me in a 3/4 helmet:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5496/14653732731_d81dbb52f8.jpg
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