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Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 808
Posted By vaara
Burney Falls would be a nice place to stop on...

Burney Falls would be a nice place to stop on your way north, even if just for a snack or something. It's nice and shady, which you'll appreciate since it'll probably be blazing hot when you ride...
Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By vaara
If the snow is bad enough that there are chain...

If the snow is bad enough that there are chain controls, I wouldn't be surprised if CHP turned you back. Years ago I was on a moto tour in mid-October, and had to detour around Tioga Pass because it...
Forum: Americas 01-21-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,052
Posted By vaara
Actually the OP does have a motorcycle license,...

Actually the OP does have a motorcycle license, but it seems to be restricted to mopeds that can go up to 30 mph (category "AM"); the note "79(3)" next to the category "A" entry seems to indicate...
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,052
Posted By vaara
Contrary to the popular belief that any "illegal"...

Contrary to the popular belief that any "illegal" can now waltz over the border and get a California driver's license with no questions asked, there are actually very specific restrictions on who is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
It's all symptomatic of a "wink wink, nudge...

It's all symptomatic of a "wink wink, nudge nudge" attitude to moto safety (and this is not aimed at you specifically; I think we're all guilty to some extent) that calls into question the sincerity...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
At the risk of engaging in a bit of equine...

At the risk of engaging in a bit of equine sado-necrophilia :dhorse , another case in point is the semi-legal status of lane-splitting here in California.

A lawmaker wants to explicitly legalize...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
And so we're back to "motorcycle safety Kabuki."...

And so we're back to "motorcycle safety Kabuki." No one really wants -- or is able -- to mandate better safety for all riders. And so no one will.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh257/LexLaw/Fl...

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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
This. Illinois is actually thinking of...

This.

Illinois is actually thinking of introducing graduated licensing -- this in a state where helmets are, of course, optional.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
IMHO, an example of an "instructor-centered"...

IMHO, an example of an "instructor-centered" program to the classroom would be one where an instructor stands in front of a group of students as an authority figure and dispenses words of wisdom - in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
The ones who are future former...

The ones who are future former RiderCoaches<sup>SM</sup> seem to be thrilled.

Which begs the question: are students better served by a program that is more instructor-centered?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
It's always riding season in California. :)

It's always riding season in California. :)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
I'm curious too. The information I have is only...

I'm curious too. The information I have is only second-hand, but many of the comments I've seen relate to the fact that the new program is much more "instructor-centered" than the MSF BRC is.
Forum: Americas 01-13-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By vaara
Destination Highways...

Destination Highways (http://www.destinationhighways.com/) is another great resource, at least for the California and Washington portions of your journey. They have a new app, too.
Forum: New Zealand 01-12-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 555
Posted By vaara
Truer words were never spoken... I rode around...

Truer words were never spoken... I rode around the entire South Island in 10 days and it was a bit of a marathon (but an incredibly enjoyable and awesome one, despite the dodgy November weather). :)...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,607
Posted By vaara
Great start! :clap Looking forward to the rest.

Great start! :clap Looking forward to the rest.
Forum: Trip Planning 01-05-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,655
Posted By vaara
This guy tried it the other way. He got pretty...

This guy tried it the other way. He got pretty close.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955061
Forum: Americas 12-23-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 985
Posted By vaara
No, it's really not a big deal* ... going south,...

No, it's really not a big deal* ... going south, once you get through the Presidio you have to navigate about 6 miles of heavy traffic on a 6-lane arterial, which then becomes a freeway for a bit,...
Forum: Americas 12-23-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 985
Posted By vaara
Ha. I was on a group ride there once, and the...

Ha. I was on a group ride there once, and the passenger on the lead rider's Harley had to :puke1 along the way too.

Re: avoiding San Francisco, the suggestion above (to take an enormous detour via...
Forum: Americas 12-23-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By vaara
OC to Oakland in one day along Highway 1 is a bit...

OC to Oakland in one day along Highway 1 is a bit of a tall order, esp. if it's stormy.

Also, there's currently a landslide blocking it right at the LA/Ventura County line; dunno if it'll be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-22-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,768
Posted By vaara
Ditto on 2 of those, plus the Bay Area and...

Ditto on 2 of those, plus the Bay Area and Seattle.



Ditto again, except only 1 incident here (<10 mph lowside on a wet streetcar track).

For the past 7 years - 5 of them right here in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-22-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,768
Posted By vaara
True story: When I was 25 I was diagnosed with a...

True story: When I was 25 I was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening medical condition. A couple of years later it occurred to me that motorcycling would be a fun "carpe diem" sort of thing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-22-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,768
Posted By vaara
From this, we can safely conclude that all...

From this, we can safely conclude that all non-motorcyclists are immortal.
Forum: Ride reports 12-18-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,208
Posted By vaara
I've done that ride (in reverse) many times -...

I've done that ride (in reverse) many times - great stuff! :clap
Forum: Americas 12-16-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 989
Posted By vaara
But in California, it is perfectly legal (and...

But in California, it is perfectly legal (and common) to lane-split.

Ditto on the non-Harley-renting. In fact San Francisco has 2 moto rental shops within a few blocks of one another; one rents a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-16-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,179
Posted By vaara
Aren't the side cases wider than the bars anyway?

Aren't the side cases wider than the bars anyway?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,302
Posted By vaara
I think there have been a few discussions on BARF...

I think there have been a few discussions on BARF about this - for obvious reasons.

One thing people say a lot is that it's like suddenly having 2 flat tires.
Forum: Ride reports 12-11-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 37,318
Posted By vaara
Wow, what a great adventure! And welcome to...

Wow, what a great adventure!

And welcome to California!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,899
Posted By vaara
Ditto, as I posted above. The...

Ditto, as I posted above.



The California driving public has had decades to adjust to the idea of lane-splitting. Drivers in other states, not so much - unless they happen to be from...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
I should have phrased that better -- instead of...

I should have phrased that better -- instead of "obtaining employment," I should have written "becoming an instructor." As far as I know, they still plan to use individual sites -- hence the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,899
Posted By vaara
Changing the law is all well and good, but again...

Changing the law is all well and good, but again - the problem is how to change cagers' attitudes. They outnumber (and outweigh) us exponentially.

Texting while driving and left-lane banditry are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,899
Posted By vaara
Bad apples or not -- and we do have plenty of...

Bad apples or not -- and we do have plenty of them here -- lane splitting works just fine here in California. In ~12 years of riding here, I've been intentionally blocked once. That one time is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
I have serious concerns about some of the...

I have serious concerns about some of the verbiage in the T&Cs attached to the instructor application -- and I'm not the only one. I would encourage all California RCs to read the entire application,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,899
Posted By vaara
The Feds do exert some control over the states...

The Feds do exert some control over the states when it comes to funding -- specifically, by threatening to withhold federal highway funding from states that don't adopt certain laws. That's how the...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-09-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,376
Posted By vaara
I definitely did! Rode 3200 kms around the South...

I definitely did! Rode 3200 kms around the South Island. The weather wasn't ideal, but it looks like that's pretty typical for a New Zealand spring...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-09-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,376
Posted By vaara
Aw, now you've gone and made me miss NZ (was...

Aw, now you've gone and made me miss NZ (was there last month). :)

Looking forward to more!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
Let's just say that "Total Control" is aptly...

Let's just say that "Total Control" is aptly named.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
So, I've had a look at the instructor application...

So, I've had a look at the instructor application for the TCTI basic rider course...

and that's apparently all I'm allowed to say.
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-07-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,861
Posted By vaara
Great RR! Молодец! :clap

Great RR! Молодец! :clap
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 15,721
Posted By vaara
In my (admittedly short) experience, only about...

In my (admittedly short) experience, only about 30-40% of BRC participants are totally inexperienced riders. The remaining ones are current riders who just want (or have been ordered) to "get legal,"...
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