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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 05:32 AM
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Posted By steve68steve
I think a good percentage of riders are on ADV...

I think a good percentage of riders are on ADV bikes BECAUSE they fit taller riders. It has very little to do with ADV riding - this is why so many people never take their ADV bikes off-road, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-21-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,207
Posted By steve68steve
Fair points - I was just trying to offer a...

Fair points - I was just trying to offer a possible perspective. I think many people (I'm probably one of them) equate "ADV" with adventure touring and the machines made with a nod to these...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-21-2014, 07:50 AM
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Views: 2,041,836
Posted By steve68steve
"This job is 50% knowledge, 50% hard work, and...

"This job is 50% knowledge, 50% hard work, and the other half is luck."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-21-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,207
Posted By steve68steve
...but this ADVrider, not an HD, or even "general...

...but this ADVrider, not an HD, or even "general motorcycle" board... or at least not so to the self-identifying hardcore ADV riders.

Compared to HD, ADV is a small, minority, niche group. HD...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-21-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,936
Posted By steve68steve
PROS: 1. if you crash or break down, people...

PROS:
1. if you crash or break down, people are there to help (I'm never so far in the woods that there aren't passers-by or cell phone coverage).

CONS:
1. you have to deal with A-holes.
2. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,207
Posted By steve68steve
The same thing. There are motorcycles who are...

The same thing. There are motorcycles who are "HD-only", others are "anything on 2 wheels", others are "ADV only", etc.

I think an "anything on 2 wheels guy" sees himself on his UJM and the guy...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 02:16 PM
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Views: 2,041,836
Posted By steve68steve
Lol - I do that, too. The entertainment for me...

Lol - I do that, too. The entertainment for me is seeing if/ who notices.

"Firstly,"... "Number 2," "C", etc.

I'm endlessly tickled by using the phrase, "number 'the next one':..."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,207
Posted By steve68steve
It's already well-studied: "ingroup" and...

It's already well-studied: "ingroup" and "outgroup" theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingroups_and_outgroups).

I'm sure this was key to rise and survival of early humans: as social animals we...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2014, 04:41 PM
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Views: 18,207
Posted By steve68steve
:evil

:evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2014, 05:18 AM
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Posted By steve68steve
fixt

fixt
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-13-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,487
Posted By steve68steve
lol- just thought of a funny "hanging" story: ...

lol- just thought of a funny "hanging" story:

There is a tight set of curves nearby - a tiny little "dragon" with about 8 hard turns in maybe 1 mile or something. In the car with my wife one day...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-13-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,487
Posted By steve68steve
Ignoring tire geometry/ design (contact patch...

Ignoring tire geometry/ design (contact patch size/ shape and rubber compound leaned vs. upright), when leaned going around a curve, there is a centrifugal acceleration directed out from from the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,487
Posted By steve68steve
The more you lean towards the inside, the less...

The more you lean towards the inside, the less the bike has to. The more the bike has to lean, the less traction (and therefore braking) it will have.

I hang off a lot more on a road with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,471
Posted By steve68steve
I had a job once with 2 big choke points on the...

I had a job once with 2 big choke points on the way home. It eventually became clear that if I left at 3:30, I would get home at 4:15. If I left at 3:50, I'd get home at the same time but not have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2014, 01:10 PM
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Views: 473,471
Posted By steve68steve
My 12 miles is 100% heavily traveled 2 lane/ no...

My 12 miles is 100% heavily traveled 2 lane/ no passing anywhere.

That takes me thru 9 traffic lights, 7 stop signs, 8 yield/ right-of-way issues, 2 merges, and 3 areas with heavy slowing for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-07-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,471
Posted By steve68steve
I tried to think like this, but it's just wrong. ...

I tried to think like this, but it's just wrong. I have only a 12 mile commute. IME, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending solely on the behavior of other drivers.

That 30...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-05-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,537
Posted By steve68steve
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100992...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1009922
Forum: Beasts 12-01-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,456
Posted By steve68steve
Check out this site (http://cycle-ergo.com/).

Check out this site (http://cycle-ergo.com/).
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 9,936
Views: 2,041,836
Posted By steve68steve
Yeah, Europeans aren't like that at all. ...

Yeah, Europeans aren't like that at all.

Here's the proof. (http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/its-thanksgiving-so-we-asked-some-brits-to-label-the-us-stat)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,072
Posted By steve68steve
AFAIK, even civilizations which last a long time...

AFAIK, even civilizations which last a long time (1000+ years), seem to only be 'continuous' in that the descendants of the original people live in the same geographical area. Forms of government,...
Forum: Beasts 11-28-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,809
Posted By steve68steve
For day trips and a slight savings, I'd take the...

For day trips and a slight savings, I'd take the 2014 Vee over a 2013 S10.

For daily use, long trips, or more abusive off-pavement, I'd take the 2013 S10 even at a slight upcharge.

I think the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,072
Posted By steve68steve
Somewhere I saw a little stanza about how society...

Somewhere I saw a little stanza about how society cycles thru the same old story over and over. I don't remember the source, and google is not helping me. It's something like:

From slavery to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,832
Posted By steve68steve
Oh, same with bikes themselves: I can pick...

Oh, same with bikes themselves:

I can pick up some uber-cheap, clapped-out, basket case to save money. If I can DIY, it will still cost $ (and maybe some investment in tools, lifts, etc.), and if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,832
Posted By steve68steve
Personally, I've re-learned the lesson, "poor...

Personally, I've re-learned the lesson, "poor people can't afford to buy cheap stuff."
I tried to cheap out on motorcycling. I ultimately saw gear failing/ coming apart, not being waterproof, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,072
Posted By steve68steve
I'd add "terrain" and "infrastructure" to rule...

I'd add "terrain" and "infrastructure" to rule out bicycling for all but the bionic-legged and foolhardy near me. Also, "winter."

Distance = long commutes, public transportation choices...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,405
Posted By steve68steve
It's just an echo at this point, but I think...

It's just an echo at this point, but I think "challenge, " or "overcoming" is the nature of adventure.

There's nothing wrong with "vacation" or a "road trip," but they are to relax, not challenge....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,689
Posted By steve68steve
+1 This is almost a direct quote from my...

+1

This is almost a direct quote from my brain.

I know "Yamaha" people, have heard nothing but good things about their reliability, and I will own a Tenere by Spring.
Forum: Beasts 11-14-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
I am also 6'5". Anyone see a pattern here? ...

I am also 6'5".

Anyone see a pattern here?

___

I did recently ride the Triumph Explorer for the first time. It costs more, fits worse, and I'd have issues with dealer network and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-10-2014, 12:55 AM
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Views: 9,000,891
Posted By steve68steve
...and vice-versa, IME. :wink:

...and vice-versa, IME. :wink:
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
As I said earlier, I think this is exactly the...

As I said earlier, I think this is exactly the reason they don't sell. It's the "real deal" out-of-the-box RTW bike. That means it's a different machine with different design goals. The fact that...
Forum: Beasts 11-08-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
The discounted S10's near me seem to be flying...

The discounted S10's near me seem to be flying out of the dealerships.

After months of comparing bikes and reading reviews, the recent discounting has finally gave me the kick I needed... but...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 11-08-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12,650
Views: 1,014,567
Posted By steve68steve
You're welcome. ;) At the time I dropped...

You're welcome. ;)

At the time I dropped that, I commented that it was a set up for a potential "longest move possible". I don't think anyone took the bait.
Forum: Beasts 11-06-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
Stark, do you have multiple bikes? If so, what...

Stark, do you have multiple bikes? If so, what else are you riding?... I'll bet you don't have an FZ-07, or 250 Ninja. ;)
...

A big standard with a shaft and 1200cc? Yep... I'm in...
Forum: Beasts 11-06-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
No doubt. I bet the vast majority of such riders...

No doubt. I bet the vast majority of such riders are over 6' tall, over 200#, tho.
Forum: Beasts 11-06-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
I've noticed this, too: guys with mutliple bikes...

I've noticed this, too: guys with mutliple bikes are more judgemental of the big ADV bikes.
The big ADV is by its very nature a compromise... jack of all trades=master of none. Of course a...
Forum: Beasts 11-04-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 58,477
Posted By steve68steve
I've thought this often, too: ADV is just "UJM". ...

I've thought this often, too: ADV is just "UJM".

Was there a neutral, standard, mid-control bike for sale in the US that was NOT a DS/ ADV "purpose-built" bike - before Triumph brought the retro...
Forum: Beasts 11-02-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,388
Posted By steve68steve
I went thru this thought process for months. I...

I went thru this thought process for months. I settled on the BMW. Then I looked at some older/ higher-mileage GS's, took another long look at the money and came back around to the S10.

I think...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-02-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 34,192
Posted By steve68steve
I don't think the guy who poo-pooed the squids...

I don't think the guy who poo-pooed the squids was affiliated with the shop that burned down. Different shop, same town? Can any locals confirm?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-01-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,471
Posted By steve68steve
Here, too: the left/passing lane will have a...

Here, too: the left/passing lane will have a line of cars bumper-to-bumper for a half mile with the right lane wide open. I routinely get in the right lane and pass a long string of cars. It's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-01-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 473,471
Posted By steve68steve
Yesterday I was on a two-lane country road...

Yesterday I was on a two-lane country road approaching a cross-street on the right-hand side. The intersecting street is controlled by a stop sign. I noticed a car approaching the stop and assumed...
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