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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,021
Posted By daveinva
Ditto all of the above: Gerbing jacket liner and...

Ditto all of the above: Gerbing jacket liner and gloves are enough to keep you warm, although I do also stuff the chemical warmers in my boot when it gets really cold. I find that a good pair of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,132
Posted By daveinva
Yeah, but what happens when you fixate on the...

Yeah, but what happens when you fixate on the plastic tie? :evil



That's what I do. Rather than just *think* of certain actions, I will say them outloud to better focus myself on what I need...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,837
Posted By daveinva
Great thread, nice to see it so cordial for a...

Great thread, nice to see it so cordial for a charged subject.

My added opinion, YMMV: I honestly don't find driving and riding instruction all that lacking here in the U.S.; instead, I find it...
Forum: Face plant 11-19-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,643
Posted By daveinva
For every story of accidents and death pushing...

For every story of accidents and death pushing away a rider, I feel the urge to explain that the opposite also happens, as in my case it was death that brought me back to riding.

I rode very...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,356
Posted By daveinva
I'll join in-- I may have dropped my Ninja once...

I'll join in-- I may have dropped my Ninja once or, ahem, twice doing sharp u-turns. First time was the OP's bane-- failing to keep the RPM's up through the u-turn on an empty public street...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,151
Posted By daveinva
No, they are using a one size fits all technique...

No, they are using a one size fits all technique to keep it simple for their students. The curriculum is designed for the lowest-common denominator: people who have never so much as sat on a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,932
Posted By daveinva
Awesome trip report, great photos. Soooo jealous...

Awesome trip report, great photos. Soooo jealous about Norway, definitely on my riding wishlist someday.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 35,114
Views: 8,760,648
Posted By daveinva
Plenty, but you have to ride atop the wall for...

Plenty, but you have to ride atop the wall for those.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/12/article-2246944-167B7F21000005DC-944_634x519.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-30-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,226
Posted By daveinva
I call my Spyder a Spyder. I call my Spyder a...

I call my Spyder a Spyder. I call my Spyder a bike. I call my Spyder a trike. Ultimately, I don't care what anyone else calls it, I call it fun. :ricky

BTW, a two-wheeled motor vehicle isn't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 20,046
Posted By daveinva
1. It should be an individual's choice to ride...

1. It should be an individual's choice to ride with or without a helmet.
2. It is my choice to ridicule, chastise, and castigate a rider who chooses to ride without a helmet.

The law =/ common...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,577
Posted By daveinva
http://www.revzilla.com/product_images/0010/7820/R...

http://www.revzilla.com/product_images/0010/7820/REV_IT_Tour_Summer_Socks_Grey-Yellow_detail.jpg

You're welcome. :evil

(Seriously: these are awesome, and I won't ride any long distances...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By daveinva
I don't care about neutral. IMHO, neutral is for...

I don't care about neutral. IMHO, neutral is for starting & duck-walking the bike, nothing else.

That said, when coming to a stop, I don't sweat downshifting to first gear until after I come to a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-19-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 35,114
Views: 8,760,648
Posted By daveinva
Classic Onion piece: Stereotypes Are A Real...

Classic Onion piece: Stereotypes Are A Real Time-Saver (http://www.theonion.com/articles/stereotypes-are-a-real-timesaver,10696/).
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,121
Posted By daveinva
Again, if it's available, there's no discussion...

Again, if it's available, there's no discussion to be had, we would agree completely. It's not always available, however, and it's *rarely* available on loans greater than 5 years, especially for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,121
Posted By daveinva
I admit my surprise that this needed to be...

I admit my surprise that this needed to be explained.

1. Loans charge interest. The longer the term, the more you pay in interest over the life of the loan, the more expensive your purchase.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 13,878
Posted By daveinva
Hey, if you think you need thick skin to ride...

Hey, if you think you need thick skin to ride certain brands of two-wheels, try riding *three wheels*, you'll get EVERYBODY hating you!

I don't hate any rider for what they ride as long as they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,406
Posted By daveinva
I ride wide AND hi-viz: everybody notices the...

I ride wide AND hi-viz: everybody notices the dork on the Spyder. :1drink

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5113/7183593504_9c0fd4b0f1.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,121
Posted By daveinva
Heh, I just knew that characterization was going...

Heh, I just knew that characterization was going to cause this trouble... :wink:

Guess what? My bikes aren't "toys", either! I sold my car two years ago to ride just on my Spyder and Ninja. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,121
Posted By daveinva
But even 7 years is still nuts. :huh I've never...

But even 7 years is still nuts. :huh I've never bought a vehicle longer than 5, and now that I'm better with money, I won't do more than 3. And that's for *cars*, not toys.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,210
Posted By daveinva
1. Multiple seating surfaces helps. Every...

1. Multiple seating surfaces helps. Every couple of gas-ups I switch out from stock seat, to Beadrider, to Airhawk, and back again. Keeps my butt in suspense!

2. Obviously, get up and stretch...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,676
Posted By daveinva
Removing weight from the equation (which I know...

Removing weight from the equation (which I know isn't quite possible), what are some of the best "low speed" bikes out there? Is it simply a case of lower CoG = better low speed performance?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,922
Posted By daveinva
The worst part about this story? I'd offer a...

The worst part about this story? I'd offer a MUCH better home for either one of those fun little bikes if they followed me home... please? :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,532
Posted By daveinva
Two recommendations: 1. IME the absolute...

Two recommendations:

1. IME the absolute best parking lots for practice are multiplex movie theater parking lots. They're big, the asphalt's usually in great shape, and unlike "big box" store...
Forum: Equipment 08-08-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 827
Posted By daveinva
Resurrecting this to ask the question again--...

Resurrecting this to ask the question again-- turns out my ears aren't that big, but they *are*, weirdly, at different heights on my head, i.e. my left ear is jusssst a wee bit lower on my head than...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,365
Posted By daveinva
Took an MSF BRC earlier this summer as a...

Took an MSF BRC earlier this summer as a refresher after a few years off of two wheels. RC's told us to cover the clutch, don't cover front brake, BUT use all four fingers when braking. The RC's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,533
Posted By daveinva
Shame you can't keep the 250, too. After a few...

Shame you can't keep the 250, too. After a few years of not owning a bike, I picked up an old Ninja 250 this summer just to give me two wheels to ride.

I wouldn't want one anymore as my daily...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-31-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,226
Posted By daveinva
Yeah, unfortunately that was abandonware. Given...

Yeah, unfortunately that was abandonware. Given their success with the Tri-Glide, I don't see HD ever going the route of a reverse trike, leaning or not. I'd love to be proven wrong, though! :1drink
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,901
Posted By daveinva
Man, NOW I feel cheated. If only the MSF BRC had...

Man, NOW I feel cheated. If only the MSF BRC had taught me trail braking that weekend, I'd have been able to ride this awesome road on Monday morning!

:hide :evil

I know all you guys were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,226
Posted By daveinva
RE: happy Spyder riders, trust me, there are some...

RE: happy Spyder riders, trust me, there are some unhappy ones out there-- but that's all to do with BRP/Can-Am's quality control, which has been erratic. The 2013 RT and ST models, for instance,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,901
Posted By daveinva
Thankfully, SCIENCE will soon make everything in...

Thankfully, SCIENCE will soon make everything in this thread obsolete! :deal

http://rideapart.com/2014/07/braking-corner-bmw-abs-pro-works/

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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,226
Posted By daveinva
Of course! :freaky Hey, they DO look goofy!...

Of course! :freaky

Hey, they DO look goofy! I thought so when they first came out, for years the Spyder held ZERO appeal to me.

Then a few years later I got on a bit of a trike/hack kick,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,226
Posted By daveinva
Pictured: Knob and Knob-GF. Not pictured:...

Pictured: Knob and Knob-GF.

Not pictured: Smiles of Knob and Knob-GF. :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9076125068_c48348eb86.jpg

I'm under 40, I'm in the best shape of my life, I hold...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-25-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,901
Posted By daveinva
FTR, I've taken two MSF BRCs in my day, and in...

FTR, I've taken two MSF BRCs in my day, and in both of them, the instructors mentioned trail braking as an advanced technique that the new riders will want to eventually learn. Both times they made...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,229
Posted By daveinva
Benefits of a track day: 1. For a fairly...

Benefits of a track day:

1. For a fairly new rider over the first "hump" of their experience, a track day gives them a safe environment to learn the limits of their riding. It's one thing to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,761
Posted By daveinva
I'm actually pretty familiar with the concept of...

I'm actually pretty familiar with the concept of "hidden law," and I agree with the posters here who criticize it. Laws must be fair, universal and knowable in order to be just.

That said, if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-17-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,212
Posted By daveinva
I love them all. Or do I really have to choose? ...

I love them all. Or do I really have to choose? :D

I've had MT cars for a while, love rowing gears. BUT, it's a PITA in traffic (and there's a LOT of traffic in DC), so it's a pleasure driving...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,914
Posted By daveinva
Bikes get stolen. Often, unfortunately. If...

Bikes get stolen. Often, unfortunately.

If you don't carry the cash to replace it, you really ought to insure a bike against theft. Even if you want to skimp on the other insurance-- and you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-09-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,734
Posted By daveinva
I own a Spyder. I own a Ninja. If I didn't...

I own a Spyder. I own a Ninja. If I didn't understand and apply the difference between direct steering and counter-steering, I'd be a streak on the road. :deal

Some people (many?) ride...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-07-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,734
Posted By daveinva
Okay, easy related question: While...

Okay, easy related question:

While counter-steering through a corner, I'd like to lean my body more into the corner to help me take the corner better / increase ground clearance.

On the street,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-02-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,794
Posted By daveinva
Just to confuse matters, let's add those in: ...

Just to confuse matters, let's add those in:

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2014-ktm-1190-adventure-with-cornering-abs/23615.html
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