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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,524
Posted By Aj Mick
Get a life and you will die…. it's in your DNA

Get a life and you will die…. it's in your DNA
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 930
Posted By Aj Mick
I first rode a bicycle in 1961 at the age of 7,...

I first rode a bicycle in 1961 at the age of 7, got going on motorcycles about four years later. They have both provided me with efficient transport and some good adventures ever since.

8 km from...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,966
Posted By Aj Mick
Short term memory loss

Rookie mistakes after fifty years riding?

Just make 'em and forget 'em….. move on.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-14-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7,346
Views: 2,499,646
Posted By Aj Mick
http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick...

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s572/AjarnMick/Motorcycling/WhypeopledontstopatredlightsinThailand_zpseeed0436.jpg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,334
Posted By Aj Mick
[QUOTE=elk nuts;25427254]How many bikes in your...

[QUOTE=elk nuts;25427254]How many bikes in your dream garage?
/QUOTE]

Just one quarter litre bike or smaller is enough for to cover a wide variety of terrain.

There was a time when I had two....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 03:35 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,851
Posted By Aj Mick
Yeah, irks me too, in some parts I have been....

Yeah, irks me too, in some parts I have been. Where I am now, cheap motorcycles are how folks get around.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-22-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,954
Posted By Aj Mick
Favourite helmet?

The one that fits…….

A poor fitting helmet is a curse, no matter what it looks like and how many flash features it has.

The best I have owned and still have at home in NZ is a Nolan open face...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,547
Posted By Aj Mick
Reliability is only one factor. Maintenance...

Reliability is only one factor.

Maintenance is one important other, and with that comes serviceability.

- Does a bike have long service interval?

- Can you get the oil and other items you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,487
Posted By Aj Mick
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,966
Posted By Aj Mick
Would you still ride if you couldn't be killed.

I ride to get around; have done so for nearly half a century….. and that's that.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,400
Posted By Aj Mick
How Far Beyond Your Riding Skill Set is Your Bike?

Dunno, I've just been riding to get about for the best part of half a century.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,635
Posted By Aj Mick
Interesting comparison. Where I'm at now...

Interesting comparison.

Where I'm at now (Phuket Island, 50 km north to south, 20 km east to west) when I first arrived eleven years, ago motorcycles outnumbered cars by three or four to one. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,369
Posted By Aj Mick
I see, so alpha yoof credentials come with that...

I see, so alpha yoof credentials come with that Euro down, Euro a week lard-arse VFR.



They are not even motor bicycles!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,369
Posted By Aj Mick
Not for nothing that over 60 million Honda Cubs have been sold.

I used to think big bikes were the way to go, that you needed a big bike to travel big distances and to be a big man. I have ridden big machines, and while they may feel good on a good road, they are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,222
Posted By Aj Mick
….. and be aware of what is going on around you....

….. and be aware of what is going on around you. No matter how much alphabet soup tech your bike has, keeping safe is down to using the sensors and processor we are born with.



I would….. Most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,222
Posted By Aj Mick
Believer in anti-lock brakes

Nope…. agnostic;

49 years riding, 45 of them licenced; my last on road accident was about 40 years ago and braking had nothing to to with braking. A speeding car passing another pulled in and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,417
Posted By Aj Mick
The key ingredients to a succesful adventure?

Minimal planing, and minimal gear…..

An objective or two

A well maintained bike

An open mind

Going with the flow
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,590
Posted By Aj Mick
After an oil change…. I like to imagine...

After an oil change….

I like to imagine that it goes better, but can't say for real. Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn't.

Maybe it's just because that's when the other general maintenance gets...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,702
Posted By Aj Mick
If it was about dashing image, then it would have...

If it was about dashing image, then it would have to be Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Velocette or some other exotica, not available as a choice, and some no longer available in the market.

For down...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-14-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,635
Posted By Aj Mick
If this was motorcycling for me I would not...

If this was motorcycling for me I would not bother.







Thankfully I was a confirmed user of motorcycles as a practical way to get around before the ATGATT gospel was written.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-11-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,635
Posted By Aj Mick
An interesting range of points of view….. in the...

An interesting range of points of view….. in the end, it depends.

Top speed - Sports / race car wins because of being able to carry more power with more traction and better aerodynamics.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 12,645
Posted By Aj Mick
HI VIZ is for pussies??

Not for pussies, but not a guardian angel either.

In the day time, among a mass of changing hues, hi-viz may, or may not be beneficial at different times. It depends on what colours are in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,366
Posted By Aj Mick
Wool…… that's it in a word. I grew up on a...

Wool…… that's it in a word.

I grew up on a sheep farm, and have shorn thousands in my time…. I'm proud to have had a part in producing a product I really do believe in. Even living in the tropics,...
Forum: Racing 11-08-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 423,209
Posted By Aj Mick
True of Marquez; Miller is the Aussie, who has no...

True of Marquez; Miller is the Aussie, who has no Kiwi connection as far as I know.

Australia is welcome to claim some of their NZ born sporting heroes as their own though…. Especially that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-02-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,595
Posted By Aj Mick
You just have to trust that that gas stations...

You just have to trust that that gas stations selling non-ethanol gas are indeed doing so. In my experience of several years, they are. Where I am only a few do so, as it is government policy to...
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-31-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By Aj Mick
Big thanks for the second day pictures too. ...

Big thanks for the second day pictures too.

I have ridden the length and breadth of the North Island but over years, and not recently. There are certainly a number of different, and interesting,...
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-30-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By Aj Mick
Thanks for the great photos that remind me what a...

Thanks for the great photos that remind me what a great place Aotearoa is…… been away way too long. A return to the land of my birth must be nigh.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,236
Posted By Aj Mick
Been riding since I was a kid in the mid 60s....

Been riding since I was a kid in the mid 60s. Have done 100 mph without a helmet. Above about 60 the wind sure screamed past my glasses and in my hair, and the engine added to the cacophony, but it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,280
Posted By Aj Mick
The last time I was involved in an accident was...

The last time I was involved in an accident was in the mid 70s. A car passing another car at high speed cut in and took me out. It was a SMIDSY, and the driver admitted it, and that he was going well...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,564
Posted By Aj Mick
Owned or rented, a bike's a bike. I have...

Owned or rented, a bike's a bike.

I have owned a motorcycle almost all my adult life. For several years I owned two, one on each side of the world. I was living and working part of the year in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,439
Posted By Aj Mick
Dunno why most states in the US have an issue...

Dunno why most states in the US have an issue with lane splitting. Maybe fat cat legislators don't like being passed by folks on motorcycles. Maybe they regard it as queue jumping or something. Or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 34,246
Posted By Aj Mick
Live and let live.

I don't give a rat's root.

Showing off, yes, but how much of a danger were they to others? Not a lot, I suggest. They are more a danger to themselves…. their problem, not mine.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,276
Posted By Aj Mick
My thought exactly for the OP……. Not that I...

My thought exactly for the OP…….

Not that I would bother with one myself. Smaller bikes do it for me, and most run rings around any HD performance parameter.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-15-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 15,482
Posted By Aj Mick
My basic training ended nearly 50 years ago,...

My basic training ended nearly 50 years ago, after my old man took a couple of minutes to show me the controls of the farm motorcycle. I had my full licence about 4 or 5 years later, a couple of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-14-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,164
Posted By Aj Mick
About says it all. For me it has seldom been...

About says it all.

For me it has seldom been commuting to work, but more riding while at work in all weather for several years in the UK and as well as at home in NZ. Also general getting around...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-14-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,175
Posted By Aj Mick
Wow, big bucks. I have yet to cough up more...

Wow, big bucks.

I have yet to cough up more than $1,000 for a motorcycle. My current ride set me back about $500 about 11 years ago. The engine overhaul a couple of weeks ago cost about $130.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-13-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,175
Posted By Aj Mick
I owned my first Honda CB 350 (in New Zealand)...

I owned my first Honda CB 350 (in New Zealand) for about 18 months, and it was the last bike I turned over. After that accident it seemed to have a bent frame.

I replaced it with a prettier one,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-12-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,670
Posted By Aj Mick
Your attitude just plain sucks. Here happens...

Your attitude just plain sucks.

Here happens to be an internet forum with inmates from all over the world, riding all makes and types of motorcycle. Hang around if you like, but don't expect...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-11-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,314
Posted By Aj Mick
Adult diapers…. sorted…… But what would...

Adult diapers…. sorted……

But what would motivate anyone to make such an inane trip. There's now't so strange as folks.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-11-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 5,508
Posted By Aj Mick
A bike I had for about seven or eight years had...

A bike I had for about seven or eight years had such a troublesome wiring system that I bypassed most of it, including the key and the kill switch. After that it was reliable. Kick the thing to start...
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