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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,529
Posted By portablejohn
Not many motorcycles break down in dealer parking...

Not many motorcycles break down in dealer parking lots. The odds go down even more when you factor in that many of them are closed two days a week.

If I need parts on the road to keep me moving,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,659
Posted By portablejohn
"How fast do you ride off road?" Slightly...

"How fast do you ride off road?"

Slightly slower than I was going while still on the road?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,529
Posted By portablejohn
I think it is more a question of the riders'...

I think it is more a question of the riders' skill as a mechanic than anything else. Some people would be stranded for more that a week with a ruptured brake line, waiting on the dealer. Some...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,529
Posted By portablejohn
I would think that any motorcycle considered...

I would think that any motorcycle considered "disposable" will have been maintained rather poorly, if at all.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,059
Posted By portablejohn
The "shorts and sandal" riders are long gone. ...

The "shorts and sandal" riders are long gone.

Back to the OP: It depends entirely on where you are, where you are going, and how long you will be. Time the same journey using each method of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,059
Posted By portablejohn
Upper 40's in the morning is cold?

Upper 40's in the morning is cold?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,529
Posted By portablejohn
Parts and Labor. If you can get any part you...

Parts and Labor. If you can get any part you need in a timely fashion (fedex), carry tools and know how to use them (a service manual counts as a tool) you could ride almost any bike.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
http://2.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/41/71/7e7b13a3acae...

http://2.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/41/71/7e7b13a3acaeb1cb58d175a1f3730efc.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
That falls into the category of "Risk...

That falls into the category of "Risk Compensation". The riders know that riding on a sunny day is safer than riding at night and/or in the rain. Since they know it is safer, they drive faster and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
http://media.giphy.com/media/ns6PnjY73xofS/giphy.g...

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With ABS, he could have slowed down for at least twenty more feet before hitting the car. And he would have not been hitting it with his...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
The time that the pavement offers the least...

The time that the pavement offers the least friction is just after it starts to drizzle. The longer the dry spell before the rain, the slipperier it will be. After it rains a while and rinses the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
If you haven't found the situation common, then...

If you haven't found the situation common, then how do you know that it is possible to "catch it before it goes"?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
It isn't really possible to ride around 100% of...

It isn't really possible to ride around 100% of the time in a manner that would negate the need for ABS. Let us say that there was a big rear end accident approaching an intersection. Big puddle of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
While it is true that it lengthens the distance...

While it is true that it lengthens the distance to stop in slippery conditions, ABS lengthens the distance MUCH LESS than trying to do it manually.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,806
Posted By portablejohn
Actually, ABS is is a great tool to use to learn...

Actually, ABS is is a great tool to use to learn to use your brakes.

Basically, it does nothing until you are braking as hard as your tires will allow. Then it actuates, doing it's clattering...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
I don't see why so many people make it an...

I don't see why so many people make it an either/or thing. Think about a scenario where you are out riding with your girlfriend just after dark. She hits a deer and wrecks. She is injured and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
Go ride a grey motorcycle at dusk, in the rain,...

Go ride a grey motorcycle at dusk, in the rain, with no lights.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
Yes, it will.

Yes, it will.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
Falling down naked will most likely result in...

Falling down naked will most likely result in more injuries than falling down with protective gear.

Taking measures to be more visible will decrease the incidents caused by being less visible.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 9,812
Views: 1,995,041
Posted By portablejohn
Them: "Isn't it too cold to be riding a...

Them: "Isn't it too cold to be riding a motorcycle?"

Me: "Not enough snow to be driving a snow machine."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
Yes, minimize "risk compensation" by riding...

Yes, minimize "risk compensation" by riding around naked!

Seriously, I doubt your take on the risk compensation wiki.

"A Spanish study of traffic accidents between 1990 and 1999 found that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
The only time I have any opinion about what...

The only time I have any opinion about what another rider is wearing is when he/she is obviously UNDER dressed.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
So, if someone has loud pipes, because "Loud...

So, if someone has loud pipes, because "Loud Pipes Save Lives", doesn't that mean having loud pipes is actually more dangerous? That is the logic I have been reading on this thread...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
You look at the spaces between them.

You look at the spaces between them.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 839
Posted By portablejohn
Paint it orange with a rattle can.

Paint it orange with a rattle can.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-10-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,596
Posted By portablejohn
Who here goes to an effort to make themselves...

Who here goes to an effort to make themselves LESS visible?
Forum: GS Boxers 11-05-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
I have one of these that I can hook my air hoses...

I have one of these that I can hook my air hoses to. You can dry out the desiccant in an oven and use it over and over....
Forum: GS Boxers 11-04-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
Do the nitrogen people check their tire pressure?...

Do the nitrogen people check their tire pressure? Without a nitrogen supply, what do they do if their tire is low? Call at tow truck?
Forum: GS Boxers 10-28-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
I suspect that many are charging for nitrogen,...

I suspect that many are charging for nitrogen, then filling the tires with compressed air. Who is going to go to the effort, and expense, of analyzing the composition of the gases in their tires?
...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-28-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
Nitrous oxide? Fill your tires, make your engine...

Nitrous oxide? Fill your tires, make your engine go fast, can be used for first aid and/or entertainment...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-27-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
In those conditions, the moisture that condenses...

In those conditions, the moisture that condenses on the inside of the tire will be there no matter what gas you put in.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-27-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,807
Posted By portablejohn
Not inside a tire it won't.

Not inside a tire it won't.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-20-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,165
Posted By portablejohn
I took the rider course one August. I bought a...

I took the rider course one August. I bought a XJ650 as my first motorcycle. The next spring I rode it from VT to WI, then down along the Mississippi, across TN, and back up the East Coast.

The...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 10,802
Posted By portablejohn
Lay her down. That is the only option to stop...

Lay her down. That is the only option to stop faster. Not really. My ABS chatters when I am braking too hard on slippery pavement. I don't mind. Motor oil, ethylene glycol, and the water from...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-04-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By portablejohn
Get a new battery. The one you have sounds like...

Get a new battery. The one you have sounds like it was left in a discharged state for too long and now is permanently damaged.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-29-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,255
Posted By portablejohn
My dealer wanted to charge me money for the 600...

My dealer wanted to charge me money for the 600 mile service. (Bob's BMW). I couldn't believe that they wanted me to pay for and ride a $20,000 bike for twelve hours and then bring it back pay them...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-28-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,368
Posted By portablejohn
Always take the keys with you. The rest depends...

Always take the keys with you. The rest depends on where you are. In DE you don't have to wear a helmet. I wouldn't be stranded if someone stole mine. It smells a little like a wet dog.

On my...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-27-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By portablejohn
I can't find the picture right now, but there is...

I can't find the picture right now, but there is a very easy way to see the trueness of the rim (and or tire). You will need a rubber band and a chopstick (a pencil also works).

Put the bike on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-24-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 21,210
Posted By portablejohn
I wonder how these trips are going.

I wonder how these trips are going.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-15-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,158
Posted By portablejohn
How many miles is fifteen years? I bought a used...

How many miles is fifteen years? I bought a used Concours for $2300 and rode it 24,000 miles the first year.

My friend Steve bought a H. and never rode it, as far as I know.

I think the...
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