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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,596
Posted By the_sandman_454
Interstate is great for extending the range you...

Interstate is great for extending the range you can explore in a given amount of time. Slab it out to the good stuff/stuff you haven't explored yet, and slab it back if you're pressed for time.
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,852
Posted By the_sandman_454
Keep your current bike since there's nothing...

Keep your current bike since there's nothing wrong with it (or at least branch out and try something new, I definitely wouldn't just get a newer version of the same thing). While keeping existing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-07-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,091
Posted By the_sandman_454
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-03-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 12,876
Posted By the_sandman_454
As long as the new energy solutions are adopted...

As long as the new energy solutions are adopted by actual market forces because the science and economics behind the solutions make sense rather than just because of a strong lobbyist group (like...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 12,586
Posted By the_sandman_454
That time. If the rider mentioned in the OP...

That time. If the rider mentioned in the OP continues this behavior long enough, one of the other alternatives will eventually happen. It isn't a good habit for anybody to get into.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9,463
Views: 1,908,427
Posted By the_sandman_454
You're also lucky that a friend of hers didn't...

You're also lucky that a friend of hers didn't stab you while she had you sort of distracted and steal your stuff. That seems like odd behavior on her part.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,020
Posted By the_sandman_454
I don't mind equipment made in certain countries...

I don't mind equipment made in certain countries generally known for lower quality, if said products come at a discounted price. I don't like when the big companies shift production of bikes or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 12,586
Posted By the_sandman_454
What does that even mean? Are you implying that...

What does that even mean? Are you implying that by not allowing someone to unsafely pass from the opposite direction, that I'm somehow wasting their time? Why is that rider's time worth more than...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,272
Posted By the_sandman_454
I don't like the practice. It just adds more...

I don't like the practice. It just adds more crap to the side of the road. Not to mention, they're putting all of this crap on property they likely don't own. Stop littering and remember your dead...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-02-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 12,586
Posted By the_sandman_454
I do not pass while opposing traffic is there,...

I do not pass while opposing traffic is there, whether it's a semi, or a motorcycle. The motorcyclist is entitled to the entire use of the lane in his/her direction of travel, and I'll not encroach...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5,744
Views: 320,918
Posted By the_sandman_454
Looking at it the other way, it would be more...

Looking at it the other way, it would be more logical to have the lighter (more maneuverable) vehicle be the one more responsible by law for avoiding the larger, less maneuverable vehicles that have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5,744
Views: 320,918
Posted By the_sandman_454
I think the point is don't ride something on the...

I think the point is don't ride something on the street that is so fragile that you must swerve erratically to avoid pebbles and the like. The more predictable you are, the lower your chance of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-25-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,451
Posted By the_sandman_454
I managed about 11,000 miles from my last Kenda...

I managed about 11,000 miles from my last Kenda 761. It was pretty used up by that point. I wouldn't have (and didn't) tried to push it any farther.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By the_sandman_454
Me too. Reward good behavior even if it is stuff...

Me too. Reward good behavior even if it is stuff they already should be doing anyway.

I do negatively reinforce idiots who refuse to get out of the passing lane with a head shake or a wtf...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-30-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,908
Posted By the_sandman_454
I lock the steering, lock my helmet to the...

I lock the steering, lock my helmet to the holder, remove electronics from my old, worn out, road rashed jacket and hang that on the bars. I've been lucky so far, although not going to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-02-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,211
Posted By the_sandman_454
I just relax and roll with it. The rain is just...

I just relax and roll with it. The rain is just another part of the adventure. You can occasionally detour around the heavy stuff, and it doesn't always rain when they forecast it will. Of course,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,344
Posted By the_sandman_454
That's all I was offering, a perspective. The...

That's all I was offering, a perspective. The fact that we're all mortals and that we have a finite time available to us to do what we want to do.

The perspective I was offering is the fact that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2014, 04:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,344
Posted By the_sandman_454
Sorry for the loss of your friend. What...

Sorry for the loss of your friend.

What you learn from this is that life is fragile, but even if you live it locked in a padded bunker away from everything that might harm you, you'll still die...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-11-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 31,721
Posted By the_sandman_454
So, is it still up for grabs from the FT Gratiot...

So, is it still up for grabs from the FT Gratiot location, or has it moved?

I'm finally up and rolling for the season.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-03-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,181
Posted By the_sandman_454
I select the highest gear the engine seems happy...

I select the highest gear the engine seems happy with. If I need to accelerate quicker, downshifting doesn't take long at all. I prefer the higher fuel mileage this results in.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,161
Posted By the_sandman_454
Yes, left, right, and center are all completely...

Yes, left, right, and center are all completely correct in different situations. Occupy the portion of the lane that gives you the best chance of seeing the road and potential hazards ahead, while...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,560
Posted By the_sandman_454
The way I deal with it is to keep my hair trimmed...

The way I deal with it is to keep my hair trimmed with a clipper and #1 guard. I think this summer I'll just shave it smooth and see how that works.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,328
Posted By the_sandman_454
Take a break from it if you feel the need. After...

Take a break from it if you feel the need. After I hit a deer (brokencollarbone and totaled bike), I took about a year off from riding before my mind told me it was time to get back on 2 wheels.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-01-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,445
Posted By the_sandman_454
I started commuting pretty much as soon as I had...

I started commuting pretty much as soon as I had my license. Maybe even slightly before.

My commute is about 50 mi round trip and can be done on county roads, a US highway, or a state route. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-27-2013, 08:24 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,950
Posted By the_sandman_454
I thought this would be a gripe about road rage,...

I thought this would be a gripe about road rage, and maybe talking about carrying a rifle or shotgun while riding so people could visually see you're not the guy they want to rage on.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2013, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3,062
Views: 418,738
Posted By the_sandman_454
Unless I'm completely misunderstanding this, he...

Unless I'm completely misunderstanding this, he would have likely written me more tickets because I would have had to insist he write himself one for improper use of a passing lane, obstructing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
They could probably even lighten it up a little...

They could probably even lighten it up a little farther with carbon fiber. It is an interesting idea, but needs an infusion of technology to help it scale down to bikes a little easier.

If they...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-04-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,897
Posted By the_sandman_454
Well that sounds like a perfect excuse to go grab...

Well that sounds like a perfect excuse to go grab it and bring it over here. Just don't drop it too far east, otherwise the thumb guys will grab it and take it over there. :deal.:lol3: I would go...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-02-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 9,789
Posted By the_sandman_454
I still haven't gotten over to Meredith yet. ...

I still haven't gotten over to Meredith yet. I've just been hanging out at the campgrounds, enjoying some Buffalo Trace bourbon and relaxing. It's 5 o'clock somewhere... :deal
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 08-01-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 9,789
Posted By the_sandman_454
Excellent, thank you. Camping with some...

Excellent, thank you.

Camping with some friends at Wilson state park today and Friday. What are y'all up to?

On the plus side, found that spending most of the last tank over 65mph, I still...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-30-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,897
Posted By the_sandman_454
So, if we try to grab your tag, do we also have...

So, if we try to grab your tag, do we also have to crash here first?
:deal :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
Appropriate to the forum, but completely not "big...

Appropriate to the forum, but completely not "big picture" type considerations. The commercial applications use a significant amount of fuel and reducing the price of this fuel if possible by giving...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
You're thinking of only consumers. There's an...

You're thinking of only consumers. There's an awful lot of trucks, semis, tractors, busses, and other transportation out there that already have diesel engines that are compatible with biodiesel...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
So, is the implication then that the automobile...

So, is the implication then that the automobile manufacturers are colluding with the petroleum manufacturers to limit the production of E85 capable vehicles produced to the minimum number required by...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2013, 01:41 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
Have you any idea what sort of nasty chemicals go...

Have you any idea what sort of nasty chemicals go into the making of solar panels? How much energy it takes to make the stuff to make the panels? I wouldn't exactly call them good for the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 879
Posted By the_sandman_454
Pressurizing the tank should make the gas less...

Pressurizing the tank should make the gas less likely to boil, not more likely. Does this happen when starting out on a partial tank or only after you've filled it up?

The tank must be getting...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-28-2013, 02:30 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 9,789
Posted By the_sandman_454
Very nice totals so far guys. 2TF, mind...

Very nice totals so far guys.

2TF, mind talking a little about the 990 now that it has ~7000mi on it? Likes/dislikes, would you buy it again, etc? Are maintenance intervals on KTM bikes really...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
We would have been better off that way (without...

We would have been better off that way (without the subsidies). It is bad enough we have petroleum subsidies. Subsidizing and mandating other projects just adds to the problem. Fuel pricing is a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 29,332
Posted By the_sandman_454
Yes, and let me tell you why: Ethanol yields...

Yes, and let me tell you why:

Ethanol yields 21.1 MJ/l. Gasoline yields 32 MJ/l. These burn most efficiently at rather different stoichiometric ratios. The more ethanol you blend into a gallon...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,342
Posted By the_sandman_454
I only drink black coffee, but thankfully gas...

I only drink black coffee, but thankfully gas station coffee is the only coffee in my budget. I have tried the Starbucks crap and I am with the crowd who theorizes they deliberately over roast less...
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