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Old 07-20-2013, 10:32 PM   #22411
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Almost MCEscher-esque reflections ibn the chrome.



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Old 07-20-2013, 10:41 PM   #22412
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Almost MCEscher-esque reflections ibn the chrome.



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Maybe it's just the perspective, but that does not look like a comfortable riding position at all. Looks like a short person wearing clothes and riding a bike that's all just a bit too big
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:29 AM   #22413
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My first thought, too: "this looks uncomfortable. he's hunched over". To each their own, but I just don't see it.

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Old 07-21-2013, 04:44 AM   #22414
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The goal probably isn't comfort though...
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:15 AM   #22415
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The goal probably isn't comfort though...
Why can't that be comfortable? I can't ride sport bikes. They're uncomfortable. I prefer to be a little stretched out, it's not that far a leap to see really stretched out as comfortable.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:22 AM   #22416
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Why can't that be comfortable? I can't ride sport bikes. They're uncomfortable. I prefer to be a little stretched out, it's not that far a leap to see really stretched out as comfortable.
Anatomically- that "one big C curve spine" in the picture is particularly horrible for the discs in the lower back. Having the lower back arched forward is the best way to avoid long term problems.



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Old 07-21-2013, 11:07 AM   #22417
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I see he's had the floorboards raised several inches too. A 250 Rebel would have been the right bike choice for this fellow, but he obviously wanted a larger cruiser.

To the tune of Chris Farley singing "fat man in a little coat"....Little man on a giant bike....
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:23 PM   #22418
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I see he's had the floorboards raised several inches too. A 250 Rebel would have been the right bike choice for this fellow, but he obviously wanted a larger cruiser.

To the tune of Chris Farley singing "fat man in a little coat"....Little man on a giant bike....
Don't worry about the little fellow, he has loud pipes to save his life.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #22419
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In the safety classes, they teach that you should NOT cover the brake. That may be where she picked that habit up.
I took the BRC-2 course two months ago. The theory is you'll grab too much brake in an emergency.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:06 PM   #22420
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I took the BRC-2 course two months ago. The theory is you'll grab too much brake in an emergency.
That theory seems a little silly to me. By covering your levers you should be able to get on the brake quicker which should bring the panic level down, which should make you less likely to brake too hard, and it will obviously get you stopping quicker which is almost always a good thing. Racing dirt bikes is almost always one big emergency maneuver and I was taught to keep a finger over the front brake at pretty much all times.

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Old 07-21-2013, 09:25 PM   #22421
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That theory seems a little silly to me. By covering your levers you should be able to get on the brake quicker which should bring the panic level down, which should make you less likely to brake too hard, and it will obviously get you stopping quicker which is almost always a good thing. Racing dirt bikes is almost always one big emergency maneuver and I was taught to keep a finger over the front brake at pretty much all times.

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They teach you not to cover it so that you don't grab a massive handful of front brake while trying to bob and weave, thus throwing your bike on the ground.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:45 PM   #22422
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They teach you not to cover it so that you don't grab a massive handful of front brake while trying to bob and weave, thus throwing your bike on the ground.
It happened twice in my class. The first guy had to drop out after crashing his Triumph Speed Triple in a second gear straight-line emergency braking exercise. The bike slid 20 yards and he banged up his elbow. Note the damage to the bar end, slider, and shifter peg.



This one was during the "emergency stop during a turn" exercise. He low sided because he locked up the brakes before standing it upright. Lost a mirror and scratched the fairing.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #22423
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I still don't understand how having one or two fingers ready to use the brake is going to somehow change how hard a person hits the brake when they are in panic mode. If a person is the type to freak out and grab too much brake I think they'll do it no matter how their hands are on the bars. At least if they get to it quicker they'll have more time and therefore more of a chance to recover from the mistake before they hit something if they can in fact recover at all. Maybe my thinking just from racing and dirt riding but I just always feel that you can never react too quickly.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #22424
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Sorry for the detour there folks I'll shut up now :

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I still don't understand how having one or two fingers ready to use the brake is going to somehow change how hard a person hits the brake when they are in panic mode. If a person is the type to freak out and grab too much brake I think they'll do it no matter how their hands are on the bars. At least if they get to it quicker they'll have more time and therefore more of a chance to recover from the mistake before they hit something if they can in fact recover at all. Maybe my thinking just from racing and dirt riding but I just always feel that you can never react too quickly.

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