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Fellow bikers, I have a question.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Stevireno, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. babygorilla

    babygorilla NES Member

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    Just to eff with people I'v done the wild, two hands above the head wave when I'v got cruise on and running a straight line.....
     

  2. ipscdrl

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    I'm with ya.

    And Steve, REALLY? You had to ask? [smile]
     
  3. swatgig

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    Didn't I read on the interwebs that when you wave to someone on a bike that they're supposed to shoot you?
     
  4. mclina

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    I also find it hard, when you are riding on a sunny weekend in New Hampshire, to keep up with waving to every bike you pass. If you pass a string of 10 bikes, with maybe a car or two sprinkled in, do you wave to every bike? Do you just hold your hand out until the last bike passes? Do you pull it in when the car goes by? I live on 101A, and on busy weekends, there's a bike every 100 feet.

    It's easier in March, when it's 25 degrees and you maybe see one bike on the way home from work.
     
  5. Mark from MA

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    I ride a Harley and if it's safe, usually wave if waved too from anyone, jap bike, scooter, moped, non motor bike, walker, whatever. I don't get the being selective thing for only Harley's that's just gay, elitist, and overall moronic.

    I really don't get the whole thing though and over the years, I don't initiate it anymore. And some times I want two hands on the bars just for safety, I'll give a nod.
     
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  6. dingbat

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    Not bad I think. Busted bar end mirror, bent rear set, and a few bigger scratches where smaller scratches used to be. Bent the shift pedal out and rode it up the hill to the house after. Still need to do some more thorough looking over but expect to be sorted in short order. Thanks for asking.
     
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  7. GPP

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    Run out of tire? Room? A bit greedy on the trail braking? Entry speed too beaucoup? Debris? Forgot to look where you wanted to go as opposed to where you were pointed? Dodging a 4 legged beast or wing ed creature? Had no choice but to "lay her down"? Hard part touched down as you were trying to drag your knee/elbow slider?

    Cmon man spill it lol!!

    Glad youre ok, something to be said for ATGATT, though, been there, done it, probably do it again. Ill take an 80 mph lowside any day over getting flicked. The worst highside of my entire racing career came at the Winchendon flat track (RIP Sideways Pete G) on a stupidly and expensively modded Honda XR 100 at around 20 to 25 mph. That ****ing frame flexed and wound up due to my extremely muscular physique and aggressive riding style and ****ing launched me into Fitchburg.

    Sorry for the thread drift, Im drinking.
     
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    "fatasses shouldn't ride minibikes"

    I'm drinking too.
     
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  9. GPP

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    You are quite correct Sir, we shouldnt!!! You want laughs? Any racing organization, MX, roadracing, flat track , ice racing etc that offers up a class listed as "adult 100" or something similar is guaranteed to offer up some of the tightest, dirtiest, most expensive, cheaterest ("bro, my cylinder has been resleeved twice over and is designed to only use a 3 mil machined R6 piston with carbon fiber rings, itll put out 52hp on MR9")funniest racing youll see. Often times broken collarbones, radius and ulna fractures, and of course concussions are the result. Family fun!

    Pupchow: Truer words were never spoken. Pete G never complained about much. His spirit is still infused in the clay at WVRC
     
  10. allen-1

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    I don't race, but I know a couple people who know a bit about the industry, so I've heard a few stories.

    And yeah, I'd rather lowside than highside any day of the week - and twice on Sunday. I walked away from lowsiding across 287 in NJ back in 1999. Slid across all of the lanes, ended up in the median. Bike was towed, but I had nothing more than a couple of bruises. Couple weeks later I split my head open on a manhole cover in a road that was under construction. If I'd been wearing a helmet that night I might have done less damage to myself.
     
  11. garandman

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    Yeah, I used to think that way. And it's probably the case that there are some riders who ride such short distances at such low speeds that the risk is minimized.

    1. Here's the shortest possible answer to why in 21st century America you don't want to be treated for road rash: MRSA.

    2. In 2007 after riding 27 years without incident, I was hit from the side by an inexperienced driver in a construction zone on I95. He misjudged the cones, merging lanes and speeds. I was probably going 40mph. The bike got knocked over to the right. I was able to get my leg out from under the bike before it got pushed over. I slid on my hands, pants, and helmet for 20-30' before tucking my body (thank you, Army jump school for teaching me how to fall for two weeks).

    ALL my gear was rashed: helmet, gloves, jacket and pants. Think about if this had been your skin.
    [​IMG]

    5 state troopers showed up because they figured ther was going to be a fatal investigation. I rode home.

    3. For anyone riding with exposed skin, next time you are outside, bend down and rub your hand over the Macadam. It makes 60 grit sandpaper feel smooth. That's why racers call it, "The buzz saw."
     
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  12. garandman

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    Funny. Sold my son's XR100 to a guy in Quincy, who pumped it up to 120 or 130cc and put road tires on it in preparation for "Pit bike wars"
     
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    Garandman; V-Strom?
     
  14. dingbat

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    First off, thanks for the sentiment, and the same to the other fella who pm'd me.

    Not too terribly exciting a crash. Pretty much 100% operator error caused by operator stupidity. Riding a relaxed pace after splitting of from a ride with friends to head home. Corner was a left hander with some sand and gravel wash from a driveway. Saw a clean line toward the outside, cleared by car traffic, rolled off to maintenance throttle and tipped in. Crossed in to the wash at the apex, slight positive throttle. My expectation was for the bike to slip sideways a little then catch like usual. Reality met my expectations half way. Not sure if I got in to the wash further than I thought or the "clean" line was not as clean as it appeared, but the tires never hooked back up. On the up side, it was as smooth a low side as you can imagine. Buttery smooth. Trajectory kept me on pavement until my last flop. Bike was a little further, rear wheel in the ditch.

    Torso rotated in, outside knee against tank, head and shoulders toward left hand, arms relaxed, focused on the exit, calm and apparently a little too confident.

    There was plenty of time to scrub speed but thought I was good. Second guessing myself that maybe I should take corners like this a little crossed up, ready to throw the foot out, but honestly think that would have just got me in the ditch still rolling near full speed in this case.

    More than happy to hear any Monday morning quarterbacking on this one.
     
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  15. Old Toad

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    Been in the bike business 30 years...I always wear gloves... just give the two finger off the left bar "wave"...kinda inverted peace sign...works for me.
     
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  16. Old Toad

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    I've got 200,000+ miles under my belt riding. For me, I buy quality gear. I've smashed a LOT of bikes in my early 20's riding like a COMPLETE imbecile. I've broken my toes, sternum, ribs (different crash), fingers... never once got road rash. I never want to get road rash. For the record about 10 years ago I decided on a moratorium from crashing. /S
     
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  17. GPP

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    Dude, there is zero Monday morning QBing needed, you know why you piled, and you clearly learned from the experience, that (to me anyways) is absolutely priceless intel. I have fired more bikes down the road (probably lol) than any 5 NESrs combined, but I could have told you exactly why I crashed on each and every one. For me, it has been %100 rider error every time. Certainly not the greatest statistic to boast about, and Im definitely paying the price for it now, but Ive got an encyclopedia of stupidness to look at now when I go for a ride, and I know what not to do lol. A couple bruises, a footpeg, rearset, maybe a shifter and youre out about $300, but I bet the experience gained is worth ten times that.
     
  18. GPP

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    That poor bike probably has $5000 into the mill and less than 30 cents spent on swing arm bushings and suspension mods lol
     
  19. daleone3

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    Well said!


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  20. allen-1

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    No Monday morning quarterbacking here. And if it'd been a right-hander you'd probably need a new set of pipes, they're expensive.
     
  21. garandman

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    I'm sure he did some suspension work as he's a pretty big guy.

    Speaking of suspensions how about some Penske shock porn?
    [​IMG]
     
  22. GPP

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    Penske, the only way to fly absolutely! That the triple clicker?
     
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  23. Supermoto

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    I waved to everyone, usually a super excited floppy wrist wave if I'm sitting down or a multiple hip thrust with an awkward stare if I'm standing. They are called mo'Tards for reason
     
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    Not sure what you are asking? Had a 2005 DL650 and 2009 DL650A. Sold it in 2012 with around 20,000 miles on it.
     
  25. Old Toad

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    I had a Penske rear shock on my 1998 VFR 800I AMA race champ Himmelsbach does all the valving and rebuilding work here in the N.E. for Penske. Mine cost $1000 but it was sooooooooo worth it.
     
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    Not quite on topic but today on my commute into Boston from the south shore I saw an ahole in a Audi pass a biker in the HOV lane! That guy was pissed.
     
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    just got in from first ride of the season..went by a handful of bikers and got one ave and one head nod....im not really a wave guy but if waved to ill give it back....also had my first AHOLE cut infront of me but luckily I always tend to picture that happening.
     
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    I ride an HD and wave at everyone and help anyone in need , don't sweat the small shit , live to ride.
     
  29. GPP

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    Mike Himmelsbach knows his stuff, no doubt, and definitely knows his way around a wrestling mat as well. Theres a guy in CT (near Sikorsky) that puts Mike to shame. Hes in the middle of restoring my 1980 Fox Shox now, Ill send some pics when theyre done
     
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    I'm within earshot of Sikorsky right now.... who is your guy? If you don't want to post here, pm me 'cause I've been in the MC business here for 29+ years.
     

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