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Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,865
Posted By Grinnin
I prefer no windshield. It may be true for some...

I prefer no windshield. It may be true for some people/places/circumstances that a windshield is necessary for comfort, I don't think that's true universally. For me a good suit, heated gear, and...
Forum: Americas 12-20-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By Grinnin
Sclanton7 (the OP) has posted other places since...

Sclanton7 (the OP) has posted other places since starting this thread. He seems to have a Wee set up pretty well.

I responded above to another post that included daily gas cost but I never think...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,605,084
Posted By Grinnin
Similar. My KLR has less vibration than my...

Similar.

My KLR has less vibration than my two Honda twins but more vibration than the inline 4. When my dad was sick I put in a few rides straight through, about 1,025 to 1,050 miles each way. ...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-19-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,868
Posted By Grinnin
Great photos Alcan R. Good idea for a thread...

Great photos Alcan R. Good idea for a thread too. The Dempster was by far my favorite road in the area.

This might not be exactly the begining, but it's close. And the last blue sky I saw for a...
Forum: Americas 12-19-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By Grinnin
While the cost depends on what the OP rides or...

While the cost depends on what the OP rides or what he/she wants to do, I think this estimate is way too low.

For me in 2013, gas alone was $15 to 20 / day. I had a few free campsites but camping...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 12,024
Posted By Grinnin
There's an awful lot of population along the...

There's an awful lot of population along the Atlantic coast of the US, often living along roads about 300 years old. That may not be old in world standards, but predates cars by a good bit. The...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 12,024
Posted By Grinnin
And in many places there are buildings close...

And in many places there are buildings close enough to the existing intersection that there's not enough space to build one without buying and razing buildings.

I'm glad I don't usually have to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,200
Posted By Grinnin
The book Traffic : why we drive the way we do by...

The book Traffic : why we drive the way we do by Tom Vanderbilt has some examples of road "safety" that makes roads less safe.

Some places in England removed many of the hazard warning signs and...
Forum: Americas 12-17-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By Grinnin
Do you ride a 1200GS, a CRF250, or a Road King? ...

Do you ride a 1200GS, a CRF250, or a Road King?

Do you like camping or want to stay in motels?

Is this for your 2 or 3 weeks of vacation and you need to zip up there and back or will you...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-12-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By Grinnin
I have used POIs to find campgrounds, fuel,...

I have used POIs to find campgrounds, fuel, groceries, restaurants, and motorcycle shops. Many towns around here and places I've toured have no fuel, store, or restaurant, so finding these is not as...
Forum: The Garage 12-10-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By Grinnin
You care more about the motorcycle under you more...

You care more about the motorcycle under you more than any mechanic possibly could.

If you ever need air at a gas station again, there's a trick to the small-diameter rear Comstar wheels. Put the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-10-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,235
Posted By Grinnin
The program GpsPrune has a "compress track"...

The program GpsPrune has a "compress track" feature that lets you specify what you want removed. You can remove duplicate points or nearby points where you specify how near. The option that...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-09-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By Grinnin
How did you determine that no one looks? ...

How did you determine that no one looks?

There are FAR more threads in the Americas subforum with new posts yesterday and today than there are in the general Planning forum. Americas has about...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-09-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,615
Posted By Grinnin
I've certainly used roads from trip reports and...

I've certainly used roads from trip reports and those that are known as good rides. That works great.
You have a good answer right there.

Some of the best roads I've found for myself have been...
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,264
Posted By Grinnin
SOME people don't care what we look like; others...

SOME people don't care what we look like; others think we look like total dorks.

So why not look as dorky as necessary to be safe and comfortable.
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,264
Posted By Grinnin
I think the RIRI was an intermediate step. ...

I think the RIRI was an intermediate step. Earlier was a plain YKK then a "waterproof" RIRI then a "waterproof" YKK.

When I absolutely positively need all-day waterproof I wear the Darien which...
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,799
Posted By Grinnin
I had SOLAS as a center stripe on a helmet. It...

I had SOLAS as a center stripe on a helmet. It stretched enough that the 2"-wide stripe laid against the helmet without puckers.

It's probably easier to stretch it onto a mostly-spherical helmet...
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By Grinnin
My error. Although their web site also says...

My error.

Although their web site also says about the standard Dariens: "Cut like jeans, these conventional looking, unlined overpants are the perfect match. . ."
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By Grinnin
They seem to be constantly adding small...

They seem to be constantly adding small improvements. Probably a pain for the catalog folks trying to keep up.

The standard Darien pants are the ones that are supposed to fit like jeans. My old...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By Grinnin
The 'Stich site shows many pics of Darien...

The 'Stich site shows many pics of Darien standard pants without flaps, but the pics of someone wearing muddy Dariens show the flaps.

This pic of my pants shows standard Darien features: lack of...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By Grinnin
Yes. The one's I got from ADV Flea Mkt didn't...

Yes. The one's I got from ADV Flea Mkt didn't have double seat, but the ones I bought new in summer 2013 do have double seat, flaps over the front pockets, longer velcro for knee-pad height...
Forum: Equipment 12-05-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,264
Posted By Grinnin
The folks at Aerostich are pros at fitting. I...

The folks at Aerostich are pros at fitting. I thought I could improve on their recommendation but that suit fit worse than what they recommended all along. 'Stich gear has generous leg and arm...
Forum: Equipment 12-04-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 16,522
Posted By Grinnin
They've always talked to me about what I want...

They've always talked to me about what I want repaired and what I don't. They've recommended additional repairs that I could approve or decline.

They've always repaired exactly what I want and...
Forum: Equipment 12-04-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,492
Posted By Grinnin
Another advantage of the lowered line is walking...

Another advantage of the lowered line is walking on rough terrain without hanging my head as low. In 1976 I was new to bifocals, went backpacking, and slipped on some ice because it was in my...
Forum: Equipment 12-03-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,492
Posted By Grinnin
When I was about 40 I wore kid's glasses for a...

When I was about 40 I wore kid's glasses for a while. Now there is more selection in narrow eyeglasses. If your head is narrow, you may be able to look beyond the normal section of frames.
...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-03-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11,498
Views: 1,380,028
Posted By Grinnin
This. The maps don't show gates. Alas, street...

This. The maps don't show gates. Alas, street view doesn't yet go down many dirt roads to show the gate that's 3 miles off the main road. :bluduh[/QUOTE]Delorme Atlases show nearly all of the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,605,084
Posted By Grinnin
I tried that on my '01. Huge roar in my helmet...

I tried that on my '01. Huge roar in my helmet unless my chin was over the gas cap. Parabellum confirmed I had the right height then OKd a return.

On each side it connects to the subframe only...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-02-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,349
Posted By Grinnin
I want to expand on this point. Eating IS...

I want to expand on this point.

Eating IS important. For me, enjoying meals is also VERY important.

One trip I had the food organized well in advance (trip on a small boat). After a week the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-01-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By Grinnin
I tend to buy bikes expecting that they will have...

I tend to buy bikes expecting that they will have wear items to replace and potentially other stuff to repair. Even the most reliable design will have a bike or two that has been abused enough to...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 12-01-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By Grinnin
You can also download free "Garmin routable Open...

You can also download free "Garmin routable Open Street Maps" from http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ . Some areas are more correct and have more POIs than other areas since it relies on volunteer...
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By Grinnin
When Dexter Ford wrote his 2005 article in...

When Dexter Ford wrote his 2005 article in Motorcyclist magazine he included a statement something like "any modern helmet is far more protective than the best helmets from a decade or two ago".
...
Forum: Equipment 12-01-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By Grinnin
I'm pretty sure you'll want something quicker for...

I'm pretty sure you'll want something quicker for your heated gear.

The ones you have are plenty weatherproof. There are good reasons for weatherproof connectors, but 12V systems can work pretty...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 12-01-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 882
Views: 69,989
Posted By Grinnin
I found it in the printed catalog then posted the...

I found it in the printed catalog then posted the first link I found online. Didn't notice how different it was.

The case for the Galaxy S2 is listed as only "Splashproof" instead of the iPhone...
Forum: Americas 11-29-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 353
Posted By Grinnin
Google driver stopped to look at the great...

Google driver stopped to look at the great mountains & scenery along the way?

It's marked for 90kph IIRC but that can be too fast when rain slickens the calcium chloride used to tame the dust.
...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 11-29-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 882
Views: 69,989
Posted By Grinnin
I had a micro USB that worked fine for a couple...

I had a micro USB that worked fine for a couple of years then started losing contact. I switched to a different cord and spent some time maintaining the USB connection and it worked better. ...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 11-29-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 882
Views: 69,989
Posted By Grinnin
Power Connector

One reason I stick with a dedicated GPS is that it turns on and off with my motorcycle and I never have to futz with batteries or recharging it.

Now I see in the Twisted Throttle catalog that...
Forum: Equipment 11-28-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By Grinnin
Cig outlets also have a spring in the tip which...

Cig outlets also have a spring in the tip which will push the plug out of the outlet. I found that I needed a retainer holding the plug in. The retainer can make cig plugs a pain to use. The flip...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5,243
Views: 1,317,532
Posted By Grinnin
Does the Arrow have packing or is it all-metal...

Does the Arrow have packing or is it all-metal like the LV?

I ordered a Leo Vince X3 on eBay to be shipped from Italy and they didn't ship then didn't ship . . . . They admitted they didn't have...
Forum: Equipment 11-26-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 353
Posted By Grinnin
+ Skeene. Knowledgeable and helpful business...

+ Skeene.

Knowledgeable and helpful business owner. Good products. Very versatile controller with easy setup.
Forum: Thumpers 11-26-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,605,084
Posted By Grinnin
Two of the biggest differences between riders are...

Two of the biggest differences between riders are the roads in the area and the right wrist. Sometimes I whack open the throttle just for fun, but I usually ride more smoothly. The roads around here...
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