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Forum: Ride reports Today, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,120
Posted By vaara
I've done that ride (in reverse) many times -...

I've done that ride (in reverse) many times - great stuff! :clap
Forum: Americas 12-16-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 638
Posted By vaara
But in California, it is perfectly legal (and...

But in California, it is perfectly legal (and common) to lane-split.

Ditto on the non-Harley-renting. In fact San Francisco has 2 moto rental shops within a few blocks of one another; one rents a...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-16-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By vaara
Aren't the side cases wider than the bars anyway?

Aren't the side cases wider than the bars anyway?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 793
Posted By vaara
I think there have been a few discussions on BARF...

I think there have been a few discussions on BARF about this - for obvious reasons.

One thing people say a lot is that it's like suddenly having 2 flat tires.
Forum: Ride reports 12-11-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,263
Posted By vaara
Wow, what a great adventure! And welcome to...

Wow, what a great adventure!

And welcome to California!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By vaara
Ditto, as I posted above. The...

Ditto, as I posted above.



The California driving public has had decades to adjust to the idea of lane-splitting. Drivers in other states, not so much - unless they happen to be from...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
I should have phrased that better -- instead of...

I should have phrased that better -- instead of "obtaining employment," I should have written "becoming an instructor." As far as I know, they still plan to use individual sites -- hence the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By vaara
Changing the law is all well and good, but again...

Changing the law is all well and good, but again - the problem is how to change cagers' attitudes. They outnumber (and outweigh) us exponentially.

Texting while driving and left-lane banditry are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By vaara
Bad apples or not -- and we do have plenty of...

Bad apples or not -- and we do have plenty of them here -- lane splitting works just fine here in California. In ~12 years of riding here, I've been intentionally blocked once. That one time is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
I have serious concerns about some of the...

I have serious concerns about some of the verbiage in the T&Cs attached to the instructor application -- and I'm not the only one. I would encourage all California RCs to read the entire application,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By vaara
The Feds do exert some control over the states...

The Feds do exert some control over the states when it comes to funding -- specifically, by threatening to withhold federal highway funding from states that don't adopt certain laws. That's how the...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-09-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,924
Posted By vaara
I definitely did! Rode 3200 kms around the South...

I definitely did! Rode 3200 kms around the South Island. The weather wasn't ideal, but it looks like that's pretty typical for a New Zealand spring...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-09-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,924
Posted By vaara
Aw, now you've gone and made me miss NZ (was...

Aw, now you've gone and made me miss NZ (was there last month). :)

Looking forward to more!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Let's just say that "Total Control" is aptly...

Let's just say that "Total Control" is aptly named.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
So, I've had a look at the instructor application...

So, I've had a look at the instructor application for the TCTI basic rider course...

and that's apparently all I'm allowed to say.
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-07-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,543
Posted By vaara
Great RR! Молодец! :clap

Great RR! Молодец! :clap
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
In my (admittedly short) experience, only about...

In my (admittedly short) experience, only about 30-40% of BRC participants are totally inexperienced riders. The remaining ones are current riders who just want (or have been ordered) to "get legal,"...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Good point. Again, it would be interesting to...

Good point. Again, it would be interesting to know how this plays out in Idaho (assuming the Idaho STAR curriculum is as stringent as the Lee Parks mystery course supposedly will be).
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
A bit more info: ...

A bit more info:

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/oped/total-control-training-california-contract-for-california-motorcycle-training-class-msf/

I didn't know about those NHTSA standards. Here...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Right, but as of 1/1/15, the MSF course will no...

Right, but as of 1/1/15, the MSF course will no longer be CMSP-approved, and it's doubtful that the Lee Parks course will be up and running by then, at least not in such a way as to train significant...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-01-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Speaking of younger riders, is it safe to assume...

Speaking of younger riders, is it safe to assume that people under 21 will be SOL if they want an M1 after the 1st? At least until the new Lee Parks program is up and running?

If so: sucks to be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
At least. Only the élite RCs will get the 3-day...

At least. Only the élite RCs will get the 3-day training, which was mentioned as costing $395. Others (probably including me, as a n00b) will require as much as 7 days. I can only assume that will...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
They're basically el-cheapo Bilt vests (the kind...

They're basically el-cheapo Bilt vests (the kind they sell at Cycle Gear) with large CMSP logos sewn onto them, front and back, which made them even heavier and less breathable. Here in CA, where a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-21-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,042
Posted By vaara
In the words of Edith Piaf, Non, je ne regrette...

In the words of Edith Piaf, Non, je ne regrette rien.

Well, actually, je do regrette not seeing a few things, including (but not limited to):


The Pancake Rocks
More of the Marlborough...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Who could forget the great Hi-Viz Safety Vest...

Who could forget the great Hi-Viz Safety Vest Debacle of 2014?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Well, that sounds like fun. Not.

Well, that sounds like fun. Not.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
The other 49 are just jealous because we can...

The other 49 are just jealous because we can lane-split, and they can't. :)

And most of us can ride year 'round.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Yes, that's a bit of scuttlebutt that may or may...

Yes, that's a bit of scuttlebutt that may or may not actually be accurate, but I think it's reasonably safe to assume that the CHP wouldn't select a higher bid just because it came from the MSF....
Forum: Ride reports 11-20-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,042
Posted By vaara
Day 10, November 14, Hanmer Springs to Nelson ...

Day 10, November 14, Hanmer Springs to Nelson

I awoke to a dry but - as usual - chilly morning in Hanmer Springs. My goal for the day: ride to Nelson, drop off bike, spend rest of day quietly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
But all of our training bikes do... Re: the...

But all of our training bikes do...

Re: the new curriculum (now renamed "Beginner Riding Clinic"), a quick Web search finds no mention of it whatsoever, which leads me to believe that the whole...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Agreed. I'm hardly one of those -- having only...

Agreed. I'm hardly one of those -- having only gotten certified in July.

I wonder what'll happen to the RC I know whose reaction to students who can't get their bikes started is to scream at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
I can't answer that, since I have no idea what...

I can't answer that, since I have no idea what the new course looks like. The cost should be the same (since it's mandated by the CA Motorcycle Safety Program) but so far there's no info about its...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
I'm keeping an open mind about the new curriculum...

I'm keeping an open mind about the new curriculum -- maybe it'll be an improvement! -- but it does seem likely that there will be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth among RCs and training sites....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
Yes, as long as you take (and pass) the MSF BRC...

Yes, as long as you take (and pass) the MSF BRC before 12/31, you should be fine. This assumes you're in CA, which is the only state affected by this particular situation. Your DL-389 form is valid...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,993
Posted By vaara
California drops MSF curriculum

Well, this is interesting.

http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467118

Cliff Notes version: The contract to administer the CA motorcycle safety training program expires at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Posted By vaara
I became a RiderCoach just a few months ago. I'll...

I became a RiderCoach just a few months ago. I'll echo what others have said re: the time commitment, which is substantial. Another aspect that is not entirely enjoyable is having to deal with...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,042
Posted By vaara
That would be a dream come true. Can you...

That would be a dream come true. Can you recommend a motorcycle rental company there? :D
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,042
Posted By vaara
Day 9, November 13, Akaroa to Hanmer Springs ...

Day 9, November 13, Akaroa to Hanmer Springs

It was a dark and stormy morning. I mean, really dark and stormy. It looked like my weather luck had finally run out, so after making myself some bacon...
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 49,632
Posted By vaara
I couldn't agree more! Great photos -- makes me...

I couldn't agree more! Great photos -- makes me wish I had had time to visit both islands, not just the South one. :clap
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,042
Posted By vaara
Sadly, no... but then it was a cloudy, windy day....

Sadly, no... but then it was a cloudy, windy day. They wouldn't have been very mirror-like at all.
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