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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 04:34 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
Didn't try to be negative. Sorry if it came over...

Didn't try to be negative. Sorry if it came over like that. However, do I understand correctly that you are trying to tell me that there is less space in US cities to build roundabouts than in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 01:45 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 17,940
Posted By Mat
Got off easy??? Yes she was stupid for stopping...

Got off easy??? Yes she was stupid for stopping there, but then her car was hit by a speeding biker who would have lost his driving license over here if he was caught speeding like that. He didn't go...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 08:46 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
In many parts of the world, including all of...

In many parts of the world, including all of Europe, it works just fine. Don't see why the US would be any different. People can look without stopping, no problem. Sometimes it is better to stop, if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 08:23 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 12,991
Posted By Mat
Well that was an amusing yet foreseeable turn in...

Well that was an amusing yet foreseeable turn in this thread :D

What did we learn? Apparently Harley sells at least 51% of all bikes larger than 900cc or something, and almost 100% of all bikes...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 01:49 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
hence right-of-way rules cost less than a four...

hence
right-of-way rules cost less than a four way stop. If I am not mistaken, those basically already exist anyways: The vehicle coming from the right has the right of way. Easier to handle, too....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,459
Posted By Mat
:nod ...

:nod
http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/traffic.html

The word is slowly being spread. I believe this principle can also be applied to many other areas of safety management.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 02:11 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
4-way stops are a stupid invention; roundabouts...

4-way stops are a stupid invention; roundabouts or simple right-of-way rules are more efficient and don't require constant stop-and-go.

Still have to stop! If one person just sails through, that...
Forum: Europe 12-15-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,515
Posted By Mat
I tend to just randomly ride around in Jura. Look...

I tend to just randomly ride around in Jura. Look up a few places you would like to see on the way and then trust for example Google to find random little roads that are actually legal to ride. There...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-15-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
Let me recap. You laugh from joy when you ride...

Let me recap. You laugh from joy when you ride the Autobahn in heavy traffic (while not being allowed to pass on the right).

:huh





:hide
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-15-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 12,991
Posted By Mat
Ooooh, the evil foreigners. Always handy...

Ooooh, the evil foreigners. Always handy scapegoats for everything. Don't you just love it.

Looking forward to hear your whining when these same immigrants become wealthy enough through hard work...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-13-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
Well I guess then the problem is not with the...

Well I guess then the problem is not with the lights but the lack of driver's training. Better start there than introducing measures that piss off drivers and make traffic more dangerous for all.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
I still don't believe the "most of the world...

I still don't believe the "most of the world likes to surprise their drivers with a sudden green" statement. Might be hard to find data though. Then again, it doesn't matter as countdowns should be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
That is just a BS claim with no factual...

That is just a BS claim with no factual background.

I think countdowns are an excellent idea. Lets people plan ahead and leads to less rush decisions, better traffic flow, and most importantly,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 27,019
Posted By Mat
Hm weird this seems no problem here. The public...

Hm weird this seems no problem here. The public is not opposed to bikes while many filter, even though it is illegal.

My advice is to untwist your panties. Every squid lane-splits and filters, so...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
Yellow means red will follow, red and yellow...

Yellow means red will follow, red and yellow means green is following over here.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mat
Scooters can mount proper Winter tires with...

Scooters can mount proper Winter tires with siping and all. That helps a lot.

http://www.fwr.co.uk/product/continental-move-365-scooter-winter-tyre

All I know is that when there is ice on the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mat
Once it is ice or very hard packed snow,...

Once it is ice or very hard packed snow, absolutely. If the snow is soft and deep enough however (such as when you are one of the first on the road), they never get a chance to touch the ice below....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
Whether providing the opportunity to go through...

Whether providing the opportunity to go through on yellow is the idea or not, does not really matter. You only get fined if you cross on red here. Red light cameras aren't adjusted for tolerance,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mat
Studs don't help much in the snow if they also...

Studs don't help much in the snow if they also have to work on asphalt. Tire pattern is more important, and the Heidenau Scout Are not the best for that. If you had those. TKC80 are also not ideal,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
The key words being "You can enter the...

The key words being "You can enter the intersection" :deal
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,257
Posted By Mat
Police corruption, that's what it is. :deal ...

Police corruption, that's what it is. :deal

Reading all this makes me almost glad there is no discussing with our inflexible police here. In return at least you always know what to expect.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
No it doesn't. You have to stop at red. ...

No it doesn't. You have to stop at red.

Maybe in Germany it is different than in the rest of the world?
Forum: Europe 12-06-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,515
Posted By Mat
Instead of just waypoints, several preplanned...

Instead of just waypoints, several preplanned routes are the way to go. Have detours ("shortcuts") ready for every segment. It seems that is what you have planned anyways. That is because of another...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-06-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mat
Ok I have to agree on that. Both on your point...

Ok I have to agree on that. Both on your point and your pet peeve :deal
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-06-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By Mat
As Randy said, depends on the snow. But...

As Randy said, depends on the snow. But generally, particles are smaller (whole size categories - gravel vs. fine sand or even silt), internal friction is smaller, and phase changes happen. Snow...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 19,932
Posted By Mat
Yeah, that is a good point. I have two HID bulbs...

Yeah, that is a good point. I have two HID bulbs @ 35 W each, so that should be generally fine. Winter is always tricky with the 640, so better to have some reserve Amps. I was too cheap go get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-04-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mat
Ok that is another topic... Controlling the AC or...

Ok that is another topic... Controlling the AC or radio via touch screen??? How did that get approved and let go into production! Of course it is cheaper to produce, but almost impossible to use...
Forum: Thumpers 12-03-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 19,932
Posted By Mat
Did you consider wiring the lights so high and...

Did you consider wiring the lights so high and low beam would be on at the same time when high beams are on? I found that to help a lot (still wish for some more side illumination - some LEDs should...
Forum: Europe 12-03-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,515
Posted By Mat
I believe that guy must have gotten into one of...

I believe that guy must have gotten into one of the Lake Garda traps. That area got too popular, roads got closed, yet people still tried to ride them without permits.

Yes not being able to / not...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-03-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 10,701
Posted By Mat
So if it is legal it is cool? Fuck off. It is a...

So if it is legal it is cool? Fuck off. It is a pain in the ass of everyone but yourself. I also conterclaim your opinion and will say it is not safer.

At the moment my list looks like this:

1....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-03-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mat
Still don't believe that it doesn't matter...

Still don't believe that it doesn't matter whether you are hands-free or not. I guess the only way to prove that to an old pighead like me would be to put me in a test situation, but then I guess the...
Forum: Europe 12-03-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,515
Posted By Mat
There are two kinds of signs on roads with...

There are two kinds of signs on roads with driving restrictions in Italy; the ones without an official explanation with case numbers, judge name, etc. are more like a disclaimer from the owner. I...
Forum: Europe 12-03-2014, 02:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,515
Posted By Mat
That can get expensive. It is on my not-to-do...

That can get expensive. It is on my not-to-do list, as it is CHF 250 if I am not mistaken. I draw a line at 100.

As for the best time to go, I would tend towards late August, as the weather tends...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-02-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 35,510
Views: 8,970,528
Posted By Mat
Yep, lowlanders. You, too :deal

Yep, lowlanders. You, too :deal
Forum: Ride reports 12-02-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,174
Posted By Mat
Very nice, thanks for the report. Sounds like a...

Very nice, thanks for the report. Sounds like a great trip!

Whenever I camp in Canada I am scared of bears. We just don't have anything to worry about here but boars and angry farmers, so I am not...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-30-2014, 03:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By Mat
A wedge of snow does not work like a wedge of...

A wedge of snow does not work like a wedge of gravel. I would not turn off the ABS in this situation.

Sand is good, or if there is a ditch, maybe you can use that to ride in.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,676
Posted By Mat
Yeah Mat's Law would take care of that: If you...

Yeah Mat's Law would take care of that: If you have a tail of more than one vehicle behind you, you have to pull over within the next minute to let them pass. How would you enforce it? Who cares,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-23-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,676
Posted By Mat
A private contractor... right on. Optimizing...

A private contractor... right on. Optimizing operations for profit, not for customer service, and non-controllable by democratic means. :deal

Anyways, what happened here is that driving exams are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-23-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,981
Posted By Mat
The thing is only that while food population...

The thing is only that while food population influenced predator population, the reverse is only true to a very limited extent. Natural predators do not much to reduce prey population. They influence...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,237
Posted By Mat
So, did the mirrors break off when you threw it...

So, did the mirrors break off when you threw it at him? :evil
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