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Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 11-19-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,390
Posted By bigdog99
Did you check the road surface when you picked...

Did you check the road surface when you picked yourself up? Odd that you went down with that much experience on those tires. Maybe gas or diesel spilled from a previous vehicle?

Bullshit ticket...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-25-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By bigdog99
I remember some 30+ years ago, as a sort-of...

I remember some 30+ years ago, as a sort-of offshoot of the Hurt report, one of the bike magazines did an uncontrolled experiment about rider visibility. They kept track of right-of-way violations...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 15,507
Posted By bigdog99
I spent about 12 years instructing the intro...

I spent about 12 years instructing the intro group for our club track day. Cost was about $160 on average for the students (it cost the club about $10k to rent the track which included ambulances,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-12-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,035
Posted By bigdog99
I've split tens of thousands of miles over the...

I've split tens of thousands of miles over the years and you're really only "safe" when two cars are side-by-side and aware of each other. Any other time you are in open season for cars to move...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-11-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By bigdog99
The two finger wave goes back at least 50 years,...

The two finger wave goes back at least 50 years, and probably more. That said, I don't use it; I'm usually the dork with the full palm out...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 490
Views: 23,862
Posted By bigdog99
This. What I have found over 40 years and 600k...

This. What I have found over 40 years and 600k miles or so, including years splitting lanes at commute hour in the Bay Area, CA, is that you should somewhat aggressively defend your lane position at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-29-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,434
Posted By bigdog99
On my R100GS, the TKC80s made the bike steer very...

On my R100GS, the TKC80s made the bike steer very slow. You may be finding the Scorpions are just normal. I went to Karoo2 Metzeler knobbbies which handled much better. I've run a couple sets of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-30-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,366
Posted By bigdog99
If a bike is a model in demand, it will probably...

If a bike is a model in demand, it will probably have high resale value as well, so it may not really matter if you get a "discount", vis a vis buying some leftover unwanted bike "cheap".

A good...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,117
Posted By bigdog99
Been using plain ol' Windex for 30 years or so on...

Been using plain ol' Windex for 30 years or so on shields from Shoei, Arai, etc. Spray on with one of those dollar store bottles kept in my jacket pocket, give it a little time to soften up the hard...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,994
Posted By bigdog99
Much technique depends on what you're doing. If...

Much technique depends on what you're doing. If you're on an "adventure" ride, alone, far from help, and -have- to cross, then I'd probably park and walk through the crossing with a stick, etc. and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-25-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 35,650
Views: 9,019,078
Posted By bigdog99
I was going up our local version of the Dragon...

I was going up our local version of the Dragon (Salmon Falls Road) a couple years back and came across a young guy who'd run wide on his new sportbike and ended up in the ditch. He and the bike were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-15-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,020
Posted By bigdog99
The bike walks across the flat tire carcass back...

The bike walks across the flat tire carcass back and forth. Because the rear contact patch is not "fixed" any longer, the corrective countersteer is a delayed reaction which quickly becomes an...
Forum: Face plant 03-27-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,836
Posted By bigdog99
Now that's adventure riding!

Now that's adventure riding!
Forum: Face plant 03-25-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,836
Posted By bigdog99
If you've been crashing, the bike must have its...

If you've been crashing, the bike must have its share of scrapes. Just drag the bike around by the front or rear wheel until the wheels are below the handlebars as much as possible. Put the front...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4,877
Views: 3,319,089
Posted By bigdog99
If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and...

If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and didn't re-adjust the master-cylinder actuator rod (probably longer), then you created a full-time braking situation (which would lead to the result...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2,518
Views: 1,322,789
Posted By bigdog99
If you didn't hear a big -pop- when your shoulder...

If you didn't hear a big -pop- when your shoulder hit the ground (collarbone), you probably have a mild separation (and it is most comfortable resting on the grip).

When you have a GS loaded on...
Forum: The Garage 07-04-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By bigdog99
If the old shingles are in decent shape, you can...

If the old shingles are in decent shape, you can use a pry bar and weave a few new shingles into the bad spots and skip the re-roof. Otherwise, if you can broom the old shingles clean and they lay...
Forum: Face plant 06-20-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,916
Posted By bigdog99
If you've never ridden off-road as a practice...

If you've never ridden off-road as a practice (dirt-bike, etc) a GS is a tough bike to start on, not that it can't be done or that you can't acquire enough skill to go where you want on your GS, it's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-07-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,367
Posted By bigdog99
Been using Windex on my Shoei and Arai shields...

Been using Windex on my Shoei and Arai shields almost daily for about the past 30 years with -ZERO- problems. Use my bare fingers to gently sften and loosen bugs, then clean with a soft clean cloth...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 03-28-2012, 11:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,490
Posted By bigdog99
Dirt bike should be no problem. I've been over...

Dirt bike should be no problem. I've been over on my R100GS several times, including camping near the summit. It is harder east to west than vice versa. Go past Lobdell Lake and bear right at the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-27-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,337
Posted By bigdog99
As I've always been a map and dead reckoning guy,...

As I've always been a map and dead reckoning guy, and in hundreds of thousands of miles never felt the need for a GPS, I basically skipped the GPS fad. Plus, every time I was riding with somebody...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6,781
Views: 2,141,533
Posted By bigdog99
Mark, take heart that in your expression of your...

Mark, take heart that in your expression of your emotions for your late wife Chris, which flow through to your interactions with the people you are meeting, and to the readers of this thread, many of...
Forum: Ride reports 01-22-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,698
Posted By bigdog99
Your Givis are fine. If you have to have the...

Your Givis are fine. If you have to have the adventure look, try Hepco and Bekker or Touratech, but the Givis are good bags.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2012, 11:02 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 53,201
Posted By bigdog99
On a dual sport ride some 15 or so years ago, I...

On a dual sport ride some 15 or so years ago, I stopped on a whim to take a leak, and while standing there looking down the roadbank, spotted a pink fanny-pack under/behind a sagebush. Picked it up,...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6,781
Views: 2,141,533
Posted By bigdog99
Mark, watch out for blood clots or DVT with your...

Mark, watch out for blood clots or DVT with your knee problem. With the swelling and injury, combined with the riding and the fixed position of your leg (bent), it is easy to get clots behind your...
Forum: Ride reports 12-13-2011, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6,781
Views: 2,141,533
Posted By bigdog99
Can you use some sportbike-style sliders? The...

Can you use some sportbike-style sliders? The only thing you need the case savers for is to prevent holing the crankcases in the case of a crash. Crashbars that crack your case are useless. So...
Forum: Americas 11-25-2011, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,105
Posted By bigdog99
Great time to stay at Furnace Creek, Death...

Great time to stay at Furnace Creek, Death Valley. You can camp in the campground or in the overflow. Get advance reservations if you're going to be around during President's Day. Usually lots of...
Forum: Face plant 09-14-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,031
Posted By bigdog99
Very true-I've been licensed since 1970 and have...

Very true-I've been licensed since 1970 and have subconciously developed reading everything about the cars in front of me-type of car, paint color, whether it's clean or dirty, etc, etc. One real...
Forum: Face plant 07-24-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,809
Posted By bigdog99
You got it on your ankles because you probably...

You got it on your ankles because you probably took your socks off then pulled off your riding pants, which were covered in oil.
Forum: Ride reports 04-01-2011, 12:28 AM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
Won't 7 months be just about springtime in BA? ...

Won't 7 months be just about springtime in BA? Why waste $3200 on shipping when you could spend the money riding back?

It's hard to imagine that if those bikes were broken down and palletized...
Forum: Ride reports 03-22-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
Yeah, Gaston, not so smart. Some Europeans sick...

Yeah, Gaston, not so smart. Some Europeans sick of their "smart" rulers crossed the Atlantic and in a couple hundred years economically kick the world's ass, not only enriching it's citizens but...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 18,926
Posted By bigdog99
We had an event about 10 years ago with a CHP...

We had an event about 10 years ago with a CHP motor officer doing a seminar and this exact question came up. His answer was if you are going to pass a car (that is actually going less than the speed...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
I know you have importation/carnet issues, but is...

I know you have importation/carnet issues, but is it possible to just sell the bikes before you leave? Even if you don't get a great price on them, it would probably be cheaper in the long run. Or...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
I agree his tone comes across a little snarky,...

I agree his tone comes across a little snarky, but some of that is inevitable in print. However, part of K&D's rush is of financial origins, so if Gaston's suggestions can extend their money by a...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2011, 07:56 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
Quote: "Also, we don't think of the searching as...

Quote: "Also, we don't think of the searching as "irrelevant details sidetracking your trip" we think of it as a very significant portion of the trip itself. Think about it, what is more memorable...
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2011, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 301,335
Posted By bigdog99
Dachary and Kay, Not sure what's going on...

Dachary and Kay,

Not sure what's going on with Dachary's tire. Normally, tube-type tires are either OK or flat (omitting valve core sealing issues). Tube tires don't normally lose measurable...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-13-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,656
Posted By bigdog99
Illegal in CA, passengers are required to have...

Illegal in CA, passengers are required to have their feet on footpegs. Probably not a good idea in any case, traffic is bad enough without having to mind keeping the kid on board.

When they...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 91,540
Posted By bigdog99
I forgot to mention, after we stopped in Shields,...

I forgot to mention, after we stopped in Shields, we drove through Healy and out toward Scott Lake. We were planning to camp there, as it was a nice September evening. On the road into the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2011, 08:33 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 91,540
Posted By bigdog99
SodBuster, just saw this thread from your recent...

SodBuster, just saw this thread from your recent bump. My Dad's family is all from western KS, but I had not been there since I was 4 or 5. Last fall, coming back from visiting my son in MI (in the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-28-2011, 09:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,061
Posted By bigdog99
Forget eastern sierras and NE state in March. +1...

Forget eastern sierras and NE state in March. +1 on Monterey and down the coast, and you could venture over to the western Sierra slope as far north as Sacramento and down around to Tehachapi. If...
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