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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 05:38 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
This. Many of us are capable of riding and...

This. Many of us are capable of riding and cornering, albeit slowly, while riding no handed. Explain that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 05:28 PM
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Views: 43,711
Posted By hippiebrian
I still love the concept, but couldn't have one...

I still love the concept, but couldn't have one as an only bike for sure. The Zero could replace my Kymco 200s, but that thing gets 75 mpg and I paid 1500 for it, not 15000. That and if I get the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Wow, yes, I'd say that an amputee who could see...

Wow, yes, I'd say that an amputee who could see could easilly steer around an obstacle they could see (try it some day, when you ride no handed if you can, and you will notice that when you steer...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 04:49 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
That was me. I'd been doing it all along without...

That was me. I'd been doing it all along without knowing it. Like I said, to me it was fun to know information, but didn't change my riding one iota.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 12:14 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
[QUOTE=dwoodward;26834777]It's only BS until you...

[QUOTE=dwoodward;26834777]It's only BS until you need to change directions NOW; at that point, you'd better have an idea on what to do with the handlebars.

When you are at the point where you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Well, nice to know that majority of riders are...

Well, nice to know that majority of riders are doing it wrong and, because you have had some sort of spiritual ah ha moment you are one of the few that are riding correctly.

Sad to know I've been...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Please describe this mysterious ah ha moment you...

Please describe this mysterious ah ha moment you are talking about. Is it an "ah ha, the harder I push the deeper I turn" ah ha moment? Because I was doing that before I learned what countersteering...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Did you explain countersteering to her or did she...

Did you explain countersteering to her or did she get it on her own, and does she realize she's doing it? I'm betting no on both, which is my point. And, if you can steer a bicycle without knowing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 09:29 AM
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Views: 1,949
Posted By hippiebrian
Under 3 grand, no carb synching, easy amintenance...

Under 3 grand, no carb synching, easy amintenance and reliability screams (and I'm going to get flamed for this) KLR650. Seriously, mine's fine up to 90 mph, accelerates plenty hard enough for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,288
Posted By hippiebrian
I once had a hard tail custom Sportster. Rode it...

I once had a hard tail custom Sportster. Rode it from Fla. to Ma., then gave it away to a friend and took the bus back. Even at 19 years old, my back and ass weren't made for them.

That said,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 09:12 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
They do teach countersteering in the MSF course,...

They do teach countersteering in the MSF course, and I feel it is unnecessary, but whatever. They also teach you the things you need to know like shifting, braking and looking and accelerating...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 07:34 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Yes. Physically move your head to look through a...

Yes. Physically move your head to look through a turn. Accelerate as you go through a turn. Practice shifting and braking in a parking lot or dirt, or better yet take an MSF course, until those...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 06:27 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Oh, and if someone had pointed out my "bad...

Oh, and if someone had pointed out my "bad habits" 5 years ago, that would have given me meant that I'd been riding safely for 35+ years, but still doing it wrong somehow...:huh
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Funny thing is kids learn to become proficient at...

Funny thing is kids learn to become proficient at steering a bicycle by countersteering and they have no idea not only what countersteering is but they don't even know they are doing it to begin...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
No, my problem is people making motorcycling...

No, my problem is people making motorcycling sound more difficult than it actually is. I've said before, I'd been riding probably almost 20 or so years before I ever heard of countersteering. When...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 06:06 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Not superheroes, but people who were riding...

Not superheroes, but people who were riding confidently and well before we ever even heard the word countersteering.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 06:02 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
I was 6. I begged my Dad to teach me how to ride...

I was 6. I begged my Dad to teach me how to ride the old Columbia in the attic. He finally got it down, put tubes in it, and told me he'd teach me. First time on, I sat on the seat and he started...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 02:51 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Did you explain countersteering to your kids when...

Did you explain countersteering to your kids when you taught them?

Who taught you to use your hips or drop your shoulder?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 02:40 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
If no one ever told them to steer with their...

If no one ever told them to steer with their hips, they'd never have tried it. No one told them to countersteer their bicycles, but they did it anyhow. Practice making tighter turns and you will...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 02:31 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
I was always pushing the bar to turn tighter, as...

I was always pushing the bar to turn tighter, as is everyone else. When I first heard about countersteering, I thought it was complete bull until I went out and realized that was what I was doing. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 02:11 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
No, so many accidents could have been avoided if...

No, so many accidents could have been avoided if the riders rode at a speed comparable with their abilities that allowed them to get out of the way when the need came. But that is another issue...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 12:51 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Can. Don't have to. Thinking get out of the way...

Can. Don't have to. Thinking get out of the way takes care of it, don't have to stop and think of how. Look. Go. Oh crap, go tighter. Easy.

Why is it humans have the desire to make everything...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 12:32 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
That is what happens when one thinks too much...

That is what happens when one thinks too much about what one is doing. You look, you go. Pay attention to your surroundings, turn your head and accelerate through the curve. That's it. Someone...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,737
Posted By hippiebrian
That whole hook turn thing that has suddenly...

That whole hook turn thing that has suddenly become popular for some reason. If you are in a car, you don't need to go left before hooking a right like a semi does (actually, semis hook AFTER a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 11:56 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
The first person to ride a bicycle, when...

The first person to ride a bicycle, when encountering a curve, countersteered to get through it, and he didn't even know he had to.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-20-2015, 11:53 AM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
My point was I was doing it without realizing it....

My point was I was doing it without realizing it. Countersteering is how a bike changes direction at speed. If you are riding anything other than a perfectly straight line on either a bicycle or a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1,603
Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
Really? Being able to weave the lines is how you...

Really? Being able to weave the lines is how you define being capable on a bike? I was able to do that when I was 13 years old, for God's sake, probably 20 years before I knew what countersteering...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-19-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,781
Posted By hippiebrian
A rejection of "poseurs"? :lol3 Really? :lol3 ...

A rejection of "poseurs"? :lol3 Really? :lol3

I have yet to hear someone call someone else a "poseur" that wasn't a complete douchebag who thinks he/she knows everything there is to know about...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-18-2015, 04:51 PM
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Views: 126,621
Posted By hippiebrian
There's a lot of that going on around here...

There's a lot of that going on around here...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2015, 04:04 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,781
Posted By hippiebrian
Whatever, it's nice to see them running and...

Whatever, it's nice to see them running and ridden.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,782
Posted By hippiebrian
How the hell did it take 2.5 hours? I have only a...

How the hell did it take 2.5 hours? I have only a 5 mile commute, and it's 10 minutes max most days!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 7,212
Posted By hippiebrian
Use what you want, we're all adults here and can...

Use what you want, we're all adults here and can make choices based what our level of risk taking is. Me? I ride exclusively (don't drive a car) and am not ATTGAT due to risk vs. practicality. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-14-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,205
Posted By hippiebrian
I just bought a 2010 People 200s. Really, just...

I just bought a 2010 People 200s. Really, just change the oil and brake fluid, as has been reccomended earlier, and ride the hell out of it. Kymcos are like Japanese scooters, bulletproof. This is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,781
Posted By hippiebrian
Same here, minus the helmet most of the time I'm...

Same here, minus the helmet most of the time I'm almost afraid to admit.

Even now, I'm not really ATGATT. Most of the time it's an armored jacket, jeans, lace-up boots, deer skin gloves and a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 472
Views: 17,300
Posted By hippiebrian
Jesus, people, who really cares? Riding a slow...

Jesus, people, who really cares? Riding a slow bike fast is no cooler than riding a fast bike fast. Riding a Harley slow is no more annoying than riding an Aprilia Tuano slow.

You know what is...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-14-2015, 02:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By hippiebrian
Before plunking down Givi money, look into Shad. ...

Before plunking down Givi money, look into Shad. I love mine!

http://www.shadonline.com/
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,046
Posted By hippiebrian
The ATGATT people are going to flame me for this,...

The ATGATT people are going to flame me for this, but I don't wear motorcycle boots. I ride everywhere (I haven't driven my car in over a year and a half) and if I wore motorcycle specific boots I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-14-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,781
Posted By hippiebrian
I have ridden with quite a few of the "hipster"...

I have ridden with quite a few of the "hipster" motorcyclists and talked to many more. Say what you want, these people actually ride their bikes and go places! The enthusiam is great, and they are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-10-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 11,166
Posted By hippiebrian
Okay, six pages into this thing and I still son't...

Okay, six pages into this thing and I still son't know what made the rider in the o.p. go down. It wasn't inexperience, obviously, given the length of time the dude's been riding. Lack of skill? ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-10-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,604
Posted By hippiebrian
Most people lie about this, but it's about 30%...

Most people lie about this, but it's about 30% practicality and 70% emotional. I love my Bonnie, they give me wood. Good all around machines, sure, but there are hundreds of those. That said, when...
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