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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 07:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
The only animal I have hit on the bike was a cat....

The only animal I have hit on the bike was a cat. I swear that little fucker did 30 mph to get under my tire, too. I was on an XL600, and it barely phased the bike.

My boss hit a coyote doing 80...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
I agree. Like I said, my wife was in front of me...

I agree. Like I said, my wife was in front of me and slowed down more than I would have. She has just over 1 year experience on street bikes, and an over-abundance of sympathy for animals. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,636
Posted By High Country Herb
Do a Google Image Search for "open face helmet...

Do a Google Image Search for "open face helmet injury". You won't ever want to wear one again.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
I would have been more willing to carry speed...

I would have been more willing to carry speed through the bottle neck, since speeds were not high enough to injure me in a car should one of the two obstacles jump out in front of me. I am much more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
He's right about what the cage driver...

He's right about what the cage driver experienced, though. Probably thought "all these damn motorcycles all over the road need to get the hell out of the way".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 10:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
It sounds like I've identified the same mistakes...

It sounds like I've identified the same mistakes (by me and my wife) as you guys are pointing out.

I hadn't thought of the 4-way hazards. My bike does have them, and had I been on my "A" game I...
Forum: Americas Yesterday, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 510
Posted By High Country Herb
I think 395 is a nice route. It can be pretty...

I think 395 is a nice route. It can be pretty cold in the early morning, but warms up fast. This is the case pretty much all summer. If you slept in and left at 9-10 am it should be fine if the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
No, and I don't want to dismiss your suggestions...

No, and I don't want to dismiss your suggestions either. I've seen lots of people do that on these type of threads, and think it prevents me from learning anything.

Do you really pull over every...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
OK, so that's 2 riders saying pull over if...

OK, so that's 2 riders saying pull over if conditions warrant speeds lower than 20 mph. That seems odd to me, due to the layout of the road, but I did ask for advice.

Here is a photo of a similar...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
At the time, we didn't plan to stop, so we just...

At the time, we didn't plan to stop, so we just wanted to get through the bottle neck. Even at 20 mph, we were still going too fast to pull into the gravel driveway. About 100 yards down the road, my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
P.S. The other motorcyclist had heavy duty...

P.S. The other motorcyclist had heavy duty panniers on his sport touring bike, so may be an inmate here. If that's you, I would like to hear how it looked from your point of view.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By High Country Herb
Close Call on Highway 49

I almost got creamed by an inattentive cage driver yesterday, and I think I contributed to it. Help me (and maybe you) avoid repeating this incident in the future.

The Story: My wife was leading...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
That's awesome! Did it seem fast as a kid? It...

That's awesome! Did it seem fast as a kid? It seemed really torquey (would wheelie uphill with 180 lb adult), but I think it had a 4-speed transmission so top speed was about 25 mph. That seems like...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-27-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 402
Posted By High Country Herb
In areas where they meed the revenue, they...

In areas where they meed the revenue, they sometimes ticket for 10 over. Most of the time you can get away with it however. 5 over is safe in 99% of the west.

Zion doesn't allow cars, and has a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-27-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
If I see one, I'll get the guy's phone number and...

If I see one, I'll get the guy's phone number and PM it to you.


The restoration is the fun part.

I did a 1973 Indian 70cc one time. It was made in Italy. I traded a car radio amplifier worth...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-27-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
http://images.craigslist.org/00z0z_iKBctyAMkRW_600...

http://images.craigslist.org/00z0z_iKBctyAMkRW_600x450.jpg

Ouch $4000 on SF Craigslist
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/mcy/4951602914.html


Here's one for $450 in NorCal:...
Forum: Racing 03-27-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By High Country Herb
There is a guy across the creek from my house...

There is a guy across the creek from my house that has an ER-6. His is uncorked, and sounds amazing.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-27-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
No, the XL600 has an 18" rim laced to the OEM...

No, the XL600 has an 18" rim laced to the OEM front hub. It had Kenda K761 rear tires front and back (front 18's are hard to find). That style tire uses the same tread pattern front and rear anyway,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-27-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
You have good taste in home decor. *free...

You have good taste in home decor.

*free bump*
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-26-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By High Country Herb
Just for reference, I sold a 1979 XL250 for $200...

Just for reference, I sold a 1979 XL250 for $200 a couple years ago. It was beat, but ran like a "Scalded Dog". (quotations because that was what I affectionately named it due to its bent frame)...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-26-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 402
Posted By High Country Herb
I have a couple of suggestions, but I'm not sure...

I have a couple of suggestions, but I'm not sure how they work with kids:
1. They have a skydiving simulator in Vegas. If they allow kids it would be an awesome activity.
2. They have a Haufbrau...
Forum: Racing 03-25-2015, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By High Country Herb
It sounds like you have a solid plan of action,...

It sounds like you have a solid plan of action, and are willing to work hard to succeed.

I am looking forward to seeing the bike build, and hope you'll post some pictures to keep us in the loop.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-25-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,570
Posted By High Country Herb
That is a good point. One thing every new rider...

That is a good point. One thing every new rider should know is how to make the bike stop.

A certain percentage of people go full throttle death grip the first time they get a bike rolling, riding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-24-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,570
Posted By High Country Herb
When my wife was preparing for her beginners...

When my wife was preparing for her beginners course, we would both hop on the bike and ride over to the local community college. It has a multi level parking lot in the hills, so provided good...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,459
Posted By High Country Herb
:lol3 You got that right! I did a...

:lol3

You got that right!

I did a search for TKC80, and saw this one about using it on the front. I didn't even think to look at what part of the forum it was in. Sorry about that.

Well...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,459
Posted By High Country Herb
I have some questions about finding the limits of...

I have some questions about finding the limits of the TKC80.

I have them on my Aprilia "adventure bike" (which is actually a sport bike under the facade). The tires corner OK, and much better than...
Forum: Americas 03-23-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 672
Posted By High Country Herb
Just imagine that you are carrying a red flag,...

Just imagine that you are carrying a red flag, and leave them space accordingly.

We were riding mountain bikes at Old Faithful when some of them surrounded the bike path leading out. At about 20...
Forum: EMEA 03-23-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,440
Posted By High Country Herb
It is good to hear about the low cost...

It is good to hear about the low cost accommodations. My head was about to explode thinking about 100 GBP/night rooms. :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,121
Posted By High Country Herb
I think you're going to have to pick one or the...

I think you're going to have to pick one or the other. Country music is like kryptonite to hippies, and vise verse. Where there's one, you won't find the other.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,587
Posted By High Country Herb
Ah, yes...the 400SM. We looked at those when...

Ah, yes...the 400SM.

We looked at those when my wife was shopping for a bike. There are not many on the market, and people want them. That will naturally drive up the price.

If you are patient,...
Forum: Americas 03-21-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By High Country Herb
The best campground I found in that area was...

The best campground I found in that area was Lizard Lake campground right in between Teton and Yellowstone, right at the water's edge unlike most in that area.

Campgrounds book up around there in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,249
Posted By High Country Herb
I don't think that's what the OP meant by...

I don't think that's what the OP meant by "blow-out".





:lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,249
Posted By High Country Herb
I don't think they intended to help. Rider and...

I don't think they intended to help. Rider and pickup driver loaded the bike by themselves.

Actually, the atmosphere is a little different in SJ and SF now, and the gang banger might help. Not...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,249
Posted By High Country Herb
A friend of mine had a blowout doing 80 mph on an...

A friend of mine had a blowout doing 80 mph on an elevated overpass in the south San Francisco Bay Area on his CBR600F2. He said he was leaned over a bit, then suddenly the bike stood up and headed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,511
Posted By High Country Herb
I wish! That would be perfect for one of...

I wish!

That would be perfect for one of these:

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608028642174373803&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
Forum: EMEA 03-20-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,440
Posted By High Country Herb
Thanks everyone. I found that Dan Dooley...

Thanks everyone.

I found that Dan Dooley allows their cars anywhere in Britain without requiring additional insurance.

They do cost about 50% more that Sixt, but the difference between their...
Forum: Americas 03-20-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By High Country Herb
Sounds like a great trip. Just off the top...

Sounds like a great trip.

Just off the top of my head, I have a few vague suggestions:

1. Depending on how much time you plan to spend in CO and UT on your way back down, you might stay south...
Forum: EMEA 03-20-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,440
Posted By High Country Herb
Another question: which is more commonly found at...

Another question: which is more commonly found at filling stations, diesel or petrol?

I'll be covering about 2500 miles. The diesel cost a bit more to hire, but gets about 30% better efficiency,...
Forum: EMEA 03-20-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,440
Posted By High Country Herb
Thanks for the tip. They sound exactly like the...

Thanks for the tip. They sound exactly like the hostels here in the USA. My wife and I use them when we can find them in areas we travel. Some even provide a light breakfast. I will have to see if I...
Forum: EMEA 03-20-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,440
Posted By High Country Herb
I'm getting around to hiring a car, and running...

I'm getting around to hiring a car, and running into some logistical challenges. The plan was to get a car in Dublin, and drive counter-clockwise through all of Britain. I thought I had it all worked...
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