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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 719
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Texas Tornados

Texas Tornados (and I think similarly cournerspin) put you on small bikes on a clay course (basically flat tracking). I learned how important body position is (up on the tank) and yet lean back when...
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,495
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Adventure bike for Wife?

You don't say how tall and/or strong your wife is. Still, there is nothing fun about being on too big/heavy of a bike (especially for a newbie). I have a KLR and love it but would not wish it on a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-25-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,070
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
As to the comfort issue....... I really like...

As to the comfort issue.......

I really like it when I can keep my speeds under 35 (or even better 30) mph. Perhaps it is because sound levels are low or perhaps it is because these are the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 10,134
Views: 1,815,975
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Perhaps different tires will give you what you...

Perhaps different tires will give you what you are looking for? The stock CRF250L is a great dual sport but not a hard core enduro. I have both the WR and the CRF. Different bikes but at slower...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-29-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,391
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Since I Started All This....

I guess I started all this discussion by telling the OP to let his new bike idle for 30 seconds to a minute after high power low speed trail use sent his temperature gauge to near maximum.

On my...
Forum: Face plant 05-13-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,743
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Up for a suggestion?

I have the same CRF as you. I love it. You should try riding in urban Houston. Just about EVERY turning car swings over the far lane. I too wish the police would ticket that behavior.

As for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-08-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,537
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
I would.....

Let's see.

I was in the market for a new motorcycle 28 years after purchasing my first motorcycle. I purchased the wrong motorcycle for me. I got a lemon KTM450exc and just did not have the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-02-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,558
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Motorcycles are for fun, right?

I purchased new a lemon KTM450EXC. I had such high expectations until day 2 when I found no oil in the sight glass. Too many times when I wanted to ride with my son it was at the dealer...... ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,112
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Use it all the time!

I do a mild weave almost all the time because of where I place my bike relative to other drivers and possible deer (i.e. as far as possible away from the most likely threats). When a car approaches...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-22-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,411
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Texas Tornado's?

There is SO MUCH MORE to the MSF course than can be taken in by a newbie rider. Better to have clutch and gear control under control so you can focus on learning (and remembering) the more advanced...
Forum: Face plant 04-21-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
I second the sliders

I second the sliders. They are sized big enough to go over regular jeans or even better light dockers. Get at least one pair to protect you till you save up for the Suite! Similar to an aerostitch...
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 48,319
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
The Good News Is You Can't Go Wrong Between These Two Bikes

I would not overthink the decision between the two bikes. One really can't go wrong either way. I also have both bikes. Yes the WR plastics are a "little" more durable but our WR also has a bit of...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,232
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
65mph?

Yeah, 65mph on a 250 is often doable but not comfortable.

Only a small dual sport offers great handling on single track and can be fine on the street. But then asking that bike to do a lot of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,692
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
My original post and idea is all about making the...

My original post and idea is all about making the streets safer from DUI's, distracted drivers, hit and run drivers, and those unable to "see" motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians. I am not so...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,692
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
This proposal recognizes that poor drivers feel...

This proposal recognizes that poor drivers feel compelled to drive and therefor do re-offend. By offering a legal alternative that is safer to the at large community perhaps we can limit the carnage...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,692
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
One other thing

Actually,

If someone has a texting or drinking problem or runs from the law we should encourage them to drive far less (i.e. low speed vehicle) by perhaps moving closing to work or ?????

I am...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,692
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Perhaps 5 -7 years is sufficient but the long...

Perhaps 5 -7 years is sufficient but the long term is to give folks time to mature for the better. People mature a lot in 10 years. By providing for a Type B Low Speed Vehicle we are not punishing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,692
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
How Society Should Deal With Drunk / Distracted Driving

Currently when a driver gets a DUI or kills/maims a cyclist, pedestrian, or rider our laws have no way to address the risk that offender puts on the rest of us when he/she returns to the road (either...
Forum: Thumpers 03-12-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,387
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
New Rider Safest on a 250?

I also wanted a light dual sport and went with a KTM450exc. While it was lighter than the WR250r (which my son ownes and I ride), it was not easier to ride. Not sure about the other big bore bikes...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 1,697
Views: 398,865
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Limit your time riding when you first start out.

When you are a new rider limit the duration of your rides for a few months. Initially, after 30 minutes your concentration will start to slip. Later, after an hour or two your concentration will...
Forum: Face plant 12-07-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,925
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
People seem to lie AFTER the police report all...

People seem to lie AFTER the police report all the time. A lady swerved into my daughter and was all apologetic at the accident. I can only figure she was illegally texting as it was the middle of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,100
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Less is more

"Our group typically rides bikes like tagged 450's, 350's, 500's, 530's etc. "

The first time I rode with a group as you describe I could not believe how often everyone fell down (about once per...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,897
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
I rode my CRF250L Today

I rode my 2013 CRF250L today. It has a bit more upper end then the TW but is still fairly low. The TW has an awesome granny gear that makes slow up hill trail riding a blast.
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,885
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
No modding = less maintenance?

You don't want to do any modding? I am the same way. If that is an indication that you don't want to do a lot of work on the bike then scratch off the KTM.
KTM's are nice designs but they update...
Forum: Face plant 11-16-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Over the front unloads the rear wheel

Being forward adds much weight to the front wheel while unloading the rear. In flat dirt riding schools they teach you to get way over the front but it does tend to unload the rear. It really is...
Forum: Equipment 11-06-2013, 05:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,267
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
One other advantage to the Bilt Explorer is that...

One other advantage to the Bilt Explorer is that the visor flips up UNDER the visor so it does not get scratched or torn off by tree limbs off road.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-21-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1,127
Views: 38,423
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
We live out of state and are in the area a few...

We live out of state and are in the area a few weeks per year.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1,127
Views: 38,423
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
I'm in!

Great thread I just subscribed. I have a place in Saluda, NC with about 40 acres with old logging trails and single track. My son and I will be on 250dual sports and looking for riding areas and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,110
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Excellent point. NHTSA calls vans and other tall...

Excellent point. NHTSA calls vans and other tall vehicles "aggressive" because they are so much more deadly to cyclists.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,110
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Page 30 of Ride Hard Ride Smart by Hahn. I think...

Page 30 of Ride Hard Ride Smart by Hahn. I think he got it from the Hurt Report.

I see your Oddometer is 6posts. If I were a new rider I would read and implement the strategies in that book. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-17-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,110
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Perhaps lighter is the key.

I feel much safer on my CRF250L than on my Tiger800XC when in traffic and running low speeds. Above 50mph and the Tiger800XC with abs feels safer than my KLR650 or my CRF250. At city speeds, the...
Forum: Face plant 10-15-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,038
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Ride Hard Ride Smart

Since you want to take your riding strategy, training, and skills up a notch consider reading (or rereading) and implementing the ideas in Ride Hard Ride Smart by Hahn.

He really gives a...
Forum: Face plant 10-14-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,827
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Finally a decent reason to lay her down

You may be the first documented case of "laying her down" actually being the correct thing to do.
Forum: Face plant 10-11-2013, 07:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,007
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Especially if wait a few seconds on green, be...

Especially if wait a few seconds on green, be sure to keep an eye on what is coming up from behind when the light changes to green.
Forum: Face plant 10-11-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,075
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Proficient Motorcycling

Thanks for posting this. A lot of us ride similar to what you are doing and we need to be reminded.

I can't get sound on my you tube, but were you wearing kevlar reinforced jeans or just jeans? ...
Forum: Thumpers 10-10-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Why I went with the CRF250L

If I had no place to wrench (or did not like to) I would go with a new bike. I went with the CRF250L and for trail riding, jeep trails, riding around town I think it is perfect. The WR250R is a bit...
Forum: Face plant 10-07-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,027
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
Backed into with horn blaring

I was also backed into with horn blaring and just last december saw one car back into another that had its horn on. I later realized that I must always leave an out which is much easier in Texas...
Forum: Thumpers 10-07-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,097
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
New CRF250L?

When I was in your shoes I purchased the CRF250L twice!. Once thirty years ago (1983 XL250r still have it!) and again in 2012 (2013 CRF250L). I have both the CRF250L and the WR250r. The power on...
Forum: Beasts 10-06-2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 21,404
Views: 3,798,666
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
No more wind buffeting from stock windshield!

Special thanks to Browneye whose post convinced me to experiment a little to eliminate my windshield buffeting. I am 6' 1/2" with a 33" inseam. I usually am wearing a Fox Titan Sport Jacket with...
Forum: Beasts 09-29-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,665
Views: 183,083
Posted By jimhaleyscomet
I too struggle with the heat when the temperature...

I too struggle with the heat when the temperature is above 95F. I have read the Tiger800 thread and (correct me if I am wrong) but the general consensus is
1. Wear protection (I do wear gear and...
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