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Forum: Road warriors 04-30-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 818
Views: 200,502
Posted By daveinva
This is my first naked bike, and I have quickly...

This is my first naked bike, and I have quickly discovered that even that dinky little excuse for a windscreen on my '07 Ninja 250 was enough to block the wall of air that comes off my CB. Which has...
Forum: Road warriors 04-30-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 818
Views: 200,502
Posted By daveinva
:clap I feel the same way! Was time to sell...

:clap I feel the same way!

Was time to sell the Ninjette I bought used off of Craigslist. I cross-shopped the FZ-07 and the SFV650, but I happily settled on the CB500F for the best combination...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-29-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,710
Posted By daveinva
:clap

:clap
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,710
Posted By daveinva
It's illegal to wear earplugs in Maryland. I...

It's illegal to wear earplugs in Maryland. I still wear earplugs in Maryland.

My hearing is worth far more than the price of a ticket.

(That said-- I honestly can't imagine a responsible...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 12,381
Posted By daveinva
First thread I ever read here at ADVrider-- two...

First thread I ever read here at ADVrider-- two young folks going from Texas to Peru two-up on a Ninja 250:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=675841

So, it can be done, and done...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 284
Views: 9,785
Posted By daveinva
So, I just bought myself one of these to replace...

So, I just bought myself one of these to replace my Ninja 250:
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-28-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,710
Posted By daveinva
:deal Above a certain speed, it is a scientific...

:deal Above a certain speed, it is a scientific fact that you will hear BETTER with earplugs in, as proper earplugs filter out the "bad" noise (wind and engine) but still let the "good" noise...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,906
Posted By daveinva
While it helps quite a bit to have a bike with a...

While it helps quite a bit to have a bike with a low center of gravity-- taking a supersport through figure 8's is NOT my idea of fun-- the fact is, any bike* can do those "police rodeo" maneuvers. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,132
Posted By daveinva
When traffic is moving here-- once or twice a...

When traffic is moving here-- once or twice a week, it does happen!-- I don't think I've ever been able to go *less* than the speed limit :wink:. 65 in a 55 isn't breaking the law, it's literally the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 37,753
Views: 9,966,774
Posted By daveinva
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_3vA3NcpnsI/UlOY22rTPaI/...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_3vA3NcpnsI/UlOY22rTPaI/AAAAAAAAH9g/nwgi5OQJkCQ/s1600/chain_of_command_3.png

Oops, sorry... I'm bad at math.
Forum: Racing 04-20-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,084
Posted By daveinva
I finally got my GF into watching MotoGP this...

I finally got my GF into watching MotoGP this season-- we watched a bit of COTA last week, but Argentina was the first full race she's ever watched in her life.

I didn't have the heart to tell her...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,144
Posted By daveinva
My '07 Ninja 250, nobody notices me, except to...

My '07 Ninja 250, nobody notices me, except to wonder why that old fart is riding a dinky "sport" bike.

My Spyder RS, everybody noticed me for a lot of years, I'd get people of all ages...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,959
Posted By daveinva
Well... that's ONE way to wash your bike.

Well... that's ONE way to wash your bike.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-12-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,862
Posted By daveinva
This here is my favorite tip, it's saved my bacon...

This here is my favorite tip, it's saved my bacon more times than I can count.

Alas, I still remember another thread in another forum where a fellow rider thought this advice was the worst...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-09-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By daveinva
Are they actually opening up a showroom, or just...

Are they actually opening up a showroom, or just selling them?

I ask because right now they're literally an office with a couple of desks, and if you want to see any of their scooters they walk...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-03-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,601
Posted By daveinva
Had a 0.4% from a 1-mph drop on a u-turn, $400...

Had a 0.4% from a 1-mph drop on a u-turn, $400 down the drain because I didn't give the effer enough gas.

I was like, dammit, can't I at least have an expensive accident I can *brag* about? :cry
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 37,753
Views: 9,966,774
Posted By daveinva
For my money, the only posters more annoying than...

For my money, the only posters more annoying than those arguing about counter-steering, car tires, oil, etc. in the Killboy thread are those posters arguing that you MUST NOT argue about...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-23-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,412
Posted By daveinva
If you can live and work west of the Beltway,...

If you can live and work west of the Beltway, there are few better places in America as a rider. Great riding in Virginia and Maryland, West Virginia & Pennsylvania right next door, Tennessee and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 37,753
Views: 9,966,774
Posted By daveinva
I'll have you know, I lean like crazy riding my...

I'll have you know, I lean like crazy riding my Spyder. Just in the opposite direction of how I lean on my bikes! :evil

Actually, the Spyder is perhaps the best tool I've ever ridden to teach a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-23-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,854
Posted By daveinva
Echo the love for Vanderbilt's "Traffic"-- one of...

Echo the love for Vanderbilt's "Traffic"-- one of those few "life changing" books that revolutionized how I see and act, for the better.

As for "Safety Third"... this classic German safety video...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-26-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,377
Posted By daveinva
Ditto all of the above: Gerbing jacket liner and...

Ditto all of the above: Gerbing jacket liner and gloves are enough to keep you warm, although I do also stuff the chemical warmers in my boot when it gets really cold. I find that a good pair of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,991
Posted By daveinva
Yeah, but what happens when you fixate on the...

Yeah, but what happens when you fixate on the plastic tie? :evil



That's what I do. Rather than just *think* of certain actions, I will say them outloud to better focus myself on what I need...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,975
Posted By daveinva
Great thread, nice to see it so cordial for a...

Great thread, nice to see it so cordial for a charged subject.

My added opinion, YMMV: I honestly don't find driving and riding instruction all that lacking here in the U.S.; instead, I find it...
Forum: Face plant 11-19-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,188
Posted By daveinva
For every story of accidents and death pushing...

For every story of accidents and death pushing away a rider, I feel the urge to explain that the opposite also happens, as in my case it was death that brought me back to riding.

I rode very...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,796
Posted By daveinva
I'll join in-- I may have dropped my Ninja once...

I'll join in-- I may have dropped my Ninja once or, ahem, twice doing sharp u-turns. First time was the OP's bane-- failing to keep the RPM's up through the u-turn on an empty public street...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 11,624
Posted By daveinva
No, they are using a one size fits all technique...

No, they are using a one size fits all technique to keep it simple for their students. The curriculum is designed for the lowest-common denominator: people who have never so much as sat on a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 14,844
Posted By daveinva
Awesome trip report, great photos. Soooo jealous...

Awesome trip report, great photos. Soooo jealous about Norway, definitely on my riding wishlist someday.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 37,753
Views: 9,966,774
Posted By daveinva
Plenty, but you have to ride atop the wall for...

Plenty, but you have to ride atop the wall for those.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/12/article-2246944-167B7F21000005DC-944_634x519.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-30-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 11,515
Posted By daveinva
I call my Spyder a Spyder. I call my Spyder a...

I call my Spyder a Spyder. I call my Spyder a bike. I call my Spyder a trike. Ultimately, I don't care what anyone else calls it, I call it fun. :ricky

BTW, a two-wheeled motor vehicle isn't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 26,317
Posted By daveinva
1. It should be an individual's choice to ride...

1. It should be an individual's choice to ride with or without a helmet.
2. It is my choice to ridicule, chastise, and castigate a rider who chooses to ride without a helmet.

The law =/ common...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,428
Posted By daveinva
http://www.revzilla.com/product_images/0010/7820/R...

http://www.revzilla.com/product_images/0010/7820/REV_IT_Tour_Summer_Socks_Grey-Yellow_detail.jpg

You're welcome. :evil

(Seriously: these are awesome, and I won't ride any long distances...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,503
Posted By daveinva
I don't care about neutral. IMHO, neutral is for...

I don't care about neutral. IMHO, neutral is for starting & duck-walking the bike, nothing else.

That said, when coming to a stop, I don't sweat downshifting to first gear until after I come to a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-19-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 37,753
Views: 9,966,774
Posted By daveinva
Classic Onion piece: Stereotypes Are A Real...

Classic Onion piece: Stereotypes Are A Real Time-Saver (http://www.theonion.com/articles/stereotypes-are-a-real-timesaver,10696/).
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,783
Posted By daveinva
Again, if it's available, there's no discussion...

Again, if it's available, there's no discussion to be had, we would agree completely. It's not always available, however, and it's *rarely* available on loans greater than 5 years, especially for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,783
Posted By daveinva
I admit my surprise that this needed to be...

I admit my surprise that this needed to be explained.

1. Loans charge interest. The longer the term, the more you pay in interest over the life of the loan, the more expensive your purchase.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 16,419
Posted By daveinva
Hey, if you think you need thick skin to ride...

Hey, if you think you need thick skin to ride certain brands of two-wheels, try riding *three wheels*, you'll get EVERYBODY hating you!

I don't hate any rider for what they ride as long as they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 14,292
Posted By daveinva
I ride wide AND hi-viz: everybody notices the...

I ride wide AND hi-viz: everybody notices the dork on the Spyder. :1drink

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5113/7183593504_9c0fd4b0f1.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,783
Posted By daveinva
Heh, I just knew that characterization was going...

Heh, I just knew that characterization was going to cause this trouble... :wink:

Guess what? My bikes aren't "toys", either! I sold my car two years ago to ride just on my Spyder and Ninja. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,783
Posted By daveinva
But even 7 years is still nuts. :huh I've never...

But even 7 years is still nuts. :huh I've never bought a vehicle longer than 5, and now that I'm better with money, I won't do more than 3. And that's for *cars*, not toys.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,870
Posted By daveinva
1. Multiple seating surfaces helps. Every...

1. Multiple seating surfaces helps. Every couple of gas-ups I switch out from stock seat, to Beadrider, to Airhawk, and back again. Keeps my butt in suspense!

2. Obviously, get up and stretch...
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