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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3,325
Views: 451,225
Posted By Ben-M
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-27-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,388
Posted By Ben-M
Young children and other time consuming...

Young children and other time consuming activities mean that I hardly get to do it, but waking up to see the bike outside the tent was a nice feeling.
...
Forum: Beasts 01-12-2009, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1,577
Views: 747,780
Posted By Ben-M
After having a brain fart and picking the wrong...

After having a brain fart and picking the wrong line this weekend. Came over a rise at about 40kph to find the other side a downhill stretch of erosion ruts. The bike flipped and I managed to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2009, 06:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,271
Posted By Ben-M
Motorcycles break legs when they fall on them...

Motorcycles break legs when they fall on them too. We should have an option to buy a soft bike!
Forum: Australia 01-01-2009, 03:56 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 9,674
Posted By Ben-M
Product Differentiation. The average buyer...

Product Differentiation.

The average buyer is not educated in a product enough to weigh all parameters between two products. Instead, a market generally adopts a single measurement to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-06-2008, 11:08 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,103
Posted By Ben-M
Four fingered steering-wheel type wave doesn't...

Four fingered steering-wheel type wave doesn't work for me, it's invisible behind the handguards. Waving is generally bad news too, I'm allergic to running into kangaroos.

I'll nod, when my mind...
Forum: Beasts 11-03-2008, 09:58 PM
Replies: 25,688
Views: 4,866,041
Posted By Ben-M
'cos 4.2% of the world's population is serious...

'cos 4.2% of the world's population is serious business.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2008, 06:42 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 46,955
Posted By Ben-M
Ha this is an old thread, isn't it? I loved this...

Ha this is an old thread, isn't it? I loved this quote.



Oh how easy it is to forget that all men were boys once.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2008, 10:26 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 13,906
Posted By Ben-M
Because once in a while you experience something...

Because once in a while you experience something on a ride, wish you had someone to share it with, and tire of the glazed expressions when you try and tell your riding story to someone else.
Forum: Face plant 10-06-2008, 09:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,963
Posted By Ben-M
This is (sort of) the reason I've been very...

This is (sort of) the reason I've been very hesitant to fit a throttle lock to my bike.

However, regarding things like ipods, allow me to digress...

...and talk about my car. My car is great....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2008, 09:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,128
Posted By Ben-M
I think it's easy to start this sort of thinking...

I think it's easy to start this sort of thinking after losing a loved one with a lot of things left unsaid. I lost my father in his early 40's and another good friend a couple of months ago at 35,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2008, 10:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,177
Posted By Ben-M
Sometimes you have to read between the lines. ...

Sometimes you have to read between the lines.

They wouldn't know because most likely because the victim can't be identified, or they didn't own a motorcycle and no one told the police they loaned...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2008, 05:51 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,840
Posted By Ben-M
Though when you've stopped for lack of gas we'll...

Though when you've stopped for lack of gas we'll plod on past ya... ;)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-03-2008, 06:31 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,773
Posted By Ben-M
I don't mind some tunes for long highway riding,...

I don't mind some tunes for long highway riding, but won't listen to anything that I consider distracting such as talking (talkback radio or books on tape). I like to retain the ability to tune out...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-27-2008, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,012
Posted By Ben-M
They didn't say how the horse fared... dammit...

They didn't say how the horse fared... dammit inquiring minds need to know!
Forum: Face plant 08-27-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,170
Posted By Ben-M
It will take the kids a very long time to come to...

It will take the kids a very long time to come to terms with it, as it always does. Very sad.
Forum: Face plant 08-27-2008, 03:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 18,323
Posted By Ben-M
So to help us learn from it - did the bike go...

So to help us learn from it - did the bike go down because the brakes locked up in a panic situation? And if so...



...would you spring an extra couple hundred $ for an ABS enabled Thruxton...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-24-2008, 11:06 PM
Replies: 542
Views: 22,065
Posted By Ben-M
This thread is like a train wreck, I know I...

This thread is like a train wreck, I know I shouldn't but I can't help looking.



I'll bite...

http://www.ibmwr.org/prodreview/abstests.html

The difference being that, in the dry,...
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2008, 10:57 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 13,430
Posted By Ben-M
You sucked me in at first until I saw the 1100+...

You sucked me in at first until I saw the 1100+ post count...



This forum needs a FAQ. It seems like every day or two there's a VStrom vs GS or VStrom 2-up or 650 vs 1000 thread started. If...
Forum: Face plant 08-24-2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,939
Posted By Ben-M
OMG... Next you'll be advocating mandatory seat...

OMG... Next you'll be advocating mandatory seat belts, helmets or ABS!

No, that would impinge upon citizens rights to do what the f* they want - at the expense of the people who have to scrub the...
Forum: Beasts 08-24-2008, 03:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By Ben-M
I think Johnnylotto hit the nail on the head....

I think Johnnylotto hit the nail on the head. Still, since this is also probably in the top 10 most asked questions on this forum (anyone volunteering to start a FAQ?), a couple of quick google...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-21-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 17,995
Posted By Ben-M
While this seems to be (largely) the same old...

While this seems to be (largely) the same old thread rehashed, it's also a favourite topic of mine because I went through a similar decision making process of deciding between GS and strom (of...
Forum: Beasts 08-21-2008, 09:27 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,094
Posted By Ben-M
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Sand is fun.
Forum: Beasts 08-20-2008, 06:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 959
Posted By Ben-M
Probably that's just the way it has to be - when...

Probably that's just the way it has to be - when my wife and I were riding our first bikes, followed a 'scenic/tourist' drive sign, and ended up on corrugated gravel that shook our plastic sport...
Forum: Beasts 08-19-2008, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9,260
Views: 3,652,214
Posted By Ben-M
Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia ...

Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia
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Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2008, 05:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,652
Posted By Ben-M
From this and the other OCR thread it sounds like...

From this and the other OCR thread it sounds like everyone had quite a memorable adventure. Top stuff.

However, can someone help out a complete newb? I've been wondering for some months now what...
Forum: Beasts 08-18-2008, 10:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 959
Posted By Ben-M
Don't fail to consider a used F650GS. The...

Don't fail to consider a used F650GS. The advantages over the wee for her could be:
- slightly tamer on the throttle
- lower seat position
- abs (yes i know the strom can come with it, but not all...
Forum: Australia 08-01-2008, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 725
Posted By Ben-M
I believe Jerry Gibbs in Cannington had the...

I believe Jerry Gibbs in Cannington had the Oregon Scientific in their flyer recently.

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/shop/product.asp?cid=7&scid=77&pid=709

Maybe it was something like that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2008, 10:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,919
Posted By Ben-M
I must agree with the wilful ignorance thing; no...

I must agree with the wilful ignorance thing; no matter how many times we tell ourselves we're realistically facing the risks, there must be just a bit of denial or wilful ignorance that helps us...
Forum: Beasts 07-29-2008, 10:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,694
Posted By Ben-M
I think it's a general rule of thumb that most of...

I think it's a general rule of thumb that most of us go through a few bikes before finding one that best suits our riding and/or dress sense. Since it's nigh on impossible to convince someone to loan...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2008, 06:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
Posted By Ben-M
Was this 2-up or solo? Having...

Was this 2-up or solo?



Having ridden a 1200GS while I know the Wee isn't exactly the same I'd say they're still both in the fat pigs category regarding gravel etc ;) When used as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,515
Posted By Ben-M
:lol3 What can I say, I'm just a bit twisted.

:lol3 What can I say, I'm just a bit twisted.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2008, 10:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,515
Posted By Ben-M
I consider myself an offroad noob; usually when I...

I consider myself an offroad noob; usually when I need to stand to ride over a section of road there is little if any gear changing. I do occasionally (rarely?) practice figure 8's and emergency...
Forum: Australia 07-28-2008, 05:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,696
Posted By Ben-M
I bought a slimline charger from my local Harvey...

I bought a slimline charger from my local Harvey Norman for AA's that can run off either mains or 12v via a cigarette lighter plug. Pretty handy. Just stick it under the seat charging the old...
Forum: Beasts 07-27-2008, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
Posted By Ben-M
I recently posted some pics of my setup at...

I recently posted some pics of my setup at stromtrooper:

http://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=27320

By adding a few extra empty connectors for future expansion I could hook up the GPS...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2008, 10:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,679
Posted By Ben-M
My most memorable bug impact was on a long...

My most memorable bug impact was on a long highway ride; a horse sized fly hit my MX-style helmet square in the chin vent, which instantly minced it and sprayed fly giblets onto my mouth.

At...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2008, 09:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,206
Posted By Ben-M
Both heavy and light bikes have problems in...

Both heavy and light bikes have problems in different ways, from my experience. I prefer the heavy bike for my type of riding.

On a heavy full dress touring bike, stuck in a freeway traffic jam,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,244
Posted By Ben-M
I'm 'only' 35 and already slowing down. Burning...

I'm 'only' 35 and already slowing down. Burning out a bit in my career forced me to look at how hard I was pushing things and take a big step back.

I'm far happier smelling the flowers and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-27-2008, 06:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By Ben-M
Yep, rather than picking or looking at specific...

Yep, rather than picking or looking at specific bikes you know of, look at the features you want.

Something my wife and I do when buying something expensive (car, motorcycle, house...) is to make...
Forum: Australia 07-25-2008, 11:46 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,548
Posted By Ben-M
Anything that reeducates the public consciousness...

Anything that reeducates the public consciousness away from the notion that all motorcyclists are members of [insert your favourite illegal bikie gang here] is a winner imho. All the more power to...
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