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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,868
Posted By Houngan
At 6'2" with a 33" inseam I find my 650GS a bit...

At 6'2" with a 33" inseam I find my 650GS a bit short. The 800 feels like it fits me perfectly and the 1200 feels a touch tall, my heels are off the ground unless I stand straight up. FWIW.

H.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-02-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,129
Posted By Houngan
He wasn't testing conspicuity, he was testing...

He wasn't testing conspicuity, he was testing other driver's attitudes towards motorcyclists, so it makes sense. Conspicuity still helps to avoid the inadvertent violations.

H.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2011, 05:52 AM
Replies: 31,803
Views: 7,782,321
Posted By Houngan
I'm guessing because they cost a lot more when...

I'm guessing because they cost a lot more when they wreck, bike + hospital. You'll fall into their actuarial table at some point and thus have to pay more to offset the industry's payout for their...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-31-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Houngan
Around here there is a two-second period between...

Around here there is a two-second period between Red and Green, and about 1/4 of the drivers have integrated this into their driving. You can count on someone entering the intersection on Red, no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,537
Posted By Houngan
Bought my first bike in . . . July? Somewhere...

Bought my first bike in . . . July? Somewhere around there, put 2000 on it by November.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2011, 09:37 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,727
Posted By Houngan
I would guess because they don't really ride. I...

I would guess because they don't really ride. I knew what it was intellectually, and I knew about it from riding a bicycle, and I thought I knew when I took the MSR course. However once I had my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2011, 07:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,916
Posted By Houngan
I noticed this as well when I read his book, and...

I noticed this as well when I read his book, and it kept puzzling me until I looked really hard at the picture of his bike on the back cover. He's a Scientologist. He's using their weird...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-03-2011, 07:37 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,597
Posted By Houngan
Loud pipes may help in rare circumstances, but...

Loud pipes may help in rare circumstances, but the logic of the argument is so flawed it makes it a silly thing to rely upon. I don't think anyone would argue that the overwhelming majority of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 10:36 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,352
Posted By Houngan
Reasonable? It isn't. We're talking about...

Reasonable? It isn't. We're talking about regulation and the reasoning behind it, not whether something is inherently reasonable. If we hold that there is one single answer to what is most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 09:34 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,352
Posted By Houngan
Right now we subsidize it will tax deductions,...

Right now we subsidize it will tax deductions, you'll need to eliminate that first, then you can start legislating against it. I mean, you're against laws like that right? So by all means, make...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 09:23 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,352
Posted By Houngan
There's a more to a firehouse than a collection...

There's a more to a firehouse than a collection of paychecks, FFS. Every time they make a run, it prevents them from making any other run, and this gets reflected in increased staffing levels, which...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 07:29 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,352
Posted By Houngan
To an extent, but bad decisions have broad...

To an extent, but bad decisions have broad consequences. Resources such as police to route traffic around the body, EMTs to haul the vegetable off, firemen to hose down the blood on the highway,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 06:02 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,352
Posted By Houngan
You always must convert information like this to...

You always must convert information like this to per capita, at least, to get any meaning.

Cali and Florida, which are similar in riding season, have 36M and 18M people respectively, so Cali with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2010, 05:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,254
Posted By Houngan
Proficient Motorcycling offers the theory that...

Proficient Motorcycling offers the theory that deer have a predator avoidance instinct that makes them dodge at the last second randomly, which makes aiming for the deer (while slowing as much as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2010, 05:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,978
Posted By Houngan
Ah, makes sense. However you could still have...

Ah, makes sense. However you could still have the rigid chest protector for that scenario. It would definitely keep the cylinder from hurting you, it's beefy, and its not a bad idea to have some...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2010, 01:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,978
Posted By Houngan
Two things for that, first you can add rigid...

Two things for that, first you can add rigid chest protection that would mitigate any damage from the cylinder, and second what scenario would have you chest-down on the ground but still within two...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,955
Posted By Houngan
The thing that helped me learn (and I'm still...

The thing that helped me learn (and I'm still learning, pretty noob myself) is to think that engine braking and the rear brake are great for slowing down, but the front brake is for STOPPING. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2010, 08:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,978
Posted By Houngan
Don't you guys ever wander into the equipment...

Don't you guys ever wander into the equipment forum? SaferMoto has been selling a number of less-intrusive and more-comprehensive airbag vests and jackets for a while. They're even repackable and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-10-2010, 01:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,693
Posted By Houngan
Goal post shifting in 3, 2, 1 . . .

Goal post shifting in 3, 2, 1 . . .
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-08-2010, 07:16 AM
Replies: 533
Views: 31,262
Posted By Houngan
Booyah! ...

Booyah!

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_CpHDeGl6oME/TK5U4eZPDKI/AAAAAAAAAQA/jqx252DS00k/s400/IMG_20101007_182347.jpg


Little hard to read, but it was getting close to dark and I had to hurry. I'm...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-08-2010, 07:14 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,942
Posted By Houngan
Well, it would have statistical relevance, I...

Well, it would have statistical relevance, I think what you're looking for is that the bike type is likely correlated to likelihood of injury, but is not necessarily a causation. An $18,000 dual...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-07-2010, 07:14 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 6,871
Posted By Houngan
Heh, that sounded bad didn't it? What I meant...

Heh, that sounded bad didn't it? What I meant was if you're absolutely new and learning ABS is a good feature for training, but I found it useful later on to turn it off and start to feel the last...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2010, 10:04 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,942
Posted By Houngan
Take the ERC, I plan to as soon as it opens up...

Take the ERC, I plan to as soon as it opens up again, even though I'm hardly "experienced." I knew a guy who had ridden 40+ years that took it every other year, said that he learned something every...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2010, 10:02 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 6,871
Posted By Houngan
It's pretty simple, let's get one of the...

It's pretty simple, let's get one of the superbrakers on an ABS bike, turn off the ABS, and see how quickly they can stop. Then someone get on with ABS and see who wins. Done deal.

To an...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 11:35 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 6,871
Posted By Houngan
ABS wouldn't have anything to do with that, if...

ABS wouldn't have anything to do with that, if you can get the rear wheel off the ground with the front brake, then you haven't started skidding it, and ABS is dormant. ABS only cares when the wheel...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,942
Posted By Houngan
Car turning left in front of motorcyclist. The...

Car turning left in front of motorcyclist. The classic.

Getting away from research, one of the things I think that gets glossed over a lot in accident statistics: When you behave outside of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,414
Posted By Houngan
Oh yeah, and when I roll up in my truck next to...

Oh yeah, and when I roll up in my truck next to someone on an XR600, I always roll down my window and tell them why they should get a bike with ABS to be safer, maybe a nice 1200GS? Let's face it,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 10:08 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,942
Posted By Houngan
I did a lot of research, and it seems the most...

I did a lot of research, and it seems the most important statistics are:

Wear gear.
Don't be younger than 25.
Don't be older than 45.
Don't drink.
Be trained, practice evasion and emergency...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1,674
Views: 388,433
Posted By Houngan
Here's one I keep falling prey to: ...

Here's one I keep falling prey to:


Practice doing it correctly, not doing it as fast as you can incorrectly!


Big mental help in cornering, I backed off 5 mph and concentrated on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 10:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,100
Posted By Houngan
Hmm. Here's one: 1. Find a large parking...

Hmm. Here's one:

1. Find a large parking lot/unused road/ you know what I mean.
2. set up a cardboard box or something of roughly two feet in height.
3. Get a frisbee or some other large...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 09:55 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 6,871
Posted By Houngan
There are some basic, logical facts that should...

There are some basic, logical facts that should go at the start of any ABS thread:

1. By definition, since ABS is a stuttering between bad braking (skidding tires) and no braking (releasing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2010, 09:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,557
Posted By Houngan
There's something that should be added to every...

There's something that should be added to every rider course. There's the blind spot, and then there's the part of the blind spot that kills you. Well said.

I always burst from the blind spot...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-30-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,640
Posted By Houngan
I'm a new rider, 1000 miles only on an G650GS,...

I'm a new rider, 1000 miles only on an G650GS, and I've crossed the line twice when I shouldn't. Both times I knew that the other side was clear, but I did not mean to cross the line, and that's bad...
Forum: Equipment 09-30-2010, 08:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,069
Posted By Houngan
Fieldsheer Highland and Adventure are on serious...

Fieldsheer Highland and Adventure are on serious sale at motorcyclecloseouts.com, btw. I have the Highland, it is comfy up to 90 (not saying it doesn't get hot at a stoplight) and so far down to 50...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2010, 05:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,495
Posted By Houngan
I'll help out the OP here. First, ABS is a tool,...

I'll help out the OP here. First, ABS is a tool, and it's a useful tool. The owner of the local BMW dealership who has hundreds of thousands of miles under his belt on every bike known to man told...
Forum: Latin America 09-23-2010, 01:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,228
Posted By Houngan
$6000 quote here in the states from a...

$6000 quote here in the states from a non-noteworthy dentist for cosmetic work, my GF had it done in Costa Rica by the President of the country's cosmetic dentistry association (and who did all work...
Forum: Equipment 09-23-2010, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By Houngan
I've found a local guy selling an e45 top and two...

I've found a local guy selling an e45 top and two e36 sides plus racks for a good price, unfortunately the toprack won't work (2003 f650GS to a 2009 G650GS) but the sides will, I figure I can whomp...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-23-2010, 10:39 AM
Replies: 784
Views: 101,786
Posted By Houngan
I'm 38, on a G650GS, I've been riding for 3...

I'm 38, on a G650GS, I've been riding for 3 weeks/800 miles. I try to remind myself ever time I get on the bike "You don't know what you're doing yet" and I try to pay attention at every curve to...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2010, 11:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,367
Posted By Houngan
There's a new 2009 G650GS at the local dealer...

There's a new 2009 G650GS at the local dealer here in town, I had him down to $7,200 (including the tax!) out the door. I wound up buying a used one for quite a bit less and only 2k miles, but if...
Forum: Equipment 09-20-2010, 01:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,292
Posted By Houngan
I dunno, I'm 6'1", 190, 43 chest, 34 inch waist,...

I dunno, I'm 6'1", 190, 43 chest, 34 inch waist, 33 inch inseam, not skinny and not big, and the Large Highland fits me very well. Most jackets seem to balloon as you go down the torso (as do most...
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