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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-30-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,619
Posted By bigdog99
If a bike is a model in demand, it will probably...

If a bike is a model in demand, it will probably have high resale value as well, so it may not really matter if you get a "discount", vis a vis buying some leftover unwanted bike "cheap".

A good...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,588
Posted By bigdog99
Been using plain ol' Windex for 30 years or so on...

Been using plain ol' Windex for 30 years or so on shields from Shoei, Arai, etc. Spray on with one of those dollar store bottles kept in my jacket pocket, give it a little time to soften up the hard...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,620
Posted By bigdog99
Much technique depends on what you're doing. If...

Much technique depends on what you're doing. If you're on an "adventure" ride, alone, far from help, and -have- to cross, then I'd probably park and walk through the crossing with a stick, etc. and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-25-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 33,116
Views: 8,073,814
Posted By bigdog99
I was going up our local version of the Dragon...

I was going up our local version of the Dragon (Salmon Falls Road) a couple years back and came across a young guy who'd run wide on his new sportbike and ended up in the ditch. He and the bike were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-15-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,907
Posted By bigdog99
The bike walks across the flat tire carcass back...

The bike walks across the flat tire carcass back and forth. Because the rear contact patch is not "fixed" any longer, the corrective countersteer is a delayed reaction which quickly becomes an...
Forum: Face plant 03-27-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,538
Posted By bigdog99
Now that's adventure riding!

Now that's adventure riding!
Forum: Face plant 03-25-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,538
Posted By bigdog99
If you've been crashing, the bike must have its...

If you've been crashing, the bike must have its share of scrapes. Just drag the bike around by the front or rear wheel until the wheels are below the handlebars as much as possible. Put the front...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4,860
Views: 3,236,019
Posted By bigdog99
If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and...

If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and didn't re-adjust the master-cylinder actuator rod (probably longer), then you created a full-time braking situation (which would lead to the result...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 2,263
Views: 1,166,267
Posted By bigdog99
If you didn't hear a big -pop- when your shoulder...

If you didn't hear a big -pop- when your shoulder hit the ground (collarbone), you probably have a mild separation (and it is most comfortable resting on the grip).

When you have a GS loaded on...
Forum: The Garage 07-04-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,537
Posted By bigdog99
If the old shingles are in decent shape, you can...

If the old shingles are in decent shape, you can use a pry bar and weave a few new shingles into the bad spots and skip the re-roof. Otherwise, if you can broom the old shingles clean and they lay...
Forum: Face plant 06-20-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,738
Posted By bigdog99
If you've never ridden off-road as a practice...

If you've never ridden off-road as a practice (dirt-bike, etc) a GS is a tough bike to start on, not that it can't be done or that you can't acquire enough skill to go where you want on your GS, it's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-07-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,099
Posted By bigdog99
Been using Windex on my Shoei and Arai shields...

Been using Windex on my Shoei and Arai shields almost daily for about the past 30 years with -ZERO- problems. Use my bare fingers to gently sften and loosen bugs, then clean with a soft clean cloth...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 03-28-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,768
Posted By bigdog99
Dirt bike should be no problem. I've been over...

Dirt bike should be no problem. I've been over on my R100GS several times, including camping near the summit. It is harder east to west than vice versa. Go past Lobdell Lake and bear right at the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-27-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,194
Posted By bigdog99
As I've always been a map and dead reckoning guy,...

As I've always been a map and dead reckoning guy, and in hundreds of thousands of miles never felt the need for a GPS, I basically skipped the GPS fad. Plus, every time I was riding with somebody...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6,734
Views: 2,068,751
Posted By bigdog99
Mark, take heart that in your expression of your...

Mark, take heart that in your expression of your emotions for your late wife Chris, which flow through to your interactions with the people you are meeting, and to the readers of this thread, many of...
Forum: Ride reports 01-22-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,625
Posted By bigdog99
Your Givis are fine. If you have to have the...

Your Givis are fine. If you have to have the adventure look, try Hepco and Bekker or Touratech, but the Givis are good bags.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 41,902
Posted By bigdog99
On a dual sport ride some 15 or so years ago, I...

On a dual sport ride some 15 or so years ago, I stopped on a whim to take a leak, and while standing there looking down the roadbank, spotted a pink fanny-pack under/behind a sagebush. Picked it up,...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6,734
Views: 2,068,751
Posted By bigdog99
Mark, watch out for blood clots or DVT with your...

Mark, watch out for blood clots or DVT with your knee problem. With the swelling and injury, combined with the riding and the fixed position of your leg (bent), it is easy to get clots behind your...
Forum: Ride reports 12-13-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6,734
Views: 2,068,751
Posted By bigdog99
Can you use some sportbike-style sliders? The...

Can you use some sportbike-style sliders? The only thing you need the case savers for is to prevent holing the crankcases in the case of a crash. Crashbars that crack your case are useless. So...
Forum: Americas 11-25-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By bigdog99
Great time to stay at Furnace Creek, Death...

Great time to stay at Furnace Creek, Death Valley. You can camp in the campground or in the overflow. Get advance reservations if you're going to be around during President's Day. Usually lots of...
Forum: Face plant 09-14-2011, 09:02 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 14,758
Posted By bigdog99
Very true-I've been licensed since 1970 and have...

Very true-I've been licensed since 1970 and have subconciously developed reading everything about the cars in front of me-type of car, paint color, whether it's clean or dirty, etc, etc. One real...
Forum: Face plant 07-24-2011, 09:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,739
Posted By bigdog99
You got it on your ankles because you probably...

You got it on your ankles because you probably took your socks off then pulled off your riding pants, which were covered in oil.
Forum: Ride reports 03-31-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Won't 7 months be just about springtime in BA? ...

Won't 7 months be just about springtime in BA? Why waste $3200 on shipping when you could spend the money riding back?

It's hard to imagine that if those bikes were broken down and palletized...
Forum: Ride reports 03-22-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Yeah, Gaston, not so smart. Some Europeans sick...

Yeah, Gaston, not so smart. Some Europeans sick of their "smart" rulers crossed the Atlantic and in a couple hundred years economically kick the world's ass, not only enriching it's citizens but...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-14-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 17,961
Posted By bigdog99
We had an event about 10 years ago with a CHP...

We had an event about 10 years ago with a CHP motor officer doing a seminar and this exact question came up. His answer was if you are going to pass a car (that is actually going less than the speed...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
I know you have importation/carnet issues, but is...

I know you have importation/carnet issues, but is it possible to just sell the bikes before you leave? Even if you don't get a great price on them, it would probably be cheaper in the long run. Or...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
I agree his tone comes across a little snarky,...

I agree his tone comes across a little snarky, but some of that is inevitable in print. However, part of K&D's rush is of financial origins, so if Gaston's suggestions can extend their money by a...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Quote: "Also, we don't think of the searching as...

Quote: "Also, we don't think of the searching as "irrelevant details sidetracking your trip" we think of it as a very significant portion of the trip itself. Think about it, what is more memorable...
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Dachary and Kay, Not sure what's going on...

Dachary and Kay,

Not sure what's going on with Dachary's tire. Normally, tube-type tires are either OK or flat (omitting valve core sealing issues). Tube tires don't normally lose measurable...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-13-2011, 09:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,339
Posted By bigdog99
Illegal in CA, passengers are required to have...

Illegal in CA, passengers are required to have their feet on footpegs. Probably not a good idea in any case, traffic is bad enough without having to mind keeping the kid on board.

When they...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 88,853
Posted By bigdog99
I forgot to mention, after we stopped in Shields,...

I forgot to mention, after we stopped in Shields, we drove through Healy and out toward Scott Lake. We were planning to camp there, as it was a nice September evening. On the road into the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2011, 07:33 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 88,853
Posted By bigdog99
SodBuster, just saw this thread from your recent...

SodBuster, just saw this thread from your recent bump. My Dad's family is all from western KS, but I had not been there since I was 4 or 5. Last fall, coming back from visiting my son in MI (in the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-28-2011, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,027
Posted By bigdog99
Forget eastern sierras and NE state in March. +1...

Forget eastern sierras and NE state in March. +1 on Monterey and down the coast, and you could venture over to the western Sierra slope as far north as Sacramento and down around to Tehachapi. If...
Forum: Ride reports 01-23-2011, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Just curious, but your fan and cooling issue seem...

Just curious, but your fan and cooling issue seem unresolved. Is the operation now, post 2 repairs in San Jose the same as the operation before you stopped for the original service? You mentioned...
Forum: Ride reports 01-17-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 297,499
Posted By bigdog99
Been following your thread and thought I'd throw...

Been following your thread and thought I'd throw in $.02 worth. I've been camping on m/c since the '70s, in all manner, and have spent a lot of time in Mexico, although you are certainly well past...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-04-2011, 09:29 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,679
Posted By bigdog99
Near me is a major foothills road that is a...

Near me is a major foothills road that is a favorite for the local m/c crowd. On any Fri/Sat/Sun that is sunny, particularly summers, it is one unmuffled Harley after another from about 7am until...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-05-2010, 08:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,776
Posted By bigdog99
I also just returned from Kari's memorial...

I also just returned from Kari's memorial service. If a man's life can be encapsulated and cherished in a few hours among friends, then this was a perfect example. For me personally, I have decided...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-19-2010, 05:28 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,776
Posted By bigdog99
I met Kari in 1983, not long after he'd opened...

I met Kari in 1983, not long after he'd opened the shop in Mt View. I was also in the retail business and shared his philosophy of honestly engaging with customers and never having an us vs. them...
Forum: Face plant 06-10-2010, 06:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,054
Posted By bigdog99
Since you don't have collision, they know that...

Since you don't have collision, they know that they won't have a fight from your company, so I think the denial is SOP. They want to see if you think you're entitled to repairs. I would definitely...
Forum: Face plant 04-29-2010, 07:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,459
Posted By bigdog99
You said the tires had 150mi when you left WA,...

You said the tires had 150mi when you left WA, but how old were they? Some of the off-brand tires start out hard and slippery and then get harder with age.

I have a 73 El Dorado, and I run the...
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