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Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 27,067
Posted By sprale
That's what I love about little bikes. Don't get...

That's what I love about little bikes. Don't get me wrong, I love to open up the Strom, but little bikes just make me smile more. Whether it's a scooter, a light streetbike like the Ninette, or a...
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,682
Posted By sprale
If someone steals your bike from you, slap his...

If someone steals your bike from you, slap his arm off the clutch before he takes off. Anyone who has had a clutch cable snap will know what I'm talking about. [emoji79]
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,682
Posted By sprale
Funny how one medium displaces another, while the...

Funny how one medium displaces another, while the act itself seems uninterrupted...
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 16,661
Posted By sprale
Most days I have little faith in the endurance of...

Most days I have little faith in the endurance of the species, but then I see guys like this. My pessimistic side thinks he's just recording to make himself look better than us. [emoji14]
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 16,661
Posted By sprale
If it's an urban area and looks like someone's...

If it's an urban area and looks like someone's one the phone waiting, I may pass, but I generally stop. I'll stop my bike blocking traffic to get off and push stalled cars when no one else will. I...
Forum: Road warriors 09-21-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 20,722
Posted By sprale
I put 36k on a classic Ninja 250 before jumping...

I put 36k on a classic Ninja 250 before jumping up to a DL1000. I've put another 25k on that, but miss having a smaller bike for city commuting. The new CB300F might be perfect and be just the bike...
Forum: Road warriors 09-20-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 20,722
Posted By sprale
I'd take any small bike again, even after nearly...

I'd take any small bike again, even after nearly 100hp, little bikes are a hoot. The Ninja 250/300, the Honda CB250, and many others. They're great commuters and a blast on backroads
Forum: Road warriors 09-20-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5,598
Views: 1,099,537
Posted By sprale
I put a Ventura rack and a Givi top box on my...

I put a Ventura rack and a Givi top box on my little Ninja years ago, Did great for commuting duty.
Forum: Vendors 06-07-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 94,617
Posted By sprale
After 23k miles on a pair of Anakee 2 tires on my...

After 23k miles on a pair of Anakee 2 tires on my V-Strom, I set out looking for another of the same. When I found it hard to find a pair at a good price, I saw the reviews of the Anakee 3 tires and...
Forum: Beasts 05-12-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 49,461
Posted By sprale
If anyone is looking for something with serious...

If anyone is looking for something with serious longevity, consider the Michelin Anakee 2. I had a pair installed when I bought my Vee at just over 20k miles, and now that I'm at 42k, its finally...
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8,165
Views: 2,245,553
Posted By sprale
Check out the Madass Army...

Check out the Madass Army (http://www.madassarmy.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=190) site.

http://images.greghoustondesign.com/misc/GetAttachment.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 05-02-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5,598
Views: 1,099,537
Posted By sprale
As nice as it is to see a new Honda come to the...

As nice as it is to see a new Honda come to the market, this one is just not for me. I'll stick with my Strom for a while longer. The storage thing is neat, but I still like being able to refuel...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9,812
Views: 1,992,987
Posted By sprale
So, you didn't stop? :evil Maybe you posted...

So, you didn't stop? :evil

Maybe you posted in the wrong thread? :rofl
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2011, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7,093
Views: 3,265,251
Posted By sprale
I visited the region, along with most of Mexico...

I visited the region, along with most of Mexico over a long winter break back in 1990/1. My family drove from Missouri to the Guatemalan border in an old Ford truck, taking the better part of two...
Forum: Hacks 02-25-2011, 12:37 PM
Replies: 6,659
Views: 2,479,588
Posted By sprale
Looks like quite a bit of creative design work,...

Looks like quite a bit of creative design work, but can't imagine it would be comfortable for more than the first mile. Only marginally more than this:

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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,581
Posted By sprale
While we are comparing safety, lets look at...

While we are comparing safety, lets look at actual statistics.:deal

http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx
...
Forum: Ride reports 02-15-2011, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,076
Posted By sprale
Did you coordinate a crossing from Port...

Did you coordinate a crossing from Port Mansfield, or did you just happen to find someone when you hit the gap?

http://darkwoodsstudiosltd.smugmug.com/photos/1188451355_RVRBQ-M.jpg


I've gone...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,581
Posted By sprale
Bicycles and motorbikes, what's the difference?

Well-said.



If you've crashed more than once on a bicycle, you've likely had a variety of types of crashes. I've gone over the bars, been sideswiped, high and low-sided, on and off-road. Get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,581
Posted By sprale
I got lucky. My daughter wanted to go riding, so...

I got lucky. My daughter wanted to go riding, so that was her motivation to pay attention and be still while riding. On the first ride around the block, she was calm and still. I would never have...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,581
Posted By sprale
I remember growing up in an unsterilized...

I remember growing up in an unsterilized environment. My parents and family let me experience things that other parents my own age gasp at when I consider it. I rode on the back of a Harley (first...
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2011, 01:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,076
Posted By sprale
Epic Ride Dude! :rofl

Epic Ride Dude! :rofl
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2011, 01:33 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,581
Posted By sprale
I taught my daughter to fire up an old Honda...

I taught my daughter to fire up an old Honda Supercub when she was 10 months old. I started taking her around the block somewhere before she turned two. I would put her in front of me so my knees and...
Forum: Ride reports 02-14-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,468
Posted By sprale
Thanks for sharing photos of your beautiful trip,...

Thanks for sharing photos of your beautiful trip, you hit some of my favorite areas. Do us a favor though. Next time, wait until summer to bring that Midwest weather down here. I personally moved...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,568
Views: 300,623
Posted By sprale
Wow! I wish that had been available when I had my...

Wow! I wish that had been available when I had my Ninjette.
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-19-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,576
Posted By sprale
Preemptive Welcome!

Year-round riding is possible here easily, I do it. Winters can get below freezing occasionally. There's some great twisty riding into the Hill Country, just pick up a map or hop on Google Maps.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 01-12-2011, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12,369
Views: 1,600,883
Posted By sprale
Things to do in Denver when you're dead (tired of...

Things to do in Denver when you're dead (tired of riding)

$1500? woweee! :clap

http://images.craigslist.org/3nc3o83l65O05Q65W4b1c75feeba594d31df2.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-11-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9,812
Views: 1,992,987
Posted By sprale
Frakkin left-lane campers! ...

Frakkin left-lane campers!

http://reviews.carreview.com/files/2008/12/r4-3-238x300.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-10-2011, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3,613
Views: 1,554,802
Posted By sprale
My daughter began real early, loves bikes, went...

My daughter began real early, loves bikes, went with me to pick up the Vee. She enjoys short, local rides, but wants to go on adventures with me. I told her I was getting the Vee so I could add a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,955
Views: 497,947
Posted By sprale
That sounds familiar. Even in Texas, in the...

That sounds familiar. Even in Texas, in the summer, I always wear the same waterproof riding gear. I used to hate lugging around rain gear or waterproof liners. I finally started buying quality...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-17-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8,230
Views: 3,245,444
Posted By sprale
I'm down to just one bike (a modern one at that)...

I'm down to just one bike (a modern one at that) and no free time. I'm working on my BS again, two years to go! Once I'm done, I'm going to have to pick up an old bike (or a few) and start enjoying...
Forum: Road warriors 12-17-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3,003
Views: 879,526
Posted By sprale
CB160 & CB550, cafe

I still love classic Honda's. I can't tuck down to ride a cafe bike, but damn they look good.

http://belair.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2007-International-MC-Show/IMG2259/230625745_sbZum-XL.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 12-16-2010, 02:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 30,071
Posted By sprale
I'd love something like that with a 250cc single...

I'd love something like that with a 250cc single and six cogs. :evil
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 59,978
Posted By sprale
I still like the Honda Varadero 125, but would...

I still like the Honda Varadero 125, but would rather have a single than a v-twin that small.

http://p2m.mbike.com/000/003/784/64210107_d.jpg
Forum: Beasts 09-29-2010, 11:02 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 32,002
Posted By sprale
I've always loved the NATO tan or beige. I'd love...

I've always loved the NATO tan or beige. I'd love an FJ62 in those colors to match.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q226/GapersGoHome/P5010499.jpg
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2010, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9,812
Views: 1,992,987
Posted By sprale
I like to ask riders who don't wear gear how...

I like to ask riders who don't wear gear how comfortable they imagine a skin graft to be...

My skin's not pretty or perfect, but it's mine and completely stock!
...
Forum: Hacks 09-09-2010, 03:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,711
Posted By sprale
What's a rough cost estimate of the build? I'm...

What's a rough cost estimate of the build? I'm trying to decide between Dauntless and CStanley, they both look great and seem to get lots of praise for build quality and service.
Forum: Hacks 09-09-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6,659
Views: 2,479,588
Posted By sprale
I might have to hit up my 401k to get this hack...

I might have to hit up my 401k to get this hack started...
Forum: Road warriors 09-03-2010, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,568
Views: 300,623
Posted By sprale
500: http://tinyurl.com/2g9sf97 250:...

500: http://tinyurl.com/2g9sf97
250: http://tinyurl.com/254ryjs
Forum: Hacks 09-03-2010, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6,659
Views: 2,479,588
Posted By sprale
That's one of the main uses I'll have for hacking...

That's one of the main uses I'll have for hacking my Vee eventually. I just wish my little ZG was up to the task as well.
Forum: Hacks 09-01-2010, 10:07 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 26,506
Posted By sprale
Noted! Thanks for the tip. Keep us updated on it...

Noted! Thanks for the tip. Keep us updated on it as you rack up the miles. Anyone else try anything with a more aggressive tread?
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