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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,279
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: 63
Views: 9,196
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: 33,525
Views: 8,185,244
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: 8,238
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: 16,387
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: 5,138
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: 2,044
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: 33,525
Views: 8,185,244
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: 8,057
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: 8,057
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: 143
Views: 12,368
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: 9,617
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: 8,057
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: 8,057
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: 3,680
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...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,454
Posted By daveinva
Removing weight from the equation (which I know...

Removing weight from the equation (which I know isn't quite possible), what are some of the best "low speed" bikes out there? Is it simply a case of lower CoG = better low speed performance?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,692
Posted By daveinva
The worst part about this story? I'd offer a...

The worst part about this story? I'd offer a MUCH better home for either one of those fun little bikes if they followed me home... please? :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,288
Posted By daveinva
Two recommendations: 1. IME the absolute...

Two recommendations:

1. IME the absolute best parking lots for practice are multiplex movie theater parking lots. They're big, the asphalt's usually in great shape, and unlike "big box" store...
Forum: Equipment 08-08-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By daveinva
Resurrecting this to ask the question again--...

Resurrecting this to ask the question again-- turns out my ears aren't that big, but they *are*, weirdly, at different heights on my head, i.e. my left ear is jusssst a wee bit lower on my head than...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,671
Posted By daveinva
Took an MSF BRC earlier this summer as a...

Took an MSF BRC earlier this summer as a refresher after a few years off of two wheels. RC's told us to cover the clutch, don't cover front brake, BUT use all four fingers when braking. The RC's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,380
Posted By daveinva
Shame you can't keep the 250, too. After a few...

Shame you can't keep the 250, too. After a few years of not owning a bike, I picked up an old Ninja 250 this summer just to give me two wheels to ride.

I wouldn't want one anymore as my daily...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-31-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,238
Posted By daveinva
Yeah, unfortunately that was abandonware. Given...

Yeah, unfortunately that was abandonware. Given their success with the Tri-Glide, I don't see HD ever going the route of a reverse trike, leaning or not. I'd love to be proven wrong, though! :1drink
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 8,861
Posted By daveinva
Man, NOW I feel cheated. If only the MSF BRC had...

Man, NOW I feel cheated. If only the MSF BRC had taught me trail braking that weekend, I'd have been able to ride this awesome road on Monday morning!

:hide :evil

I know all you guys were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-30-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,238
Posted By daveinva
RE: happy Spyder riders, trust me, there are some...

RE: happy Spyder riders, trust me, there are some unhappy ones out there-- but that's all to do with BRP/Can-Am's quality control, which has been erratic. The 2013 RT and ST models, for instance,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 8,861
Posted By daveinva
Thankfully, SCIENCE will soon make everything in...

Thankfully, SCIENCE will soon make everything in this thread obsolete! :deal

http://rideapart.com/2014/07/braking-corner-bmw-abs-pro-works/

<iframe width="560" height="315"...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,238
Posted By daveinva
Of course! :freaky Hey, they DO look goofy!...

Of course! :freaky

Hey, they DO look goofy! I thought so when they first came out, for years the Spyder held ZERO appeal to me.

Then a few years later I got on a bit of a trike/hack kick,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,238
Posted By daveinva
Pictured: Knob and Knob-GF. Not pictured:...

Pictured: Knob and Knob-GF.

Not pictured: Smiles of Knob and Knob-GF. :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9076125068_c48348eb86.jpg

I'm under 40, I'm in the best shape of my life, I hold...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-25-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 8,861
Posted By daveinva
FTR, I've taken two MSF BRCs in my day, and in...

FTR, I've taken two MSF BRCs in my day, and in both of them, the instructors mentioned trail braking as an advanced technique that the new riders will want to eventually learn. Both times they made...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,915
Posted By daveinva
Benefits of a track day: 1. For a fairly...

Benefits of a track day:

1. For a fairly new rider over the first "hump" of their experience, a track day gives them a safe environment to learn the limits of their riding. It's one thing to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,852
Posted By daveinva
I'm actually pretty familiar with the concept of...

I'm actually pretty familiar with the concept of "hidden law," and I agree with the posters here who criticize it. Laws must be fair, universal and knowable in order to be just.

That said, if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-17-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,958
Posted By daveinva
I love them all. Or do I really have to choose? ...

I love them all. Or do I really have to choose? :D

I've had MT cars for a while, love rowing gears. BUT, it's a PITA in traffic (and there's a LOT of traffic in DC), so it's a pleasure driving...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,628
Posted By daveinva
Bikes get stolen. Often, unfortunately. If...

Bikes get stolen. Often, unfortunately.

If you don't carry the cash to replace it, you really ought to insure a bike against theft. Even if you want to skimp on the other insurance-- and you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-09-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 89,769
Posted By daveinva
I own a Spyder. I own a Ninja. If I didn't...

I own a Spyder. I own a Ninja. If I didn't understand and apply the difference between direct steering and counter-steering, I'd be a streak on the road. :deal

Some people (many?) ride...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-07-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 89,769
Posted By daveinva
Okay, easy related question: While...

Okay, easy related question:

While counter-steering through a corner, I'd like to lean my body more into the corner to help me take the corner better / increase ground clearance.

On the street,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-02-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,582
Posted By daveinva
Just to confuse matters, let's add those in: ...

Just to confuse matters, let's add those in:

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2014-ktm-1190-adventure-with-cornering-abs/23615.html
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-01-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,165
Posted By daveinva
Eh, mesh works perfectly fine above 90 degrees......

Eh, mesh works perfectly fine above 90 degrees... while commuting.

For actual touring that lasts longer than an hour, do as the wise men write above, and vent a sealed jacket, ideally with a wet...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-01-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,004
Posted By daveinva
... and all three times I've personally heard...

... and all three times I've personally heard that line, that's precisely what they all said, i.e. no RC said students aren't *legally* qualified to ride on the street, they just playfully reminded...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-29-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,004
Posted By daveinva
Humble perspectives from a student who just...

Humble perspectives from a student who just re-took the BRC as a refresher:

1. Some students need more time. This doesn't make them bad riders, it just means they need more time. The BRC is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 730
Views: 47,704
Posted By daveinva
THIS is very cool tech. :deal And I'm...

THIS is very cool tech. :deal

And I'm somewhat surprised it's taken this long to get here, as it seems to me to be the "holy grail" of bike technology: the ability to apply your front brake even...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-24-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,017
Posted By daveinva
Situational, like all things. Had an...

Situational, like all things.

Had an accident twenty years ago in my car-- two lane winding road through a forest, long line of cars & trucks going ~35 mph. Guy in a Firebird decides this is too...
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