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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By vaara
The MSF does have a whole bunch of offerings...

The MSF does have a whole bunch of offerings besides the BRC, but they're not all available everywhere. AFAIK most sites in the Bay Area only offer 1 or 2 in addition to the BRC. (The one I coach for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By vaara
Re: boots, the bikes you'll be riding are dinky...

Re: boots, the bikes you'll be riding are dinky little 250s, so you might find it difficult to shift if you're wearing big clunky boots with thick toes (e.g. Timberlands) esp. if you have big feet. A...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-26-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 595
Posted By vaara
tl;dr j/k! :D Great write-up. :clap...

tl;dr

j/k! :D

Great write-up. :clap Should be a sticky!

(New RiderCoach here BTW)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,973
Posted By vaara
Maybe things are different where you live, but...

Maybe things are different where you live, but here in enlightened California, I've lost count of the number of times that cars have moved over to give me extra space while I'm filtering past them.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,973
Posted By vaara
Exactly wrong. Here in the US, many states...

Exactly wrong.

Here in the US, many states allow motorcycles to use carpool lanes (also known as "HOV" or high-occupancy vehicle lanes) even if they're only carrying one person. So there are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By vaara
A friend who had his Triumph Sprint ST stolen a...

A friend who had his Triumph Sprint ST stolen a few years ago got it back, thanks to an eagle-eyed reader of a local moto forum.

Assuming there is such a forum in your area, you should try posting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,815
Posted By vaara
20 years of riding -- including lots of big-city...

20 years of riding -- including lots of big-city riding -- and I was totally crash-free...

until 2 years ago, when I skidded on a wet streetcar track and went down. I was going less than 10 mph.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,239
Posted By vaara
Now you've got me worried. A friend heard I had...

Now you've got me worried. A friend heard I had become a RiderCoach and asked for some advice after a crash (braking too hard while turning a bit). He wanted me to go to a parking lot and practice...
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-13-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,280
Posted By vaara
One of my favorite rides. Makes me want to hop on...

One of my favorite rides. Makes me want to hop on my bike and go there right now. Great stuff! :clap
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 36,958
Posted By vaara
66,700 miles on mine and it hasn't given me any...

66,700 miles on mine and it hasn't given me any trouble whatsoever -- until just now, when the clutch interlock switch decided to go all wonky. So now I have to jiggle the clutch lever to start the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,239
Posted By vaara
Yes, it's amazing how often experienced riders...

Yes, it's amazing how often experienced riders fail the evaluation. Of course they always blame it on the bikes -- the very same ones on which we ride the demos, problem-free. :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,239
Posted By vaara
In my case it was 3 weekends (20 hours each), and...

In my case it was 3 weekends (20 hours each), and the course itself was free -- I just had to pay for my hotel and food. Apparently some RCTs are nine consecutive days -- basically two weekends and a...
Forum: New Zealand 09-08-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
Fantastic pix and info - thanks! :clap I...

Fantastic pix and info - thanks! :clap

I only wish I could have more than 10 days on the bike...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,506
Posted By vaara
About that third pic... is it my imagination or...

About that third pic... is it my imagination or is there no curb cut there? No wonder the garage appears to be empty. :p
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,918
Posted By vaara
Aerostich makes police suits. Whether any PDs...

Aerostich makes police suits. Whether any PDs actually buy them is another matter.
Forum: New Zealand 09-02-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
OK, I've bought my airline tickets and booked a...

OK, I've bought my airline tickets and booked a bike and signed up for remotemoto. :)

I'm still trying to decide whether to tent-camp or not. I should probably confess here that I'm a total n00b...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-29-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,506
Posted By vaara
I once left my V-Strom in "park" position during...

I once left my V-Strom in "park" position during an entire workday (~9 hours). It started right off. Apparently 9 hours isn't "long enough."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-27-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,506
Posted By vaara
What's "rain"? :confused

What's "rain"? :confused
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-27-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,506
Posted By vaara
That's the method I use. (2007 V-Strom with 66K...

That's the method I use. (2007 V-Strom with 66K miles on it.) Barring the occasional trip out of town, I've been parking it on San Francisco city streets every day for the past 5 years -- fork lock...
Forum: Americas 08-19-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By vaara
Sometimes you can find really low rates on...

Sometimes you can find really low rates on "repositioning" rentals -- for example if they need bikes moved from Florida to the Northeast, or even coast to coast.
Forum: New Zealand 08-15-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
I can't say that I do, but I'm sure I'd save a...

I can't say that I do, but I'm sure I'd save a bit of money. Airfare and bike rental aren't cheap...

Then again, I'm doing this to celebrate a big milestone birthday. Carpe diem and all that....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-15-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,607
Posted By vaara
There was an older Harley©®™ guy in my BRC...

There was an older Harley©®™ guy in my BRC classroom last night who was amazed when I informed him that I use the front brake all the time. He asked me "really?" over and over. The range will be an...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-15-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,062
Posted By vaara
:rofl (said the almost-50-year-old) I...

:rofl

(said the almost-50-year-old)

I seem to be experiencing the reverse, for although I rely exclusively on my bike for daily transportation, and use it to earn extra income as a food...
Forum: New Zealand 08-13-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
Thanks for the info so far! I'm planning to rent...

Thanks for the info so far! I'm planning to rent a bike in Nelson. After that I may go to Takaka and be a hippy for a couple of days :D, then head down the West Coast (want to see at least one...
Forum: New Zealand 08-12-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
Yes, I've been checking it out... looks very...

Yes, I've been checking it out... looks very useful! (Even though I'll probably have to stick to the tarmac, mostly.)
Forum: New Zealand 08-12-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By vaara
*delurk* I've got my air tickets, now just...

*delurk*

I've got my air tickets, now just need to reserve a bike. Planning on 10 days on the South Island, November 5-15. I reserve the right to come back here and ask lots of stupid questions....
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,448
Posted By vaara
I have a cunning plan: If get on a flight to NZ...

I have a cunning plan: If get on a flight to NZ the evening before my birthday, then my birthday will NEVER HAPPEN and I can stay 49 for another year! :clap

(Well, actually, my birthday is in...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,448
Posted By vaara
I'm seriously thinking about doing the VERY SAME...

I'm seriously thinking about doing the VERY SAME THING.

Well, almost. (No North Island.)

So thanks for the inspiration!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-07-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 14,853
Posted By vaara
I always thought the "s" was pronounced like a...

I always thought the "s" was pronounced like a "z."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-07-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 14,853
Posted By vaara
And then there's "Dainese."

And then there's "Dainese."
Forum: New Zealand 08-05-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,408
Posted By vaara
North, South, or both?

I hope this isn't the wrong place to ask this question; I have looked for a similar thread elsewhere but haven't found one. Mods, please delete/move as necessary.

I have a big milestone birthday...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-04-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3,780
Views: 835,212
Posted By vaara
Maybe not especially long or lonely, but... ...

Maybe not especially long or lonely, but...

Yesterday in the Marin Headlands I was shooting iPhone video from a RAM mount; later I grabbed a still that had a weird and totally unintentional "tilt...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-04-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 792
Views: 112,282
Posted By vaara
Not CL, but Motojava here in SF has a 1998 KLR650...

Not CL, but Motojava here in SF has a 1998 KLR650 with only 8300 miles on it.

http://motojava.com/Used_Motorcycles.html
Forum: Americas 08-04-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,405
Posted By vaara
I thought motorcycles weren't allowed on it.

I thought motorcycles weren't allowed on it.
Forum: Americas 08-04-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By vaara
The only rental shop I'm personally familiar with...

The only rental shop I'm personally familiar with is Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals here in San Francisco. They regularly sell bikes from their fleet, and some of the buyers are temporary visitors from...
Forum: Ride reports 08-04-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 18,639
Posted By vaara
He updated his French-language blog over the...

He updated his French-language blog over the weekend. He's back in Evgekinot and pondering his next move. (Edited to remove spoilers) :)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-03-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 19,536
Posted By vaara
What is it about FJR owners? My ex -- who still...

What is it about FJR owners? My ex -- who still hasn't gotten over a breakup that happened 4 years ago -- owns an FJR too. Because of his refusal to let go and his consequent bitchy attitude, I've...
Forum: Americas 08-01-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By vaara
Death Valley is amazing at any time of year...

Death Valley is amazing at any time of year (well, maybe not so much in the summer when it's 50°C). However, it is surrounded by 5000+ foot mountain passes, which occasionally close due to snow. So...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,620
Posted By vaara
And here I was going to go on a 2-week moto trip...

And here I was going to go on a 2-week moto trip starting 10/14. :kboom
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,620
Posted By vaara
Teaching my first BRC (with extra support) the...

Teaching my first BRC (with extra support) the weekend after next, then another one the following weekend.

At some point there will be a meeting/training about the new classroom curriculum, too.
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