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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,772
Posted By helixblue
I found this site to be useful in comparing...

I found this site to be useful in comparing impact ratings between helmets with different and or multiple standards ratings:

http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/

The most interesting, but probably least...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-29-2010, 04:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,113
Posted By helixblue
Actually, that is the only way I have ever taken...

Actually, that is the only way I have ever taken my 1150GS off of the center stand. At least twice a day for the last 18 months. I've seen someone ride off of the center-stand on a 1200GS before, but...
Forum: Face plant 07-28-2010, 11:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 23,163
Posted By helixblue
I'm always curious with left-turners: What color...

I'm always curious with left-turners: What color was your helmet and jacket?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2010, 05:58 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 14,655
Posted By helixblue
Nodding is a good alternative - about a third of...

Nodding is a good alternative - about a third of the people I wave to simply nod back. In high traffic situations, it's probably the best approach.

One thing that took getting used to here, is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-11-2010, 12:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,070
Posted By helixblue
Merging onto a highway between two 18-wheelers...

Merging onto a highway between two 18-wheelers going ~70mph. The truck behind me wouldn't give me any additional room, so I only had a 5ft cushion in front of me and a 5ft cushion behind me.

The...
Forum: Europe 06-04-2010, 12:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By helixblue
I moved to Europe 18 months ago, and ride an...

I moved to Europe 18 months ago, and ride an R1150GS. While it was a great touring for my wife and I last year, I am no fan of it commuting around the city. If I was to do it again, I would have...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2010, 12:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,542
Posted By helixblue
Hum. Honestly, I've put 20,000mi. on my 2001 over...

Hum. Honestly, I've put 20,000mi. on my 2001 over the last year, and the only farkle on it is the Wunderlich screen. I wouldn't even consider that essential, though crash bars would be nice. I don't...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2010, 12:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 639
Posted By helixblue
Indeed this happens on my R1150GS when the...

Indeed this happens on my R1150GS when the battery is too low as well. I've got a fairly new battery (6 months), but I still get clock resets if the bike has sat unused for a week. The weirdest...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-15-2010, 10:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,914
Posted By helixblue
So - I'm confused. If I read this right, the guy...

So - I'm confused. If I read this right, the guy was simply saving space on the road and sharing lanes with you. This happens to me all the time. I think of it as lane-splitting for 4-wheel vehicles....
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2010, 05:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By helixblue
I can't speak for the new ones, but I had an '03...

I can't speak for the new ones, but I had an '03 Dakar that was almost perfect for city traffic, which I spent about 29,000mi. on within 2 years. In retrospect, I would have loved something lighter...
Forum: Europe 03-08-2010, 02:09 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,116
Posted By helixblue
Other than a few random wind bursts, the ride...

Other than a few random wind bursts, the ride home was uneventful. I'll let you know if anything in the US catches my eye. It was nice meeting you and everyone else out there - take it easy in...
Forum: Europe 02-27-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,116
Posted By helixblue
It was a pleasure meeting you tonight! You've got...

It was a pleasure meeting you tonight! You've got a sweet looking Tiger, btw. :)
Forum: Europe 02-27-2010, 06:48 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,116
Posted By helixblue
Packing my things up now to head out. See you...

Packing my things up now to head out. See you guys there!
Forum: Equipment 01-18-2010, 05:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,340
Posted By helixblue
I'd call it "weather resistant" without a doubt....

I'd call it "weather resistant" without a doubt. I've had the scala on many a time during a rainstorm, but did fry one in a particularly heavy downpour recently. it was an older model (two years old,...
Forum: Europe 01-13-2010, 02:13 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,116
Posted By helixblue
Count me in!

I'll be riding in on the GS from Brussels, so long as work does not interfere. I haven't figured out if I will try to stay overnight in Köln or make the ride back. Hope to see you again, T.REX63!
Forum: GS Boxers 01-13-2010, 01:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,556
Posted By helixblue
These look interesting, as the Conti Trail...

These look interesting, as the Conti Trail Attacks are downright treacherous on the roads around Brussels right now. Any idea how much mileage to expect out of the K60/K66's?
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2009, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By helixblue
I paid €331 from...

I paid €331 from http://www.icasque.com/Casque-moto/Integral/Solano-Superskin-Gris-Mat/

I don't expect it to be delivered for a few weeks however....
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2009, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By helixblue
Laugh Thanks for everyones replies! I decided to...

Thanks for everyones replies!

I decided to go experimental. I was very close to buying the Nolan N103 or the HJC IS-Max, but every other person was complaining about noise and weight. I didn't...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By helixblue
Thanks for the site recommendation. I found that...

Thanks for the site recommendation. I found that the HJC IS-Max and Nolan N103 on there, which appear to be decent modulars with sunshades that you can buy in white. I'm not sure which way to go yet,...
Forum: Equipment 12-29-2009, 03:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By helixblue
Question New helmet: Looking for white + sunshield + ECE 22.05

My beloved Scorpion EXO-700 has seen better days, so it's time to replace it. Now that I'm commuting during the winter sunrise and sunset, I'd love to get a new helmet that has a built-in...
Forum: Beasts 11-08-2009, 09:06 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 27,357
Posted By helixblue
I had considered both as well -- the clincher for...

I had considered both as well -- the clincher for me was the response my wife gave when she sat on the 1050. She said she didn't want to go any further than the local store with it. She was very...
Forum: Face plant 10-11-2009, 01:22 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 18,281
Posted By helixblue
I find that simply riding very conservatively for...

I find that simply riding very conservatively for the first 100 miles does the trick. I've had close calls in the past before settling on this policy, and I don't intend to try any alternate methods...
Forum: Equipment 10-07-2009, 10:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,744
Posted By helixblue
I've had my pair now for 3 years - and they are...

I've had my pair now for 3 years - and they are the best gloves I have ever owned. In Atlanta, I wore them as soon as it was under 70'F, but now in the Belgian rain I wear it most of the year. I'll...
Forum: Road warriors 09-28-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 16,235
Posted By helixblue
Agreed. Anyone looking to trade their touring...

Agreed. Anyone looking to trade their touring bike for an SMT is going to be really disappointed by the lack of modern brakes.
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 40,343
Posted By helixblue
The Mana sounds like a great bike. Without the...

The Mana sounds like a great bike. Without the clutch, how do you handle u-turns and other slow speed maneuvers?
Forum: Face plant 08-27-2009, 04:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,513
Posted By helixblue
(ouch! I've reformatted the post those who like...

(ouch! I've reformatted the post those who like paragraphs)

Nice day for a ride...
Jan 3rd started out a beauty of a day for this time of year. (highs in the sixties-great daay for a ride). Most...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-25-2009, 06:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,513
Posted By helixblue
Stop worrying and do a test-ride somewhere. ...

Stop worrying and do a test-ride somewhere.

I got over my worries by testing bikes with a friend at the local BMW dealership early on. It was a bit nerve-wracking to hop on a $15k bike with 3X the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-23-2009, 11:38 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 46,483
Posted By helixblue
There's no replacement for displacement Loud...

There's no replacement for displacement

Loud pipes save lives

BMW's are reliable

Motorcycle ownership is cheaper than car ownership
Forum: Equipment 08-18-2009, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By helixblue
I've worn mine for about two years (and one...

I've worn mine for about two years (and one high-side) now. Very solid pants, good fitting. The knee armor is pretty decent and adjustable. The hip armor isn't -- it's just basic foam. The pants ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-17-2009, 12:16 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,358
Posted By helixblue
First off, I usually don't. If I know I am going...

First off, I usually don't. If I know I am going to be at a bar for at least two hours, I may order a beer.

The last time I drank an Orval at lunch during a ride, I regretted it. Not because I...
Forum: Face plant 08-12-2009, 06:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,640
Posted By helixblue
This thread is worthless without pics! All...

This thread is worthless without pics!

All kidding aside, what color was your helmet and jacket? I assume after he slammed on the brakes that you were stuck in his blind spot, but I'm disappointed...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2009, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By helixblue
That's the Repair Manual -- which is quite...

That's the Repair Manual -- which is quite helpful! It does not however contain all of the information in the owners manuals, such as how to change your suspension settings.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-05-2009, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By helixblue
I second the request, but only because my manuals...

I second the request, but only because my manuals are in Dutch (bought the bike in Belgium). As far as oil changes and other maintenance items, use the 'Wisdom' link on the bottom of the page, and...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-03-2009, 05:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,490
Posted By helixblue
I've been riding for 3 years now, and switched my...

I've been riding for 3 years now, and switched my F650GS Dakar for a R1150GS about six months ago. IMHO, the Dakar was a bit much for me to start out with, but all things considered it was a pretty...
Forum: Europe 05-18-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
I am living in Ixelles, right next to ULB...

I am living in Ixelles, right next to ULB Solbosch. You might see me swinging around in a high-viz green jacket (there are not too many here!). My evenings are always free around here if you are up...
Forum: Europe 05-18-2009, 10:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
A little update on my Belgian adventure. Two...

A little update on my Belgian adventure. Two weeks ago I got my residency card, which meant that legally I had to trade my US license for a Belgian one. In Ixelles, this means handing your US license...
Forum: Europe 04-10-2009, 11:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
Thanks!

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone. Some interesting bits for future people who would like to pursue this avenue.

* Most insurance companies did not want to talk to me, or said they would...
Forum: Europe 04-04-2009, 01:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
Almost ready! I was able to get my pink slip and...

Almost ready! I was able to get my pink slip and motorcycle on Friday. The certificate of conformity was missing (grrrr), but the owner filed for a replacement to be sent to me. Here is my new 2001...
Forum: Europe 04-01-2009, 05:07 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
Thanks for the tip. I know with cars there is...

Thanks for the tip. I know with cars there is also a yearly safety inspection, is there something similar here for motorbikes? I haven't been able to find any information that was not targeted toward...
Forum: Europe 04-01-2009, 05:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,008
Posted By helixblue
Things are going pretty well. Belgium has taught...

Things are going pretty well. Belgium has taught me to love two things: waiting, and mud. They both seem to crop up nearly every day. The only thing that has been a PITA here has been my commute: 4-5...
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