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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-22-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 790
Views: 39,170
Posted By Motopapillon
Bump.

Bump.
Forum: Trip Planning 11-05-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,872
Posted By Motopapillon
I weighed my gear before a two-month trip some...

I weighed my gear before a two-month trip some years back: I had about 70 lbs in a big Moto Fizz and two panniers, and didn't bother adding in the couple of pounds of clutter in the tank bag. It was...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-02-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,097
Posted By Motopapillon
Don't worry about the flashy paintjob on your KLR...

Don't worry about the flashy paintjob on your KLR -- at night what gives it away are the reflective lenses on the lights. When I stealthcamp on my KLR I bring along a 6 x 8 cheapo plastic tarp, in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-09-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,368
Posted By Motopapillon
I used to preach the joys of motorcycling to...

I used to preach the joys of motorcycling to friends and acquaintances, and encourage them to give it a try, but over the years I've toned it down. Mostly because I think that people who don't have...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 381
Views: 34,649
Posted By Motopapillon
MHO on maps

I'm a fan of the Benchmark atlases--I think they pack a hell of a lot of information into a very easy to read format. But they do not show all the roads, and they don't always get the numbers on the...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-22-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,009
Posted By Motopapillon
If things check out fine at the break-in service,...

If things check out fine at the break-in service, just do it--your bike will be in better shape than it will ever be. As for its being new to you, a digital service manual sounds like a good...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-15-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 134,906
Posted By Motopapillon
Bump for a deserving thread

It's not about cheap, or even frugal. Thrifty, maybe. Deliberate simplicity. Need reduction.
Forum: Trip Planning 04-15-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,283
Posted By Motopapillon
See, you already have your answer! If you start...

See, you already have your answer! If you start with a few small trips, your mistakes and technical deficiencies will likely be small, a little time lost, a little discomfort.... Take a notebook,...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-31-2011, 07:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,967
Posted By Motopapillon
great report, UpST8. I know it looks flatter and...

great report, UpST8. I know it looks flatter and smoother to the camera-- pretty impressive. Seems like you're making a good adjustment to life on the left coast.

Happy New Year.

MP
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-25-2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,550
Posted By Motopapillon
Learn to read the road

"Ride slow on roads you don't know" is fine for riding around close to home, but out touring in new country it gets old real fast. Do you really want to go slow ALL the time? Reading the road is a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-26-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,072
Posted By Motopapillon
Hey, Mookie, you sure it's right to blame your German

ancestry for all that passionate self-righteousness? Yes, to hear you tell it, you're right, the cop was wrong, and the warning unwarranted. But jeez!
To expect the world to always reflect the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2011, 08:23 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,590
Posted By Motopapillon
Talking It's a PITA the definition of a stop varies from...

It's a PITA the definition of a stop varies from state to state. Putting a foot, or two, down is only a practical necessity if the intersection is hard to read until you're right up to the line, or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2011, 08:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,277
Posted By Motopapillon
You usually let your guard down in a parking...

You usually let your guard down in a parking lot??

It's been said, but bears repeating: this is a really dangerous habit of thought. Parking lots lack coherent patterns of flow, they're private...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-01-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,741
Posted By Motopapillon
Great pics, no miles. Maybe the best detour...

Great pics, no miles.

Maybe the best detour is the Alderpoint Rd., which is paved and ru ns from just north of Garberville on 101 to near Bridgeville on 36. (The Dyerville Loop is rough and muddy...
Forum: Americas 03-29-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Motopapillon
Hey, Blah Monster, I would add my vote for doing...

Hey, Blah Monster, I would add my vote for doing this clockwise, going west across the south before it gets too hot, and east through the north after it has had a chance to warm up and dry out.
...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-21-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,424
Posted By Motopapillon
Yeah, heart attack is what I thought too reading...

Yeah, heart attack is what I thought too reading the report. Otherwise why leave the pavement if not struck? And why not save it on the shoulder? Or why not save it in the median before entering the...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-07-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 49,653
Posted By Motopapillon
Try the tradtional oatmeal. The instant variety...

Try the tradtional oatmeal. The instant variety is parboiled somewhat, then dried again, and suffers both in taste and texture. The old style takes only a minute or two longer to cook. Tart it up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2011, 01:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,566
Posted By Motopapillon
[QUOTE=abhibeckert;15348124]On firm flat ground...

[QUOTE=abhibeckert;15348124]On firm flat ground most dirt bikes are fairly easy to lift, ......


If I could only remember to wait to drop my bike until i was on firm flat ground! Why do I make...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,700
Posted By Motopapillon
A common scenario is you round a corner and see a...

A common scenario is you round a corner and see a deer standing in the middle of the road. It looks up with puzzled surprise. what to do? Basically, the choices are swerve left, swerve right, or get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-20-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,418
Posted By Motopapillon
Like many here, I avoid night riding. Not just...

Like many here, I avoid night riding. Not just because of blinding lights. You cant look through the corners because your light doesnt shine there. You cant see the roadside wildlife except by the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-19-2011, 01:44 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,706
Posted By Motopapillon
I really like the highway pegs on the KLR. They...

I really like the highway pegs on the KLR. They give me another hour or two on long rides before terminal buttdeath, and even on short hauls it is nice to be able to change position from time to...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-10-2010, 06:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,749
Posted By Motopapillon
Touring on the Cheap

How far--how long- you can make your money last is really a life-style question, except for mainaintence and fuel for the bike. TT is spending $50/day but notes it could be lower, like no smokes, no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-07-2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,408
Posted By Motopapillon
Here in the western US, if you come up quickly on...

Here in the western US, if you come up quickly on a car on a quiet country road, he'll often pull right/slow down/signal you around. I show my appreciation with a left hand wave--and, yes, it could...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-30-2010, 09:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By Motopapillon
+1. Take enough changes that you can do this...

+1.

Take enough changes that you can do this and you'll also cut yourself a little wiggle room so you don't HAVE do wash clothes every evening. Like if it's late, you're really tired, the bugs are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-29-2010, 12:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,751
Posted By Motopapillon
I've been using foam cylindrical disposable plugs...

I've been using foam cylindrical disposable plugs for years now, and feel uncomfortable without them when I ride. (You don't have to dispose of them after every use, BTW, just after they've gotten...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-26-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,589
Posted By Motopapillon
Amen. That is a gloriously beautiful route, but...

Amen. That is a gloriously beautiful route, but even doing in in 2 or 3 days--lots of camping spots all along it--it's mucho riding.

M-P
Forum: Trip Planning 09-16-2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,442
Posted By Motopapillon
No, a mini-bodied travel/camp guitar is never...

No, a mini-bodied travel/camp guitar is never going to have to the deep, full resonance of a good full-sized instrument. Just the physics of the situation. But if the intonation is fairly accurate...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-10-2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,360
Posted By Motopapillon
re AONC

Good link, EJWPC. Thanks for sharing.

M-P
Forum: Trip Planning 09-10-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,442
Posted By Motopapillon
Going for a few weeks or more without playing a...

Going for a few weeks or more without playing a guitar is not good for my emotional equilibrium. Being a luthier, I made a small camp guitar a few years ago, with a sort-of-mandolin-shaped pancake...
Forum: Trip Planning 08-30-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,440
Posted By Motopapillon
Perfectly normal, as you know: the serenity that...

Perfectly normal, as you know: the serenity that comes when trying to control the things you can't control. You made your list, and checked it twice? You have the absolute essentials: money,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-20-2010, 12:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,136
Posted By Motopapillon
+on making it a fairly fixed routine. Whatever...

+on making it a fairly fixed routine. Whatever that routine might be to fit your particular needs, keep it the same each time and you'll get rolling right almost automatically.

Almost. I'm still...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2010, 12:36 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 15,124
Posted By Motopapillon
How is it that Rich Urban Biker is a slam? ...

How is it that Rich Urban Biker is a slam?

It can't be because of the Rich part. Most--if not all--of us would like to have more money than we do, if it did not demand more work, or more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-05-2010, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,871
Posted By Motopapillon
The road can be nicely paved but you still find...

The road can be nicely paved but you still find yourself on a dirt surface when you pull off to the side.
Forum: Americas 07-03-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,579
Posted By Motopapillon
I'm with YT on this. Not that I have much...

I'm with YT on this. Not that I have much experience in Canada--and none in or near Alaska--but the idea of going there leaves me, as it were, cold. I'm not sure I would want my ignorance tainted by...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2010, 11:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,530
Posted By Motopapillon
+1 on some seat time following a buddy whom you...

+1 on some seat time following a buddy whom you KNOW is riding conservatively. Play monkey see--monkey do. His line, his speeds...you KNOW it's safe. Your feeling for it will return.

Best of luck....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2010, 11:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,478
Posted By Motopapillon
I've always understood those signs indicated...

I've always understood those signs indicated recommended speeds, subject to personal interpretation.

I don't remember what color they were, but somewhere in the Southwest--New Mexico, I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-28-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 11,550
Posted By Motopapillon
My experience w/KLR

I have no experience with the Stroms, but I've had an '06 KLR for a while now and it fits my riding habits very well. What I especially like is that when I have one of those "I wonder where that road...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-26-2010, 09:11 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 27,878
Posted By Motopapillon
3 Pages and no one mentioned this yet?

Peebottle!

It's cheap--recycled widemouth fruitjuice or water bottle. It's light (empty). Unfortunately it does take a lot of space.

What do you think becomes of all that coffee, beer, and...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-11-2010, 09:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,115
Posted By Motopapillon
I have found the wind makes a big difference on...

I have found the wind makes a big difference on the interstates. Especially in the desert and on the plains, where nothing obstructs the strong prevailing westerlies, whether you're riding into the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-28-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,143
Posted By Motopapillon
What others have said here has been really good...

What others have said here has been really good advice, which I believe you should consider realistically.

However...on the other hand...you've got a couple of things going for you which deserve...
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