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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 03:45 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 4,865
Posted By Mat
Hm weird we basically only have such roads...

Hm weird we basically only have such roads (twisty, too) and lots of 125s. Works well.
Bullshit it's an experiment. It's been in use for decades in one form or another all over the place, and it...
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,766
Posted By Mat
I once had the old model K60. It was slippery as...

I once had the old model K60. It was slippery as soap in the rain, so I put on TKC80 on both wheels. Those are good tires and served me well.

Then I tried the new K60 (Scout) on the rear and never...
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,425
Posted By Mat
Oh wow. I always thought a snowmobile would be...

Oh wow. I always thought a snowmobile would be fun, but forget it! Those kits look like the best inventions since snowboards!

Can you get stupidly stuck with them (making you wish you had a winch...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-21-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 29,772
Posted By Mat
They are quiet - GREAT! They are faster. They are...

They are quiet - GREAT! They are faster. They are lighter. Apart from range, they are better in any way. Aerodynamic drag is overrated, city traffic is the highest drain. Except not for electric...
Forum: Ride reports 03-20-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,868
Posted By Mat
Very nice, thanks for sharing! Started with...

Very nice, thanks for sharing!

Started with a bang - Like Cooltours, I could barely believe what I was reading when you U-turned in the Gotthard tunnel :D

You did good choosing your route. One...
Forum: Europe 03-20-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By Mat
There will be a report hopefully? As for...

There will be a report hopefully?

As for river crossings, usually mornings are best for glacier-fed streams. I guess that also counts for Iceland, but I've never been there.

:lurk
Forum: Europe 03-20-2015, 02:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By Mat
That is not only Touratech. Many online stores do...

That is not only Touratech. Many online stores do that and worse.

Some (Osprey Packs for example) won't even let you access their North American web page if you are located in Europe. No matter if...
Forum: Europe 03-20-2015, 02:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Posted By Mat
On a related note, if you see this: ...

On a related note, if you see this:

http://www.auto-schlagzeilen.de/wp-content/uploads/fahrverbot.jpg

or this:

http://www.sagen.at/doku/fo_fotos/fahrverbot.jpg

stop and turn around. It is...
Forum: Europe 03-20-2015, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Posted By Mat
You won't be arrested for camping or most other...

You won't be arrested for camping or most other things you can do. Don't worry about that when visiting Switzerland. Fines are high, though!

I rarely ever camp on official camp sites, as these are...
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4,156
Views: 2,150,679
Posted By Mat
Did you notice that little things at home that...

Did you notice that little things at home that you always took for granted suddenly developed a strange beauty after returning? A view, a special tree, even the clouds. I think desensitization goes...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 14,311
Posted By Mat
Cost of a better horn: $20. Cost of a loud...

Cost of a better horn: $20. Cost of a loud exhaust: $???

Just doesn't make any sense, and relying on either is just plain stupid anyways.

Reading those "sewing machine" and similar comments, I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 14,311
Posted By Mat
So you use your gas hand mainly to modulate the...

So you use your gas hand mainly to modulate the noise level?

I use it to control my speed and acceleration, seems a better use to me. I like to zip sometimes, and still have the possibility to be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 14,950
Posted By Mat
What is an ancient building? In some areas, every...

What is an ancient building? In some areas, every building can be considered ancient...

In Naples they did have some garbage disposal dispute. Considering that usually this business is run by the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,402
Posted By Mat
No, a hipster rather :evil

No, a hipster rather :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-30-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
Just thought about the same... Sounded to me like...

Just thought about the same... Sounded to me like a medieval noble defending the feudal system :eek1
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
In Switzerland they do. Sometimes in large road...

In Switzerland they do. Sometimes in large road blocks where they check everyone. They usually find a few burglars, maybe a stolen car and some drugs. Plus drunk drivers, and illegal modifications to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-16-2015, 03:28 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
I guess I did :shog Sorry about that. Probably...

I guess I did :shog
Sorry about that. Probably I spent too much time in the cartoon of the day thread

For some people this discussion is about profiling I guess. Still don't see what is so bad...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 05:26 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
Oh for god's sake stop that talk about tyrannical...

Oh for god's sake stop that talk about tyrannical governments in the US.You are far from that. Get your head out of your arse and look around in the world and get a perspective.

Motorcycle checks...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-14-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
:dunno Getting mighty defensive here, aren't...

:dunno
Getting mighty defensive here, aren't we?

Oh and thanks for your creative history lesson. Can't really say my grandparents saw much of yours except that one time yours accidentally bombed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-13-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
I am not talking about this. Rather about crying...

I am not talking about this. Rather about crying as soon as you get some of the medicine people in certain areas live with day in day out. In the same country. There are worse problems to cry...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-13-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 15,669
Posted By Mat
Interesting and amusing to read all the...

Interesting and amusing to read all the wannabe-anarchists and coat pocket lawyers shaping up their tinfoil hats :lol3

I think you have bigger threats to your freedom and liberty than roadside...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-13-2015, 03:40 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 29,772
Posted By Mat
To continue the side-topic, I would like to...

To continue the side-topic, I would like to mention some output numbers:

very large, modern windmill: 6 MW
normal, large windmill: 1 MW
average real output: 15-30% of theoretical max, due to too...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-12-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 29,772
Posted By Mat
I sure hope that this happens without the need of...

I sure hope that this happens without the need of blackouts and collapsing grids first...

A large part of energy-saving technology uses electricity, not only cars and bikes. Demand is only going...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2015, 03:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,239
Posted By Mat
Yeah I know, if you didn't do anything you don't...

Yeah I know, if you didn't do anything you don't have to worry, yadda yadda. Heard that before throughout history. That cameras reduce crime is highly disputed. Besides, CCTV has not much to do with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 699
Views: 150,652
Posted By Mat
Thanks for the Gripstud info. They look like they...

Thanks for the Gripstud info. They look like they are the same as the Aerostich studs (which seem to be the same as the Touratech ones...).

How is your pattern working out? I noticed that having...
Forum: Europe 01-09-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,359
Posted By Mat
I know, right? So many overlays to play with... ...

I know, right? So many overlays to play with...

And nice to meet some fellow map-nerds :1drink
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-09-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,677
Posted By Mat
Not to mention little annoyances like all these...

Not to mention little annoyances like all these opportunities to stub your toe on all these truly immovable little objects, hitting your head on a sharp metal corner at just that height, etc. In...
Forum: Europe 01-07-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,359
Posted By Mat
I still use classic Google Maps, mainly because...

I still use classic Google Maps, mainly because my computer can handle it better and also because they have undistorted satellite pictures.

Then again it also pays off using Google Earth for route...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2015, 02:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,239
Posted By Mat
I see the benefit, but why the sudden need? We...

I see the benefit, but why the sudden need? We rode for over a hundred years without and were mostly fine.

In my opinion the cost of ever increasing surveillance outweigh the rare or perceived...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2015, 02:36 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 29,772
Posted By Mat
Ever seen a football game (the one where they...

Ever seen a football game (the one where they play ball with their feet, not hands)*? Nothing happens and granted, sometimes the only thing you hear is the thump.......thump....... of the ball being...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-05-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,239
Posted By Mat
Yeah great, soon every step we take will be on a...

Yeah great, soon every step we take will be on a memory stick (and every not-quite-legal pass, et cetera). The lawyers rejoice.

These things should be banned and reserved for police.

:gerg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-28-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
The auto-dip could be faster I also think so. But...

The auto-dip could be faster I also think so. But still better than people forgetting every now and then, this leaves me blinded for quite a while. Maybe I am getting old.

Here we have lights on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-26-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
Volvo has it solved best imo. Lights - if on -...

Volvo has it solved best imo. Lights - if on - stay on until ignition is off. I never have to turn them off and don't have to think about them. They are on when the engine is on. If needed, they can...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-21-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
Didn't try to be negative. Sorry if it came over...

Didn't try to be negative. Sorry if it came over like that. However, do I understand correctly that you are trying to tell me that there is less space in US cities to build roundabouts than in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 26,435
Posted By Mat
Got off easy??? Yes she was stupid for stopping...

Got off easy??? Yes she was stupid for stopping there, but then her car was hit by a speeding biker who would have lost his driving license over here if he was caught speeding like that. He didn't go...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
In many parts of the world, including all of...

In many parts of the world, including all of Europe, it works just fine. Don't see why the US would be any different. People can look without stopping, no problem. Sometimes it is better to stop, if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 1,154
Views: 81,572
Posted By Mat
Well that was an amusing yet foreseeable turn in...

Well that was an amusing yet foreseeable turn in this thread :D

What did we learn? Apparently Harley sells at least 51% of all bikes larger than 900cc or something, and almost 100% of all bikes...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
hence right-of-way rules cost less than a four...

hence
right-of-way rules cost less than a four way stop. If I am not mistaken, those basically already exist anyways: The vehicle coming from the right has the right of way. Easier to handle, too....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,677
Posted By Mat
:nod ...

:nod
http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/traffic.html

The word is slowly being spread. I believe this principle can also be applied to many other areas of safety management.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-17-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 18,510
Posted By Mat
4-way stops are a stupid invention; roundabouts...

4-way stops are a stupid invention; roundabouts or simple right-of-way rules are more efficient and don't require constant stop-and-go.

Still have to stop! If one person just sails through, that...
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