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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 08:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,377
Posted By High Country Herb
Whatever you use, make sure it is stored in the...

Whatever you use, make sure it is stored in the top luggage. Otherwise Murphy's Law will have the bike lying on whichever side case the gear is in.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By High Country Herb
Police hold events like that. Just like they...

Police hold events like that. Just like they invite civilians to participate in firearm competitions, they might do the same for the cones course.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 998
Posted By High Country Herb
I find bubbly water helpful to my stomach, which...

I find bubbly water helpful to my stomach, which is plentiful in Europe.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-21-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By High Country Herb
Start as far north on Hwy 49 as you can....

Start as far north on Hwy 49 as you can. Exploring Hwy 88/89 is good. Right at the intersection of the two, the 4x4 trail up to Burnside Lake is pretty cool. If you have time to kill, you could run...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-20-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,459
Posted By High Country Herb
I think brass counts as one of the fall colors,...

I think brass counts as one of the fall colors, doesn't it?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-20-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,459
Posted By High Country Herb
That would be the best weekend for Kimberly and...

That would be the best weekend for Kimberly and I, though we're in the "maybe" camp. It is close enough that we may just come up for the day if we can't do the whole weekend.
Forum: Americas 09-19-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By High Country Herb
Most airlines allow you to have a small carry-on...

Most airlines allow you to have a small carry-on suitcase, as well as a personal item (backpack). I would pack the gear in the suitcase, and carry the helmet in the backpack.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 901
Posted By High Country Herb
I was enjoying Motorcycle Escape (a quarterly...

I was enjoying Motorcycle Escape (a quarterly magazine from Motorcyclist Magazine), but I haven't been able to find it on the news stand for some time.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,210
Posted By High Country Herb
Yeah, people recommend getting a cheap bike to...

Yeah, people recommend getting a cheap bike to start with because you are sure to tip it over on the dirt at some point, and most people don't have money to burn crashing an expensive bike. If you...
Forum: Americas 09-16-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 867
Posted By High Country Herb
Maybe its just my area (California). There are...

Maybe its just my area (California). There are always some for sale at auto swap meets: $2000 or more for a restored one, and $1000 minimum for a rusty incomplete one that doesn't run.

Some of the...
Forum: Americas 09-16-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 867
Posted By High Country Herb
Everyone wants one. That's why they sell for more...

Everyone wants one. That's why they sell for more than an XL600. They are collector's items at this point.

What is the highest cruising speed on those things anyway, about 60 mph? That should be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By High Country Herb
Well, not directly. If interest is piling onto...

Well, not directly. If interest is piling onto the debt, not paying it off costs something. Probably less than the summer/winter difference, but the psychological boost from knocking out a big chunk...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 5,410
Views: 303,127
Posted By High Country Herb
Although I've dished out plenty of challenge to...

Although I've dished out plenty of challenge to bicyclists on this thread, I don't know about this one. I like the way bike lanes are rock solid right-of-ways in Amsterdam, and tend to consider it...
Forum: Americas 09-15-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By High Country Herb
Make sure the state you register the bike in does...

Make sure the state you register the bike in does not have annual inspections. California doesn't, but I'm not sure if they are all the same. I wouldn't want you to have to ship it back east to get...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,384
Posted By High Country Herb
You live at Knott's Berry Farm? ...

You live at Knott's Berry Farm?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Knott's+Berry+Farm/@33.8444123,-117.9987613,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80dd295ff57f78a3:0xae8e394e901e3055?hl=en
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By High Country Herb
I would fix the brake lever so you don't have to...

I would fix the brake lever so you don't have to talk about it. Considering the low speed nature of your drops, you might start calling them "tip-overs". It seems the sport bike crowd calls low...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,384
Posted By High Country Herb
We're still trying to find Camp Snoopy...

We're still trying to find Camp Snoopy...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By High Country Herb
Yup, you can do weekend camping trips in the...

Yup, you can do weekend camping trips in the Sierra. There are tons of trails up near the Rubicon trial, near Downieville, or one of the other passes between Yosemite and Tahoe.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By High Country Herb
The chain may just need adjustment. Most likely,...

The chain may just need adjustment. Most likely, the tools you need are in the kit under the seat. If not, you should be able to find them at Walmart or something.

No need to get the wheel off the...
Forum: Americas 09-15-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By High Country Herb
Prices are about in that range out here in...

Prices are about in that range out here in California too. Motels are higher out here, though, so KOA begins to look like a better deal. They are generally a mile or two outside of town, so not very...
Forum: Americas 09-15-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By High Country Herb
I'm no expert, but one key piece is having an...

I'm no expert, but one key piece is having an address to list as your "residence" where the state will send the registration documents. It can't be a post office box, either.

Different states have...
Forum: Americas 09-15-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 739
Posted By High Country Herb
Cameron's English Pub in Half Moon Bay, CA. ...

Cameron's English Pub in Half Moon Bay, CA.

What could be better than a room upstairs from an English pub/restaurant with a HUGE selection of beer? They even have a double decker bus as a smoking...
Forum: Americas 09-14-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 739
Posted By High Country Herb
Doc & Al's Resort near Bridgeport, CA. Each...

Doc & Al's Resort near Bridgeport, CA.

Each room is a one - room cabin with a kitchen. Within walking distance of Buckeye Hot Springs.
Forum: Americas 09-14-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By High Country Herb
Kind of cool, with The slight fish eye effect. ...

Kind of cool, with The slight fish eye effect.

Looks like a great trip.
Forum: Americas 09-14-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By High Country Herb
That BMW didn't come with an air conditioned...

That BMW didn't come with an air conditioned suit?

Just kidding. Give it a couple of weeks, and the temps will be dropping. Another month, and you'll need an extra layer at the top of the pass.
Forum: Americas 09-12-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By High Country Herb
I'm not sure what time I'll be back in Sonora...

I'm not sure what time I'll be back in Sonora Sunday, but pm me if you're going to make it to Standard Pour and maybe we can meet for a beer. Monday I'm booked.
Forum: Americas 09-12-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By High Country Herb
True, but that hasn't been the recent trend. Here...

True, but that hasn't been the recent trend. Here are the recent close/open dates for recent history:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/clsdlst.htm
Forum: Americas 09-11-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By High Country Herb
Each pass is different. 120 is stark, with...

Each pass is different.

120 is stark, with sharp granite peaks and high elevation lakes. Amazing ride, especially on a long legged bike like that. Near the intersection with Hwy 395, the Whoa...
Forum: Americas 09-11-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 570
Posted By High Country Herb
Since you have nearly 3 weeks, I would consider...

Since you have nearly 3 weeks, I would consider doing 3 different areas.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-11-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By High Country Herb
Damn. Am I becoming like Klay?

Damn. Am I becoming like Klay?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-11-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By High Country Herb
That is a really cool sporting goods store. Only...

That is a really cool sporting goods store. Only place I've ever seen an indoor ferris wheel. I think it is spelled Scheels, though.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-11-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By High Country Herb
The steam train runs from Carson City to Virginia...

The steam train runs from Carson City to Virginia City. A bunch from the Steampunk Ball (yes, some weekend as the Ferrari Hill Climb :cry) take it out and back for fun. I've never done it because I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,402
Posted By High Country Herb
I went to a trials bike event, and a number of...

I went to a trials bike event, and a number of the bikes were electric. I think all of the course was within about a mile of camp, though, so I couldn't say how good their range was.
Forum: Americas 09-11-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 570
Posted By High Country Herb
The desert will be much cooler by then. The...

The desert will be much cooler by then.

The Central Sierras would be another good destination. Lots of good roads/trails to explore in the National Forests of California. The drought has caused a...
Forum: Europe 09-11-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,051
Posted By High Country Herb
Some good information here. My wife and I will be...

Some good information here. My wife and I will be making a similar trip as part of a month in the UK in 2015, including race week on the Isle of Man.

I'm glad to hear that there are so many B&B...
Forum: Europe 09-11-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,432
Posted By High Country Herb
It is actually fun to see the Russian written...

It is actually fun to see the Russian written language again, even if I can't read it. I can always use Google Translate I suppose.

My wife and I hosted a Russian foreign exchange student here in...
Forum: Americas 09-11-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By High Country Herb
I don't know about the northern parts, but all of...

I don't know about the northern parts, but all of the Sierra passes are typically open by Memorial Day. In can be later in heavy snow years, but we haven't seen that in a while.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-10-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,292
Posted By High Country Herb
Actually, in a study published in 2008,...

Actually, in a study published in 2008, researchers found that motorcycle riders in head on collisions that jumped at the last second fared better than those who hit the oncoming vehicle directly....
Forum: Face plant 09-10-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,404
Posted By High Country Herb
All I can say is if I ever crash I hope someone...

All I can say is if I ever crash I hope someone as smart as the OP is first on the scene.

Good job!
Forum: Americas 09-10-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By High Country Herb
If there is still snow on Hwy 395 when you do...

If there is still snow on Hwy 395 when you do your trip, a good alternative heading north is Hwy 49 along the western Sierra. You could follow it all the way up to 88 or 50 (whichever has the best...
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