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Old 06-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #21631
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Gremlin bell. It's a device used by idiots to enhance the notion it's not their fault when they have to lay 'er down.
EPIC!

this has to be my all time favorite definition of the gremlin bell. work with a guy that managed a Harley shop for 10 years and he is still laughing his hind parts off.

thanks for the chuckle
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #21632
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Great report, Dave.

But... izzattacartire?

Sorry.

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Ha! Actually, technically the Spyder's rear OEM Kenda *is* a motorcycle tire, and not a car tire. That said, plenty of owners run car tires back there when time comes to replace it, there ain't much lean back there as you might imagine . I already replaced it with another OEM after 10K miles, so I might consider the "dark side" the next time around to try to eke out some more miles.

The fronts on these things, however, squish like mad in the turn. The Spyder's got a super-fancy traction control system (aka the "Nanny") to help "even out" the tendency to lift an inside wheel on a turn, adjusting braking and slip to keep you planted. I don't normally ride all that aggressively when two-up, but this past week I couldn't avoid it on the Dragon (the GF offered to let me ride alone after our passes but the road was already building up and we had a lunch to get to).

I'll just say that in two years of owning the bike, I *never* tripped the Nanny as much as I did riding two-up on the Dragon.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #21633
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However, here are the obligatory pics, so fail away, I'm at your mercy!




Are those the new Aerostich Chuck Taylor's you're wearing?
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #21634
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Are those the new Aerostich Chuck Taylor's you're wearing?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #21635
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. While it was awesome to be around a zillion other Spyders for the first time, there wasn't anything great about being BEHIND said Spyders, especially the ancient retirees trucking along on their RT's.


No wait, you drive a Spyder and down talk RTs? (Please note, "drive", not ride.) Too funny.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #21636
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Are those the new Aerostich Chuck Taylor's you're wearing?
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tcx-x-street-shoes

Very nice riding shoe. Not as protective as my big boots obviously, but protective enough since I don't have to put my feet down on the Spyder.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #21637
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No wait, you drive a Spyder and down talk RTs? (Please note, "drive", not ride.) Too funny.
What can I say? There's ALWAYS a pecking order.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #21638
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OK...not the Dragon and not Killboy, but credit is due for FAIL. OMFG...
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #21639
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Think about the direction the wheel is turning.........
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:44 PM   #21640
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Think about the direction the wheel is turning.........
Photoshop FTW!!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #21641
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Yeah photo shop for that one but there's a non shopped version of that pic and the chick is still that big. By herself that's gotta be over the bikes GVWR.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:39 PM   #21642
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Only one visible license plate in the group, and it's the same guy who still has turn signals. The other guys just might get to bring home a TN award, handwritten on a beautiful multipart paper form!
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Not all states require MCs to have turn signals. (only 18 states require them)

TN is one that does NOT require them.
That part is a violation, i am pretty sure he was stating that it just so happens to be the only guy who still has turn signals.
GapRunr worked up there for years and commuted daily, i would think he knows what is required on a motorcycle, he is in the motorcycle business too.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #21643
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This was my first rally, and I learned a valuable lesson within the first few hours: group rides are NOT for me. While it was awesome to be around a zillion other Spyders for the first time, there wasn't anything great about being BEHIND said Spyders, especially the ancient retirees trucking along on their RT's. I bought my Spyder because it's like taking an ATV onto pavement, it's unique fun in its own way and a great change of pace from riding two wheels. Alas, it's obvious many owners bought them because they're too infirm to ride two wheels-- and they're still afraid of *three*. Yeah, the Smokies scenery is nice, but I've got pretty mountains here at home, too-- what I *don't* have are those great roads, and I wanted to ride them, dagnabbit!
That's funny... I have an RS and feel the exact same way. I went to SypderFest in Cuba, Missouri two years ago and had more fun riding by myself. I was planning to go this year, but cancelled my reservations a few weeks before the event. I'm kinda pissed at BRP for turning it into an old man's bike, but I guess they have to chase the profits.

I'll keep my Spyder (and keep riding the shit out of it), but I don't foresee any more rallies.



FWIW, I actually do have a car tire on the rear of mine: Kumho AST 225/50 R15
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #21644
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http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tcx-x-street-shoes

Very nice riding shoe. Not as protective as my big boots obviously, but protective enough since I don't have to put my feet down on the Spyder.
Very cool. I'm known to downgrade the footwear too when I ride the hacks. Instead of riding boots, I just toss on the Red Wings.

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #21645
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Not all states require MCs to have turn signals. (only 18 states require them)

TN is one that does NOT require them.
So you're saying it's okay to hide your license plate as long as you remove the turn signals ?
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