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Old 11-04-2011, 09:30 AM   #3841
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Glad he is OK, but what the heck was he doing near the center line on a blind corner?

That road is wide enough to pass a full dresser completely across the center line going the other way. You really only need about 2' of pavement (center line of the bike to bar ends + a little for lean) In fact on the GAP, most places have a 2 foot apron outside the white line.

One of the problems here is we drive like we have exclusive ownership of half the pavement, legally maybe yes, but that can make you dead right. if you ride blind twisties, do yourself a favor, learn to ride the white line. In Europe you pass 7' wide opposing traffic on 10' wide roads all the time at speed, and if you lane split, what do you really need 3'-4'

Riding anywhere near the yellow around a blind corner will get you in trouble real fast. The white line is your friend!
Nowhere in tokyoklahoma's post did he say where the rider who got run off the road was in relation to the lane he was riding in. He said the two sumo riders were in his lane taking virtually the whole lane...eg:both tire tracks. Doesn't leave much room to safely pass...
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:38 AM   #3842
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the rider was obviously trying to "think outside the box" give credit where credit is due, dude!

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Perhaps he just got bored with the ride and decided it was time to "crash her down"?
Got it dude! So "crash her down" is the "new lay er down". What about "droppin out" or "giving up"?
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:33 AM   #3843
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Got it dude! So "crash her down" is the "new lay er down". What about "droppin out" or "giving up"?
I heard is was something like "Drop out and turn on".... no wait that's about something entirely different! Never mind.....


(not that I would have any personal knowledge of such matters you understand)
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:12 AM   #3844
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I haven't researched far enough ahead but have we decided that crossing the yellow line will get your picture on here no matter if you can see three curves ahead or not?
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:54 AM   #3845
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That would be a yes; the predominant opinion on this thread is that crossing over the double yellow (unless you are passing a Winnebago or a Pirate Barge) is considered bad riding form because you are artificially straightening out the road.

If you try to say that you were using "the racing line" you are a douchey squid. The only public roads where taking the racing line is good form are found on the Silver State 100, Pikes Peak, the IOM, and at the Ulster GP, and then only at certain times.

Truly, you should have known...
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:12 PM   #3846
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I heard is was something like "Drop out and turn on".... no wait that's about something entirely different! Never mind.....


(not that I would have any personal knowledge of such matters you understand)
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #3847
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I am unaware of a way to turn the "linking" of the brakes - I put on the front brake - it always activated the back brakes.

I have turned off the ABS before.

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What does linking have to do with stoppies?

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Old 11-04-2011, 12:49 PM   #3848
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What does linking have to do with stoppies?

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I just don't know. Maybe the linked brakes "settle" the suspension on a GS...? I do know that the back end of my bike has never left the ground under any braking I have done and I have braked many many times so hard the ABS cycled. Doing a stoppie is something I have never had the urge to do.

. Maybe I don't shift my body weight over the bars. If I could get it on the front wheel, I suspect that would be the end of BUBB -
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #3849
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I just don't know. Maybe the linked brakes "settle" the suspension on a GS...? I do know that the back end of my bike has never left the ground under any braking I have done and I have braked many many times so hard the ABS cycled. Doing a stoppie is something I have never had the urge to do.

. Maybe I don't shift my body weight over the bars. If I could get it on the front wheel, I suspect that would be the end of BUBB -
Gotcha, I was missing something. I thought you meant the linking "caused" stoppies. I think it is a bit harder on the telelever/paralever, but this is a function of a near total lack of front end dive. If you are used to traditional forks, making a telelever/paralever do a stoppie takes a little more work, and a lot more dedication and nerve! Once it starts to go up, the rear feels like it wont stop!

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:18 AM   #3850
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Now, back to the pictures....... Anybody?
I'm the rider of the GS in the photo under discussion. I've really enjoyed reading the speculation in the thread on the circumstances of the photo. To quote the late Paul Harvey, "Here's the rest of the story."

It was a beautiful fall morning when my friend Martin and I took off for a run of the Dragon before heading to Robbinsville and picking up Wayah Road to Franklin. There was very little traffic on 129 as we headed out, but we quickly caught up to an SUV slowly negotiating the curves.

As we slowly came around the curve in the photo background I noticed the Killboy photographers and rolled off the throttle to fall behind the SUV so it wouldn't spoil my photo opp. I believe the SUV driver became confused when they saw the photographers and slowed down too. Finally, they hit the brakes and came to a complete stop. I immediately hit my brakes and stopped, too.

Some comments on the speculation:

1. There was no stoppie involved. I don't do stoppies.I was moving less than 10 mph when I hit the brakes and the ABS did not activate.

2. Folks have said I have a "spooked" expression. Actually, "pissed" would be a more accurate description. At the time I was saying something like "You #$%&#ing @$$hole! Haven't you seen photographers on the Gap before!?!"

Anyway, it's a totally ugly photo. Thanks for immortalizing it on the forum. :-))

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:57 AM   #3851
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Mike,

Thanks for the explanation.

Now shut up on the "other roads" in the area.

There aren't any. Deal's Gap is the only twisty road for miles around. Might as well stay home.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:00 AM   #3852
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3 wide, and without crossing the double yellow!
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #3853
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3 wide, and without crossing the double yellow!
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That guy on the white one is gonna die! He's covering his front brake lever.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:31 AM   #3854
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Mike,

Thanks for the explanation.

Now shut up on the "other roads" in the area.

There aren't any. Deal's Gap is the only twisty road for miles around. Might as well stay home.
What he said

One of the roads I ride sucks big time, at least 500-600 corners (don't know who counted the GAP but 311 is VERY generous) and takes 30 minutes+ to ride mostly in 2nd gear! A total waste of HP (and tires). Oh, and did I mention NO traffic, even on weekends.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:40 AM   #3855
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quite a ruckus!

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I'm the rider of the GS in the photo under discussion.
Lots of arm chair speculators on this thread. Some of the theories were rather entertaining! The slide to ABS discussion...not so much.

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3 wide, and without crossing the double yellow!
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So what does the blue valve stem on the left bike denote...Kerosene?
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