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Old 10-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #4696
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front tire direction

Ed, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure you're running your front tire in the wrong direction. When mounted the tread pattern should be like an arrow pointing forward to disperse water, mud , sand etc. The way you have it mounted will cause all this debris to collect in the middle of the tire. Like I said, it's entirely possible that I'm completely wrong, just thought I'd throw that out there while you're on "vacation".
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #4697
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You can do a lot to minimize the odds, but there's still some factors you can't control. For me it's the damn animals that freak me out, you just can't predict the behaviour - a dog is one thing, it's make you feel bad, but a deer...it can make you and your motorcycle feel REALLY bad.

When time comes to replace your helmet, consider a white one. Everytime I'm riding in a group, I can pick out the guys with white helmets above all the other riders. Something about a white dot moving against a background, really catches your eye, and that's what you want - to be seen.
Indeed - there is even a 2007 New Zealand study that concluded: "Riders wearing a plain white helmet rather than a black one were associated with a 24% lower risk of suffering a motorcycle accident injury or death." More importantly, "drivers wearing any reflective or fluorescent clothing had a 37% lower risk."
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #4698
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I think his front tire is mounted the way Heidenau recommends... It looks backward compared to what you'd typically see on a 4x4 because the front is setup stopping traction, where as the rear is for forward traction. My E07's were mounted the same way but I was also told it looked backwards a few times.

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Old 10-11-2013, 04:12 PM   #4699
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...the tread pattern should be like an arrow pointing forward to disperse water, mud , sand etc....
totally depends on the tire, my street ride directional tread the arrow faces backwards.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #4700
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Ed, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure you're running your front tire in the wrong direction. When mounted the tread pattern should be like an arrow pointing forward to disperse water, mud , sand etc. The way you have it mounted will cause all this debris to collect in the middle of the tire. Like I said, it's entirely possible that I'm completely wrong, just thought I'd throw that out there while you're on "vacation".
I usually look at the tire direction after it is mounted to confirm the shop did it correctly. I am pretty sure I did this in Finland, but I wouldn't bet my life on it. I will double check it when I return to the moto next spring
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:56 PM   #4701
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Indeed - there is even a 2007 New Zealand study that concluded: "Riders wearing a plain white helmet rather than a black one were associated with a 24% lower risk of suffering a motorcycle accident injury or death." More importantly, "drivers wearing any reflective or fluorescent clothing had a 37% lower risk."
Good info
I want my next helmet to look like a disco ball
Now wouldn't that be cool
And safe
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:32 PM   #4702
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Awesome ride report

Just got done reading all 314 pages in my spare time over the last few weeks, I sure have enjoyed your travels, great writing and perspective on traveling, I mostly enjoy your honesty and adventurous spirit, I want to Thank you for the inspiration. Safe travels sir, From another "not a BMW guy"
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #4703
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Just got done reading all 314 pages in my spare time over the last few weeks, I sure have enjoyed your travels, great writing and perspective on traveling, I mostly enjoy your honesty and adventurous spirit, I want to Thank you for the inspiration. Safe travels sir, From another "not a BMW guy"
I was in Belgrade a couple of Weeks ago. It was raining and I was killing time with some of my fellow roommates in the hostel. I was showing them my RR and it was the first time in recent time that I went back and reviewed what I had posted. A lot of the things seemed like a different life ago. And I was even surprised myself how much I have accomplished and all the different adventures I had been on. And I have a lot more ahead of me.
Thanks for riding along with me
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #4704
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Good info
I want my next helmet to look like a disco ball
Now wouldn't that be cool
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Only $305 and it is DOT approved! (Girl and matching jacket are extra....)

(I just knew someone would have done it.....)
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #4705
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Only $305 and it is DOT approved! (Girl and matching jacket are extra....)

(I just knew someone would have done it.....)
God that is funny
And I thought it was my original idea.
But I love it
I wonder if they make a full face version?
And I doubt it would fit as well as my Shoei.
If I was wearing one and someone did run me over, at least they could see the look on their own face as they killed me
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:41 AM   #4706
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Ed, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure you're running your front tire in the wrong direction. When mounted the tread pattern should be like an arrow pointing forward to disperse water, mud , sand etc. The way you have it mounted will cause all this debris to collect in the middle of the tire. Like I said, it's entirely possible that I'm completely wrong, just thought I'd throw that out there while you're on "vacation".
All motorcycle tires are supposed to be mounted like that.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #4707
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Keep up the great work, Ed...
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:30 AM   #4708
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I flew out of Europe and ended the Europe leg when I did to celebrate Kathe's birthday in Lima.
Here we are at dinner



So how old is she now that she has had a birthday??
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:39 AM   #4709
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So how old is she now that she has had a birthday??
She is now one year older than she was last week.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #4710
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Lima Peru

Lima is a crazy place.
It is located between 10 to 15 degrees south of the equator but it is cold here.
It's jacket weather.
And I haven't seen the sun yet. It is almost always cloudy.
But just a few miles inland, it is hot and sunny.
Kind of like June gloom in Southern California.
But we are planning to head somewhere hot and sunny next week.
Somewhere with warm water to play in and some white sand to lie on.
And I can't wait.
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