Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Great analysis. Thanks for the recap.

    My bet is that with a bit more time on the bike you would have just flattracked that sucker right around the corner.

    Have you ever read Twist of the Wrist Vol II by Keith Code? It is one of the Survival Responses that get motorcyclists in trouble. They are hard to over come!!!

    I have a copy and you are welcome to borrow it. It is a great book and is an easy read, although Keith is a better rider and teacher than writer.

    I actually found this on line...but if you find this book useful you should buy it or at least send Keith some money....

    http://files.meetup.com/1510087/A Twist of the Wrist II.pdf


    Ric
  2. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    No, that wasn't my point. I guess you seem ride with a lot of "joie de vivre" and that seems to attract a lot of po-po attention. I was wondering if perhaps there was more to that ticket than you had let on. :wink:

    I know. We've all observed your kind offer to help other riders with their bikes. That is one of the things I love about this community too. I'm a firm believer in Karma and doing the right thing by others too.

    No being offended easily is a good thing. Being able to accept other's opinions honestly is great here too. I've never met you other than thru your posting here, but would like to someday. However, just because we are a forum of fellow riders doesn't mean that everyone here holds hands and sings Kumbaya all the time. We are all very different people, who just happen to all like bikes, and getting dirty from time to time. :D

    So for you to understand me, please realize I've only seen your posts for the last month, and you've had 3 interactions with the police already. Twice (your return trip from NC, and yesterday after the accident) you were treated VERY NICELY. One incident, not so much. I just have numerous friends who are police officers, some of whom are members of this forum. Sure there are bad ones out there, and everyone has a bad day, but by and large they are incredible people doing a very difficult job. But with two police stops and one accident in 30 days, resulting in only one ticket, I think you should be very happy with how you've been treated. I was written once for "Failure to Maintain Control", while I was in the ambulance getting treated. Single vehicle, motorcycle high side, no-one and no other property damaged. Just a broken scapula and 4 broken ribs, .... and a ticket. There was no sense in pleading not guilty to that in court. :rofl

    I'm not trying to tell you how to ride, but just giving you a little honest outside perspective from another rider.

    Maybe we can meet up at Poe's some Sunday. I'd like to see that Ninja of yours. I also hope you heal quickly and are back on the bike soon.

    jeff
  3. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    Anyone with a longer ladder e.g. 24' willing to help a brother out that is afraid of roofs? The cap for my chimney blew off last night. I found it in the front yard this morning when walking the dog. I have a 16' ladder that is sufficient for getting on the roof but I'm not sure if you can reach the top of the chimney from there. Top of the chimney isn't much higher than the peak of the roof of my brick rancher.

    I have a personal problem with getting on roofs that cause them to scare the poo out of me. I used to be OK with them but a ride on tar paper off of one and a little titanium later and they freak me out.

    If I get any volunteers who are willing to place the cap back on the chimney and tighten the 4 bolts that are supposed to clamp it in place, I'm sure some form of compensation could be arranged. :beer

    On another note, I rode the DL to work this morning since my car is at the shop for state inspection. I swear I won't ride it on 64/95 downtown anymore. Every time there is a traffic jam. Took almost an hour to travel the 12 miles to work this morning. nothing like doing the slow race on the highway for several miles.
  4. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    Man, I feel your pain. My commute sucked this morning too! As I was walking up the stairs from the kitchen to my office, I had to swerve around something my wife had left on the steps. I wish there was some kind of traffic copter that could warn me of these things. I would have left the kitchen earlier. Oh well, the joys of home officing. Sigh.

    :hide
  5. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    You kid, but I'll put the suggestion out now that you own a connie. You are going to buy a vstrom one day.:rofl
  6. toddzacker

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    Pretty good Rick...I would normally pile on, but I actually had to travel to Roanoke this morning. In eventful just like I like it.

    I won't mention the bullshit if I head to VB for work...
  7. Guy Young

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    Hig, I had the same problem earlier this morning. I was damn near run down by an errant D606 as it plowed it's way through my side gate. Rest of the "commute" to the garage was pretty uneventful... just having to step over some small twigs that came down last night.

    Scary.

    :lol3

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  8. toddzacker

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    Jeremy-
    I have a 20' & 40' ladder but no way to get it to you from Williamsburg. If some one does not pony up, I have a buddy in RVA that might be able to help you out.
  9. JHVA

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    A bit of very sad news. Charles Peters a long time Richmond BMW Riders Member/Club Officer slipped and fell hitting his head in the shower while vacationing in the Keys. Charles was talking in the ambulance on his way to the hospital in Miami but had a lot of internal bleeding and slipped in to a coma.Charles passed away in his sleep Tuesday night. Details on his service will be posted soon.
  10. Guy Young

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    That is sad John. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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  11. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    There, but for the grace of god, go any of us. This is so sad. I hope the Richmond riding community rallies to support the family.
  12. Dirtmonkey8

    Dirtmonkey8 VA is for Riders

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    Wow. Quite a bit of bad news as I catch up on the RIC chatter this morning. BB, I hope you heal well and quickly. I am sorry for the fellow who slipped in the shower and my condolences to his family and friends.

    I have a ladder and I can help you, but not until Saturday. I just looked at the weather forecast and it is showing flurries Friday and light rain Sunday morning. I guess you will be trying to get it back on today before the weather changes tomorrow, but if that does not work out let me know. Please make sure that I will be able to reach the top of the chimney from the roof and be able to get the cap back on there. What is the cap made of? Copper, sheet metal...?? Maybe a picture of the cap and of the chimney/roof so I can see if I can handle it by myself, etc.
  13. tg4360

    tg4360 Misfit Toy

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    Fight it. Go into court with witnesses and documentation that it is a perfectly valid riding technique and that in fact, as you stated it would probably be UN-safe to ride a sharp edged bump (Like typical crappy city pavement) with the seat weighted.

    Point out that riding a motorcycle on rough ground is very much like riding a horse and you wouldn't sit a horse at a gallop.

    When you get a chance to question the officer, ask him what HIS riding experience is on motorcycles and what he based is idea that you were "willfully and wantonly disregarding safety".

    TG

    (I HATE cops that don't know what the heck they are talking about)
  14. tg4360

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    There you go. Get your hands on some MSF teaching material that shows it as a valid technique or even better if you could get an MSF instructor in as a witness.

    TG
  15. tg4360

    tg4360 Misfit Toy

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    Notice that it says " ONLY ride" on the seat.

    The answer to this is to point out that the legislative intent of the law is to keep people from riding on the handlebars or the fenders, not that the rider needs to keep his butt in the seat at all times.

    I need to read through all the rest of this to keep from having to clutter up things with a dozen replies. Sorry guys.

    TG
  16. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    PM me your address and what time you would like me to show up.
  17. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    Railroads tracks at VCU? :scratch damn :lol2 they must be patrolling VUU too :lol2


    heal fast BB
  18. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    Anybody interested in the 10k in April? I'm trying to get motivated to do it and hopefully lose 20lbs.. looking for like minded folks in similar state of disrepair to meet up once a week for moral support, Sat or Sunday morning. I like Henricus down here in Chester, 5 mile loop, flat, wooded, follows the old river channel. We can mix the locations up.

    Many of you already know how old/fat I am. Throw in gimpy knees so there's no illusions of burning up the course. At this point I'd be happy to run the whole thing.
  19. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    I probably really need to do this. Maybe the old group accountability thing is what I need. I'm fat and have the bad knees too. You are probably still faster than me. I never regained the muscle I lost 10 years ago after breaking my leg and being on crutches for 8 months. I have to ask though, are we going to trade Friday RTE for SAT/SUN walk/run to eat (henceforth known as W/RTE)? I short circuited the food discussion because we all know ADV would within 4 posts turn exercise into a discussion about food.:D
  20. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Long timer

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    Being that you live a mile from me, I'll jog and throw-up with you...I have been working out hard for months now but I am still soft and can't run due to my fondness for meat and cookies. I have lost ZERO pounds but at least I am down 4 holes on my belt and up one size on my jacket! Nonetheless, I still can't run worth a crap without wanting to puke!
    Thanks for the push! I need more jogging and less :dg and :dutch