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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotoMusicMark, Mar 26, 2010.
This should be a must-watch for every rider.
I relied only on the MSF course which did not really get into: 1) The more modern metrics (over the DR, KLR etc.) provide insufficient room to work easily and no extra length to wires and cables to manuever parts, even during basic maintenance. The adulation media hardly gets into it; never saw a review mentioning how to get to the V_strom's air cleaner. The service manual is NOT a substitute for motorcycle mechanic training. 2) Assume every intersection has loose gravel. 3) See https://advrider.com/f/threads/centerstand-getting-it-up.1345186/page-2#post-38393683
I would suggest this be modified to include "Assume every turn has loose gravel". At least out where I live. Not to mention road kill, pile of wet hay that fell off someone's wagon, horse crap, sticks 'n such.
Maybe you should re-read..."At least where I live".
There is gravel in turns on the way home that wasn't there in the morning when I went to work. Usually from someone dragging their trailer axles down into the ditch. Its not uncommon to come around a turn and find a pile of wet hay (wet from morning dew) that fell off someone's wagon. When the corn is up, every turn is a blind turn. I could go on, but that would just be a meaningless task of proving to you that I know my own roads where I live.
And where I live there is sometimes bull shit on the road. The last bull that crossed the road in front of me was a giant of an animal, that thing was huge.
Ah...used in that context...LOL! I've been lucky enough to not run into any bulls while on the bike. I did pass one up on the road a few years ago that made my Subaru look like a wind-up toy.
As someone who commutes daily through Amish farm country, yes sometimes there's actual bull shit on the road. You owe the man an apology.
Edit: or I owe you one...I just saw the clarification on the intended humor. I tip my hat.
Work on your bike out of your bumbag and until your comfortable you've got what you'll need in the bush, then close the bumbag and only open it in the bush.
Shed tools stay in the shed and vise versa.
Oh and get a good bumbag.
I like these https://www.kellyenduroproducts.com.au/
I like that, I guess I need to buy some more shed only tools.
I have a scooter so I use a shaving kit zippered bag for under the seat.
Now that the corn harvest has began in earnest here, there are actually piles of corn in most corners and intersections! Semi trucks spill it over the sides hauling it out to market, soy beans are next up!
Soy beans and solid fertilizer are the worst.
I would submit that liquid pig shit must be included on that list.
Ask me how I know.
Note to self; don't buy used riding gear from @PlainClothesHippy.
Not all liquid spraying from a huge sprinkler onto the road is water.
I got the liquid manure spray full blast on my motorcycle.
If you've ever played team sports, you probably have heard to term "keep your head in the game".
It definitely applies to motorcycle riding.
If behind a horse trailer and the horses tail raises, get the he'll put of dodge.
All jokes aside, get training, start with a smaller bike, start slow and build up your confidence. If your buddies like to Bar hop, either drink coffee at the stops or find new buddies. Have great respect for the bike, almost fear but not quite. Know you can kill or maim yourself or others by your neglect. But above all, enjoy the ride and represent what is good about motorcycling to others on the road.
Forget bar hopping.
Most important thing for noobs is not to ride with MaxWrist! See his YouTube channel if you don’t get it.