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Old 05-04-09, 04:51 PM   #151
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They also seemed to think ABS was the Man's Plot to Wrest Control of Our Motorcycles from Us. I told them to take it up with BMW, Honda, Yamaha and all the other major manufacturers..
I'm, with you on this one. Studies have proved that no one, not even experienced racers, can stop a motorcycle as fast in the wet without ABS as with ABS. For dry weather, well, non-ABS bikes win, not by much, when an expert rider is on board.

I ride all winter long, even in the rain, and I won't have my daily rider be anything other than ABS equipped.

As far as being safe, I think you and most other bicycle riders have a big edge over non-bicycle riding motorcyclists. Once you get to the point of being proficient in the number one motorcycle physical survival skill, swerving, then you add braking, it then all comes down to situational awareness and good judgment. Experienced bicyclists have an edge in that regard.

Speaking of skills, let me show you just how great my motorcycle skills are.

Here my “friends” can’t stop laughing and taking pictures long enough so they can help pull me out after I showed how not to ride in deep mud.

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Here my “friends” can’t stop laughing and taking pictures long enough so they can help pull me out after I showed how not to ride in deep mud.

I love this pic !!!
I had the exact same thing happen on my DR650 in Tremont Pa.
I dropped the bike though. completely submerged the right side !
What sucked, literally and figuratively, was when my boots filled with
muck I couldnt pick them up out of the mire to remount the bike !!
My friends did come to my rescue by laffing hysterically and snapping pics
to put up on a public dr650 site though, great bunch that they were
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My friends did come to my rescue by laffing hysterically and snapping pics
to put up on a public dr650 site though, great bunch that they were
Friends, I guess you just gotta love them
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I burned a clutch on an old Yamaha 600 doing that. Took a couple of 4 wheelers to get me unstuck.
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It's actually not that easy to detect when a motorcycle has finished making a turn and. With a car, you can have a switch in the steering column that detects when the wheel is turned back to center after making the turn, and switch off the turn signals then. But a motorcycle doesn't turn the front wheel very far or in the same direction of the turn (except at low speeds, when it does). There is no easy way to tell if the rider has made a turn and straightened up again.
+1.

I live and commute in the twisties and I usually have a series of corners immediately before a turn onto another road. It would drive me crazy if my signals self-cancelled. I like having full control over it.
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You know, it never occurred to me that self-cancelling turn directionals might be tough to engineer for a motorcycle. But some bikes do have them. I wonder how well they work in real life?
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My Aprilia Scarabeo 500 maxi-scooter has self-cancelling turn signals whereas the Suzuki DR 650 does not. The Aprilia signals cancel 300 feet after completing the turn. I usually turn them off manually before then. Just a habit I got into over the years riding a variety of motorcycles that required manual cancellation of the turn signals.
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another truth of life BMW motorcycles suck a%%
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Old 05-04-09, 09:32 PM   #159
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You know, it never occurred to me that self-cancelling turn directionals might be tough to engineer for a motorcycle. But some bikes do have them. I wonder how well they work in real life?
My BMW ones worked as a function of movement and time. Stopped, they stayed on forever, moving they canceled after X amount of time.
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motorcycles are just bicycles for lazy people

That maybe true. But in my case as a USA Cycling official and motor ref, motorcycling helps pay for my cycling AND maintenance on my Ducati.
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You know, it never occurred to me that self-cancelling turn directionals might be tough to engineer for a motorcycle. But some bikes do have them. I wonder how well they work in real life?
They blink 15 times on a straightaway and then they turn off.
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I typically spend more hours on my bicycle than on my motorcycle in a week, and my motorcycle is my main commuter.
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I never forget to turn off the turn signals on my bicycle.
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I never forget to turn off the turn signals on my bicycle.
One of these days, you'll be riding along and realize that you've had your arm hanging out for six miles.

Later that day, you'll give in and buy the AARP team jersey that they've been bothering you about.
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What if he is turning right?
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Later that day, you'll give in and buy the AARP team jersey that they've been bothering you about.
After I crush you, I will feed your fragmentary remains to my dog Sam. He will vomit them and eat his own upchuck, which is the very definition of sloppy seconds.
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You will lose a finger to x's wonderbeard in your failed crushing attempt. Sam is too nice of a dog to eat x136. Chipcom is not.
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One of these days, you'll be riding along and realize that you've had your arm hanging out for six miles.

Later that day, you'll give in and buy the AARP team jersey that they've been bothering you about.

I am worried this may be a frightening prophecy, given that I have started to receive emails from AARP about joining.
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You can buy them new....I really like them too.

I've thought about it for some time and this is most likely going to be my next (2nd) bike. I love it.
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You know, it never occurred to me that self-cancelling turn directionals might be tough to engineer for a motorcycle. But some bikes do have them. I wonder how well they work in real life?
The ones on my BMW do the right thing about 85% of the time. The other 15% they turn off too early. Maybe I should stop looking before I make lane changes.
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Chipcom is hot.
Not my type.
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Not my type.
Wait. Then how is he the mother of all Freds....with you being the daddy of all Freds..?
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Wait. Then how is he the mother of all Freds....with you being the daddy of all Freds..?
Don't you have a bong to smoke?
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Don't you have a bong to smoke?
Seriously?? I mean, really??? You honestly think that I do drugs?

*facepalm*
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Seriously?? I mean, really??? You honestly think that I do drugs?

*facepalm*
I was hoping for the best. That's what I did.

And look at me now.

Whoah.

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