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Old 04-28-2012, 12:04 AM   #326
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I'm seeing some rain in the morning and dying off in the afternoon.


Either way I am looking forward to a great ride with a group of great guys.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #327
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Haha, that's why he's getting..

Yes! I personally have always wanted one of the little guys, but he just placed his order through Soldotna Honda two days ago and it should be here in a few weeks.
Yeah they look pretty cool and tons of aftermarket for them. Would be cool to have one to commute to work. I don't go over 45 with the route I take anyway.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #328
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AK leather is having a swap meet in their parking lot today. Motorcycle related stuff only.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:50 PM   #329
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I continue to play this weather by ear, as you experienced guys know, the weather down the arm can get pretty raw with the skies looking like this. I am still game but want to hear from the group what your call is on today's ride. I am good to delay this until tomorrow or soldier through today, either way is good for me. Let me hear from you.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:03 PM   #330
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Weather is calling to clear up in the afternoon. I have family pictures at 11 so maybe we can push it back to 1-2ish.

Would like to do it today as I have church and family time tomorrow. And then I leave Wed till the 19th on a tdy to wake island.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:18 PM   #331
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Sounds good to me, I will push it back till 2 pm. There is a clear band moving this way at a good clip so that will work out nicely.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:38 PM   #332
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So 2pm at casa de nomad?

Sonny and Phil, you guys gonna make it?
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #333
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They will be here. I am just watching the Moto GP qualifying waiting on you folks. Dynamite session BTW, come on if you are ready. We'll hang and drink up some Red Bull.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:00 PM   #334
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Deal. Gearing up now.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #335
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Bullwinkle went riding with us.



Here he is all tucked in making vroom vroom sounds.


It was a fun but chilly ride today.


Looking forward to the next one on a warmer day.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:16 PM   #336
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New tires = sketchy rode up hatchers and it was a tit bit nipply.

I am super comfortable on right turns but left turns make me a bit nervous. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:38 PM   #337
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^^^ practice. Find a nice empty parking lot and just work on your turns, by empty i mean clean too lol. nothing more fun than a low speed slip/drop/oops
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:26 AM   #338
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New tires = sketchy. I am super comfortable on right turns but left turns make me a bit nervous. Any suggestions?
Suggestions, hmmmm, yeah…..stay away from me!

Nah, man, you should get some videos and take the rider courses. A beginner course for sure and then move up to the advanced when you are competent on everything you need to learn at the beginning level. Some folks may let their ego get involved and say….I don't need a beginner course….I've been riding so and so for years…. Well, I'd say forget that. The price of that course is much less than your inevitable first hospital bill from the fall you are going to have.

One of the main things I see people do is ride with their vision too close in to the bike. You need to be looking WAY down the road but maintain complete awareness with what is going on around you at all times. I suspect you are not cranking your head around enough to get a clear view of where you are actually going. Your line is going to follow your vision. You will ride towards what you are looking at.

Some complain that I ride too fast, but I generally don't have issues (1 ticket in tens of thousands of miles on a bike in the last decade). I never complain that people ride too slow when I am out with them but there are minimum limits. I want everyone to be safe and stay at their comfort level. I do ride aggressively and offensively staying out of harm's way. I stay safe, fluid and never approach limits on the street. I have my way, it works for me and has for years. You have to make that machine an extension of you, it has to come naturally, it isn't something you fake and that only comes with hundreds of hours of seat time.

Take your time. Get proper instruction from certified personnel. The life you save may be your own.

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:38 AM   #339
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I passed cycle safety in 2007. I rode maybe 4000 miles last year on my fzr600 trouble free. Idk what it is but this cbr scares me a bit and it's getting to my head. Not making my mileage seem like a lot of experience but I had more confidence on the fzr. The first bike I rode was a ninja 250 for a few summers. The cbr is a different style.

I practice a bit just shifting my weight at slow speeds and getting a feel for it. I just can't seem to fall into harmony as quick on this as I did the fzr :/

Nomad I'd seriously consider some pointers and be willing to come to anc and take a cruise and lmk what you think. I love sport bikes but I love to just take it easy. I feel as if I'm really just missing something minor. I'm man enough to say a 600 cbr is crazy fast and I wanna make sure I ride right and ride safe.

Last thing I wanna do is endanger anyone or myself

I often see myself panning close to the bike and then looking further ahead. I do try and look through a corner and lean a bit to make sure my balance is correct. I've been working at viewing ahead. My struggle is knowing the roads and what to anticipate, my minor experience tells me slow and true.

Long story short. I mostly ride with E and I wanna get some pointers from some safe riders who dont want me push thea limits and tell me what I'm doing wrong. I love.power sports and sold my fzr because it scared me. This cbr is way faster but I don't wanna die and I don't wanna screw up eventually i'll crash cause it happens, but to me theres a high on a machine you'll never reach on something else that keeps me wanting to get this right

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Old 04-29-2012, 11:25 AM   #340
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Watching the race this morning as I type this, I have a bit of time to respond to you Greenspeed.

The FZR (I don't know what year it was) is a much less complicated bike than the CBR (don't know what year that one is either…It would help me to know both bikes' release dates). Yamahas are inherently stable and rider friendly chassis wise. Hondas have always been solid performers but have been more motor focused than handling focused. AS a general rule, Hondas are good at changing direction in a point and shoot fashion, whereas a Yamaha is a much more forgiving chassis that does everything well. Every Yamaha I have ever ridden has been rock solid stable in the really fast sweepers but retains a light nimble feel in tight corners for mid-turn corrections. So many other factors come into play too; variables like tire brand, compound and life…weight bias, suspension settings, bar and peg position, etc.

You need to learn to trust your instincts. If you are sensing something isn't right with the CBR, listen to what your senses are telling you. Is the frame cracked? Has the bike been down? Did you buy it used? What was the maintenance from the previous owner? How many prior owners did it have? Is there chatter? Has the suspension been serviced? Any and all of these things could be issues. It could very well be a rider issue but it could very well be another unseen issue.



I will reiterate again, a basic rider safety course would be of benefit to you. Many times returning to basics will reveal a new found insight of where you are off. There is no better "instructor" than when you get it yourself. You are not the same rider that you were the first time you took the course. Use what experience you have to go revisit the lesson with a fresh perspective. My best advice to you is to follow through on this. There are lessons in that course that they don't teach but you need a solid foundation before you are able to fathom the advanced and higher level lessons that follow.

"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. For the vision of one man lends not it's wings to another man. And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth." Kahil Gibran


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Old 04-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #341
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Long story short. I mostly ride with E and I wanna get some pointers from some safe riders who dont want me push thea limits and tell me what I'm doing wrong. I love.power sports and sold my fzr because it scared me. This cbr is way faster but I don't wanna die and I don't wanna screw up eventually i'll crash cause it happens, but to me theres a high on a machine you'll never reach on something else that keeps me wanting to get this right
Practice - Practice - Practice!!!
If you want -- I have a DVD rider course called Ride Like a Pro V you are welcome to borrow. I just have to get it from Mavrik. Let me know. It was sure helpful in me learning to better handle my 900lb Goldwing.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:46 PM   #342
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Everyone here should watch that and make it a part of their video library. Our season is short and intense. We spend half a year off the bike and then try to get out & ride under sometimes less than ideal conditions because we are amped to go. Our skill set is rusty in the poor early season conditions, cars aren't looking for you and it is a recipe for disaster. If you ride year round, it is one thing…I wouldn't say own it. But if you are an Alaskan rider, you should own it and watch it yearly…at least. A really nice offer there BJ.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #343
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Let me know when you want to ride into town & we can putt around. Most pointers I can give are just from my own experience.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:58 PM   #344
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Let me know when you want to ride into town & we can putt around. Most pointers I can give are just from my own experience.
I'd really appreciate that. I was going to try and commute a bit on it but I'm questing it solely on traffic and my comfort level on a bike in traffic.
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First reported accident of the year? I like the fact that the ALL parties were wearing their seat belts.

http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-couple...,3596119.story

Couple Seriously Injured After Car Hits Their Motorcycle

By Matthew Simon and Bronwyn Saito
Channel 2 News
6:05 p.m. AKDT, April 29, 2012

Wasilla, AK— A Wasilla couple was seriously hurt, and taken to the hospital, after the motorcycle they were riding on was hit late Sunday morning on the Parks Hwy.

Troopers say 65-year-old Alfred Letendre, and his 62-year-old wife Louise were riding north on the Parks Hwy. at about 10:45 a.m., when 69-year-old Allen Hassen struck the couple in his 2000 Buick.

Hassen, also from Wasilla, reportedly crossed the southbound lane's center line, after 22-year-old Hershey Haney, from Palmer, hit
Hassen's car while Troopers say he was stopped, waiting to make a left turn onto Stanley Rd.

Haney was cited for failure to exercise due care.

Troopers estimate Hassen's Buick sustained $4,000 in damage, while the motorcycle's damage is estimated to be $1,500. Haney's Saturn was totaled.

All parties were reportedly wearing their seat belts.
Copyright 2012, KTUU-TV
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:23 PM   #346
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rode to girdwood for breakfast yesterday. Weather was a lot better (warmer and less windy) then it was for us on saturday. go figure lol.

Recorded the sunday races but haven't watched them yet.

Read that article this morning... sad to see. People need to watch what they are doing. And that includes us riders also.

I'll bring your dvd to the autocross this sunday bjcarter.
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I'd have ridden today but shopping on my way home after work made it impossible. Hard to take when I see the weather outside.
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I'm off today but out running errands with the wife and kid. Gonna try to get a ride in later.
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Working until 6pm. gonna try and ride later.
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Here he is all tucked in making vroom vroom sounds.




Looking forward to the next one on a warmer day.
thats a sexy row of bikes right there...
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