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Old 02-19-2013, 12:15 AM   #51
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Great bikes. I like that you've had thumper experience. The Ninja 650 is a great learning bike too. You are about to step into another whole dimension of time warp with that Street Triple though. I rode a 2012 model last year up and down Eklutna road. Great motor on that bike.

We will take it slow and work our way through several things. I've got a couple mini bikes to do some skill things on. The things learned there can easily be applied to bigger bikes.

BJ Carter has a set of videos that are a great introduction to advanced riding. The whole "Learn to Ride like a Pro" series is a worthwhile investment.
Amazon.com: Ride Like a Pro DVD Vol. 5 - Jerry "Motorman" Palladino: Movies & TVAmazon.com: Ride Like a Pro DVD Vol. 5 - Jerry "Motorman" Palladino: Movies & TV

It is good to watch these at the beginning of each riding season to re-familiarize yourself with the various techniques.

The actual riding is a ways off so it is good to begin getting these concepts solid in your head before throwing a leg over a bike again.

I have a MOTO GP subscription which I get every year now…able to watch the best in the world with on bike cameras and behind the scenes stuff LIVE!. It is a good way to view and thus mimic the best in the world. I have learned to pick up quite a bit from watching things like eye movements and head positioning with the incredible camera work this HD format allows. I've got a pretty solid background in motocross too so that helps as well.

We'll have fun.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:11 AM   #52
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Very cool, anxiously awaiting warmer days.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #54
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Absolute domination at round 1 of the world super bike championship, 1, 2, 3 in race one.
their 4th factory rider had a mechanical.

Second race, 1, 2, 4th and 6th for factory riders in race two.

Gonna be a very long year for the competition.

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Old 02-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #55
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:36 AM   #56
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http://www.motogp.com/en/videos/free+videos
Fast cars, pretty girls and even faster bikes. Great video.


They're testing parts in Malaysia for the second preseason track test. First race is April 4th.

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Old 03-05-2013, 01:33 PM   #58
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I'd totally the Isle of Man at... less then a third the speed their going.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #59
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Just in time for my birthday haha might have to go watch this some year.
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When do you guys anticipate riding. I have the itch real bad to get on the road but feel its still too dangerous with thin ice sheens on the highway
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I wait until I can get safely on and off my street. by that time the main roads are good.

Saw some dude riding his HD though today. and like a true HD rider, no helmet.
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Ninja 300 what are your guys thought on replacing the 250?
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Went for a ride on the 1st. Rode my old bike down to the bank for a potential buyer and then to his house. I wore ice cleats to get it out of my driveway, but other than that it was clear, just chilly.

Also planning on picking up my new one soon and riding it back to the Valley.
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If weather trends continue, we'll all be riding before the end of March. Been the strangest (warmest) winter that I can recall in all my years here in Alaska.

I am very much looking forward to getting back on two wheels. While I enjoy cars, I LOVE MOTORCYCLES. There simply is no comparison for me.
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Read the reviews, many areas of improvements with the new model. In the end, it is an entry level bike. It retails for $4799. Pretty pricey in my mind for an entry level anything.

Especially when you can get lots of used entry level bikes like this http://anchorage.craigslist.org/mcy/3645944254.html with modifications for less.

Usually that first bike is just to get your feet wet. Not something you are going to keep for very long. You can usually get the majority of your money back out of a used entry level bike provided you don't drop it or damage it while learning. The initial depreciation off the showroom is always the big hit. At least 20% value drop the second you pull off the lot is the standard. Much more than that in reality.

Anyone with ANY experience is going to be very bored, very fast with such a machine, unless it is for a spec race series for such bikes. Case in point, my 15 year old daughter had extensive experience off road. We got her a pristine Ninja 250. She was so proud at first. It was shiny, green and flashy.




She was completely bored with it within a month of purchase. We eventually took a trip over to Valdez and she couldn't wait to get rid of it by the time we got back. We went through a similar experience with my wife's Ducati 620 monster. Entry level bikes are good for getting you out there and experiencing motorcycling without being too intimidating. By the end of your first riding season, you are ready to leave them behind. You need to be very savvy to not loose money between acquiring the bike and departing company with it.

Just some thoughts.
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If weather trends continue, we'll all be riding before the end of March. Been the strangest (warmest) winter that I can recall in all my years here in Alaska.

I am very much looking forward to getting back on two wheels. While I enjoy cars, I LOVE MOTORCYCLES. There simply is no comparison for me.
I was on the FZ8 by the end of march last year but I remember the roads for you were not so good and you got out later. But if this continues... I might be on the roads sooner then last year. My driveway is clear, just waiting for my street.
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Had to trailer it home with this stupid valley wind.

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Sweet. Congrats on the purchase.
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I purchased the left over 2012 1199 from Alaska Cycle Center.......my divorce present to myself.. going to feel good to ride again.
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Wow cool, I saw that there. Can't imagine riding something like that. We need to all do a ride.
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http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2013/...-urban-enduro/


Nestled behind the garages, chicken coops and backyard organic gardens of Portland, Oregon are 128 miles of unimproved (and largely forgotten) alleys. Every spring the Sang-Froid Riding Club takes to these neglected byways, ranging from gravel to nearly-impassable single-track mudbogs, to host the “Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro” ride. Not your traditional enduro, this is rather a ‘critical mass’ of sorts—with over 250 bikes squeezing, buzzing, smoking, splashing, and whop-whop waaah-ing up and down the alleys making friends and occasional enemies. The ride has become a phenomenon, attracting riders from up to 300 miles away.

To better understand the ride, a brief introduction to the club that created it is in order. The Sang-Froid Riding Club (SFRC) is “dedicated to the sport of motorcycle riding and racing.” As the club’s website explains, “‘Sang-Froid’ comes from the Latin Sanguis Frigidus—’cold blood’—and means ‘cool under pressure.’” Founded in 2002, the SFRC has become the premiere ambassador of grassroots motorcycling in Oregon. It was founded by three good friends who wanted to promote skillful riding and bring creative and alternative motorcycle events to the Portland community. The Alley Sweeper certainly fits that bill.

The alleys of Portland aren’t ordinary roads. Think Third World, cratered out, and sometimes so overgrown that they’re barely passable on foot. SFRC founding member Patrick Leyshock jokes that it’s “like trail riding in the woods, but you can just stop at 7-Eleven to get a Slushie if you get lost.” Given the rugged terrain of some alleys, neighbors are shocked to see anyone traversing them—let alone a parade of riders that would rival the P.T. Barnum circus unloading at the train depot. Yet the alleys are public rights-of-way, and the fact that they are seldom used makes them a perfect canvas for the SFRC’s creative talents.

To orchestrate the ride, the SFRC constructs a map resembling one of those kid’s choose-your-own-adventure books, catering to folks who still get giddy choosing their own adventures. Alleys are marked in ‘stages’ to keep the concentration of bikes moving from one part of town to another. With no order to the alleys or suggested direction of travel, there’s an opportunity to turn at every block.

At the morning rider’s meeting, the SFRC offers little instruction, other than to remind riders that the alleys are public roads with 15 mph speed limits, to have fun, relax, and enjoy the chaotic discovery inherent in the organic “route.” The riders are released with a final suggestion: “remember, strength in numbers!”

Within the first hundred yards a starburst pattern forms. Bikes scatter and snake along in accordion fashion, dodging trash piles and fallen Adventure riders. Some alleys dead end after a few blocks, others stretch for miles. Riders turn left, right, and double back through the especially fun sections: improvised jumps, XR650-swallowing puddles, and mud-rutted hillclimbs. Groups that rode together for hundreds of miles to get to the ride are instantly separated and quickly make new friends, banding together in impromptu packs, then chasing down their buddies when spotted crossing a street several blocks away. Whoever is at the front of a pack at any given moment becomes the Pied Piper and could easily end up with 20 to 200 motorcycles following his ill-advised improvisational route.

And it would be hard to imagine a more eclectic assortment of followers. Among the machines on the ride, a loose interpretation of legality seems to be the predominant trait. Two-strokes come out in force, lights are often inventive, to say nothing of signals and silencers.

The array of models is amazing. How many Honda NX250’s or Urban Expresses do you encounter in a typical week? Three of each were on last year’s Sweeper. Royal Enfields? Two showed up, a factory-custom chrome-tank version and an ammo-case ‘bagger.’ A ’54 BSA Bantam? Check. Homebuilt creations abound: a ’73 Honda CB500 with knobbies and a Renthal bar, flat-tracking Yamaha SR500s, and an ’81 Yamaha IT465 in super-motard trim. Even liter bikes are surprisingly well-represented, and not just the GSTenereAdventurTigerSauruses. Plenty of ZRXs, FZRs, Gixxers, a SuperDuke and even a Sprint 1050 and Ducati 900SS have been spotted.

But the day belongs to tiny bikes. As if drawn by an international homing beacon, a huge number of 90cc lay-down cylinder Honda/China Lifan bikes inevitably appear. These tiddlers wield a tremendous manageability advantage in the cramped, greasy grass-mud of the alleys. And besides, tiny bikes possess superior comedic value. A struggling burnout of a 10-inch tire on a 90cc Chappy bouncing on blown-out shocks is almost as hilarious as two grown men on a Trail 55.

The ride was the brainchild of SFRC member Zac Christensen, who told me with a sly smile that “the Sweeper serves as a form of public service announcement for the start of the motorcycle riding season, alerting the citizenry.” Meaning, what better way to promote springtime Motorcyclist Awareness than to send 250-plus bikes swarming through the backyards of Portland? Christensen noted it really brings home the “motorcycles are everywhere” message; “in fact, there might be one doing a wheelie right behind you as you mow your lawn.”

Though tongue-in-cheek, his point is compelling. The ride has an intimacy like no other. Until the ride was conceived in 2009, many of the alleys hadn’t seen motorized traffic since steam power lost out to internal combustion. In short, the bikes get noticed. After the first few volleys pass thru, neighbors flock to their backyards, lining the fences and standing atop compost piles for better viewing. For some riders the Sweeper means jumps, block-long wheelies and burnouts ‘til a plug fouls out. Dogs run alongside bikes; cats become a blur of fur; and cage-free, grass-fed urban chickens desperately scramble to re-learn flight.
As you might imagine, spectator reactions are mixed. “I can see how residents might be confused when 200-plus bikes roll down alleys like these,” Christensen observes. Many have appointed “their” alleys with garden beds, goat runs, laundry lines, solar-powered experimental aluminum smelters, aboriginal art, brush piles, castaway carpet, car carcasses, crab pots, and any imaginable object of the out-of-sight out-of-mind variety. Thus, good or bad, the ride enters an intimate space which homeowners are not accustomed to sharing.

The event provides a psychological study of sorts. Kids universally love it—running, shouting, jumping up and down with excitement, and hoisting their hands in the international sign for ‘wheelies!’ Some adults exhibit similar reactions, with ear-to-ear grins and, what I like to think is a look of ‘atta boy’ longing and a go-get-em rebel fist-pump. In contrast, a few succumb to rage, brandishing yard tools and parking pickup trucks to block passage. But then they encounter a quiet KLR with hardbags, carrying a middle-aged math teacher with glasses and a high-vis vest. Or maybe a Ural sidecarist wearing a tutu. Or a big guy with a beaming smile sitting six-foot-six atop a tiny CT70. Such riders usually bring Mr. Hopping-mad to his senses. And, to most onlookers, the good-clean-fun factor is obvious. Waves and smiles carry the day, kids are hoist atop Dads’ shoulders to see, and one rider even caught a bright-red bra—a souvenir offering from its owner, tossed fresh off the laundry line.

As for police, the response is swift. Yet the stops are invariably friendly, typically consisting of a befuddled exchange between an officer and a pack of stopped riders (while other packs putter past and wave) of “what the heck are you guys doing?” and “do you have any idea how many calls we’ve been getting?” But when the stopped riders politely explain they’re exploring public roadways, the officers are left to shake their heads and let things continue with a “well, I guess that’s okay, just go the speed limit.” By the time neighborhood patience runs thin, the ride moves on to another part of town and a fresh cluster of alleys. A citation has yet to be issued. Again, Christensen sums it up pretty well: “Most law enforcement officers I have encountered seem equally baffled and jealous.”


The ride typically winds down at one of the most astonishing areas of the day, known as the “Hobo Zone,” an abandoned stretch of riverfront industrial wasteland spanning dozens of acres. Not all riders find their way to it, but those who do are rewarded with dirt trails, some of the finest puddle-jumping of the ride, and amazing riverside views. Many just park their bikes and lay in the weeds, sharing refreshments with new-found friends, and watching others buzz around a homemade mini-track. An atmosphere akin to the “Party at the Moontower” scene in the film Dazed and Confused comes to mind.

Though the ride doesn’t cover herculean distances or reach tremendous speeds, the appeal of SFRC’s Alley Sweeper is overwhelming. It’s been known to pick up bikes along the way—a KLR rider told me he heard the pack in his backyard, threw on rubber galoshes, and told his wife “honey watch the kids, I’m going to ride the alleys!” Put simply, the Sweeper seems to channel many of the essential elements of motorcycling: adventure, exploration, amusement, anti-conformity, camaraderie, and of course a little rebellion—with the childhood joy of splashing in mud puddles thrown in.




I CANNOT WAIT TO RIDE!
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Be careful out there folks, last weekend I saw a 2UP rider go down on the hidden shade ice on Northern Lights.
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Be careful out there folks, last weekend I saw a 2UP rider go down on the hidden shade ice on Northern Lights.
And that is why I wait until the roads are, for the most part, swept.

Why do people have to be in such a hurry to ride on two wheels?
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