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HotelBushranger
01-01-2008, 04:10 AM
Besides our favourite one-armed resident http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Over the past year or two I've developed an interest in motorbikes. I wanna see about getting my license by the time I start uni (2009), but as you all know, motorbike riding is fraught with danger. Has anyone here had any such experiences? N provide pics of your mounts http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I wanna see about getting a Honda CBR 125, from all the reviews and such it seems a great beginners bike, n good looking too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Cheers!

archermav
01-01-2008, 06:32 AM
I ride a 748 Ducati (but only when the sun shines).

Use BMW's and Honda's at work (traffic cop).

GerritJ9
01-01-2008, 07:08 AM
I ride Kawasaki Triples- 500 Mach IIIs and 750 Mach IVs. Two-strokes rock, valved horrors suck!

KG200Spartan
01-01-2008, 07:26 AM
I ride my Baby .. Zündapp KS 750 with Side Car http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Monterey13
01-01-2008, 07:35 AM
Here is what I have now...Suzuki GS850L
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/1982-Suzuki-GS850-GL-Maroon-7103-0.jpg


And here's what I hope to purchase this spring...BMW K1200LT
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/2006_K1200LT.jpg

I raced a Suzuki RM250 up until about 3 years ago. My bones don't heal as fast as they used to..lol
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/141_0407_05z2005_suzuki_rm_250side_.jpg

HotelBushranger
01-01-2008, 07:39 AM
Originally posted by KG200Spartan:
I ride my Baby .. Zündapp KS 750 with Side Car http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Veeeery nice http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

raaaid
01-01-2008, 07:40 AM
i had a ktm 500 and a suzuki500 and didnt told my parents

couldnt hide it anymore when i broke my leg

AKA_TAGERT
01-01-2008, 08:19 AM
Got my 1st motorcycle in 1967..

Raced Steve McQueen one on one in 1971..

Here is my current ride..

http://www.geocities.com/grantsenn/4ALL2SEE/PICTURES/MY_MUG/meandmyroadstar.jpg

HotelBushranger
01-01-2008, 08:30 AM
[qoute]Raced Steve McQueen one on one in 1971..[/quote]

Got track? You need to provide details http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

luftluuver
01-01-2008, 09:17 AM
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-12/1114844/scoot1-1.jpg

Tag you need to get a real scoot. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

BigKahuna_GS
01-01-2008, 09:37 AM
Got my 1st motorcycle in 1967..

Raced Steve McQueen one on one in 1971..

Here is my current ride..


Cool Pic Tagert !

Where are you at ?

That almost looks like the Chocolate Mountains behind you and with all the sand dunes it's got to be Glamis or Anzo Borrego or close. I have been riding ATVs out at Glamis since the early 80's. I started riding 3-wheelers with no suspension then the Honda 250R air cooled, then the 250R water cooled, then a 350 Banshee, then my bad boy LT500 Quadzilla.

http://www.tudorsperformance.com/predatorzilla_new.jpg

My Suzuki LT500 isn't quite this pretty but close and it is punched out to 540cc with a cool head. I've owned it since 1987 and now I'm riding it with my kids and anytime I need to remind my son who is King of the Dunes --- I whip his 2006 Yamaha YFZ450 no problem.

http://www.tudorsperformance.com/quadzillathon_event_2001.jpg

For you history buffs Patton used to use this area for Desert Warfare Training. On the closed side of the dunes (west of HWY78) there remains half buried Tanks & Jeeps complete with partial ammo belts. I have partial .30cal & .50cal belts dated from the early 1940's. There is also large metal boxes they used for canon practice. The Marines now use the area for Humvee sand training. About 8-miles north is the Naval Bombing Range. You can sit on a Dune with a cold one and watch F-14s & F-18s roll in and strafe/drop practice bombs. Over head they practice aerial refueling with tankers.

http://extremebuggies.com/PHP-Nuke/modules/Gallery/albums/album12/44_2.sized.jpg
Little home made VW buggies have given way to 500hp long travel custom buggies with over 20" of travel that can jump 20-30ft with 5 people on board.

I've been all over dune riding--Oregon, Pismo, Dumont, Nevada, Colorado and my favorite Glamis. There is supposed to be even larger dunes in southern Idaho.

_

reisen52
01-01-2008, 09:59 AM
http://home.nc.rr.com/reisen52/rc5.jpg

First one was a BSA Lightning in the '60's

Monterey13
01-01-2008, 10:04 AM
My dad just bought the 650 V-star. Looks just like that. I bought him some saddlebags for X-mas, and my brother got him a windshield. It was tearing him up seeing my brother and I ride, and he didn't have one anymore, so he just bought the new ride. The 650 is a bit small for him, but his health isn't the best, so it suits him just fine. At least now he can ride with us.

DuxCorvan
01-01-2008, 10:21 AM
One quad ran over my ex-gf, and she lost our stillborn child. I still can't see one of those without thinking of mashing it down with a bat. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

BillyTheKid_22
01-01-2008, 10:22 AM
My Owner 2002 & 2007 Suzuki RM125. I love <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">MOTOCROSS</span>!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif



http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/bkid_01/0000003411.jpg?t=1199208072

slipBall
01-01-2008, 11:31 AM
I rode my 56 Harley hand shift for many year's. One day a fellow biker got cut off by a car in front of him. The poor guy spun like a top on the pavment, finally striking his head on the curb, and dying before my eyes. I stopped riding much after that incident, manely for my kids sake, seen here. If you do choose to ride, always expect and be ready for some really dumb moves by joe public

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f394/SlipBall/3babies.jpg

ptg101
01-01-2008, 11:48 AM
http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v71/34/3/606415288/n606415288_97226_1795.jpg

My girls.

Capt_Haddock
01-01-2008, 11:50 AM
Yamaha XV 535 here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
http://www.haddock.f2s.com/il2/forums/virago_01.jpg

Best advice I ever got: On a bike you are invisible. The cars on the road will probably never know you are there. Most bike accidents are caused by cars hitting bikes. Look for some nice empty roads around your home town and enjoy your ride http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.haddock.f2s.com/sig/F19bannerh3.jpg

BaronUnderpants
01-01-2008, 12:20 PM
2 of my former bikes, slightly modefied.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc79/Maax1000/Honda-1.jpg


http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc79/Maax1000/Yamaha.jpg


and my current baby. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc79/Maax1000/DucatiSS4.jpg

And yes, iv broken a few bones over the years but have been blessed, manly because i keep my speed where it should be. Use your head and think ahead, think what everyonelse might do before they do it...because belive me, people do god awfull stupid stuff sometimes.

hurricane1948
01-01-2008, 12:27 PM
Hotelbushranger, The advice by Capt. Haddock is probably the most important. He's right, drivers can look right through you on a motorcycle. Assume they don't see you. Always be aware of road surface conditions, and wear a good helmet. Because of a motorcyles performance and manouverability you may be tempted to take chances such as cutting between vehicles. Don't. Riding a motorcycle is a great experience. It's the next best thing to flying. Good luck and keep it up on two wheels.

Gringo_UK1
01-01-2008, 01:06 PM
I ride a Gpz750 turbo for fun, a Z550 when the weathers crappy and a Honda Pan Euro Gl1500 for work (courior), gotta add 1 piece of advice to Capt Haddocks.. always position your self so you can see the eyes of the driver in his mirrors...if you can't see his eyes he can't see you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Oh..and every one in a car IS out to get you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

JG52Uther
01-01-2008, 01:12 PM
My old Ironhead Sprtster,sold last year to a friend!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/JG52Uther/scan0004.jpg

Still have a yamaha hardtail chop,with seriously stupid handlebars http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 01:42 PM
I rode and owned motorcycles continuously from age 20 to age 38.

I owned six over those years and loved every one of 'em and also all the others that people would let me ride. I was called upon a couple of times to ride bikes back from the repair shop for wounded friends that didn't heal as fast as the bikes did.

I haven't owned one in 4 years now. I kind of miss the machinery, but haven't longed for being on one as much as I thought I would. I made out lucky and only had minor, non-hospital style accidents.

If you do get a bike HotelBushranger, tons of people will come up to you and tell you how their uncle's 2nd cousin got hurt or died on them. If you ride long enough, you will actually know some of the people that go to the hospital because of them.

Just remember, there are 2 types of motorcyclists. Those that have crashed and those that will crash.

Don't be scared of them if you really want to ride. Get in a rider's learning course of some kind. Wear a helmet, heavy boots, gloves, and good leathers (weather permitting). Know that you will have a near miss accident every other day in metropolitan environments, but near miss isn't an accident. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Most of all have a blast. I know I did! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

knightflyte
01-01-2008, 02:07 PM
Had one of these a few years ago. It needed a sixth gear bigtime. For a mini touring bike the high revs really set the teeth a chattering.

Ultimately auto drivers don't know how to drive around bikes.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/SILVERWING.jpg

jolly_magpie
01-01-2008, 02:32 PM
Sigh...

My first bike, 1981 DT175
http://www.250ccbikes.com/images/upload200111042225234250.jpg

Second: 1982 Yamaha Vision 550, a super sweet and underrated bike:
http://w1.bikepics.com/pics/2004%5C09%5C15%5Cbikepics-212804-800.jpg

My next bike:
http://www.bikez.com/pictures/triumph/2006/23405_0_1_2_bonneville%20t100_Image%20credits%20-%20Triumph.jpg

slipBall
01-01-2008, 03:09 PM
I miss my baby http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f394/SlipBall/baby.jpg

ElAurens
01-01-2008, 04:01 PM
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/111/soloseatac1.jpg

My current ride.

2004 Triumph Bonneville.

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 04:09 PM
Nice. If I ever ride again it would be on a new Bonneville. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 04:16 PM
1st bike in the year 1985, 1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/rd400.jpg


Current "bike", fake Schwinn. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/daschwinn.jpg

Gumtree
01-01-2008, 04:18 PM
Been riding since I was a very young kid, (finally got a licence at 16 and 9 months)I have fallen off, been knocked off a few times but I still would never give up the feeling you get winding down a country road cranking from one side to the other for anything in the world.

The only thing I could imagine would top it would be cranking a WW2 fighter through its paces.

AFSG_Weasle
01-01-2008, 04:26 PM
?? THIS THREAD GET POSTED ON THE WRONG FORUM ??

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 04:34 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif wtf??

Y0RGO
01-01-2008, 04:34 PM
No, yes?

MB_Avro_UK
01-01-2008, 04:46 PM
hi all,

My last mount was a 1956 Matchless 650. (Same as AJS).

Was close to antique at the time and had an amazing oil slick. Twin pots and a kick-back that would make a mule proud.

Seriously though, brain surgeons regard motorcyclists as future patients.

Be warned. You maybe good, but you are never as good as the idiot who pulls out in front of you!

It's no good having the right of way when you're dead...

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

The-Pizza-Man
01-01-2008, 04:51 PM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
Besides our favourite one-armed resident http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Over the past year or two I've developed an interest in motorbikes. I wanna see about getting my license by the time I start uni (2009), but as you all know, motorbike riding is fraught with danger. Has anyone here had any such experiences? N provide pics of your mounts http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I wanna see about getting a Honda CBR 125, from all the reviews and such it seems a great beginners bike, n good looking too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Cheers!

I wouldn't recommend a CBR 125. In person they are as ugly as sin, they have tiny narrow tires and the mirrows look ridiculous, the build quality on them doesn't look all that flash either, apparently they are made in Malaysia. Furthermore from a learning perspective they may be less that ideal. The steering geometry and the riding position may not necessarily be ideal for low speed handling because it's a "sports bike". Depending on what state your in this could be a problem if you try to pass your license test on it. A little engine like that is also going to be a pain in the *** to have in traffic because you'll be continuously stirring up and down the gears, a twin gives you a flatter torque curve so you can stay in the one gear more.

If your going to ride you really should wear all the gear all the time, thats helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, pants. A good textile jacket with a removable winter liner would be a good investment. I can wear mine in summer and winter. BMW make some very good quality and reasonably priced boots and gloves.

BillyTheKid_22
01-01-2008, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
hi all,

My last mount was a 1956 Matchless 650. (Same as AJS).

Was close to antique at the time and had an amazing oil slick. Twin pots and a kick-back that would make a mule proud.

Seriously though, brain surgeons regard motorcyclists as future patients.

Be warned. You maybe good, but you are never as good as the idiot who pulls out in front of you!

It's no good having the right of way when you're dead...

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.



http://www.cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/matchless/images/Matchless%201956%20G3LS%20350cc.jpg



1956 Matchless G3LS!

Howdy!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

www.cybermotorcycle.com/index.html (http://www.cybermotorcycle.com/index.html)

Col._King
01-01-2008, 05:16 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/130/kingblackdeath8ik.jpg

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 06:04 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by The-Pizza-Man:
I wouldn't recommend a CBR 125. In person they are as ugly as sin, they have tiny narrow tires and the mirrows look ridiculous, the build quality on them doesn't look all that flash either, apparently they are made in Malaysia. Furthermore from a learning perspective they may be less that ideal. The steering geometry and the riding position may not necessarily be ideal for low speed handling because it's a "sports bike". Depending on what state your in this could be a problem if you try to pass your license test on it. A little engine like that is also going to be a pain in the *** to have in traffic because you'll be continuously stirring up and down the gears, a twin gives you a flatter torque curve so you can stay in the one gear more.

I'll agree about the little engine needing a lot of gearbox changes, but if that bike weighs 260 lbs., steering geometry won't mean much since if the rider twitches, the bikes gonna twitch, too. Perhaps the steering lock-to-lock will decrease the turning radius like many sport bikes experience. That's easily figured out after the first time you nearly fall over in a parking lot. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

In my opinion, sport bike riding positions are fine, especially if you are young and want a sport bike. Unless you are really short in height, a beginning rider doesn't need a low seat height like a cruiser would give. I know HotelBush ain't old, and I suspect he ain't short. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Although, if price isn't an issue, I'd go with a 250 or even a 400 class bike. That will give you something to grow into HB, and it'll give you the extra power to haul around the necessary female. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Shoot, here in the States its a rarity to find a new street bike under 500cc anymore.

fabianfred
01-01-2008, 06:54 PM
my first bike was a little 50cc moped...then a honda CB125cc....then nothing but cars...until I retired to thailand...where I got a Honda 600cc Shadow and rode it around North thailand for 9 years
I had it tricked up to look like a Harley Knucklehead with big leather bags I made...and a fat boy windshield and crash bars etc. I even cut and hinged the rear fender and made a rear stand like the old Harleys had..
needless to say I drool over the pic of slipballs panhead

I would love a new harley or Vulcan 2000

many people say that riding a motorcycle is the closest thing to flying....but scuba diving comes close too

han freak solo
01-01-2008, 06:59 PM
My comment about a new Bonneville for myself has been retracted. I forgot about the new Triumph Scrambler. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

http://www.motor-magazine.nl/uploads/news/912005121147PM726.jpg

HerrGraf
01-01-2008, 09:43 PM
If you want a Triumph Scrambler han freak solo, wait until 2009 when Triumph will release a Bud Ekins tribute model.

As to beginners bikes may I suggest older Japanese bikes that have wider power bands (not sportbikes) and have mid displacement motors. Yamaha XS 650s are good, or something around 400cc like a Honda Rebel. If you start too small then you will need to get another bike later on. Some thing like what I mentioned will allow you to grow without haveing to move up to a larger machine.

My current rides are a 850 Norton Commando and two Victorys ( the new one kicks *ss).
Nice Panhead there Slipball.

TheGozr
01-01-2008, 10:07 PM
Yes GSXR-1100 (1987) track made 1340cc (with all wheels+ brakes , forks etc.. from hayabusa ) and my unrestricted Kawazaki ZX12 moded.

cb160
01-01-2008, 10:37 PM
The best that you can do for yourself is to take a motorcycle saftey course, buy and wear a complete set of the best saftey gear (full face helmet, jacket, pants, boots, back protector, gloves, ect.), keep in mind that everyone on the street is out to run you over, don't drink or do drugs when you ride, think, and pay attention.
I ride all year round here in rainy Seattle. The winter is no fun but the summer is great! I think I own eight bikes at this time, from '81 BMW R100RS to a '67 Honda CB160 race bike. I've tested the saftey equipment - mostly on the race track - and can say that it is worth it to buy the best equipment that you can afford.
Have fun, enjoy youself, be safe and welcome to the world of motorcyling.

The-Pizza-Man
01-02-2008, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by The-Pizza-Man:
I wouldn't recommend a CBR 125. In person they are as ugly as sin, they have tiny narrow tires and the mirrows look ridiculous, the build quality on them doesn't look all that flash either, apparently they are made in Malaysia. Furthermore from a learning perspective they may be less that ideal. The steering geometry and the riding position may not necessarily be ideal for low speed handling because it's a "sports bike". Depending on what state your in this could be a problem if you try to pass your license test on it. A little engine like that is also going to be a pain in the *** to have in traffic because you'll be continuously stirring up and down the gears, a twin gives you a flatter torque curve so you can stay in the one gear more.

I'll agree about the little engine needing a lot of gearbox changes, but if that bike weighs 260 lbs., steering geometry won't mean much since if the rider twitches, the bikes gonna twitch, too. Perhaps the steering lock-to-lock will decrease the turning radius like many sport bikes experience. That's easily figured out after the first time you nearly fall over in a parking lot. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

In my opinion, sport bike riding positions are fine, especially if you are young and want a sport bike. Unless you are really short in height, a beginning rider doesn't need a low seat height like a cruiser would give. I know HotelBush ain't old, and I suspect he ain't short. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Although, if price isn't an issue, I'd go with a 250 or even a 400 class bike. That will give you something to grow into HB, and it'll give you the extra power to haul around the necessary female. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Shoot, here in the States its a rarity to find a new street bike under 500cc anymore. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know that once you get the feel for it slow speed handling on a sports bike is easy enough, however, I was much happier getting my licence on a CB250 than I would have been on my old CBR250 mostly because the handle bars were higher than the fuel tank, which better allows you to position your hands and upper body better when doing the really tight turns they require in the test.

I'd also reckon HB should go for a 250 over a 125, I doubt he can get anything bigger than a 250 given his age (its part of the laws here in aus, there aren't many 250s on the market here either). A 250 has enough power to be fun but it's a little harder to get into trouble than a 600 or something.

Another thing is don't spend too much on a first bike, you'll most likely sell it in a year or two so you can upgrade to a bigger bike. The resale value on learner bikes is also really good and they are very quick to sell.

But check out these websites, the most aus specific stuff is probably on the forum at netrider.

http://www.netrider.net.au/
http://ksrc-au.com/phpBB3/
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.motorcycle-training.f2s.com/safety.html#Help

HotelBushranger
01-02-2008, 02:09 AM
Aye, current Australian laws mean you can't learn on anything higher than 250's, I look around a lot and there aren't many 250cc bikes on sale though. Also I think learning in a 125 would construct the right sort of mentality, i.e. not one of hooning around at double the limit, as speeding accounts for 45% of motorcycle fatalities in Oz. Make a good point about traffic speeds as well, as most of my riding would be in traffic (plus the occasional joy ride http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)

I'd also want to learn in a CBR 125, because it would be a bit scodgy to learn in something more like a cruiser, then switch over to a sports bike - my dream bike is a Honda CBX 750F:
http://siteusados.filipemotoshow.com/database/images/CBX%20750.JPG

My uncle rides a Yamaha XVS 1100-am, he had an accident last year; some stupid bloody taxi driver hit him. Luckily, he is a smart man who wears a full set of leathers, and wasn't injured too badly.

His bike:
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/4900/xvs1100amfg8.jpg

I love antique bikes, I'd love to get an old BMW R-71, but the closest I could get these days are the spin-off Chang Jiang 750 but I have heard a few horror stories about the quality, then again I have heard some positive stories as well.

CJ 750:
http://www.cjsidecar.com/image/b07.jpg

The.Tyke
01-02-2008, 02:59 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v449/DingleRoad/Picture008.jpg

This is my Harley 1585cc Street Bob and I love it...especially the noise !

Crazy_Goanna
01-02-2008, 03:34 AM
Hi I too rode bikes for years commuting in Melbourne, Aus and just about everyday had a close shave incident when some car driver either didn't see me, saw me and looked through me, or totally disregarded my presence on the roadway and turned into my path entailing serious evasive action. I started off on a 250cc Honda road/trail bike then got a 'Kwaka' 750 which I made as noisy as legally possible, to let the drivers hear me in advance or at least notice a bike's exhaust noise to alert them that they weren't the only ones around. A good set of bike boots. leathers and a full face helmet is a must even in hot summer days of 35 degree C and over (guys who wear thongs and shorts on these days are looking for trouble in the worst possible way). Be heard, be safe and treat the other motorists with caution and think that they are about to do something really stupid which will entail you hitting the road and feeling pain or worst really serious injury or death. Bikes are great but car drivers are as stupid as a herd of sheep, really dangerous sheep!As others have said don't do drugs or booze on a bike and think and ride ahead of your current position and you will totally enjoy the experience. With all this advice I still remember the night I woke up in an ambulance on the way home from work when some 'drip' turned into me,(whilst I was alongside of him), and caused me to be unconscious for an hour on the road after an accident. I was lucky that time!!

BTW Great looking Harley Tyke!
There are some other excellent bikes posted here too.

PFS_BlackBird
01-02-2008, 05:24 AM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
Aye, current Australian laws mean you can't learn on anything higher than 250's, I look around a lot and there aren't many 250cc bikes on sale though.

Where i live there is a similar rule: not more than 25kW/37bhp. This means you could actually drive anything, as long as it doesn't exceed power limits.

Good bikes to start with are Kawasaki ER5, Suzuki GS500, and Honda CB500 (actually the whole CB/CBF family, i learned to drive on a CBF500). There are kits available that limit the output power of your bike, so you could make any of these bikes fit the power limit regulations.
Good thing about those bikes in contrast with sportsbikes is that if you accidentaly drop your bike, you don't need expensive repairs on the plastics and varnish.

I currently own a '95 CBR600F. I could recommend that to anyone who just has got his license and likes sportsbikes. It's a good first step towards a ride like a Honda 1000RR, Yamaha R1, or Suzuki GSX-R.

S!


BB

JG53Frankyboy
01-02-2008, 05:38 AM
riding now motorbikes for over 20 years now.
had never any serious accident (touching wood http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ).

I'm owning in the moment:
BMW R 1200 RT
BMW F 650 GS
BMW C1 200
HD Bad Boy

i hate riding a car........ its always fun to ride one of my bikes - and even my C1 scooter is a pleasure in the city http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

dangerlaef
01-02-2008, 06:22 AM
Let me join the photo brigade:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b99/DangerLaef/muzskorpion.jpg http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b99/DangerLaef/dr250.jpg

I've been riding, including commuting for 25 years. Haven't had on off (except on the dirt & track) in 14 years.

Hogan1910
01-02-2008, 09:55 AM
I concur about the Chang 750, I have two and the quality between them varies.

http://www.changjiangunlimited.com/025.jpg

KG200Spartan, Do you really have a KS750?

More pics here...
http://www.changjiangunlimited.com/****.htm

AKA_TAGERT
01-02-2008, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Raced Steve McQueen one on one in 1971..

Got track? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
LOL!

As a mater of fact I do..

But it is in 8mm format..

On that note.. Anyone know of anyone that converts 8mm to DVD without the 'to VHS' middle man?


Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
You need to provide details http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Details..

Well.. use to run into Steve McQueen on a regular basis when he rode at Indian Dunes and Saddle Back.. A real down to earth guy that anyone could walk up to and talk about bikes..

He use to ride Husqvarna..

But on this day he had the first new 250cc HONDA dirt bike..

Dang.. I forget the name..

Elsanor or something like that..

Where as I had a TM Suzuki 250.. (TM not RM, those were later)

This was back in the early 70s dirt bike Roger Decoster days!!

Initially I did NOT know it was Steve McQueen..

It was the warm up before the race and I just had to see what this new HONDA could do..

Long story short..

The race was pretty short..

He left me in the dust..

But for about 10min there..

It was only Steve and I.. one on one.. side by side..

It was not until we got to the end when he took off his helmet that I realised who it was.

AKA_TAGERT
01-02-2008, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by luftluuver:
Tag you need to get a real scoot. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
I have been looking at the new Road Linear.. That is the best looking Harely knock off yet! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AKA_TAGERT
01-02-2008, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by 609IAP_Kahuna:
Cool Pic Tagert !

Where are you at ?

That almost looks like the Chocolate Mountains behind you and with all the sand dunes it's got to be Glamis or Anzo Borrego or close. Ah Glamis in the late 70s early 80s..

How many times I almost died there! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

But that pic of me is actually out at white sands New Mexico!

GAU-8
01-02-2008, 06:20 PM
my 3 SECA II's (one minus a motor) and my 03' R1

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/trio.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/tylersbike.jpg


THE RED ONE JUST GOT BACKED OVER IN A PARKING LOT, AND DRIVER FLED OFF http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

so here it is in "hodgepodge streetfighter condition" (wording on pic was for another forum i frequent)anyways, i had to get it "streetlegal" within the next day to pass some stuff. luckily i did, and i had enough parts from my engine-less seca to steal from, and not have to dip into christmas present money..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/sickening8.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/sickening1.jpg

mortoma
01-02-2008, 07:31 PM
I rode like the wind for years, but quit riding in 1983. My motorcycles I rode or owned in chronological order:

1972 Yamaha 200 Electric ( at age 16 in 1974 )
1973 Yamaha RD350
1976 Suzuki GT750 ( with a Windjammer fairing )
1979 Suzuki GS1000
1981 Suzuki GS1100 ( fastest production bike in the world for quite a while, ridden 'til 1983 )

T_O_A_D
01-02-2008, 07:46 PM
Here is mine, I've had it since I was 19, I'm 42 now. This pic must be 8 years or so old by now too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Mechanic%20stuff/scan0001.jpg

luftluuver
01-02-2008, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by AKA_TAGERT:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by luftluuver:
Tag you need to get a real scoot. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
I have been looking at the new Road Linear.. That is the best looking Harely knock off yet! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just proves that you are not one of those flag waving Americans some others accuse you of being, riding one of those foreign knock-offs. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Btw, my first 2 bikes were Yamahas, a Twin Jet and the first DT-1. Still have the DT but needs much loving care to be put back in running order. Still remember the respect I got from the boys when I left a strip pulling out of the shop on the TJ where they hung out. The shop was the Bridgestone dealer (cousin had one). That 175 was one hot bike!!! Left Bonnies, Beezers and hogs sucking exhaust fumes.

Monterey13
01-02-2008, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by mortoma:
I rode like the wind for years, but quit riding in 1983. My motorcycles I rode or owned in chronological order:

1972 Yamaha 200 Electric ( at age 16 in 1974 )
1973 Yamaha RD350
1976 Suzuki GT750 ( with a Windjammer fairing )
1979 Suzuki GS1000
1981 Suzuki GS1100 ( fastest production bike in the world for quite a while, ridden 'til 1983 )

In 1983, I DID own the fastest production bike. Kawasaki touted their Ninja as the fastest, and Honda touted their V65 Magna as the fastest, but I proved them both wrong...many times.

I had the Yamaha XS Eleven Special. Fastest bike I have ever ridden. Was clocked at 172mph once, and it scared the hell outta me. Still had throttle left too. I never went that fast again. It was replaced by the V-Max. I sure would like to find another one that hasn't been treated too hard.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/SF2011002003.jpg

I have a picture of me on mine, but I look goofy as hell. I was just a skinny 16 year old then. If no one promises to laugh, I just might...lol

Monterey13
01-02-2008, 11:24 PM
Ok, here it is...
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/XSEleven.jpg

Don't laugh. I know it was big for me. It was my 1st street bike, and I had been riding street bikes (illegally) since I was 13. It is my favorite out of all of the bikes I've had.

HotelBushranger
01-03-2008, 12:13 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif! 16 or 10?!

Nice bike though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Edit: Hogan, which company did you buy your CJ from? I'm assuming CJunlimited, there are many different CJ companies but this one looks to be of fairly high quality (can never be too sure though): http://www.cjsidecar.com/index.htm

AlGroover
01-03-2008, 04:39 AM
I've just bought myself a Yamaha Scorpio 225 for general around town and ride to work duties. Really cheap to buy, 2.8 L/100km, goes pretty good with simple motor - air cooled 2 valve single. Even has a centre stand. My credentials are 34 years motorcycling experience including 8 roadracing a long time ago.

han freak solo
01-03-2008, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by AKA_TAGERT:
But on this day he had the first new 250cc HONDA dirt bike..

Dang.. I forget the name..

Elsanor or something like that..

Elsinore. Legendary machine. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

http://home.ama-cycle.org/membersonly/museum/images/b96/Honda_1973_Elsinore_600.jpg

http://powersports.honda.com/the_story/heritage/heritag...2.asp&PrevPageTitle= (http://powersports.honda.com/the_story/heritage/heritage_milestone.asp?Decade=1970&TargetUrl=Milestone/Milestone_Model_0092.asp&PrevPageTitle=)

AKA_TAGERT
01-03-2008, 09:24 AM
Man that photo brings back memories..

note the total lack of shoulder pads and face protection..

Back than you were hot if you had leather pants..

most just had levi's jeans on..

Ah.. the good ol days..

On Any Sunday (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Any_Sunday)

The hey day of motocross..

Glad I was apart of it!

AKA_TAGERT
01-03-2008, 09:44 AM
Originally posted by luftluuver:
Just proves that you are not one of those flag waving Americans some others accuse you of being, riding one of those foreign knock-offs. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Good Point!

As an engineer..

I appreciate a well 'engineered' product..

be it foreign or domestic..

For example..

my main vehicle is a DODGE 2500 with a *******s diesel..

But..

I also own..

1972 Datsun 240Z
1967 NISSAN Patrol

Two interesting and well engineered products..

You have all seen pics of a the well know 240Z..

So I wont post those..

But Ill bet not too many in the US have seen a NISSAN Patrol..

Here is a pic of mine.. that I am slowly restoring..

http://www.geocities.com/grantsenn/4ALL2SEE/AUTOS/FLHSTOPOF.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/grantsenn/4ALL2SEE/AUTOS/ACTION.jpg

A great little 4x4 that I love driving around town with the top off and windshield down..

I got pulled over one night by a cop..

He ask me why I was driving around with the windshield down..

I told him 'because I can'

He looked a little puzzled and pissed..

And than said I could go..

Gee thanks!

All the while someone somewhere is breaking the law..

But he felt the need to get into my business!

Our tax dollars at work! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bremspropeller
01-03-2008, 11:40 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

LMAO "Because I can!!"

He must have looked like " http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif "

FunGus1968
01-03-2008, 12:43 PM
A picture of my 2003 Suzuki Bandit,1200cc. Rode to work today (New York)... froze my cojones off.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v125/FunGus1968/bandit2003aba.jpg

RxMan
01-03-2008, 02:56 PM
http://members.cox.net/johnsgary/img00079.gif
1975 Motocross

JSG72
01-03-2008, 05:11 PM
Darn it!

Just sold, my last bike and now own none.

Yamaha DT175
Honda CB250N
Ducati 600 Pantah
Honda 50
Kawazaki GPZ 600
Kawazaki GPZ 1100B2
Suzuki RG 500
Yamaha FZR 600R
Yamaha TDM 850
Ducati 748 BP
Ducati 748 SP
Suzuki Marauder 800
Aprilia 250R
Ducati 600 Monster
Suzuki 1200 Bandit
Honda VFR 400R
Yamaha YZR 600R
KTM 620 Duke
Yamaha FZR 1000 Fazer
KTM 640 Duke
Another KTM 640 Duke
Yamaha YZF 1000 R1.
Another KTM 640 Duke
KTM SD 990 Superduke
And finally I have recently passed on my bought somewhere in between and restored Ducati 600 Pantah.
This is all over the passage of 30 yrs.
Would have to scan most of my pics. Forgive me for not showing.

So have much experience but, No bike atmo. (Although have plenty Bike gear. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).
Anyways. Keeping an eye out for the New KTM 690 Duke.

Sounds and looks like the Runaround/Do as you please. Bike for me.

http://www.ktm.com/690-Duke.47.19.html?&detailview=2&cHash=da62385a81

Or indeed anyone who is a recent convert http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Cheers! and Happy biking.

gates123
01-03-2008, 05:14 PM
best bike i've ever owned:

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s61/raisrx251/CIMG2707.jpg

han freak solo
01-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by JSG72:

KTM 620 Duke

KTM 640 Duke

Another KTM 640 Duke

Another KTM 640 Duke

KTM SD 990 Superduke

So have much experience but, No bike atmo. (Although have plenty Bike gear. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).
Anyways. Keeping an eye out for the New KTM 690 Duke.

The Duke is that good? I was fascinated by them when they came out, but it looks like a ticket maker for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

JSG72
01-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JSG72:

KTM 620 Duke

KTM 640 Duke

Another KTM 640 Duke

Another KTM 640 Duke

KTM SD 990 Superduke

So have much experience but, No bike atmo. (Although have plenty Bike gear. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).
Anyways. Keeping an eye out for the New KTM 690 Duke.

The Duke is that good? I was fascinated by them when they came out, but it looks like a ticket maker for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Beleive me when I say. That 8yrs ago. I honestly thought that these bikes were Scary.

But Hey! "Straight from the crate" They are as good as you are. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Cool and as mad as you like. (No tickets here!)

There is supposed to be a pic of me standig next to my SD990 here. However I have forgot how to post pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
http://images.fotopic.net/?id=27454310&noresize=1

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif Just found out! you may discern the tail of my http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif 600 Pantah in the background.

And another http://images.fotopic.net/?id=28493607&noresize=1

Me and my son. trying one out for size http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Covino
01-03-2008, 06:35 PM
Here's mine, I like all bikes, but I love 250's...
more fun to ride something slow, fast than the other way around... not to mention the gas mileage
http://upload7.postimage.org/139875/Photo_0028.jpg (http://upload7.postimage.org/139875/photo_hosting.html)

No accidents yet but countless near misses. All worth it though.

JG10r_Bull
01-03-2008, 07:17 PM
yer bike's i love bike's http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

had:
NSR 150
XR 250
R6 Yammie'2004 mod (nice Bike)

Have Now :
GSXR 750 K2 ( VERY NICE BIKE )

it's a **** pic takein with a Phone it don't show how nice it ishttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e337/zoe03/MyGSXR750.jpg

GAU-8
01-03-2008, 10:07 PM
monteray13,

my brother had an XS 1100 special as well.

he too would love to find another in nice condition. loved that thing, and regretted ever selling it.

HotelBushranger
01-03-2008, 11:18 PM
GSXR 750 K2 ( VERY NICE BIKE )

Looks it, how much did it set you back?

Badsight-
01-03-2008, 11:28 PM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
but as you all know, motorbike riding is fraught with danger. Has anyone here had any such experiences?

Cheers!
ive had to pick peices of a freind off the road

dont start riding on the road

ride on the dirt for a year first

RxMan
01-04-2008, 06:04 AM
Even dicey in the dirt. The bike I showed above did me in.
Rode fine on the track. In a pasture one day between motos front end locked up, I severly bruised my cervical (neck) spinal cord. Was paralyzed for 7 days, in hospital 7 weeks, out of work one year, then worked 30 more years handicapped then retired when neck finally collapased and needed surgery.
The bike was fine, but suspension was set up for my 14 yr old daughter, not my 200 lb body. Bad on me.

BigKahuna_GS
01-04-2008, 05:27 PM
S!

http://www.geocities.com/grantsenn/4ALL2SEE/AUTOS/ACTION.jpg

Hya Tagart,
Looks like a cross between a Land Rover & Toyota Land Crusher (Cruiser).

I have a 84' CJ8 Jeep Scrambler that has been restored with a new coil suspension kit by Warn/Black Diamond. I took out the 4cyl motor and replaced with a LT-1 Vette engine/4L-80 tranny. I have a Dana-44 reverse cut front axle with a Dana-60 full-floating rear axle, ARB front air locker and Detroit Soft Locker (rear). The Dana 300 transfer case is gear driven and with 513 axle ratios gives me about a 100-1 crawl ratio. I run 37" MTR off road tires and with
the combination of coil/long travel control arms the susspension can articulate quite well.

My Scrambler started out looking like a pick up truck and ended up looking like this but with coil springs instead of leaf springs and slightly wider axles.

http://www.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0701_198...scrambler/index.html (http://www.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0701_1982_jeep_cj8_scrambler/index.html)

http://images.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0701_01_z+1982_jeep_cj8_scrambler+lead.jpg

http://images.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0701_02_z+1982_jeep_cj8_scrambler+driving_down hill

http://images.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0701_03_z+1982_jeep_cj8_scrambler+engine.jpg
My Jeep has the fuel injected LT-1 Vette engine with Vette Headers not this carb model.

I was up in Tahoe doing the famous Rubicon Trail which is absolutely bueatiful and a heavily modified Cherokee broke a stub axle. I had to pull that Cherokee up Cadilliac Hill (nasty rocky/steep hill)out of the valley and my Jeep did great-- a real Billy Goat.

http://californiajeeper.com/rubicon/rubicon.gif

http://californiajeeper.com/rubicon/rubicon-c.gif

http://l.yimg.com/www.flickr.com/images/spaceball.gif
Going through Little Sluice on the Rubicon Trail, Tahoe National Forest

Saw a fully restored FJ-40 Land Crusher cause about 5k worth of body damage there because he only had 31" tires, no lift, no lockers.

JG10r_Bull
01-11-2008, 05:49 AM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">GSXR 750 K2 ( VERY NICE BIKE )

Looks it, how much did it set you back? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

sorry 4 the last reply mate ISP probs O i got a better pic 4 u too & 10,000 http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e337/zoe03/MyGSXR7501.jpg

gkll
01-11-2008, 08:58 AM
To the original poster....

I didn't see the word 'countersteer' in this thread anywhere. Training courses in North America may not deal with this in sufficient detail, a weakness of North American perceptions (by regulators) of how to ride a bike. So I agree fully that you should take a riding course and get and use the best safety gear, but also do a search on 'motorcycle countersteer' or somesuch into google. You may be surprised.

DaimonSyrius
01-11-2008, 11:03 AM
I've been a biker for nearly 35 years, and this is my sweetie since a few years back.

Honda CBR 1100XX, it's 164 horsepower, 1100cc. I love it, it's fast and powerful, yet quite comfortable for an R type. I do ride it all year through (not owning a car), my current mileage on it is around 125.000 km. She's absolutely enjoyable http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Cheers,
S.

http://www.infonegocio.com/daimon/img/CBR1100XX-7-600x800.jpg

Poker_4H
01-11-2008, 12:05 PM
Current:
http://www.suzukicycles.com/images/ProductImages/logo/500/C50K8.jpg

want:
http://www.kawasaki.com/ImagesMain/Products/Preview/08e70154-dfbd-4c74-9bcd-a1d9bd24f1ce.jpg

RAF_Pagan
01-11-2008, 01:14 PM
My 1973-75 BMW R75/5-90/6. I bought it in 1975, and it's been morphing from the /5 into a /6 over the years. I still have it, but don't ride often anymore. Roads and traffic in the Baltimore/DC area suck.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2084/1675766485_ab40799563_m.jpg

JG53Frankyboy
01-11-2008, 02:00 PM
Originally posted by Poker_4H:
Current:
http://www.suzukicycles.com/images/ProductImages/logo/500/C50K8.jpg

want:
http://www.kawasaki.com/ImagesMain/Products/Preview/08e70154-dfbd-4c74-9bcd-a1d9bd24f1ce.jpg
well, that is what i call a difference http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

but i can understand you , as i have a HD BadBoy (a Softail Springer in all black) , but after around 1 hour my back needs a massage http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

my BMW R1200RT is much more comfortabel, and sure faster to ride http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

JG53Frankyboy
01-11-2008, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by gkll:
To the original poster....

I didn't see the word 'countersteer' in this thread anywhere. Training courses in North America may not deal with this in sufficient detail, a weakness of North American perceptions (by regulators) of how to ride a bike. So I agree fully that you should take a riding course and get and use the best safety gear, but also do a search on 'motorcycle countersteer' or somesuch into google. You may be surprised.

actually, you do that without thinking about it............... at least i do http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

gkll
01-11-2008, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by JG53Frankyboy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by gkll:
To the original poster....

I didn't see the word 'countersteer' in this thread anywhere. Training courses in North America may not deal with this in sufficient detail, a weakness of North American perceptions (by regulators) of how to ride a bike. So I agree fully that you should take a riding course and get and use the best safety gear, but also do a search on 'motorcycle countersteer' or somesuch into google. You may be surprised.

actually, you do that without thinking about it............... at least i do http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Hmmmm but when they hung cameras on bikes to see how people steered motorcycles who didn't know 'countersteering', they found that they took a while to get the beast bent into the corner. And reactions in accident situations were wrong and too slow, ending in 'high side' crashes. If you know countersteer you can avoid a sluggish and incorrect response to an emergency situation, that is the point. I didn't, now I do, world of difference. "zen and the art of motorcycle riding" into google (did at one point) get you to this maniac libertarian guy with some technical stuff wrong.... however nonetheless the bulk of the thing is very valuable and very much on target, I found it looking for something for my kids to understand what I was talking about.

x6BL_Brando
01-11-2008, 04:54 PM
Counter-steer comes naturally I think - it's more about over-ruling the instinct to pull the bar into the corner as you go through. I'm not sure it's so good to suggest that people actively push away, but rather that they ease off their grip and let it flow. The bike wants to go around the corner as long as it's leant over steeply enough.

I know it's the one-armed bandit saying this, but in 35 years of riding it took a guy speeding in rush-hour city traffic (on the wrong side of the road) to finally take me out. A biker, too, which really added salt to the wound http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I just had the pre-op examination, passed it easily, and my brain surgery is scheduled for early February. I'm really hoping it will relieve my problem and allow me to drag out my lovely K100RS outfit for another season at least. I haven't ridden for nearly three years and I miss it terribly.

If I get back I will be scanning constantly for ****wits. That'd be my advice for any new biker, or any old one too. Any one can be ****witted at some point in the day. You must spot them coming, and not be one yourself.

Ride safe

B

JG52Uther
01-11-2008, 04:59 PM
Riding an Ironhead Harley D. with open pipes keeps the f***wits away quite nicely I find.That and the filthy stares they get if they come too close.

HerrGraf
01-11-2008, 09:53 PM
Growing up in the S.F. bay area and now living 11 miles from the San Gabriel Mountain range, I find it easy to ride the twistiest of roads. It is funny to be up at the Sturgis Rally and watch those folks from the middle part of the country (where they don't have corners) getting panic stricken when confronted with twisty roads.

Anyone can go fast in a staight line- going around corners is where the fun is. My suggestion is to find the twistiest road in your area and ride it at a moderate pace as often as possible until you feel confortable.

Countersteering is pushing forward with the handlebar on the side with which you want to go (right bar to turn right, left bar to go left). A shift of weight will further the steering effect.

As a sidenote, here in the U.S.A. the Motorcycle Safety Foundation sponcers rider safety courses in each state. Look for a similar body in your area if you are a new rider.

Gibbage1
01-11-2008, 11:54 PM
I just got a Suzuki DL-650 in 06 as my 1st bike, and still have it. Great bike! I have smoked GSXR's 0-60 in it. I loved the look on there face in my rear view mirror!

http://www.gibbageart.com/files/wee02.jpg

Yes, its a dual sport. Even more embarrassing for the GSXR squids http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Also, I live 1 mile away from the entrance of Angles Crest Highway in LA. One of the best rides in this country!

jadger
01-12-2008, 01:47 AM
If anyone's interested, this bike is for sale, we could pool our money together and buy it as a joing IL2 fan group. This is my ultimate dream of a bike if I ever get one.

1942 BMW R75 for sale (http://www.classic-motorbikes.com/stock.asp?Ref=DZ80&Lang=en)

quite a deal, only 29,000 Euros

http://www.classic-motorbikes.com/scripts/show_image.asp?ImageID=149066&width=640

JG10r_Bull
01-12-2008, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by Gibbage1:
I just got a Suzuki DL-650 in 06 as my 1st bike, and still have it. Great bike! I have smoked GSXR's 0-60 in it. I loved the look on there face in my rear view mirror!

http://www.gibbageart.com/files/wee02.jpg

Yes, its a dual sport. Even more embarrassing for the GSXR squids http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Also, I live 1 mile away from the entrance of Angles Crest Highway in LA. One of the best rides in this country!

LOL i smell a Race my GSXR 750. 150Hp + it's got some mods... VS Your DL-650 looks Stock... this is one little GSXR squid u will not Smoke !! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

ElAurens
01-12-2008, 08:52 AM
If I were ever to sell my Bonneville, the V-Strom is one of the bikes on my short list.

But my heart has been taken by an Italian beauty...

The Moto Guzzi Breva 1200...

http://www.webbikeworld.com/Moto-Guzzi-motorcycles/2007-moto-guzzi/breva-white.jpg

In red of course.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif