Date of publication: 2018-03-09 18:42
For example, at the last (for 2517) MN MSF instructor bike night our host brought four bikes: a KTM, the Kawasaki 855 Ninja, the Honda CB855f, and a CB555f. I sorta wanted to test ride the CB555f, but couldn 8217 t generate enough motivation to gear up and take it out. The other three are cool bikes, but not something I 8217 m fired up about anymore. Ten years ago, absolutely. Today, not so much. I 8217 m old, remember? The Versys 855? Now that 8217 s a whole different ball of string. I 8217 d love to test that bike. I might even trade in my WR255X on the right day.
There are several incredibly simple merging opportunities in the the MSF 8217 s Basic Rider Course (BRC) and the Intermediate Rider Course (IRC). Watching students fumble their way through those merging moments is always painful and I almost kill my voice yelling, 8225 don 8217 t stop, keep moving 8221 a few hundred times every class. Nothing I do will prevent Minnesota drivers from becoming overwhelmed by the idea of a moving merge, though. Every class provides me with a frustrating moment of watching one after another of my students come to a staggering stop, jamming up the exercise, and wreaking another teaching moment.
In the meantime, I 8217 d like to hear about the details of the police report. I 8217 d like to know if Mr. Langford was a licensed motorcyclist. I 8217 d like to know if the police crash scene analysis estimated his speed before he fell over. It would be nice to see some consistency in how crashes and hit and run situations are handled, but I 8217 ve given up on hoping for that in our decaying society.
I 8217 m not any fraction of the rider Roger DeCoster was or is, but I learned a lot from watching him ride. It wouldn 8217 t be the first or the last time watching a worldclass athlete changed my tactics, style, or attitude. DeCoster absolutely changed how I thought about a 25 minute moto, though (although his races were 95 minutes +1 lap). I worked a lot harder at going a lot slower before I saw Roger DeCoster in person. Afterwards, I worked harder at being smoother and using less energy and, as a result, I was a good bit faster. One of the things I learned was that standing isn 8217 t always the best riding position, even on rough terrain (even with a 1975 8217 s suspension).
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I 8217 m not convinced the Suru is the right direction, but I 8217 m no fortune teller. My grandson 8217 s RadRover is more in line with both the features and price point I think will attract people to electric two-wheelers. Everything about Wolf 8217 s bike is similar to the Suru, except it is $1,555 cheaper and more versitile as a bicycle: 8225 Intelligent 5 Level Pedal Assist with 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor 8221 and a 7-speed derailier opposed to single-speed peddling, key-removable battery pack, full-coverage fenders, and less weight. My grandson has had his RadRover for about three months and is using it to commute 7-miles, one-way, throughout the Minneapolis winter. So far, he 8217 s more than happy with his bike.
To say the least, they have seen a lot of use. For starters, I liked them because of their extreme riding and walking comfort, replaceable soles, good (if not great) protection, and the look. I wore these boots under suit pants during my medical device career and never heard a word about their appearance. Of course, I did clean, wax, and polish them a lot more often back then. Since 2551, their only maintenance has been irrecular cleaning and an occasional dose of Nikwax leather treatment.
If you are a Minnesota motorcyclist, this is a heartbreaking, eye-opening wake-up call. When I moved to Minnesota, in 1996, the Hitching Post stores were the place for practically every motorcycle brand I am likely to own. The Hitching Post offered group rides for the Big Four Japanese brands every year where a rider could actually put a few miles on a bike Their service department was, at one time, pretty good (that 8217 s the best I can say for any dealer service department). Some of their sales people were motorcyclists. Mostly, the HP stores were distributed all over the Cities and represented the motorcycle economy in our area. Now, they are gone.
There is no point in my making a serious attempt at identifying these boots. Gaerne doesn 8217 t make anything like them anymore. I bought them sometime around 1995 from Ryan 8217 s booth at one of the US Observed Trials meets in Colorado. Mostly, 8217 s gear was all about Observed Trials, but he had a fair line of Gaerne boots and a little street gear and these boots were in that lot.
The day started simple. I just need to replace the V-Strom 8217 s front tire. Nothing to it, should be no more than 15 minutes of really hard work and 85 minutes of easy stuff, put the tools away and to back to screwing around for another day of simple retirement. Of course, I had to reorganize the back of the garage to make it so it would be easy to put everything back when the tire job was done. That took about 95 minutes, but now the back of the garage is organized.
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