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i really thot it was a nothing incident and kind of pretended it wasn't that serious for the first day or two, then it became clear it was serious.  if there is any silver lining it is that the family has finality now instead of having to agonize for what could have been years.  RIP Nicky Hayden

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Racing Headquarters / F*** Julian Ryder
« on: 05/22/17 01:42PM »
Check out his "eulogy" for Nicky over at superbikeplanet...

https://www.superbikeplanet.com/ryder-notes-images-nick/

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Nicky was unfailingly polite and professional no matter what, he was to us Europeans a fine example of what we took to be the best expression of true American values, and believe me we need reminding of them right now.

He takes the opportunity to take a snipe at U.S. politics while talking about Nicky which could not be more disgusting.  Doesn't matter where you are politically, this should be offensive to you.  Let him know. 

RIP Nicky Hayden

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my experience with cheap battery trickle chargers is that they actually drain your battery faster than just letting it sit and starting it once a week or two.

when i had a tender (the real one) hooked up to a new battery on my bike, the battery died in less than a year (tender was used religiously during this period)

now the tender just sits there next to my bike not hooked up and my current battery in going on about 2+ years now

i went through a couple batteries before using the tender as noted above and they all lasted several years without a tender.

for the record, the bike has close to 50K miles and is on it's 5th(?) battery

i would say save your money and just start/ride the bike every couple weeks

EDIT: just fyi, the batteries have always been Yuasa OEM spec

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During (and after) VR's stint at Ducati, he was slaughtered in the media for "trying to turn the Ducati into a Yamaha"

This just in from Lorenzo...

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"Jorge Lorenzo has called on Ducati to adopt a more Yamaha-like philosophy when it comes to developing its MotoGP bike, with more focus on chassis improvements." (https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/lorenzo-ducati-should-adopt-yamahas-chassis-philosophy-898644/)

"Lorenzo believes the Italian marque could learn from the approach of his former employer, which regularly introduces chassis updates, and that a “change of priorities” is needed to focus more on this area."

“Maybe now we need to... try new types of chassis to make turning easier and make the rider's life easier."


Where's everybody's pitchforks now?






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CAPIROSSI on Ducati in 2007:
I have a lot of understeer and can't get the bike to run well

MELANDRI on Ducati in 2008 (interviewed later):
I had exactly the same (understeer) problems with the Ducati that Rossi had...but Ducati did not listen to my feedback. I asked for changes to be made to the bike... but Ducati merely replied that their bike had won a world title, and I would have to adapt my style.

STONER on Ducati in 2011 (his first year at Honda):
"For instance, we had many problems with the Ducati’s suspensions (sic), especially in this track. The drive would also close a lot on long corners, because there are many braking points and we suffered a bit. By contrast, these three days (with Honda) have been really fantastic. On Thursday I had a (front end) crash because I lost grip on the front wheel, but it was a one-time thing and it did not happen again (unlike the Ducati). It (Honda) is very different from the past (Ducati)."

ROSSI on Ducati in 2012:
"The bigger frustration, apart from the bad results and the bad feeling, is that more or less we have the same (understeer) problem with this bike after two years that we had in Valencia in 2010. And sometimes you have the feeling that you waste your time. This is the bigger frustration."

HAYDEN on Ducati in 2013:
“The turning is still the main area where we need to improve, but although we knew the beginning of the season was going to be tough, we have to stay focused and keep the course.”

DOVI on Ducati in 2013 (see also 2017 quote below):
The bike doesn’t turn. It wants to go straight. So I can't make higher speed in the middle of the corner because I can't keep the line.”

CRUTCHLOW on Ducati in 2014:
As was to be expected today, the Ducati bikes seem to be struggling with understeer, but we are trying hard to resolve the problem.

GIGI on Ducati in 2016:
“I think that our main problem is the turning of the bike in the middle of the corner. For sure we have to improve the chassis in that area, and we have some ideas. We tried to implement these ideas in the new bike and hopefully we’ll see if these ideas work.”

DOVI (again) on Ducati in 2017:
Dovizioso, though, emphasised that there was no one area Ducati has to focus on, saying instead it will have to conduct a thorough overhaul of the Desmosedici.  "We need to talk about the bike in 360 degrees," he said.  "There is no [single] bad aspect that we have to work on. It's a mix of many aspects that must work together.  "I don't want to call it a disaster, we must stay calm and work.  "But I'm the first to be disappointed and to know the limits of the bike."

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Racing Headquarters / Re: Cast the Rossi Movie
« on: 04/26/17 06:46PM »
Cast the Rossi Movie:

Rossi -
Burgess - ANTHONY HOPKINS
Brivio - ANTONIO BANDERAS
Uccio -
Furusawa - BEAT TAKESHI
KRJR -
Doohan - Eric Bana
Capirossi -
Biaggi -
Barros-
Checa-
Hopkins- Ewen McGregor
Ukawa-
Lorenzo - THE WEREWOLF GUY FROM THE VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF TWILIGHT MOVIES
Ryder/Moody -
Gibernau -
Melandri -
Hayden -
Earl Hayden - CLINT EASTWOOD
Jarvis - BENEDICT ARNOLD I MEAN CUMBERBATCH
Stoner -
Suppo -
Domenicalli -
Preziosi -
Ezpeleta -
Edwards - Mathew McConaughey - this is inspired! lol

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Racing Headquarters / Re: MotoGP COTA *Spoiler alert!*
« on: 04/26/17 06:38PM »
the problem is that Zarco didn't actually pass Rossi... watch the clip again, Zarco had better speed and beat VR to the apex, but then Zarco just parked the bike, he never actually pushed past VR and took the lead which is what he needed to do to make the pass safely.  If Zarco had actually passed VR, then that would have left VR somewhere to be instead of almost crashing into Zarco.

the stupidness of the application of the rule is that now a rider can literally push another rider off track and the victim gets punished!  Oh, hey you are P2 and it's close and you want to win?  Just make a no-chance pass on P1, then park yourself at the apex and roll off...  now P1 will have to run off track or crash and then THEY get a penalty for running off so even if P2 didn't make the pass stick, P2 still has a chance to win because race (mis)direction will take some time off P1 for the penalty.  It's very very dumb.

remember, there's no guarantee you will actually gain an advantage by going off track, you're gonna pick up dirt and marbles and your tires are compromised as well as now you have to navigate parts of the circuit that aren't meant to be ridden on and you have to navigate back onto the racing line. 

the only way to make this "fair" would be to punish VR as they did, and then punish Zarco for dangerous riding by giving him a 0.3 second penalty, kind of like offsetting penalties in football.  however, there should not have been any penalty at all, ESPECIALLY not a penalty where someone in a booth is counting time with a stopwatch WTF !??!?!  how is a rider supposed to know they gained 0.3 or what the exact time is?  that is ridiculous.

what is VERY disturbing is that maybe a month ago, there was an article with Mike Webb who said he "wants the riders to determine race strategy" and yet right here, the 3rd race into the season and already race direction is subjectively messing with the results on a non-issue.

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Racing Headquarters / Cast the Rossi Movie
« on: 04/20/17 03:13PM »
Cast the Rossi Movie:

Rossi -
Burgess -
Brivio -
Uccio -
Furusawa -
KRJR -
Doohan -
Capirossi -
Biaggi -
Barros-
Checa-
Hopkins-
Ukawa-
Lorenzo -
Ryder/Moody -
Gibernau -
Melandri -
Hayden -
Earl Hayden -
Jarvis -
Stoner -
Suppo -
Domenicalli -
Preziosi -
Ezpeleta -

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Racing Headquarters / Re: Lorenzo 2017 Final Position
« on: 04/20/17 01:13PM »
P8 for JL is now a pipe dream. 

Because of how the points works, I believe JL has to finish much higher than 8th most of the rest of the season to overhaul the deficit... that's not going to happen. 

We are probably looking at something outside the top 10... maybe P12? P14? give or take

By now, he's had all the official and private tests as well as all the free practices/q sessions which is way more than enough time to go through every setting on the bike, which they of course have already done.  JL now knows the bike is a dud and it doesn't matter what settings they go through, the bike needs to be re-engineered.  What they are all hoping for is that some magic setting will allow JL to "click" with the bike at a certain track at a certain temperature, etc.  ... but like P8, that's not gonna happen.

I'm pretty sure Ducati are gonna be done with grand prix after the JL fiasco... look for GiGi to resign at the end of JL's stint and for Ducati to announce the factory is leaving the series with a handful of leftover satellite bikes getting "factory support" for a year or two until they are completely gone.  The Panigale still hasn't won the title after like 5 years in WSBK so they can go beg Dorna for another 200cc and see if they can't beat the Kawis lol.

EDIT: I forgot about the rumors that Ducati are finally going to put a V4 into their superbikes (old but new rumor?), so maybe they will take their desmo and homologate it and try to get the WSBK title that way... something like a Desmo SP2 100K version to meet regs.

Here's an interesting question... If JL went to HRC instead, do you think he would only have 5 points after 2 races?  Even though he's been riding an M1 for ever?

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Racing Headquarters / Re: Lorenzo 2017 Final Position
« on: 04/11/17 11:35AM »
bump lol

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So, what is going to happen to Lorenzo?  Well, I think the same thing is going to happen to JL that has happened to every single rider that has ridden for Ducati. JL is going to end up fighting a weird bike that doesn't turn and washes the front without warning and when he asks for updates or improvements, nothing will happen or they will add more wings.  JL is not AD.  JL expects wins.  AD hopes for them (no disrespect).   So, fast forward into the 2017 season and the wins aren't coming, the press won't stop asking questions, JL is getting (unfairly) destroyed on his social media, now he's sinking down the leaderboard...  Yeah, this is a case of JL spiraling madness just waiting to happen.  As time goes on, he's going to become increasingly frustrated with the bike and the team and the factory, etc. and it's gonna start getting ugly.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Riding high
« on: 12/12/16 04:09AM »
other important questions:
is it ok to ride while tired?  how tired?  cold?  without proper gear?  with headphones?  with a dark visor at night?  on cold medication?  while angry?  while sad?  while listning to a GPS? listening to music?  with a passenger (taking someone else's life into your hands when you have no control over what other drivers will do)?  with a bike that is not properly maintained?  with less experienced riders in your group?  with balding tires?  tread showing?  with a cold?  with a fever?  on caffiene?  how much caffiene?  with non-refletive gear?  with a loud exhaust that you can't hear other vehicles?  with any mods to your bike installed by your "friend who really knows bikes"?  with any type of distraction whatsoever that takes away from you placing 100% attention on the road? 

because what you are really saying is "don't ride distracted" not "don't ride high"  so the question is what does "distracted" mean? and to what "level of disctraction" are we talking?

define those terms, then we can talk.

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guys i'll be streaming Fallout 3 post-main-storyline gameplay on twitch while that guy loses his mind lol


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Well according to the people at the SNELL booth at last year's MC show in Long Beach, the stickers that manufacturers put on their helmets have to be purchased. When a helmet passes the SNELL testing the manufacturer can then buy the stickers to put on that particular model for every one they intend to sell.

Additionally, SNELL does blind random testing. Where they will buy a helmet off the shelf and test it, if the helmet does not pass, they can revoke the SNELL certification. This they said is to prevent the manufacturer from submitting a "special" version they know would pass.

yes, like any certification process (even lawyers!) you get certified (by passing a standardized test) and then you maintain your cert by follow up testing

i'm not surprised they charge for the sticker.  however, i'm a california/us lawyer so i can't really comment on EU processes, but its mostly similar i would assume

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actually you are wrong.

the statute says you must wear an approved helment which obviously means unapproved helments exist.

what the law means is that if you get pulled over the cop chcks your helmet and no DOT sticker you get the same ticket as no helmet

this is why non-lawyers are not allowed to practice law
Hey TROLL, you a lawyer? I thought not. Please point out where I stated, "unapproved helmets do not exist?" 

THATS RIGHT YOU CANNOT BECAUSE I DID NOT STATE ANYTHING OF THE SORT!
Please reread the errors I pointed out in Rogues statement, my corrections where 100% factual. Please learn some reading comprehension before trying to spout off like some EXPERT.

I'll try to put it in simpler words so perhaps you can understand.

In order to get DOT(department of transportation) approved the helmets must be tested. <<<< This directly refutes Rogue's statement, "Snell and DOT approvalonly means the manufacturer says they meet the standards..."
FALSE, Snell and DOT approval means the tested designs MEET the required standards.
SAYING something and DOING something are two different concepts. I can tell you your an idiot, or I can prove it with factual statements.
^^^See Above^^^ :3:

STAY IN SCHOOL KIDS........ :24:

yes i'm a lawyer

class of 2006

focus in school was on business law, corporate law, corporate tax

loyola marymount law school alumni

you really need to stop you are the one spreading misinformation

rockrat is spot on

compliance is VOLUNTARY
 
comply and you get to put a sticker on your helmet, don't comply and you don't get a sticker

get it?

honestly your post did not have a single correct assertion

also yes rockrat is spot on when he says that the manufacturer is simply asserting to the DOT that thye passed the tests, they do this by sending their helmets to an approved testing center.  the gov't has no direct oversight of this kind of stuff except rubber stamping the sticker approval (ie paperwork)

also, you did not respond to the fact that you misinterpreted the statute... can we please go back to that?  do you acknowledge that the statue does not say anything other than you must wear an approved helmet and then refers you to what constitutes and approved helmet?  the statute does not make the assertion you claim it makes.

here's your quote...

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Completely, 100%, false. It's not a "Voluntary" compliance. This sure sound like Mandatory to me.

"California Motorcycle Helmet Law. STATUTE: California Vehicle Code, Division 12, Chapter 5, Article 7, Section 27803. "(a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle."

do you see how the audience for that statute is the motorcycle operator and not an equipment manufacturer?  there is nothing mandatory about this except that the wearing of a(n approved) helmet is mandatory.  there is no burden on the oem here.  if there is, please show us.

also, if you use a ton of caps and red highlighting its kind of a dead giveaway you have no idea what you are talking about because your points are weak and make no sense  it's like yelling your incorrect assertion over and over again because you think simply being louder means being right

so let's reivew... you said that compliance is mandatory and misquoted a vehicle code statute to buttress your arugment.  rockrat (correctly) asserted that compliance is volutnary.  do you see your error?

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It wasn't all "unknown" manufacturing, and a lot of the parts were being built by a well known company (Flextronics).

.............Snell and DOT approval only means the manufacturer says they meet the standards, because remember it's all voluntary compliance to a standard.........
Completely, 100%, false. It's not a "Voluntary" compliance. This sure sound like Mandatory to me.

"California Motorcycle Helmet Law. STATUTE: California Vehicle Code, Division 12, Chapter 5, Article 7, Section 27803. "(a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle."

This statement is also false, "Snell and DOT approval only means the manufacturer "says" they meet the standards." Uh, no your wrong.
In order to be Snell or DOT approved the helmets must be tested, smashed, hit, crashed, etc. and prove they meed the energy dissipation and other requirements to become Snell or DOT approved.

It does nobody good to provide miss information. If you don't know what your talking about, please USE GOOGLE!

On another note, it looks like they are back at it! Website still up and you can order a helmet with estimated delivery date of 11/2016. Personally I feel that all this tech in a helmet might be a nice novelty but adds weight and distractions. I'll stick with tried and true Arai helmets, light comfortable, and proven.

actually you are wrong.

the statute says you must wear an approved helment which obviously means unapproved helments exist.

what the law means is that if you get pulled over the cop chcks your helmet and no DOT sticker you get the same ticket as no helmet

this is why non-lawyers are not allowed to practice law

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if a tech blog is writing about a motorcycle helmet, i dont want that helmet

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Product Reviews / Re: Hit-Air Vest (Air Bag)
« on: 07/23/16 11:47AM »
i watched that video and all i can do is lol

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Racing Headquarters / Re: MotoGP 2016
« on: 07/20/16 07:18PM »
geez put the pitchforks down or at least turn your anger to the blogger who wrote that clickbait title.  did you read the quotes?  he never once said anything close to "i want radios"  he was clearly answering a pointed question such as "why aren't radios used in motogp now?" by a journalist.  this "writer" just put a clearly erroneous title on his site so he could get more views

the link is right there.  show me where vr said "i want radios"

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1. Do you really want to live in a state where what you are proposing happens?  Someone delivers video "evidence" to the police and then the next thing they knock on your door at 5am and arrest you?  I'm no expert but I'm pretty good at video editing and I'll bet that if I followed you around for a week with a video camera I could edit something together that would get you arrested and/or shot.
I was under the impression we already have this happening, no? SWAT raids based solely on anonimous phone calls, or police shootings after someone 'thought they saw someone waving a gun'.

you didn't answer the question. do you want to live in a state where this happens?

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Got a question for you all, let's say I captured an example of dangerous driving on video, with license plate clearly visible. Should I bother submitting it to authorities, or is it just a waste of time? Does anyone know an example of someone being punished or warned based on video evidence submitted by third party?

It happened this morning: someone apparently got mad at me for lanesplitting and they passed me on the left in HOV lane. Not a big deal, just shook my head and went ahead, but I wonder if in the future if something like this happens, do I need to bother and report shit like this to police.

1. Do you really want to live in a state where what you are proposing happens?  Someone delivers video "evidence" to the police and then the next thing they knock on your door at 5am and arrest you?  I'm no expert but I'm pretty good at video editing and I'll bet that if I followed you around for a week with a video camera I could edit something together that would get you arrested and/or shot.

2. The police can do nothing about an event that they have not witnessed.  This is why Police Reports are almost always disallowed as "evidence" in a trial because a PD Report is just the Officer writing things down that other people tell him/her (i.e., inadmissible hearsay)

3. If you are so inclined you can try to sue the guy in civil court for Assault and/or Vehicular Assault (if there is such a thing)


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