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Tim hooked me up! These things are cool and I just have to keep the passenger pegs on, no erector set.  Good meeting you Tim and thanks for installing in the parking lot :)  kept waiting for starbucks people to come and kick us out but was all good.  Will have to go someplace w/ better light than my garage to take some decent pics
Great to meet you too Vince (although I have a feeling we've met before) and I'm so glad you like the kit.  It's the last one!

And thanks Pretender for the suggestion!

If you have a rear stand, a socket set and a broomstick, you should be able to do it.  The hardest part is breaking loose the front sprocket bolt.  You have to lock the rear wheel from moving, that's what the broomstick is for.  There are many Youtube videos on the topic.  Give it a try!

The SLS bags go on or off in a few seconds.  Once you have all the hardware set up for your bike, you can remove the metal bits by pulling the pin that holds the adapter block to the footpeg bracket.  (same pin that would normally hold your footpeg to the bracket) Depending on the bike it usually takes 2 or 3 minutes.  Also, I found a set of painted prototype mounting plates that you can have, but they're painted not powdercoated like the production units.

Bikes For Sale / Re: kawasaki gpz-5550
« on: 05/25/18 07:58PM »
What a cool bike!  I lusted after these when I was a poor college student and couldn't afford one.

General Motorcycle Discussion / R.I.P. Annette Carrion
« on: 04/01/18 02:05PM »
Annette Carrion was a beautiful young woman who worked for Motorcyclist magazine.  She died yesterday while riding on Ortega Highway.  Rest in peace Annette, you will be missed.

Those were great bike nights.  I wonder if there are any bike nights that last more than a few years.  The bike nights at Original Mike's in Santa Ana were good too.  I remember trying a fish sandwich at Hooters and it was pretty much the worst thing I've ever attempted to eat.  And that includes fried wasps in Thailand and cow brain tacos in Mexico.

i want to see it go head to head with a standard bike on a track...
I'd like to see it go head to head with a standard FZ-09 (the bike it's based on) IN THE RAIN!!

Definitely not a traditional motorcycle.  Looks WAY more fun than a Can Am Spyder.

I'm sure it's out of my budget, but I really like this thing.

Misc / Re: New Rider Night at the D-Store
« on: 03/09/18 09:37PM »
There are some pics here.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Funny Craigslist ad
« on: 03/08/18 08:48PM »
Not mine.  This ad is too funny.

"Some scratches on the body cause this bike is a beast and doesn't take no for an answer"

Bikes For Sale / Re: 2010 aprillia Tuano/07 Vino 125
« on: 03/08/18 07:18PM »
Got any more pictures?  That Tuono headlight looks non-stock.  I'm curious what it looks like from the front.

Nice, short, and informative.

Misc / Re: Moto Art with Maryia Bulka @ DStore 2/23
« on: 02/21/18 07:52PM »
This should be interesting.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: helmet A/C?
« on: 02/04/18 08:13PM »
Hopefully it works better than the Ventz, which is a product I really wanted to like, but it really didn't work well.

Just to sit in a car?  Hard to believe.

I'm thinking of going to COTA MotoGP this year.  Who's been?  What part of town is best to stay in?  Is there a "Cannery Row" type of place where motorcycles gather at night?

Here's another article on the topic...

Give A Shift: Trying To Help Save The Motorcycle Industry
Kickstarting a needed conversation

"Give A Shift is the punny name given to an initiative intended to forward the cause of motorcycling in the U.S. market, which is showing signs of shrinkage due to a variety of reasons: demographic, cultural, and systemic.

Spearheaded by Robert Pandya, a moto industry stalwart in public relations and marketing, GAS is bringing together all interested parties to identify problems and to come up with possible solutions. All voices are desired, from newbie millennials to veteran industry personnel and stakeholders.

The first GAS conference was held last November, with a panel of 25 individuals from diverse backgrounds, including yours truly. A follow-up gathering was assembled last week.

Flattening motorcycle sales will have a profound impact on the transpo-tainment aspects of motorcycling that we’re passionate about. Baby boomers have girded the moto market for decades, but their collective influence is dying off, quite literally. For the motorcycle industry to maintain its current sales volume, particularly here in North America, we need an influx from younger generations." - Continues at link.
I was at the Give A Shift forum last week at Lucky Wheels Garage (cool place, by the way).  It was certainly interesting, seeing old moto-industry friends and meeting new ones too.  The meeting was surprisingly short on suggestions for action.  After the speakers were done we all chatted, and I asked several people for their ideas about how we can help stimulate new ridership.

The general consensus was that several factors are hurting motorcycle sales.  Economic, practical, and safety are the big ones.  With high rents, student loan debt, and relatively low wages, younger people don't have the funds for an expensive toy.  They feel they can afford only 1 vehicle, and you can carry a whole lot more stuff in a car.

Some felt that any solution should come from the manufacturers, after all its in their economic interest.  I agree with that to a point, however I think the OEMs are doing a decent job with products to attract new riders.  Most of the manufacturers have small, relatively affordable and relatively unintimidating bikes these days.

Offroad riding legend Scot Harden has proposed a solution involving people, not products.  His "Plus 1" initiative suggests actions we can all take to help increase ridership.  Here's the entire article:

Here are some of Scot's suggestions:
1. Share your passion with others. Expose non-motorcycle friends to the sport by inviting them to your house to catch the Sunday game on TV. Entertain in your garage. Use your motorcycle(s) as props to promote discussion about motorcycles. Let them touch, feel, even sit on your bike. I would argue that every motorcyclist started a love affair with motorcycling after first sitting on someone else’s bike.

2. Attend an event. Invite your non-motorcyclist friends to a motorcycle show, race or rally. Take time to explain what is going on, introduce them to your motorcycling friends, and share the experience with them like you would anyone else.

3. Take a friend for a ride. It doesn’t have to be all day. Take them to lunch or for coffee. Let them experience the fun and enjoyment of riding.

4. Teach someone how to ride. I know this raises all sorts of issues, but many enthusiasts—like myself—have enough property and small-displacement bikes to teach people how to ride off road. Get them over their initial fears. Show them it isn’t as complicated as it looks. Encourage them to take a rider-training course.

5. Invite your non-motorcycle friends for dinner and a movie. I suggest a motorcycle movie, such as “The World’s Fastest Indian,” the “Long Way Around,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “On Any Sunday” or “Take it to the Limit.” Anything to inspire them to want to give motorcycling a try.

6. Share the experience. Tell your co-workers about your latest motorcycle trip or adventure. Sure, they probably already know you’re a motorcyclist. But have you ever shared exactly what that means and how it enriches your life? This would work well in any other groups or associations you are already involved in.

7. Invite non-motorcycle friends to go camping with you and experience the outdoors. Find a place where you can all enjoy the surroundings and make sure you have your motorcycle available, as well. My first motorcycle riding experience took place on just such a trip.

8. Visit your local motorcycle dealer and invite your non-motorcycling buddy to tag along. Show off the great product offerings. Make the point that motorcycles exist in all shapes and sizes.

9. Target social media. Share pictures of yourself enjoying the sport. Share posts you come across that are inspiring and show just how much fun motorcycling is.

10. Reach out to millennials. For all you baby boomers out there, make an effort to reach out to your children’s friends and acquaintances. Show an interest in what they are doing. Ask them if they’ve ever thought of going riding. If you can, provide an opportunity for them to experience the sense of freedom, adventure and excitement that motorcycling offers.

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