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Messages - Throttle Chopper

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It's been almost a decade since I was last there, but relax, you have almost an entire year before that exhibit goes away: https://www.petersen.org/custom-revolution

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Dude, you're way overthinking this:


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But why?  If you're just driving around the corner that's one thing, but any considerable distance or taking it on the freeway is a recipe for disaster not to mention extra wear on an already high-wear item.  Just spend the $25 for a trailer with ramp at U-Haul.

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I still almost trust flawed computers over human drivers, though. Key word.. almost.

I'm still not sure why these driver aids hasn't incorporated thermal imaging as part of their sensors, granted it might sense hundreds of images a second, but I guarantee if they can make it work then that lady crossing the road in Arizona might be alive today along with preventing the very first fatality where the Tesla struck that tractor-trailer at high speed.   

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In July 2016, a Tesla Model S in Norway rear-ended a motorcyclist while in Autopilot mode. The car failed to sense the vehicle ahead, and the driver failed to remain vigilant, despite Teslas warnings to do so while using Autopilot. The rider was seriously injured, but survived. 

From the article: "...all ACC (adaptive cruise control) systems studied were worse at spotting motorcycles straying three feet, 11 inches or more from the center line than they were at spotting cars."  As if distracted drivers weren't enough, now we have distracted drivers relying on sensors and computers to keep them safe causing a greater danger to us on two wheels!  >:(

Article here: https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/study-dont-trust-assisted-driving-systems-to-see-motorcyclists

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Would you be willing to sell the front separately?  If so, what's your price?

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Speaking of garbage, I recently noticed that when I set the cans up so that it's easy to grab them and toss their contents into the truck, the garbage man responded by setting the lids back on instead of tossing them into the ditch like he used to.

Wait, they still get out the truck and slug cans into the compactor risking injury.  What backwards town...?!  Oh yeah, never mind...  ;)

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Condolences to all affected, it reminds me to slow down, and Ortega is a means to get someplace, not a place for fun.  :(

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And yet I still buy lotto tickets and am still not a millionaire...  :4:

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Sounds good. Thanks all for the suggestions. I started high due to the craigslist/low ball effect. Probly better to drop closer to what i expect/will accept.

When I sold my Vespa a few years back, I did not see too many lowball messages other than the ridiculous, sight-unseen, half-price offers that I ignored.  Price it fairly and people will message you and want to see the bike in person.

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None of the pricing websites are going to account accurately for aftermarket mods, and these can be highly subjective as for value.  Also agree KBB and the like tend to be high for estimates.  They give you an idea of pricing, but the individual market ultimately drives prices so try to find as many examples of local bikes for sale from private sales to really get an idea of what the market will bear.  eBay also allows you to research completed sales and may also be useful.       

EDIT: Your price for the wife's bike is high considering Del Amo is selling a 2015 in red with only 2,300 miles for the same price.  Likewise, your bike is also priced high especially given the miles.  Try lowering it $500, see if you at least get interest and if after a week you get nothing adjust accordingly.

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On a positive note: Can we give a wave, thumbs up, etc for the drivers that do move over when splitting?  I've been behind some riders that seem to have lost this gesture of "thanks".  I give a peace sign when safe as it's nice when someone both sees you and makes an effort to make splitting easier.

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Thanks pretender for the suggestion but I've ridden the tuono and didn't find it comfy at all. I prefer a sportbike position though. This is one time when being short is a positive ;)

Pretender isn't exactly NBA material...  :32:

If your budget is $20k+, I'd look at the new Panigale V4, it has all the power, and all the tech and then some!  Throttle-blipping on up and downshifts is my favortie feature.

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Off Topic / Re: Happy saint Patrick's day
« on: 03/18/18 06:59PM »
Corned beef, back in the day, was a product of Ireland, but many of the Irish farmers who produced it were too poor to afford it.  It ws actually more popular with British civilians, and British and American armies and navies due to its long shelf life: https://www.seriouseats.com/2011/03/how-to-make-corned-beef-st-patricks-day-simmering-brisket-meat-the-food-lab.html

I'm more of a beef brisket fan myself...  :26:

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I've spent time in Phuket, Thailand and it was a great experience.  Nice resort area, hotels/resorts are cheap, and the roads through the jungle were perfectly fine and even better than some LA roads!  I've also been to Singapore a couple of times.  It's a clean city, but I hear having a motorcycle there is expensive and it's very easy to get around that town using their rail system which reminded me of BART in the Bay Area.  My favorite city in SE Asia has to be Hong Kong, another city you can get around speaking English and it's both very modern and very scenic from the harbor or from Victoria Peak.

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Ducati Newport Beach was offering demo rides of this 214 hp Italian beauty.  My intial impression: the TFT is fantastic and there are more modes than one would ever need from adjusting wheelie intervention, cornering ABS intervention on top of traction/launch control modes and an electronically-adjustable suspension.  It's a little more agressive of a riding postion than I'd prefer, but the fueling was spot on and the ride was comfortable.  It did not vibrate at all even when effortly pushed to 75 for a brief stretch.  As stated elesewhere, it really does sound more like a V-twin.  My favorite feature was the auto-blip, clutchless up and downshifting.  This will be a game changer for Ducati for sure. 


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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: One lucky dude!
« on: 02/28/18 09:28AM »
I saw this on another forum and the theory was the bike, a Z1000 which aren't known for tank slappers, and the "creative editing" leaves much to the imagination especially the wheelie assumption.  I bet the rider doesn't mention that he had video recording when he makes his insurance claim.  He's very lucky considering the truck has those wind skirts and he was able to slip under them going in and tumbling out.  The bad part about getting views with a public video, if an insurer really wants to investigate a claim, they can find this video and act accordingly by jacking up the rider's rates.

Post judiciously,

~L

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If you don't like the exceptions to the carpool laws then write your representative.  I appreciate the carpool access for my plug-in hybrid that gets 55 mpg without trying and emits no emissions for at least 38 miles/day, sure it might not save time every drive but it does generally move when the other lanes might not.  A better way to get all traffic flowing: The CHP should do more to enforce distracted driving laws, ticket left-lane campers, and cite carpool violators who probably cause more of a back-up and put motorcyclists at risk due to their poor planning and erratic driving.

Rogue, are you confusing the Polaris RZR with the Can-Am Spyder?  The Razor is a side-by-side, 4 wheel UTV.  The Spyder is the tandem seat, three-wheeled, reverse trike thing. :7:

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Helmets / Re: Affordable AND Great Dual Sport Helmet
« on: 02/20/18 02:02PM »
Great review.  I too was looking for a cheaper helmet when I picked up my Honda and settled on an AFX 39, which was essentially a Fly-branded Trekker helmet for ~$50 less.  DS helmets do a much better job of flowing air, and that visor may act like a sail in a headwind can protect your face when charging down the trails especially single track where small branches can intrude on your path (mine has saved me a couple of times).  Also the flexibility of being able to wear goggles underneath and flipping up that visor also makes these helmets a must off road.   

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Thanks for sharing this gem!  :29:  I don't have a KLR, but did find this gem that applies to cars and bikes alike: https://www.blipshift.com/products/this-is-bs-tee  Prices are reasonable too!

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