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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Wuzzup?
« on: 02/09/18 11:53AM »
Todd!!!  Welcome back, buddy!  :30:

So what you're inferring is a rear-view camera is a must-have item.  :13:  If you see no flashing lights and can't clearly confirm you are being followed by an LEO, you are safe to assume someone is driving aggressively and you are justified to preserve your safety, and you should absolutely fight that ticket.  I got on the freeway the other morning and was trying to get around some slower cars merging onto the toll road.  I accelerated quickly and safely and may have switched a couple of lanes, next thing I know I see a black Tahoe speeding behind me.  The Tahoe sped around some other cars and turns out it was Fullerton PD, and we were heading into Corona.  Clearly trying to "project" his show of force, but really a douche move in any sense. 

If you are lucky enough to have the day off, come join in for canyon carving and some good eats.

Meet at:
Lone Hill Shell
1860 E Rte 66

KSU: 9:15a

Ride a couple of laps or head up to Crystal Lake, TBD.

Eat at:
Rika's Empanadas
150 S. Grand Ave
4.5 stars, can't be that bad!  :26:

Time: ~12p-1:30p

Recommended full gear, pace will be brisk.  As always: Ride your own ride.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: helmet A/C?
« on: 02/05/18 09:51AM »
This makes sense in sticky, humid Florida, but not here in the dry Southwest.

A lot of times Manufactuerers will make similar items to their line up with different SKU numbers so that they are unique to that particular reseller. Sometimes this is a different style or color or whatever the case may be. This, similar to Bilt and Sedici for Cycle Gear allows them to have something you canít find elsewhere. Hard to shop around if you canít find that item anywhere but the store you saw it in. They would definitely have to be authorized dealers as they are huge and for them to be advertising and selling without Dainese or Alpinestars to issue a cease and desist would be unimaginable.

As much as I donít care for the ďhouse brandĒ resellers, it does give them an advantage and better profit margins. This allows them to keep operating and offer, although limited in store stock, another outlet for brands one might be more interested in.

Good point, and Cycle Gear has the buying power to force manufacturers to create unique SKU's sold exclusively at their stores much like WalMart can force suppliers to bend over backwards for them.  I will say the Shoei and Arai helmets are definitely not unique, and shopping at a local store such as Motorhelmets can save you money compared to CG.

CycleGear sells mostly Chinese junk that costs them $10 and they charge $150. They're doing fine because they primarily retail junk equipment.

They made a niche for themselves, serving the broke, first time, or otherwise unknowledgeable rider.

Yes, they technically carry the whole line that RevZilla does, but if you ask their executives they'd rather sell you a house brand item than anything else.

You forget, while they cater to newbies, and the unknowing with their house brands, they also carry super high-end A*, Dainese, Arai, and Shoei gear.  Nothing in the middle for average Joe's like me...  :26:

You could kind of see the writing on the wall, MAG acquired Motorcycle Superstore in 2012, Motorcycle USA (an extension of the Superstore) was dissolved in 2016.  Cycle Gear is the goliath, and since acquiring RevZilla, have put more pressure on other brick-and-mortar and online sellers, and honestly, I haven't bought anything from the SuperStore since Motorcycle USA went away.  In spite of MAG's other lines of business, there's no denying sales are down, and retail was probably a big portion of their income.  We are witnessing an industry recession, just like console video games have seen sales declines from 2008-2016, things finally started to pick up last year.  Are we at our bottom?  Only time will tell...

While we're talking insurance, I recommend getting long-term disability insurance through your employer.  It's cheap, and should you get into a serious accident while caging it or riding, it will help cover basic expenses while you recover, and cover a portion of you salary while out of work.

Weather should be top notch this Sunday.

Not so much in Cleveland, the high will be 39...  :26:

The surest way to attract younger riders into the fold is to give them room in their paychecks to afford bikes and gear in the first place.  Start by lowering rent.  That's not going to happen any time soon in California.  If they can't afford rent they sure as heck ain't going to afford a bike payment.  Most folks in their early 20's probably take home $3k/mo or less if that.  If half that goes to rent and car payment, well, not much left for anything else.  Unlike 20 years ago, today's young adults spend a lot more on their Iphones, cars, & rent.

That partially explains slow sales in California, but in places like Florida, the average rent is only 10% higher than the national average.  Plus, they have no state income tax, and food costs are relatively low compared to the rest of the nation. 

The easy way to make rent affordable = roommates.  As mentioned earlier, make the insurance premiums affordable for newer riders and the take rate would probably be higher.   

Slightly along the same lines.  Anyone planning to do LAB2V this year?  If I can get my Honda running in the next few weeks, I will be hitting the trails and deserts hard this year, and would love to be ready by November.  I'd love to commit to at least one track day, but this dual sport is my current focus.  :7:

so how do we fix it?  motorcycles in America are a luxury.  in most of the rest of the world they're someone's first mode of transportation because they don't take up much space and they're relatively inexpensive to buy, own, and operate. 

Perhaps the only way to make motorcycling more affordable for newer riders is to lower accident statistics for these riders which will reduce insurance premiums.  It could be done with two approaches: Make MSF courses mandatory prior to issuing a license, and adopt a tiered licensing system.  First 2 years, limit displacement to 500cc's or less, and from there create a mid-tier or unrestrict the size requirement after that. 

So how do make that happen here?  the import and emission controls of small cc bikes needs to be reevaluated. insurance rates for motorcycles are disproportionate to a car of the same value.  cities should prioritize motorcycle parking.  businesses should encourage moto-commuting with incentives or subsidies. 

I doubt emissions restrictions will be relaxed especially considering unhealthy air is a hot-button issue, and global warming/climate change is become more and more evident every day.  As for businesses, or more specifically employers, encouraging moto-commuting, until the risk-level can be drastically reduced, won't be the type of liability any business would want to shoulder.  Designating more motorcycle parking in office parking lots, however, can be done very cheaply.

My thought for making motorcycling inclusive, in addition to the above, especially to newer riders is to market it at venues catering to youth.  Have a vendor booth set-up at a popular concert and make it an experience.  California Superbike School had a booth set up at the IMS this year, and it was fun sitting on the racing simulator and getting tips on body positioning.  It's one thing to preach or hand out flyers, but if you can make it interactive that may be enough to pique one's interest, especially the uninitiated.   

While I hate thieves, I don't think the rights of individuals should be violated in order to help solve a crime.  Procedures are meant to be followed and should not be bypassed by lazy detectives/police officers.  I doubt the SCOTUS will weigh in favor of these types of searches as this will open a "can of worms" in relation to other less severe crimes such as citing for having an out of state motorcycle, equipment violations, etc.

So what's a good photo hosting site cuz I'm still trying to get all my pics off that photobucket failure.

Flickr is also an option, you can even use a Yahoo login, or link it if you use them.

Everybody will have different rates depending on the zip code you live in, your driving record, number of vehicles you have, whether you're married or not, garage parking, it can also vary amongst occupations, etc.  So asking what someone pays will prove little to nothing.  I shop every time at renewal and the Auto Club is always the cheapest, and they have great claims service.  Next pricier option was Geico and Progressive has always been the highest.  YMMV   

Bike Nights / Re: Hooters Bike Night 2018--Ontario
« on: 01/12/18 02:55PM »
It only feels like 300 miles if your riding a 675R  :32:

Wait, but it has a full fairing, 300 miles should be no problem...  :P

If you have a small windscreen, it's not bad if you tuck in nicely.  Just not practical on the fwy without looking like a tool LOL

Same can be said for resting your ankles on the passenger footpegs.  I tried it once, and didn't care for the knees bent at a 45-degree angle.

Well at least the patina is correct on all those afterthought parts...   

If you are looking for bookkeeping, I can help.  If not, I'll reach out to my accounting friends.

Although how do motorcyclists assault someone in a car?  Why would you stop for a gang of motorcycle riders?

The Civic driver was probably trying to get to a safe place and got stuck at a red light with traffic blocking his path.  You play with stupid people, you should probably have a CCW... 

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