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Building a 02 YZ250f for some MX track time.

New Members / Re: BACK FROM THE DEAD
« on: 10/18/18 09:05AM »
Welcome back. I cringe everytime people talk about great forums like this one petering out. It's the same everywhere on regional forums. Comes down to the people you like to ride with and hang out with.

I have to ungracefully bow out. My VFR is needing chain and sprockets badly and my FZ1 still has track tires on it that need to get me through a scheduled trackday. Going to take a short ride on the FZ1 on local roads then go home and get more work done on my dirtbikes and my house. Sorry.

That explains it. I responded to the VFRD post as well. I should be able to make this one.

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 08/31/18 12:45PM »
Great bunch of people to ride with and a great ride. Maybe my new favorite. I think my weekends been booked up though. Hope to do it again soon.

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 08/25/18 04:22PM »
Ok. I was looking for a Sunday local ride. I stumbled on to this thread. Not sure If I am in a time warp again. But I plan to be there.  See you tomorrow.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: New to me 2008 FZ1
« on: 08/25/18 03:35PM »
My 2009 is set up very similar to yours. I love the bike. Classic Yamaha graphics look great too. Windscreens are easy to replace. Mine is slightly higher than stock. I put a Givi rack tail box on it and with the tall bars, corbin seat it made a very nice sport touring bike. I have taken the rack off if you want it. Using mine as a track bike and sport bike now. I just can't seem to part with either the FZ1 or my 99 VFR800.
Great score. I do recommend the Hyperpro steering damper if you want to get the most out of your suspension upgrades. Bike is stunningly stable at track lean angles.

Post up and lets ride sometime. Actually there's a ride posted for The Pretender's farewell to S. Cal ride tomorrow at Glendora Mt. Road.  I plan on attending. Hope to see you there.

I really do want to do both a street adv tour and an all dirt adventure tour of Baja. Everyone that I know who has done these trips recently has nothing but great things to say about it and how well they were treated. Unfortunately I just read this. LOL.

Bikes For Sale / Re: WTB: Street Triple R
« on: 04/24/18 10:02AM »
Great bikes. I miss mine.

I have a friend who constantly complains about car finally moving over only once he begins to pass. Obviously he doesn't give them the opportunity to see him and is ungrateful they at least made the effort to give him space.
Same guy got clipped by a car that signaled, slowed down then exited the carpool lane illegally over the double yellows. He attempted to split past him rather than stop. Not defending the driver but i'd have tossed out the anchor if I saw that.
It did happen rather quickly and his gopro lens makes object appear farther away. But slow down your traffic splitting pace 5mph perhaps more reaction time.
Another friend used to be a moto courier explained he had to train himself to slow down to a pace where he could read the license plates of the vehicles he was passing. I now use this method for reference.

Very sad for both of these riders mentioned and a reminder for us all to choose our moments more carefully, stay focused and sharpen our skills at the track. Used to ride Ortega a ton back in the day. There are lot's of places where 75-80mph made plenty of sense to me. I think the added traffic and pavement quality has turned it into a scenic cruise for me these days.

Off Topic / Re: I got burned, Need advice
« on: 03/28/18 03:06PM »
Fair price? I almost bought my old Tuono back for $3k. Call Russia and get me a good deal Todd. I can pay in rubles or roofies and a fat sack of weed. Deal?
Glad it worked out for you and I agree this place is cool.

Flashing your highbeams is an acceptable communication tool during daylight hours. Simply means I want to pass or if a car/truck is signalling a lane change that they are clear to do so into your lane. Let's stop normalizing hypersensitivity. I am not in charge of anyones emotions but my own. Not honking, hitting the rev limiter wielding the bird. Simply on off  once or twice and wait and see.

Yea. I've sort of dulled on both ends of the gammut with cars. Cut me off or blocke me. Yeah whatevahs. Move over nearly running scraping a mirror on the K-rail, okay you get a wave. Move over like you should and not being a dick? No wave. What i can't  spend all day parade waving every car for doing what's normal. It can be a distraction. I have a tendency to wave at cars who crowd me. As if to say, "here I am. You missed me. I am a real person inside all this gear by the way". Trying to curb all the hostilities.
I flipped a couple drivers in the rain the other day. In reflection it wasn't all their fault i got forced into a skid and steer near miss maneuver. We were all three being too aggressive and I put myself in that position. No ones perfect.

Off Topic / Re: I got burned, Need advice
« on: 03/23/18 07:37AM »
So what is his rock bottom price on it with title? You may give him my number if you want.

Easy boys. I enjoy a good discussion. Point is people get annoyed pretty easily. It's usually a manner of perception. Another person's  state of mind is not in our area of control. If you hang back too far the message is that you have no desire to pass. Everybody has varying levels of patience. I can only enjoy riding someone elses pace for so long. Maybe flashing the high beams goes too far.

Cal City after the rain or in light rain is heavenly. Miss that place. Have a vreat trip.

Off Topic / Re: I got burned, Need advice
« on: 03/22/18 08:23AM »
Wish I had the space to keep it.  I would just use it for track days until he came to claim it. Maybe someone on here could do it. There is Aumari in Fountain Valley who works on Aprilia exclusively. Maybe speak to him about liens and see if he can take it off your hands. I will PM you his #.
He can't expect you to be able to sell it while not giving you the title. So you are left holding his bag so to speak. No judgement on either of you here. I know life happens. Maybe he can sell it cheap no title with the condition of a set seperate amount once he delivers the title.

Klaus. Are you comfortable with Hayabusas? A good friend and co worker of mine is looking for a maintenance mechanic for his immaculate Busa. I am a Honda Yamaha and occasional Eurobike guy. No Suzuki experience with mechanics.

Rogue brought up a subject about getting the attention of a slower rider while lanesharing and communicating to him your want to pass. I would like to amend my position on this as i was wrong headed in my response. Kind of an ass about it too.
Had my experience with the mad tailgating honking and generally rude Harley rider which changed my mind. If confronted by anybody like this, simply put your ego in check and let him know you see him now and safely move over as soon as you safely can.
I will add to this that when ever you have a chance while safely lanesplitting check your rearview mirrors one at a time to see if a motorcycle is behind you and approaching. This is tricky in stop and go traffic because you don't want to lose you forward situational awareness. I call it the chameleon glance. I turn my head slightly to best use my peripheral vision forward as I quickly look in my mirror right forward then left forward. It has become a natural and good habit.
Case in point. Torrance PD motorcycle cop lives in my neighborhood and we work roughly the same hours. He is a hell of a good rider and we have a bit of good fun hotdogging the Seal Beach exit and on ramps with some nice lean angle. While splitting to work he often gains on me from behind and I usually see him before he puts his headlights in my right hand mirror. I now call that the "hello I want to pass now move." I simply move to my left, in carpool lane so no crossing over the double yellows, and he passes and vanishes into the distance. 
I learn from moto cops. They ride all day while I just ride to work then back in comparison. So why would I treat a fellow rider any different?
In conclusion, if you want to pass a slower rider I suggest you park on his outside right, aim your lights in his right hand mirror perhaps even flash a quick high beam on off and wait a few moments before repeating. Try this instead of getting all horny. Law states horn is to be used to avoid an accident only. So using it comes off as rude. Law states that a vehicle behind you flashing his high beams whishes to pass. When it is safe to move over and allow him to pass. A good motorcycle rider should check his mirrors regularly and never seek to aggravate the vehicle behind him. At this point slowing down and brake checking makes you the instagator in a road rage incident.
I ride everyday, rain or shine and this has been on my mind for a while during those rides. Wanted to get it off my chest since I have been wrong about this before. Ride safe out there.

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