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Messages - VFRCapt.Bob

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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.

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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.

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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?
Haha!
Glad it worked out for you and I agree this place is cool.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Off Topic / Re: I got burned, Need advice
« on: 03/21/18 10:45AM »
Forget Cars for Kids. And good luck getting that song out of your head now. Calll Aumari. I think he's in FV. All he does is Aprillia work. He knows plenty of track day rider and may know the proper legal way to deal with a lien or abandoned bike on your premises. I can send you his ph #.

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On the 105, with its wide carpool lanes, i have even seen full size Harley trikes split lanes. Doesn't look right and eventually the lane narrows and they fall back in line. Not enough of them out there to worry about one way or the other.

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So this guy on a black Harley Sportster looking bike sneaks up behind me and starts honking. All I heard was honking as i split the carpool lane. I wasn't going slow so it surprised me. Soon as I realized it was a bike I found my moment and tucked inyo traffic and let him by. He passed then turned back to give a look. He had his flashers on too.
We both were now on the tail of a motorcycle that was going kind of slow. He starts laying on the horn again. This motorcycle for what ever reason took a bit longer to move over  so the guy gives him the finger after passing him. So for some dunb reason I decide to show this brash SOA wanna be my headlight in his mirror whilst laying on my horn every now and then. He's a bit of a madman honking at cars holding him up. 5pm traffic. He finally blazes over 4 or 5 lanes of traffic to transition to the 110 fwy.
The very next day he is back on my six hazards flashing rudely laying on his horn. So stupidly I brake check gently and he splits me splitting passing on the inside like Harry fluffing Houdini. I am honestly impressed he didn't get us both killed. He turns and flips me off. Ok. Yah. I wave him to come back over to me. I want to say something to him. Not sure what. He bolts and exits at the 110 again. No hot pursuit or anything. He won clearly I was done.
The very next day. I decide enough with his ass hattery. When he comes by I will move over and give him the tip o the hat gesture. So i am paying particular close attention to my rear view. I see him but he keeps hanging back. Ok. Suit yourself buddy. A few moments later I see a black shape shoot across my front wheel and pass. He cut off a car just to pass me on the skinny while risking himself and me the the car he cut in behind didn't stop suddenly. I don't scare easily so I just maintain my pace and act like i didn't even see him. To be honest I feel sort of bad that he is bound to learn a hard lesson soon.
The very next day I check all the parking lots at work to see if this guy works at the same plant. Also to give him the damn lead going home. No luck finding the bike. But on the way home i am so consumed by this guy I almost am taken out by a driver lunging into the carpool lane through me. I brake. She balks. I move on not even upset with her. My fault. I am riding unfocused and pre occupied and should have seen her coming. I didn't.
Next day and every day since I take a new route home. The reward is it is a much safer less busy route.
What would you guys do?

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I am a maybe. If you don't see me means I pussed out again.

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Will consider trade for the right plated dual sport bike. Have them at my house now.

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Off Topic / Re: Goodbye OC (moving to Temecula)
« on: 02/06/18 07:41AM »
Temecula is a great town. I wanted to buy a big ranch in that area during the recession. My work is all out here in Torrance and ElSegundo refineries. Love that Pala area as well. Good luck.

Hey. I am shopping for a dual sport and some really good deals pop up in that area. Maybe i could bribe you to be my eyes in temecula check one or two bikes for me. Consider it a finders fee. Just thinking out loud.

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Off Topic / Re: Superbowl 52
« on: 02/06/18 07:28AM »
Eagles established the run early on. I think that gave them an offensive edge by taking pressure off the QB and receivers. Patriots have the superior passing game but Phili DBs did an excellent job at controlling the damage. Had Gronks number the first half. There is always so much dirty play in the back field. It just comes down to who conceals it from the refs better. Did you see Gronks big flop? Haha you would have thought he was hit by a 45 cal slug the way his arms flew up in the air and flew over on his back. But that's how you get tbe refs to start looking. It worked too.

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Off Topic / Re: Hi, I'm Chris
« on: 02/06/18 07:17AM »
Hi Chris. What motorcycle are you riding?

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Off Topic / Re: Superbowl 52
« on: 02/05/18 05:35PM »
I will be honest. It was a great game because the referees did their jobs and let the players do theirs. The only real bias i noted came from the commentators one of whom struck me as absurdly in favor of the Patriots. I had no real favorite of the two teams. They both played their asses off and showed why they were there. Patriots more talented and experienced Eagles more determined and yes lots of dirty play that was so well concealed we only really see it on playback and in slow motion. Refs are not going to change a touchdown call unless absolutely compelled to by overwelming evidence they were wrong in the video playback. The commentators are not paid referees. Should keep their oppinions in their pants.

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