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Saw a new Husqvarna Svartpilen on the way to work yesterday. Looks sweet!

Since I grew up on the South Bay, I always liked the original Gone in 60 Seconds (Halickiís version). I have an iteration of that on a personalized plate that has been registered on five different Mustangs through the years.I used to use Maindrian as a screen name on forums since that was Halickiís characterís name but that was odd enough that everyone kept asking what it meant.

First thing Iíd check is for corrosion in the socket possibly blocking one of the filament connections. Then trace the wires behind the socket. Iíve had cars where the socket overheated and cooked the wires behind the socket.

I live in Orange close to the 55/22 interchange. If you are commuting from Orange back to HB in the evening, I feel for you. There is a daily accident on the 22 at the Grand off-ramp, clogging the interchange. Granted, on a bike, you can probably squeak past that mess if you're careful. Coming the other way, you've got the fustercluck that is the 22/5/57 interchange, but you can at least clear that mess in the HOV lane. My best friend was a city planner for Garden Grove when they built that debacle, and he says that the guy who designed that interchange is still in a cage somewhere, being beaten daily.

Other than those two spots, just be careful for cops looking for speeders and HOV violators.

Yeah... half the people in my office think I'm suicidal... the other half are jealous.

I had a business conference and my weekend job scheduled in Downtown LA over the weekend, so to make it easy I got a cheap room up there so I wasn't commuting late at night, probably after a few drinks.

Checking in, I asked if I could keep my bike in the motel lobby overhang, so it would be a bit more conspicuous than in a parking spot around the back of the building.

She meant well, I'm sure... The lady behind the counter said "Ooh, you rode here on a motorcycle? Those things are dangerous".

She then spent the next 20 minutes talking about a friend who got killed on a motorcycle, and how, last month, someone who got in a bad motorcycle wreck on the 101 was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, and how his family came from out of town and stayed in their motel for a month while he was in the hospital.

She then gave me my key, the wifi password, and a comment card, saying "If you could please say some really nice things about me, that would be great!"

Oh boy...

The bike was a conversation starter... it had an Alaska plate, 48,000 miles, and most of those miles looked like they were done through a dense forest. So, everywhere I stopped, I looked like a grizzled old dude who lived on a motorcycle. It was actually a blessing - I figured if I dumped it, there would be no added visible evidence. The guy at Long Beach said that bike was about due to be cycled out of their fleet.

It rode perfectly, however, and there was a bit more oomph than my Hex Head. The biggest difference to me, having ridden my '07 for so long, was the controls and display. BMW has gone back to "conventional" starter switch, turn signals, etc, which at first I thought I'd like, but it was a bit of a stretch for the thumb to get to the signals. I rode through a wide variety of temps, and the grip heater button was a bit more of a reach than my big rocker switch, and needed multiple presses to cycle hot/warm/off. The display is a lot "busier", and it took a while to search around to see where everything was. Unlike my bike, it had ride modes and suspension modes, so I played with different combinations.

I got so used to it, that when I got back, and got on my bike, with the old style kill switch, it took me a minute... I thought I had a dead battery at first, until I realized that the kill switch was clicked over to one side.

Just got back from a wonderful, albeit brief trip, and thanks to everyone who chimed in with advice on my ride down the coast from SF to LA. First, the bus ride that rOckrat found. It was pretty interesting, and not a bad way to use your sleeping time for travel. After work and dinner with friends Saturday night. I boarded in Santa Monica, climbed into a 2' wide, 6' long cubicle, imbibed the sleep aid, and dozed off. Woke up in the cold foggy parking lot of AT&T stadium in SF at 6:30 Sunday morning, and stumbled off into the city. Ditched my bags at a hotel and took a walk all around SF until it was time to Uber to Treasure Island to pick up the R1200GS.

MotoQuest's SF location is shared with the Moto Guild, which is a repurposed warehouse now used as a community shop for self motorcycle repair. Figuring that many SF residents don't have garages or places to work on their bikes, this was a cool place. Everyone was working on their bikes with music playing.

Made it to Monterey the first night, and although the Monterey Historics doesn't start until tomorrow, there were plenty of cars already in the pits at Laguna Seca to check out. Headed further down, and saw the extent of the landslides that closed Hwy 1 south of Big Sur. There were still a few places where they were digging out, and traffic was one way at a time. I'm just happy the road was open all the way.

Did a tour of Hearst Castle, and stayed in Solvang the second night. Unfortunately the motorcycle museum wasn't open. Cruised the rest of the way to LA, and had a few hours to kill, so I flogged the big bike around Mulholland, Latigo and Piuma. The Rock Store was closed, but stopped to grab a bite and drink from my stash. Chatted with a guy on an FZ-09 with three big bags strapped to the back, who had ridden from Indianapolis to LA, was on his way up the coast, and then back home. He was spending three weeks on that bike, and said it was his second trip doing it. Kudos!

MotoQuest Long Beach was holding my R1200R so I could ride home when I brought their bike in, and despite my bike having the same basic architecture, it felt like a toy after riding the GS. I had to cruise around for a few minutes to get reacquainted before battling the 405 home.

Bikes For Sale / Re: Free Scooter is Gone
« on: 08/16/18 05:22PM »
Ha Ha!!! Now you know my torment!  ;D

Bikes For Sale / Re: FREE SCOOTER!
« on: 08/15/18 11:05AM »
1fastrider, just texted you the pick up address. Congratulations! My problem is now your problem!  ;D

Bikes For Sale / Re: FREE SCOOTER!
« on: 08/15/18 10:50AM »
If you want dibs I'll kill the Craigs ads....
Just let me know!

Bikes For Sale / Free Scooter is Gone
« on: 08/15/18 10:14AM »
Update: She gone! thank you!

Yup, it's free. Putting in the free section on Craig's to see what kinds of freaks show up, so I figured I'd post it for you freaks as well.

This is a Kymco 150, circa 2009 or so. It was a pit bike at my old job that sort of followed me to my current job.
It ran, then was parked for a few months. It clicked when you hit the start button, and had a hard time starting on the kick starter. I cleaned the carb, replaced both the starter solenoid and the starter, gave the battery a good charge, and it still just clicks. Stumbles on the kick starter.

I'm tired of dealing with it. It's rough looking from being pushed around in race trailers, not title, no license. Good for parts, I guess.

It's in Rancho Santa Margarita at my office if anyone is interested.

Off Topic / Re: The Jacket of Shame
« on: 08/15/18 10:09AM »
Fast food is poison. When I was at my best, eating clean good food, and getting lots of exercise, eating a burger would give me a stomach ache. Nowadays, I spend much of my time in a truck and trailer on the highway, or in airports, so grabbing quick and convenient is the easy way to go. Deep fried macaroni and cheese at the Flying J or Pilot truck stops is yummy... Just need to change back to what I was doing.

Bicycles? Yup. Between my wife and I, we have four of those hanging on pulleys from our garage ceiling. They remind me that they haven't been ridden, since my head bumps into them when I have a helmet on. I plan on hoisting them down, and riding them. Heck, they just finished a bike path that goes right behind my condo complex to the Santa Ana river trail, so no excuses.

Parts For Sale / Re: Honda Nighthawk 750 parts
« on: 08/14/18 12:47PM »
Hi guys,

Just a bump from and old post. I've been kicking a box of parts under my desk, and figure I should make a serious attempt at getting rid of them.

Nice trailer. If you donít get any bites, somewhere else to try is the karting community. I go to Adams in Riverside and Fontana, and often see guys struggling to get karts in and out of their trucks. I use a trailer just like yours and always hear ďI really need to get one of thoseĒ.

Off Topic / The Jacket of Shame
« on: 08/13/18 02:05PM »
Behold the Jacket of Shame. To explain: I've always been a big guy. When my wife became a geriatric nurse in 2011, she started treating people in their 70s and 80s, who didn't take good care of themselves in their earlier years. She and I certainly weren't doing ourselves any favors in that department. But, she said "if we want any sort of independence and mobility 30 years from now, we need to turn ourselves around right now, in our 40s".

So we did, and embarked on a very ambitious lifestyle change of good food and exercise. By 2012, we were both in the best shape of our lives, and were getting congratulations all around. All of my riding gear became too baggy to wear, and with great pride I sold it all off and bought all new gear, befitting someone who had just lost about 85 pounds. Since lots of new gear is expensive, she made me promise that I'd never go back in the other direction.

In 2015, we both started new jobs, both had upheavals in our lives, and, to put it mildly, I fell off the wagon. More accurately, fell off, caught my pant leg, and got dragged by the wagon. And, three years later, my snazzy small jackets are pretty hard to zip up. I can hold it in for a 30 minute commute, but thinking about my road trip coming up next week, that will be uncomfortable.

Telling my wife that I needed a bigger jacket basically pulled off the Band-Aid for both of us. We're climbing back on the wagon, and while she grudgingly agreed that a new jacket would be more comfortable on long rides, there were rules. This would be jacket of shame. So it could not be nice, new and expensive. Agreed...

Ok. The jacket you see here was purchased off of Craig's list yesterday for $40. It's a remarkably clean Olympia, and looks like it was never worn.

My goal, six months from now, is to pass on this jacket to someone on the board for free, once it's too large for me. Someone please remind me in six months...

Oh man, that's beautiful country! Congratulations. My wife and I were all over that area in April, spending a week at my friend's house in West Point.

As we did sightseeing trips slogging around that region in our Honda wagon, my wife was looking at me saying "Bet you had your motorcycle up here, huh?"

That was obvious.

Rocks are a good point! Hate those, and see plenty of them on Chapman near Orange Hill restaurant. They seem to sneak past the rock fencing they put up. Playing devil's advocate, I took out the full insurance on the bike...

Parc, what I meant by Tuesday is that if you take that Google Flight link, and change the flight from a Tuesday to a Sunday, and leave from SNA rather than LAX, the price goes up quite a bit.

The Cabin Bus is more of a convenience. It's $94, travels overnight, and will be picking up near where and when I'll be getting off work and having dinner the night before. Get to SF at 7am all nice and rested, and have some time to check out the sights before I pick up the bike. Plus, the website makes it look really cool. Heck, I spend half my life on planes for work. This will be something fun and different.

Of course, if the bus ends up being terrible, I'll remember that it was rOckrat's suggestion...  ::)

Thanks, FastMoto. I commute through Santiago Canyon every day, and with all of the construction going on, and being stuck behind dump trucks, tree trimming trucks etc, I'm painfully aware of the passing temptation of the twisty double yellow. Thankfully Johnny Law usually leaves the canyon alone during the morning commute.

A few weeks ago, I was working at Laguna Seca, and was toying with the idea of driving home along highway 1. But, I was hauling a long trailer, and didn't want to be one of those guys slowing everyone else down. Blasted down the 5 instead. It was in the '70s in Monterey, and hot as blazes inland.

Yeah, but I can't leave from LAX on a Tuesday. Already booked the "Dream Bus" rOckrat suggested. Looking forward to their "melatonin infused beverage to help induce sleep" and have downloaded their suggested meditation apps.

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