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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: AIM Expo Las Vegas
« on: 10/14/18 11:38AM »
I was at it last in in Ohio - it's a good show. There are swapping East/West each year from now on. Today is the last day, so I know this is late, but it is definitely a bigger show than the IMS series. Worth attending next time it comes around in 2020.

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 09/18/18 10:32PM »
Glad everyone had fun, and wish I could have been there!

Just got back in town last Friday, and heading out to finish Route 66 from AV to the coast this Friday for 10 days.

Will be trying to go up to Crystal Lake Cafe the morning of Oct. 7 if anyone is available and interested.

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 08/26/18 11:37AM »
Happy Birthday Doug! Looking forward to the ride report, and pictures! Jealous, as my bike has been parked for 3 weeks in LB with me up here in San Jose, and it's another 3 weeks before I come home. Need pics! :)

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 08/20/18 11:09PM »
I would really love to be able to join you, but am up in Cupertino on a contract job. Runs through mid September. The SV is parked at a friends in Long Beach.

Have a great birthday, and ride safe!

Off Topic / Re: Hella suprise yesterday while fishing
« on: 08/07/18 07:26PM »
If I'm not mistaken, they'd had that bike for a while, and RDTodd sold it about a year ago...

Not sure about the Greyhound, but there is now a nicer option available that I don't recall being too expensive. Euro-style coach that makes a daily run up. Think business class airline (not quite 1st class, but with reclining seats and elbow room) with wifi.

Here's the article I was thinking of - $115 one way, travels at night.

They have trips as low as $79 listed at the moment.

EDIT - For your time-frame, it looks like $94...

I know this dude who make such a thing.
Hahahaha! I was waiting for something like this...

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: GMR???
« on: 04/17/18 06:10PM »
It was pretty clean last weekend, was up there with a couple of friends.

I'm no lawyer by code make no mention of only  forbidding high seems only soecifies that lights must be on at night.

Personally high beams can effect my vision night and day.

Nightime rules:
24409.  Whenever a motor vehicle is being operated during darkness, the driver shall use a distribution of light, or composite beam, directed high enough and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a safe distance in advance of the vehicle, subject to the following requirements and limitations:
(a) Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, he shall use a distribution of light or composite beam so aimed that the glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the oncoming driver.
The lowermost distribution of light specified in this article shall be deemed to avoid glare at all times regardless of road contour.
(b) Whenever the driver of a vehicle follows another vehicle within 300 feet to the rear, he shall use the lowermost distribution of light specified in this article.
(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 37.)

Any motorcycle may be equipped with a means of modulating the upper beam of the headlamp between a high and a lower brightness at a rate of 200 to 280 flashes per minute. Such headlamps shall not be so modulated during darkness.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 35, Sec. 1. Effective March 7, 1980.)

Installed new foam grip cover covers, as the old set was falling off. Love cushy, thick grips.

Yes, it's legal. I think the Slingshot is too.

The rest of this thread is completely off topic. Going to hate on Harley-Davidson and Goldwing trike conversions too? Let people ride what they want. If it's not for you, that's fine. Ride what you want. Stop hating.

Yeah, that sounds a lot like entrapment, actually.

What I would do is take advantage of being small to move into slower traffic that the SUV can't follow into and force them to either brake to stay behind, or pass.

Question - when they first appeared behind you, were you speeding?

Sad face. Missing so many rides these days due to work. Heading to Cleveland for the weekend as part of the IMS tour.

Bike Nights / Re: Women's Motorcycle Show 3
« on: 01/20/18 10:49PM »
Jrod was there?!? LOL

I knew her from bahsten

Hers was the electric supermoto near the forge furnace...

Here's another article with a different take from the folks at Revzilla...

What I plan to do in 2018 for the good of motorcycling

I wish we were on the cusp of a thriving era for the industry and for ridership, yet all the data indicate we are not in the midst of a Golden Age of motorcycling in the United States.

Whatís a rider to do? Itís not likely an individual can favorably sway the employment environment of an entire country. I can't easily alter income inequality, snowy weather, or the price of gasoline. However, Iím confident there are things an individual person can do to promote a healthy, growing motorcycle climate in the United States. Here are some things I plan to do in 2018.

Bike Nights / Re: Women's Motorcycle Show 3
« on: 01/20/18 01:43PM »
It was a really great show. Glad we got to chat for a few minutes, Andy!

I also got to chat with Brittany Morrow and JRod, and reconnect with Ginger from Gigi Montrose who I met at EICMA.

Here's my gallery on Flickr from the event.

One thing that hasn't gotten much attention is the role the dealer plays. Lots of people walk into to dealers with a passing interest, and leave thinking that it's too expensive. Dealers need to work on their sales people to get that first sale so that there will be a later sale. The sales guys often focus on the expensive, high profit margin options rather than working to make an interested party into a longtime rider and purchaser. So they might get one sale that has a high return, but then that buyer scares themselves, sells the bike never to return. If the dealers would work more on getting people onto the smaller displacements to start, and getting them into education courses, then there would be greater numbers tha would return to that dealership for bigger bikes later.

Here's another article on the topic...

Give A Shift: Trying To Help Save The Motorcycle Industry
Kickstarting a needed conversation

"Give A Shift is the punny name given to an initiative intended to forward the cause of motorcycling in the U.S. market, which is showing signs of shrinkage due to a variety of reasons: demographic, cultural, and systemic.

Spearheaded by Robert Pandya, a moto industry stalwart in public relations and marketing, GAS is bringing together all interested parties to identify problems and to come up with possible solutions. All voices are desired, from newbie millennials to veteran industry personnel and stakeholders.

The first GAS conference was held last November, with a panel of 25 individuals from diverse backgrounds, including yours truly. A follow-up gathering was assembled last week.

Flattening motorcycle sales will have a profound impact on the transpo-tainment aspects of motorcycling that weíre passionate about. Baby boomers have girded the moto market for decades, but their collective influence is dying off, quite literally. For the motorcycle industry to maintain its current sales volume, particularly here in North America, we need an influx from younger generations." - Continues at link.


US Motorcycle Industry's Woes - Part 1

Evaluation & Analysis
The US motorcycle market is very different from all other markets in the world. In India for example they sell 17M bikes a year. It's no wonder European brands are flocking there. We are a country of 320M and last year we purchased 17M new cars, SUVs and pickups. However, in the same year we bought only 470K motorcycles, including scooters and three-wheel vehicles (down from over a million units in '07). The US moto market has contracted or shrunk by about 60% in 10 years.

Read the rest at the link.


How was attendance at AIM Expo?
Sorry about the late reply...
Reasonable, but I heard it was down from last year. Also hearing that he IMS shows are both smaller and have less attendance than previous years. As in 50% decrease from last year at Long Beach and New York, 70% down at Minneapolis. The remaining shows are coming up soon, so will report back after those. I'll be at shows for 3 weekends straight soon, then 1 weekend off before the last show in Washington D.C. last weekend of February. Racking up some airline miles, though...

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