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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by IzoAzlion » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:15 am

With flying there is a saying -

'Its better to be down here, wishing you were up there, than to be up there, wishing you were down here."

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:22 am

good point sir

with the snow coming this weekend I'm assuming it'll either be around a while, or the roads will all get salted and I won't be able to ride for a while, so was kind of hoping to make it out on the bike today and get a ride in before I'm stuck for a while.

we'll see, I'm tempted to go grab it during my lunch break at work and at least get the ride back and home again on it, but will depend what the weather looks like around noon

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:02 pm

it's now the 26th and with a combination of bad weather and plans to move in three weeks now, I haven't been on the bike since the 9th. Despite being a very new rider, I'm missing the hell out of it. The sun today is not helping either, I have to use the car to pick up something after work so the bike is still parked. Hoping the weather changes for the weekend from rain to sun.

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:43 pm

I feel your pain, buddy...I haven't ridden since the 11th...SEPTEMBER 11th... :grimmace:

Going to the bike show was a terrible plan...now I've got a terrible case of the Rider Itch (totally different from Jock Itch :unsure: )...is 41 too young to be a snow bird? maybe I need to find a job that takes me south for the winter...

Although I do get to go touring around a bit...took a nice pic...

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Just isn't bike weather here...yet!!

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:47 pm

sunny today and 6C, unfortunately stuck in the cage again, and the weekend looks like rain throughout. I'm going to hold out a small hope that when I wake up tomorrow it'll just be cloudy for the morning and I'll be able to take the bike out.

I have never hated the snow as much as I do this year (okay maybe I hated it a ton as well when I was driving the 5.0L mustang)

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Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:38 pm

Islesfan91 wrote:sunny today and 6C, unfortunately stuck in the cage again, and the weekend looks like rain throughout. I'm going to hold out a small hope that when I wake up tomorrow it'll just be cloudy for the morning and I'll be able to take the bike out.

I have never hated the snow as much as I do this year (okay maybe I hated it a ton as well when I was driving the 5.0L mustang)
Nah, the crappy weather sucks way more when you own a bike. Even in a downpour, you'll head out in the mustang...
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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by sapaul » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:45 pm

Here get bikes like these
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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:29 pm

got out for about an hour and a half on saturday. Damn it felt good to ride again! Looking at the weather forecast this weekend so far seems to be sunny and clear, and temps up to 10C

I'll be riding! If we weren't moving in two weeks I'd be riding all weekend.

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:18 pm

brought the bike in to work today and looking out at the sunshine and dying to get back on it after work, tomorrow is going to be a great day for riding as well and I'm looking forward to it

here's a quick shot of the bike at 6am this morning at work

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:50 am

the bike in white rock on saturday around noon, was a great looking day

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at the chevron station along ladner trunk road near highway 99

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stll in white rock, alongside my friend's bike, we took the motorcycle school at the same time

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Larry Culling » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:16 pm

I have been riding only two years. I took the course and am ready to do my M2 exit to the M license and am considering doing it at the school in stead of the MTO. I have been riding with two clubs and have already led several rides. I earned my road captains patch with the Southern Cruisers and was asked to be a second commander, they didn't like the fact that I would be a second commander in their club and belong to the CMC,s. I decided to drop my membership in the Southern Cruisers and will devot all my time to the CMCs. The CMCs are in my home town and are friends and neighbours of mine. I will still ride with the Southern Cruisers group but as a guest. I just need to keep the wheels turning. I put on 12,000 Klm last season. I didn't own my bike for two months after I finished the course. That was pure Hell.

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by sunshine229 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:42 pm

OMG Isles I still drool at the site of your bike... :drool:
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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by IzoAzlion » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:33 am

Me too, I went to Kawasaki (Finally) on Saturday afternoon and sat on the 650R/ER6F, well, the 2012 anyway. Surprised it didn't feel that heavy and really liked it.

Jealous man!

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:27 am

Loving the bike still, despite a couple of scratches from my mistake. Moving day today but I'm off until next Wednesday so if the move goes well I'll have a few days to go riding. Can't wait to get this over with

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:36 am

this morning coming up westminster hwy in richmond from #6 road headed toward 9 road on my way to work and doing a respectable clip (speed limit is 50,but no one goes less than 70 there) and I'm dealing with an impatient woman tailgating the hell out of me about 3 feet behind. There's almost no shoulder there, but I was considering stopping and letting her go by rather than going impound speeds, but I wasn't comfortable slowing down with her trying to stick the nose of her car into my rear tire.

After a couple of minutes of this, I made some distance, only to have her take that as a sign what she was doing was working and came right back up to tailgate me again.

I gave her a gesture (not the finger although maybe I should have) to back off and instead she proceeds to pass me on the right hand side (still in the lane, not on the shoulder)

Other than speeding up even more than I did, what the hell do I do to avoid that in future? At the time she passed me it was at impound speeds and if I slowed down to pull over and let her by she would have run me over.

Image pic is from a week or so ago when I rode in at -2C

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Wrider » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:42 pm

Whenever I have people do that, I flash my brake lights, and if that doesn't work, I'll turn around and make sure they see me, then give them the universal stop (open hand facing them). If that doesn't work, I go 10 under the limit the rest of the road.
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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:58 pm

Sometimes it is best to do what you can to let the mentally challenged go past...any argument with a car and you will lose, whether you are right or not!! So just let them go by...cops won't do anything about it unless they see the actions first hand (even that is debatable), so do what you have to to protect yourself...there are a lot of SCARY drivers in the lower mainland, so watch yourself!!

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:08 pm

Wrider wrote:Whenever I have people do that, I flash my brake lights, and if that doesn't work, I'll turn around and make sure they see me, then give them the universal stop (open hand facing them). If that doesn't work, I go 10 under the limit the rest of the road.
Pretty much exactly what I did, and she almost hit me passing me on the right, except I didn't slow down.

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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Wrider » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:17 pm

If they're close enough to almost hit me, I make sure the knuckle protectors on my gloves get a good workout. Then I make sure to follow them to their destination.

Granted I'm a pretty big guy so the fact that I'm following them tends to unnerve them...
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Re: good morning from Vancouver!

Unread post by Islesfan91 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:09 pm

if I wasn't so shocked when she passed me I likely would have taken a few kicks at her door/mirror. I was raging for quite a while afterwards.

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