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by Skier
Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Let me repackage things: ABS is an accident avoidance system because it allows for superior braking than a vast majority of riders. Once again, it is NOT an accident avoidance system and to label it as such gives a false and misleading impression as to its capabilities. ABS helps reduce the chances...
by Skier
Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.
Replies: 12
Views: 2305

storysunfolding wrote:Biology- infectious diseases specializing in virology focused on HIV
Congrats on the impending degree.

You should update your blog with some interesting stories and info. :)
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Gummiente's point: all I am saying is that it is not an "accident avoidance system" like some people mistakenly believe it to be. 100ft ABS assisted stopping distances don't mean dodo if the truck you're trying not to hit is sitting at the 80ft mark. I asked: Here's a question: would ABS been consid...
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Re: Reason for ABS

You said: I know exactly what I said. The fact that you have chosen to take it out of context and completely misinterpret it is something that I have no control over. If you are not going to take the time to properly read and understand what I say before responding, do us both a favour and skip my ...
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Re: Reason for ABS

I would like to see articles where ABS is outperformed by a good or great rider in real world scenarios. You completely missed my point. I did not say ABS is or can be outperformed by skilled riders with traditional systems - all I am saying is that it is not an "accident avoidance system" like som...
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Re: Reason for ABS

Rhadam, you need to realise that under certain circumstances the stopping distance will actually be increased with an ABS system. The whole concept about ABS is to enable controlled braking with maximum efficiency in all situations, not providing "on a dime" stopping distances regardless of road co...
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

sapaul wrote:The point I was trying to make was that an investment in rider skills (and we can never do enough or stop learning) will be more valuable than an investment in an ABS system.
I don't think anyone on this board will disagree with that. I don't.
by Skier
Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

For all my loving of modern ABS on motorcycles, none of my bikes have ever had them. Chances are good my next bike won't have them, nor the bike after that. The best solution in this case is twofold: practice, practice practice combined with getting professional riding instruction. Go take an experi...
by Skier
Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Workhorse as opposed to pleasure ride ..
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Why bother keeping it clean? If it's in proper mechanical condition, less cleaning means more time for riding.

I once heard someone refer to their motorcycle as a meticulously maintained rolling dirt clod. My bikes fit that bill.
by Skier
Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

Gotta disagree there, Skier. Most tests I read in Motorcycle Consumer News, the non-ABS bikes have shorter stopping distances on dry pavement. It's on wet pavement the ABS shines. I would regard anything IIHS publishes with a great deal of skepticism anyway. They're a puppet of the insurance indust...
by Skier
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ABS on a bike that was non-ABS
Replies: 36
Views: 5509

I agree that ABS can be a good thing, but I also note that it makes you lazy in your braking pattern. A rider that has spent time training to brake properly will out brake a rider that just thinks the ABS will do everything for them. ABS will not stop you quicker but is really designed to stop the ...
by Skier
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Should you ever move your bike without gear?
Replies: 16
Views: 9915

Eh, the most I do is occasionally ride the bike into the garage. It's way easier to gas it up the threshold than push the bike up. Maybe a total of 10' and no way to drop the bike when it's in a doorway.

Taking a spin around the block? Full gear.
by Skier
Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: Dam Computer Geeks
Replies: 5
Views: 1558

I might give it a shot over Christmas break, depending on how much stuff the family wants to do. What universe/server are you in?
by Skier
Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: Dam Computer Geeks
Replies: 5
Views: 1558

Never heard of it, must be for the socially inept, not nerds. ;)
by Skier
Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 605275

It's 40 degrees out, misting a bit, but no snow or ice on the road.

:D
by Skier
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 605275

Got the 599's new clutch basket and hub installed. While I was in there I replaced the clutch plates and discs since I had new ones lying around anyways.

Exciting.
by Skier
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 605275

blues2cruise wrote:Well, maybe when I have time I can try again. I'll see about what settings I need. In the meantime, I'll see how IE8 works.
I am not going to try to convert you. Use what works, just don't be bad-mouthing programs when they don't deserve it. ;)
by Skier
Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 605275

I like having a few shortcuts on my desk top. I can click on TMW without having to do the extra step of loading the browser first and then scrolling to find what I want to click on it there. ofblong...just give me some advance notice..... :mrgreen: Skier After I installed Firefox, none of my shortc...
by Skier
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: What did you do today...
Replies: 5427
Views: 605275

I have now uninstalled Firefox and have installed IE8. Things are working again....the Firefox was not very compatible with my system. Weird, I haven't run into compatibility issues with Firefox for years and years. Mostly it had to do with financial companies not letting you use their system if th...
by Skier
Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Misadventures in wrenching and riding
Replies: 265
Views: 89090

There was a Toy Run down in Clarkston, WA today. Nothing brings holiday cheer like illegally blocking main roads, revving up your illegally-loud engine and almost running into folks all while not wearing helmets in Washington! :roll: