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by RockBottom
Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:42 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Reflections of a newbee wanabee
Replies: 7
Views: 4367

Re: Reflections of a newbee wanabee

shadowryder wrote:It snowed yesterday and I realized that the riding season is probably over.
Hey--I'm in Carlisle and I ride year 'round except when there's ice and snow on the road. I got in a short one Sunday after the snow.
by RockBottom
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: 2011 R1200R
Replies: 5
Views: 2697

Re: 2011 R1200R

I'm with you. In July 2010 I traded my F800ST for an R1200R. It quickly became my favorite thing I've ever owned in my life. I bought it with the touring package and added a wind screen and BMW comfort seat. I've had it a little more than 15 months and have put 28,000 miles/45,100 K on it. It's chan...
by RockBottom
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:30 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: COOL PLATES
Replies: 6
Views: 2604

Re: COOL PLATES

Since the engine on my BMW R1200R is commonly known as a "hexhead," these are my plates"

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by RockBottom
Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Re: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?

I think the bottom line is that riding jeans are more protection than regular jeans, but less than ballistic riding pants. So it just depends on how willing you are to take some additional risk for comfort. Personally, I almost always wear riding jeans or cargo pants, or logger jeans when the temper...
by RockBottom
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Anxiety
Replies: 20
Views: 8596

Re: New Rider Anxiety

That's a good point. I had a buddy who was attempting to learn to ride. I urged him to get out of his neighborhood with all of the stop signs and potential threats and on to quiet country roads as soon as he felt comfortable. He didn't and totaled his new Triumph a block from his house on his third ...
by RockBottom
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Anxiety
Replies: 20
Views: 8596

Re: New Rider Anxiety

I think you're doing it exactly right. I set a series of stages of increasing difficulty for myself, from the neighborhood, to side roads low traffic, moderate roads low traffic, small town low traffic, and so forth. I eventually worked up to interstates and big cities, rain, and night. At every ste...
by RockBottom
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What are your thoughts on rider education? (MSF or beyond)
Replies: 20
Views: 7124

Re: What are your thoughts on rider education? (MSF or beyon

I've taken the BRC and the ERC three times. I know I need to move on to something like the Lee Parks course, but the BRC/ERC is free in my state. I guess my only frustration with the ERC was that there seems to be significant variation among coaches. Last summer, I took it for the second time and to...
by RockBottom
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Motorcycle Reviews
Topic: ARE HARLEYS WHAT THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?
Replies: 132
Views: 70354

Re: ARE HARLEYS WHAT THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?

I think part of the explanation is simply market dominance--there are more of them out there, so there will be more for sale. I also think it's a result of Harley's marketing strategy. They've been very successful at marketing them as a "lifestyle choice." I don't mean this critically--it's simply ...
by RockBottom
Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Motorcycle Reviews
Topic: ARE HARLEYS WHAT THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?
Replies: 132
Views: 70354

Re: ARE HARLEYS WHAT THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?

Notice in any of your local classified motorcycle for sale adds, you will see MOST of the bikes for sale are HD's If everybody loves their HD so much why are they selling it for? I think part of the explanation is simply market dominance--there are more of them out there, so there will be more for ...
by RockBottom
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Learning/ practicing riding in addition to MSF course
Replies: 24
Views: 6408

Re: Learning/ practicing riding in addition to MSF course

jstark47 wrote:I think Lee Parks' Total Control is the course I'd like to do next. I notice on their schedule they're giving it concurrently with the BMW MOA rally in Bloomsburg in July.
I suspect you're right. I've just kept retaking the ERC since it doesn't cost me anything.
by RockBottom
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:09 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Learning/ practicing riding in addition to MSF course
Replies: 24
Views: 6408

Re: Learning/ practicing riding in addition to MSF course

I think the problem is the widespread attitude that a license indicates that one has learned to ride and the learning process is thus over. I've always considered learning a never ending process rather than one with an identifiable end state. I still consider every ride, shift, and curve to be pract...
by RockBottom
Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Cruiser bike for long road-trip -- any of you done it?
Replies: 26
Views: 6687

Re: Cruiser bike for long road-trip -- any of you done it?

It probably needs to be said that the reason that cruisers in general aren't optimized for long distance riding is the seating position--the feet forward/arms up position mean that every road bump is going through your spine rather than some being absorbed by your legs or arms. Now there is no quest...
by RockBottom
Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Just wondering about average age and careers of you riders
Replies: 210
Views: 49954

Re: Just wondering about average age and careers of you ride

I'm 54. I've been riding a little under 3 years and have about 50,000 miles/80464 kilometers in that time. I'm an author and a research professor at a think tank.
by RockBottom
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: For East Coasties... Riders Workshop
Replies: 3
Views: 2110

Re: For East Coasties... Riders Workshop

Have you thought about posting this on the BMW MOA board?

I'm really thinking about taking the course but, since I'm paying for a spring wedding and still have a kid with a year of private college, I figure I can EITHER take the course or buy a Roadcrafter suit. I'm still mulling it over.
by RockBottom
Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What do you do in your regular life?
Replies: 167
Views: 51568

Re: What do you do in your regular life?

Wow! This thread was dormant for six years and then came back to life! I'm just the same old, same old: research professor and author at a think tank dealing with military strategy and national security policy. Good: having an international reputation, effecting national policy. Bad: dealing with go...
by RockBottom
Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Spam, Spam, wonderful Spam recipes! (inspired by a spammer)
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

Re: FOR SALE BRAND NEW Apple iPhone 32GB 4G --------- $450

:spam: Reuben sandwich 8-oz can sauerkraut 8 slices rye bread 1 cup grated swiss cheese 3 tbsp butter, softened 1/4 cup Russian dressing 12-oz can SPAM, cut into 8 slices Rinse sauerkraut; drain well. In small bowl combine sauerkraut, cheese and dressing; mix well. Spread each bread slice on one si...
by RockBottom
Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Local - Motorcycle Rides, Events and Rallies
Topic: Ride Report: North Central Pennsylvania, October 10
Replies: 2
Views: 3428

Ride Report: North Central Pennsylvania, October 10

The leaves in the top third of Pennsylvania are very near peak, and it was a gorgeous day. It started chilly--low 40s--but ended up in the mid 70s, so I just peeled layers of clothes as the day wore on. All in all, one of my best rides ever. http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i162/ssif21/October%2010...
by RockBottom
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: ahhh... new love .... 2011 :)
Replies: 9
Views: 2763

Re: ahhh... new love .... 2011 :)

I'm not a cruiser person but even I love that.