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by taxman1965
Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Deer
Replies: 10
Views: 6371

Re: Deer

BRUMBEAR wrote:I can not even count how many times I have seen or had near hits it's just one of the common problems here in northern NJ. But I surprisingly have hit more dogs than deer but it's equally damming experience I would guess.
Have you ever crashed from hitting a dog or deer?
by taxman1965
Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Deer
Replies: 10
Views: 6371

Re: Deer

I'd say as long as you're following safe riding procedures (speed limits, adjust for conditions) you should be fine. As many deer as there are in your area (my fiancée lived about an hour north of you in st Lawrence county so I'm familiar with how many white tails you will see at a time) I'd say yo...
by taxman1965
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Deer
Replies: 10
Views: 6371

Deer

How many of you have ever encountered a deer while riding and did you avoid it or hit it? Obviously, they're a common problem for most riders, unless you live and ride in the city. I'm curious as to how you handled it, what speed were you riding at, and how did you come out of it? I live in a wooded...
by taxman1965
Mon May 27, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: Nervous on open highways

The first time I went on the freeway on my bike I had to have someone go with me. After that there was no problem. I'm used to the freeways here around home, but there are occasions like around Seattle in rush hour that I have to get off the freeway and use slower roads. We don't have freeways wher...
by taxman1965
Sun May 26, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Tar snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 5817

Re: Tar snakes

The New York DOT seems to LOVE tar snakes---they're everywhere on 2-lane state highways here. Last year during my first year of riding, I didn't ride the highways much because I had a dual-sport bike---it was horrible trying to ride at highway speeds. This will be my first year of highway riding. Sh...
by taxman1965
Thu May 16, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: Nervous on open highways

Keeping your knees snug to the bike, for me, helps with control. I can darn near steer the thing with my butt on a brand new set of tires. As for your bike (I have the same, one year older), it handles excessive highway speeds like a champ. I've ridden it through some of the worst traffic you can i...
by taxman1965
Wed May 15, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: Nervous on open highways

Possibly two things affecting you: sensation of speed, and proximity to traffic. You can work on them separately. Speed is the easier one. Find an interstate or similar access-controlled multi-lane freeway. Freeways are important, because everyone is going the same way, and nobody is going to cut y...
by taxman1965
Wed May 15, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: Nervous on open highways

I can see why anyone would feel more comfortable on a open highway vs a country road. I guess it's the sensation of speed that freaked me out yesterday, and I ended up thinking too much about what could happen if there was a blowout, if I lost control, etc. Plus, there were tar snakes all over the r...
by taxman1965
Wed May 15, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Tar snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 5817

Re: Tar snakes

Particularly bad here in NE Ohio I've been skating off of them for years but haven't gone down because of them............yet! Every time I need a new rear tire I look them all over again trying to decide which one might handle the snakes best but doubt there's any such tire. If anyone ever finds a...
by taxman1965
Wed May 15, 2013 5:32 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Tar snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 5817

Tar snakes

Has anyone ever went down on their bike from tar snakes? I've noticed that they can be very un-nerving at highway speeds---especially if they run perpendicular to you when you're riding.
by taxman1965
Wed May 15, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: Nervous on open highways

Good...thanks for the help. A buddy of mine, who got me into motorcycling in the first place, knew a fellow from where he works who never did---and still doesn't--ride on the highway. It almost seems like I was told that he never did get the nerve to do it, so he sticks to back roads. I don't want t...
by taxman1965
Tue May 14, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Nervous on open highways
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Nervous on open highways

Was anyone else nervous as a beginning rider on "open" 2 lane highways with more traffic? I'm assuming that it will get better with time and practice. On less traveled country roads with less traffic, it doesn't bother me--even at 50-55 mph. But, if I'm on a 2 lane state highway, as I was tonight, t...
by taxman1965
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to forum with a question
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: New to forum with a question

Thanks for all of the advice. Still not sure at this point, but I definitely need to test ride different models to see which one fits me. I know one thing: I definitely want a larger bike and definitely want one that can comfortably ride two. Just not sure at this point which one it will be. I will ...
by taxman1965
Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to forum with a question
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: New to forum with a question

A 99 Concours is a 997cc, 6 speed, water cooled, in-line 4 cylinder, sport-touring bike. They are known for long riding. I'd have to see said bike to know what the value is (are there any farkles) but I bought a 99 three years ago with 37k on it for $2500. What does Kelly Blue Book say? In the Kans...
by taxman1965
Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to forum with a question
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: New to forum with a question

for 4250 you could probably do much better. The motor size is not as big an issue as people think. The big cc criusers are usually very tame with oodles of torque. I'd look for a Triumph trophy or Kawasaki concourse even an FJ Yamaha Our local dealer has a 1999 Kawasaki Concours for sale with 37,00...
by taxman1965
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to forum with a question
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: New to forum with a question

Seems like an 1100 would be a bit large for a couple of beginners, doesn't it? I'm not sure I can handle something that large---especially after riding a dual-sport 230 live I've been riding! :shock:
by taxman1965
Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to forum with a question
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

New to forum with a question

Hi, My wife and I started riding last year---at 49 and 47 respectively. We both took the MSF beginners course last June and we have been riding since. I ride a Honda CRF230L and my wife rides a Suzuki GZ250---both great little commuter bikes and we really enjoy riding them, but we're thinking about ...