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by blair
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Daily Motorcycle News
Topic: Bimota Announces New Dealership In Phoenix, Arizona
Replies: 2
Views: 8232

Re: Bimota Announces New Dealership In Phoenix, Arizona

Unfortunately, according to the owner, Ton-Up has closed its doors for good.
by blair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Tales of a Rider: Blair's experienced motorcyclist journal
Replies: 0
Views: 3800

Tales of a Rider: Blair's experienced motorcyclist journal

Man, I love that new-blog smell. I haven't been in here in a while*, but kicking over 10,000 miles seems like a good reason to start a new chapter. Lots of things to talk about. Where to start? What the heck. I'll just fire it up and see where it wants to go. --Blair * - see my newbie blog at http:/...
by blair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Travels of a Squid: Blair's beginning motorcyclist journal
Replies: 78
Views: 61067

A nod and a wave to everyone in TMW.

I'm Blair P. Houghton, I'm 45 years old, and I learned to ride a motorcycle three and a half years ago.

My Shadow is in the garage, cooling off, with its odometer sitting on exactly 10,000 miles since I bought it.

Time to rename my blog, I think.
by blair
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Youch!!! that hurts
Replies: 15
Views: 5804

Some things you never learn except by accident.

I think this applies to about 99% of physical dangers.

And I'm not ruling out high-side falls at 60 mph.

Be careful out there.
by blair
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Skidding
Replies: 23
Views: 5547

Re: Skidding

The bike goes where the front wheel goes. You'd hope, but in truth the front wheel still has a higher friction on the ground, so the rear wheel is entirely capable of passing the front wheel. You can show this with a toy car by locking the rear wheels and rolling the car forward. The car will spin....
by blair
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: This is such a difference!
Replies: 23
Views: 5390

Just by moving my fingers around the edges of my visor and helmet, I can tell that a little better aerodynamic design there would reduce the wind noise by a lot. 50-80%, easy.

Hey! Maybe if they installed some fingers...
by blair
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Favorite accessory/gadget for under $15
Replies: 30
Views: 6161

Throttle Rocker Picked up a wide one at the swap meet for seven dollars. Do you find they cause more fatigue because they lock your hand into one position? I like to rotate my hand up and down on the grip or it feels more like it wants to lock up. But my throttle has a pretty light spring on it. I ...
by blair
Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: AAARGGH! Bike Shop!
Replies: 8
Views: 2471

That's retail. Put the product out with a price tag on it and wait. Because they can. They don't need to price it so everyone will want to buy it. Probably more like a tenth of a percent. If they had too many bikes and it was costing them something to keep them around, they'd be willing to deal. But...
by blair
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Fixated on the dopler
Replies: 6
Views: 3347

Yeah. I found pda.accuweather.com has doppler maps, but you can't read the text data on them, at least not with my phone (2-year-old treo 600; the new OLED ones have twice the pixel density). And last night, while I was looking out of the window at the rain falling, the map showed a clear gap 10 mil...
by blair
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: sick MotoGP vid
Replies: 12
Views: 2882

At the beginning of each race when riders are bunched tightly together, one guy can make one mistake and cause three other racers to wipe out! It would be such a rush with mad respect, but it looks very, very dangerous!!! In an early stage of this year's Tour de France there was a crash like that. ...
by blair
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: poor gas mileage
Replies: 9
Views: 2373

I found that anything over 3000 RPM, is a killer on mileage. The higher the RPM gets, the mileage drops exponentially. It's a matter of power curve. The ones you normally see, hp vs. rpm, are kind of parabolic, but there's another set based on throttle-plate angle that are bathtub shaped. Meaning t...
by blair
Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: sick MotoGP vid
Replies: 12
Views: 2882

Re: sick MotoGP vid

The highside crash near the beginning of the film is nuts! That's not so much a highside or lowside as a stoppie gone wrong. I think I see a puff of smoke from the front tire before it warps, and the rear end seems to be way up off the ground before the front tire warps as well. Looks like the ride...
by blair
Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Member Motorcycle Blogs
Topic: Travels of a Squid: Blair's beginning motorcyclist journal
Replies: 78
Views: 61067

I finally got rained on. After riding for (10 months out of the last) two years, I finally got rained on. But I got lucky. Just a little sun-shower. I saw the clouds, and its being monsoon season knew I could be in trouble if I didn't skedaddle home, so that's where I was going when I caught the dri...
by blair
Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Fixated on the dopler
Replies: 6
Views: 3347

I finally got rained on. After riding for (10 months out of the last) two years, I finally got rained on. But I got lucky. Just a little sun-shower. I saw the clouds, and its being monsoon season knew I could be in trouble if I didn't skedaddle home, so that's where I was going when I caught the dri...
by blair
Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: poor gas mileage
Replies: 9
Views: 2373

Freeway mileage is a lot less than street mileage, so maybe you're riding more freeway than street. Yes, this is the reverse of cars. Bikes are light, so they get an advantage in stop-and-go driving. Cars are more aerodynamic, and because of this can use a much bigger gear on the freeway than the st...
by blair
Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Please, please, please call me an idiot........
Replies: 39
Views: 9524

ceemes wrote:Okkkay......What is the flying velocity of an unladen swallow?
Cruiser or sport?
by blair
Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: why dose riding feel so good?...
Replies: 22
Views: 5564

Kaiser Soze wrote:And the babes on the sidewalk don't know you're gawking at them through the tinted visor. :lol:
Yeah they do.

And they dig it.

Riding is just more fun than driving a car. Unless it's cold or wet out, driving a car is more like napping than travelling.
by blair
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Not in America
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

JC Viper wrote: What if it's a him??? A big hairy guy with a pink tank top.
There's plenty of road for everyone (most of the time).
by blair
Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Not in America
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Oh that's not mine. Mine's over there. http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/JUPPOD/040501_1952_2026_ashs~Left-Arrow-Sign-Posters.jpg But any girlie riding that toon-rocket can hang with me. I saw an even better one at the Kawa dealer when I got my bike fixed. Same pink gixxer look, but with ...
by blair
Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Not in America
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

JC Viper wrote:How was it a joke? Many people still consider motorcyclists to be those type of people.
And we shall fight that prejudice. One changed mind at a time:

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