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by Kyinal
Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:20 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: How stupid is this?
Replies: 30
Views: 13227

How stupid is this?

I think my passions are getting the best of me, and I need a few opinions. I started riding over the summer, riding a 1988 Honda CBR-600 Hurricane. Not the best learning bike, but I couldn't find a running Ninja-250 or 500 in my price bracket ($1000) even after 2 months of looking. I've got about 5,...
by Kyinal
Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:57 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Where to ride year round?
Replies: 15
Views: 3020

Only California... Oregon for instance, you -can- ride year round, if you don't mind the rain. Arizona scorches you in the summer Florida has frequent T-Storms Northeast and midwest is too cold in the winter Anywhere but southern California will get too hot, too cold, too wet...you can't beat a medi...
by Kyinal
Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:00 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 10
Views: 2366

According to a moderator here, helmets are usless. So people who race Moto GP should just need a thin shell designed to keep out the wind, because helmets "Bounce on Impact"...obviously SNELL Standards reflect this, and all race helmets have no padding at all. I learn all kinds of smart things on th...
by Kyinal
Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:22 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: "Doo rags?"
Replies: 31
Views: 6034

For just a plain Do-Rag, any small barbershop in a low income neighborhood, or a bodega.

Or if you are military, oddly, you can often find them in a PX. I think the 11B's who are blonde use them to camo their hair.
by Kyinal
Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Good used bike for a new rider?
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

Oh wait, no his gear sorta matches, but yeah, I'm not a huge fan of day-glow, I guess it comes from seeing all the idiots pulling out 80's ski and snowboard clothes... But on a bike, I certainly see that it makes sense in terms of visibility. Obvious question, what's the difference in protection bet...
by Kyinal
Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Good used bike for a new rider?
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

The lower two have matching gear, and it looks fine, the upper, just doesn't look right. Part of matching gear is it blends the rider with the bike, kinda that "One with the bike" thing. I totally agree with sport tourers and their "All Gear, All the Time" thing. That said, unmatching gear is better...
by Kyinal
Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Good used bike for a new rider?
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

I've searched used, and generally I have had trouble finding an older bike at the low end of the depreciation curve in my area, they are a hot item it seems. And because I will likely buy a used middleweight sportbike since they -do- depreciate, it may be the only new bike I ever buy. I decided to g...
by Kyinal
Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:51 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Good used bike for a new rider?
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

I changed my mind on the Ninja...I sat on one, and it really fit me better than I expected!

What's a typical "Good Deal" on a new one? $500 for assembly seems a bit high...
by Kyinal
Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:03 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Ninja 250 Fuel gauge???
Replies: 16
Views: 3998

Hmmm, in Oregon you are not allowed to pump your own gas.

That must suck for riders of custom bikes who don't like fuel spills when some slack jawed gas station attendant spills gas all over your tank when he's in a hurry.
by Kyinal
Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Good used bike for a new rider?
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

Good used bike for a new rider?

I just completed my safety course, and I am going to get my endorsement tomorrow, so now it's time to go hunting for a bike. I have motocross experience, but I discovered that in some cases that can be detrimental on the street. I want to eventually ride a middleweight sportbike, not a standard bike...
by Kyinal
Sat Jul 08, 2006 5:37 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: "Team Oregon"
Replies: 2
Views: 1277

"Team Oregon"

Oregon doesn't really have MSF courses, because the Oregon DOT only recognizes the "Team Oregon" safety course. This means that if I move to another state, which likely would only recognize MSF, I would have to take the MSF course in order to waive ride tests and get insurance. Gee, thanks Oregon......
by Kyinal
Thu Jul 06, 2006 4:06 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: which bike??
Replies: 18
Views: 4282

Well, I used to think I wanted a 600CC sportbike to start with too...but I had to ask myself this question... "I wonder if the transplant surgeon removing the kidneys from my corpse is going to crack jokes about my death on a donorcycle" I'll be getting a Ninja 250 after my MSF course is done, despi...
by Kyinal
Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:46 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: lookin for a 250cc bike...
Replies: 23
Views: 5082

I am still amazed at the lack of low displacement sportbikes in the US. Wouldn't it be nice to get the seating position, braking power and suspenion features of a sportbike without a big engine? 250 CC is fine... There are tons of "Near Sportbikes" in the 5-600 CC range and above, but no true sportb...
by Kyinal
Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:52 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: How much does motocross experience matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 3299

I'd venture to guess that just messing around in the back roads on trail bikes....riding a motocross bike in a competitive race seems to be about the same as comparing cruising down the highway on a standard bike and racing Moto GP, one is fairly relaxed, and the other i The braking thing is about r...
by Kyinal
Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:16 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: How much does motocross experience matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 3299

There was someone on range day 2 of my MSF class who had a dirt bike and "years" of dirt bike riding experience. They were retaking the day 'cause they had failed the test... twice before... that was their third try. "It's different...You don't have all the lines and stuff on dirt." I don't know if...
by Kyinal
Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: How much does motocross experience matter?
Replies: 17
Views: 3299

How much does motocross experience matter?

I'm getting alot of conflicting opinions when I read around about how much motocross experience translates into road bike experience. I lived in a rural area, and we did ride our bikes on paved back roads a fair amount due to the lack of law enforcement and the fact that the logging roads had alot o...
by Kyinal
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:35 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: You are a Beginner and want a 600cc+ sportbike? READ THIS!
Replies: 215
Views: 109085

According to the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities in 2004 for bikes with 501-1000cc displacement were more than SEVEN TIMES that for bikes with 500cc and under displacement. The numbers are 1627 for the former, and 218 for the latter. I'm curious aout how many under 500 CC bikes there are on the road c...