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  • in reply to: R.A. Rally in Harrison #64283

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    This is great, Larry!  I’ll be there with a couple of bikes to show.  I’ll be spending some time at the registration desk, but I hope I can come by and help out.

    in reply to: Roadside Assistance Insurance #64168

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Because I’m a life member of the AMA, I have their tow package.  One of the things to consider is how far the tow package will take you.  The AMA’s plan is 50 miles, I believe.  That’s not enough in many places, but it’s better than a lot of the other plans.

    I had the opportunity to try it out last year, when I had a flat on my ’81 R65 about 20 miles from home.  I was on a busy highway but there were no services nearby.  Unfortunately, nobody was home to come get me.  I do have a tool kit and a tire patch kit, but I would rather try just about anything than fixing a tube on the side of the road.  The other choice I could have tried was the MOA’s Anonymous Book. 

    Anyway, I called up the AMA.  I was quickly talking with a rep, who took my number so she could call me back and not use up my phone battery.  It did take a little while for her to locate a tow for me, maybe about 20 minutes.  But then, the “tow truck” showed up in another 20 minutes.  It was a local independent bike mechanic who had an interesting bike towing unit in the bed of his pickup!  I got a ride home, pleasant bike chat and it didn’t cost me anything.

    in reply to: Thread View Counts? #64145

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Mark, they are raw page fetches, and the big numbers come from crawlers and, especially, the spammers who are constantly (and uselessly) scanning the site and trying (and failing) to post spam.  The logs are literally filled with rejected account registrations that, in spite of the failure, the spambots then try to use to post spam.  So, I’m afraid that the views numbers are wildly inflated.  The club has access to other statistics that make it possible to see a much more realistic picture of the site access levels and patterns. 

    in reply to: 2015 Ohio Region Calendar of Events #64144

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    You should post your individual rallies here:  http://bmwra.org/content/local-rally-listings.  That way, they’ll appear on the rally map here:  http://bmwra.org/rallies-and-events.

    in reply to: HAPPY THANKSGIVING #64142

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Best wishes to all on this wonderful day.  I already got a short ride in (had to go pick up a few last minute items at the store).

    in reply to: Page not found error #64096

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Mike, I went in and changed the name on the other account.  You can now change your username to the one you were using before.

    in reply to: BMW eBike? #64008

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    With BMW’s focus on “urban mobility”, the eBike is a natural extension.  Electric motorcycles have excellent accelleration and “engine braking” possibilities.

    in reply to: Lane Splitting #64001

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    First thing you’ll probably have to do is convince your fellow Ohioan motorcyclists that it’s a good idea.  From what I’ve seen in other fora, US motorcyclists in general believe that lane splitting is crazy. 

    I live in California, which is the only state that allows lane splitting, and as you know George, I’ve done a fair bit of riding in Europe, where if not always legal, is tacitly allowed.  Watch this BMW Motorcycle Training film from the mid 70s, for example:

    Anyway, lane splitting is very useful and, I believe, pretty safe, when done conservatively.  You see some folks splitting traffic on the freeways at supra legal speeds around here, but that is not what I’m thinking of.  

    in reply to: Lane Splitting #64058

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    [quote=Michael Cook]May I suggest you look into “Lane Filtering”.  I believe CA has some regulations around it.  It makes a lot more sense safety wise, than “Lane Splitting”.  Basically, Lane Filtering is for those times when traffic is stopped, or at a crawl, and you’re permitted to move ahead, albeit at a much reduced speed (maybe 25mph).  It has other restrictions about speed, when it’s allowed; and the difference between the “traffic” speed and the motorcycle speed.  With those caveats, (although many people probably wouldn’t read them), the chances of an accident being serious are dramatically reduced. I would welcome that in the US.  But you’d also have to educate drivers – some of whom want to squeeze a rider out, or open a car door (jealousy?).  European drivers are more accustomed to lane splitting, and the motorcycle police help reinforce proper driver behavior.[/quote]

    Michael, there are no regulations in California specifically about lane filtering or splitting.  The law merely does not make it illegal to share a lane.  If an officer doesn’t like how a rider is riding, they can use other parts of the law, such as illegal lane change or reckless driving.  The CHP has posted guidelines about what it thinks are reasonable ways to lane split.  This doesn’t necessarily apply in other jurisdictions in the state.

    in reply to: Lane Splitting #64007

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Road rage is an issue, to be sure, but the legality of lane splitting here in Cali is advertised in the driver’s handbook (not that anyone actually reads it) and the CHP has made several public pronouncements on it being legal.  Also, drivers see bikers in general and the CHP and Police forces in particular, doing it regularly, so I think most of them realize it must be legal.  

    I occasionally encounter someone who tries to block me from passing, but I just wait a bit and eventually there will be an opportunity.  Many drivers move over to allow me to go by.  

    in reply to: New bike dilemma #63951

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Look at your own avatar photo.  Do you sit on the GS the same way you’re sitting on the RT?  Arms a little bent, hands and wrists straight to the levers?  If not, could the GS be adjusted to fit you?

    Also, the GS has a lot less wind protection.  Is that what’s stressing you?  There are bigger windshields you can mount on the GS, but of course, if you drop the bike in the dirt, you could easily break such a screen. 

    in reply to: RALLY REGISTRATION #63959

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Yes, that’s right.  You can walk up and register.  There should be plenty of camping space!

    in reply to: LOTUS IS MAKING BIKES NOW #63870

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    http://www.lotus-motorcycles.com/

    1200cc V twin, 200hp

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    in reply to: Clearing New and Updated Topics #63852

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Do you mean that the tab disappeared?  That’s odd.  The Read All button does go away when you have nothing more to read; there’s no point in clicking it then.

    in reply to: Clearing New and Updated Topics #63839

    RICHMAN DARRYL
    Participant

    Actually, you can’t.  There’s a problem in that you shouldn’t even see this thread title.  The system is working correctly to the extent that if you try to visit the thread, you get an Access Denied message instead.  But the same access rules should be used to prevent the message title from showing up in your list of topics.  I have to dig into this to find out why it isn’t working right.

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