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Old 05-12-2009, 12:54 PM
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:04 PM
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Good stuff. I agree with Jon.

Any mods?
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:21 PM
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Good stuff. I agree with Jon.

Any mods?
I just installed a Yoshimura TRC slip on exhuast. I will be cutting the cat off as soon as I buy the power commander for it.

I also changed the stock tires to Michilen Piot Powers, which are excellent tires.

Other than that the bike is pretty much stock, performance wise.

Cosmetically, i just got some rim tape in blue. Shogun no cut sliders kit and I will be getting HIDs this weekend for it.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:33 PM
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Looks like you're missing half your gear.


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My buddy Aleks and I:
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:43 PM
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Looks like you're missing half your gear.


ATGATT!! (All the gear, All the time)


My buddy Aleks and I:
Most people here in L.A. just wear the jackets with Jeans. Very rarely do I see someone in a full suit...
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Most people here in L.A. just wear the jackets with Jeans. Very rarely do I see someone in a full suit...
Yeah, legs are overrated.


My suit's hard knee went through this van's headlight and punctured its radiator. With just jeans, I wouldn't have a knee.



My wife even has full gear to ride on the back of my bike.
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Yeah, legs are overrated.


My suit's hard knee went through this van's headlight and punctured its radiator. With just jeans, I wouldn't have a knee.



My wife even has full gear to ride on the back of my bike.


Hey, I don't support it. Just stating what I see.

How much do those suits run about?
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How much do those suits run about?
I've heard great things about the Olympia Phantom... $449
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/olymp...ports/phantom/

I've got the Aerostich Roadcrafter they mention in that review.


On top of that, expect to pay $200 for a helmet, $100-200 for boots, $50-150 for gloves.
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Yeah, legs are overrated.


My suit's hard knee went through this van's headlight and punctured its radiator. With just jeans, I wouldn't have a knee.



My wife even has full gear to ride on the back of my bike.
Holy crap...
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Holy crap...
I broke my femur as I flipped over the hood. The hard shoulders on the suit broke off the side mirror on the van.

Took a total of 4 surgeries... 1 to put a titanium rod in, 2 to make minor corrections/adjustments to its position and the screws holding it in, and the last one was 2 yrs later to remove the rod.

I bought a new bike while I was still on crutches. I had a handicapped placard for a month too... so I could park my bike in handicapped spots .


I ride even more now than I did before the crash (it was in 2001).
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How much do those suits run about?
Good gear is not cheap. My enjoyment for riding went up a lot when I had several choices (aka: a wardrobe) of gear built up to pick from, based on what and where and when I was riding.

I have a one-piece oversuit to wear to and from work (Aerostich Kris mentioned), Vanson leathers for the track, and a 2-piece textile suit for hot summer days. And heated gear. And a one-piece rain oversuit. And 3 different pairs of gloves, 2 pair of boots, 3 helmets, etc. etc. I am sure there is more I am forgetting.
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Good gear is not cheap. My enjoyment for riding went up a lot when I had several choices (aka: a wardrobe) of gear built up to pick from, based on what and where and when I was riding.

I have a one-piece oversuit to wear to and from work (Aerostich Kris mentioned), Vanson leathers for the track, and a 2-piece textile suit for hot summer days. And heated gear. And a one-piece rain oversuit. And 3 different pairs of gloves, 2 pair of boots, 3 helmets, etc. etc. I am sure there is more I am forgetting.
Yep. I've got heated gear, hippo hands, etc.

With an Olympia suit like the one I mentioned, you'd be comfortable in 80-90% of the time in LA though .
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I broke my femur as I flipped over the hood. The hard shoulders on the suit broke off the side mirror on the van.

Took a total of 4 surgeries... 1 to put a titanium rod in, 2 to make minor corrections/adjustments to its position and the screws holding it in, and the last one was 2 yrs later to remove the rod.

I bought a new bike while I was still on crutches. I had a handicapped placard for a month too... so I could park my bike in handicapped spots .


I ride even more now than I did before the crash (it was in 2001).
Damn...I think it would be hard to get back on a bike after that.

What was the cause of the accident?
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Damn...I think it would be hard to get back on a bike after that.

What was the cause of the accident?
An impact with a minivan.



I was on a one-lane (but two direction) road (about 4 miles from here), came around a left hand blind corner, and there was a minivan in my "half" of the road. CHP ruled it no-fault. We were both probably going about 20-25. With more experience it wouldn't have happened, for sure.

I asked a buddy of mine that I ride with a lot, "why does it seem like I'm leaning over farther than you are? Is it due to my bike's center of gravity being higher?"

He replied, "uh, no dude, you just waaay late apex."

I hadn't even realized that my riding had completely changed after the crash. I'll wait until the last second and then throw the bike down into the corner... allowing me to see further through it before committing. This slows me down a *bit*, but it is of course the safer way through.
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An impact with a minivan.



I was on a one-lane (but two direction) road (about 4 miles from here), came around a left hand blind corner, and there was a minivan in my "half" of the road. CHP ruled it no-fault. We were both probably going about 20-25. With more experience it wouldn't have happened, for sure.

I asked a buddy of mine that I ride with a lot, "why does it seem like I'm leaning over farther than you are? Is it due to my bike's center of gravity being higher?"

He replied, "uh, no dude, you just waaay late apex."

I hadn't even realized that my riding had completely changed after the crash. I'll wait until the last second and then throw the bike down into the corner... allowing me to see further through it before committing. This slows me down a *bit*, but it is of course the safer way through.
How could it be no-fault if the mini was in your lane...
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How could it be no-fault if the mini was in your lane...

See the pic I linked to?



A minivan is wider than half the road.
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Looks like you're missing half your gear.


ATGATT!! (All the gear, All the time)
I have yet to buy a full suit but that is in the works.
EVERYTIME i ride i ride with at least jeans(if not the padded riding jeans), boots, Gloves, jacket and helmet.

I have yet to do track days as well, but i am aiming for that to change this summer.

I am also very big on gear. Its crazy seeing the amount of people who ride with shorts and a t-shirt.

I actually took the gear pic when i was thinking about selling my bike which i was including with it.
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I have yet to buy a full suit but that is in the works.
EVERYTIME i ride i ride with at least jeans(if not the padded riding jeans), boots, Gloves, jacket and helmet.

I have yet to do track days as well, but i am aiming for that to change this summer.

I am also very big on gear. Its crazy seeing the amount of people who ride with shorts and a t-shirt.

I actually took the gear pic when i was thinking about selling my bike which i was including with it.

EVERYTIME I ride with my full suit. Hearing someone say they're very big on gear that rides in jeans does not compute. Of course, when you go to the track, a suit is required.
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EVERYTIME I ride with my full suit. Hearing someone say they're very big on gear that rides in jeans does not compute. Of course, when you go to the track, a suit is required.
Have you ever heard of padded jeans? They are riding pants.
I dont do hours and hours of riding mainly because i dont have a group to ride with out here. I really dont get as much riding as i would like to.
Point is that i gear up, i guess with the exception of "leather" riding pants.
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EVERYTIME I ride with my full suit. Hearing someone say they're very big on gear that rides in jeans does not compute. Of course, when you go to the track, a suit is required.
I have a pair of Draggin Jeans. Supposedly they are much better than regular jeans... but they don't really look or fit like jeans though, so I really don't ever wear them. I am in the market for a pair of breathable overpants like these airglides.
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I am in the market for a pair of breathable overpants like these airglides.
Those are similar to what my wife has.
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And my Gear.
Very nice.

I went and looked at the same exact bike that was for sale yesterday. I can't decide between that or the blue & white version.
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