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BMW Motorcycles (aka Beemers) and the Competition
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:20 PM
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:37 PM
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For $400 + parts and fixes, when he is done with it he can set it on fire and drink a PBR while he watches it burn. The 250 is a great starter bike, but he'll probably get bored of it quickly. [which is fine at that price!!]
He'll use it for traveling to and from his job, he's not big into high speeds so it'll be fine. He's obsessed with saving money so it's the perfect bike for him! I'll probably use it to teach my girlfriend too..
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:06 PM
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I still vote for a beater car for LTS. With two little ones, it's just not worth the risk, especially riding daily at night. What happens if you break a leg like I did?
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:37 PM
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I still vote for a beater car for LTS. With two little ones, it's just not worth the risk, especially riding daily at night. What happens if you break a leg like I did?
Thanks Kris.

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Old 05-18-2009, 06:38 PM
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how to ride these things?

And why in California is it more expensive to taking biking school after the age 21? 18-21 is like $150, and for 21 and older its 250?
Not that difficult really. If you can ride a bicycle and know the concept of driving a manual car (i.e. using the clutch correctly, being in the right gear at a given speed, etc.), you pretty much have the basics.

However, given your location (L.A., correct?), I would highly discourage you from riding, but that's of course my humble opinion.

(BTW, ditto on the MSF course).
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:34 PM
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A beater car is cheaper and safer than a bike, no doubt. You generally get better gas mileage on a bike, but the TCO would take many years to get close to that of a beater car all things considered.
I am not quite sure about that KrisL. Except for my 6 months old Honda Ridgeline, all my cars and Nissan Titan truck were ALL rear-ended. I have been riding bikes for about 40 years and never (knock on wood) been involved in any accident. I use my K1200S in the crazy L.A. traffic splitting lanes cuts my gas and time by half. So far 4 wheelers have been kind to me.
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I am not quite sure about that KrisL. Except for my 6 months old Honda Ridgeline, all my cars and Nissan Titan truck were ALL rear-ended. I have been riding bikes for about 40 years and never (knock on wood) been involved in any accident. I use my K1200S in the crazy L.A. traffic splitting lanes cuts my gas and time by half. So far 4 wheelers have been kind to me.
Why is that, do you suppose? Perhaps because a) you're more aware on the bike and b) you split lanes in situations where most rear ends occur. I'm not talking about accident avoidance here, I'm talking about safety. I'd rather get rear ended in a car than on a bike.

Also, for what it's worth, I've never been rear ended in my 14 years of driving.
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He'll use it for traveling to and from his job, he's not big into high speeds so it'll be fine. He's obsessed with saving money so it's the perfect bike for him! I'll probably use it to teach my girlfriend too..
Just my opinion on this: I do not ride the bike 08 K1200S to save money and time. Saving money and time (pass many 4 wheelers on diamond lane) comes in the form of a bonus on top of the fact that I do not have to wait for the weekend to have fun. I can only pity 4 wheelers sitting in endless L.A. freeway traffic especially Friday afternoons. There were few instances driving my car when the 210 Freeway was closed due to a big accident and I nearly parked my car to walk the last 2 miles. I was thinking I could come back for the car late at night. Safety: the biggest safety factor on motorcycles in California is splitting lanes. To increase that safety factor, I could also use wider streets for slower ride but the biggest plus is that I am always in front of cars at the stop lights. Here's my opinion on people who wanted to start to ride bikes to save money: It takes a lot of experience to really ride safe. I would suggest using streets until the balancing act is perfected. I've seen many 50cc scooters in the area and cars seems to give them the space and respect.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:48 PM
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Why is that, do you suppose? Perhaps because a) you're more aware on the bike and b) you split lanes in situations where most rear ends occur. I'm not talking about accident avoidance here, I'm talking about safety. I'd rather get rear ended in a car than on a bike.

Also, for what it's worth, I've never been rear ended in my 14 years of driving.
When I ride, most of the time like in traffic lights, I always end up in between lanes/cars. There was this Sheriff (motorcycle cop) who was killed not too long ago at a stop light. His mistake (in my opinion and based on my experience) is stopping behind a car. He was killed by a drunk driver. When my Red Nissan titan was rear ended, the driver said he did not notice I stopped at the light (he was on his cell phone). When my 330i was rear ended at a street light, the MBenz driver said he saw the green light but did not see my car behind a pickup truck trying to re-start his engine. When my Nissan Sentra was going to be rear-ended, I saw this guy on an old beat up car coming fast and tried to stop. I moved my car forward to give him more space to stop, still hit my car. In all these instances, I did not have any choice but to brace for the impact. Motorcycles do not have bumpers like cars. The rider and the motorcycle is the BUMPER. So to remedy that I use other vehicles to protect me from being rear ended. I also use other cars as my front bumpers - meaning that: if I am riding two way roads I make sure that there is a car (not a truck) in front of me, because he is my bumper. Why car? Because I can see many things over his car's roof. Same thing on freeways I make sure that I am following a driver who in my opinion would contribute to my safe riding. At stop lights I learned to look left and right even if I have green light - you never know when someone would run the red light and I do not want to be RIGHT, but Dead. There are helmets available that would allow me to listen to music or use cell phone. I definitely would not do such a thing. Riding motorcycles calls for the utmost concentration as compared to a car. In my car or pick up truck, I sometimes turn the radio off to concentrate on driving particularly on high speed open freeways.

I fly single engine planes and one time when I was beginning to learn to fly. The door on my side opened as I was taking off. My immediate reaction is just pull the darn door which I did. My instructor told me to land, check everything then take off again. From then on, safety became my number one concern, that's for me and those around me regardless of what I drive, ride or fly.

I'm glad you've never been rear-ended in your 14 years of driving. I sure hate being rear ended regardless because it is a total waste of my time.

For those who rides or interested in riding, the most important portion of this novel is the "BUMPER" (front and rear).

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:57 PM
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I remember it being a big milestone when I could actually take a mountain road corner marked at 35mph *at* 35mph! I think it took 4-5 weeks to get to that point. It can get frustrating at first.
I remember riding up a mountain road on my 1000cc motorcycle, and not being able to get a damn minivan off my tail.

The two times I've been rear-ended while driving my truck were sort of my fault. In both situations I wasn't paying total attention. Since I leave a good following distance, I was able to stop both times without hitting the guy in front. The guys behind me were like the average drones that follow to close, and couldn't stop. When I ride the bike, I'm much more aware, and don't let the guy behind me get too far behind if I have to come to a stop ahead. I'll also play with the brake light or weave if necessary to keep his attention, especially if I'm being tailgated.
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