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Riding

Living with the VFR

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I could ride this thing all day and not get tired of it. It’s comfy for my 5’10"/195lb stature. It’s got a great stonkin’ engine. The DCT makes any kind of riding you want to do a joy.

This morning, a guy in a new CBR100RR pulled up next to… Continue reading

Settling in to the VFR1200F

I’ve now got slightly north of 400 miles on the new VFR. I’m really impressed with her—except for a couple of minor quibbles. In general, my overall rating for the VFR1200F is "Wheee!"

The DCT just…works.  In heavy city traffic, where I spent about 4 hours today running a whole… Continue reading

VFR Update

So, I’ve tooled around town on the new bike. Some initial impressions below. But first, a walkaround video and some pics.

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I’m keeping it very sedate while I’m breaking it in, so I haven’t pushed the engine more than a little bit. But even a little bit of pushing and… Continue reading

Close call

Every once in a while, you get a reminder of how dangerous our sport can be.  I got a reminder this morning.

When I left the house at 6:40am, the sun was shining, temperatures were in the high 60s, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. So I… Continue reading

Mad Skillz

This guy knows how to ride a motorcycle.

That’s a flawless performance from Officer Donnie Williams at the Grand Prairie Police Motorcycle Rodeo, earlier this year.

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: Observations and Suggestions

After two days of living with the Hyosung GT650R I’ve got some observations, and come up with some improvement suggestions.

Before I begin, I should point out that, starting next year, the ATK version of these bikes will not be the stock Hyosung versions. Most of the components will come… Continue reading

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: Day 1

GT650R, Right Side

GT650R, Right Side

I’ve put about 3 hours on the bike today, mainly in city and highway riding, although I did take a brief spin through some mountain twisties, because I couldn’t end my first ride without a little taste of the curvy stuff. Having done so, I’ve got a… Continue reading

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: First Impressions

GT650R, Packed up and ready to ride

This is what the ATK/Hyosung GT650R looked like this morning as I prepared to ride it away from Orange County Harley-Davidson.

A couple of visual things I noticed as I was getting ready to ride.

Much Better Video

This morning, I got WAY better video of my morning commute, with the camera mounted on the left frame slider.  I get to do this run twice a day.

My Commute

Every day, I get to take a nice little commute that’s 1/3 city streets, 1/3 interstate, and 1/3 windy country roads. Here’s a little of the windy country roads bit.  I took this with my Kodak Playsport HD camera.  I’m not happy with this video as there was… Continue reading

The Perennial Loud Pipe Controversy

Maybe you think loud pipes are an important safety feature.  You’re entitled to your opinion, even if I think it’s a pretty stupid one. What you’re not entitled to do, however, is physically threaten city officials who want to keep the noise to a bearable level by introducing noise… Continue reading

You are invisible

Motorcycle Daily’s Dirck Edge has re-posted his “Being Invisible” post, which is full of advice on how to survive the mean streets on a motorcycle. It got me thinking.

As part of my blogging here, I have some standard Google search feeds set up, such as “Honda Motorcycles”, “Harley-Davidson Motorcycles”,… Continue reading

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