You know, it’s the slow stuff that’s dangerous. Making a turn from a standing start at a stoplight, that kind of stuff.
On a bike, the faster you’re moving–within reason, of course–the easier it is to throw the bike around. A bike moving at speed doesn’t want to fall. relatively… Continue reading
Someday, in the not-too-distant future, this will be the Ex-1200C Sportster blog. because I am getting a big twin. In fact, I’m getting a Road King. I don’t know when, exactly, but I’m getting one.
I have a cunning plan.
Actually, it’s a blindingly obvious plan. I’m going to throw… Continue reading
Today was a (almost) a bad day, and a good day.
First, the (almost) bad. I almost dumped the bike today. It happened at the worst place possible: the parking lot of the Harley dealership. I went down to San Diego Harley because my luggage bag broke one of the… Continue reading
What is it about people who ride sport bikes? Why all the showboating? Am I supposed to be impressed? As I was riding to work this morning on the 395, doing about 60–the speed limit is 55–a guy on a sport bike just zips past me doing God only knows… Continue reading
It’s been more than a week of daily riding, and I’m finally starting to get comfortable on the bike. I’m still doing a lot of self-critique of my technique, but the bad really is outweighed by the good in terms of getting familiar.
I’m still feeling out turning, though. I… Continue reading
Now that I have more than 500 miles on my Sporty, I’ve started to let the Dogs of War slip out a little bit. I took her over 60MPH for the first time today.
On the way to work, I kept taking her up to 65MPH, then dropping the throttle… Continue reading
I went to the dealership this afternoon after work. I looked at a lot of bikes. And when I did, I realized that, for the money, the 1200C is really all the bike I need. I’m not gonna make highway trips. I’m really only going to use it around town,… Continue reading
I love my sporty, but when I went into the dealership today for a quick trip, I took another look at the Dynas. Man, the more I think about it, the more I wish I’d bought one. Or, more precisely, wish I could’ve bought one. I had enough money to… Continue reading
So, I’m driving through Temecula, CA, today, going to my mom’s house to celebrate my grandmother’s 89th birthday.
Since I got the bike on Monday, I’ve put about 450 miles on it, so I’m about halfway through the break-in period.
I stop at a light, and a guy in a… Continue reading
Well, I rode up to my Mom’s house in Menifee, and surprisingly, she didn’t freak out about the bike. Oh, she wasn’t happy, to be sure, but I guess she figures she can’t really do anything about it. Which she can’t. So there’s no need to have a cow.
I must say, the MSF people are really on the ball. Today, I got my completion certificate in the mail. After work, I went over to the DMV, and got the full M1 endorsement to my driver’s license. I may now ride at any time, on any public road, and… Continue reading
I get to take my first daily commute ride tomorrow. Since I got the bike on Monday, I’ve been on it for about 4 hours, and gone through one tank of gas. Yesterday, I met up with a friend from work, and we drove off to Temecula for, of all… Continue reading
I love it.
It was way different from the little Eliminators and rebels at the MSF course. It moves. When I first got on it, I rolled on the throttle just a little too much coming out of the stop at the entrance to the parking lot at the… Continue reading
It was a long, hot day on the MSF riding range today. Officially, the air temperature was 95. On the asphalt pad, it must’ve been significantly hotter.
We did lots of turning, cornering, and swerving, then we took the skills test. They docked me three points on my emergency stop,… Continue reading