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Commuter Tips for Motorcycles

Posted on: December 21st, 2014 by chadman No Comments

How to get to work in one piece!

  1. Obey the golden driving rule: Ride and/or drive unto others as you’d have them drive around you!
    So, if you don’t like having that BMW cut across the doubles in between the bikes in your wolfpack, don’t do the same thing to all the Audis trying to get to work on time on the 405 during rush hour.
  2. Get a tall ADV bike so you can see over traffic, or
  3. Get a loud Harley bike, because people actually like Harleys and will make room for you when you split traffic
  4. Add aux lighting to your bike so you stand out more. Just don’t blind people with them
  5. Get an aftermarket horn. Sometimes you’ll need it and most OEM horns are worthless
  6. Don’t ride in a hurry. That’s how you go too fast and get yourself in trouble
  7. If you’re in California or, well, in any other country besides the US, lane-share smart. Follow the CHP (or your local) guidelines
  8. Have enough gas to get where you’re going
  9. Reflective stuff helps at night. Dayglow may or may not help. Some people think it turns you into a target fixation item
  10. Please don’t run your hi-beams during the day or night. Pissed off cagers will be out to get us – except maybe when you’re lane sharing
  11. If you’re stuck in traffic or lane sharing and get pinched off, just wait. An opening in traffic always comes. Better to wait a few moments than to crack a few mirrors
  12. If you’re going to listen to something during your commute, make it something calming so you’re not encouraged to speed
  13. …and don’t listen to audio too loud because you want to hear what’s going on around you
  14. Watch out for cabbies and commercial vehicles. Their passengers are more important than you, the driver has no idea where he’s going, and he’ll suddenly dart across 3 lanes (and your bike) while reading Waze on his phone. Be warned

The Pace Podcast E2E Rally Round 1

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by chadman No Comments

Dirty Dave and I go trolling around Simi and Santa Clarita Valleys for bonuses for the Pace Podcast’s Equinox to Equinox Rally. The weather was a little gloomy, but since it had been about a year since the accident that destroyed my last bike, I really wanted to get out and ride. And since I’m a big fan of the Pace Podcast, I’m glad I was able to get in on it.

I usually ride Dirty’s Sportster but it’s been refusing to start, so it was either his Dyna or the Burgman. “You’ll have more fun on the Burgman.” So Burgie it was. We only had the morning before I had to get back to family time, so we stayed fairly local, starting about 8am. Met the family for lunch, then grabbed a few more bonuses on the way home.

We had a pretty good system down. We’d stop at a bonus, I’d hand the camera to Dirty, he’d snap the pix, and we’d be off to the next one.

What kinda surprised me is how rusty my motorcycle skills have become in the last year of not riding. I was definitely a little wobbly out there.

I’m in!

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by chadman No Comments

BEHOLD! I’m number 0188 in The Pace’s E2E rally. Should be tons of fun. Hopefully I’ll get to borrow my friend David’s bike a few times and get some good points. The plan is to start this weekend, either on “May the 4th be with you” or on “drinko de Mayo”.

Kinda leaning towards the 4th personally. Smile

I hope we can still register!

Posted on: April 27th, 2013 by chadman No Comments

This is where info about E2E will go!

One Totaled FZR

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by chadman No Comments

Got hit from behind when starting to leave a newly green light. I guess the BMW driver just couldn’t wait for me to get out of his way (or was paying more attention to his cellphone).

Luckily, I was mostly unhurt. I did the superman jump off the bike and landed a few giant steps later on my feet. Had a sore back for a day or two and then was fine. The bike…not so much. Totaled.

Can you see me now?

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by chadman No Comments

In an attempt to be more conspicuous, I changed out the headlight bulbs on the FZR. The fuzzer runs some old style H4 35/35 bulbs, which barely any motorcycles use anymore, but the bulbs are popular with European scooters, so they’re not too hard to find on eBay. If I was planning on doing much riding at night, I’d probably just stick with the stock bulbs – they seem to be brighter – but since most, if not all, of my riding will be done during the day, I’m hoping the different color temperatures of the new bulbs will help me stick up to oncoming drivers just a bit more.

Here's the standard 35/35 bulbs

And here's the hyper white on the left and hyper purple on the right