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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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What did you do wrong on your bike today?

It seems every day I manage to screw up once or twice while riding. Whether it's turning further out than I should have, kicking into neutral instead of second gear, or starting off in second gear, there always seems to be some little nuance that ticks me off. I'm a perfectionist and I hate when things haven't gone by the book.

Though the specific things I mention may only happen once in a blue moon, it's inevitible that some other little things will take their place on the road.

What did I do wrong today? I was in a tight circular turn in a parking lot getting close to a low angle curb. I got a little lax and decided to ride over part of the curb instead of slowing down a bit and readjusting my turn. It thew off my balance a bit but it wasn't enough to make me tip the bike. Next time I will be sure to reevaluate.

Oh, and I hate when I don't land in second gear on an intersection turn. This happens on occasion too. Grrrrrrr

Does anyone else have any "foopah" moments during a day of riding?

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 08:19 PM
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nothing today, allergies hit late saturday, I won't ride like this.


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Well brother, I only have just over a hundred miles on this new to me bike, after at least a 30 or so year layoff. So yea, I am still having issues every time I go out, but they are all rapidly getting better. First it was my blinker staying on. And of course, you can imagine my wide turns! Luckly, I am working hard every night on these issues, staying in big parking lots etc. back roads... In fact, I have made new parking lots a speciality! I especially love brand new HEB parking lots on a Sunday morning! This one is fantastic!


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Well brother, I only have just over a hundred miles on this new to me bike, after at least a 30 or so year layoff. So yea, I am still having issues every time I go out, but they are all rapidly getting better. First it was my blinker staying on. And of course, you can imagine my wide turns! Luckly, I am working hard every night on these issues, staying in big parking lots etc. back roads... In fact, I have made new parking lots a speciality! I especially love brand new HEB parking lots on a Sunday morning! This one is fantastic!

Awesome that you have a place to practice. I do the parking lot thing too to practice real slow circular turns. Oh, and the blinker? I forget to cancel that on a daily basis at least once. Very very annoying. I'm just glad the cagers were paying attention during these times. Not to mention how uncool it looks riding the crash bar pegs while cruising with a blinker on.

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Yep! I have places to go for sure. Unfortunately though, I live in what I like to call, the gauntlet... In any direction out of my hood down here, I have to turn onto a two lane road, and the speed limit is 65! Kinda scary for sure! But it is what it is I guess. As of late though, I am getting much more comfortable with everything. I was scared to death when I picked this bike up though. All looked fine, but in my noobness, the bike felt VERY heavy! I mean to the point I thought I was crazy for buying another bike. The tires looked real good I thought. But when I finally got her home, they only had 9 PSI in each! No wonder! Now it drives like a dream.

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I forgot to cancel the turn signal. I swear that mistake is going to be the one that kills me someday.

Edit: Dang Lonnie Mac, I never would have thought it, but that pink bike is just plain classy. I'd ride that one. Beautiful bike.

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I accidently pulled a breather tube out of somewhere and now its is sputtering down the highway! this is what prompted the OH WELL tear the thing apart thing im on. I was going to do this over the winter but what the hell do it now!
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I accidently pulled a breather tube out of somewhere and now its is sputtering down the highway! this is what prompted the OH WELL tear the thing apart thing im on. I was going to do this over the winter but what the hell do it now!
Ah, so that's what got ya goin'? The only thing I did wrong on the bike today was park it after 40 mi. If I hadn't had 5 ac of grass to cut, I'd have ridden all afternoon.

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Ah, so that's what got ya goin'? The only thing I did wrong on the bike today was park it after 40 mi. If I hadn't had 5 ac of grass to cut, I'd have ridden all afternoon.
Yha whats funny is if you pinch this tube the engine dies. Not sure where I pulled it out of. but the bike jerks and tries to die at just about any speed.
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Ah, so that's what got ya goin'? The only thing I did wrong on the bike today was park it after 40 mi. If I hadn't had 5 ac of grass to cut, I'd have ridden all afternoon.
Ouch! Tough life there. That belongs in more of a tragedy thread!

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