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post #1 of 18 Old 10-07-2007, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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$10 in gas

My SO wanted to ride 2up a 4,000' mountain yesterday. We rode in perfect weather, both ATGATT. We saw a SHORT SLEEVE motorbike Highway Patrol on the freeway going 80MPH! ARGGGH! SO said over the intercom "nice example to our youth"! The 9r sure gets a lot of attention, lotsa friendly folks were waving. We made it up the super twisty windy hill (can you say slipping the wet clutch?) and enjoyed the spectacular view. Noticed a couple women made it there 2up on a 50cc scooter! I wondered how their drum brakes could handle that descent without melting. Dropped the SO off at a beauty salon and took a spin several towns away to catch up with some friends at a party (no alcohol). Returned to pick up the SO (I was late, but still early!). We filled the tank and got >40MPG! Stopped at Chilis for an awesome dinner where we fit right in with leathers. What a glorious day!

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Cool. What mountain did you go to?
Did you slap a sign on the cop for riding while stupid?

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Cool. What mountain did you go to?
Did you slap a sign on the cop for riding while stupid?
Mt. Hamilton.

Yeah that tax liability needed some common sense.

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-07-2007, 09:10 PM
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Yeah that tax liability needed some common sense.
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Sounds like a great day in the life of a 919 owner!

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Sounds like a great day in the life of a 919 owner!
Oh yeah!

The 9r rides much better after removing the big windscreen. Still can't imagine ever wanting a different bike. In the twisties or during a panic stop I don't want a heavier or sluggish bike. During the one panic stop at an around the corner freeway exit jam, the brakes worked so great, I pancaked my SO into my back (got the image?) Then it had plenty of power to merge back into the moving lane at a 70MPH differential. My SO never complaned about the ride, and was very happy.

Yeah the ride was way too much fun, so I just had to share it with my 9r Bros/Sis! Many more to come!

Ride safe!

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during a panic stop I don't want a heavier or sluggish bike. During the one panic stop at an around the corner freeway exit jam, the brakes worked so great, I pancaked my SO into my back
The 9r is over a hundred pounds lighter than my old Ninja. Given the same situation on the heavier bike it would have been a very stressful stop. You can't deny the laws of physics! The 9r's excellent handling of the panic stop confirms again I bought the right bike!

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I can't believe moto cops don't at least wear modular (flip up) helmets. That's all you will see in Germany.

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I can't believe moto cops don't at least wear modular (flip up) helmets. That's all you will see in Germany.
True, MUCH better than open face brain buckets.

Flipups must be a snug fit, otherwise during a crash they can spin and choke you. A friend nearly died wearing one. Luckily an outstanding Citizen saved him after he turned purple!

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True, MUCH better than open face brain buckets.

Flipups must be a snug fit, otherwise during a crash they can spin and choke you. A friend nearly died wearing one. Luckily an outstanding Citizen saved him after he turned purple!
Please elaborate, Dream. I'm using a modular HJC Symax helmet now (been looking for an excuse to purchase a Shoei RF-1000).

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Please elaborate, Dream. I'm using a modular HJC Symax helmet now (been looking for an excuse to purchase a Shoei RF-1000).
I've been wearing and sizing helmets forever. A helmet must be secure on your head or it can move too much when you need it and compromise your safety. FU helmets trade safety for convenience. Granted without a helmet my friend would have been dead on impact. But the FU helmet was too loose and the impact pushed back and twisted it to the side choking him within seconds of death. I like my snug fitting full faced Shoei RF1000 and recommend it, although I wish it was quieter. I had to *slightly* trim pads to fit ear buds.

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I would probably say and bet that 50% of the riders out there are wearing helmets that are 1 or 2 sizes up their fit size. I saw it all to often while in the parts counter of a Major Dealership... people just want to be comfortable right then and there and don't realize that the liner of the helmet will yield or increase in size after a few rides.

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I would probably say and bet that 50% of the riders out there are wearing helmets that are 1 or 2 sizes up their fit size. I saw it all to often while in the parts counter of a Major Dealership... people just want to be comfortable right then and there and don't realize that the liner of the helmet will yield or increase in size after a few rides.
That's a very safe bet RC90!

Ironically I debated the safety of my bud's flimsy loose fitting flipup helmet before his accident...but couldn't convince him. After he barely survived choking to purple he uses a snug fit, rigid, full face.

Heads up to all loose fitting and old helmet owners... Get a new one that fits.

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My Symax fits very snugly. It's just noisy as hell. Thanks for the advice!

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My Symax fits very snugly. It's just noisy as hell. Thanks for the advice!
You are most welcome. Riding naked amplifies any helmet's bad aerodynamics and therefor noise. The Shoei will be quieter than yours.

I am suspect of all hinged flipups. Will it stay fully closed after the intial glancing impact? Maybe not (like my friends), then the final stop on the guardrail is on your chin.

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You are most welcome. Riding naked amplifies any helmet's bad aerodynamics and therefor noise. The Shoei will be quieter than yours.

I am suspect of all hinged flipups. Will it stay fully closed after the intial glancing impact? Maybe not (like my friends), then the final stop on the guardrail is on your chin.
I guess that's the principle reason for no Snell rating. Guess what Santa's bringing this year?

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I guess that's the principle reason for no Snell rating. Guess what Santa's bringing this year?
I'm glad Snell reviewed it. It's shocking there are bogus safety stickers on open face cruiser brain buckets.

HO HO HO new FF helmet! Hopefully Santa delivers early.

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sizing

a real tight fitting new helmet and ear plugs are all you nead for high speed motoring comfort, not a windshield.
especially for what's intended to be a naked bike.
your right, people don't understand that helmets wear in just like shoes.
if you shake your head like a dog killing a gopher and your helmet moves even alittle, it's too big.
shop around tight and comfortable makes for a nice ride.

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people don't understand that helmets wear in just like shoes.
I bought a Schuberth S1 a couple of months ago, and my buddy was laughing at how my cheeks were pushed in when I first tried it on. It also has the anti-roll straps that make for a real PITA fit at first. I even thought I had sized incorrectly. But, after a few rides, I'm less like a chipmunk and more like me. Wicked quiet and feels great.

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