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  1. For the first time in 35 years of lane splitting, I hit a car mirror with my handlebar. I commute on the bike daily, and have logged thousands of hours lane sharing without a single incident. The FJ-09 is still somewhat new to me, and the handlebars are the widest of any bike I’ve ever owned. Muscle memory told me I had the clearance, but obviously I didn’t. Has anyone cut down the width of their handlebars? I think I’d be happy taking 4-6 inches off each side.
  2. Just now seeing this ride report (I worked the Camp Fire incident and was on duty 30+ days in a row). I live at the lower end of this ride, and take these roads with some frequency. There's a lot of good riding to be had. We're hoping to have Bucks Lake Rd patched up this year or next. Crossing fingers, that side route is kind of challenging on a bike.
  3. And just to make sure everyone knows the trick to putting on rain pants during a ride… if you go on a ride carrying your waterproof gear in your saddlebags instead of wearing it, and you need to put it on because it starts to rain, carry a couple of plastic grocery bags and rubber bands (this isn’t critical, but helpful). Slide the plastic bag over your boots, secure w/rubber band, then put on your rain pants. The plastic cover will help your boots glide through the pants without getting stuck. This is especially useful if you’re doing a roadside suit up as it starts to rain.
  4. I commute in the Northern Sacramento Valley, so I regularly ride triple digits. I've ditched the cooling vests for a variety of reasons. I now wear very tight compression long sleeve shirt and pants under my vented gear. I drink drink drink lots of water, hit the road, warm up, and start sweating. The tight fitting clothes immediately wicks away the sweat and you get transpiration cooling. Even the cheap stuff works well, no need to spend a fortune (though the good stuff does last longer). Something like this and the accompanying pants will do the job just fine. BTW, I've ridden like this from NorCal to Yellowstone, in a single day through the Great Basin, where I had 10+ hours of 110-115 degrees and I did just fine. Just need to find the right amount of air going through your jacket/pants so that you don't overdry your body. Oh, and drink, drink, drink. Lots of water and gatorade. You need to sweat like Ted Striker landing a plane. Sedici Close Long Sleeve Compression Shirt WWW.CYCLEGEAR.COM Base layers designed to elevate your ride. Not just close, Sedici Close.
  5. I have the CyclePump unit which is a highly rated pump and I carry it mostly for ballast and the ability to say “at least I tried!”. I have no confidence that it would do anything other than give me something to throw in anger. I’ve tried it at home and after blowing a number of fuses I finally got it to turn on. First, the thing is as loud as a jackhammer. Holy crap, keep your earplugs in. Second, it is finicky. The hoses had to be Just So in order to get air coming out the right place, but; Third the thing bounces around like a bull in a rodeo just after the chute opens. This thing just jumps and bucks and wants to go everywhere, when you recall point 2, you try to get it under control and run into: Fifth, the thing gets hot enough to cook naan on it. I even ruined a pair of riding gloves while holding it down in my garage, only to have the leather seared and crackled. Buy Now: Cycle Pump Motorcycle Air Compressor, EZ Air Tire Gauge, Tire Repair Kit | Pashnit Moto WWW.PASHNITMOTO.COM Compact Travel Air Compressor for Motorcycles and Sport-Touring Travel Motorcyclists So I still carry it in my saddlebag (even though it’s not very light or practical), and also carry a bicycle pump (which I’ve used a lot, actually).
  6. I don’t go looking for rain, but I won’t let it keep me from riding. I’ve tried a whole lotta methods, gear, etc, and my preference is the full barrier method. I have dedicated raingear, with full coverage. Two piece Olympia rain suit, Aerostich triple digit glove cover, Aerostich boot rain cover, silk balaklava with enough fabric to tuck into my jacket to prevent rain coming in under my helmet. Also, I wear a smartwool layer on my skin, just in case I do have some water seep in it’ll still keep me warm. I ride mostly in California, so hot weather rain is a rarity. The couple of times it’s happened I just kept riding, got wet, and dried off. I have no idea what it’d be like to ride in Florida, or any of the hot muggy rainy states.
  7. 49 for freeway slogs, low 40's for fun riding (higher RPM, lower tire PSI, sporadic WFO.
  8. I just looked this up and it appears to be linked with the iOS only app. I don't see an Android version. Did I just miss it?
  9. I'm at the hot end of the Sacramento Valley and I commute 50 miles to work, often in the temp range you describe. I've found over time that I acclimate pretty easily and it's not a big deal to ride like that, even wearing my dress slacks, shirt, and tie under my riding gear. Last summer I rode to Yellowstone across the Nevada desert, and I happened to do it during a hot stretch. I left Chico at 4am, and by the time I hit Reno it was already in triple digits, and the rest of the trip until sundown it was no less than 110, at one point hitting 118. But I was geared properly for it, and guzzling gallon after gallon of water and gatorade. Death Valley, though, I'm not sure I can do extended riding near 120. That's just nuts.
  10. I have commuted on my SV for several years wearing the S21. My commute includes 50+ miles of dead straight, boring freeway. For the commute I run 40/42 and I have no squaring issues with the tire. For as much grip as it has for weekend joyriding, the tire is amazingly durable.
  11. Dang, you got yours at a discount. 🙂 The saddle is gorgeous! The visual texture is super appealing!
  12. I had mine done by Seth Laam in a ride-in appointment. I rode my bike to his shop, he got very cozy with my back side, measured, and the tore into the stock saddle. A couple of hours later he had me sit on the nearly finished saddle, made some fine tuning adjustments, and I drove away a happy customer. Price was good - not cheap, but not RDL expensive - and the impact is fantastic.
  13. maximo

    Chilly

    For a minute I thought you were referring to the circle bridge, but turns out that the name for the big bridge on the ravine is Foresthill Bridge! I never knew that. Somewhere in my archives I have a GoPro video of me on MRR riding the ST1100. The ride had an unexpected end when I hit snow up on top.
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