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    ...and there's nothing like riding by a roadside...

    ...and there's nothing like riding by a roadside bison on a motorcycle to truly give a sense of their size.
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    With the Happy Trails racks, the tails slide in...

    With the Happy Trails racks, the tails slide in just inboard of the rack and I use a pair of Voile (or similar) straps around the metal box frame, between the sidebox and the frame, and around the...
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    Beartooth Pass finally opened for the season...

    Beartooth Pass finally opened for the season Friday, closed again either late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and reopened noon-ish on Saturday. Took the truck Saturday to allow Friday...
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    Can you please not post spoilers, at least for a...

    Can you please not post spoilers, at least for a couple of days after the race? I realize I could just stay off the internet, but TGR is usually safe in that regard, even in this thread.
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    If you haven't already, check out Tony's Track...

    If you haven't already, check out Tony's Track Days. Great organization, well-run events with street-rider-friendly rules (i.e. it's not just a racer practice day, which some other organizations seem...
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    Funny, I was up there with a friend checking out...

    Funny, I was up there with a friend checking out potential camping sites over the weekend, too...and wishing I had either of my bikes with me.
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    Keep in mind that vertical skis do become a bit...

    Keep in mind that vertical skis do become a bit sail-like in high winds. The solutions I've seen (and tried) are generally in a few categories:
    1. vertical mount to the bike or pannier frame
    2. on...
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    Short answer? It's not. Longer answer: I think...

    Short answer? It's not.

    Longer answer: I think the greater issue with modern tires is actually rim/hub balance, and the weighting of the wheel from the last balance will generally take care of...
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    I've used the Scout on the back of my 1150, and I...

    I've used the Scout on the back of my 1150, and I hated it. Traction was almost as bad as an Anakee or Tourance off-road, while also having lousy feedback and a square profile on tarmac (especially...
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    "Ski rack" might be a strong term. I use a pair...

    "Ski rack" might be a strong term. I use a pair of straps to attach the skis to the left-side Happy Trails pannier rack, and the skis fit between the sidebox and the bike. I actually need to do...
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    Finally got out for my first longer ride of the...

    Finally got out for my first longer ride of the season, heading down through Cody, stopping for some turns off Sylvan Pass, and then back up the long way through Yellowstone. Saw a bunch of critters...
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    Just got back from five days of riding, mostly at...

    Just got back from five days of riding, mostly at the Colors in the Catskills rally at Hunter. The first two days I spent in a BMW offroad riding class; Friday was mostly a recovery day with a...
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    Actually, it's neither irrational nor unsafe. ...

    Actually, it's neither irrational nor unsafe. Illegal, yes, but so is speeding, obstructing traffic, changing lanes without signaling, and a whole host of other things that people do on a daily...
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    So about a month ago, I picked up a new-to-me...

    So about a month ago, I picked up a new-to-me R1150GS, w/aftermarket suspension bits and a handful of other goodies...thought I'd wait until I had at least some decent sitting-still photos to share:...
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    The Buell is probably a pretty decent option,...

    The Buell is probably a pretty decent option, although I've read conflicting opinions about it as a starter bike—even though it's a lot less powerful than a full-bore sportbike, I've seen references...
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    With street bikes, too, you can usually buy a...

    With street bikes, too, you can usually buy a "learner" bike, ride it for a season, and turn it around the next spring for what you paid for it (or damn close), assuming you found a decent deal when...
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    I'd actually recommend something relatively small...

    I'd actually recommend something relatively small and cheap—an EX250 or 500, maybe a KLR250 if you want more dirt ability come to mind—so that you can figure out how far down the rabbit hole you want...
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    Glad you're okay--that could have been a lot...

    Glad you're okay--that could have been a lot worse. IANAL, but I'd recommend talking to one and making sure you document any medical expenses related to your soreness, bloody shin, etc for inclusion...
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    Even if you manage to pass the license test with...

    Even if you manage to pass the license test with that little practice, you should look into taking the MSF Basic Rider Course. It's kinda like skiing--if you learn how to do the basics right, you...
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    Stoked...bought a bike Wednesday, took care of...

    Stoked...bought a bike Wednesday, took care of some needed maintenance before I could start it yesterday (got delayed by getting a few turns in on Superstar), and she started up and ran quite nicely...
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    Back to the subject of the MSF beginner class...I...

    Back to the subject of the MSF beginner class...I just took it, and I'm totally stoked. In Vermont, the early classes fill up super fast, and I missed the signup (I was too busy skiing), so I showed...
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