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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #780 on: December 09, 2017, 09:34:23 am »
I just keep mine insured all year- it's not horribly expensive. And I don't want to "relearn" riding after taking a multi-month hiatus if I don't have to.

They make you retake your drivers test again if you don't have one insured for a few months?  :think:  I haven't ridden in years, or had a bike in 20...I could go buy one and plate it and drive off the lot like I've been riding forever.  No re-test needed.
Yeah, like DKaz mentioned, it's getting back used to riding after multiple months of break that I try to avoid. Since my riding is sport riding, it's easy to fall out of simple things like looking far far ahead, quick turning/steering, and just coordinating everything subconsciously if one takes a long break. After all, I don't have a dirt bike to keep my skills sharp during the off-season.
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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #781 on: December 09, 2017, 10:15:50 am »
I like group riding to start the season. Easy ďwe just got our permitsĒ pace. Iím probably going to organize beginner oriented group rides locally to start the season.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #782 on: December 11, 2017, 06:05:22 pm »
So I decided to do it, switched the liability insurance coverage from my van to motorcycle and storage insurance coverage the other way. Feels great to be on two wheels again even if it's just temporarily, I needed this. In -1 weather, just my exposed neck felt cold. I'll pop by MEC on the way home to grab a neck gaiter. I have to grab a Secret Santa gift anyway and my lazy side says my recipient who's an avid cyclist will like an MEC gift card.

I do have heated grips I should install.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #783 on: December 11, 2017, 07:03:52 pm »
So I decided to do it, switched the liability insurance coverage from my van to motorcycle and storage insurance coverage the other way. Feels great to be on two wheels again even if it's just temporarily, I needed this. In -1 weather, just my exposed neck felt cold. I'll pop by MEC on the way home to grab a neck gaiter. I have to grab a Secret Santa gift anyway and my lazy side says my recipient who's an avid cyclist will like an MEC gift card.

I do have heated grips I should install.
I have a neck gaiter and it makes a big difference not having cold air rush down one's jacket !

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #784 on: December 12, 2017, 12:50:21 pm »
More my neck! My face is still cold from the vents. I need a pinlock insert but Fortnine doesn't have any.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #785 on: December 12, 2017, 01:22:13 pm »
More my neck! My face is still cold from the vents. I need a pinlock insert but Fortnine doesn't have any.

I wear a balaclava.
Also, I'm a big believer in "Shop Local". FortNine is just a mail-order middle-man. They just take your order and place it with another online back-end company on your behalf. They have no stock, no warehouse, no physical location. Your local shop does, and with it more support, more accountability and more flow-on benefits for your motorcycling community as a whole. Including a place to meet and go look at bike stuff.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #786 on: December 12, 2017, 01:50:36 pm »
FortNine is just a mail-order middle-man. They just take your order and place it with another online back-end company on your behalf. They have no stock, no warehouse, no physical location. Your local shop does, and with it more support, more accountability and more flow-on benefits for your motorcycling community as a whole. Including a place to meet and go look at bike stuff.
don't forget amazing review videos by Ryan.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #787 on: December 12, 2017, 01:58:38 pm »
Don't forget amazing review videos by Ryan.

True, his review videos are awesome. His Z125 vid was brilliant. Still: #shoplocal

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #788 on: December 12, 2017, 04:56:12 pm »
Don't forget amazing review videos by Ryan.

True, his review videos are awesome. His Z125 vid was brilliant. Still: #shoplocal

I stopped shopping local long ago for bike stuff.  Got tired of being being bled dry.
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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #789 on: December 12, 2017, 05:05:58 pm »
More my neck! My face is still cold from the vents. I need a pinlock insert but Fortnine doesn't have any.

I wear a balaclava.
Also, I'm a big believer in "Shop Local". FortNine is just a mail-order middle-man. They just take your order and place it with another online back-end company on your behalf. They have no stock, no warehouse, no physical location. Your local shop does, and with it more support, more accountability and more flow-on benefits for your motorcycling community as a whole. Including a place to meet and go look at bike stuff.

I wish there was a place to "shop local", the local Harley/Honda dealer seems to ignore customers who don't ride hogs, the Kawi/Suzi dealer went belly-up shortly after the owners retired and sold to some folks who just never seemed to get the gist of the business.   
A friend recently checked inventory on a shop's website, drove 2 hours to get there and found that nobody updates their website in a timely manner and none of the stuff he wanted to try on was there.  One of the owners ended up taking care of him and ordered and shipped his gear so it turned out ok,  but the only advantage of a local shop is if they have something for you to buy when you are physically there.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #790 on: December 12, 2017, 08:04:18 pm »
I wear a balaclava.
Also, I'm a big believer in "Shop Local". FortNine is just a mail-order middle-man. They just take your order and place it with another online back-end company on your behalf. They have no stock, no warehouse, no physical location. Your local shop does, and with it more support, more accountability and more flow-on benefits for your motorcycling community as a whole. Including a place to meet and go look at bike stuff.

Yea I'll look for the pinlock insert locally, and I bought my helmet locally as well as I got a decent deal, but the local shops never seem to have the style jackets and pants I want.

I didn't want to look like a bank robber, but I think the balaclava Costco sells is instantly convertible between full face and neck gaiter.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #791 on: December 12, 2017, 08:35:03 pm »
I wear a balaclava.
Also, I'm a big believer in "Shop Local". FortNine is just a mail-order middle-man. They just take your order and place it with another online back-end company on your behalf. They have no stock, no warehouse, no physical location. Your local shop does, and with it more support, more accountability and more flow-on benefits for your motorcycling community as a whole. Including a place to meet and go look at bike stuff.

Yea I'll look for the pinlock insert locally, and I bought my helmet locally as well as I got a decent deal, but the local shops never seem to have the style jackets and pants I want.

I didn't want to look like a bank robber, but I think the balaclava Costco sells is instantly convertible between full face and neck gaiter.

I have a merino Buff.  Converts into hat, balaclava, neck gaiter, etc.  Packs small too!

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #792 on: December 14, 2017, 10:35:52 am »
Today was my first-ever sub-zero ride. -13 here in Toronto today.
Should have worn warmer socks.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #793 on: December 14, 2017, 10:49:23 am »
Are we getting a review on the Kawasaki Z125? Looks like a pile of fun for a low cost.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #794 on: December 14, 2017, 10:55:15 am »
Are we getting a review on the Kawasaki Z125? Looks like a pile of fun for a low cost.

I've reviewed this bike already, but this one is my personal bike.

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #795 on: December 14, 2017, 11:24:15 am »
Are we getting a review on the Kawasaki Z125? Looks like a pile of fun for a low cost.

I've reviewed this bike already, but this one is my personal bike.
Didn't realise you picked one up !

You don't worry about the salt and corrosion ?

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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #796 on: December 14, 2017, 11:44:35 am »
Jacob, your nuts!! I can't imagine what kind of traction you're getting with the tires in that weather. I'd ride into late October some years & could feel the loss of traction immensely, never mind in -13ļC.
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The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #797 on: December 14, 2017, 11:53:33 am »
Awesome, Jacob! Glad Iím not the only crazy one!

I only sat on a Z125 Pro but itís a little bigger than Grom?


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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #798 on: December 14, 2017, 07:02:53 pm »
So I picked up a pinlock insert for my helmet at the local shop, only $20! Half the price what Fortnine was asking. And man does it work, I canít believe I didnít grab one years ago.

Also, went on a ride on the Westside Road. Iíll get a video together.


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Re: The Motorcycling Thread
« Reply #799 on: December 14, 2017, 07:52:45 pm »
So I picked up a pinlock insert for my helmet at the local shop, only $20! Half the price what Fortnine was asking. And man does it work, I canít believe I didnít grab one years ago.

Also, went on a ride on the Westside Road. Iíll get a video together.
How is the weather there ? It's just been too cold for me.......