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Featured Just Ride.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, May 10, 2019.

  1. Yes, it's own topic in the Forums

    19 vote(s)
  2. Nah... threads good enough.

    2 vote(s)
  1. Raymond

    Raymond XS650 rider & fettler XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I like to practice braking hard most times I'm out. For example, approaching a 30mph - that's reaching a town or village in the UK - I'll check the mirrors first then apply the front brake, squeezing the lever increasingly hard. Usually let go when we've gone 60 to 30. It's reassuring to know just how fast you can lose speed without losing traction. And I like to think it will stop me just grabbing the brake in a panic when something happens.

    Scottish Borders Cooncil clearly appreciates the value of this exercise - they're in the middle of changing all the urban speed limits from 30 to 20mph. Which will give me the chance to go 60 to 20 in a hurry.

    Sometimes do this with Mrs on the back but always let her know first.
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  2. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Same here. Usually every other or third ride I'll do a hard brake or two... as well as swap lanes a few times with a hard counter-steer. Those are 2 muscle memory's I like to keep fairly sharp.
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  3. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    I should probably make a habit of checking braking skills.

    I do practice lane change/counter steer regularly. I "slalom" through the centerline, gradually increasing my speed until I can't make the cut any more. On a good day, I can hit 4 or 5 in a row at 40-45 MPH. On secondary roads with no traffic coming or behind me, of course...
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  4. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    "Just Ride" has been my life story since Covid hit this spring.
    I've refused to stay in the house, but I've always ridden safely.

    There was an interruption a few days ago, 3 inches of snow, but its all melted now, and the forecast is kinda hard to believe, for November in Central New York:


    I forgot who it was who gave me the idea to go to MickeyD's for coffee and Chocolate chip cookies (Marty in Georgia?),
    but it has become a tradition for me.

    Today I chose the FJR to ride, as it hasnt seen many miles recently. The XS's will all have their turn this week.
    Went to the local McD's in Lafayette which is undergoing renovations, so I had to go thru the drive through.
    Placed my order and announced that I will be parking and walking over to the pickup window to get the coffee.

    "No, you can't" was the response. "Store Policy"
    "You could get runover by a car"
    There was no one else in line :mad:, but rather than argue the policy, I managed to balance the cup on the tank, thanks to a convenient lip on
    the filler.



    Then off to Pompey, where I stopped on scenic Cemetery Road in an affluent, pristine suburban neighborhood where one lone resident has grown old cars in his yard rather than the more traditional flowers . I love this place, and his willingness to be a bit different; he mows around them, maybe 30 in all.



    There is an orange Dodge Demon in there. Maybe you can pick it out.

    About 10 miles west of Pompey on Clark Hollow Rd. is a guy who built an unusual addition to his house:


    Every year I stop by to chat with him, the angle of inclination seems to have increased a bit, but I never mention it :rolleyes:
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  5. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Took the bike out for the last ride of the season, put it on the lift and dropped the oil so I can install my new Heiden sump filter. Still need to drain the carbs and fog the cylinders.
  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Nice photos Jeff! Glad to see you are getting some “last chance” rides in! :thumbsup:
  7. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    "The Mailman Rides Again" season is just starting, isn't it? :geek:
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  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ha, I’m sooo ready. I need to get out and blow some stink off!
    Boog, MaxPete, GLJ and 4 others like this.
  9. David Toll

    David Toll Reliving my youth? Top Contributor

    Isn't it "Fall" in Arizona. You might lose the odour and pick up some icicles. Carefully Bob!
  10. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Glad your Safe Boog........got that bike to win, can't interfere with that.........

    Shows the importance of not having the rear brake lock up as well.........
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  11. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    With my XS awaiting sea trials, an imminent lockdown, and a very nice day forecast I went for a spin around the Yorkshire Derbyshire area. Stopped for a comfort break, this is the result.

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  12. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Today will be decent enough, but looks like high 50's or los 60's and mostly sunny the next 3 or 4 days. I WILL get another ride in!
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  13. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Dang, yer up early gggGary! I slept in a little this morning, didn't sleep well at all Tuesday night.
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  14. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Morning DE. Yupper the bed mate tends to snore in the early AM, I can poke her and she stops (for a bit) then the dog wanted out. That was enough, the ole sleeping thing was over. Haven't made coffee, yet....
    National events have been less than calming.
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  15. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Hear ya on events. Real nail-biter.

    I wouldn't say I'm a coffee hound, but I turn my Keurig on before I tinkle in the morning...:eek::laugh2:
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  16. David Toll

    David Toll Reliving my youth? Top Contributor

    Ahh! England!! Romans may have died there. Great place for a ride. Possibly pissing on hallowed ground Ras?
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  17. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well after all it is God’s County.
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Beautiful country you live in! Love the photo taken through the frame. P.S. I had a 2011 Suzuki 650 too! Why did I sell that delightful machine? :thumbsdown:
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2020
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  19. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well, I didn't ride today (too much danged work) but on Saturday my local vintage bike group is having our annual Chili Run wherein we all meet somewhere around 10:00 AM and ride for a couple of hours and then convene at a local eatery for chili con carne. The big difference this year is that it will be about 19C (nearly 70 deg. F) which can hardly be called "chilly" (particularly for we northern folk).

    Normally, the Chili Run is bone-chilling test of guts and stamina (and the forebearance of Lord Lucas, the Prince of Darkness, not to mention carburetion for the Brit-bikes) with temps in the low single digits centigrade (mid-30s F) - but this year it will be spring gear all around and hopefully some nice fall colours in the trees.

    ...and then on Sunday Nov. 8, the Ontario gang of the ST-Owners Group (Honda ST1300) will meet in the pretty little southwestern Ontario lakeside town of Bayside (imaginative name eh?) for lunch - so that will be a nice 2.5-3 hour run on my bigger bike.

    It should be very nice indeed!

    I normally ride at least once in every month of the year, just to be able to say that I did, but occasionally the weather down here in Canada's sunny southern coast (aka the Banana Belt) actually stays very warm till well into December. In fact, one Christmas Day it was over 70 deg. F at my home. I nearly peeled the cover off the pool....;)

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  20. CaseyH

    CaseyH XS650 Enthusiast

    I took the KZ900 out and had fun trying to stop it in a hurry.
    It goes like a bat out of h#ll.
    Lots of go and not so much stop:) IMG_3549.JPG
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