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It is hard to get people to change. He needs a personal experience to really open his eyes. Sadly, that may come too late. My dad wrecked his bike, and the protection he had saved his life. But even that was what I consider minimal gear at the time. He had a 3/4 helmet, boots, leather jacket, and regular jeans. Mom was dressed the same. Still, that gear helped considerably.

Believe it or not, the forum is what steered me into more appropriate gear. Surround yourself with people that have that mindset and it becomes your mindset as well. Even my wife was amazed at the FJR ramble she went to this year. She said "It's nice to see that all of these people 'get it' when it comes to gear."

Best thing she could do in the meantime is to not ride. Wear the gear or take the cage. Otherwise, she's just enabling him. Neglecting safety with gear can be extended to neglecting safety with riding. But there's no way to do it without being a nag. Unless he takes a bird to the face, maybe.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Are you kidding me
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:34:26 PM »
Actually it looks like you invited this. From the picture, it doesn't look like you're even close to the boundaries of the curb stop. Granted, it is probably a close call when he pulled in. But you did nothing to prevent it. If you don't like to share spots, there was no reason to park like you did. But again, that's what I see from a picture.

A spot is a spot. I wouldn't park against the curb stop. Park out toward the end of the spot, in the center. Diagonal if your prefer.  But if you're against the stop, you're inviting some idiot to come wheeling around into a spot that they think is empty.

Stablemates / My son got his first motorcycle! - 2014 FJR1.3
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:49:22 PM »

A friend of my mother-in-law is into woodcarving. Over the last couple of years, she has developed rocking horses and rocking motorcycles. She prides herself on making them custom to reflect a horse or a bike to make it personal. This one took a little over a year to make (not full time) with a bulk of the work going in the last 6 months. I thought she did an excellent job. Brady loves it!

Brady's first ride

Incase we forget which one either of us belong on

Come on Dad! Let's race!

Worth the wait. Those are 2 good looking bikes!

I've got some build in progress pictures if anyone is interested.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Am I too tall for a Nighthawk
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:45:37 PM »
6'4 here with a 36 inch inseam. Had both a 650 and a 750, and then moved up to the FJR. Never realized how much of a goon I looked like until I went from a bigger bike to a smaller one. Never noticed before because I didn't know any better.

My brother had both of my Nighthawks after I did, and occasionally swapped. Sit on it, you'll know instantly.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: I confess......
« on: June 19, 2014, 07:10:58 AM »
I wait until I pass one of those tanker trucks on the highway, with the chrome plated trailers. It's like looking in a funhouse mirror, except you're way cooler.

Plus I wear my motorcycle jacket everywhere. Helps to contain all the awesomeness I've eaten over the years, and I feel like I'm ripped with all the armor and padding.

I'm moving to a different office tomorrow so I had to pack up everything today. Not enough room in the FJR for all of my stuff.

Would look pretty funny with a 27 inch monitor strapped to the back seat though.

Your Ride Reports / Re: The Clam Box
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:51:57 AM »
I suppose every area has its local flavor, but it seems like you have so many cool things to see on a bike out there. Or maybe its just the way you document it.

Enjoyed the report as always.

Stablemates / Re: My 2006 FJR1300
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:54:21 PM »
  I really like the fuel injection, ABS and the air control.

I'll never want another carbureted engine. Looks like you got some additional farkles on there. Mind listing them off?

Your Ride Reports / Re: Lousy Ride to the Cape
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:15:17 PM »
I think we've all been there. Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

Even with a lousy ride, you put together a good report. Sometimes it just helps to vent.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Off to the Races!
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:15:08 AM »
Looks like you had a great trip. My experience with motorcycle racing is watching the Daytona 200 live about 6 years ago. Interesting to watch, but the real excitement comes in the last few laps. I suppose I've also been to a couple of motorcycle drag races. My cousin is related by marriage to Larry "Spiderman" McBridge, who holds several drag racing records. At one point, he was the fastest man on 2 wheels. Don't know if that's still true, but I do know he was the first man to get into the 5's.

I see you've noticed the SS Badger. That ferry can hold quite a bit more than the one from Madison to Muskegon. The Badger will take semis across even. We took the Badger a couple of times when we were kids. The EPA has been trying for years to shut that ferry down. The Badger is one of the few vessels that I know of that runs on coal and it dumps the ash into Lake Michigan. They keep finding ways to extend service, but I think eventually it will either have to convert to some other method of propulsion or be shut down. The former may be too expensive to justify, which would be a huge loss to both cities.

Thanks for sharing!

I've only heard some things about it. Supposed to be more eclectic than Sturgis or Daytona. I know there is good riding up that way for sure.

I've been to Daytona and we trailered our bikes there. There was so much to do, I put more miles on demo bikes than I did on my own. Could have flown there with a helmet and had just as good of a time. But then again, Florida riding probably doesn't compare to New England.

Stablemates / Re: My 2006 FJR1300
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:38:09 AM »
I'm 2 for 2 with getting people to jump ship after riding my bike. HH is right, the FZ1 is much sportier and he just added bags. But there are a lot of similarities and there even FJR guys that use FZ1 parts on their bike. The FZ1 mirrors are very common to see on FJRs. You can set the FJR up to go either way.

Being a big guy, comfort is a priority for me. I like an upright riding position and the knee bend on the FJR doesn't bother me. I don't know about the FZ1, but almost everything is adjustable on the FJR. The seat has 2 different heights, the bars have 3 different positions, and the windshield is (for Kitch) dynamically adjustable. There are also adjustable fairings that direct the heat toward you or away from you for cold weather or warm weather riding. It really helped me dial in the comfort. And then the bar risers and the Russell seat just added to it.

But with a size 15 boot, I'm more likely to hit that before I hit the peg. There's only so far you can lift your foot in the corners. Tends to be the right foot more than the left, just because of shifting.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Letting Go
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:41:21 AM »
That is a great ride report and good example of a ride report template. And I'll second that there are calendar contest entires in there.

I am also sorry to hear about your grandmother. I'm glad she didn't pass while you were on your trip.

Stablemates / Re: No stable any longer...
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:26:07 AM »
I do like those FJRs.  Be nice to get a test ride on one sometime to see if it's as great as everyone says they are.  But that's down the road a bit.  I think my NH and I are going to be paired for a little while yet.

Don't do it unless you have the money to buy one.

Your Ride Reports / Re: 2014 Maiden Ride, Gloucester, MA
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:22:21 AM »
Good tradition to have, the hot dog looks inviting. I'd drive an hour for one of those.

Stablemates / Re: My 2006 FJR1300
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:16:11 PM »
The stripes were on there.
I love the stripes down the sides of the fairing.  Did you do those yourself as well?

Those were on there when I bought them. I liked the look of the stock FJR and never would have thought of putting the stripes on myself. But they've really grown on me and I love the way they look.

Stablemates / My 2006 FJR1300
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:23:40 PM »

My Nighthawk I had was totaled in an ill-fated trailering attempt to get out to Rhode Island. A dent in the tank is all it took. My brother has it now, and the dent is fixed. So it went to a good home.

But I had been eyeing an FJR for a while before that happened. Went to Bike Week in Daytona and demoed almost exclusively sport touring bikes. I had done my homework, but I had no reason to buy a new bike according to my wife. Then the Rhode Island trip happened and it surprised me when they totaled it. Could I have bought it back and fixed the dent? Yep. But I never brought that up as an option. Next thing I knew, I was driving to buy this gem with 6800 miles on it. It was at a Honda dealer going out of business, so I took advantage of the situation. Picked it up for $6k in 2009. I could still get more than that now for it, so I think I did alright.

Spent a lot of time, money, and effort customizing it the way I want. I think I've turned it into a great sport-tourer, with the emphasis on tourer.

Here's a lit of things I've added:

Yamaha Top Box with backrest
Russel Day Long Seat
J&M CB with Intercom
Audiovox Cruise Control
Heated Grips
VStream windshield
Kinivo Bluetooth adapter with custom wired Prev/Next track buttons
Frame Sliders
Custom installed Tylt Inductive Charger in glove compartment

I don't see another bike on the horizon that I would enjoy more.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 92 NH 750
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:46:50 PM »
Did you do the paint yourself or have that done? It looks nice. Thought it was just the lighting at first.

Stablemates / Re: No stable any longer...
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:24:29 AM »
Originally when I bought my FJR, I thought I still wanted a Nighthawk in the stable.

However, since buying the FJR, I have ridden a 650, 700S, and a 750. I can honestly say that the Nighthawks would collect dust if they were in my garage. Loved the bikes when I had them, and I still love the 700S look. But they served their purpose and I've moved on.

Except now I'm eyeing a Gen 3 FJR.  drooler1

Your Ride Reports / Re: Just another Thursday Ride in The Rockies
« on: May 27, 2014, 08:53:03 PM »
Not a bad way to spend a Thursday.

Don't you miss that CB1000?

Your Ride Reports / Re: Lake Superior Circle Tour - 2012
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:40:49 PM »
Day 5 - Marathon, ON to St. Ignace, MI (310 miles)

Got an early start, since it was going to be a long day.

We made a stop at Old Woman Bay for some pictures:

At one of our stopping points, we met this couple. They were from Germany, riding somed Hondas that have been decked out for riding. They bought the bikes, had them shipped to the tip of South America. They worked their way up to Central America in about 6 months and stored the bikes so they could return to work. After 6 months, they were coming back to finish their trip. The goal was to make it to Alaska, at which point they would abandon the bikes and fly back home. The blog of thier journey can be found here.

When we got to the hotel in St. Ignace, we took some pictures of the bikes. But it was a pretty tame night after dinner.

The boys with toys. What do we see in the background? The Big Mac!

Day 6 - St. Ignace, MI to Muskegon, MI (320 miles)

Time to go home. But why not do it the scenic way? Step 1: Cross the Mackinac Bridge. This is quite an experience. The bridge is 5 miles long, with gusting winds. The outside lane is pavement, the inside lane is grating. But it always seems to be in the process of painting, so a majority of the riding is forced on to the grating, adding another fun element. From there, we followed the coast along Lake Michigan. We rode through the Tunnel of Trees, a highlight in that part of the state. Slowly we made our way to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. My mother-in-law works there for the summers, so we stopped for a visit.

The weather turned decent that day and it was a great day to visit the park.

After going through the park, we worked our way back down the coast. Some of the views along Highway 22 are spectacular. But as we got closer and closer to home, the more anxious we got to be done. Another long day, but somehow as you recognize sights, it gets easier. Nearly 1700 miles when it was all said and done. Another fantastic trip.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Lake Superior Circle Tour - 2012
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:39:50 PM »
Day 3 - Duluth, MN to Thunder Bay, ON (200 miles)

From here. we're on our way using the Lake Superior Circle Tour as a guide. It was a brisk morning and so we threw rain gear on to keep warm. Turns out to be useful at our first photo stop.

Here we are at Gooseberry Falls.

After the falls, the weather improved a little but not much. The guys were able to peel the rain gear off, but the girls chose to stay warm. Our next stop was something I was looking forward to. World's Best Donuts in Grand Marias, MN. I ran into the store and shouted "Congratulations! You did it!". After a sample of 1 or 2, maybe 3 or 4 (stop judging me), I can say they would certainly be in the running.

Proof I was there.

We continued along, following the coast as we crossed the border into Canada. We moved along to Thunder Bay. We learned before that making reservations ahead of time can be a mistake. This time, we might have learned the opposite. Apparently it was parents weekend or something going on. But it caused every hotel room to be booked in Thunder Bay. The real issue was there wasn't much past there in the way of civilization. Fortunately, we managed to find 2 rooms that we a bit over budget. But we didn't have much of an option and it was better than the alternative.

Day 4 - Thunder Bay, ON to Marathon, ON (230 miles)

We didn't get far once we hit the road. We stopped at the Terry Fox memorial outlook point. Quite an impressive story. After Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer, he lost his leg to the disease. With the help of an artificial leg, he set out to raise money for cancer research by going on a Forrest Gump type run. His goal was to start in Newfoundland with his foot in the Atlantic Ocean and dip his foot in the Pacific Ocean when was done. He ran the equivalent of a marathon a day until the cancer overcame his ability and was forced to give up his journey near this point. A memorial was dedicated to his journey.

A statue of Terry Fox:

A map is at the base, we made our mark:

From the lookout:

From there, we followed the recommendation to go through Sleeping Giant Park. What a mistake! It was 20 miles off the main road into this park. In that 20 miles, I bet we saw 30 deer. White knuckled ride the entire way, it was not fun. To top it all off, at the end of the road, it wasn't all that impressive. A rocky shoreline along a giant lake we were riding along anyway. There was a small connivence store that was closed as well. Worst of all, we had to go back out Deer Road! Luckily we got out without incident, but it was not enjoyable.

Some pictures at the end of the road in the park:

How many people can you count in this picture? (Hint: There's more than 2 and less than 3)

This little guy decided to make an appearance on the side of the road. LeAnne wasn't too thrilled about me stopping to taking a picture, fearing Mama Bear wasn't too far behind. We saw this one's baby brother as they both scampered off.

Onward to Aguasbon Falls for another photo opportunity, as suggested by the guide.

From there, we originally planned to go to Wawa. But quickly realized that it would be a stretch to get there. Marathon was a much better option for lodging, or so we thought. Turns out we stayed in a dump of a motel called the Zero-100 Motor Inn. Last place to have rooms again, forcing us into a smoking room. None of us smoke, so the stench made for a rough night of sleep.

Your Ride Reports / Lake Superior Circle Tour - 2012
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:38:38 PM »
 Another delayed report from last year. I'll try to make up for it.
This year's objective was to do the Lake Superior Circle Tour. Unfortunately, Doug & Lori, who usually ride with us, couldn't join us this year. Doug received some medical news just before we were supposed to leave. Everything turned out to be fine in the end, but they were in no mood to go on a trip at that time. So it became a family ordeal with Mom, Dad, my wife LeAnne, and myself.

Day 1 - Muskegon, MI to Manitowoc, WI (146 miles riding, 90 miles floating)

The first day was not about the scenic tour, it was more about supporting friends and visiting with old ones. There weren't many pictures this day, since we were on the move. We started the day by crossing on the Lake Express Ferry. We've done this before, so it really wasn't anything special. Some of you remember the story about the 12 motorcyclists that here run into by a cage.  Those 12 bikes were from Muskegon, and we happened to know one of them who ended up in critical condition. His fiance was a bartender at our golf club. Since Doug was still in critical condition, Christi (his fiance) was still by his side at Thena Medical Center. Doug's heart stopped 6 times while they airlifted him to the hospital. Needless to say, it was a miracle he survived. We visited mainly with Christi as Doug wasn't up to having visitors. It was very promising to hear that after nearly a month, he was going to be OK. I'm happy to repot that he is on the way to making a full recovery down in Florida and he and Christi are now married.

After about 3 PM, we left Thena Medical Center and blasted over to Manitowoc, WI. The reason for this detour was to meet up with old friends. My wife and my former youth pastor lived on the east side of Wisconsin. It happened to be that particular weekend, Curt was going to Manitowoc for a job interview with his wife and daughter. They were staying the night in a hotel, which we were also able to stay at and spend the evening with them. Curt is actually the pastor that married my wife and me. Curt was a big part of my life as a teenager growing up and it was good to see him again.

Day 2 - Manitowoc, WI to Duluth, MN (376 miles)

In the morning, we met Curt and family for breakfast. Before we parted ways, we took pictures of each other's family.

Curt did end up getting the job and moved to Manitowoc shortly thereafter.

Had another long stretch today as we needed to make some time. We could spend another few days following the coast of Wisconsin, but that wasn't the goal was it? We needed to reach Duluth, Mn that night. Blast up the Highway 2, back in Michigan's U.P. This is quite possibly the most boring road in the country. A necessary evil though, the real journey begins the next day.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: LiterHawk
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:25:42 AM »
You sound like you've been tlaking to SOQS!  llaugh1

Yours says that too!?

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