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  1. I am glad I only buy oem manuals from the manufacturer. that looks, well it doesn't look good
  2. Having worn out more than my fair share of both Q3+ and Q4's I have found the q4's last just as long as the Q3+ (track or street) which last less than the Q3 and less still than the Q2 did on the same bike ridden the same way and it didn't matter regardless if I did all street riding or all track riding, when compared same to same riding every generation wore out faster than the previous sans the Q3+ to Q4 I have been on Metzelers now for a few years and like them better for how and where I ride. but, the Dunlops work great and I had no issues with them sans their lifespan I guess that is one advantage to having worn out over 40 sets of tires on the same bike and keeping a journal. I can look at how long they lasted and where they were ridden the shortest lifespan has been just over 400 miles (all track on Q3+ and Q4), longest has been 7800 miles (all street on Metzeler Roadtec 01)
  3. Famous quotes MM never said for 200 alex, ... lol I wish him well and hope to see him back in full health mode next season as well and thank you for the well wishes...... @ 58 I do not heal nearly as fast as I did at 28 or even 38, where is that magic time machine, gee all the technology and still no time machine.
  4. I did pull out my CSS book and notes from my last attendance in 2013. It'll give me some notes and memories to go over to help prepare during the long winter preparing for 2021
  5. Had my 6th surgery, hoping it is the last. took more than a week to even remotely move around afterwards, and now 5 weeks out I feel about the same as I did days before the surgery. Lung pulled up for repair Some sort of metal "filter" thing installed (Vena Cava filter) ribs spread and lung lining wall had to be stitched up, they pulled the lung out again to make sure it was good (apparently removing the staples from surgery 1 nicked the lung lining wall enough to have it bleed and fill the lung cavity around the lung) 2 bone chips removed from L4 (micro surgery something or another- outpatient but I was still out for this) steroid injections. zero relief or effect That Vena Cava filter removed (they pull it through the coradid artery and through ones heart- ugh, I still have a huge bump on my neck 12 weeks out form that surgery where they went in, and it is still tender to touch) Microforiminotomy surgery where they actually ground out some of my backbone to offer relief to the pinched nerve @ L5, they also pulled out the last bone chip they could not get out in previous surgery During the 2 week out follow up they stated it could take a year for that nerve to finally heal and thus my foot to finally heal and work good again, on a 10lb lifting limit for another 2 weeks, but over the weekend I had to push a crashed 900 lb motorcycle of a customers slightly uphill for only about 12', but my back and toe hurt like all get out for 3 days afterwords, I literally could not even walk and just standing was tough the first day after.... just finally feeling about how it did before I pushed that bike, clearly the back did not appreciate the strain it caused on that L5 nerve... On a plus side, I was able to stack the rest of the firewood and bring 4 heaping full wheelbarrows full into the shop for fueling the woodburning stove without any issue. I think I will wait to try this again until the pile is absolutely burned up and absolutely needed after the trauma is this past weekend. and I am hoping for a safe and productive winter of recovery and to have everything fully prepared (mind, body and motorcycle) by the time riding season comes back. pics, because everyone loves pictures. 1)Vena Cava filter installed then about 6 weeks later removed, apparently it was installed given my lengthy hospital stay to insure no blood clots (if formed) would get to my heart or lungs 2) this was about 8 weeks out and you can still see the bruising around where the three chest tubes were shoved in me 3) that beaten down deer trail where the not so friendly and ill timed deer came from on an upnote.... I went hunting and got myself 2 deer, so two less to reproduce and about 165 lbs of venison to eat, yummy stuff! I went to my parents and made venison for Thanksgiving for the three of us, it was delicious!
  6. There are no go kart tracks around here any more. There is an indoor place but they stopped letting motorcycles ride it awhile ago. (probably that way too much/long winter where they still are paying taxes etc but zero income thing on all those outdoor places that were around in the 70's and 80's and have long since closed) I have rented the local tracks in the past and brought a dozen to a few dozen people with me, and I have attended no less than 30 trackday events including 3 times @ 2 days each with CSS, plus Schwantz school once, Spencers school once, and some other actual school for which I can't even remember who's off hand now. The only local trackday org is a crash fest and if you are lucky you might be able to ride the entire 20 minute session 2 or 3 times in an entire day, it gets red flagged for even the most simple of crashes, and there are lots of crashes. and they really do very little to improve your riding, it is more or less a free for all and the "instructors" cause many of the crashes too, I have seen them zip by too close and hook a footpeg on the being passed riders bike, clothing, or foot etc and put them on the ground- the whole thing screams of what I expect from "instructors" who aren't paid and get a form 1099 at the end of the year for the retail cost of what the trackday org charges, so they are actually paying to "instruct" which is probably why they just ride as much and as fast as they can trying to get their monies worth or some such nonsense. (I am sure some of the "instructors" are there for the right reasons but definitely not the majority) I think all of them are racers who think since they ride and touch racing it is okay to pass close and touch at the trackday- don't really know other than it is not what I want if I want to attend a trackday, and I hear the same from dozens of people who tried it once and never went again and some who still attend because it is the only game in town but complain about it all the time. besides, in my racing days there were more than too many times deer were on the track or turtles or other wildlife, I even saw people hit the deer and the turtles, so while, sure track riding should be far safer with one way traffic and corner workers alerting you to dangers, they are far from safe. I have seen more crashed bikes and serious injuries from trackday riders than I have from street riders. Even the local 1.1 mile track at the community college has deer routinely inside the fence in close proximity to the track, but atleast medical is close and you have lots of other people around for help. I will never give up riding the street, I will still be riding until the day I can longer ride. I find street riding far more enjoyable than track riding for 20 minutes, sit around and wait 40+ minutes, then maybe get 20 minutes again, then sit around and wait, then more waiting for that hour lunch and then a couple afternoon sessions which nearly always get shortened duue to crashes. For the $100 spent, to if lucky, get 60 miles in at the local track in an all day event or the $200+ and travel and hotel expenses and possibly get 150 miles in an entire day event at actual racetracks... I can depart from home in the am and ride all day 400-500 miles and eat out all three meals and still spend less than $100 and have way more fun and create much better memories and experience, sans the times hitting deer...., and I would never replace all the trips to the Rockies, or Appalachians and even in Hill Country and everything they have brought me. While I liked racing for what it was ( I loved to win, or atleast be top 5 and compete close- plus I had 3 bikes to ride so I was in nearly every race, everyday the 5 or 6 weekends I could race), I never really enjoyed trackdays as you simply sit around and wait far too much and spend alot of monies for so little riding time........... Yes I know CSS (and other actual schools) has classroom time, instructor talk time, actual on track time and the off track drills and one is always moving, it was almost too busy my last time at VIR, but I would still rather do CSS than any other trackday or riding school even if it ends up costing me way more given the distance I have to travel to any of the offered tracks plus the associated expenses.... But I still prefer street riding and enjoy it so much more. I just don't enjoy it as much as I once did given the deer hit in 2015 and now this one in 2020 both put me in the hospital when no other deer hit even put a scratch on me and all but one of those I rode the bike home still- one of them broke the radiator so I had to go back and pick it up with the trailer. I may never enjoy it as much as I once did, but I hope I can enjoy it more than I did the past year or two As far as my bike choice, I have owned atleast 50 different bikes and I ride them all about the same, so it isn't the bike that would make me safer or enjoy it more. I can run through the local 9 mile twisty road on a VN1600 at the same pace I would run the same road on a ZX6R, I simply don't go ride to blast and get some adrenaline rush like too many do, but I also am not sightseeing and stopping to take pictures etc, I get on the bike and want to ride, that is all I want to do, ride and ride some more and keep riding until I have to head back to home As to the deer, yes there are far too many. I wish more hunters would go out in the fall but people don't hunt like they did 30 and 40 years ago when almost everyone hunted here.
  7. Leader always has the right of way. ie... Lawson was at fault for hitting Schwantz
  8. I agree, I almost exclusively ride on the street now but have atleast 100,000 miles of racing and track riding under my belt, and all my riding I do now I only do it for fun not commuting. Safety is always the top prioroty for me but that said I have still managed to hit 7 deer on my motorcycles over the years, twice ending up in the emergency room for atleast a week each. maybe at 58 now, my visual skills and reaction times are not as good as they once were but I am positive they are still better than almost everyone I ride with, as I observe many of their riding behaviors and reactions and just think "wow" far too often. And I am also sure my visual and reaction skills and general motorcyle skills likely land me in the upper percent of riders as a whole, even if I ride far more cautiously (slow) than many of the worse riders around me who simply go at it with reckless abandon and zero fear of consequence. My biggest issue after the last two deer has been in having any confidence in my own riding, no confidence in the road conditions, in the possibility and knowledge it is highly probable that I will meet another deer or something big enough to hurt again. (besides the 7 deer, I can't even count how many squirrels, birds, and even a couple of dogs and a house cat, a mink, a skunk I have hit, then of course how many times a car or another motorcyclists has incroached into my lane many of which I had to take evasive manuevers to avoid) I have been riding about 5-8mph slower in the same conditions than I did prior to the last deer hit, at what are very sane speeds, slow enough I don't even worry about seeing police as they aren't even going to care about me speed now. This most recent deer encounter has had me off the bike now for 4 months and now, it is winter here already so another 5-6 months before I will be able to ride again. I get my final (I hope) surgery this Thursday so I can finally feel my foot again (microforiminotomy of L5) The sport I onced loved and enjoyed to the tune of 20,000-30,000+ miles every year has seen less than 15,000 miles over the past 5 seasons, 2 of those cut short due to deer hits. I have very low expectations for how I will ride next year when I can finally ride again, but am looking at making it the 800 miles to KY CSS next May for yet another round of learning and feeling better about riding and enjoying it more once again with better confidence in my own abilities. I feel like this last deer strike that nobody in the world could have avoided it (sans not being in that situation), but I still beat myself up over it. I was going about 65mph on a gradual uphill large sweeping curve with pretty good sitelines (so I thought) and zero traffic ever on it (about 4 houses total on the entire 5 miles stretch of road). I was riding along maybe 40*-43* lean angle in the left tire track of my lane when a deer simply jumped right out into the road in front of me at perhaps 20'-25' away so less than 0.1 seconds to see and react, I creamed right through it, headlights to deers head, it broke through the headlights, guages and windshield then its head hit me square in the ribs with its body wrapped around the right handlebar locking up the front brakes and pulling the bars to full right lock, starting a 20' front wheel slide before ejecting me and the deer off highside. Anyways while I stood there for about 15 minutes hoping someone would come by to help as no cell phone reception and I was riding solo, I looked over the 50' swath of broken plastics and crumpled up motorcycle and saw the well beaten down deer trail coming down from the hill and right to the road, so well used and travelled not a single blade of grass still standing on its 2' wide path of dirt while all the surrounding areas had grass and vegetation atleast 3' high. This was late morning atleast 5 hours after sunrise- but I had already seen atleast a dozen deer that morning already in the 100 miles I had ridden thus far and that is pretty normal for everytime I go ride. Help never did come on its own and I had to walk more than 1/4 mile with 5 broken ribs and a punctured lung to the nearest house to find someone to call an ambulance, thankfully they were home, the next and only other house I could see was atleast another 1/4 mile away. So one of the big things I have done while recovering. In my own interest of self preservation and safety; I bought an airbag vest and am having a custom made airbag compatible suit made with way more protection than anyone should ever need, it is likley going to weigh in double what the suit I had been wearing- but I prefer to not end up in ICU again if I can help it, I am also putting on lever guards like the racers use, or maybe more like the motorcrossers use- I am still looking for the right ones of those I want... The bike, well I am fixing it even if if isn't the cheapest option, mechanically it was fine but it tumbled and broke everything that had paint on it plus the gauges, headlights, all 4 signals, muffler, subframe bent, both bars bent etc.... but the engine runs, the forks and wheels are straight and the frame is straight and it has seen 4 of those deer hits in its 99,000 miles In 2015 I passed on going the airbag route although I highly considered it, but it was mostly a racing thing for the programmed versions and I don't like the idea of a tether and external bag. In hindsight, I wish I had bought an airbag then! It may not have saved the front two ribs from the deers head but it may well have saved the other 3 and the punctured lung and herniated discs?
  9. #1 - Visual skill, lack of target fixation. You have to see the situation or threat before anything else can happen. #2 - Quick reflexes. Once you see the threat/issue you need to make the right reaction. #3 - Ability to steer quickly. If you need to change direction, this is important. #4 - Physical Condition. Its important so you can enjoy your ride and not be fatigued (and sloppy) #5 - A lowly last is Brave. Just being brave will likely get you in real trouble. One skill not mentioned is ability to brake safely and quickly in all riding attitudes (straight up, turning, poor traction etc). I 100% agree with this post. I would definitely put knowing your braking limits right in with being able to steer quickly but you cannot avoid what you don't see! bravery on the street is a fools errand IMO
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