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JackoftheGreen wrote: Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:00 pm So jealous!
I've got a Nikon D50 (D100?) with a 1.5f lens, but I think something's wrong with it. I can't get a clear picture in the EVF and every shot I take with it comes out blurry.
Hmmmm. The D100 is a superior camera to mine. Have you tried a different lens? Is the sensor clean? Is the mirror clean? Can you try focusing manually?
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I have decided I am not enjoying the rides on my 1100cc V-Star. Aside from the loud pipes...I am finding it a bit heavy. My thumb joints aren't as good as they used to be, so once in a while I get a bit wobbly hanging on to the handlebar when I need to do something slow...like backing out of my yard in the dirt and stopping on gravel. Riding at street and highway speed is ok, but I need a new throttle rocker. That will help with the longer rides.

I have looked, but so far haven't been able to find stock pipes for a 2000 V-Star. Currently, the bike is LOUD. Too loud for enjoyment.
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What pipes are on it? Perhaps you could order some aftermarket baffles?
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NorthernPete wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:22 am What pipes are on it? Perhaps you could order some aftermarket baffles?
DG Hard-Krome. Thanks for the idea. I can have a look.
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Some days.....A week ago....
I went for a ride with a pal across to Spence's Bridge to go have lunch. The ride there was fine. After lunch, he went his way home via the Fraser Canyon back to Vancouver, and I rode the hour back to Merritt. The ride was mostly uneventful, until I turned onto a side road looking for potential fishing spots for when my brother came to visit. As I rode on the side road, I noticed a big dog running toward me from another side road. I kept going but when I stopped a bit further up to turn around, I saw the dog sitting right behind me. I'm not what you would call a dog person...and big dogs scare me.
I turned around to head back to the highway and as I started to move, the dog started chasing me. So, I rolled on the throttle to move quickly, but the dog was running ....in my mind....to "get" me....I made a quick shift to 2nd and was able to get away from the dog. I felt a sense of glee for not missing the shift so I could get away from that dog. I was so glad my rusty skills were working that day.
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The advertising right underneath this post is about reducing sagging jowls. I won't click on that one....I'm learning to live with the signs of aging.....I can still ride. I can still fit into my gear and my 53 year old married neighbour seems to think my eyes are below my neck. hahahaha

Sometimes I do click on some of the ads because every click is money for TMW.

I read the review that jack wrote about the ear plugs. I may look for some. Though the decibel reduction is only moderate, it sounds like they fit well. I have some custom ear plugs but can't find them, so have been using the sleeping ear plugs. Regular foam ear plugs won't stay in.

I also read the article that Mr. Total Motorcycle wrote about the DCT transmissions....wondering if the days of standard shifting are coming to an end. I don't believe those days are going to end anytime soon, but I would certainly consider an automatic transmission if I get another motorcycle. My thumb joints have some arthritis and some days I make the decision to not ride because the joints ache. Not having to pull a clutch lever in and feathering it or doing rapid shifting would make riding longer a possibility.
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One more entry for today. I went for a ride yesterday to Kamloops and back. It's a bit over an hour each way. Most of the ride went well. The Coquihalla portion was great. All the other motorists and truckers behaved. I was making my way through Kamloops to go see my niece. Riding along, going with the flow, but not tail gating....thankfully....the car in front of me suddenly stopped....not at a crosswalk...but just suddenly stopped. It took me a couple of seconds to realize that it was stopping and because I was getting close, I had to grab my brakes. I realized I was not going to be able to stop in time...so I veered to the left side of the car to avoid rear ending the car....of course, I braked too hard and started fish tailing....then the whole bike went sideways...then I skidded a little more...before managing to straighten up and ride across the road in front of the car that had suddenly stopped. I got to the curb.Once in front of that car, I could see the break in the fence and a pedestrian standing there. He looked rather wide eyed. I gather that the car driver had seen that person and suddenly stopped, but from where I had been, you could not even see the break in the fence, let along a person in there. There was a crosswalk painted farther along from where the car had suddenly stopped. Phew. That was such a close call. I found out that I am stronger than I realized. I kept the bike upright.
I keep going over it in my mind. Did I lose focus? Did my attention get diverted? Why didn't I notice the car stop? Was it because the crosswalk so farther away and I was looking up there and never expected a vehicle to stop so far away from a crosswalk? I'll never know, but I am so glad I missed it and stayed up right.
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Laying awake in the night makes the brain start ruminating.....I kept replaying in my head the incident in Kamloops where I nearly rear ended the car in front of me....and I nearly dropped my bike. The whole scenario replayed in my brain and I realize now that the car in front of me did not have any brake lights. We (I) are so conditioned to be alerted by red brake lights, that I didn't notice on time that the car in front of me was stopped. Of course, we don't expect cars to stop suddenly for no apparent reason in the middle of a block.
I must do better.
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blues2cruise wrote: Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:39 am The whole scenario replayed in my brain and I realize now that the car in front of me did not have any brake lights. We (I) are so conditioned to be alerted by red brake lights, that I didn't notice on time that the car in front of me was stopped. Of course, we don't expect cars to stop suddenly for no apparent reason in the middle of a block.
I must do better.
Blues, if you haven't been riding regularly, that automatic "distance to the vehicle in front of me" loop we all have running in our brains is probably a little rusty, that's all. When I've been riding daily and then don't ride for a couple weeks, the "skills rot" sets in quickly for me.

It's been so stinking hot and humid here I've ridden very little since early June. I was out riding today, and very self-consciously kept talking myself through the SIPDE loop through the whole ride. It takes me a couple hours of riding to get my scanning, alertness, and eye discipline back to top level.
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jstark47 wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Blues, if you haven't been riding regularly, that automatic "distance to the vehicle in front of me" loop we all have running in our brains is probably a little rusty, that's all. When I've been riding daily and then don't ride for a couple weeks, the "skills rot" sets in quickly for me.

It's been so stinking hot and humid here I've ridden very little since early June. I was out riding today, and very self-consciously kept talking myself through the SIPDE loop through the whole ride. It takes me a couple hours of riding to get my scanning, alertness, and eye discipline back to top level.
Thanks for that. Yes, probably rusty skills.

It's been hot here, too, but dry. Despite the heat, I have ridden a few times. Mesh gear helps a lot.

Now, I am helping out family by looking after my nephew so the parents could have a week off. Kids have been home in lockdown since mid March, so parents and kids need a bit of separation to help keep the peace. haha
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I spent a week with my 14 year old nephew. :shock: I took him to Victoria with me so his parents could have a break. It was very different than I had planned. I had looked up some things to do, but he didn't want to do anything. Technology, AKA, smart phone, was his preferred activity. I did manage to get him out a few times though. Recently he has discovered cars. Muscle cars. Mustangs, Shelby, Lambos ( as he calls them), Ferraris, Porsches, Corvettes, etc. Suddenly he is an expert. LOL He spends a lot of time watching YouTube, and yes, he does know a lot, but has also become quite a snob about them. :lol: He thinks he'll get his driver's licence in 18 months. I told him if he doesn't change his attitude about speed, he won't have his licence for very long. He constantly harangues me for driving too slow. I told him, I drive the speed limit.
#1 My truck is a gas hog, so driving conservatively helps with gas mileage.
#2 I don't want a ticket or points
#3 I had a passenger whose parents rely on me to keep him safe.
Even his own parents tell him, It's not that Auntie Donna drives too slow, It's that we (his parents) drive fast. I drove one of his parents to the train station one morning. I was told I could go a little faster. I said, I was already going 70 in a 50 zone. Sitting in a big truck feels slower than in a little sedan. I was a professional driver for a lot of years and I still maintain those good driving habits. If the speedy people don't like it, they can go around me.

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I wish I could say I've been out riding, but alas, I have not. Due to the forest fires south of the border from me, the air is too smoky. It's not horrible where I am compared to Washington, Oregon and California, but bad enough to want to stay inside. This morning at 5 am the stars could finally be seen in the sky. We had some super high winds that helped.

My friend came to visit despite the smoke. He had been visiting family in the eastern part of the province and had no choice but to travel to get home. He said it was like riding in the fog. He rides a Super Tenere 1200. I managed to work in a motorcycle into my entry. :D
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This is the first time I have logged onto TMW with my phone.
I was going to upload a picture but darn..
Even the cell picture is too big.

I'll try to resize it.

My bike is put away for the season.
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The bike is still under wraps here because it is still too "iffy" some days for riding. I'll insure it in another month. I got a temporary job. I'm working at the local tax office for 2 months. At first, I wondered to myself, "what were you thinking?" But three weeks into it, I realize it has been a good thing.
With Covid around, I had become so lazy because of staying in most of the time. Now, I have to get up, make breakfast and actually get dressed. The job has gotten me back into some sort of routine.
I was doing an online stretch and strength class before the job started. I also had started walking for exercise. I'm up to 7km. Getting older is certainly not for cowards. LOL
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A couple of weeks ago, I unwrapped my Yamaha from it's winter wrapping and got the battery put in. It fired up right away. Yay.
Today, I got it insured...and then it rained.

Maybe tomorrow I can have the 2021 inaugural ride.
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We are in a new season of riding now. I can't ride all year like I used to. I miss the coast. Where I am now, gets too cold, frosty and icy for winter riding. Actually late autumn, winter and early spring are not suitable for riding.

That leads in to why I'm so pooped after my first couple of rides this year. Aside from being tired from all the yardwork I've been doing, my body has to get re-acquainted with riding.
First, I washed the bike. It was so dirty from sitting all winter. I went for an hour and a half ride to just ride. Unlike last year, when I first started again after a 3 year break, this year was so much better. My muscle memory kicked in. I didn't stall and I had no trouble with the curves in the road. I was pleased with my ride, but I felt the fatigue and had to go home. My thumb joints were hurting as well. I have arthritis in the thumb joints and sometimes they act up. If I want to continue to ride beyond this year, I may have to consider a bike with DCT. Right now the only roadblock to that is money. Like most people I know.
Anyway...when I got home from my ride and got off the bike, I could feel the stiffness from riding. I better get riding to improve because I have a road trip planned for next month. (Worse case scenario, I go in my truck. LOL)
Our weather is good, so I plan to get out riding more.
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Blues, when I heard about Lytton, I thought about you. Merritt isn't so far away from there, is it? Hope everything is OK by you.
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jstark47 wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:32 pm Blues, when I heard about Lytton, I thought about you. Merritt isn't so far away from there, is it? Hope everything is OK by you.
Thanks, yes, except for the smoke. There are lots of evacuees in town. Some are being put up in people's homes and other who have RV's are in the local RV park and campground.

Because of that fire and others in the surrounding areas, the air is thick with smoke. I'm staying inside with doors and windows shut.
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This has been a summer of disconnect for me. I haven't been riding at all. I got in 2 short rides in May, but since then, nothing. I have been quite busy doing other things.

Then, my family needed help.so I travelled to help them. Then I got my vaccine and was down with side effects for a week. The heat wave came and I stayed inside. Now we have smoke from all the forest fires around. If this smoke continues, I'll be leaving home and going to a family member's a few hours away.

It looks yellow outside because of the smoke over the sun. I can't see the hillsides I usually see. Today, it is raining lightly. We desperately need it. I hope it rains all day.

Send good vibes to all the firefighters who are battling the blazes. Firefighters have come from from Quebec, Mexico, Australia. If there is no lightning, the rain will help so much.

Meanwhile, my bike sits under cover doing nothing.
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A minor miracle happened yesterday and today. I actually got my gear on and went for a ride. Yesterday was only an hour, but it was enough for a 1st time out in quite a while. The smoke from all the fires cleared a bit, so I felt motivated.
Then today, I went for an hour and a half. It's so hot I don't ride in the afternoons here.
I'm enjoying my new modular helmet. I looked for a long time, but nothing ever fit right. I do ride with the front piece shut, but, I love being able to lift it up when stopped. or have to talk to someone.

Last month my friend and I did a road trip in my truck because I would not have had the stamina to ride. We're hoping to go again in September, (weather and fire and lack of smoke permitting), but by motorcycle next time.


Oh....I learned a valuable lesson from the road trip last month. Despite my passenger/navigator telling me the route and the turn off and the highway number....because he's been that way before, next time, I will look it up on a map before we go.

I drove almost an hour past the turn off before he told me we had gone too far. I'm thinking WTF? I thought you were navigating? I turned around and as we were heading back, we had quite the discussion. I was ticked, so before things got heated, I said, we will just have to agree to disagree on this one. We drove in silence for a bit. Once we got back into the town and made the turnoff we were both ok again. I actually enjoyed the silence. hahaha. cuz he never stops talking.
We did another drive one time because I moving some things from storage to 3 hours away. I kid you not.....I swear he never took a breath. Don't get me wrong. We're good friends and everyone has their quirks, so this time, I told him because we were in my truck, there were rules. I told him that if a song came on that either one really liked and said so and turned up the volume, that meant BE QUIET. I made a bet with him. Well, I forced him into it. He didn't want to shake hands on it, hahahahahaha, but I forced the issue. I said if he couldn't be quiet for the whole song, he had to buy the next tank of gas. I said if he made it through the song, I'd buy him coffee of his choice. hahaha
A song finally came on that I wanted enjoy...he crossed his arms and clamped his lips together. It was so hard for him to not talk. So...next break, I bought the coffees.

I would like to take my bike this week to go do the things I need to do, so I can keep practicing, but one of the things on my agenda is going to my mother's. She is 92 and not a hope in heck would she get on a bike. Therefore, I need to drive in the truck. Once I get back, though, I'll work on my riding stamina.
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So far this season is a bust. Where I live is surrounded by multiple wild fires, so the smoke and ash makes me stay inside. I've only managed to get out 3 times this year. :cry: A few towns nearby have been evacuated, but ours is just on alert. Alert means be ready in case.
My truck has a full tank of gas and I have some things packed sitting by the front door.
We finally got a little bit of rain which will help the situation. We need lots more but unfortunately that sometimes comes with thunder and lightning. We're hoping for just the rain.
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