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    I'm not an industrial/automotive designer, but...

    I'm not an industrial/automotive designer, but I've been a software and interface designer for many years, so I have some thoughts on this.

    The end result in many fields represents a compromise,...
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    I've had floaters in my eyes since about my mid...

    I've had floaters in my eyes since about my mid 30s. They spooked me a bit at first until the ophthalmologist told me that they weren't serious. Now, I rarely notice them. Every now and again, I'll...
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    I'm one of those who can't listen to music and do...

    I'm one of those who can't listen to music and do much of anything else other than actually listen to the music. I don't have the same trouble with a news program, but if I hear music, I'm listening...
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    As long as we're posting photos, here are some of...

    As long as we're posting photos, here are some of the Burr Trail. The scenery and switchback section is similar to the Moki Dugway but a bit more remote and wild. Plan the right route, and you can...
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    And I'll give it, and the rest of what Polarbear...

    And I'll give it, and the rest of what Polarbear mentioned, a strong third. And this is coming from a local who grew up in south-central Utah, and has spent many a night and day exploring the remote...
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    I've ridden with several people who become very...

    I've ridden with several people who become very nervous and anxious about riding in the rain ÔÇö even to the point of panic and freezing up. I think it might be worth pointing out that even though...
  7. Thread: Montana!!!!!

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    Don't know much about either, but there are a...

    Don't know much about either, but there are a couple of chartered MOA clubs in Montana. At least they're listed on the BMWMOA club pages: http://bmwmoa.org/club/chartered_clubs/US/Montana. The only...
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    From the age of 16 to 20, my transportation...

    From the age of 16 to 20, my transportation consisted of just a motorcycle, and that did save money. Adulthood and marriage, however, has pretty much required a four-wheeled cage.

    Frugality...
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    Just from informal and totally unscientific...

    Just from informal and totally unscientific observations made while I've been out and about, I don't see many 18- to 35-year-olds riding Harleys. Just like ten, twenty or thirty years ago, that age...
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    Ditto. The guy should be sitting in a Moscow...

    Ditto.

    The guy should be sitting in a Moscow jail cell instead of on a motorcycle. Lack of respect for his own safety is one thing, but putting everyone else around him at risk with his stupid...
  11. Thread: Imagine

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    It's hard to believe that John Lennon would have...

    It's hard to believe that John Lennon would have been 70 years old today. I vividly remember the day he was murdered some 30 years ago, which is also hard to believe.
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    Good question, and it gets right to the heart of...

    Good question, and it gets right to the heart of why I have no personal interest in a K1600 (or a Gold Wing). It would be an awesome touring machine, but long-distance touring really isn't the main...
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    In my opinion, the quality and engineering of BMW...

    In my opinion, the quality and engineering of BMW bikes is not all that different from comparable Japanese bikes. BMW charges a bit more, but over the past few years, as Japanese motorcycles have...
  14. Thread: I hate lawns!

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    I live on a steep hill, and we have four small...

    I live on a steep hill, and we have four small lawns ÔÇö all separated by significant flights of stairs. Lawnmowers, I've discovered, aren't really made to be hauled up and down stairs. Next year,...
  15. Thread: Car washes

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    Those are exactly my memories too. My YZ400 was a...

    Those are exactly my memories too. My YZ400 was a mud magnet, and the sticky, greasy clay would get so thick around the sprockets that we'd need to break it lose with a hammer if we didn't first...
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    Geech! At first the answers were unanimous about...

    Geech! At first the answers were unanimous about this being a terrible idea, now the opinions are mixed. Sounds like no matter what, if I break down and head to the car wash, care and restraint are...
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    The only palatable rootbeer is brewed at home for...

    The only palatable rootbeer is brewed at home for a week or so using extract, sugar and yeast. Ummm! Yeasty with lots of bite, and not for those of you brought up on that sissified, store-bought,...
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    Last May, I asked the same question here about...

    Last May, I asked the same question here about traffic lights that don't recognize motorcycles, and there were some pretty good responses. Here's the link:...
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    Car washes

    I know there are those here who take pride in their dirty bikes, and that's fine. There are also those who clean their bikes with Q-tips and toothbrushes. As for me, I keep my street bikes mostly...
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    Most motorcycle riders, I suspect, start out...

    Most motorcycle riders, I suspect, start out riding earlier rather than later in life. When I was 14 or 15, we regarded a Trail 90 or 110 as a beginner bike, and thought we'd really moved up in the...
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    Harley-Davidson's aging biker problem

    Link to CNN/Money story: http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/17/autos/harley_davidson_fall.fortune/index.htm

    Contrary to its headline, the story's about more than aging bikers ÔÇö which seems to be a...
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    The dead end you've got heading into Zion Nat'l...

    The dead end you've got heading into Zion Nat'l Park puzzled me until I looked at Google Maps, which strangely underplays Utah State Route 9. It's totally paved and, really, one of the best, most...
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    Yup, BMW MOA says that it's officially sold out....

    Yup, BMW MOA says that it's officially sold out. That's too bad. Well, I guess it's better than nobody showing up, but still a bit disappointing. I was holding out on registering until I could get a...
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    Just had my evening meal, so no thanks to the...

    Just had my evening meal, so no thanks to the 12,000 calorie bacon blowout. Raw carrots, a small tomato, a baked potato (no toppings) and orange juice. Hey, it might be bland to some, but it's easy...
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