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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Morgan3820, Apr 7, 2021.
My risk tolerance for XC night flight in a single isn't what it used to be.
Mooneys also have that "Make engine rough when at night or over water" feature. The F model I used to fly sure did.
I won't fly at night over water, not even on a clear night. Too dark, too close to a black hole. I've never seen a single that didn't have the rough engine over hostile terrain feature.
I suppose it depends on how you define day.
This purports 2/3 of the deer collisions are between dusk and dawn (aka night):
It's daytime in Asia and Australia when it is night in Michigan.
And that includes the yahoo driving without lights I almost crossed the other day. I saw reflections on his hood from building lights I might not have otherwise have noticed if it were raining because I might have thought they were puddles.
I use a clear visor with a shade strip across the top.
works OK for me.
I tried the tinted outer visor looking at some sun glare on the water. Looking out with the helmet on isn’t as dark as I thought it would be just looking at the lens.I think that this will work well for me. Unfortunately, I neglected to order the pin lock insert, thinking that I would not need it during the summer. My breath fogged the lense. Perhaps , when riding, it won’t be an issue.
Onto new business. Has anyone rides a Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster? They look really nice for a cruiser.
Have not ridden one. But all Triumphs are beautiful
They really are. I just don't have room, I think for three motorcycles in the garage. I need to figure a way to have the Wife buy it to replace her current ride.
Oh, I dunno.... As much as I like Triumphs, you should think long and hard before replacing your wife. Having met you both, I’m pretty sure you got the better part of the deal.
Given that I sold our motorcycle when we graduated from college in 1975, this information is out of date and based on my way out of date knowledge, but IIRC I used a green tinted visor before the accident and my new helmet had a clear one. I changed helmets after the accident because the old one had a line of curb paint about 6 inches long where it saved me and it was retired on the spot.
My friend, you are overdue for a new bike. Time to go shopping!
Experimental aircraft do that also ... at least the ones I've owned did!
Triumphs are gorgeous, but I still can't get past the fact that they were dogs when I cut my teeth in motorcycling. When I started riding Triumphs were junk, maintenance hogs that just didn't work well. I know they've turned around hard, but I just can't get past what they were back then. Silly me. More bikes for the rest of you guys.
Yep! Silly you.
It’s literally an entirely new and different company with no links to the old one other than the name. I got a 3-cylinder “new” Triumph as a loaner once and it was a damn nice bike.
A bit off topic, but we closed the deal on a 2020 Can Am Ryker Rally for Karen Wednesday.
Picking it up Tuesday, weather permitting. Lots of derision gets heaped upon 3-wheelers, I know, but this looks like a lot of fun for her*. With a hip replacement, she’s just a bit timid on two wheels, and fell in love with this sportier “Spyder” the first time she laid eyes upon one. She’s scheduled for a 3-wheel-specific course to get her endorsement May 1 & 2.
And all I’m getting is a stinkin’ helmet!
*And for me once in a while, if she’ll let me!
I know two people (not timid) who either have or had one of these and they loved them!
Congrats to Karen! A friend of mine has decided she just isn't comfortable riding her Honda Hawk GT anymore, and picked up a Spyder F3 a few weeks ago. She really wants to go on some of our longer trips so she and her husband added the factory hard bags, heated grips, and windshield.
I showed the pic to Barb. Her comment: “What cute shoes!”
Well, not quite “no” links. Bloor went to some pains to ensure that Triumphs never went out of production.
But the bikes are completely new designs, though they pay homage to the style of the originals.
Thanks for clarifying. I’d expect you to know the details!
Probably won't get one, but the new Speed Twin looks great to me:
Want some old British styling with unknown(to me) reliability(it's probably pretty descent) @ half the price(may be less than half actually) of Triumphs?
And given that this is part of old British Empire probably checks out
Not really my style though.
When I first began motorcycling in the 70’s Harleys and Triumphs had one thing in common...drip pans under new bikes on the showroom floor. That turned me off from those two Marques for decades. Triumph under Bloor solved the leaking issue by splitting the cases horizontally rather than vertically and Harley cleaned up their act and pursued quality which produced bikes like my Road King that has over 50,000 miles with no oil leakage whatsoever. Glad they both figured out how to build quality machines.
Concerning helmets, the more important question is 1/2, 3/4 or full-face? I just had a buddy go down in the twisties and scarred up his helmet pretty good. He received a concussion and broke a few ribs. That full-face helmet saved his face, no doubt and the concussion might have been worse had he been wearing a helmet with less protection. He says he’ll never consider anything other than full-face from now on.
Even when I owned the Street Glide I always rode in a full face helmet, and full leathers as well. The last three helmets have been full face modulars, open it up at stoplights and slow speeds for more air, close it down once you get moving again.
Good on you. Could wind up being my next bike, since I think I could ride it in winter. Only thing I don't like about them is their enlarged footprint in the garage. But Can Ams are cool, and I really like the Ryker.
The Triumph Trident looks to be a nice machine for 9-ish, which isnt terrible.
I've read and heard good things about the Royal Enfield reboots.
Never understood this one, who only like half or 3/4 of their face being undestroyed. I for one like to chew, which is reason enough for a full face.
Having to find three lines of clear pavement instead of one always seemed like a big downside to me. Even a car only needs two clean lines.
The vertical case split doesn't seem to be a problem, I've never had one leak from that point. To be honest, the only leaks I've had on old Triumphs is from old seals or gaskets. What seems to cause most of the problems is either the mentality of the owners or a lack of attention to detail or both.
What the old British bikes aren't is a modern motorcycle or even an old Japanese bike. If you treat an old British bike like one of those other bikes you'll be in for a frustrating experience. When properly cared for, they are some of the motorcycles I've enjoyed riding and owning the most.
Just got back from a 50 mile ride covering 3 state’s worth of twisty roads.
In spite of being 18 years old (!) my little Buell Firebolt is still one of the coolest bikes I’ve ever owned, bar none.
Back on topic, that’s my Shoei RF1100 with its gold iridium shield. Great helmet, but ready to be retired soon.
Sorry to ruin the thread drift, but when I was racing, open wheel cars, full face helmets, the helmets always got a strip of duct tape to cut sky glare and block medium-low sun. One time I tried a second, low strip, so that I just had almost a slit to look through but that cut off my view of the tach and OP. I guess I could have cut a scoop in the lower tape strip but the strip really wasn't helping with glare anyway so I just went back to one top strip.
I used a strip of tape on the visor of my racing helmet, too. But on a bike on the street it would make it difficult to see traffic lights, read signs, etc., especially hunched over on a sport bike.
Full face helmet is all I’ve owned. I like having a jaw.
1) I may have mentioned that I high-sided my KTM 950, and did a pretty firm face-plant, with the chinbar of my Shoei taking the impact. Pretty sure with less than a full-faced helmet I would have needed dental and/or facial reconstruction.
2) A young lady who was an endurance rider died after an accident where the pivoting portion of her modular helmet failed, causing injury. It was not the direct cause of her passing - apparently there was a medical error involved - but it still left me somewhat wary of modular helmets. https://www.ironbutt.com/fran/
It would be fun, but I like being married and my wife would probably divorce me on the spot if I got another bike now. So I'll stick with airplanes.
Do like I did and increase your life insurance. She’ll drive you to the bike shop.
Only probably..so maybe not.