I didn't notice the frost when he was making that left past the camera, he just looked a little shaky about the same time his wheels passed the bottom of the frame.^So you are saying that one of the best stuntriders in the world should do balance drills? If you look close you'll see that there's ice/frost on the road...
Technically, that's a bobber because the rear fender is cut short, or "bobbed", and it's on a stock frame, with most other features (such as the forks and tank) as stock. Bobbers with their shortened fenders and solo seats were relatively simple modifications to old bikes such as Triumphs, that could be taken dirt-track racing just as easily. Anything that wasn't directly related to turning, going, or stopping was hacked off (or "chopped" according to the early definition of the term).Chopper:
Tiny pic but it illustrates my point nicely. Choppers are modified bikes with basically anything extraneous cut off. Typically hardtails. That bike pictured is pretty much my dream bike .
Was it that bad? I've been looking at '70s Yamaha and Honda 500s-750s to replace my enduro, but I need something that can manage at least state highway speeds and possibly stick to a corner respectably. Mostly I'm looking at the CB and XS bikes; the Suzukis of that era seem a little porkier. Any tips?
Well he wouldn't be the worlds most infamous rider if he had any sanity..I didn't notice the frost when he was making that left past the camera, he just looked a little shaky about the same time his wheels passed the bottom of the frame.
I retract my statement - I now think he's crazy for riding in the snow/frost.
I was thinking the same thing, if you think you'll want to keep it and de-restrict it the bandit might be the way to go. But really, any bike will be fun. Honda CB's are great, much prefer the looks of the older ones though.I think the Bandit is the bike you might wanna keep when you are allowed to take the 25kw limiter off.. it's a good allround bike.
And the KTM isn't an offroader, it's a supermotard.
But it's impossible to go for a "nice" ride on one of those..
Like Blind said, good steel-toe boots are critical. It always makes me laugh when I see some idiot on a liter bike with sandals on; that's a good way to lose a toe. Or a foot. I've got a pair of Wolverine brand boots that I've found to be very robust and plenty comfy for walking around all day in. I've also got an excellent pair of dirtbike gloves. That's probably the only decent safety equipment I have though. My leather jacket is tough, but it's probably bigger than it should be (got it second hand, so meh.) And I just wear a lid and goggles, but I think that Blind and some of these other guys have sold me on a full face number.On another, yet not any less important note, clothing. Do we have any tips about that?
When I think bobber, I think springer front end, pre-unit Triumph or Knuckle/Flathead engine, soft-tail, 40s-50s inspired etc etc. The bike I posted, I'd just consider a simple Honda chopper.BlaRo said:Technically, that's a bobber because the rear fender is cut short, or "bobbed", and it's on a stock frame, with most other features (such as the forks and tank) as stock. Bobbers with their shortened fenders and solo seats were relatively simple modifications to old bikes such as Triumphs, that could be taken dirt-track racing just as easily. Anything that wasn't directly related to turning, going, or stopping was hacked off (or "chopped" according to the early definition of the term).
I tend to call those simply 'customs'. Adding a hundred pounds of chrome and giving a bike suspension geometry that makes it unrideable doesn't make it a chopper to me.BlaRo said:Today's choppers are noticeably different than the above bike with their huge front forks, gleaming chrome, and extreme riding angle. I personally love bobbers like the one above due to their simplicity and lack of flashiness.
Nothing wrong with that. Who doesn't love a good argument over semantics? :lol: Maybe my definitions are based on more 'old school' conceptions, thats what I get for listening to a bunch of old farts when it comes to bikes.BlaRo said:The terms have been interchanged over the years, so I'm just being needlessly pedantic.
Textile gear is fine, however it does not do as well in a crash. If you do go down plan on replacing all your gear. Leathers will do better and may not need replacing in all but the worst crashes.
Gear is good, rashing is bad. Really bad road rash may result in bad scarring and skin grafts. Denim is not abrasion resistant!
Armor. Rash is bad, but impacts are what break bones and shatter joints. Be sure to get full armor including knees, shoulders, elbows, back, and if you are going to be really aggressive you should get armored hip pads and specialized motorcycle track boots. Now, I don't ride with hip pads or track boots and much of the time I don't wear knee armor. My bike is also my workhorse commuter so I need to be presentable during the day. Also, armored gloves are a must. All armor is not created equal, just because it says "CE" doesn't make it the best. I like the armor with a hard plastic shell lined with padding, I think it does a better job spreading out the force of going down than the dual-density armor. I have had both and I feel much better with hard armor.
Pants: I have a pair of Draggin' Jeans with kevlar in the knees and ass. I have never gone down in them and I hope I never do. The kevlar helps with abrasion resistance but it's not as good as leather. My problem is that I can't find leather pants that fit, and most the time I don't want to sit in class wearing leather gear. The Draggin' Jeans are better than the Icon in my opinion because of the kevlar in the ass. Icon and other brands just have it in the knees, but in a crash you will probably end up on your ass most of the slide. For longer rides I wear leather chaps to cut the wind and provide added protection against stones and other road debris that can be kicked up. If you get the Draggin Jeans, I suggest you get hard-shell knee armor to wear under them. I don't recommend the armor that hooks inside the pants, as it would move too much in a crash. Get some armor from your local shop that straps to your leg.
Helmet: Full-face helmet. Period. More impacts happen on the face guard of a helmet than on any other part of the shell. Without a face guard even a minor crash will result in months of expensive reconstructive surgery and eating liquefied Salisbury steak. Full face helmet, all the time.
Boots: if you don't get track-style boots go with something heavy with a hard sole. I ride in OSHA steel-toe work boots but I have some Red Wing riding boots on order. My steel toes have saved me twice, once when I went down and my bike landed on my foot, another time (just two weeks ago) a piece of metal debris blew into my path and I hit it with my foot at 60 mph. My boots have a dent in the front of the sole and a slice in the leather, but my foot was fine.
Jackets: A regular leather jacket is not adequate. I thought it was until I crashed at 30 mph in one and the pavement rashed right through it. You need a good leather jacket with the fit and leather specifically made to protect you in a crash.
Be sure to budget for gear with your bike. While it's important to be comfortable when you ride, remember the gear is designed to fit tightly. This prevents it from moving around during a crash and it will keep you safer. Don't be fooled by motorcycle-brand street clothing, it's not riding gear. If you want it, wear it when you're not on your bike.
They are confusing him with that guy that did his train thing..From what the guys on BARF were saying, he was told he had an inoperable tumor or something so he started doing this because he didn't care if he died on the bike or not - which he eventually did.
Apparently, you need some jam jars, some flexible plastic tubing and a screwdriver.Yay Derek is joining the motorcycle brigade! Whatever bike you end up choosing I'd recommend staying away from anything with 4 carburetors. That's what mine has and they're a real pain in the ass to get working properly. They're still not adjusted right and I'll probably end up biting the bullet and taking it into a shop.
You must be thinking of a different guy, Ghostrider was anything but dead last time I checked.From what the guys on BARF were saying, he was told he had an inoperable tumor or something so he started doing this because he didn't care if he died on the bike or not - which he eventually did.