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Oct 27th 2018, 05:02 PM   #1
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Heh!

So, because I have the best possible NW motorcycle I went for a ride today. I set out just to go to Hoodsport for an espresso and then head home to PO for chores. But the ride was so...open....that I kept going to PT.

It was one of those days - I had 101 to myself, and rode, for maybe 85% of the way, at my own pace.

Oh, and this: heated grips! Hell yeah!!

Went for another coffee in PT. On the way home it started raining and traffic thickened.

BY the time I got to PO I was ready to get off the road. Crawled the last five miles home, in the rain.


But I blow-dried my bike with the leaf-blower/neighbor-annnoyer and it looks great.

All in all a really nice ride.

I only saw a couple of you suckas out there today, so I know most of you wussed out.

Next time.

Oh, and this: I had removed my cramp-buster (throttle paddle thingy) because I got new gloves that have a sort of puck thingy on the palm heel andd it rests right on the paddle, which sits my hand too high. And when I change gloves I didn't want to have to move that paddle.

Well, after a couple hundred miles today I discovered how much I like that thing and so I put it back on. You seriously want one of these.

I know someone else uses one too. Anyone? Buehler? You like them?


Edited by Sentinel on Oct 27th 2018 at 05:09 PM
Oct 27th 2018, 06:48 PM   #2
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Cruise control is the best Crampbuster!
Oct 28th 2018, 06:18 AM   #3
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
i have one on my bike too... best $0.99 spent xD
Oct 28th 2018, 08:41 AM   #4
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
You should have waved as you went by Hoodsport. I was up on the flanks of Mt Washington with some scrambling students.
Oct 28th 2018, 09:21 AM   #5
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Was out on the Yamaha TMAX 530 scooter yesterday. Of my 5 bikes I own now that is one of the best 'rain/commuter' bikes I have ever had. I put a set of the Oxford hand muffs on it and a Givi windshield so stay pretty dry as long as my speed stays over 50 or so.
My 'Strom 1000 used to be my main rain bike but it does not have the rain protection the scooter does. Loves me some scooter!
I used to have a paddle on my throttle for long hauls. I have not had a bike with electronic cruise yet. Not sure I would like it on a motorcycle.

Edited by Parilla125 on Oct 28th 2018 at 04:31 PM
Oct 28th 2018, 03:45 PM   #6
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
Oh, and this: I had removed my cramp-buster (throttle paddle thingy) because I got new gloves that have a sort of puck thingy on the palm heel andd it rests right on the paddle, which sits my hand too high. And when I change gloves I didn't want to have to move that paddle.

Well, after a couple hundred miles today I discovered how much I like that thing and so I put it back on. You seriously want one of these.

I know someone else uses one too. Anyone? Buehler? You like them?

Yes. I have RA in both hands and wouldn't last very long without them. Throttle Rockers seem to fit my hands better than Cramp Busters.

I had a problem with them slipping on the Buell so I put a 1" wide piece of non-skid under them, (the aggressive black stuff). I have a "Home Made" one on the DR, (a friend worked at Boeing and acquired enough stuff to make a half dozen).
Oct 28th 2018, 04:48 PM   #7
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Mine is actually a (very, very old) throttle rocker.

i attach it with two zip ties in a patented, alien sacred geometry pattern that was channeled to me by a swedish woman from venus who wanted me to save my hands for writing the global declaration of man she was sending me that had been assembled over millenia by a panel of galactic heirophants and delivered by the last cotton candy unicorn but I told her my writing days were behind me.

she was like, "Oh."

i like to keep things simple.
Oct 28th 2018, 05:47 PM   #8
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Jolly Joker!
Oct 28th 2018, 08:56 PM   #9
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parilla125
Was out on the Yamaha TMAX 530 scooter yesterday. Of my 5 bikes I own now that is one of the best 'rain/commuter' bikes I have ever had. I put a set of the Oxford hand muffs on it and a Givi windshield so stay pretty dry as long as my speed stays over 50 or so.
My 'Strom 1000 used to be my main rain bike but it does not have the rain protection the scooter does. Loves me some scooter!
I used to have a paddle on my throttle for long hauls. I have not had a bike with electronic cruise yet. Not sure I would like it on a motorcycle.
I too was a skeptic. I rode my friend's FJR with it and was sold! did some further research with my brother's GoldWing and my next bike had cruise.

Not only less fatigue, but helps keep my license in my wallet!

A knock around town bike, probably would not get CC. Any bike I travel on? Yup!

Give it a try!

Dusty
Oct 29th 2018, 08:37 AM   #10
 craiger's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Yessir...I got me one o them thar fancy farkle thing-a-ma-jigs fer yer rist. Couple of different ones, actually. They are a nice convenience for us that don't have a throttle lock cruise control type of deal. It can be a very nice addition when chewin up some miles. Especially when one is slabbin it. I don't prefer them when in the twisties, I find that it distracts me when blipping for up and downshifts. But that's just me. It's ok to disagree. Whatever floats your boat. But I gotta disagree on one point, I'm not so sure you have the best bike the PNW. I'm biased, of course, but I happen to be fond of my VFR DCT auto. The cramp buster comes in handy more often because I don't have to blip a thousand times per ride . Being able to manually shift via the paddle shifters is a technical blessing. Happy motoring, all
Oct 30th 2018, 05:44 AM   #11
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bald Guy
I too was a skeptic. I rode my friend's FJR with it and was sold! did some further research with my brother's GoldWing and my next bike had cruise.

Not only less fatigue, but helps keep my license in my wallet!

A knock around town bike, probably would not get CC. Any bike I travel on? Yup!

Give it a try!

Dusty
I use the ones in the cars all the time so I shouldn't be hesitant to put one on a bike. I pulled up a search and had no idea there were so many aftermarket ones for bikes!
Oct 30th 2018, 08:33 AM   #12
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
My wife's new Passat has "Tractor Beam" cruise control where you establiish a following distance and then the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control, the corporate boring-ass name) keeps that distance regardless of the vehicle speed in front of you. It speeds up and slows down to match the car ahead of you.

Now - put this on a bike.

Dare ya.

It would probably fit in here somewhere:

Oct 30th 2018, 03:28 PM   #13
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
My wife's new Passat has "Tractor Beam" cruise control where you establiish a following distance and then the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control, the corporate boring-ass name) keeps that distance regardless of the vehicle speed in front of you. It speeds up and slows down to match the car ahead of you.

Now - put this on a bike.

Dare ya.

It would probably fit in here somewhere:

Guessing your more Millennial than Minimalist.
Oct 31st 2018, 12:46 PM   #14
 
  Sep 2017
  Tigard, Oregon

  Tiger 800XCx,’07 Daytona 675,’01 CBR929RR,’05 YZ125, ‘89 RM 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bald Guy
Cruise control is the best Crampbuster!
The ENTIRE reason I actually field-repaired my Tiger’s broken combo switch on the clutch!

It actually kinda annoys me when I ride something else without FBW and cruise like my Daytona. Feels kinda “steppy’ throughout the throttle range comparatively with the Tiger as well as not being able to “set it and forget it” ala Ron Popiel.
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