So since we're all here, I'll just ask - how many of you use Bluetooth to get your phone signal into your helmet?
Well I like to get away from stuff too. With 3 weeks of back-to-back 500+ mile days carrying 80 lbs of camping gear and sleeping on the ground almost every night, I sometimes like a little music in my helmet to pass the time. Riding across Kansas or Nebraska can be made a lot less tedious with XMradio streaming. Plus, I have a wife and kids and I'd like them to be able to reach me in case of emergency. Google Maps helps too.
For a few hour's escape, it would be silly to go through the trouble. When living on the bike for weeks at a time, it can be a bridge to sanity.
I've got a few bikes. My favorite is my 01 CBR600F4i, which used to look like this:
Then we both took a spill where my bike hit a tree here after a lowside at 70mph:
After a little bit of time and a little bit more of $$$ she's back on the street again:
I'm hoping to hit the track at some point this year, never been there before but the people I ride with tell me it's a blast.
I'm also getting into dirt riding, here's my dual sported 96 XR250r:
I've also got an 04 GSX-R750 that's for sale, the terrible ergos wasn't worth the better handling and additional power for me. And a 94 kx60 that can be a mean little SOB.
Dirt bikes are so much fun, but I got hurt on those far more than on street bikes. I had a 2006 CRF250X that I put the 250R pipe on, used the 250R jetting, opened up the airbox, snipped the pink wire that fooled the ECU into raising the rev limiter to 13k and using the 250R ignition map, etc...
The only thing that I didn't convert over was the cam, I left that alone. The result was a bike that had the power of the R, but still had a headlight and electric start of the X model. When we tossed it on the dyno back to back with my buddy's CRF250R, his made 1.2hp more on top, but mine made 2hp more in the midrange.
The result was a bike that ripped, but when I stalled it going up a slimy muddy hill, it was a hell of a lot easier to press the starter button than to try and kickstart the thing...
Plenty of times I would lock the rear wheel up sliding down a loose hill and stall the motor, and I would just press the starter and not even slow down, while my friend had to either try to bump start it, or stop and kickstart it.
But I came to realize that when you ride on the street, you might crash. When you ride in the dirt and are whizzing through the woods at 40mpg over mud, leaves and roots, you WILL crash. LOL
On the dirt I figure for the most part the worse that can happed is a broken bone. Sure I crash more but the next day I typically feel fine.