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On this side of the pond, a flannel shirt is like a lumberjack's shirt.
I wear a Columbia Fleece (kind of sweater). Usually all these
under my riding jacket.
And that's summer wear in Minnesota! Razz emoticon
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RRider wrote:
...

Just met a quite fresh pensioner, who is going to head into a rally abroad with his trusted (mostly) Panhead (hope I don't confuse the engine types here...). One with a foot operated clutch, hand operated gears, no rear suspension, long chopper forks, tiny narrow bars...loves the fact that he doesn't need to adjust schedules because of his day job anymore

I honestly believe he would be very bored with a modern bike, motorcycling for him is much more than 'riding'. I don't think he'd even mind if someone called this re-living his youth, probably would just laugh with you. What matters to him is that he can still do things he loves.
This is a great description of where my head is at about riding. I love the ride, but I love (just as much) the activity involved in keeping a 70+ year old motorcycle running properly (and reliably). I was very excited last week to find that I could start my old panhead (it's kickstart only) after my knee injury in February. At my age, these small wins are a big deal ROFL emoticon
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caschnd1 wrote:
Sometimes I'll wear a mechanics shirt or a flannel over my t-shirt.
Not sure what a flannel is over in Stateside but here in the old country it's a small towel like object you wash your face, armpits and nether regions with!

I definitely don't want to be wearing one over my T-Shirt
Laughing emoticon Don't you love those differences between your english and mine?

As Bob mentioned, a "flannel" here is a shirt made of flannel material. Very comfy and warm if it's not too cold outside.
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Great! Finish line is not to far off there, brother! In my case: on January 2, 2022 I told my boss (and anyone else that would listen) that July 4th was Independence day. He said "yeah, I know that". Then I told him July 5th was mine - the day of my retirement. Then like a fool, I worked until the end of the year because of the work load. Facepalm emoticon
HA! I hadn't thought of the "independence day" connection. That's awesome! They have been trying to get me to stay longer. I'll be 3.5 years away from Medicare still, so it's tempting to keep working (at least part time) to keep my health insurance benefits. But I am utterly exhausted. My job is not hard physically. I sit in front of a computer and write/debug software all day. But it's just time for me to go. I won't feel guilty about vacating my spot. Hopefully some younger tech guy will fill my seat. I plan to spend the summer/fall rehabbing my knee with LOTS of hiking.
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If you can't pass in a group ride what's the point in riding out at all.

I'll meet you at the destination.

It's just a lot easier that way.
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There are a bunch of youtube videos and I thought this shows how some folks seem to be comfortable riding with them lights
https://youtu.be/DPGjQX3edDI?t=236
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Fleese is that the guy from Police Story whats his name Leslie Nelson
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Ok, so here's another sorta scooter-related question I have to ask....

If I'm both a 'Mod' and a 'Rocker', would I be a....'Mocker'????
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caschnd1 wrote:
Solo riding is definitely the best. I just want nothing to do with riding in a group anymore. Even years ago, when I did ride in a group, I didn't like it much.

Sadly, I'm not much of a fashionista (maybe I'm not so sad about that?). My choice of cloths has changed very little over the years. I'm a jeans and t-shirt guy. Sometimes I'll wear a mechanics shirt or a flannel over my t-shirt. I do own a suit and appropriate shirt and tie for when the situation calls for it. But for riding, it's just jeans and t-shirt + flannel if it's cold + jacket if it's colder. In my 40+ years of riding, I've owned 3 jackets. All plain black. If this means I'm trying to relive my glory days, so be it. I don't give a shit what anyone else thinks. I am who I am.
True freedom (including financial freedom) is not giving AF what people think
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JBacklund wrote:
Ok, so here's another sorta scooter-related question I have to ask....

If I'm both a 'Mod' and a 'Rocker', would I be a....'Mocker'????
Awesome stable you got there 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Next Mod Rocker rumble you gonna have to kick your own @$$ 😂😂
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Awesome stable you got there 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Next Mod Rocker rumble you gonna have to kick your own @$$ 😂😂
Yes, two Triumphs, two Royal Enfields, and the jewel of the fleet, my '20 GTS 300.

As for the @$$ kicking, it will be a well deserved one.
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Bill Dog wrote:
If you can't pass in a group ride what's the point in riding out at all.
The point is for everyone to finish the ride intact.
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JBacklund wrote:
Ok, so here's another sorta scooter-related question I have to ask....

If I'm both a 'Mod' and a 'Rocker', would I be a....'Mocker'????
Ask this guy: https://modernvespa.com/members/the_mocker
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umm
That's not actually a rideable scooter. You can tell, because it's a Lambretta.
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I liked it until I saw it had white walls.
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znomit wrote:
I liked it until I saw it had white walls.
That's the only thing about that bike that I liked, and it had me thinking once again, 'Say, where can I get a set of those for my GTS300?'
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umm
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Looks almost like it's covered in fungal growth!

A Last of Us Bretta!
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JBacklund wrote:
That's the only thing about that bike that I liked, and it had me thinking once again, 'Say, where can I get a set of those for my GTS300?'
Shinko makes them..
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baba12 wrote:
Shinko makes them..
Thanks for the source. I'll likely have a set of them on my GTS within a month.

A bit of a coincidence, actually, because I just bought a set of Shinko whitewalls for my wife's Triumph Speedmaster as a birthday present less than two weeks ago.

Ok, update!

Drum me out of the corps if you must, but a pair of Shinko whitewall tires are on the way.

This...ummm...'development', may influence my decision to use my GTS instead of my RE Interceptor 650 for the upcoming DGR ride on May 21.

Wife's new tires for her Triumph Speedmaster....
Tires
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Are things not going well in your relationship then ?

Shinkos are almost as bad as Savas, which are really bad. Sunny D kind of bad.

My advice is don't ride the bike in the wet after they are fitted.

Possibly in the dry also. Terrible tyres.
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Bill Dog wrote:
Are things not going well in your relationship then ?

Shinkos are almost as bad as Savas, which are really bad. Sunny D kind of bad.

My advice is don't ride the bike in the wet after they are fitted.

Possibly in the dry also. Terrible tyres.
Thanks for your assessment, but I guess we'll just have to find out how terrible they are on our own. I'll let you know how it works out.

Reviews are definitely mixed on this tire brand, most of the negative ones seem to involve heavier bikes like the Goldwing, while many others give them good reviews.

Neither of us deliberately ride in rain anymore, and with few exceptions, rarely ride outside our local area.

If the tires are truly dangerous, they'll be removed.

Shinko is a Japanese company, and manufacture their tires in South Korea. They make 200,000 tires per month.
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In the US back in the 1980's if you bought your wife a Jaguar it was a sign that the relationship was over because it was a fare bet that it would break down in the middle of nowhere and you'd never see her again.

In all seriousness I'd urge you to reconsider fitting those tyres because even though they may be South Korea's best I'll wager they are far worse than the ones that came with the bike from the factory.

I'm not sure why but pretty much all tyres with white walls have atrocious grip levels in the dry and diabolical grip in the wet, regardless of brand.

From the heart - Please don't substitute "style" over safety especially when the owner of the bike belongs to someone that you care about.

I once road an LML 125 on Shinkos with a white wall. Never again.
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Bill Dog wrote:
In the US back in the 1980's if you bought your wife a Jaguar it was a sign that the relationship was over because it was a fare bet that it would break down in the middle of nowhere and you'd never see her again.

In all seriousness I'd urge you to reconsider fitting those tyres because even though they may be South Korea's best I'll wager they are far worse than the ones that came with the bike from the factory.

I'm not sure why but pretty much all tyres with white walls have atrocious grip levels in the dry and diabolical grip in the wet, regardless of brand.

From the heart - Please don't substitute "style" over safety especially when the owner of the bike belongs to someone that you care about.

I once road an LML 125 on Shinkos with a white wall. Never again.
I thank you for your concern and recommendation, Bill, but the tires will be mounted, and if we determine that that are unsafe, we'll have them replaced immediately.

I've owned two Indian Chief motorcycles, and my wife had a 2011 Harley-Davidson Deluxe, all had Dunlop wide whitewalls and performed very well on those machines and were surprisingly durable. The only negative concerning them was the pain in the butt to keep them clean on a bike with those full valanced fenders.

If the Shinko tires I bought are as dangerous as you say they are, I cannot imagine that they would be DOT approved for road use in this country, and wouldn't be recalled en masse, and Shinko sued out of existence for producing and selling a flawed and dangerous product that directly causes accidents, injuries, and perhaps death.
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I didn't say they were dangerous. They just don't warm up or have any grip or feel.

Personal experience of course.

I'll leave it there.
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Bill Dog wrote:
I didn't say they were dangerous. They just don't warm up or have any grip or feel.

Personal experience of course.

I'll leave it there.
Understood.

Have a great day, Bill!
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Bill Dog wrote:
I've been tempted to support that ride in the past but there's something about riding in a suit with no protection from injury that's put me off.

Granted the speeds will be slower but you'll be riding with a bunch of people that you don't know.

I'll pass.
Easy enough to wear a protective base layer under your suit.

I'm not much on group rides though I do enjoy riding with my husband and/or a few (1-3) friends with compatible riding styles most of my riding is solo.
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To do that I'd have to buy a protective base layer. I'd rather just give the good cause the cash because it's a noble one.
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