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Just remember that the obstacles (cages) ARE moving, though barely... and they do it unpredictably.
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I think the special interest group he and I belong to is "Motorcyclist." Perhaps you've heard of it. As for the rest of the politi-crap, we all know California is as liberal as they get and they continually screw us on restrictions(us being the entire country- think not? Check out the catalytic converter on your car). Furthermore, if you've followed MO halfway closely over the past few months you've noticed more than one Democratic land-grab which has taken away riding areas or restricted what can be done with future riding areas. I say that we, the motorcycling community, need to start speaking out before we're all riding Aprilia scooters on the tracks(not that there's anything wrong with that).
Scare pop'n! Far gone vittles, man!

It makes perfect sense! Not gone for hate, but all squirrley with love!

****head f*&^%wit, all! Not far, not fat, not ball with South Moorpark boulevard! I like ALL cheeses, dig?

As far as "cottoning" goes, well, we all prefer the poly blends. But not you! Cager? Cager? I'll not swim in that blue lake, Swami!
W's reply...

My opponent is illegitamted the fax, here. It's all about our basical differences in philosphizing.

If my daddy's cronies can pin down Florida for me, I will make sure every motorcyclist has enough crude oil from my personal stash of crude. Please measure it ack-er-itley.You can ride all over whatever you want, 'cuz Daddy an' Uncle **** said I should say that.

They say I'll be the cheif ex-ecutive, but shoot! I already ex-ecuted lots of people! I hope I can ex-ecute lots more!
style vs. substance

Proficient Motorcycling may not be a worthy addition to every motorcyclist's library, but is probably suitable for most. In the review, I find it interesting that the ability to pull wheelies, stoppies, etc. are set out as a sort of standard of how good a rider is. It's pretty well known that the flashy stuff like that, whether it's in the street or the dirt, doesnt not necessarily equate to how good, i.e. fast a rider is. Of course, pulling wheelies and stoppies and burnouts is hella fun, so I'm all for them, but a steady, proficient rider, especially in the real world, wins in the race between style and substance.
Re: W's reply...

Gosh'n'golly, y'all NEVER can ex-e-cayute them fas' enough!
Re: style vs. substance

Although I agree with what you said, (impressive)stoppieing, wheelieing, and burning-out are hard to do because they require a good understanding of clutch, throttle, and brake control.

I think every rider should practice stoppies just to find the limits of your front brakes- most riders are scared of using them too hard, which has saved me at least once on the street.
Not having read the book...YET...but judging by your review, it seems like a good bet. Anything that makes a rider take a second look at his skills can only be good. I hope there is a lot of incentive in the text to encourage keeping HIGH performance riding off the street. BTW, from many other responses, it's easy to see why they're anonymous.
Sounds like a good read.

Even after riding for 14 years, there is always something to be learned, and anyone who thinks they know all shoud be so lucky as to not cause/be in an accident. I'll be picking this book up for my little brother, who's new to riding (seca), and borrowing it when he's done.

As for these boards always degrading into name calling.. wow.. I'm impressed with the "anon. squids" who haven't registered, but post their backwards assed opinions anyway. My name is Dave.

I live in Salt Lake City. Politics and motorcycle safety books go together like ducati riders and lynyrd skynyrd.
Most, if not all, of the material has appeared in Hough's columns in "Motorcycle Consumer News". Of course that may not matter to folks who do not subscribe to MCN; as it happens, I do subscribe, and I find the columns to be a consistent high in that magazine.

I'm only human, and I don't always agree with the rating criteria in MCN. Well, I don't always agree with Hough, either, but most of the time he makes perfectly good sense. There are times I've found myself thinking "Why didn't I think of that?" That's despite being an experienced motorcyclist, assuming 40 years makes me experienced, that is.

There's always something new to learn, and Hough does a fine job of teaching it. Get the book, it may not be perfect but it's hard to imagine a rider who couldn't benefit from what it says.
Unfortunately I cannot watch any television since i suffrer from ADD

Uh, how does ADD stop you from watching television? Hell, I'm AD and I've watched way too much television in my 33 years. Seriously, I'm wondering what the mechanism is that stops you from watching tv - I haven't heard of that before.
Some REAL Bush quotes...

Since we're making up Gore quotes, how's about some REAL Shrub quotes? I wish I was funny enough to write this ...

Be careful what you wish for, dittoheads, you might actually get it. All of this is from

"The fundamental question is: 'Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective."

--George W. Bush sounds less than confident, making this statement in Wayne, Mich.

(Quote is from the New York Times, 7/28/99)

"Uh, I support winning."

--George W. Bush takes a bold stand when asked for his position on U.S. involvement in Kosovo. He added: "And, uh, the strategy must ... America should be slow to engage military, but once we engage, we must do so to win."

(Quote is from CNN, 4/7/99)

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"

--George W. Bush asks a provocative, if not bizarre, question.

(Quote is from a Bush statement in Concord, N.H. on 1/29/00)

"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself."

--George W. Bush puts an interesting twist on Jesus Christ's proverb: "Love thy neighbor."

(Quote is from the Financial Times)

"I understand small business growth. I was one."

--George W. Bush reveals the depth of his identity crisis. Bush's oil business failed, and the only successful business that Bush had could hardly be called "small." It was his ownership stake in a major league baseball team, the Texas Rangers. After the team's value was enhanced by a taxpayer-financed stadium, Bush sold his stake.

(Quote is from the New York Daily News, 2/19/00)

"As you know, I hope I'm not here to have to deal with it."

-- George W. Bush responds to reports of a $750 million state budget shortfall in Texas. He can't keep his own state budget balanced in a time of economic prosperity, but now he wants the power to oversee the federal budget.

(Quote is from the Dallas Morning News, 7/13/00)
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Re: Some REAL Bush quotes...

You're absolutely right- I say all kinds of wacky things I later regret. Then again, I'm not PRESIDENT OF THE 3RD MOST POPULOUS STATE AND FAVORED CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE FREAKIN' UNITED STATES!!!!!!

But hey, Ventura makes Bush look like Abraham Lincoln, so what can I say.
God Damn Ferriners!

Bunch of commies tellin' me what to do!!! Next thing, you'll be wantin to take my guns, and steaks, and then you'll turn my son gay!!!!

You keep yer governement off of my body! (Except when it comes to abortion!) If I want to ride the most powerful sportbike in the universe, with no training at all, that's my God-given right as an amurrukan! As long as I've got the money,(or credit) what do you care!

I'm gonna kick yer ass!
Re: style vs. substance

You may read "fast" as "efficient" or even "proficient" in my original post. My own experience with going fast has nothing to do with impressing other people -- that's for the wheelie, stoppie in public crowd -- it has to do with pusing my self and my skills to the limit, always in situations where others are not threatened, i.e. quiet backroads. Part of the art of motorcycling is learning how to color within the lines, and knowing when you can go outside of them.

Now maybe they'll stay there!
FrankS wrote:

>Most, if not all, of the material has appeared

>in Hough's columns in "Motorcycle Consumer News".

>There are times I've found myself thinking "Why

>didn't I think of that?" That's despite being an

>experienced motorcyclist, assuming 40 years

>makes me experienced, that is.

Maybe it's just me, but I have to force myself to read through Hough's column. My reaction to most of his columns isn't "Why didn't I think of that?" but rather "Err, isn't that rather obvious?"

Most of his advice seems to be based on "common sense". The funny thing is that it sure doesn't seem to be very common...

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