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29-07-2016, 02:31 PM
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
(29-07-2016 01:55 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I lost my "need for speed" a long time ago.... Last really fast bike I had was a 88 Harley FXRP -- the police special -- stripped, re-piped and tweaked the intake and carburetor .... My ex ran it through 1/4 mile in just under 12 seconds...... top speed was just a fuzz under 120 mph...... Of course I out weighed her by about 75 lbs at the time so I didn't get quite as fast....

online,

Understood.

I have an honest respect for Harley's but haven't ridden one. Did have a ride out with a guy on a Harley sportster (me on a Hayabusa) and he put me through it on the twisties. I'm guessing you are in the USA and the only canyon ride I know over there is Mulholland?

Here in the UK we have mostly twisties and few straights on the back roads. The rice rockets are suited to that, and guys mostly boast about 'knee down' riding.

The bottom line for me is a revvy engine. just love playing on and off the cam. Others like torque, and I can see the point, but each to his/her own.

Good to meet you. Ride safe. Thumbsup

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29-07-2016, 03:40 PM
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I used to live in Marin County California -- in Pt Reyes Station (about 40 minutes north of SF) -- right on Highway 1..... Nuthin' but twisty turnies.... Smile

I had a couple of really good cornering bikes -- a 74 Norton 850 Commando (see avatar) -- and a stripped down 71 BSA 440 Victor -- with street slicks and straight pipe.......

It was a rush using the compression brake into corners - holding the throttle wide open, scraping knees - then releasing the CB as you came outta the turn..... ZOOOOM.....

Big fun (when you're 25 years old)....

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29-07-2016, 04:13 PM
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
(29-07-2016 03:40 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I used to live in Marin County California -- in Pt Reyes Station (about 40 minutes north of SF) -- right on Highway 1..... Nuthin' but twisty turnies.... Smile

I had a couple of really good cornering bikes -- a 74 Norton 850 Commando (see avatar) -- and a stripped down 71 BSA 440 Victor -- with street slicks and straight pipe.......

It was a rush using the compression brake into corners - holding the throttle wide open, scraping knees - then releasing the CB as you came outta the turn..... ZOOOOM.....

Big fun (when you're 25 years old)....

Smile

online,

Respect! The Norton Commando is an icon. Don't know the BSA but will Google. Its good to see the Brit iron making it in the US.

My claim to fame is a 1953 Triumph Thunderbird (rigid frame) aka the Brando image. Sold it for £10 and bought a Suzuki 6 speed, which was faster and nimbler. Hence the Jap takeover of British bikes.

These bikes were making 30-40 bhp. My recent Kwaki zx10r made 161 bhp at the back wheel on the dyno. A new R1 probly tops 200bhp. This makes motorcycling more akin to snowboarding.

Anyway, what do you have now, 2 wheels and 4 wheels? I'm interested.

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29-07-2016, 05:23 PM
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
I live in southern California, and have driven Mulholland many times. I sold my Harley (Sportster) in '72 not long before I joined the US Navy. There are plenty of canyons around here to appease your need to scrape your knees. Look up Big and Little Tujunga Canyons (these are really just fire roads with pavement; may have improved in the 40 years since I drove them last), San Francisquito Canyon Road (slid on some sand and went over the edge into a ravine on that one once), and Bouquet Canyon Road (gotten to be kind of hippy along there, too; they don't want anyone driving by). These are just some of the roads I used on back in the early '70s. Good times, but I'm not tempted to buy another motorcycle. Too many careless drivers, and my reflexes aren't what they used to be.
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29-07-2016, 05:32 PM
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(29-07-2016 01:10 PM)Dworkin Wrote:  
(29-07-2016 08:16 AM)Fireball Wrote:  Many years ago, I guy I knew had a 3-cylinder 350 Kawasaki. i knew they were peaky, so I was riding it along in first gear, slowly opening the throttle. At some RPM, it just took off, pulling a wheelie. I wasn't ready for it, and was hanging on the handlebars, trying to unscrew the throttle with my weight hanging from the handlebars. finally got it back on the ground before straining myself through a chain link fence. Being young and foolish, I thought, "Hey, that was fun!". So I tightened my grip on the seat, and did a few more across the parking lot. I got that out of my system with no bones sticking out, but it's been 45 years since I did that. Oh, to be young and immortal, again!

BoT, I like shooting, too. But I have so much on my plate that I haven't been in a few years. I'll have to rectify that, soon.

Fireball,

A 2/stroke in the power band is a thing made in heaven.

I like shooting too. Here in the UK we mostly make do with air rifles and crossbows cos of the gun laws. For powder burner we have to socialise in clubs, and then we can go to 22lr, 303 and more. I shoot 25yds and 50yds with a PCP rifle and that's good fun. The crossbow is a lethal b***** but most satisfying if you keep fingers out of the way. Thumbsup:

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Bolding mine. Yes, it was really fun, once I was prepared for it. Laugh out load

Interesting that a crossbow is allowed. I realize it's a slow fire thing, but it's far more lethal than say, a .22LR.

I'm curious about your handle. Are you a Roger Zelazny fan?
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29-07-2016, 06:20 PM (This post was last modified: 29-07-2016 06:29 PM by Dworkin.)
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
(29-07-2016 05:23 PM)Fireball Wrote:  I live in southern California, and have driven Mulholland many times. I sold my Harley (Sportster) in '72 not long before I joined the US Navy. There are plenty of canyons around here to appease your need to scrape your knees. Look up Big and Little Tujunga Canyons (these are really just fire roads with pavement; may have improved in the 40 years since I drove them last), San Francisquito Canyon Road (slid on some sand and went over the edge into a ravine on that one once), and Bouquet Canyon Road (gotten to be kind of hippy along there, too; they don't want anyone driving by). These are just some of the roads I used on back in the early '70s. Good times, but I'm not tempted to buy another motorcycle. Too many careless drivers, and my reflexes aren't what they used to be.

Hi Fireball,

I'm in England and ride the moors. Here is a thing. When I'm up there and come up behind a truck or a small van, they indicate and pull into the side just to let me pass. The cars rarely do it, but the working vans always do. Its a respect thing.

I do envy your canyons. Been watching car vids about the roads above SF and it looks good.

D.

PS - Don't know Roger Zelazny? Dworkin is an American philosopher, human rights I think. The crossbow is a Barnett, imported. It is blinkin lethal! I have a 2ft rubber backstop and it will go right through. On the range its good out to 40 - 50yds and still goes through the backstops. A killer for sure. Here in the UK we can have any power of crossbow with no licence.

Also have some rubber catapults which can put lead balls out to 60 yds. Amazing.
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29-07-2016, 06:23 PM
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When does a hobby or activity become a passion and then an obsession?

I ask because much of my life now revolves around fish; photographing, identifying, counting, tagging, collecting, teaching about them and even writing scientific papers about them. I seem to have a one track mind.

It all started in my teens watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. At 18 I became a certified SCUBA diver and for the next 30 years I dived whenever I could, mostly on weekends and on vacations. I started hauling around a camera underwater early on, in those days you had a 36 image roll of film and no idea if anything you were shooting was properly exposed until the film was developed. I threw away a lot of pics back then.

For a while I spear fished and luckily never had any close calls with the men in the gray suits. I eventually gave it up, mostly because I was seeing less and less large fish as the years went by, they were being hunted out. As SCUBA became more popular starting in the 80’s what had once been a handful of spear fishermen quickly became a horde.

Seven years ago I moved full time to the Florida Keys and in less than five years I had doubled the amount of dives I had amassed over the first thirty years! We bacame instructors and dive guides as well as USCG Captains for six-packs. By now the digital camera revolution was in full swing and I could take as many photos as my heart desired and all the while able to correct for exposure etc. on the fly.

Then three years ago I was contacted by a marine biologist from The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute asking of he could use one of my images for his fish ID website. This propelled my hobby into an obsession. How many individual species could I photograph? As I stockpiled photos I stumbled upon a paper written some 50 years ago by a UM graduate whose thesis had been on the fish of Alligator Reef, my backyard now. Incredibly enough I was able to reach him (now living in Australia) and met him when he came to visit his brother still living in south FLA. As our meeting came to an end he casually asked if we (my wife and I) would like to co-author a follow-up paper to his original! We jumped at the chance and three years later it is currently being peer reviewed for publication.

As we became experts on fish identification we volunteered with a non-profit marine education foundation and began teaching. We have been at it now for five years. This led to mentoring post-graduate student interns, teaching them ID, taking them out to the reef to collect specimens for their thesis and so on. In fact we just came in from helping one collect 30 Lionfish (Pterois volitans) today for a study she’s doing on prey items (stomach contents).

The photography has improved enough that in the last year I’ve sold images to three separate Natural History Museums in the US, something I’m very proud of.

Where will all this end I don’t know but to be honest it doesn’t matter, we love what we’re doing and are helping young, aspiring scientists in the meantime, contributing to science in our own small way.

So I ask again, when does a hobby or activity become a passion and then an obsession? I’m pretty sure I’ve crossed that line already. Big Grin

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29-07-2016, 07:56 PM
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
(29-07-2016 06:20 PM)Dworkin Wrote:  
(29-07-2016 05:23 PM)Fireball Wrote:  I live in southern California, and have driven Mulholland many times. I sold my Harley (Sportster) in '72 not long before I joined the US Navy. There are plenty of canyons around here to appease your need to scrape your knees. Look up Big and Little Tujunga Canyons (these are really just fire roads with pavement; may have improved in the 40 years since I drove them last), San Francisquito Canyon Road (slid on some sand and went over the edge into a ravine on that one once), and Bouquet Canyon Road (gotten to be kind of hippy along there, too; they don't want anyone driving by). These are just some of the roads I used on back in the early '70s. Good times, but I'm not tempted to buy another motorcycle. Too many careless drivers, and my reflexes aren't what they used to be.

Hi Fireball,

I'm in England and ride the moors. Here is a thing. When I'm up there and come up behind a truck or a small van, they indicate and pull into the side just to let me pass. The cars rarely do it, but the working vans always do. Its a respect thing.

I do envy your canyons. Been watching car vids about the roads above SF and it looks good.

D.

PS - Don't know Roger Zelazny? Dworkin is an American philosopher, human rights I think. The crossbow is a Barnett, imported. It is blinkin lethal! I have a 2ft rubber backstop and it will go right through. On the range its good out to 40 - 50yds and still goes through the backstops. A killer for sure. Here in the UK we can have any power of crossbow with no licence.

Also have some rubber catapults which can put lead balls out to 60 yds. Amazing.

Roger Zelazny is an American author. I have read his works extensively, really good, in my mind. He has a character named Dworkin who figures in about 10 of the books, so that is what I thought of first. Could have been that, or the philosopher.

One of the reasons I quit riding a motorcycle is because here in California people will look right at you and go into your lane while on the freeway, cut you off, etc. I have several friends and acquaintances who have been seriously hurt, crippled or killed in traffic around here, not by their own fault. I don't like riding with the level of paranoia that it takes to survive the Los Angeles freeways. That was in '72. It's only more crowded, now.
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30-07-2016, 02:54 AM
RE: What hobbies do you like to do?
(29-07-2016 07:56 PM)Fireball Wrote:  Roger Zelazny is an American author. I have read his works extensively, really good, in my mind. He has a character named Dworkin who figures in about 10 of the books, so that is what I thought of first. Could have been that, or the philosopher.

One of the reasons I quit riding a motorcycle is because here in California people will look right at you and go into your lane while on the freeway, cut you off, etc. I have several friends and acquaintances who have been seriously hurt, crippled or killed in traffic around here, not by their own fault. I don't like riding with the level of paranoia that it takes to survive the Los Angeles freeways. That was in '72. It's only more crowded, now.

Fireball,

Thanks for the info, always interested in a new read. Smile

Aaah, I get it with the freeways. We don't have that here. Overtaking on a three or four lane motorway is done in the faster lane; very bad form to overtake on the inside (slower) lane unless crawling in a jam. I still don't like motorways though, as they are busy here too.

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30-07-2016, 03:03 AM
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Hi,

If anyone is interested, these are pics of my helmet and bike after the big smash. Sadcryface

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