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by siobhan
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

JHScoot, THANK YOU Image The finish looks really nice. I hope I don't fall in love with the baby Duke.
by siobhan
Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

Hey Siobhan, if you're going to the Saturday show in NY, pass by the Yammy exhibit and keep an eye out for a 6-foot nun with a mustache and size 11 engineer boots. I'm working the guilt-trip angle to get them to donate an SR400 to the Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Penury. Will do Charlie! I'm pr...
by siobhan
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4216

I just wanted to share this picture from my 4 days of riding a rented Weestrom out in Oregon (which is the most unbelievable riding place I think I've been in the US so far). How a sadist designs a bridge. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5602/15025426793_b152025929_c.jpg BTW, the trick for steel deck...
by siobhan
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Honda adventure bike revealed at EICMA. It's automatic!
Replies: 7
Views: 3510

I had to ride a friend's Husaberg with a Rekluse when he crashed into a tree and was taken to hospital. Took some getting used to. The next big step are the electric bikes. All torque, no shifting, no noise. Ride the powerlines all you want without a neighbor hearing a thing. I agree that Honda brou...
by siobhan
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

http://scramblerducati.com/en Click on the orange box with three lines in the upper left corner to see each model in detail. That's the Full Throttle you posted. LOOK at that exhaust. Swoon. Accessories will show you the high exhaust available. I think Ducati have hit it out of the park with this d...
by siobhan
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

Syd, thanks dude! The Ducati Scramblers are all the same platform (803cc air-cooled Monster engine). There are four versions with tweaks (different seats, different pipes like the Termignoni on the Full Throttle version...sigh, different fenders, blah blah). The Icon was out front & center becau...
by siobhan
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Honda adventure bike revealed at EICMA. It's automatic!
Replies: 7
Views: 3510

Is there anyone in the ADV community salivating for an automatic :?: Honda leaked the remake of the Africa Twin a while ago. Will it make it to the States? I think yes as right now, Honda has nothing for that market, and that's the market that's selling (and growing). We ALL want a kick-ass ADV bike...
by siobhan
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

Thanks JHScoot!

I'm just being antsy as the NYC show isn't until mid-December. But if Ducati has all four models of the Scrambler at San Mateo, they will most likely have them in New York. And they're releasing a high pipe. Gaaaah. How much is this thing going to cost me :shock:
by siobhan
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

Nobody going to San Mateo or Long Beach?
by siobhan
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?
Replies: 18
Views: 4119

International Motorcycle Shows -- west coasters going?

Hey guys, any of you going to San Mateo, Phoenix, Long Beach or Seattle shows? If so, can you please post up what versions of the Ducati scramblers are there? Pretty please? Pictures would be even better :) I've actually taken the plunge and put a deposit in on the Enduro version, and I really want ...
by siobhan
Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got new battery. Buddy still won't start. Just clicks.
Replies: 10
Views: 1691

If it's the starter, try this before replacing.
topic27970.html
My Buddy has been starting with no issues since I sandpapered the starter.
by siobhan
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150 dead starter -- how to save some dough
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Baby Duke is still not yet available in the US. Latest I heard was April/May 2015 with no price. I'm currently thinking, pick up a used Husqvarna TE310 (because I blew up yet another Suzuki, this time a DR350) and get the new Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro edition or a KTM 690 Duke as a bigger, more ...
by siobhan
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150 dead starter -- how to save some dough
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Buddy 150 dead starter -- how to save some dough

I don't treat my 2008 St. Tropez Buddy 150 very well. It's abused, ridden hard, forced to go out in the snow and blazing heat, and basically, looks like shite. But it tends to always start. Last week he would make a whirring sound in the morning, a couple of kicks on the f'd up kickstarter (which ne...
by siobhan
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choosing the right helmet: half, 3/4 or full face?
Replies: 17
Views: 5111

For the complete nerds, the Brits have a website that reviews helmet safety: SHARP
http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/

As for modulars, I've converted and will never go back. I'm in love with my Caberg Duke which received a 5 star rating from SHARP. The Tourmax will be my next helmet.

Edit: 205'd!
by siobhan
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choosing the right helmet: half, 3/4 or full face?
Replies: 17
Views: 5111

I'm an MSF instructor in my state as well as a full-face helmet wearer, so take this with a grain of salt. You can wear whatever you like, but it's good to have facts upon which to base your decision. This is from a very old study done in Germany http://www.motorcyclecrashhelmets1.com/wp-content/upl...
by siobhan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: siobhan, need another Rabbit?
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Haha, thanks Syd. That's an original, non-US color. Pretty hawt in the purple. It's not easy to register a bike from Canada in the US. I would love to have a DR Big (Suzuki DR750), but have yet to figure out how to do it. I sold a Karmann Ghia to a guy from Toronto who drove it home from little Rhod...
by siobhan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ski Jacket good for winter riding?
Replies: 24
Views: 4770

I'm just down the street from you in Providence, ride all year, and have a similar commute to yours (4 miles, city traffic). I wear a Patagonia Nano Puff jacket (Primaloft insulation, wind resistant) under a waterproof, Gore-Tex armored motorcycle jacket, and that keeps me warm enough, even on those...
by siobhan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: snow riding
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

I ride all year, including in the snow, in New England. It can be done, all you naysayers :) https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/12210988155_198cfdc9a9_c.jpg You're in Maryland; you don't get a lot of snow, or at least it doesn't stick around for long (yes, yes, I know the last two winters were weir...
by siobhan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just bought a 2009 Buddy 125. Have some questions...
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Tires -- save yourself some dough Can't go wrong with Michelin S1 or Continental Zippy. About $10-15 cheaper per tire than the Heidenau, and they last longer due to harder compound. I prefer the S1 but that's 'cos I like the profile better than the Conti. There's also no reason to change the front t...
by siobhan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Riding pants that I can wear to work
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

As a daily, all-year commuter, I highly recommend overpants. Easy on, easy off, wear whatever you want underneath (pants, dress, skirt, shorts, leggings, maybe even nothing at all!). I don't get why folks bother wearing pants for abrasion but not impact. I suppose you could always strap good knee ar...
by siobhan
Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Official windshield discussion: Spew your opinions here!
Replies: 24
Views: 1588

I ride with a large windshield in the winter because it's so much warmer than without (it gets cold in New England). It's very tall as I have to look through it, which I don't like, especially when it's raining. I find it very difficult to see through both a face shield and windshield in the rain. I...
by siobhan
Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Summer Riding Gear
Replies: 19
Views: 2035

Syd wrote::+!: What siobhan said (Key West to RI without mesh? I'm so sorry).
It made sense in the mountains of NC, my beloved WV, and PA, NY, CT and RI. Coooool and rainy.

Water water water water water water water water. Hydrate.
by siobhan
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Summer Riding Gear
Replies: 19
Views: 2035

Mesh gear and hydration. I still wear a jacket and pants (Olympia Airglide), motorcycle boots (BMW Air), gloves (A* mesh) and a helmet in the summer (just south of you). Keep moving. Soak a bandana or Buff in cold water and wear it on your neck. If it's a joyride, soak your shirt in cold water. I ju...
by siobhan
Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Insurance (boston)
Replies: 11
Views: 1824

My Progressive policy is quite reasonable (they do limit the total number so I have two policies), and includes full theft coverage. I live in the crappiest neighborhood in Providence (insurance goes by zip code). I had the Buddy and a motorcycle stolen at the same time (Buddy recovered in neighbor'...
by siobhan
Tue May 06, 2014 2:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: (NBR) I Succumbed to the Scooter Succubus
Replies: 14
Views: 1646

Lammy Jammy is this July in Boston!

http://www.lambrettaclubusa.net/index.p ... lete-info/

And welcome to the club. Get ready to push it like you stole it ;)
by siobhan
Tue May 06, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Egg crate-how to mount
Replies: 12
Views: 1566

Here's my write-up from a long time ago: http://www.cocktailsatfive.com/scoots/milkcrate/ Eventually the plastic lattice on the bottom cracks and you have to get a different crate. I think I probably went through 5 or 6 crates (on an 2008 Buddy), but that includes absolute abuse. Overloading the cra...
by siobhan
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Add armor to parka?
Replies: 3
Views: 802

There are all kinds of different armor, so pick the coverage you like. I personally like the Rukka air stuff because it's super-lightweight. I'm unconvinced on the D3O stuff because it's stiff when it's cold. If you only ride when it's relatively warm, you should give it a good look. CE EN-1 is a lo...
by siobhan
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you fly a flag on your scooter? Why or why not?
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

ADV represent!
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and on Paddy's Day, I always ride with a tricolour
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by siobhan
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm Out of the Cannonball
Replies: 24
Views: 2455

For an adventure similar to that kind of money (after flights), I suggest the Postie Bike Challenge!

http://www.postiebikechallenge.org/index.htm
by siobhan
Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Summoning some MB mojo
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Hey charlie, I taught 3 ranges this weekend, and every part of my body aches. I've had students who are doing ok all day long, but as soon as the clipboard comes out, they forget everything they've been doing. I try to hide it and not make a big deal so it sorta feels just like the rest of the day, ...
by siobhan
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR] Travelling to Boston
Replies: 12
Views: 1533

Yeah, we are definitely wanting to drive up the coast to Portland. We plan on spending a whole day on our trip there starting early, so the more scenic the drive, the better. Try to stop in Portsmouth, NH. It's adorable. Portland, ME is also rocking. Route 1 can be mind-numbing so remember you can ...
by siobhan
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR] Travelling to Boston
Replies: 12
Views: 1533

If you like architecture, you may want to consider a drive down to Providence or Newport. The mansions in Newport will blow your mind (really, 12 fireplaces and this was a summer home?!) and well, Providence, we have Benefit Street, the longest contiguous district of preserved 18th and early 19th ce...
by siobhan
Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: (NSR) Ridley Motorcycles
Replies: 26
Views: 3222

chloefpuff wrote:OK, bought a Hondamatic this weekend. $1350.

Here it is as advertised with the world's ugliest fairing.
No shit, that's awesome! And I gotta say, that fairing is also pure awesome in an "only in the 80's" kinda way. Throw some camping gear on that thing and watch out UP!
by siobhan
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: (NSR) Ridley Motorcycles
Replies: 26
Views: 3222

Boy, that's over 30 years old... yeah, but it's cheap. So the money you save, you hand over to a grizzled old mechanic to take care of it. Seriously, it's EASY to take care of, and any decent moto mechanic can handle a carb'd Honda. The NC700 is a nice bike (albeit gutless), but I think it's gonna ...
by siobhan
Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: (NSR) Ridley Motorcycles
Replies: 26
Views: 3222

Have you considered a Honda CM400A, the 80's automatic? They're cheap because a lot of people don't want 'em (they want to clutch). Don't be afraid of old as they're easy to keep running.

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/mcy/4383227956.html
by siobhan
Fri May 17, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Girls don't like my shad
Replies: 20
Views: 1919

My boss mentioned I'll need a place for the ladies to put their purse, so I think the front black metal basket is going on for that function alone. Maybe a cargo net over the top. Yeah! A cargo net is a MUST if using a front basket. Don't ask me how I know :oops: I eventually removed the basket. It...
by siobhan
Fri May 17, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My new (not quite) Unicorn Cruiser! Edit-with Ride Report
Replies: 73
Views: 5070

Congrats and welcome to the house of Honda ! I cannot believe that mileage...so sad. Let wild horses run! I think the Helix and the Elite 250 have the same tire sizes (4.00-10). If so, there's only one tire readily available--the Bridgestone Molas (ML16 and ML17). They're expensive but really, reall...
by siobhan
Fri May 17, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two New Honda Scoots =]
Replies: 55
Views: 7806

I give up... OP is an a$$
by siobhan
Thu May 16, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two New Honda Scoots =]
Replies: 55
Views: 7806

I was a conference yesterday, and upon walking through the door late last night after a long day of talking with strangers about work crap, the boyfriend walks up to me with the iPad open to a picture of the Grom (in Honda red). Oh my, swoon. What fun. For those who don't get it, or say, just get a ...
by siobhan
Tue May 14, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: need some scooter camping advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1069

easy, I see you got a sleeping pad already. I hope it's comfortable. I'm of the school of buy the nicest, most comfy, most compact pad you can, and you'll sleep like a baby regardless of your sleeping bag, tent, etc. As for pillows, if there's a KMart nearby, check out the pillow section. They sell ...
by siobhan
Sun May 12, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beyond the Ninjette: More small motorcycles
Replies: 140
Views: 16988

So, the 390 Duke is coming to the USA! Here is a riding impression from MotorcycleDaily.com and here is a little more KTM pron for siobhan. :wink: I've been talking with the KTM contact at my local shop about the 390, trying to get a release date. He still has no news...he was thinking in July they...
by siobhan
Fri May 10, 2013 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] Mysterious abandoned vintage Lambretta. What to do?
Replies: 27
Views: 3106

if trying to register in CA, you have to pay back reg. Register it in Vermont and then roll it over to CA, solution solved (perhaps, check with your local DMV). Just make sure the VIN checks out as not stolen. I've registered plenty of under 300cc bikes in VT with bill of sale. http://dmv.vermont.go...
by siobhan
Wed May 01, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retirement Scooter Recommendations for My Wife??
Replies: 51
Views: 4571

Please take pictures! I'd love to see the look on her face...I think you're awesome! How thoughtful.
by siobhan
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who's Crashed? [Crash Reports]
Replies: 1752
Views: 157397

Tape the little toe to its neighbor for a few days. I broke my left pinky toe when I was running upstairs to use the bathroom during the 2007 Rugby World Cup (rugby doesn't have breaks except at halftime). I couldn't believe how much it hurt, and I hate to tell you, still does, especially in cold we...
by siobhan
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rear view mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 804

there are a ton of mirror threads...here's mine when I was looking to change to non-stock (some pics as well).

www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20463
by siobhan
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally nice weather coming to Chicago area- how about by U?
Replies: 19
Views: 1785

warm weathah is here! Camp & Ride this weekend...looks like it's gonna be a huge crowd...bring it!
by siobhan
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recommendation for really tough riding pants?
Replies: 34
Views: 5831

hey peabody, I did a review a little while ago on the Rukka Focus pants. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=869475 They do not have venting and may be hot in stop & go summer traffic. I haven't had them in the summer yet. I do find mesh pants too cold, even when it's in the upper 70s/lo...
by siobhan
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is the Stella the Mini Cooper of Scooters? Buddy the Mazda3?
Replies: 33
Views: 3001

Vespa P = Volvo 240

I laughed out loud at the Buddy/Fit correlation. For once in my life I'm not an outlier :)
by siobhan
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sell or Keep?
Replies: 13
Views: 1903

Firstly, congrats on going to Cal for grad school. That's no mean feat to attend such a prestigious university. My two cents is to sell the 50cc. The weather is so freakin' nice out there, and grad school can be so incredibly stressful, you may find yourself wanting to get away from it all and go on...
by siobhan
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stolen: White Buddy 125cc San Francisco
Replies: 18
Views: 2857

Update! Just wanted to let everyone know that my scooter was recovered on 4/13/13! No idea what to do next. The insurance company has already paid me for the scooter and now I have papers asking for a release and $140 in tow fees. Ugh! If you were paid out on the scoot, the insurance company legall...