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Rider Profile: Panda (Lurker)

Rider Profile: Panda (Lurker)
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Motorcycle(s):   2003 EX250-F17, 2001 Honda CBR 600F4i
Riding Since:   July 09, 2006
Location:   Sherman Oaks, CA
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Started on used bike at 7444 miles.

Traveled so far:
5229 miles (EX-250)
4503 miles (CBR 600 F4i)

Days ridden: 64

Longest trip: 1289 miles in 2 days up the coast of California and back to L.A.

Dropped bike (EX-250): 3 times (July 20, 2006 while practicing figure 8's, scratching right exhaust, front brake lever, right turn signal, and breaking off all the amber plastic covering the turn signal bulb. Foot brake lever slightly bent inward. July 21, 2006, practicing U-turns in the same parking lot, ended up flooding the engine with this drop on the left side - broke off the amber plastic on the other turn signal. Now I have matching broken turn signal covers.) - August 12, 2006, fixed the turn signals as part of 10k service at shop.

Dropped Bike (CBR 600 F4i): Once on a right turn out of a parking lot, 4 days after getting it. How embarassing.

Crashed Bike (CBR 600 F4i): October 8, 2006. Absent minded false neutral shift while intending 1st gear, followed by making the mistake of shifting down into 1st instead of going up to 2nd or 3rd. Locked the rear wheel, induced a tankslapper/violent wobble that wouldn't calm down, and fell/flew off the left side of the bike. Got very lucky with oncoming traffic on the left and the big 300-500 ft drop on my right. Managed to ride the bike home but it is damaged and really shouldn't be ridden until checked by a professional mechanic. (Gearshift assembly rubbing against chain, left mirror broken off.) Sprained right index finger, minor elbow scratch from chafing the inside of the jacket. The BMW armored textile gear (Commuter 3 jacket, Santiago pants, Pro-Touring Boots, roo-leather Pro-Race gloves) was awesome. However, it would not be great at freeway speeds compared to race grade armored leathers. Never ride without armor, it 'floats' your body above the ground a bit and takes a lot of the sting out of hard bony parts like elbows, shoulders, and hips striking the pavement. Damage will be expensive to fix but I don't want to give up this bike. Lucky lucky lucky lucky....

Oil changes: July 16, 2006 (oil only, no filter, filter bolt too tight), August 12, 2006 (oil and filter by shop during 10k checkup, they overfilled it).

Dragging the rear brake during sustained slow speed practice can make the rear brake stop working temporarily. I gave it a day to cool off and it was working normally the next evening.

Recommended Reading/Viewing:
1. Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough
2. Ride Like A Pro IV (DVD) by Jerry Palladino
3. Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch (currently reading)
4. Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way by Reg Pridmore (currently reading)
5. More Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough (currently reading)

Recommended equipment:
1. RKA 23 liter magnetic tankbag (I'm trying to use only the tankbag, I don't want any more luggage on the bike, I want to travel light.)
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Last Updated December 30, 2006