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mangosmoothie

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  1. I chose not to vote since I'm not really "active" here anymore and just pop in time to time to say hi. Some of the reasons I don't like FB groups 1. You can't create threads by a simple title. You have to just post what you want. This would make it hard to keep dates in line for ride posts. 2. You can't have separate sections like we have here with new rider intro, 2wheel deals, etc. everything goes in one spot. The only way around this I see are pinned comments for the sections. Example: "Post your 2 wheel deal links as a comment to this". If someone posted a ride, it could get buried under posts from different topics. 3. It's very hard to search the group for a past thread you want to re-visit, or if you're just searching for something. Searching forums isn't always easy, but you can always do a google search with site:stlar.com (or whatever the forum name is) to contain all searches to that site. I've had great success searching several forums this way. With facebook, you can't really search this way. You can't click on someones profile and see all their started posts and comments within the group. 4. you can't do things like show unread content (that I'm aware of) Some of the reasons I do like FB groups 1. It's accessible, and may boost activity. (With that said, FB shows member count in the group as well as new posts per day/week/month depending on how active it is. People probably aren't going to join a group that isn't active with at least a few posts a week) 2. free I really don't see much advantage to moving over to fb besides cost. Long time members without facebook won't be in the loop and it's pretty much objectively worse as far as organization
  2. I came to stlar in spring 2013 as a freshman in college. I had my 1995 EX500 Ninja. I learned so much about friendship, riding, and bike maintenance from all of you. I bought a speed triple that was out of my league shortly after joining. Thanks to the members of this group, I was able to maintain and safely ride it. If I'm being honest, I did not like or enjoy my time at school. I had some dark feeling times. I didn't like most of my peers, and I didn't care for STL city. I never felt like I fit in or shared interest. This (STLAR) was my home. You were my second family. I've had numerous people in this group go above and beyond for me. Today I received news I passed my North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). It's the board exam for pharmacists. Several times I wondered how I would ever make it this far. You guys and gals rooted for me and believed in me from the start. There were several times I doubted myself. There were nights I couldn't sleep, and wondered how/if I was even going to make it through school. STLAR was my getaway. Talking on the site, making rides on the weekend, it was my escape. I was pissed off my Triumph left me stranded on the way to Bixby but I got a tow home, and a garage to store my bike in thanks to this group. I even got help fixing it up. I was pissed off we got tickets in Hardin IL, but I laugh about it now. There are random meaningless parts from several rides that I remember vividly. Thank you to every single one of you that interacted with me, and made these memories with me. There are no groups that can replace you. I still plan to return once in a while, and make some non-member rides. Really, I wanted to extend my gratitude for STLAR's hospitality. I learned so much about my riding, my bikes, the meaning of friend's, and myself. Thank you.
  3. Dang! I'm coming back to STL on Saturday, but I don't think I'll be able to bring the bike
  4. After my short day on it, I think you made the right choice. I liked the Bonnie, but I didn't love it. It didn't really do anything well. The motor was a bit lazy. It wasn't super torquey but it also didn't really want to rev. I think redline is 7k. It felt like it was restricted. I wish the Thruxton or Speed Twin were in stock. I think the extra ~20 hp and couple hundered more rpms from the hotter cams and tuning those have would make an appreciable difference. The brakes also seemed lacking, but who knows the maintenance these get. Never got on anything twisty so I have no idea how it handles, but it didn't feel super flickable. Seems like it'd be a good motorcycle for someone that wanted something very easy and relaxing to ride, and didn't care much about power.
  5. Had a good time on a T120 bonneville around Oahu. Great bike for it. Was planning on a Harley Fat Bob but it was gone, as was the Thurxton R. No regrets though. Weather wad beautiful and I think the bonneville was the better bike for the loop. Still might try a fat bob if I can book it
  6. Lol. I actually did "finish" it. It made me feel like I was going to die Power wheelied 1st 2nd and 3rd when it came on the pipe. I rode it to school frequently. It was an awesome contraption, albeit terrifying. Before I moved back to KY I sold the engine and some other bits, and scrapped the rest. Wish I could have kept it but I'd get the cops called on me constantly in my subdivision if I tried to ride it around here. Neighbors wouldn't take kindly to a 2 stroke screamer ripping through our subdivision . I actually had the cops called on me a few times for riding a 50cc honda scooter "too fast" once or twice. So rest in piece. This DID make me want a 2 stroke bike of some sort. And brought back fond memories of an old Yamaha Blaster quad I used to have. Video clip below https://i.imgur.com/jET8owc.mp4
  7. Yeah I'm on the FJ forums. And I'm also less than thrilled with A* I've only heard good things about HELD, will look into those. Anyone use KLIM, HELD, or REV'IT before? Also seeing a lot of those offerings.
  8. Hey guys, Need some new gloves for cooler days/rain. I had some Alpinestar apex drystar, but they're nearing the end. They really aren't waterproof, they're impossible to put on once they're wet, they're falling apart on the index finger, they fit horribly. I have small hands and wear a size small. These are like a Large glove with a small size inner liner. So the fingers just don't fit. So the real requirements are waterproof, and warm (like able to ride down to 50*). What suggestions do you have?
  9. I have an EXO R2000. Was one of my favorite helmets. I didn't find it to be that loud. I really liked the air bladder. Some people think it's a gimmick but I actually used it.
  10. I'm a 34. I'll take it if you still have it, would definitely use it.
  11. I used ben capshaw when I got a ticket a year or two ago. Went from mandatory court appearance to a parking ticket. so that was nice.
  12. I feel the same way about my speed triple. Its outdated compared to the fj, but still more capable in certain aspects. I also think the Triumph has a soul that the fj lacks.
  13. Transition shields for bell and shoei are nice. I wish more helmets had the transition shield option. The icon does not have snell approval. Im not sure if its because they didnt test it, or it failed. Im going to assume they didn't test. It meets ece and sai. Mcra only requires ece, dot, bsi, or snell. Snell guidelines are weird. I thought they were "stricter" but that didnt necessarily mean more likely to survive.
  14. As some of you know, I worked at CycleGear for a short time. During my time there, I had exposure to quite a lot of helmets. I never rode with them, but I tried a lot on, checked out the fit/finish, quality of materials, etc. I never was a huge fan of ICON helmets, or gear. seemed to be for the sreetfighter/stunter crowd with the designs. I saw a couple variants while I worked and they seemed fine for what they were. Their newest flagship line is the airframe pro. The brozak color scheme caught my eye. It was time for a new helmet soon, so I threw it on my christmas list. Well... santa delivered. Except it was backordered until recently. Quality of materials - outstanding. The liner feels as good as the Shoei's and Arai's I had experience with with. The D rings are anodized matte red. The little button that buttons the strap excess is metal. The finish of the helmet is flawless. I can't say how durable it is yet. It does appear to have a clear coat type of coating. So I don't anticipate rock chips destroying the graphic. This is one of the lightest helmets on the market. I believe the airframe carbon is the lightest helmet on the market. Mine is the composite shell. Speaking of shells, they use 4 different size shells across the size range. This is a good thing, and most high end helmets offer 3-5 shell sizes across the line. The shield is held shut by that metal pin. It creates a very tight seal. If you want to leave the visor cracked, it seems to stay pretty well at the first click. Otherwise you can rest it against the peg and it will stay cracked. Venting - outstanding. This is the best ventilated helmet I've ever used. I'll attach another pic of the top outside vents. They're massive. There is also a distinct difference with the chin vent open vs shut Noise - Not so good. It's loud. But wear earplugs and it doesn't matter Wind - No buffeting. Very clean air. Comfort - I wear a size small according to the chart. It fits awesome. Usually helmets cause a hot spot on my head until either I get used to it or they break in. Not this one. A little tighter on the cheeks than I'm used to but still comfortable. It fits great. It seems like there is a little space above my head which prevents hot spots and allows ventilation. I also dig the cutout on the back. It allows for free head movement with gear on and in the tucked position. Other notes - field of vision is huge Based on my experience with this helmet so far, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the airframe pro. I would put these helmets right with Shoei and Arai based on my experience this far. ICON has come a long way.
  15. If I'm not there don't wait for me. Last minute decision if I'm going
  16. Ooooohhhh. I thought that was a pic of the dragon. LOL
  17. I'm going there this weekend in the car I'll grab some pics for you ;)
  18. I never see 1st gen R6's in this condition. Beautiful bike
  19. At least you can make 350 on your stock turbo.
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