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  1. Welcome to STLAR. The following links are provided as a focal point to the philosophy, techniques, and general guidelines we as STLAR members generally prefer on our rides, events, and within our activities. Much of this information did not necessarily originate from within the the ranks of STLAR, rather it has become adopted preference. Once again, Welcome! STLAR ride Guidelines How to ride backroads 101 Group riding hand signals 101 Factors which can contribute to a crash
  2. The latest patch for Invision Power Board has been applied, taking us to 4.1.19.4 Post here if you run across any issues.
  3. The request has been sent to IPS to perform the upgrade... It should occur within the next 10 days... It may be later today... it may be 10 days from now... they can't/won't say when.
  4. Minimum is 3... you and Ray are good-2-go.
  5. Try now.
  6. Click on your current name in the upper right hand corner of the screen... and from the drop down list select "My Settings" ... on the left hand side of the screen select "Display Name" and Enter your new display name in the box. You can do this 5 times each day... BUT DON'T ... you risk losing your account and don't get cute and change your name to someone else's display name... you'll screw up both accounts and the easy solution is to delete one of the offending accounts. Guess which one. I'll leave this feature turned on for now. If you are really concerned about doing this ... send Dog a PM and he'll do it for you.
  7. In the next 18 to 20 days IPS will perform an upgrade to this website from IPS version 3.4.8 to 4.1 of Invision Power Board. When this happens all the colors, special buttons, STLAR branding etc will disappear and it will take Dog a while to put it all back. The board should be operational to post etc. if all goes well. If all doesn't go well the board may be down for some time. The most important thing for you to know is that once the upgrade occurs... YOUR USERNAME WILL NO LONGER BE VALID... YOUR DISPLAY NAME WILL BECOME YOUR USERNAME. There are two things to do to improve your chances of retaining your identity on the board. Make your display name something with no spaces or special characters... so for example "Road Runner" should be changed to "Road_Runner" because when you try to login you'll need to login with "Road_Runner" So you should be changing your Display Name before the upgrade to something you can remember, something you like (cause you are going to have it forever) and it should have nothing but letters, numbers and underscores.. the use of dashes (-) or anything like !@#$%^&*() may or may not work. Make sure you have phone numbers, emails or other means of contact for your friends in case there is an outage so you can still communicate. May the force be with us.
  8. 1. staggered formation when slabbing, but when we are riding hard, I want my whole lane, and intend to use it, so single file por favor! 2. Inevitably, there are fast people and there are those who want to ride slower. Not a problem. Ride your own ride and wave faster folks past you on the straights, We will stop before turning to get the group back together, no one gets left behind. If you come to a stop sign after falling behind, and no one is there stopped, continue straight, it means we did not turn off. 3. If you feel you must make a pass of another rider, do it on a straight and not in a corner. This is not the track, and there are very few people I trust enough to allow to pass me in a curve, and those people know who they are. 4. Hand signals- If the leader gives a hand signal of any kind, do it as well your self to signal those behind you. I use Left turn, right turn, I pat towards the ground to slow down, If I tap my tail section it means to fall into single file and follow. If I pat my helmet it means cop sighted. If I point at my eyes it means you have a light out, if I point at my gas tank, it means I need fuel. If I put a foot out on either side, look where it is pointed- it means there is something in the road, some sort of debris. 5. Gas- if you need gas, pull alongside the rider ahead of you and point at your tank. Everyone should do this one at a time to let the leader know eventually that a fuel stop is needed. 6. Stunts - Sure, a little wheelie here and there is going to happen. Use your head though. If you are going to bust out a big old stand up, pull out in the other lane and do it, so you decrease the risk of hitting one of us. 7. Law Enforcement- We do not condone evading pursuit. We will not support your actions in doing this should you choose to do so. Personally, I will not share info with LEOs should I get pulled over and you decide to run, but do not expect me to take off with you. I feel that running is a bad choice, but it is ultimately, your choice. Keep in mind that it is a felony and you will go to jail if you are caught. AGAIN, WE DO NOT CONDONE EVADING LAW ENFORCEMENT!!! 8. Passing the leader- On a pre-scheduled group ride, do not pass the leader unless you have already discussed it and set it up to happen, or you are waved by. If you still decide that you have to pass, do not necessarily expect that the group will follow you. If you want to lead a group ride, simply call one out and schedule it. 9. Gear- Please wear your gear, dress for the crash. If you are riding on a ride I am leading, wear a helmet and jacket at a bare minimum. If you are unable to come up with the needed equipment, call or pm me, I have extra gear if needed. I pick up enough chunks of people when I am at work, I do not want to do it when I am at play unless I really have to. It is your personal choice of what gear you wear, but it is my personal choice as to whether or not I will ride with you. Don't dress for the ride, dress for the slide. STLAR, as a group, cannot emphasize enough that you need to ride at your own pace. Do not try to keep up if you are not comfortable and capable of doing so. We will not leave you behind. Our groups can be very diverse. Do not ever feel pressured to keep up. I want everyone to have fun and to do so at your own pace. No one will be left behind, no one will be ridiculed for the speed they choose to ride. Everyone has their own comfort level. Stay in it.
  9. http://www.ridemyown.com/articles/safety/handsignals.shtml Motorcycle hand signals are important for all riders to know and understand but especially when riding in a group. (When riding in a group the signals should be relayed back through the group.) START ENGINES With your right or left arm extended, move your index finger in a circular motion. LEFT TURN Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended. RIGHT TURN Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically. HAZARD LEFT Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard. HAZARD RIGHT A Extend your right arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard. HAZARD RIGHT B Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your elbow bent to 90 degrees and point towards the hazard over your helmet. SPEED UP Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up. SLOW DOWN Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down. STOP Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward. SINGLE FILE Position your left hand over your helmet with your fingers extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons. STAGGERED or SIDE-BY-SIDE FORMATION Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered formation. TIGHTEN UP Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to close ranks. TICKED OFF Extend your left arm straight out with your elbow bent 90 degrees. Carefully extend your middle finger to clearly demonstrate your dissatisfaction with the other guy. NOTE: It is not recommended you do this when you are alone. Special thanks to graphics from: Ann Arbor Hog Chapter
  10. Sheesh. Give me a minute or two already. (I'm uploading and trying to setup a new one right now. The error messages should be gone now, right?)
  11. The "Local Classifieds" forum is provided by STLAR as a public service to all motorcyclists in the area. Anyone on the Internet is able to read the posts in this forum, and any registered forum user is able to submit new posts. STLAR is in no way responsible for the items being sold or bought as the result of listing in this forum. Forum registration is free...just click the "join" link at the top right of this page. You must provide a phone number or E-mail address so that we can validate you, if needed, before activating your account. If you register without providing one of those items, we will have no way to contact you, and your account will be deleted. Please note that this forum will be moderated as needed to keep the posts mostly on topic, to remove any personal slander, and to prevent flame-wars. If you have a problem with this, please do not post.
  12. The "Comments & Questions" forum is provided primarily for new users that want information about the STLAR club, or people that are having problems with the STLAR website and forums. Anyone on the Internet is able to read the posts in this forum, and any registered forum user is able to submit new posts and replies. Forum registration is free...just click the "join" link at the top right of this page. You must provide a phone number or E-mail address so that we can validate you, if needed, before activating your account. If you register without providing one of those items, we will have no way to contact you, and your account will be deleted. Please note that this forum will be moderated as needed to keep the posts mostly on topic, to remove any personal slander, and to prevent flame-wars. If you have a problem with this, please do not post.
  13. The "Unofficial Rides and Events" forum is provided by STLAR as a public service to all motorcyclists in the area. Anyone on the Internet is able to read the posts in this forum, and any registered forum user is able to submit new posts and replies. Forum registration is free...just click the "join" link at the top right of this page. You must provide a phone number or E-mail address so that we can validate you, if needed, before activating your account. If you register without providing one of those items, we will have no way to contact you, and your account will be deleted. Also, please note that this forum will be moderated as needed to keep the posts mostly on topic, to remove any personal slander, and to prevent flame-wars. If you have a problem with this, please do not post.