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  • Biker's Dictionary

    Biker's Dictionary

    ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time
    Apes or Ape Hangers: Refers to a handlebar style where the handgrips are located at a higher position, so as to enable the rider's arms to "hang" Picture "Clyde" from "Every Which Way but Loose" and you'll get a perfect understanding of the riding position.
    Bar Hopper: A motorcycle that is not very comfortable on longer rides, yet lavishly styled. Rigid frames and hardtails fall into this category.
    Big Five: Refers to the five major motorcycle...
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  • The Anatomy Of Falling On Your Sword

    The Anatomy Of Falling On Your Sword

    Contributed by Whizbang The funny thing is, I remember thinking at several points during my trip from Minneapolis to North Carolina, "what if today is the day I'm going to go down?" No reason. It just popped into my head along the way. A couple of times. Here's three other weird coincidences: Before the trip I had just replaced my Alpinestars Gore-Tex Web boots with heavier duty, armored Alpinestars Effex boots. I decided that plain, 5-pocket leather jeans weren't enough protection for...
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  • The LoDown on the Box

    The LoDown on the Box

    The Box Those two words often inspire apprehension, dread and sometimes outright fear in the minds of BRC students. The Box. The Dreaded Box. “What is the box?” you may ask. If you haven’t taken the MSF BRC, let me take a moment to explain what it is. The box is an area roughly the same as four parking spaces - two spaces long and two spaces wide. The dimensions are 20” wide by 60” long. The idea is to enter along the right hand side of it, do a u-turn to the left, come back to ...
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  • "Pipe Dreams"

    "Pipe Dreams"


    reprinted from BB.com , February 2004
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    Welcome to February's edition of Customarily Minded. Winter will be drawing near to a close so in the meantime let's warm things up with a hot topic from the customizing field: Pipes. First off you'll want to decide on slip on mufflers or a complete system. If you're just looking for a new style and a different sound, slip-on mufflers are the way to go (assuming of course it's feasible to use them on your bike, che...
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  • Selling Your Beginner Bike

    Selling Your Beginner Bike


    reprinted from BB.com , March 2004
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    Selling Your Beginner Bike Welcome to this month's rotation of the wheels of Customarily Minded (hmm, that sounds frighteningly similar to Whizbang's column...I'll have to come up with something else next time around!). For March I'd like to deal with a topic that is a popular one for this time of the year, namely selling a used bike. Things are warming up now and folks will be getting the bike bug agai...
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  • #!%& Idiot Drivers!!!

    #!%& Idiot Drivers!!!


    reprinted from BB.com , June 2004
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    #!%& Idiot Drivers!!! It never fails. Every motorcycle forum I visit has one commonly repeated topic. And I have to admit that I've participated in said discussions more than once. Yes, I speak of nothing other than the infamous rants on the way everyone else drives and/or doesn't know how to drive. You've seen them, you've participated in them, and some of us can even lay claim to starting such discus...
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  • The V-Twin Enigma

    The V-Twin Enigma


    reprinted from BB.com , April 2004
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    The V-Twin Enigma Welcome to this month's Customarily Minded. For April we're going to look at the state of the motorcycling market and arguably its most popular engine configuration, the venerable V-Twin. Quick historical fact: While Harley Davidson is best known as the "masters of the V-Twin", it was Indian that first belted one out for production back in 1903 when Harley was just getting the...
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  • Chop To It 2: The Next Cut

    Chop To It 2: The Next Cut


    reprinted from BB.com , July 2004
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    Chop To It 2: The Next Cut I originally intended to have this up last month, but I couldn't get it finished in time so I substituted an auxilliary article I had drummed up in the past for a rainy day. Unfortunately for that cliche, we haven't seen a drop of rain for a few months out here in triple-digits Southern Nevada, but nonetheless that deadline snuck up and hit me like a hail storm. So you ...
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  • Chop To It!

    Chop To It!


    reprinted from BB.com , May 2004
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    Chop To It! Welcome to Customarily Minded, where the motto here is "Stock bikes can be cool, but it's the custom bikes that make me drool." This month's topic will deal with a personal favorite topic of mine, one that I've applied to two (working on three) of my bikes. Every now and then I'll get an email on this topic, asking for some information concerning it. If you haven't seen my bikes yet, and you ski...
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  • Seven Years Of Scratching

    Seven Years Of Scratching


    reprinted from BB.com , August 2004
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    Seven Years Of Scratching Welcome to August's edition of Customarily Minded. August is a special month for me here at Beginner Bikes, back in 2002 BB was reborn with a new look and forum, maturing from the old style tree-branch bulletin board format. Shortly after registering in the new forum, the administrator of BB asked me to join the BB Team, so this is my second anniversary as an associat...
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    by Joseph Hanna
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    This review based on my Aero 750 and may or may not work for your bike, so please take that into consideration.

    I was in the market for a new saddle for my Aero 750 and looked at the Corbin and Mustang saddles. I decided on the Solo saddle for several reasons.

    1. I love being able to customize the saddle. You can use different colors, textures and you can shape the seat to move you forward, backwards, up or down. 2. Price: The Corbin was cheaper than the Mustang...
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