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  1. #76

    Post Hide and Seek

    Promote your visibility with lane position.

    Consider an approaching semi truck with a line of impatient traffic behind it eager to pass.

    You can increase your visibility to the anxious drivers by positioning in the far third of the lane.

    The closer you are to the center line in this situation, the more you are hidden.
    Last edited by wildbears; 02-08-2020 at 12:26 AM.

  2. #77

    Post Helmet Test Performance Failure Rate

    If you follow the percent of performance failures since 2014, it appears the overall trend is decreasing.

    The total performance failure rate during these years is 43%.

    Last year the rate was 36%.

    The headline, however, suggests otherwise.

    See: https://www.rideapart.com/articles/3...ate-increases/


  3. #78

    Post Pilgrimage for Clean Air

    Clean Air on a Cruiser with a Single Windscreen.

    Some cruisers with windscreens provide clean air for the rider and even the passenger (see post #70).

    This is accomplished by a combination of windscreen angle, the windscreen proper, and the hardware parts leading and below the windscreen.

    Factors include:

    • A windscreen angle (30 degrees is optimal in many settings).
    • Windscreen size and shape (screen height may need to be adjusted for the riders sitting height).
    • Air capture at the bottom edge of the windscreen.

    In the previous examples, the Indian Chief Vintage and the HD Softail Heritage, optimal air capture may be due to one or multiple factors:

    • Windscreen width and shape along the bottom edge.
    • Headlight nacelle (size, shape, position).
    • Hardware leading/below the windscreen (such as the upper fork segments, driving lights, etc).

    The combination of the above factors can result in neutralization of any trailing negative pressure behind the windscreen.

    Resulting in Clean Air...

  4. #79

    Post Not tonight, deer: Tips to avoid hitting a deer on your motorcycle

    Many Encounters of the Deer Kind result in broken ribs.

    If you ride in deer country, you might want to add chest protection to your kit.

    As inflatable protection alone may not activate prior to the deer hitting the rider, hard shell armor is a consideration.

    A combination of both, such as some of the Helite models with front and back body armor, may be a solution.
    Last edited by wildbears; 02-13-2020 at 02:45 PM.

  5. #80

    Post Deadly Mixture

    Alcohol and Caffeine.

    Drinking these together combines decreased motor skills and heightened emotional lability.

    The rider may become less risk adverse, more prone to anger/road rage, and less able to handle resulting situations.

  6. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    Alcohol and Caffeine.

    Drinking these together combines decreased motor skills and heightened emotional lability.

    The rider may become less risk adverse, more prone to anger/road rage, and less able to handle resulting situations.
    Caffeine affects people differently. I've been treated for caffeine intoxification twice by the VA. Now that I'm down to 3 24ounce coffees from 5 per day, my riding skills are not diminished in the least. I function just fine on 3 24 ounce coffees a day. While someone else may have one small cup of coffee and get the jitters.

    Two police motor courses passed while on caffeine, if the skills were diminished, I doubt I'd have been able to pass the courses based on your idea of decreased motor skills.

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  7. #82

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    I doubt I'd have been able to pass the courses based on your idea of decreased motor skills.
    I guess my post needed to be clearer.

    Sorry.

    It is meant to suggest that alcohol decreases motor skills.

    Not that caffeine does this.

    Many studies show caffeine to increase performance skills, both physical and mental.

    Caffeine is metabolized by the body's cytochrome p450 enzyme system.

    Genetically, individuals may be high, normal, low, or null metabolizers.

    This is reflected in an individual's response to caffeine dosage.

    Null metabolizers may be hypersensitive to caffeine while high metabolizers can handle higher dosing.

    Additionally, as with many stimulant drugs, tolerance occurs with repeated exposure.

    Part of the reason is caffeine suppresses the release of endogenous "wake-up chemicals".

    This explains the progressive need for more cups each day to reach the desired state of alertness.

    OTOH, null metabolizers may experience a progressive accumulation of caffeine with just a single cup each morning resulting in a hypomanic state in susceptible individuals.

    Hopefully you WERE NOT consuming both alcohol and caffeine during testing.



    Here's my original post again:

    Alcohol and Caffeine.

    Drinking these together combines decreased motor skills and heightened emotional lability.

    The rider may become less risk adverse, more prone to anger/road rage, and less able to handle resulting situations.

    Thanks for your input.

    Good to see that some are following this thread.

    And thanks for your service as an officer of the law.

    Last edited by wildbears; 02-13-2020 at 04:08 PM.

  8. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    I guess my post needed to be clearer.

    Sorry.

    It is meant to suggest that alcohol decreases motor skills.

    Not that caffeine does this.

    Many studies show caffeine to increase performance skills.

    Caffeine is metabolized by the body's cytochrome p450 enzyme system.

    Genetically, individuals may be high, normal, low, or null metabolizers.

    This is reflected in an individual's response to caffeine dosage.

    Null metabolizers may be hypersensitive to caffeine while high metabolizers can handle higher dosing.

    Additionally, as with many stimulant drugs, tolerance occurs with repeated exposure.

    Part of the reason is caffeine suppresses the release of endogenous "wake-up chemicals".

    This explains the progressive need for more cups each day to reach the desired state of alertness.

    OTOH, null metabolizers may experience a progressive accumulation of caffeine with just a single cup each morning resulting in a hypomanic state in susceptible individuals.

    Hopefully you WERE NOT consuming both alcohol and caffeine during testing.



    Here's my original post again:

    Alcohol and Caffeine.

    Drinking these together combines decreased motor skills and heightened emotional lability.

    The rider may become less risk adverse, more prone to anger/road rage, and less able to handle resulting situations.

    Thanks for your input.

    Good to see that some are following this thread.

    I don't drink alcohol at all. Fluid intake is limited to coffee and water. I don't do soft drinks/soda at all either. Thanks for the clarification sir.
    The lion does not even bother to turn his head when he hears the small dog barking.

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  9. #84

    Thumbs up Pilgrimage for Clean Air

    In the prior posts, I was to get "clean air" by riding on cruisers with fork mounted fairings, but not Gold Wings. Now, I'm to get "clean air" by standing on the pegs.
    So why the difference between a Gold Wing with buffeting and an Indian Chief Vintage cruiser with clean air?

    Gold Wing: The air flow / wind management design creates a negative pressure zone behind its windscreen and front fairing.

    Indian Chief Vintage: The air flow / wind management design prevents significant negative pressure behind its windscreen and headlight nacelle.

    What does standing on the pegs demonstrate?

    This raises the rider's helmet into a zone free of the turbulence that trails behind the leading structures of the motorcycle.

    This turbulence, experienced as wind noise and buffeting, is caused by the trailing negative pressure present on many if not most motorcycles these days, with or without windscreens.

  10. #85

    Post Pilgrimage for Clean Air

    As for the role helmets play with wind noise, per Dr. John Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin), et. al., wind noise is accentuated by the "Coke Bottle" effect (my term) of air passing under the helmet across open spaces between the rider's head and the helmet. And of course, if the air is turbulent even more noise is created.

    This is especially true for full face helmets with the visor all the way down.

    For example, the noise with a late model Gold Wing mostly disappears when ridden bare headed as opposed to a full face helmet with the visor down.

    Many Gold Wing riders rode sans helmets back in the day.

    And the Indian Chief Vintage (post #70) is even quieter when wearing a full face helmet if the visor is all the way up.

    PS!

    The above is a part of a continuing discussion of factors related to wind noise.

    Subsequent posts suggest that the above could be misinterpreted by someone as a recommendation to not wear a helmet in order to decrease wind noise.

    Please understand the example of Gold Wing riders not wearing helmets in the past is only used to collaborate Kennedy's research.

    Of course it is not a recommendation to ride without a helmet....

    Many thanks for the followup posts.
    Last edited by wildbears; 02-15-2020 at 08:14 PM.

  11. #86
    Dress for the crash, not the noise level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Dress for the crash, not the noise level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    As for the role helmets play with wind noise, per Dr. John Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin), et. al., wind noise is accentuated by the "Coke Bottle" effect (my term) of air passing under the helmet across open spaces between the rider's head and the helmet. And of course, if the air is turbulent even more noise is created.

    This is especially true for full face helmets with the visor all the way down.

    For example, the noise with a late model Gold Wing mostly disappears when ridden bare headed as opposed to a full face helmet with the visor down.

    Many Gold Wing riders rode sans helmets back in the day.

    And the Indian Chief Vintage (post #70) is even quieter when wearing a full face helmet if the visor is all the way up.

    PS!

    The above is a part of a continuing discussion of factors related to wind noise.

    Subsequent posts suggest that the above could be misinterpreted by someone as a recommendation to not wear a helmet in order to decrease wind noise.

    Please understand the example of Gold Wing riders not wearing helmets in the past is only used to collaborate Kennedy's research.

    Of course it is not a recommendation to ride without a helmet....

    Many thanks for the followup posts.
    Have you been in contact with Dr. Kennedy? And, do you have a document saying he agrees with your statements?
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    Post Pilgrimage for Clean Air

    Have you been in contact with Dr. Kennedy? And, do you have a document saying he agrees with your statements?
    Kennedy and others in this field (hence et. al.) have many publications.

    These apply not only to motorcycle helmets but also other situations (for example aircraft).

    Principles from some studies also apply to others.

    But before going into the weeds, let's look at the effect of covering the opening between the helmet and the rider's head.

    Most would agree that eliminating this space (the mouth of the Coke Bottle) results in a dramatic decrease in wind noise.

    Kennedy, of course, agrees with this principle:

    (He) said that small movements in riding position can change the volume of sound by more than 10 decibels, and that wearing a scarf around the neck can seal off the cavity around (the) aerodynamically-tricky chin bar.

    See: https://www.insidescience.org/news/l...-motorcyclists

    In fact one of the recent posters to this thread uses just such a device.

    If you have contrary information readily available, please post it.

    If not, no worries.

    If you have additional concerns that weren't addressed, please send me a PM.

    Best regards.
    Last edited by wildbears; 02-16-2020 at 02:14 AM.

  15. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    If you have additional concerns that weren't addressed, please send me a PM.
    Well, I do. No pm requiared. Any nonsense that purports to justify why people don't wear helmets is balderdash. I have read it all: neck strain; peripheral vision; whiplash; and now noisiness. All of these silly excuses have next to no merit compared to the known ability of helmets to reduce fatalities and serious head injuries. NOTE: I said reduce not eliminate. But when peer pressure, pirate costumes, pseudo science and other goofiness comes between a rider and proven safety improvements from a helmet I call bovine excrement.
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