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Sportbikes Made for New Riders [2023 Edition]
10 Months for 12,000+ miles
So I finally got a the actual citation from the courts and it reads:
“Unauthorized use of FLASHING (Red)(Blue) Light”
Of course my LEDs do not flash. I do not think that a solid blue light is actually illegal based off this citation because they dont have a specific citation for just lights. I really think the only illegal lighting is red,blue,white flashing/alternating based off the text. All other colors that are flashing are fair game because a friend brought up a good point. Construction vehicles have yellow beacons that flash on top of them.
Here is the law:”a person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating lights “
The cop will try to say that a vehicle may not have any of the three colors listed above, but remember cars all have white solid lights.
Lastly a beacon is defined as a source of light visible 360degrees.
Since my citation is having a flashing blue light – I am not guilty based off that charge.
Time to go to court.August 8, 2009 at 3:33 am in reply to: M50 Muscle Cruiser beats a Sports bike in the 1/4 Drag??? #21383
I think youre right Elwood.
He posted he lost about 1/2 thru on this post:
“I think it was a kaw 1100,or a gsxr 1100..not sure,but that run i felt good until I seen i red lighted.
He spins out of the hole,and I do get a great jump and lead to the 1/2 way point.then lol”August 8, 2009 at 12:56 am in reply to: M50 Muscle Cruiser beats a Sports bike in the 1/4 Drag??? #21377
LOL Why you say that munch?
tsk tsk no one remembers my magazine aticles…
Shift Racing Airborne jacket – I ride about 100 miles a day ..everyday…in Houston Texas.
I have worn the jacket in 105 deg and though the ambient temperature is hot, its the closest thing you can get to not wearing a jacket…
Here is a cut and paste from the article I wrote in http://www.Thunderroadstexas.com
Shift Racing Airborne Mesh Jacket
Summers in Houston, Texas can be brutal. Both heat and humidity can make riding in Houston rush hour traffic simply miserable. I wear a full leather jacket for most of the year but when the heat index begins to reach in the 90s, I have to switch to a lighter type of riding jacket. A couple of months ago, I got a hold of Brian Horton of Shift Racing. Shift Racing is a leading manufacturer of motorcycle apparel. I inquired about their new Shift Racing Airborne Mesh Jacket for 2009 and asked him if it could withstand the hot Texas Summers. He told me that I would have to test their new jacket for myself and find out.
First Impressions and Appearance:
When I got the jacket I pleased on how nice it looked and especially how light it felt. The mesh material is constructed using the tighter weave style of ventilation instead of the open weave of some jackets. This will keep protection to a maximum while maintaining airflow. The jacket comes with shoulder, elbow, and back padding for additional protection. The cuffs uses Velcro to keep them shut and each side of the jacket have zippered pockets. Finally, there is one inside zippered pocket on the left. The front and back of the jacket also has reflective piping for increased night visibility. This jacket is available in four possible color combinations to include a solid black, which is the one I tested. The Airborne Shift jacket has a nice look to compliment both cruiser and sport bike riders alike.
My commute is a long 40 miles one way and often in standstill rush hour traffic along I-610 on the West side of Houston. I put the Airborne jacket through three types of scenarios: standstill in heavy traffic (no movement or below 5MPH), moving at low speeds (below 45MPH) and moving at regular speeds (anything above 45MPH).
The week I tested the Shift Racing Airborne jacket, the temperature averaged between 89-92 degrees Fahrenheit with 70-80% humidity. Though this is not the hottest it gets in Houston, this is still a fairly hot temperature for most of the United States. With these conditions I used the jacket in the three scenarios mentioned above.
At 90 degrees and 80% humidity, I felt very cool in the Airborne jacket. I did not experience any lack of cooling at this speed. In fact, wearing this jacket in less than 70 degree weather is a bit chilly at high speeds. Let’s face it; any mesh jacket will keep you cool when you are moving in speeds higher than 45MPH. Test number one passed with flying colors.
At low speeds, the jacket felt cool at times and hot at others. Though the heat did not get to me, I did sweat in the jacket. After all, I was still wearing a jacket in 90 degree weather. I could feel the air flowing into the jacket, but of course it was hot air, so I still give the Shift Airborne jacket thumbs up at low speeds. Test number two passed.
During dead stop traffic on I-610 with the heat and exhaust from hundreds of cars and semi-tractors, I found myself sweating bullets. At this point, I do not think any amount of mesh could have kept me cool. I even unzipped the jacket to fully open it, but the ambient temperature and the heat from all the other vehicles is simply unbearable. I can say however, that I could feel every slight breeze through the jacket. This exhibited to me that the jacket is very breathable. The ventilation worked and jacket did its job of letting of air in and out. Though I was still technically “hot”, the Airborne jacket passed the test in my opinion.
Lastly, for just zipping around the local neighborhood, the Airborne jacket proves to be very adequate even at temperatures over 90 degrees. I am happy to have a nice jacket to allow cooling ventilation, while providing me with protection. Yes, just a t-shirt, would have been much cooler, but I think I am prefer to keep my skin.
• Ventilation system is top notch
• Very lightweight
• Nice choice of colors
• Put smaller “Shift” logos on the arms
• No waterproof liner for those rainy summer days
• Vented mesh main body fabric construction
• Articulated design for superior comfort
• Removable CE approved shoulder and elbow armor
• Durable 600D polyester shoulder and elbow panels for additional protection.
• Integrated back padding for additional protection
• Integrated pocket for a back protector
At an MSRP of $119.95, the Shift Airborne Mesh jacket is a great affordable summer alternative to the leather jacket. This jacket is well worth its cost and actually a superb value. It was rated a full 5 Stars (out of 5) based on independent reviews.
So as always, ride safe and “See you on the high ground!” For more information visit http://www.shiftracing.com/us/
That is good reading. Shows how our legal system can be really pick on these minor infractions yet they let murders walk on technicalities….
I actually faced these outward positioned at the bottom of my forks near the wheels so I could get more visibility on the road at night. So yes in essence I was using these as running lamps.
The 650 had them facing downward. These were outward. The ticket read “illegal use of emergency blue lights” lol….
I still go back that if I cant have facing blue lights forward so no one can have the white lights either then…
And oh I just sold my car…so only mode of transpo is the bike
yep it was fiberglass muffler packing wrapped around a metal mesh sheet
I use it on just about everything..paint, chrome, alum….except the seat and tires..
The IS 33 Helmet is still available.
Yup reflective piping and side logos…
It should be ok with just about any bag. I had it on my Rebel 250 lol.
Riding the buffer was always very hard, but once in a while someone would ride it like a champ LOL….most of time they would fall on their ass as well lol. Try it once…just dont get caught or get hurt LOL….
It is funny as heck though once someone is able to stay on….
The best way believe it or not is Original Lemon Pledge….SO SHINY and leaves a nice finish! A lot of antique car owners use it – I started using it two weeks ago and couldnt believe the difference!
Also a cheap $20 black and deck leaf blower from walmart does wonders to dry hard to reach places.