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salty
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pamsp.com says you need a permit to register for the class?

she wants to get one anyways, it’s just a matter of dealing with the dmv.


John
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You do need a permit before taking the class.


Tabby
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weird, I swear I didn’t get one. Sorry, must have forgotten, it was like 8 years ago.


Nick D
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If anyone is planning on taking it in July, I have a friend who is an instructor who I highly recommend. Some are much better than others.

Also, plan to be around typical Harley people. they tend to dominate the classes.


brian j
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So I have a dumb question: they provide the motos for the training? If so, do the instructors assume you have some functional knowledge of how to ride one? Or does it start with “this is how you start the bike…this is how you shift…etc…etc?”


salty
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On that page bjanaszek linked to above, if you scroll down, the guy with the rear mounted rack on the Stella said he stopped using it because it made the bike too unstable – so that’s a bummer. The side one also looks kinda tricky. I wonder about using a trailer, or maybe even letting the bicycle wheel touch the ground like edmonds’ bike/bike towing solution from the other thread.


Kayla
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@bjanaszek, they do provide bikes. I don’t know what it’s like, but you don’t need to ever have been on a bike before.


salty
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BTW, I am also happy to report that I rode my bicycle to work today. :)


brian j
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Maybe you could rig up a sidecar. Personally, one day I hope to have a scooter that matches our vehicle:


John
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Brian, yeah it’s pretty much like that. Zero prior knowledge required.


boostuv
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Welp, with no thanks to Nick, looks like I’ll be buying a Suzuki Bandit 400 in the next few weeks. I really want a Ducati Monster but I dont think I want to deal with Italian bike maintenance for my first bike.


edmonds59
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Boostuv, I don’t know how committed you are to the Bandit, they’re great. But. If you wanted a monster, but were scared by maintenance (rightfully), look at a Suzuki sv650, everything good about the Duc, and none of the bad.


Nick D
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The PAMSP basic course requires absolutely nothing but a M-class permit. They do recommend that you are comfortable on a bicycle for balance. However, even that is not required.

When you take the class, don’t be afraid to let it be known that you are completely new to riding. Often if the instructor thinks everyone has some experience they will skip over some basic things like what a choke is/ how to use it, what a petcock does, etc…

I have heard quite a few stories of exactly how inexperienced some students have been (included one riding over a hillside and one into a brick wall).

Also, from what I hear, it is rare for a bike not to be dropped in the first minute.


brian j
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@edmonds: A friend of mine chose the Suzuki over the Ducati as well, and he loves it.


boostuv
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@ Edmonds Im pretty set on the Bandit because 1. They’re cheap as hell 2. I love the way they look 3. Insurance is ridiculously cheap. I’ve looked at SV650s in the past and they are also a solid bike. I almost bought a brand new one last year before I moved up here actually. I found a Bandit about 20 miles from my dads place of business that need an engine rebuild so I think that might be the route I go. My dad does a lot of commercial freight and is trying to find the best way to get it up here if it checks out when he goes to look at it.


edmonds59
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Is it the red with the trellis frame? Those are pretty sweet.


Nate
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I wasn’t sure what PAMSP was so I went looking. Except I read it PSAMP. So http://pamsp.com is the relevant one, while http://psamp.com is also local and perfectly SFW but will make you say, but, um, what?


Jason
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I had a SV650 for a while. It is a very nice bike. I could not get comfortable on rides over 100 miles or so and I did not really like riding a bike that big around the city, so I sold it. Great bike overall and very reliable. Nothing like the ride of a v-twin.


brian j
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Nate wins the threadjack competition for sure. As jwz sez: I still haven’t lost that sense of wonder (for what’s on the internets).


ejwme
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my husband has renegged on the “lets get a scooter/motorcycle” idea. Apparently had some traffic experiences that made him extra appreciative of the cage. sigh.

I will never understand mini-pony obsession. the Lil’Sebastion running joke in Parks & Rec was hilarious if only because I don’t understand it at all.


Kayla
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that episode was hilarious.


edmonds59
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Oh, husband.

Anyway, drool, need, drool…


ejwme
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edmonds, that looks like a reject from Tron. Not the person, he looks like a reject from Mighty Morphing Power Rangers or something. You deserve to be more stylish!


John
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You are right to be afraid of Ducati maintenance.

http://www.ducatisuite.com/maintcharts.html

I’ve had a Monster for about four years and I love the way it looks and sounds but seriously thinking of selling it and going for a japanese v-twin.


edmonds59
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Akira. I now must get the dvd this weekend.


ejwme
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oh those crazy Japanese!


Nate
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I’ve been meaning to see that!


Erica
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It’s very good.


boostuv
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Salty, this wasnt you was it…

Pirates’ Snyder and wife in Banksville road rage

Thursday, June 16, 2011

By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Good Samaritan helped subdue a man who police said attacked the wife of injured Pirates catcher Chris Snyder at a Banksville gas station Wednesday afternoon even as the man struggled, bit him and threw a shoe in his direction.

Police said Mr. Snyder, who was a passenger in the car, was unable to intervene because of back surgery he had last week.

The scuffle unfolded around 1 p.m. on Banksville Road near Potomac Avenue after Carla Snyder, who was driving a car with her husband and two small children in it, narrowly avoided the man, who was riding a scooter.

The man, identified as Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, 44, of Scott, then followed Ms. Snyder into a nearby BP gas station and “aggressively threw his scooter” in front of her vehicle, Lt. Shawn Malloy of the Zone 6 station said. She stopped again to avoid hitting him, and he began kicking the car, yelling and screaming, “You almost hit me!”

As Ms. Snyder got out of the car, police said, Mr. Modhwadia broke off the woman’s driver-side mirror and started swinging at her. She called for help, drawing the attention of Joe Changle, a passer-by who intervened and told Mr. Modhwadia it was wrong to hit a woman and that he would take him to the ground if he didn’t stop, Lt. Malloy said.

When he continued, Mr. Changle tackled Mr. Modhwadia, who bit Mr. Changle’s left forearm as the struggle continued. Off-duty city police Officer Arthur Baker, who was driving by, spotted the commotion and stepped in.

But Mr. Modhwadia didn’t stop and instead went after them both, police said. At one point, Mr. Modhwadia threw punches at them with a key between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before the officer was able to take him to the ground once again.

Police responded and took Mr. Modhwadia into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault, assault, criminal mischief and driving with an invalid license.

Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki, who was with the team in Houston on Wednesday, said Mr. Snyder “was immobile and sitting in the passenger seat of his family vehicle that was stopped when the incident occurred. Thankfully, some bystanders stepped in to subdue the aggressor until the police were able to make the arrest. We are grateful for those bystanders who stepped up to assist Chris to ensure no physical harm was done to his wife and children.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11167/1154135-53.stm#ixzz1PRz57WgR


boostuv
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Oh and I went and took the permit test today at the Penn Hills DMV, in and out in literally 15 minutes. I scheduled my MSF course for:

Tue, Jul 12, 2011: 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Sun, Jul 17, 2011: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tue, Jul 19, 2011: 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Sun, Jul 24, 2011: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If anyone wants to join me.


dwillen
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The scuffle unfolded around 1 p.m. on Banksville Road near Potomac Avenue after Carla Snyder, who was driving a car with her husband and two small children in it, narrowly avoided the man, who was riding a scooter.

Not that it would excuse this guy’s road rage, but give me a break. Almost everyone who “narrowly avoids” me while I’m out riding my bike is a dangerous a-hole and usually has a cell phone in one hand and a hamburger in the other. That, or they are “narrowly avoiding” me on purpose.


reddan
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+1 dwillen. That was my first thought as well.


ejwme
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first two thoughts were: she could have given the guy more room while passing, and who the hell gets out of their car when a nutjob is screaming and throwing vehicles at it? You roll up the windows, you dial 911, and you don’t make eye contact. Getting out of the lovely steel cage at that point only escalates a crappy situation.

This is beyond wondering if it was really worth breaking the Universal Rule: Don’t Bite People.


boostuv
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Yup, picked her up tonight. 3200 miles and in perfect showroom condition.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/264708_1468050619977_1194900097_31494341_2712431_n.jpg


Nick D
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I know some people were looking at Genuine Stellas. I just got an email from Mitch of the Scootin Yinzers who says Mosites has a 2009 with 7 miles for $2,199!


salty
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Wow, that is a deal – I might have to go buy that one too. Once I get rid of the car I’ll have all this extra space to fill…


pistat
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+1 to the Japanese V-twins. They’re actually a good compromise between city riding needs and longer range. They do heat up a bit while sitting in traffic, but not as bad as i-4’s. V-twins have torque at low RPM and can accelerate you out of a bad situation quickly. The SV650 also handle pretty well through turns at any speed, and aren’t too heavy. I do want a scooter, but have come to the same conclusion as far as what a scooter can do that a bike can’t. For me it made more sense to have the capability of a standard motorcycle in addition to mostly bike commuting. The compromise of a motorcycle instead of a scooter is only getting 50mpg, but that is obviously still way better than the average car.

Look for me on a yellow SV with a “My other bike is a bike” sticker on the tail fairing. :)


edmonds59
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A couple of times in the last few weeks, while sitting on the bus on the way to work, two young guys on old cafe’d out Japanese bikes have passed across on Commonwealth Blvd going toward Blvd of the Allies. Verrry cool. This is all causing desires and longings to bubble up that I have worked long and hard to try to kill and suppress. buh. Sucks to be old.


erok
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Here’s a production motorcycle bike rack from 2×2 Cycles that Justin just reviewed for Dirt Rag

http://www.dirtragmag.com/webrag/first-impression-2×2-cycles-motorcycle-bicycle-rack


boostuv
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Nick and I were just discussing these the other day. Trying to figure out how to build one for my new motorcycle. I cant imagine how ridiculous a carbon tri bike is going to look on the side of my safety cone.

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