Ran across this photo while doing some backups last night. The bike/scooter culture is prevalent in Taipei. This is transportation, not a toy or a weekend hobby, so the streets, laws, and traffic patterns reflect it. Against this little shop there were four spaces with four bikes and a bicycle when I set up to take the photo. And just before I clicked this guy races up and parks right in the middle where there was just enough room. … [Read More...]
As my friend Francisco Dao said: "This does not bode well."
"The California Department of Motor Vehicles has joined the California Highway Patrol in withdrawing safety guidelines for motorcycle lane-splitting.
The agency confirmed late Tuesday that it had removed its online guidelines, and would also be removing guidelines from its printed literature.
"The DMV will not be including lane splitting language in the next revisions of handbooks in the next revision of 2015," said DMV … [Read More...]
In six short words: Back to the drawing board gentlemen.
Before I completely wade in, I must say that my Arai RX-Q helmet is the best fitting, quietest, most comfortable, and least leaky helmet I've ever owned. And I've put close to 40k miles on it in the last three years. Perhaps I'm differnt than most, but coming from a cruiser background and loving the wind in my face, I almost always ride with the shield up unless the dust is blowing, the rain is falling, or the bugs are just too thick. … [Read More...]
It was near a perfect night's sleep. In bed early, the neighbors were courteously quiet, and and sound of the stream by the campsite, although low, made for great background noise.
I awoke with a decision to make. Hang a right out of camp and I get to ride one of my favorite roads in California - Hwy 36. Well, at least 120 miles of it. Of course that means slabbing it for hours on 5. Or, I can take 101 all the way down. Given that I haven't been on 36 since Billy Bartles and I were through … [Read More...]
Awoke to low fog, packed camp and was ready to say my goodbyes and head out in search of breakfast. "Where you going? We are about to start breakfast."
And thus I was shanghaied. A half hour and a breakfast burrito later, Brian and I took our leave. He has to be back to work tomorrow, but I have Monday off so we agreed to split up at my first stop for photos.
On the way out we narrowly missed five our the whitetail locals. We split the group which is never really a comforting feeling. We … [Read More...]