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#403949 - 10/20/08 01:23 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: Ron_B]  
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All the farkles are used only on my BMW which I tour with more than any other bike...The two I use most....

#1. Most of the time I use the GPS because friends have real nice files of roads I have never been on that they share so I do not miss a really good road...I often take non-gps routed roads...just cuz.

#2. Bike to Bike communications EXCELLENT tool for various good reasons when traveling with others....


Bill Jones
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#404052 - 10/20/08 05:06 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: BeemerLover]  
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No phone, no GPS, no radio..I'll keep the Zen!

#404069 - 10/20/08 05:23 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: BSAtoBMW]  
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I feel the same way you do. I like the feel of the bike, road, and wind. To me, farkles are a distraction that detract from experiencing the motorcycle to the fullest. I'm not against farkles, and I'm sure there are a lot of folks who wouldn't be without them. They are simply not for me.

#404116 - 10/20/08 07:53 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: BeemerLover]  
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Me too!
I don't need a GPS, don't want to listen to music and just like to enjoy the ride, the planet in general and to get into my own head


Phil C.
2003 R1150RT "DaRTh"
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 Diesel "Smiffy"
2011 Kia Optima EX "Meosjin Chalo"
#404117 - 10/20/08 07:56 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: BeemerLover]  
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I've augmented my stack of maps with the GPS for those ends of long, tiring days when I need a hotel or to find an address in a strange town. The cell is for convenience and for SWMBO to be able to be reassured that I'm not at the bottom of a ravine. My cage has a ten speaker hi-fi system that I rarely listen to. After living in major cities for so many years, I can't get too much quiet.


Paul

2006 R1200RT(Piedmont Red)
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#404158 - 10/20/08 09:54 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: Ron_B]  
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Thanks, Mitch & bvaughan, on the earplug info. I must be lucky because my ride seems relatively quiet. The recently acquired RT came with a Ztechnik VStream shield already installed. And I wear a full face Nolan that I am very happy with. Maybe I also sit lower in the saddle than you guys, but with the shield up I am in a nice, fairly quiet cocoon. Although, the longest ride I've made so far on the new sled is 2 hours. Maybe I still have an education coming when I (hopefully) head to Torrey next year.

The longest I ever rode my old RT was a 6-hour trip and I never had any ear problems then either. And I would expect the '83 to be much louder (expecially since I am still running the original stock pipes). Wait - Maybe I am not so lucky afterall... perhaps I am already deaf. \:\)


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#404173 - 10/20/08 10:36 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: BeemerLover]  
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Another "Zen mode" rider here. I'm really surprised how many others are in this boat. I do use an intercom when on long rides/tours with my wife, but other than that no nuthin' but the sights and sounds around me. I just love the peace and quiet. No ear plugs as well, with no hearing issues after years of riding.

I may buckle under and buy a GPS, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still using a compass.

I'll also add to the comment about how nice it is that nobody judges one way or the other about this stuff on this board. People are allowed to be different.


Vinny G.
'09 R1200RT
'96 R11RT bought "before they were here" (now gone)


"Nobody sees a flower. We haven't the time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time."
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#404176 - 10/20/08 10:42 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: Dave in Doodah]  
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I guess I am an earplug aficionado. Started while flying small planes - you can hear the controllers better and the fatigue factor of noise is real. You want all the help you can get on short final at minimums. Primarily for fatigue relief I use them for all rides except to the 7-11.

I also use them flying (as a passenger) on long flights. PLUS my noise canceling headphones. Like SweetP, I can't get too much quiet.

Michael


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#404177 - 10/20/08 10:43 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: VinnyR11]  
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Zen mode here to for the most part. Only use the stereo on the bikes on rare occasions. I have GPS on the bikes at all times but the voice has been turned off. If my wife is along on the Wing the intercom is on, but we rarey talk while riding.


Ed Kruse
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#404196 - 10/20/08 11:50 PM Re: Am I the only one who feels this way? [Re: JustKrusen]  
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The earplug thing varies tremendously by bike and rider.

On my old CX500 with a Wind Jammer I never needed plugs. I rode in a nearly still-air pocket. Since then none of my rides were quiet enough to ride any distance at speed without plugs. Custom silicone plugs are worth the $$ for easy in-and-out and I find I can hear traffic noises (and radar detector) better with them in! A set lasts me three+ years.

I find my RT is right on the cusp for me. I'm tall in the saddle so I could use another inch or so of fairing for max-quiet. I can see over the top of the fairing by several inches at full-up position. I've got some Saeng edging on the way to see if that does the trick. Will post a separate thread on my findings.

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