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post #1 of 10 Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 6:28 am Thread Starter
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New bike in garage

It was Jackie's (TBOT) 40th birthday a few weeks ago and our 11th wedding anniversary 2 days ago. Well after 4 attempts and 5 cancellations she has finally passed her bike test and picked up a new Krapasaki ER650-F on Thursday.

We have a little trip planned for 3 days next week which will be interesting.

Now has anyone got good excuses not to fit bike to bike communications so I can still enjoy some peace and quiet on my bike?

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post #2 of 10 Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 7:32 am
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Congrats on the new bike.

You got me here: what is "TBOT"?

Regarding B2B communications: Well, you tell us -- do you want to hear her while you're riding or do you want to pull over every 1/2 mile to communicate? Maybe if you got really good at sign language you could ride parallel down the road and sign back and forth.

Some guys will joke about this topic, saying they would never install an intercom or B2B because it's the only time they have an excuse not to hear their SOs. I can't imagine riding without one now; we chat like a couple of teenagers all the time on the bike and it's really, really handy for warnings, for notifications (rest breaks), etc.

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3 days next week which will be interesting.

Now has anyone got good excuses not to fit bike to bike communications so I can still enjoy some peace and quiet on my bike?
Hi Graham, congrats to Jackie - check out the 'worst farcle' thread - Autocom might be crap - could be a good excuse

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Mrs. Juggler (TBOT? "The Babe on Top"?) and I have a small vocabulary of hand signals that may be punctuated with a flash of the high-beams or a toot on the horn if the other didn't get the message on the first try.

"Gotta stop at the next exit or rest area"
"Gotta stop NOW" (my bike is dying or something fell off yours)
"Speed up"
"Slow down"
"Looky over there" (usually scenery, wildlife, 1971 covertible Challenger, etc.)

That just about covers it. In fact, we use the same limited vocabulary when we are on the SAME bike.

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Communication is what keep a marriage together, not to mention a common interest. Get an I-com or Baher system from Raffy www.motogear4you.com

Congtatulations on your wife's success (its not the failures, but the successes that make a life worth while).

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I already have an autocom on my bike so I bought a new improved autocom today with radios as the dealer was having an open day to launch the new G bikes - got 25% discount ;-) I have of course put the new one on my bike and Jackie will have the old one. All the helmets have been wired up - the BMW ones were a cinch but the Shoei raidII was not so easy.

By the way TBOT is The Bringer Of Tea - no comments on any other meanings ;-))

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Don't ride that "Krapasaki" too much. You might just find out that they make a fun product that's amazingly affordable. Next thing you know we'll be hearing about your new ZX-14 or Concours14.
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It is just a name

I have actually ridden it twice now and it is not a bad little bike - handles a lot 'faster' than the behemoth;-) I tried sitting on a black ZX14 in the showroombut it was just to small for me in the leg area. My wife really liked the look of it. At the BMW dealer on Saturday I saw a black K1200S - a thing of beauty and object of desire - I was dribbling out of both sides of my mouth ;-)

Any way Krapasaki is like Yamahahaha, or Ondas, or dissolving Suzukis or Hardley Abselons. Just silly names for something we don't ride.

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It was Jackie's (TBOT) 40th birthday a few weeks ago and our 11th wedding anniversary 2 days ago. Well after 4 attempts and 5 cancellations she has finally passed her bike test and picked up a new Krapasaki ER650-F on Thursday.

We have a little trip planned for 3 days next week which will be interesting.

Now has anyone got good excuses not to fit bike to bike communications so I can still enjoy some peace and quiet on my bike?
Happy Anniversary, Graham! Congrats to Jackie on the test.

I enjoy my Autocom, no complaints. Having Autocom units on both of my bikes sure makes it nice to exchange helmets, cords, GMRS, and other accessories between the two.

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It was Jackie's (TBOT) 40th birthday a few weeks ago and our 11th wedding anniversary 2 days ago. Well after 4 attempts and 5 cancellations she has finally passed her bike test and picked up a new Krapasaki ER650-F on Thursday.

We have a little trip planned for 3 days next week which will be interesting.

Now has anyone got good excuses not to fit bike to bike communications so I can still enjoy some peace and quiet on my bike?
I've heard of this Krapasaki product. It's a boutique brand, hand assembled in the Swiss Alps, right?
About the intercom: just very lovingly explain that you're already going on a three day trip together. SO, she can't possibly expect you to talk to her also, can she? Especially when riding your LT!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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