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Motorcycles in the HOV lane

2006-06-27 , , , Comment [1]

Motorcycles are permitted in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in all fifty states and no highway with any federal funding may restrict access to motorcycles. From [23USC102](

TITLE 23—HIGHWAYS CHAPTER 1—FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS SUBCHAPTER I—GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec. 102. Program efficiencies (a) HOV Passenger Requirements.— (1) In general.—A State transportation department shall establish the occupancy requirements of vehicles operating in high occupancy vehicle lanes; except that no fewer than 2 occupants per vehicle may be required and, subject to section 163 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, motorcycles and bicycles shall not be considered single occupant vehicles. (2) Exception for inherently low-emission vehicles.— Notwithstanding paragraph (1), before September 30, 2003, a State may permit a vehicle with fewer than 2 occupants to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes if the vehicle is certified as an Inherently Low-Emission Vehicle pursuant to title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, and is labeled in accordance with, section 88.312-93© of such title. Such permission may be revoked by the State should the State determine it necessary. (b) Access of Motorcycles.—No State or political subdivision of a State may enact or enforce a law that applies only to motorcycles and the principal purpose of which is to restrict the access of motorcycles to any highway or portion of a highway for which Federal-aid highway funds have been utilized for planning, design, construction, or maintenance. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the authority of a State or political subdivision of a State to regulate motorcycles for safety.


What I've been reading

2005-11-29 , , ,

I may not have been blogging it but I’ve been doing some reading. I’m not sure what to make of this list:

  • Lee Parks’ Total Control. Readable with nice glossy pictures. I didn’t learn anything particularly new but I will use the drill diagrams in my next parking lot practice.
  • David S. Touretzkys Common Lisp: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation. Possibly the best $2.75 I’ve spent on a programming textbook. Genuinely entertaining for an introductory text though the LISP dialect is outdated and I was sometimes frustrated piecing it together on a modern implementation. I may throw a current edition to my son when he’s old enough.
  • Eugene Charniak’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. I don’t have an interest in A.I. but it has a LISP orientation and presents two very good chapters on Parsing and Searching. For $2.25, I couldn’t pass it by.
  • Guy L. Steele’s Common Lisp: The Language. Actually, that link is to the reference I should have bought. I mistakenly picked up the 1984 edition. Fortunately, it was only $2.80 and electronic versions of CLtL2 are in the CMU AI Repository.


No ride, maintenence

2005-09-03 , , , Comments

A previous owner of my motorcycle at some time had the fusebox work
loose and touch the exhaust pipe behind the muffler. They concealed
the mess of hardened plastic slag by wrapping the whole in electric
tape and zip tying it in place. I found this when I popped a fuse
while replacing the rear tail light with an LED unit. Not
good. Fortunately, BMW keeps an amazing parts inventory and [Max’s
BMW]( was able to get me the parts in
a week.

Nathan slept, Maria read and I wrenched for an hour. Almost as good as
new. I had to reuse the damaged rubber weather boot- the part number
had melted away and I couldn’t find it in the parts fiche- but I
wrapped the burned spot in good electrical tape. Not the greatest
solution but at least the fusebox itself is sealed and mounted instead
of rattling around in pieces.


Ride to Work on July 20th

2005-07-15 , , , Comments

Don’t forget that July 20th is [Ride to Work]( Day. If you are not a daily rider, show your support for motorcycling by being seen and setting a good example. Another reminder, [Parking Now]( has a New York City [Motorcycle Parking Petition]( effort underway. If you’re an urban rider you need to sign.


Fastway Pegs

2005-07-04 , , , Comments

I [mounted a set of Fastway Pegs]( on my airhead but did not get much of a chance to test them. I put a few hundred street miles on them on Saturday and I have no complaints. The buzzing of the engine in 3rd and 4th gears around 4200-4400 rpm that blurs my mirrors can be strongly felt through the pegs but they otherwise feel good and give a great platform for my feet. I’ve read that the rubber from a 1150 or 1200GS can be wedged into the gaps to damp out the buzz.


Mounting Fastway Pegs

2005-06-26 , , , Comments

This morning I mounted a set of Fastway Performance footpegs on my BMW R100GSPD. There was really nothing to it and the whole job took about thirty minutes. I picked them up from [Adventurer’s Workshop]( You can [see the gallery here]( The only hitch was that the pegs were intended for the R1100 and later models and Fastway supplies half a dozen .20mm washers to set depth of the camber adjustment bolt but this is too little to level the pegs on the R100. I used two zinc-coated steel lock washers from Lowe’s along with one .20mm washer to shim each peg.

I’ll have to see if I like them in the “standard” position. They have a “low-boy” position- achieved by driving out a collar, flipping it and moving the peg to the other side- that locates them down and back about an inch. That position might be more comfortable.

I’ll also have to see if I like the cleat arrangement. The F3 model pegs have removable Allen-head cleats. I opted to fill the first two rows with the shorter 8mm cleats and the rear row with the longer 10mm ones. I may end up removing the first row of cleats to let my boot hang a little at the edge of the peg.


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