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    All it takes for Evil to flourish is for Good Men to do nothing
  • Birthday 02/20/1985

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    History, computers (obviously), firearms, music, other things of a badass nature...

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  1. Bizzlenitch

    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    Grats on the license, man. Hope you have fun and stay safe! Mmmmmmmmmmmm... ammo...
  2. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    Couldn't say as far as using your own bike, a lot of times for the BRC the bikes are provided. In your case the BRC2 (used to be called the Advanced RiderCourse) would be a better bet. They changed the name because Advanced RiderCourse was a bit of a misnomer as it doesn't really teach any more advanced skills or strategies than the BRC, it is instead essentially just the second day riding portion of the BRC. This does away with the real basic content like, "Ok, here's your clutch, here's how it works," etc. and just assumes a basic amount of knowledge and understanding on the student's part. It's a one day course that still gets you a license (if you don't already have one, which is why a lot of the more experienced riders decide to take it in the first place) and generally requires the rider to use their own bike. So if you wanted to use your bike that's the route I'd go as you'd have to devote less time to the course and you would essentially get the same out of it as you would the BRC since you've already got a working knowledge of motorcycles, how they work, and all that. Edit: I'm assuming that the BRC2 that's offered in your area grants a license waiver upon completion like we do when I teach it, but of course I'd double check before committing. If your friend needs a license and has already been riding a while it might be a good option for him as well. Like I said, you really just miss out on some very basic motorcycle familiarization and a bit of depth from the classroom portion of the BRC, but the riding part is near identical to the second day of the BRC itself. Something to consider.
  3. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    Yeah, we will do private lessons but our overhead means that for most folks that's not really a viable option, financially. It more or less costs us the same to do it for one person or a full class of eight students so we mostly only teach the course to a full class. Most folks are scared off when they hear how much it will cost them to have us do a completely private BRC where they're the only student but we have done a couple for a few folks. To be able to give out the DDS waivers (which keeps our students from having to take the written and riding test when they go to DDS to get their license) we first had to go through a state program before they would sign off on us being basically an off-site license examiner. Once (and if) the folks pass the course we record their current drivers license information and trasmit that, along with their scores, to the state's database and issue them a waiver showing course completion which they take to DDS within 90 days. That waiver is basically verified against that information that we upload to DDS following their completion of the course and tells the DDS employees at whatever facility that choose to go to that they are to be issued a class M license as any testing requirements they normally would have to fulfill onsite have already been completed. But our business is completely private other than that affiliation with GA DDS and obviously our affiliation with and certification by MSF as RiderCoaches, and as a business it is ran for profit, although we both are involved in this particular field because we love to ride and believe in the benefits of approaching the sport with a mindset toward common sense and safety. Personally I enjoy helping others learn to ride and kinda have a passion for it, so that plays a large part in why I do it. Getting paid to do something you love ain't bad at all. And I'm definitely not anti 250, just realistic. If you're gonna ride, you're gonna outgrow a 250, probably pretty quickly, and find yourself wanting a bit more. It's almost a guaranteed inevitability.
  4. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    Not so sure about it just being able to seat one as it does have a second set of foot pegs built into it for a passenger should one decide to hop on. And the seat is long enough to accomodate a second body, although their comfort likely wasn't very near the top of the designers' priority list if you know what I mean. Either way I"m fairly sure you could go two up on it just fine. As far as what I have now, I am unfortunately kinda in between bikes, although like I said earlier I do keep an '08 Yamaha V-Star 250 in the garage that functions as a spare bike for when I teach BRCs. My father and I teach the BRC independently of the state of Georgia's Department of Driver Services program (which also does the BRC), although we are of course both MSF-certified RiderCoaches as well as certified by the state to teach and grant license waivers as well. So that said, we provide all the bikes, equipment, etc. when we offer our BRC, hence the fact that I keep one of our program's spare bikes in my garage. Unfortunately lack of funds means that little bike is all I have regular access to at the moment, which tends to give me quite the sad face, but hey, what can ya do. Any day now the wife will break and I'll squeeze another set of wheels in the garage. Heh, that's the plan, anyway.
  5. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with trading it in for one with a bit more power down the road if (when?) you get the itch, either. From one rider to another (or soon to be, anyway), safe travels and enjoy the ride! Edit: And IVIY, like the bike, man. I'm a bit of a Yamaha fanboy myself. I'm just drooling to get one of their FZ-09s in my garage. I'm breaking the wife a little bit everyday, and my plan to bring one of those sweet Japanese two-wheeled fun machines into my life comes closer to fruition with every passing moment! Haha, j/k... kinda...
  6. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    Don't get me wrong, 250cc's are fine machines and I didn't intend to imply that they weren't capable bikes. But when you're moving along at 65+ mph and you are presented with a situation where you need the bike to get up and go, like, immediately, your smaller displacement machines just won't have the torque to do so in the fashion that a bike with more motor will. If you're going to put a lot of miles on the bike on the interstate this is something I personally find important enough to at least take into consideration. Obviously this is merely my opinion so ymmv. That being said, as far as an around-town, in-the-city type bike goes, there's certainly plenty to be said for either a Ninja or CBR 250. I put a lot of miles on one of my range's spare Yamaha V-Star 250s that I keep garaged and it's fantastic for scooting around town. Your best bet, if possible, would be to try to see if you could test drive bikes in multiple displacements and see what works for you. In the end, as a brand new rider, though, it really is hard to go wrong with either of those bikes in their 250cc iterations. Whatever route you end up taking just try to be safe out there and enjoy yourself. Nothing quite like riding, imo. Kinda just gets in your blood.
  7. Bizzlenitch

    Buying a Motorcycle

    As an MSF-certified RiderCoach who regularly teaches both the BRC and BRC2 (just finished one this afternoon, actually) I would encourage you to go to a dealer and just spend some time just sitting on as many bikes as you can, especially those that you think you might be interested in owning. Most motorcycles have fairly limited adjustment options as far as the positions of the bike's controls are concerned and not all bikes will "fit" all riders. Especially as a new rider having to struggle with controls/ergonomics that just don't work for you or plain don't feel right is an unnecessary complication that you can spare yourself with a little bit of time. As far as the Ninja and CBR 250s go, they're both fantastic bikes for what they are and would be more than adequate (and enjoyable!) as beginner bikes. Understand though that in all likelihood if you plan on getting into riding in a meaningful way chances are you will quickly find either choice rather limiting due to their lack of displacement/engine size. Both are certainly capable and entertaining bikes but will struggle to provide you with the torque I would argue is necessary to ride safely at higher speeds (such as riding on interstates or expressways). Unless it's a budget thing I would also consider those same, or similar, bikes in the 500cc range. You would have ample room to grow with the bike as a rider and I don't necessarily buy into the "250cc for beginners 'cause it's safer" stuff that some folks might throw around. At the end of the day the rider is responsible for the operation of the motorcycle; the bike is only going to respond to the control inputs it receives from the rider, regardless of engine size. I will say that I am happy to hear that you will be taking the BRC as I personally consider the information and experience the course offers to be absolutely invaluable, especially for new riders.
  8. Bizzlenitch

    The Unofficial Battlefield 3 Thread

    Should be around tonight for some matches, hope to catch some folks on. I'll likely be around sometime between 7:00p-9:00p EST.
  9. Bizzlenitch

    The Unofficial Battlefield 3 Thread

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, that was nice. Started a bit slow at first, was kinda worried for a second. Once I figured out which end of the gun I pointed toward the bad guy again it all started to come back to me. I do so love blastin' fools!
  10. Bizzlenitch

    The Unofficial Battlefield 3 Thread

    Aw man, JUST missed the sign up for these four man squads! Sorry guys, kinda been flying under the radar lately, lot of stuff going on with work and family and just haven't got around to playing. I'll be around a bit more now, popped on the other night but didn't see anyone, probably pop on tonight or tomorrow to check it out. Hope to see some folks in game!
  11. Bizzlenitch

    time for new tech

    My sentiment echoes the others here, I'd wait and see what AMD has to offer with the 7000 series, and then perhaps even see what nVidia has in the works to counter. Something tells me you're not necessarily lacking in performance, so no sense in buying into a GPU so close to the launch of the next-gen.
  12. Bizzlenitch

    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    Indeed. And Smith & Wesson makes a world-class revolver. Top notch customer service, to boot. Although they may not be new and "sexy," you don't have to worry about your revolver jamming on you. Pretty solid peace of mind. Safe and happy shootin' to ya.
  13. Bizzlenitch

    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    S&W makes epic revolvers... when I do finally decide to pull the trigger on one (after I pick up my Kahr, which is going to be my next purchase) it'll undoubtedly be a S&W.
  14. Bizzlenitch

    The Unofficial Battlefield 3 Thread

    Yes... I was raging hard. Technically I didn't rage quit as I was heading to bed, but were I not, I would have indeed rage quit. Our teams were straight owning... but I was straight raging.
  15. Bizzlenitch

    The Unofficial Battlefield 3 Thread

    Hey, man, they filmed The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, which is good enough for me. If you feel the desire to blast some fools feel free to join in, ping be damned.
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