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  1. Date: SATURDAY - May 11, 2019 Rain Date: Sunday - May 12, 2019 All details are subject to change - so please follow up to this thread before the event to verify all details are the same! Meet Place: Boat Ramp @ 2439 S Riverside Dr. McConnelsville, OH 43756 Time: Meet by 10:30; Pre-Ride Speech, Photo, and Group Organization at 11:00; kick stand to ride by 11:30 Route: https://goo.gl/maps/3eFDHhQNN442 Request: Be ATGATT if possible, and try and sport an OR t shirt if you have one. Facebook Event Page: Link TBD Some etiquette to help us all better as suggested by many riders: Everyone is responsible for themselves, so ride within your limits. Crashing is not something we want to have happen. Ride within your limits and stay safe. Our goal is to have a fun safe day of riding with a bunch who share the same passion. Crashing only ruins that fun, not only for you, but for others as well. Ideal maximum group size is ten riders with a lead rider and a tail (sweep) rider. These two riders should be interchangeable in skill level so that the sweep rider can evaluate and help the riders in front of them: These two riders need to know the count of how many riders are in their group. The lead rider needs to wait at all stops for the sweep rider to give him a thumbs up. At each stop the leader or sweep rider can switch or at their discretion ask and allow a new formation of the line. Do not allow passing other riders in same group once the ride has started except at starts. Passing slow moving vehicles may be needed for the faster group; when doing this each rider makes times and judges it for themselves. Don't wait for the group to pass as a whole. At times, riders might have to cross a double yellow to pass. Group leaders and sweeps should know the route well and if possible have ridden it prior to event. Do not allow changes of groups at stops (Unless both ride leaders of both groups are aware of the change and it does not raise the group count to over ten riders. If a rider has to leave a group early, please make sure they tell someone in the group. Do not pass other riders within a group, except at stops or if the rider in front waves you passed. Try and avoid 'pushing' a rider in front of you (this means to give the people in front of you space so they don't feel pressured to go faster than they are comfortable). If you picked the wrong spot in line of your group ask to change positions at stops or if a rider signals you to pass. Start the ride with a full tank of gas. Many folks are planning to grab a bite at the end of the ride, those with time should do it as it will be fun. The unfortunate long haulers will start back to get home before dark. Video from Previous Years: The Groups Always start one group below what you feel you ride. Meaning if you think your fast, start with medium fast group and if you are comfortable move to the fast group during gas break after letting the lead and sweep know. Better to be safe than sorry. Remember we might be riding roads very new to you. Fast: Usually 70mph on the straight and 25-30 mph over the posted limit of curve. The people who belong to the group know they belong to this group, they dont think they belong here.Dont jump in here unless you been riding with such fellows for some time. eg: UP, Midgettodd, Hutch, Core rides Medium-Fast: 65-70mph on the straight and 20-25 over the posted limit of curve. This is the usual fast rides some group rides do, still rather fast• Jump in here if you been riding for a while and is comfortable at these paces on most roads Medium: 65 mph on the straight and 15-20 over the posted limit of curve. This is the everyday regular group rides pace,Jump in here if you been riding for a while and is comfortable at these paces on most roads Slow: 60 mph or around posted limit on the straight and up to 10 over the posted limit of curve. This is the a very comfortable yet fun group ride. Jump in here if you like doing friendly fun rides and also new riders must join here. If you could please announce if you plan to attend and which group so I can keep an ongoing list. If you plan on bringing someone else from outside of the forums, or those who don't post, please add a +1 for each member, so we can kind of figure out how many groups we will need to plan for. Also post if you are willing to sweep or lead so we can get a list for that as well. Disclaimer: The following words "Ohio Epic Ride" refers to this specific ride. By attending the "Ohio Epic Ride", you agree to the following; You acknowledge that you understand that motorcycle riding and touring is hazardous and may result in serious injury or death. You understand that this activity in which you are voluntarily participating has inherent risks (including death, loss of limb and permanent disability, and damage to or loss of property) that you assume. You certify that you are duly licensed and competent to operate a motorcycle in a safe manner, and the vehicle you will be operating during the ride is in safe and legal operating condition. You are solely responsible to determine the speed and operational characteristics of your motorcycle and your ability as a motorcycle operator while participating in the ride. You hereby agree to expressly and voluntarily accept and assume all risks involved in operating a motorcycle or participating as a motorcycle passenger while participating in the ride. You hereby covenant, as a motorcycle operator or motorcycle passenger, not to sue Ohio Epic Ride, their organizers, agents, employees, officers, directors, managers and representatives for any and all loss or damage including property damage or loss, personal injury, permanent disability and/or death, arising out of your participation in this activity (including but not limited to riding, touring, transportation to and from the activity, and at all lodging and stops). "Ohio Epic Ride" makes no warranty regarding conditions, safety of roadways, weather, lodging or stops, and the rider to assume all risk that the conditions, safety of roadways, weather, lodging or stops are other than what is expected. You understand and agree that "Ohio Epic Ride" is acting as my agent only to provide guidance as to routes, and I hereby release and hold harmless "Ohio Epic Ride", its organizers, agents, assigns and heirs against any and all claims, causes of action, or any other liability of any kind arising from my operation of a motorcycle, or as a motorcycle passenger during my activity of motorcycle riding.
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    NEO Dinner Monday April 22 @ 6:30PM @ Rick Roush

    Don't be jealous cause I get chauffeured anywhere I want.
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    MSF Instructors

    The class is much more real life riding orientated. Exercices such as Tight turns from a stop, interacting with traffic, U-Turn only to the left (not the figure 8 box)... Lane changing, etc.
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    OMRL 2019 Season

    Little over 2 Weeks away from the start of the race season! We have scheduled a practice next weekend (Aug 27) at CRP if anyone is interested in coming out and running my second bike! Please let me know so I don't reserve it to to anyone else! Also the bike is available to race on 5-4 if you anyone is interested --- let me know!
  5. I am 95% out at this point, unfortunately.
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    unOFFICIAL 2019 EPIC RIDE - MAY 11, 2019

    I suppose posting this on April Fools Day is quite silly, but rest assured this is no fools day joke.
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    OR NEO Dinner Thursday March 28 @ 7:00PM

    I'm also a likely +1
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    OR NEO Dinner Thursday March 28 @ 7:00PM

    Awww, was excited to see you Nivin!
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    Leo Intro

    Welcome! Groms are fun bikes!
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    OR NEO Dinner Thursday March 28 @ 7:00PM

    Just tagging for John @whaler @Pauly @TimTheAzn @SherBear2bliss @tall_tracy @NinjaDoc @F4iguy
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    Is there an epic ride this year or has it been cancelled?

    Still not sure why anyone would want me to organize this ride... all it means is that it will rain that weekend.
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    if you are in intercomm mode its always Vox, but you can set it up to be PTT. I think tim is saying if you are just connecting to one other person you can connect and disconnect to them by the press of a button so you can choose when you want to be heard or not.
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    Yes, Nivin, I have tons of experience with big group intercomms. Answer is Yes... and once you break the chain, it can be a pain to reconnect the chain without restarting the whole process. Using the SENA app helps with group chat as long as the leader knows what he is doing. If you break the chain, the leader can stop the whole conversation and restart the group convo through the APP and it usually works okay (provided everyone is back within range) ---- This is why the 30K is much better. It utilizes a new mesh technology (star topology) where everyone is connected to everyone and if you get disconnected, everyone else remains connected and once the user who got out of range comes back within range, he can autoconnect back into the conversation. Only downside is that everyone has to have the 30K for this technology to work. A lot of other communication systems already utilize the mesh technology. ....and my big complaint is trying to connect a SENA 30K to SENA 20S through the old school bluetooth technology because the 20S app won't pick up any 30K's.... There may have been a firmware update over the winter to fix this, I haven't checked...
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    I have been in several rain storms and no problem, but got stuck in a serious rainstorm once and it fried my sena and 2 of my friends as well... SENA did cover under warranty.
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    I love my RST Gloves as well. Super well constructed, comfortable out of the box and have handled quite a few OMRL crashes. They are gauntlet gloves though so not sure if that's what you're looking for. They were $70 through RD last year.
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    Helmet coms 2019 - noob questions

    I think the SENA 20S is the go to at this time. I have the 30K *upgrade from the 20S* but I've heard some people having issues with it, although I have not. 30K went with an additional second comm technology that isn't daisy chain technology but an additional mesh/star topology (but only works with other 30K users). Connecting you and your wife together is rather simple, but can get more difficult as you add more and more people.
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    Welcome! Looking forward to possibly meeting up someday.
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    2019 MotoGP Kickoff Today

    Some really good races today! Moto2 and GP were great! I'm excited to see how the year unfolds. Hopefully the 4 brands all stay competitive!
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    OR NEO Dinner Thursday March 28 @ 7:00PM

    I'm in.
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    2019 Gap Trip.

    I'm still a maybe... starting a new company on Monday and need to see how that's going to go. I'd like to go but already planned a vacation to BANF National Park in July and the summer months are usually pretty heavy work loads so we will have to see. Just depends on how hard @whaler works me.
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    OR Bluetooth communication choice

    Recommend the 30K.
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    OMRL 2019 Season

    Just a testament to what we've already known... the mini-bike can teach you (remind you) of many skills you need. If the MotoGP guys aren't 'too good' for the mini racing bikes, definitely shows we shouldn't be either.
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    IMS Show Saturday, Jan 28 2019

    Who's going? I'm going Saturday. Willing to meet up, maybe get dinner with some folks?
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    Who are the OR.net Mid-Ohio instructors?

    I've heard nothing but good things about N2. I'm sure it's a great organization and I'm excited to get out and do my first couple N2 days, but the Novice PTR day through Mid-Ohio is so well structured and would be a better starting place for a beginner rider who wants to test out the track *such as the situation with @Pauly's son Isaac*. Not having to worry about getting passed, learning the proper lines, learning how to get on and off the track properly and safely are all important tools to learn for a new rider.